Best Free Bible Study Software


Well designed and truly beneficial bible study software is hard to find, so it's unusual, and an outstanding value, to find such software for free. e-Sword is just that. A fast and effective way to study the Bible, e-Sword is feature rich and user friendly, with more capabilities than you would expect in a free software package:

  • All available Bibles, commentaries and dictionaries are readily viewed without having to "tile windows".
  • Integrated editor for creating your own commentaries or study notes, complete with Spell Checking and a Thesaurus!
  • Comprehensive print capabilities, including print preview, allow you to create impressive Bible study handouts from the Study Notes Editor.
  • Strong's definitions and scripture references in the Commentary and Dictionary views are displayed as ToolTips! Just place the mouse pointer over the reference and the passage will then be displayed. To go to the passage, just click it!

And much more.

If you consider yourself a serious student of the bible, and enjoy complex Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, and Latin searches, or are looking for a bible program that is light on resources, but heavy on content, check out DAVAR3. DAVAR means "Word" in Hebrew and with over 500MB worth of downloadable content (all free), it appears that DAVAR delivers on that expectation. It's context-sensitive search features are what make DAVAR stand out from the bible software crowd, as searching for complex results is near instantaneous. Want to search for word or phrase? Highlight the word or phrase and just right+click for a menu that gives you many options as to what to do with that word or phrase. As well as including a wide array of references, commentary, dictionaries, lexicons, tools, maps, and more, DAVAR3 includes a mobile version, as well as audio provided by (requires separate download and setup) so you can read along to the Hebrew.

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Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Loads of Modules Available
Base Product 40MB
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.


Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Other Relevant Information: Many additional tools, dictionaries, bible translations, books, images, commentaries and maps are availible for download if you would like them. All of them are free. Audio files require speaker or headphones. Total available packages to install and use exceed 500MB.


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I know this review was done in 2011, so I understand that much has changed that would be included if done today. There are two clear top contenders today. E-sword is still near or at the top of this category. However, TheWord is also in that same spot today. E-sword is the best for the beginner or less serious student of the Bible. TheWord is best for the more serious or in-depth student of the Bible. Both have many modules and books to add and TheWord can be used as a portable program from a USB stick..

Online Bible is really far better than E-sword. At the very least, it deserves a mention in your list. Online Bible isn't the best name, I know, since it's a downloaded program, but it predates a time when "online" didn't necessarily mean on the internet (1995). It's updated regularly and available free at and most of the modules and study tools are free as well.

It's so much better than most other programs because you can scroll through the entire Bible (no three-click-process to change books); you can search and have all the verses *displayed with the text*, rather than a click-each-reference-to-see-what-it-said, allowing you to search very fast to find what you want; It has a simple and clean interface, and runs on a memory stick.

Wow, this section is bare! Here's some more good study software:

Bible Analyser ( ... installer and portable versions
TheWord ( ... installer, with option to install to USB
BPBible ( ... installer and portable versions (from

All of these are high-quality, actively-developed and have extra packages one can download.

Also an update: Davar4 comes in a zipped package now. Extras can still be added separately.

Please change your download for e-sword to the author's page as the other link is broken.

Thank you

An earlier comment suggested the product by Olive Tree, the software I use. And unlike e-Sword, it is also free for the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, PDA's and other platforms. Also, all your resources will follow you if you have the program on several computers or handheld devices like I do. Note: the Olive Tree program may or may not be what you're looking for, but it's worth a try. It's not as powerful as The Word (mentioned below), probably the best (off-line) program if you study all the time, but it gets the job done. And is quite easy to use and navigate.