There are many different places I go to get information while studying the Bible, but there are two websites that I tend to go back to much more than any others. These are BibleGateway.com and BlueLetterBible.org. While they both have Bible texts on them, I use them very differently from one another because of their individual strengths.
There are Bibles in more than 50 languages at Bible Gateway. Obviously this is one of the strengths of the website. It is easy to set your preferred language and Bible translation. When you do various searches, either searching by verse or word, the results show up using the version of the Bible you chose. As far as a quick and easy search tool, Bible Gateway fits that perfectly.
Bible Gateway has paid for copyright permission for many different translations that normally don’t show up in free Bible study tools. If the text of the version of translation you use is not available on other tools, then Bible Gateway may be the place to get the text you need. The value of this is that you can cut and paste the Bible text into your sermon notes. Otherwise you would have to manually type each text.
Blue Letter Bible
The website for Blue Letter Bible allows you to search Bible texts just like you would at Bible Gateway, but the choice of translations is considerably smaller. The study tools that they provide more than make up for the lack of translations.
Blue Letter Bible provides scripture commentaries by 25 different authors. There are maps and Bible charts along with multiple devotionals. The list of tools is extensive: dictionaries, encyclopedias, book introductions and outlines, timelines, and information about cults. There are many more tools than I have ever ventured to figure out.
Personally I use Blue Letter Bible because of the Strong’s concordance information. On each verse you are able to display the Strong’s numbers in the passage. Clicking on the number gives you the Strong’s information in a matter of seconds instead of having to take up half your desk trying to open the physical book.
Both of these tools have their strengths and weaknesses. They complement each other well.
Which are your favorite online Bible study tools? Please leave a comment and let other readers know.