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WORDsearch 9 Released: Initial Impressions

Posted: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 (2:07 am), by John W Gillis


WORDsearch 9 was released Monday, roughly two years after the release of version 8. This is the third release of WORDsearch developed on the Bible Explorer platform for CROSS eBooks. Long-time WORDsearch users who have been waiting for a return of the search results management genius of the old Ref List will not find what they’re looking for, but some significant improvements have been made to version 8 nonetheless.

The biggest improvement, by far, was a complete reworking of the window syncing mechanism. In the two previous iterations of WS, as in Bible Explorer, each window (for books organized on a book-chapter-verse structure, such as Bibles, commentaries, outlines, etc) had a sync button, which could be turned on or off by the user – a general preference setting would determine which state the window originally opened in. Every book which was synced would cause all other synced books to follow along with it as it changed context.

In WS9, there are now four distinct sync groups to which any sync-capable window can be sg01 assigned, meaning that certain windows can be synced to each other, while other windows can be synced together in a different context. This multi sync-group functionality would be familiar to users of Logos. However, WORDsearch also introduced an optional driver/slave mode, similar to how Pradis managed its sync groups – but WS9 allows the user to manage the driver status directly from each window, instead of launching a dialog box. With a driver window defined in a sync group, only the driver window will cause the other windows synced to it to change context – the slave windows can be moved around in without affecting any other windows, and will then re-sync to the driver window when the driver window changes context.

Also new is the ability to designate a Bible window as an xref target window (again, familiar to Logos users). This is a major improvement over the unpredictability of WS8 when clicking links, and is made even more useful when the target window is joined to a sync group.

Another long-overdue improvement in WORDsearch is support for a NOT operator in search strings, which is entered as ANDNOT.

sdiag01 Searching, in general, has become a bit friendlier, because of several subtle changes to the Search dialog interface that make it easier to find and select books to search. The Search box finally supports the ability to type <> delimiters, which allows the user to use one or more Strong’s numbers in the main search string (as opposed to using the special "Strong’s #" search dialog, which will only accept a single number).

Also new are options to automatically include plurals of English nouns, and various forms of English verbs. A new Spelling Helper applet on the search dialog box can help eliminate bogus searches due to spelling errors, as well as generating lists of available words in the selected resources. These extra helps are not quite as robust as the similar features in QuickVerse, but they should prove to be useful.

WS9 introduces the concept of the Carousel, which allows the user to define a set of frequently-used books of particular types (Bibles, commentaries, and dictionaries, roughly speaking), which will always be available to "flip" to from a similar window type, with a single mouse-click or keystroke. As you flip from favorite to favorite using the Carousel, the contents of the books will attempt to sync to the preceding favorite, though it’s hard to do that consistently with dictionary-type books.

In prior versions of the WS Verse List, the entire text area was "hot" for triggering sync events, and any time you clicked on a verse or passage in a Verse List, every window with syncing turned on would move to the verse you’d selected in the VL. In WS9, only the reference itself is "hot" for syncing; you can select the text of a verse without triggering a window sync. Furthermore, VLs now have Sync buttons, meaning syncing can be turned off altogether, or a specific sync group can be chosen. Clicking a "hot" area (ref) in a VL that is un-synced will drive a "target Bible" window to display the verse in the context of the translation defined by the VL ref link, making it easy to find the range of the passage you may want to expand your verse result into.

The Cross Reference Explorer (XRE) has been markedly improved from it’s initial iteration in WS8. There is now a Cancel button to kill unintended searches. Multiple hits for a reference within a single page/section are now collapsed into a single entry in the search results, with a (#) indicating how many hits are available on the page. The tree control for results has also been improved to require less mouse-clicking to get to your results.

XRE search hits in books (not user docs, unfortunately) are now highlighted in the content pane WS9 Cross Reference Explorer(making the tool MUCH more useful), and the content pane now automatically scrolls so that the first hit is visible – usually.

Bible Notes are also now searchable by the XRE – functionality that was always selectable in WS8, but never worked. This is a great way to create your own inverse cross-reference resource.

One of the key capabilities lost in the transition from WS7 to WS8 two years ago was the ability to create links in documents to sections of books. This capability has returned in WS9, and it is extremely simple to do – unlike the multi-step process involving bookmarks in WS7. WS9 also provides a simple interface for creating links to Biblical passages within documents and Bible Notes using plain text for the link (as opposed to Biblical references, which continue to automatically generate links to Biblical passages).

Fans of Inductive Bible Study – among others – will appreciate the new ability to assign labels to any or all of the dozen highlighting colors available, though I believe highlighting would be far more useful for Bible study if it were supported within Verse Lists. Another nice touch in WS9 is that highlighting can be applied now as either traditional highlighting, or as colored underlining.

The Instant Verse Study tool can now be populated using a Collection, and the Copy button now makes it very clear that content is only being copied to the clipboard, requiring the user to paste it wherever he wants to use it. Collections are much easier to use in this version, and a Manage Collections window has been provided. A Library Manager tool allows the user to hide unwanted books, and the SmartLink scripture popups will no longer position themselves so low on screen they cut off text.

On the downside – and avoiding complaining about what the program doesn’t do – several significant problems either persist, or were introduced with this release.

[Update: the problem described in this paragraph has been fixed in a maintenance release.] Searching MyDocuments for text – one of the potential deal-makers that could set this program in a class by itself among its competitors in this respect – has gone from blowing up whenever it encounters a malformed HTML file, to blowing up whenever it encounters a PDF file that is not an HTML file. Needless to say, no PDF file is an HTML file, and if you’re like most people these days, and you have PDF files (which WS has supported since WS8 as library resources), then document searching is utterly broken for you. The original problem goes back at least to WS7 – probably to the earliest versions of Bible Explorer – and the function is rendered worse than useless at this point. Search will not even return results from CROSS books if there is a PDF file in the search path.

[Update: the problem described in this paragraph has been fixed in a maintenance release.] Similarly to the initial release of WS8, support for Personal Notes for non-Bible books has vanished from this release. When WS8 was released, even the icon for Notes was gone from the windows, but it is still there in WS9 – it just doesn’t do anything. It remains to be seen whether they will make a comeback in WS9, like they did in WS8, but there was a hue and cry two years ago when they disappeared, and I can’t imagine the user response will be any different this time around.

I’m finding changes to the Search Results display a bit hard to adapt to (I’ve been using WS9 in beta sr901 for several months). There’s more of a tree structure now, and there is a pronounced focus on how results are distributed among the books of the Bible. That’s all terrific in theory, but there is no way to segregate results from multiple translations – they are treated independently within the results for each book of the Bible, but I sorely miss being able to scroll through the full results of each queried translation independently. I also miss the hit numbering, which has disappeared from the left-hand column. I understand what they were trying to do, and I’d like to see them refine it, but this screen looks more like a rough draft than a finished piece of work.

Pradis Bites the Dust

Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 (10:31 pm), by John W Gillis


Pradis in action

Not exactly a big surprise coming out of Zondervan today, as they have announced plans to drop their Pradis Bible Study software. Not a big loss to the industry either, I dare say, as Pradis was pretty narrowly focused on Zondervan resources (most of which were exclusively available in Pradis format), and always struck me as more geared toward promoting the interests of Zondervan than that of the Christian community. That’s OK – no law against that – but don’t look for any tears to be shed in this poor corner of the world. Frankly, Pradis wasn’t a very good program, either, though it did have its virtues.

Zondervan has some decent titles that might now be made available to people on different platforms, though it will be interesting to see whether they choose instead to market through another exclusive channel.  Based on this press release, that company will apparently be Logos if they do indeed go that way – and a corresponding release from Logos makes clear that Zondervan will be the party pulling the strings in terms of packaging, pricing, etc.

Of more interest to me is some of the language used in the press release, and how it highlights some of the inherent problems in the eBook industry, and the Bible Study Software market in particular. Zondervan is clearly playing down the fact that its customers are losing the investment they’ve made in Pradis, and in the books they’ve purchased to use with the program.

In the title of the release, Zondervan says it is “Retiring Pradis Software Search Engine.” Search engine? This was a software platform, built around a proprietary book format, that certainly included a search engine as a core component, but can hardly be reduced to it.

The release goes on to say Zondervan is “moving away from the Pradis software it created and will license other search engines.” You could be excused for thinking they are going to let other companies write software that will work with their proprietary book format – potentially giving customers who have purchased licenses for those books a new and improved means to work with them – but it seems certain that what they are actually doing is obsoleting those licensed books, and working out a licensing deal with Logos (and perhaps others) to get them re-published in a new proprietary format.

The next paragraph really gets to the heart of the matter:

“We are going to make sure we, first and foremost, work with the many thousands of Pradis customers for a smooth transition to the new search engines,” said Zondervan’s Paul Engle, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Church, Academic and Reference Resources. ”Many of these people have been customers for a dozen years and we will make sure they are eligible for a discount to these new titles upon release.”

Of course, these are not “new titles” at all that we are primarily talking about (Zondervan will apparently be licensing some new titles to Logos, which clouds the issue). For the most part, these are titles that customers have paid for in good faith, and are now going to have to pay for again in order the use with the “new search engines.” Eligible for a discount, indeed! Especially since the Logos engine is free! Zondervan is apparently planning on re-selling (at a discount!) these books to customers who have already bought them, so that the customers can use them with a free reader!

Other than BibleWorks – who actually warn customers about this exact potentiality and discourage them from buying large electronic libraries, all the Bible Software publishers encourage customers to purchase large libraries of resources, claiming they are more cost-effective to buy that way. That’s a true claim – unless your Bible Software publisher goes out of business, and you’re stuck with an expensive library of books that are doomed to obsoletion as the overall computer industry marches forward in its incessant cycle of progress. When you buy a hardback book, you can put it on your shelf, and it can serve a couple generations, regardless of what happens to the publisher.

There are other benefits to buying works electronically – as I’ve attested to here on this site in the past – and I remain an advocate for Bible Study Software, but the industry needs a standard for book formatting that will allow customers to retain their investment in books as they move among software providers. A standard rich enough to provide publishers plenty of elbow room to differentiate their own eBook products from competitors publishing the same work is certainly possible, and there is more than ample space for software publishers to differentiate their offerings.

And perhaps even more important to the publishers than the legitimate rights of library investors to viable licenses is the 800 pound gorilla standing in the doorway. If this matter can’t be resolved satisfactorily between the Christian software industry and the intellectuals with a stake in the outcome, then it will be settled de facto between Google and Amazon, and the Bible Study Software industry will be worse off for that.

Welcoming webEdit

Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 (11:08 pm), by John W Gillis


So, it’s back to school time. I remember July being a blur of Russian and English, but I have no idea what happened to August. I suspended my own school work during the month so I could circle back to some earlier material in my Principles of Biblical Studies course that I felt I had glossed over too lightly, and I managed to get outlines generated of the five books of the Pentateuch, but I didn’t get much further than that, and I’m now staring at a new month, and need to get back on-track with the lessons, so I can complete the course on time.

I was using some of the great resources available in WORDsearch to help me put those outlines together, and I got a little frustrated (not for the first time) with the limitations of the internal word processor (WYSIWYG HTML editor, really), in combination with the drawbacks of using an external word processor in conjunction with the Bible Study program, and I started getting itchy to find something that would work better than either of those two options.

So, I started hunting (again, not for the first time) for a stand-alone WYSIWYG HTML editor that would offer a little more functionality than the internal WORDsearch wp – primarily a ‘view source’ mode, though other GUI-based layout tools would also be useful. Yet again, I was not able to find anything that worked for me (though I’ve since begun looking seriously into amaryllissoftware’s Selida), so I instead started looking into building a web-based tool that I could run from my website, which I could then access and use from within WORDsearch by utilizing the internal IE-based browser! I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to get one working effectively, and while it’s still far from ready-for-primetime, I was able to use my little webEdit tool to build my outline for Deuteronomy this week.

If I’d be willing to set my sights low, I could be done with the project quickly, but I keep coming up with additional functionality that I want to roll into it. I’m tempted to open up the app to the public (specifically, to the WORDsearch user community), but I would have to incorporate authentication so I could implement security. That’s the only way I could allow people to upload pictures to include in their docs. Another option would be to develop a version that users could host on their own computers running under Microsoft’s built-in http server service, but I’m using PHP to do a lot of the backend stuff, so folks would need to install PHP on their computers as well, and I haven’t had a lot of luck getting PHP to run properly under Windows with IIS – maybe it was just me. I need to get this behind me soon, though…

WORDSearch Releases HCSB Reverse-Interlinear

Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 (11:15 pm), by John W Gillis


HCSB Reverse Interlinear from WORDSearchWORDSearch released a reverse-interlinear based on the HCSB last week, further extending their original language capabilities with this translation. I wish I liked the HCSB better as a translation, because I really like WORDSearch as a study environment, and this looks like a very useful tool.

As far as I know, this is only the 3rd interlinear commercially released in a “reversed” format, which orders the text according to the translation rather than the manuscript, making it easier for novices, in particular, to work with the interlinear text. It joins the two very popular reverse-interlinears released by Logos a couple years ago (the ESV, and the NT of the NRSV). The Logos tools, however, are only available as part of base packages (although they’re included in almost all of them now, which I don’t think was the case before – I could be wrong). The WORDSearch HCSB reverse-interlinear is available as a stand-alone purchase, and is very nicely “upgrade” priced for those who own the standard WORDSearch Greek and/or Hebrew interlinears. The list price does seem quite pricey for those who don’t qualify for an “upgrade,” however, though it’s pretty common to have some “sale” or another going on.

QuickVerse Bible Software Review: Searching

Posted: Thursday, January 15, 2009 (12:53 am), by John W Gillis


This is the first installment in a series I plan to write, performing a side-by-side assessment of WORDsearch, Logos, QuickVerse, and Pradis.

QuickVerse has two tools for searching Biblical text: an Analytical Greek search tool designed to work with a morphologically tagged Greek NT module, and a general search tool used for searching English language Bible, as well as all other books – including user-created books. The most recent versions of QV introduce a couple other specialized searching tools I’ll discuss below.

The Search Dialog:

The general search tool has three modes (selectable from a drop-down): Text, Phrase, and Verse Reference. Newer versions of QuickVerse have a fourth mode, Text in Titles, which was an optional parameter to Text mode searches in version 11, and which I never found any use for.

The dialog box includes a pop-up keyboard for “typing” with mouse clicks in various languages. Recent search terms can be recalled in the search box, but associated parameters (even including search mode) are not likewise recalled, limiting the usefulness of this time-saving feature.

There is no facility to search for Strong’s codes as such, but you can search Strong’s-tagged books with a text search for a code, such as for G2588.

Search Logic:

Text searches allow for combining words using the Boolean operators AND, OR, XOR, and NOT. An implicit OR is supplied if there is no operator between two terms (personally, I think programs should instead AND terms by default, so that using more search terms narrows results rather than expanding them, but that is just a preference). Operators must be entered in ALL CAPS, or by using logical symbols (&, |, X, !). There’s a pick button for those who want to stop typing and use the mouse to input the operators between words.

There is no NEAR operator, but the Search dialog includes a drop-down box where the user selects whether the Boolean logic is applied against terms within the same verse, the same chapter, or the same book. This is a poor substitute for a NEAR operator, and I can’t imagine wanting to search for two words, but only if they exist in the same book!

Terms can be grouped in parentheses for greater control, and both * and ? wildcards are accepted. Regular expressions are not supported.

Setting Scope:

Selecting the target books to search is done via an expandable tree control which shows the entire library – including User Books. Multiple books – including multiple Bibles – can be searched simultaneously.

Setting a filter for Bible ranges is done via a drop-down text box. The only default range options are All, Old Testament, and New Testament, but you can type your own search ranges into the box, and recently defined custom ranges are added to the selectable options in the drop-down. Creating a search range for non-contiguous books is no problem (e.g. manually enter {Luke, Acts} to search only within Luke and Acts while ignoring John).

Extra-biblical text within Bibles (e.g. marginal notes and comments) cannot be searched, although – as noted below – book introductions cannot be excluded.

One peculiar search scope feature is an optional check box to limit the search to “Jesus words only” – a red-letter search, so to speak. I know for a fact that some people find this an important feature, though it strikes me as lending itself too easily to problematic views of Biblical inspiration and/or Christology.

Phrase Search:

Phrase Search mode takes all the text entered in the search box, and attempts to find the exact phrase within the selected books. This is “phrase searching for dummies,” an unfortunate approach that seriously limits phrase search functionality. Allowing the use of enclosing double-quotes in a Text search would be a much more robust solution.

Verse Reference:

In Verse Reference mode, the tool is actually a cross-reference lookup tool. In theory (and according to the Help file), this tool will not “search” Bibles for the verse arguments you give it, but is rather designed to search other types of books for occasions where the verse is mentioned in the text. In practice, I find that the tool can be used to retrieve the requested verses from every Bible in my library except the NAB. Not sure whether to file this under bug or feature.

This tool will accept multiple verses and/or ranges as arguments. References must be entered in a very specific format, using a colon (:) between the chapter and verse numbers. Also, a space must be placed between the leading number and the book name for books like 1 Jn (1Jn will not be understood). It can be tedious to have to abide by this nomenclature, but I’m sure you adapt to it if you use QV all the time.

Nice Special Features:

Search terms can be chosen from a word list that is available from the Search dialog, showing all words in each book selected as a search target.

Text searches include an option to search for related word forms, meaning that a search for {love} would return results for love, loves, loved, lover, loving, lovely, beloved, unloved, etc.

Another very neat option is the thesaurus search, which will include in results words with like or related meaning, even if they are not related lexically.

Analytical Greek Search:

The Analytical Greek search tool works with an available UBS4 text tagged with the Friberg morphology. Like the general tool, it supports Boolean operators, Bible ranges, and has word lists and a pop-up keyboard. It also has a morphology chart where you can select the grammatical parameters you want to search for or filter on. There are options to search lemma, and to exactly match diacritical marks, as well as to take everything entered as a single phrase term. This tool is quite serviceable. Unfortunately, there is no corresponding tool (or text) with which to perform analytical searching of the Hebrew.

New Searching Widgets:

Version 12 (2008) introduced a nice annotation search widget that will search all your annotations. Version 13 (2009) introduces a “Subject Search” feature which I haven’t seen yet, but will presumably function much like Topics searches in other programs.

Accuracy:

In the absence of wildcards, search will find only exact word matches (i.e. a search for {eat} will not return any hits on meat or heat, etc.). I think this is the right approach.

Text mode does not recognize strings entered within double-quotes as phrases, but instead treats each of the words as distinct search terms (placing an implicit OR between them). Because only Text mode supports multiple search terms, it is therefore not possible to perform a search such as {“Christ Jesus” AND became}, although you can always break the phrase apart into single words joined with AND logic: {Christ AND Jesus AND became}, which will produce close to the same results.

Searches against Biblical texts will return hits found in book introductions and prefaces, with, unfortunately, no way to limit the search to only the actual Bible text. You’d think an outfit that provided an option to search “red words only” might provide an option to search “inspired words only!”

Searches on words chosen from a word list sometimes return no results, even when searching against the entire library – which is a bit odd.

Performance:

Search performance is good on normal Text mode searches against a small number of books – often returning more or less immediately. Introducing some of the advanced options slowed things down somewhat – as expected. A search for {beauty} against 10 Bibles took about 3 seconds, but took about 7 seconds when doing a thesaurus search, and about 6 seconds when doing a related word forms search (and about 10 seconds when combining both features).

Introducing wildcards or multiple Boolean operators also began to drag down QuickVerse a bit, and it struggled somewhat searching a large number of books. Searching 10 Bibles for {gentile} took about 3 seconds – as expected. But this should be compared to my benchmark, WORDsearch, which performed the identical search in under 1 second.

Against the same Bibles, QuickVerse took six seconds to search for {gentile AND (God OR Lord)}, whereas WORDsearch took about 1 second.

Searching those same Bibles for {war* AND Lord AND House} took QuickVerse about 15 seconds, while WORDsearch again took about 1 second.

Searching a collection of about 125 books for the expression {war AND Lord} took QuickVerse 30 seconds, whereas WORDsearch performed the search against a similar number of books in about 4 seconds.

Verse Reference searches can be excruciatingly slow. The program seems to take forever to scan the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (TSK) in particular, but struggles with many commentaries. The verse ref search is the kind of function that a user would be inclined to execute against the entire library. But if you did that, you could probably take the dog for a walk while waiting for it to return.

I removed TSK and a couple other books that seemed particularly problematic, and then ran the Verse Reference search for {Matt 24:22} against a collection of 15 books. The search took 1 minute and 40 seconds. Again for comparison, the same search against the exact same set of books in WORDsearch took less than 1 second.

In spite of these criticisms of search performance, it’s important to keep in mind that the majority of users will make the majority of their searches against one or perhaps a few Bibles, using simple search parameters – and QuickVerse will handle that fine.

Strengths in this area:

Word lists; fuzzy search features (thesaurus and word forms); XOR and NOT Boolean operators.

Weaknesses in this area:

Lack of Hebrew analytical search capability; lack of phrase support in multi-term text expression searches; lack of ability to search only Biblical text; overall searching performance.

Reviewing Bible Study Software

Posted: Monday, January 12, 2009 (10:55 pm), by John W Gillis


One of my main goals for this site when I launched it last year was to provide assessments and comparisons of some of the Bible Study programs on the market – assessments based on what the various programs allow users to do, and how well they support those things, rather than focusing on the books available in different libraries.

I haven’t gotten very far to date, having started and stopped several times, and with course work looming on the horizon for me, my schedule is not going to be getting any looser. Given that, it seems like it’s now or never to get it going. I’ve decided to take an approach of publishing my results incrementally on the blog as I go through the process. I’m hoping this approach will provide me a little extra incentive to get through the job.

I’ll begin by focusing on the four commercial programs I currently have installed: WORDsearch, Logos, QuickVerse, and Pradis. Later on, I may add some or all of the other commercial, library-oriented programs to the mix (Accordance, PC Study Bible, PocketBible for Windows), but only if I can get evaluation copies – as I’m satisfied with the programs I’ve already made investments in, and don’t see the value in spending more money just to provide a public review of the other products.

I also hope to be able to provide evaluations of the programs I call text-oriented (BibleWorks, Bibloi, GRAMCORD), but this is also unlikely unless I can manage to get eval copies. I’m probably more likely to invest in one of these as a licensed study platform after evaluation, but that’s neither here nor there at this juncture.

As for the cohort of free programs out there, I may provide some comparative analysis later on, but it is not a priority – seeing that people can easily download and evaluate each one themselves. It would be nice if someone did the work of comparing them, and publishing the results, I’m just not sure that person will be me.

At least for starters, my plan is to evaluate each of the four programs more or less side-by-side, following the outline of evaluation criteria I published here. I’ll publish posts for each application’s evaluation at each stage of the eval process, beginning with the Core program functions – specifically: searching.

The HCSB 2nd Edition and the Tetragrammaton

Posted: Thursday, January 1, 2009 (5:31 pm), by John W Gillis


In between disasters and duties, I’ve been spending a bit more time looking at the new 2nd edition HCSB this week. Perhaps the most significant change from the first version is the greatly increased tendency to transliterate the Tetragrammaton (Yahweh), instead of following the standard practice among English translations of rendering it as LORD in small caps. Among major English translations, only the ASV (“Jehovah”) and the JB/NJB (“Yahweh”) have used a transliteration more than occasionally.

Curiously, the HCSB does not transliterate consistently, as the other translations had done (for reference, the other translations used the transliteration close to 7,000 times; the HCSB used the transliteration 78 times in the first edition, and uses it 495 times in the 2nd edition, if my search results can be trusted). The HCSB instead takes a more interpretive approach, transliterating whenever the usage suggests an emphasis on the word specifically as God’s name.

I have some misgivings about this approach – and I must admit that I am not crazy either about the ASV/JB-type approach of consistently transliterating, which I wouldn’t be very comfortable reading to a congregation. However, I’d like to think about it a little more before opining on the matter.

Nonetheless, this movement further in the direction of transliteration of the Tetragrammaton is clearly a significant part of the thinking behind the HCSB update, so I’d like to put it out there for anyone who might be interested in investigating exactly what they’ve done. There are 451 verses in the HCSB 2nd Edition that contain the word “Yahweh,” and that is too many for me to post here, so I will narrow the comparison down to the five books of the Torah.

The 2nd edition has 131 occurrences in 114 verses, whereas the 1st edition had just 13 occurrences in 12 verses. The table below is output from WORDsearch search results in the 2nd edition, and I have highlighted in yellow those 12 verse numbers where the 1st edition also transliterated:


HCSB 2nd Edition – Search results for: Yahweh

(see yellow for verses with “Yahweh” in 1st Edition)

Book

Description

Context

HCSB

Ge 4:26
The Line of Cain

26 A son was born to Seth also, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to call on the name of •Yahweh.

HCSB

Ge 12:8
The Call of Abram

8 From there he moved on to the hill country east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. He built an altar to •Yahweh there, and he called on the name of Yahweh.

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Ge 13:4
Abram and Lot Separate

4 to the site where he had built the altar. And Abram called on the name of •Yahweh there.

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Ge 14:22
Melchizedek’s Blessing

22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand in an oath to •Yahweh, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth,

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Ge 21:33
Abraham’s Covenant with Abimelech

33 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beer-sheba, and there he called on the name of •Yahweh, the Everlasting God.

HCSB

Ge 26:25
The Lord Appears to Isaac

25 So he built an altar there, called on the name of •Yahweh, and pitched his tent there. Isaac’s slaves also dug a well there.

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Ex 3:15
Moses and the Burning Bush

15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the Israelites: •Yahweh, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever; this is how I am to be remembered in every generation.

HCSB

Ex 3:16
Moses and the Burning Bush

16 “Go and assemble the elders of Israel and say to them: Yahweh, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has appeared to me and said: I have paid close attention to you and to what has been done to you in Egypt.

HCSB

Ex 3:18
Moses and the Burning Bush

18 They will listen to what you say. Then you, along with the elders of Israel, must go to the king of Egypt and say to him: Yahweh, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Now please let us go on a three-day trip into the wilderness so that we may sacrifice to Yahweh our God.

HCSB

Ex 4:5
Miraculous Signs for Moses

5 “This will take place,” He continued, “so they will believe that •Yahweh, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”

HCSB

Ex 4:22
Moses’ Return to Egypt

22 Then you will say to Pharaoh: This is what Yahweh says: Israel is My firstborn son.

HCSB

Ex 5:1
Moses Confronts Pharaoh

1 Later, Moses and Aaron went in and said to Pharaoh, “This is what •Yahweh, the God of Israel, says: Let My people go, so that they may hold a festival for Me in the wilderness.”

HCSB

Ex 5:2
Moses Confronts Pharaoh

2 But Pharaoh responded, “Who is Yahweh that I should obey Him by letting Israel go? I do not know ?anything about? Yahweh, and besides, I will not let Israel go.”

HCSB

Ex 5:3
Moses Confronts Pharaoh

3 Then they answered, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please let us go on a three-day trip into the wilderness so that we may sacrifice to Yahweh our God, or else He may strike us with plague or sword.”

HCSB

Ex 6:2
God Promises Freedom

2 Then God spoke to Moses, telling him, “I am •Yahweh.

HCSB

Ex 6:3
God Promises Freedom

3 I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as •God Almighty, but I did not reveal My name Yahweh to them.

HCSB

Ex 6:6
God Promises Freedom

6 “Therefore tell the Israelites: I am Yahweh, and I will deliver you from the forced labor of the Egyptians and free you from slavery to them. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and great acts of judgment.

HCSB

Ex 6:7
God Promises Freedom

7 I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. You will know that I am Yahweh your God, who delivered you from the forced labor of the Egyptians.

HCSB

Ex 6:8
God Promises Freedom

8 I will bring you to the land that I swore, to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you as a possession. I am Yahweh.”

HCSB

Ex 6:29
Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh

29 He said to him, “I am Yahweh; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt everything I am telling you.”

HCSB

Ex 7:5
Chapter 7

5 The Egyptians will know that I am •Yahweh when I stretch out My hand against Egypt, and bring out the Israelites from among them.”

HCSB

Ex 7:16
The First Plague: Water Turned to Blood

16 Tell him: Yahweh, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to tell you: Let My people go, so that they may worship Me in the wilderness, but so far you have not listened.

HCSB

Ex 7:17
The First Plague: Water Turned to Blood

17 This is what Yahweh says: Here is how you will know that I am Yahweh. Watch. I will strike the water in the Nile with the staff in my hand, and it will turn to blood.

HCSB

Ex 8:1
The Second Plague: Frogs

1 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh and tell him: This is what •Yahweh says: Let My people go, so that they may worship Me.

HCSB

Ex 8:8
The Second Plague: Frogs

8 Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Ask Yahweh to remove the frogs from me and my people. Then I will let the people go and they can sacrifice to Yahweh.”

HCSB

Ex 8:10
The Second Plague: Frogs

10 “Tomorrow,” he answered. Moses replied, “As you have said, so you may know there is no one like Yahweh our God,

HCSB

Ex 8:20
The Fourth Plague: Swarms of Flies

20 The Lord said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning and present yourself to Pharaoh when you see him going out to the water. Tell him: This is what Yahweh says: Let My people go, so that they may worship Me.

HCSB

Ex 8:22
The Fourth Plague: Swarms of Flies

22 But on that day I will give special treatment to the land of Goshen, where My people are living; no flies will be there. This way you will know that I, Yahweh, am in the land.

HCSB

Ex 9:1
The Fifth Plague: Death of Livestock

1 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh and say to him: This is what •Yahweh, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let My people go, so that they may worship Me.

HCSB

Ex 9:13
The Seventh Plague: Hail

13 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning and present yourself to Pharaoh. Tell him: This is what Yahweh, the God of the Hebrews says: Let My people go, so that they may worship Me.

HCSB

Ex 9:27
The Seventh Plague: Hail

27 Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron. “I have sinned this time,” he said to them. “Yahweh is the Righteous One, and I and my people are the •guilty ones.

HCSB

Ex 9:28
The Seventh Plague: Hail

28 Make an appeal to Yahweh. There has been enough of God’s thunder and hail. I will let you go; you don’t need to stay any longer.”

HCSB

Ex 9:29
The Seventh Plague: Hail

29 Moses said to him, “When I have left the city, I will extend my hands to Yahweh. The thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail, so that you may know the earth belongs to Yahweh.

HCSB

Ex 9:30
The Seventh Plague: Hail

30 But as for you and your officials, I know that you still do not fear Yahweh ?our? God.”

HCSB

Ex 10:2
The Eighth Plague: Locusts

2 and so that you may tell your son and grandson how severely I dealt with the Egyptians and performed miraculous signs among them, and you will know that I am •Yahweh.”

HCSB

Ex 10:3
The Eighth Plague: Locusts

3 So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh and told him, “This is what Yahweh, the God of the Hebrews, says: How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, that they may worship Me.

HCSB

Ex 10:7
The Eighth Plague: Locusts

7 Pharaoh’s officials asked him, “How long must this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, so that they may worship Yahweh their God. Don’t you realize yet that Egypt is devastated?”

HCSB

Ex 10:8
The Eighth Plague: Locusts

8 So Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. “Go, worship Yahweh your God,” Pharaoh said. “But exactly who will be going?”

HCSB

Ex 10:9
The Eighth Plague: Locusts

9 Moses replied, “We will go with our young and our old; we will go with our sons and daughters and with our flocks and herds because we must hold Yahweh’s festival.”

HCSB

Ex 10:10
The Eighth Plague: Locusts

10 He said to them, “May Yahweh be with you if I ?ever? let you and your families go! Look out—you are planning evil.

HCSB

Ex 10:11
The Eighth Plague: Locusts

11 No, only the men may go and worship Yahweh, for that is what you have been asking for.” And they were driven from Pharaoh’s presence.

HCSB

Ex 10:16
The Eighth Plague: Locusts

16 Pharaoh urgently sent for Moses and Aaron and said, “I have sinned against Yahweh your God and against you.

HCSB

Ex 10:17
The Eighth Plague: Locusts

17 Please forgive my sin once more and make an appeal to Yahweh your God, so that He will take this death away from me.”

HCSB

Ex 10:24
The Ninth Plague: Darkness

24 Pharaoh summoned Moses and said, “Go, worship Yahweh. Even your families may go with you; only your flocks and herds must stay behind.”

HCSB

Ex 10:25
The Ninth Plague: Darkness

25 Moses responded, “You must also let us have sacrifices and •burnt offerings to prepare for Yahweh our God.

HCSB

Ex 10:26
The Ninth Plague: Darkness

26 Even our livestock must go with us; not a hoof will be left behind because we will take some of them to worship Yahweh our God. We will not know what we will use to worship Yahweh until we get there.”

HCSB

Ex 11:4
The Tenth Plague: Death of the Firstborn

4 So Moses said, “This is what •Yahweh says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt,

HCSB

Ex 11:7
The Tenth Plague: Death of the Firstborn

7 But against all the Israelites, whether man or beast, not ?even? a dog will snarl, so that you may know that Yahweh makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.

HCSB

Ex 12:12
Instructions for the Passover

12 “I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night and strike every firstborn ?male? in the land of Egypt, both man and beast. I am •Yahweh; I will execute judgments against all the gods of Egypt.

HCSB

Ex 12:31
The Exodus

31 He summoned Moses and Aaron during the night and said, “Get up, leave my people, both you and the Israelites, and go, worship Yahweh as you have asked.

HCSB

Ex 14:4
Chapter 14

4 I will harden Pharaoh’s heart so that he will pursue them. Then I will receive glory by means of Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am •Yahweh.” So the Israelites did this.

HCSB

Ex 14:18
Escape through the Red Sea

18 The Egyptians will know that I am Yahweh when I receive glory through Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”

HCSB

Ex 14:25
Escape through the Red Sea

25 He caused their chariot wheels to swerve, and made them drive with difficulty. “Let’s get away from Israel,” the Egyptians said, “because Yahweh is fighting for them against Egypt!”

HCSB

Ex 15:3
Israel’s Song

3 The Lord is a warrior; •Yahweh is His name.

HCSB

Ex 15:26
Water Provided

26 He said, “If you will carefully obey the Lord your God, do what is right in His eyes, pay attention to His commands, and keep all His statutes, I will not inflict any illnesses on you that I inflicted on the Egyptians. For I am Yahweh who heals you.”

HCSB

Ex 16:12
Manna and Quail Provided

12 “I have heard the complaints of the Israelites. Tell them: At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will eat bread until you are full. Then you will know that I am •Yahweh your God.”

HCSB

Ex 18:11
Jethro’s Visit

11 Now I know that •Yahweh is greater than all gods, because ?He did wonders? when the Egyptians acted arrogantly against Israel.”,

HCSB

Ex 20:2
The Ten Commandments

2 I am •Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery.

HCSB

Ex 20:5
The Ten Commandments

5 You must not bow down to them or worship them; for I, Yahweh your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the fathers’ sin, to the third and fourth ?generations? of those who hate Me,

HCSB

Ex 20:7
The Ten Commandments

7 Do not misuse the name of Yahweh your God, because Yahweh will not leave anyone unpunished who misuses His name.

HCSB

Ex 20:10
The Ten Commandments

10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to Yahweh your God. You must not do any work—you, your son or daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the foreigner who is within your gates.

HCSB

Ex 20:11
The Ten Commandments

11 For Yahweh made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and everything in them in six days; then He rested on the seventh day. Therefore Yahweh blessed the Sabbath day and declared it holy.

HCSB

Ex 20:12
The Ten Commandments

12 Honor your father and your mother so that you may have a long life in the land that Yahweh your God is giving you.

HCSB

Ex 29:46
Instructions about Consecration

46 And they will know that I am •Yahweh their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, so that I might dwell among them. I am Yahweh their God.

HCSB

Ex 31:13
Observing the Sabbath

13 “Tell the Israelites: You must observe My Sabbaths, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, so that you will know that I am •Yahweh who sets you apart.

HCSB

Ex 33:19
The Lord’s Glory

19 He said, “I will cause all My goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim the name •Yahweh before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”

HCSB

Ex 34:5
New Stone Tablets

5 The Lord came down in a cloud, stood with him there, and proclaimed ?His? name •Yahweh.

HCSB

Ex 34:6
New Stone Tablets

6 Then the Lord passed in front of him and proclaimed: YahwehYahweh is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in faithful love and truth,

HCSB

Ex 34:14
Covenant Obligations

14 You are never to bow down to another god because Yahweh, being jealous by nature, is a jealous God.

HCSB

Lev 18:21
Prohibited Pagan Practices

21 “You are not to make any of your children pass through ?the fire? to •Molech. Do not profane the name of your God; I am •Yahweh.

HCSB

Lev 19:12
Laws of Holiness

12 You must not swear falsely by My name, profaning the name of your God; I am •Yahweh.

HCSB

Lev 21:6
The Holiness of the Priests

6 They are to be holy to their God and not profane the name of their God. For they present the fire offerings to Yahweh, the food of their God, and they must be holy.

HCSB

Lev 22:2
Priests and Their Food

2 “Tell Aaron and his sons to deal respectfully with the holy offerings of the Israelites that they have consecrated to Me, so they do not profane My holy name; I am •Yahweh.

HCSB

Lev 22:31
Acceptable Sacrifices

31 “You are to keep My commands and do them; I am Yahweh.

HCSB

Lev 24:16
A Case of Blasphemy

16 Whoever blasphemes the name of •Yahweh is to be put to death; the whole community must stone him. If he blasphemes the Name, he is to be put to death, whether the foreign resident or the native.

HCSB

Nu 6:24
The Priestly Blessing

24 May •Yahweh bless you and protect you;

HCSB

Nu 6:25
The Priestly Blessing

25 may Yahweh make His face shine on you and be gracious to you;

HCSB

Nu 6:26
The Priestly Blessing

26 may Yahweh look with favor on you and give you peace.,

HCSB

Nu 15:41
Tassels for Remembrance

41 I am •Yahweh your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God; I am Yahweh your God.”

HCSB

Nu 36:2
The Inheritance of Zelophehad’s Daughters

2 They said, “•Yahweh commanded my lord to give the land as an inheritance by lot to the Israelites. My lord was further commanded by Yahweh to give our brother Zelophehad’s inheritance to his daughters.

HCSB

Dt 1:11
Leaders for the Tribes

11 May •Yahweh, the God of your fathers, increase you a thousand times more, and bless you as He promised you.

HCSB

Dt 1:21
Israel’s Disobedience at Kadesh-barnea

21 See, the Lord your God has set the land before you. Go up and take possession of it as Yahweh, the God of your fathers, has told you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.

HCSB

Dt 4:1
Call to Obedience

1 “Now, Israel, listen to the statutes and ordinances I am teaching you to follow, so that you may live, enter, and take possession of the land •Yahweh, the God of your fathers, is giving you.

HCSB

Dt 5:6
The Ten Commandments

6 I am •Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery.

HCSB

Dt 5:9
The Ten Commandments

9 You must not bow down to them or worship them, because I, Yahweh your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the fathers’ sin to the third and fourth ?generations? of those who hate Me,

HCSB

Dt 5:11
The Ten Commandments

11 Do not misuse the name of Yahweh your God, because Yahweh will not leave anyone unpunished who misuses His name.

HCSB

Dt 5:12
The Ten Commandments

12 Be careful to remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy as Yahweh your God has commanded you.

HCSB

Dt 5:14
The Ten Commandments

14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to Yahweh your God. You must not do any work—you, your son or daughter, your male or female slave, your ox or donkey, any of your livestock, or the foreigner who lives within your gates, so that your male and female slaves may rest as you do.

HCSB

Dt 5:15
The Ten Commandments

15 Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and Yahweh your God brought you out of there with a strong hand and an outstretched arm. That is why Yahweh your God has commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.

HCSB

Dt 5:16
The Ten Commandments

16 Honor your father and your mother, as Yahweh your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and so that you may prosper in the land Yahweh your God is giving you.

HCSB

Dt 6:3
The Greatest Commandment

3 Listen, Israel, and be careful to follow ?them?, so that you may prosper and multiply greatly, because •Yahweh, the God of your fathers, has promised you a land flowing with milk and honey.

HCSB

Dt 6:4
The Greatest Commandment

4 “Listen, Israel: Yahweh is our God; Yahweh is One.,

HCSB

Dt 6:13
Remembering God through Obedience

13 Fear Yahweh your God, worship Him, and take ?your? oaths in His name.

HCSB

Dt 7:9
Israel to Destroy Idolatrous Nations

9 Know that •Yahweh your God is God, the faithful God who keeps His gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commands.

HCSB

Dt 10:8
The Covenant Renewed

8 “At that time the Lord set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the Lord’s covenant, to stand before •Yahweh to serve Him, and to pronounce blessings in His name, as it is today.

HCSB

Dt 10:20
What God Requires

20 You are to fear Yahweh your God and worship Him. Remain faithful to Him and take oaths in His name.

HCSB

Dt 12:1
The Chosen Place of Worship

1 “Be careful to follow these statutes and ordinances in the land that •Yahweh, the God of your fathers, has given you to possess all the days you live on the earth.

HCSB

Dt 12:5
The Chosen Place of Worship

5 Instead, you must turn to the place Yahweh your God chooses from all your tribes to put His name for His dwelling and go there.

HCSB

Dt 12:11
The Chosen Place of Worship

11 then Yahweh your God will choose the place to have His name dwell. Bring there everything I command you: your burnt offerings, sacrifices, offerings of the tenth, personal contributions, and all your choice offerings you vow to the Lord.

HCSB

Dt 12:21
Slaughtering Animals to Eat

21 If the place where Yahweh your God chooses to put His name is too far from you, you may slaughter any of your herd or flock He has given you, as I have commanded you, and you may eat it within your gates whenever you want.

HCSB

Dt 14:23
A Tenth for the Lord

23 You are to eat a tenth of your grain, new wine, and oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, in the presence of •Yahweh your God at the place where He chooses to have His name dwell, so that you will always learn to •fear the Lord your God.

HCSB

Dt 14:24
A Tenth for the Lord

24 But if the distance is too great for you to carry it, since the place where Yahweh your God chooses to put His name is too far away from you and since the Lord your God has blessed you,

HCSB

Dt 16:2
The Festival of Passover

2 Sacrifice to •Yahweh your God a Passover animal from the herd or flock in the place where the Lord chooses to have His name dwell.

HCSB

Dt 16:6
The Festival of Passover

6 You must only sacrifice the Passover animal at the place where Yahweh your God chooses to have His name dwell. ?Do this? in the evening as the sun sets at the ?same? time ?of day? you departed from Egypt.

HCSB

Dt 16:11
The Festival of Weeks

11 Rejoice before Yahweh your God in the place where He chooses to have His name dwell—you, your son and daughter, your male and female slave, the Levite within your gates, as well as the foreigner, the fatherless, and the widow among you.

HCSB

Dt 18:5
Provisions for the Levites

5 For •Yahweh your God has chosen him and his sons from all your tribes to stand and minister in His name from now on.

HCSB

Dt 18:7
Provisions for the Levites

7 he may serve in the name of Yahweh his God like all his fellow Levites who minister there in the presence of the Lord.

HCSB

Dt 21:5
Unsolved Murders

5 Then the priests, the sons of Levi, will come forward, for •Yahweh your God has chosen them to serve Him and pronounce blessings in His name, and they are to give a ruling in every dispute and ?case of? assault.

HCSB

Dt 26:2
Giving the Firstfruits

2 you must take some of the first of all the land’s produce that you harvest from the land •Yahweh your God is giving you and put ?it? in a container. Then go to the place where the Lord your God chooses to have His name dwell.

HCSB

Dt 26:7
Giving the Firstfruits

7 So we called out to Yahweh, the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our cry and saw our misery, hardship, and oppression.

HCSB

Dt 27:3
The Law Written on Stones

3 Write all the words of this law on the stones after you cross to enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as •Yahweh, the God of your fathers, has promised you.

HCSB

Dt 28:58
Curses for Disobedience

58 “If you are not careful to obey all the words of this law, which are written in this scroll, by •fearing this glorious and awesome name—•Yahweh, your God—

HCSB

Dt 29:25
Abandoning the Covenant

25 Then people will answer, ‘It is because they abandoned the covenant of •Yahweh, the God of their fathers, which He had made with them when He brought them out of the land of Egypt.

HCSB

Dt 32:3
Chapter 32

3 For I will proclaim •Yahweh’s name. Declare the greatness of our God!

WORDsearch Versions Comparison Updated

Posted: Saturday, December 27, 2008 (5:26 pm), by John W Gillis


Versions

I’ve updated my WORDsearch Versions Comparison page to account for the new Interlinear viewing capabilities in WS8, as well as to do some general cleanup.

HCSB 2nd Edition Released by WORDsearch (with Strong’s coding!)

Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 (9:33 pm), by John W Gillis


WORDsearch yesterday released a revised version of the Holman Christian Standard Bible for use on their Bible Study platforms. This is a free update for existing HCSB license holders, and replaces the previous version on their download server.

This is a hugely improved study resource, as the text is now tagged with Strong’s numbers, providing easy access to the meanings of underlying Greek or Hebrew words using the Strong’s Dictionary, or other compatible lexicons. The HCSB joins the KJV and NASB (and an interlinear) as Strong’s-tagged English translations available on WORDsearch’s CROSS platform. It is, to the best of my knowledge, the only Strong’s-tagged edition of the HCSB on the market. I’m not crazy about the HCSB, but I’m delighted to have another tagged Bible to work with – this is a big step in the right direction.

Another pleasant surprise is the large number of cross references that have been included with this text – far  more than had been available previously. Currently, these are only accessible by expanding footnotes within the Biblical text in a standard Bible window, but hopefully they will also be made available in a stand-alone xref window, as was the case with the previous edition of the HCSB in CROSS.

Finally, this is not just an apparatus upgrade. This release also appears to include a significant revision of the translation, which has been said to be in the works for some time, planned for a 2009 release. This was a very quiet revision release, as I can find no references to it on any Holman/Lifeway web site. It’s entirely possible that WORDsearch got an advance copy of the updated text to work with, and that a widely available updated text will soon be announced by the copyright holder. There is no indication from the WORDsearch side that the “update” actually includes a significant revision of the Biblical text, but it surely does.

At the risk of throwing cold water on this, it should be pointed out that since this updated HCSB will replace (overwrite) the original version, it may make for some confusion for WORDsearch and/or Bible Explorer users who preach from the HCSB, since their electronic study text will differ significantly from their hard copies. It might have been nice to be able to keep both editions available (like the NASB versions), at least until people can replace their hard copies.

Below, I’ve provided a table comparing changes in Ephesians from the original edition (left column) to this 2008 update just published in CROSS (right column). Looking just at Ephesians, I found that 46 out of the 155 verses in the book have changes in this revision – some of them non-trivial. That’s not counting an additional handful of verses with only punctuation changes or a conjunction added/dropped.


2003 HCSB

2008 HCSB

Ephesians 1:1 (HCSB)
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will: To the saints and believers in Christ Jesus at Ephesus.

Ephesians 1:1 (HCSB)
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will: To the faithful •saints in Christ Jesus at Ephesus.,

Ephesians 1:7 (HCSB)
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace

Ephesians 1:7 (HCSB)
7 We have •redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace

Ephesians 1:11 (HCSB)
11 In Him we were also made His inheritance, predestined according to the purpose of the One who works out everything in agreement with the decision of His will,

Ephesians 1:11 (HCSB)
11 We have also received an inheritance in Him, predestined according to the purpose of the One who works out everything in agreement with the decision of His will,

Ephesians 1:13 (HCSB)
13 In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation—in Him when you believed—were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 1:13 (HCSB)
13 When you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 1:18 (HCSB)
18 [I pray] that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints,

Ephesians 1:18 (HCSB)
18 ?I pray? that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints,

Ephesians 2:2 (HCSB)
2 in which you previously walked according to this worldly age, according to the ruler of the atmospheric domain, the spirit now working in the disobedient.

Ephesians 2:2 (HCSB)
2 in which you previously •walked according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler who exercises authority over the lower heavens,, the spirit now working in the disobedient.

Ephesians 2:4 (HCSB)
4 But God, who is abundant in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us,

Ephesians 2:4 (HCSB)
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us,

Ephesians 2:5 (HCSB)
5 made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. By grace you are saved!

Ephesians 2:5 (HCSB)
5 made us alive with the •Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!

Ephesians 2:6 (HCSB)
6 He also raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavens, in Christ Jesus,

Ephesians 2:6 (HCSB)

6 Together with Christ Jesus He also raised us up and seated us in the heavens,

Ephesians 2:7 (HCSB)
7 so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace in [His] kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:7 (HCSB)
7 so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace through ?His? kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:8 (HCSB)
8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—

Ephesians 2:8 (HCSB)
8 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—

Ephesians 2:11 (HCSB)
11 So then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh—called “the uncircumcised” by those called “the circumcised,” done by hand in the flesh.

Ephesians 2:11 (HCSB)
11 So then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh—called “the uncircumcised” by those called “the circumcised,” ?which is done? in the flesh by human hands.

Ephesians 2:12 (HCSB)
12 At that time you were without the Messiah, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, with no hope and without God in the world.

Ephesians 2:12 (HCSB)
12 At that time you were without the Messiah, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.

Ephesians 2:15 (HCSB)
15 He did away with the law of the commandments in regulations, so that He might create in Himself one new man from the two, resulting in peace.

Ephesians 2:15 (HCSB)
15 He made of no effect the law consisting of commands and expressed in regulations, so that He might create in Himself one new man from the two, resulting in peace.

Ephesians 2:17 (HCSB)
17 When [Christ] came, He proclaimed the good news of peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.

Ephesians 2:17 (HCSB)
17 When ?the Messiah? came, He proclaimed the good news of peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.

Ephesians 2:21 (HCSB)
21 The whole building is being fitted together in Him and is growing into a holy sanctuary in the Lord,

Ephesians 2:21 (HCSB)
21 The whole building, being put together by Him, grows into a holy sanctuary in the Lord.

Ephesians 2:22 (HCSB)
22 in whom you also are being built together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit.

Ephesians 2:22 (HCSB)
22 You also are being built together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit.

Ephesians 3:10 (HCSB)
10 This is so that God’s multi-faceted wisdom may now be made known through the church to the rulers and authorities in the heavens.

Ephesians 3:10 (HCSB)
10 This is so God’s multi-faceted wisdom may now be made known through the church to the rulers and authorities in the heavens.

Ephesians 3:11 (HCSB)
11 This is according to the purpose of the ages, which He made in the Messiah, Jesus our Lord,

Ephesians 3:11 (HCSB)
11 This is according to His eternal purpose accomplished in the Messiah, Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 3:12 (HCSB)
12 in whom we have boldness, access, and confidence through faith in Him.

Ephesians 3:12 (HCSB)
12 In Him we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.

Ephesians 3:14 (HCSB)
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father

Ephesians 3:14 (HCSB)
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father

Ephesians 3:16 (HCSB)
16 [I pray] that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,

Ephesians 3:16 (HCSB)
16 ?I pray? that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit,

Ephesians 3:18 (HCSB)
18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth [of God’s love],

Ephesians 3:18 (HCSB)
18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth ?of God’s love?,

Ephesians 3:20 (HCSB)
20 Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think—according to the power that works in you—

Ephesians 3:20 (HCSB)
20 Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us—

Ephesians 4:10 (HCSB)
10 The One who descended is the same as the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.

Ephesians 4:10 (HCSB)
10 The One who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.

Ephesians 4:21 (HCSB)
21 assuming you heard Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus:

Ephesians 4:21 (HCSB)
21 assuming you heard about Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus.

Ephesians 4:22 (HCSB)
22 you took off your former way of life, the old man that is corrupted by deceitful desires;

Ephesians 4:22 (HCSB)
22 You took off, your former way of life, the old self, that is corrupted by deceitful desires;

Ephesians 4:24 (HCSB)
24 you put on the new man, the one created according to God’s [likeness] in righteousness and purity of the truth.

Ephesians 4:24 (HCSB)
24 you put on, the new self, the one created according to God’s ?likeness? in righteousness and purity of the truth.

Ephesians 4:29 (HCSB)
29 No rotten talk should come from your mouth, but only what is good for the building up of someone in need, in order to give grace to those who hear.

Ephesians 4:29 (HCSB)
29 No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear.

Ephesians 4:30 (HCSB)
30 And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit, who sealed you for the day of redemption.

Ephesians 4:30 (HCSB)
30 And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit. You were sealed by Him for the day of •redemption.

Ephesians 4:31 (HCSB)
31 All bitterness, anger and wrath, insult and slander must be removed from you, along with all wickedness.

Ephesians 4:31 (HCSB)
31 All bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander must be removed from you, along with all malice.

Ephesians 5:5 (HCSB)
5 For know and recognize this: no sexually immoral or impure or greedy person, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of the Messiah and of God.

Ephesians 5:5 (HCSB)
5 For know and recognize this: Every sexually immoral or impure or greedy person, who is an idolater, does not have an inheritance in the kingdom of the Messiah and of God.

Ephesians 5:6 (HCSB)
6 Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for because of these things God’s wrath is coming on the disobedient.

Ephesians 5:6 (HCSB)
6 Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for God’s wrath is coming on the disobedient because of these things.

Ephesians 5:18 (HCSB)
18 And don’t get drunk with wine, which [leads to] reckless actions, but be filled with the Spirit:

Ephesians 5:18 (HCSB)
18 And don’t get drunk with wine, which ?leads to? reckless actions, but be filled by the Spirit:

Ephesians 5:19 (HCSB)
19 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music to the Lord in your heart,

Ephesians 5:19 (HCSB)
19 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music from your heart to the Lord,

Ephesians 5:23 (HCSB)
23 for the husband is head of the wife as also Christ is head of the church. He is the Savior of the body.

Ephesians 5:23 (HCSB)
23 for the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of the body.

Ephesians 5:24 (HCSB)
24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so wives should [submit] to their husbands in everything.

Ephesians 5:24 (HCSB)
24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so wives are to ?submit? to their husbands in everything.

Ephesians 5:25 (HCSB)
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as also Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her,

Ephesians 5:25 (HCSB)
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her

Ephesians 5:26 (HCSB)
26 to make her holy, cleansing her in the washing of water by the word.

Ephesians 5:26 (HCSB)
26 to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word.

Ephesians 5:27 (HCSB)
27 He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and blameless.

Ephesians 5:27 (HCSB)
27 He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless.

Ephesians 5:28 (HCSB)
28 In the same way, husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

Ephesians 5:28 (HCSB)
28 In the same way, husbands are to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

Ephesians 6:7 (HCSB)
7 Render service with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men,

Ephesians 6:7 (HCSB)
7 Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men,

Ephesians 6:9 (HCSB)
9 And masters, treat them the same way, without threatening them, because you know that both their and your Master is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with Him.

Ephesians 6:9 (HCSB)
9 And masters, treat your slaves the same way, without threatening them, because you know that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with Him.

Ephesians 6:16 (HCSB)
16 In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Ephesians 6:16 (HCSB)
16 In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Ephesians 6:18 (HCSB)
18 With every prayer and request, pray at all times in the Spirit, and stay alert in this, with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.

Ephesians 6:18 (HCSB)
18 Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the •saints.

Ephesians 6:21 (HCSB)
21 Tychicus, our dearly loved brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything so that you also may know how I am and what I’m doing.

Ephesians 6:21 (HCSB)
21 Tychicus, our dearly loved brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me so that you may be informed.


ESV Study Bible for WORDsearch Released

Posted: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 (10:29 pm), by John W Gillis


WORDsearch released the ESV Study Bible in CROSS format today, for use with either their WORDsearch products, or their free Bible Study program, Bible Explorer 4. This should be a hot-ticket item, as the paper-bound ESV Study Bible has been very well received since its release, which was less than two months ago. I find it surprising – and encouraging – that the work is being made available in ebook versions so soon after initial publication.

WORDsearch looks to be the first electronic publisher to get the ESV Study Bible out the door. The work is currently being discounted to $33.33 on the WORDsearch website. The list price shows up at $49.95, which seems a bit steep, but you never know how the licensing costs are working behind the scenes.

I haven’t had the chance to check this out yet (I’ll be happy to report back when I have), but I presume that, unlike the paperbound editions,  this book will consist of the study notes, articles, maps, and cross references, but not the ESV text itself. Of course, it will have the ability to sync with the ESV – or any other translation, or even other books of study notes, or commentaries. For some reason, I thought the ESV itself was “free in BE” on their website, but it looks like a $29.95 purchase on-line. However, I believe you can pick it up for $9.95 if you use the “get more Bibles” interface in InstaVerse, which suggests to me that you could also get it for that price by calling WORDsearch sales.

[Update: I see today (Dec 5th) that Biblesoft has the ESV Study Notes available for PC Study Bible as well. The pricing, both list and discount, is essentially identical to WORDsearch. JWG]

[Update2: (Dec 18th) I saw today that Oak Tree Software now has the ESV Study Notes available for Accordance. The pricing, at $40, splits the difference between the list and “sale” prices of the other two vendors, though it’s not clear to me if the Accordance price is introductory or not. One big advantage to implementing these study notes on the Accordance platform would be that they have the ESV available in an edition with Strong’s tags, which would seemingly make for a much richer study experience with these notes. JWG]