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Electronic Versions of the Bible in English

The table below demonstrates the availability of various English language Bible translations in most of the major Bible Study software packages/formats.

Items marked as “P” are not available as a stand-alone purchase, but are only available in larger packages – which generally include the program engines. Some of them are available in entry-level “base” packages, while others are only available with higher-end purchases – I make no distinction in this table. Items marked with “B” are available only as part of a bundle package (e.g the TNIV is not currently available as a standalone purchase, but can be purchased as part of an NIV Family Bundle on some platforms).

The information provided here was accurate to the best of my knowledge (excluding any “sale” discounts) as of the beginning of January, 2014. This is the second edition of this table I have published; the first was published in January 2010. I hadn’t planned on updating it, but much has changed in four years, beginning with the merger of the WORDsearch and QuickVerse products. Both now use CROSS format books, which are identified here as WORDsearch. There have also been some significant price changes: Logos, for example, has dropped the price on most of their Bibles by 75%; I thought that should be recognized.

Two major changes in this edition include a new designation “d” to indicate a large number of historical translations that Logos is working on development funding for, since these will likely be completed and available long before I ever update this table again.  Also in this version, the sort order has been changed from alpha to reverse chronological, since the list of electronically available Bible translations is getting so long, and many of the titles are little-known – hence it seems more helpful to list them by publication date.

At this time, I do not have a PDF of this version prepared. Feel free to comment below with any corrections, etc.

  The English Versions of Sacred Scripture as Available in Electronic Bible Study Software Formats              
Abbr. Name Date Accordance BibleWorks Logos PC Study Bible PocketBible WORDsearch eSword LaParola Online Bible SWORD The Word
LES Lexham English Septuagint 2012     $25                
CEB Common English Bible 2011 $20 P $15     $30         $10
EOB Eastern/Greek Orthodox Bible - NT (of PATr) 2011 P   d                
ESV English Standard Version 2011 $30 P $10 $40 $10 $30 Free   $19 (B) Free Free
NIV11 New International Version 2011 2011 $20 P $10 $40 $10 $30 $25 (B)       $26
OEB Open English Bible 2011                   Free Free
NABRE New American Bible Revised Edition 2010 $20 P $17 $40 $15            
CPDV Catholic Public Domain Version 2009                     Free
EXB Expanded Bible - New Testament 2009     $18   $10            
GUV Grammar Uses Version 2009               Free      
NHEB New Heart English Bible 2009                   Free  
COM Comprehensive New Testament (Clontz) 2008 P                    
LEB Lexham English Bible 2008     Free       Free Free   Free Free
MIT MacDonald Idiomatic Translation Bible 2008   P                  
VW Voice in the Wilderness 2008                     Free
ALT Analytical Literal Translation (NT) 2007             Free        
NETS New English Translation of the Septuagint 2007 $30                    
ABPE Apostolic Bible (English) (VanderPool) 2006             Free Free   Free Free
GST Contemporary Torah: Gender Sensitive 2006     $25                
RSV2CE Revised Standard Version Second Catholic Edition 2006     $15                
ACV A Conservative Version 2005               Free   Free  
MagP Magiera New Testament (from Peshitta) 2005   P                  
NET New English Translation 2005 $20 P $10 $40 $10 $20 Free     Free Free
NLT New Living Translation 2005 $20 P $10 $40 $10 $30 $15       $17
TNIV Today's New International Version 2005 P P B B              
AB Apostle's Bible (Esposito LXX) 2004                   Free  
ERV Easy to Read Version 2004       $40   $30          
HCSB Holman Christian Standard Bible 2004 $20 P $10 $40 $15 Free $13   $19 (B)   Free
EMTV English Majority Text Version 2002             Free     Free Free
TM Message 2002 $20   $10 $40 $10 $30 $13   P   $17
J2000 English Jubilee 2000 Bible  2000             Free     Free  
UKJV Updated King James Version 2000                   Free Free
WEB World English Bible 2000 P     P Free   Free Free Free Free Free
AKJV American King James Version 1999               Free Free Free Free
CENT Common Edition New Testament (Clontz) 1999             Free     Free  
DSSB-E Dead Sea Scrolls Bible 1999 $40 $30 $22                
CJB Complete Jewish Bible (Stern) 1998 $25 P $10 $50 $15 $35 $15   $15    
ISV International Standard Version 1998     $10 $15     Free     Free Free
MKJV Modern King James Version (Green) 1998             Free     Free  
SISR Scriptures 1998     $26             Free Free
JNT Jewish New Testament 1997     $10                
OJBC Orthodox Jewish Brit Chadasha  1996                   Free  
CEV Contemporary English Version 1995 $20   $10 P   $30 Free        
GW God's Word 1995 $20 P $10 $40 $15 Free Free   Free Free $15
NASBU New American Standard Bible Update 1995 P P $10 $40 $15 $40 (B) $20 (B)   $23 (B)   $30 (B)
NIrV New International Readers' Version 1995 $20 P $10 B     B        
Sch Schocken Bible: The Five Books of Moses (Fox) 1995 $40   $36                
RWB Webster 1833 Revised 1995   P             Free Free  
KJV21 21st Century King James Version 1994                 Free    
NCV New Century Version 1991     $10 $40 $15 $30          
NRSV New Revised Standard Version 1989 $20 P $10 $40 $15 $30 $15        
REB Revised English Bible 1989 $20   $42               $20
MCT McCord's Everlasting Gospel (NT) 1988       $40              
ICB International Children's Version 1986           $30          
LITV Green's Literal Translation 1985             Free     Free  
NJB New Jerusalem Bible 1985 $20 P $10     $30          
NJPS New JPS (TaNaKh) 1985 $20 P $10                
NIV New International Version 1984       50 (B)              
NKJV New King James Version 1982 $20 P $10 P $10 $30 $15   P   $16
NASB New American Standard Bible 1977 P P $30 P   B B   (B)   $12
GNB Good News Bible/Today's English Version 1976 $20   $10 $40   $30 Free        
LB Living Bible 1971     $10 $40   $30          
RSV Revised Standard  Version 1971 $20 P $10 $40 $10 $20 $13        
NEB New English Bible 1970     $40                
CPG Cotton Patch Gospel 1969     $40                
MLB Modern Language Bible (New Berkeley Version) 1969           $20          
BWE Bible in Worldwide English (NT) 1969                   Free  
RSVCE Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition 1966     $10                
AMP Amplified Bible 1965 $20   $10 $40 $15 $10 $20   $19   $25
BBE Bible in Basic English 1965 P P   P Free Free Free Free Free Free Free
WENT Wuest's Expanded New Testament 1961     $40 P   $16 $10        
JBP Phillips' New Testament in Modern English 1958       $33   $20          
Wms Williams New Testament. 1936                 Free    
CTNT Centenary (Montgomery) Translation of the NT 1924           Free       Free  
JPS JPS Masoretic Text Translation 1917   P $10     $30 Free     Free Free
CNT Campbell New Testament 1914     d                
BUVI Bible Union Improved 1913     d                
MNT Moffat NT: A New Translation 1913           $20          
Wey Weymouth New Testement in Modern Speech 1912 P   d P Free Free Free Free Free Free  
SCNTE Sahidic Coptic NT in English (Horner) 1911     $32                
BCGE Burkitt's Curetonian Gospels 1904     d                
TCNT Twentieth Century New Testament 1904                   Free Free
GTNT Godbey New Testament 1902               Free   Free  
EBR Rotherham Emphasized Bible 1902   P $10             Free Free
ASV American Standard Version 1901 P P $18 P Free Free Free Free Free Free Free
BCNTE Bohairic Coptic NT (Horner) 1898     $60 (B)                
YLT Young's Literal Translation 1898 $10 P $10 P Free Free Free Free Free Free Free
WNDNT Weekes' New Dispensation NT 1897     d                
LPNT Lewis New Testament (from Peshitta) 1896   P d                
RV Revised Version 1895 $10 P d       Free   Free   Free
Dar Darby Version 1890 P P $10 P Free Free Free Free Free Free Free
HSOT Helen Spurrell Old Testament 1885     d                
NPNT Norton New Testament (from Peshitta) 1881   P d                
Sharpe Sharpe Bible 1881     d                
SLT Julia Smith's Literal Traslation 1876     d               Free
SDNT Samuel Davidson New Testament 1876     d                
CPB KJV Cambridge Paragraph Bible 1873     $10       Free        
PTISA Pauli's Tragum Isaiah 1871     d                
Noyes Noyes Translation (Job - Rev) 1869   P d           Free Free  
HTANT Anderson New Testament 1866     d                
BUCEV Common English Version (Bible Union) NT 1865     d                
EDW Emphatic Diaglott (Wilson) 1864     $20           Free    
ETOJ Etheridge's Targums Onkelos & Jonathan ben Uzziel 1862     d                
Sawyer Sawyer's New Testament 1861     d                
BJSOT Benisch's Jewish School OT 1856     d                
Leeser Twenty-Four Books of the Holy Scriptures 1853   P d           Free Free  
MPNT Murdock New Testament (from Peshitta) 1851   P 77/d        Free     Free  
KJVR King James Version 1850 1850               Free      
EPNT Etheridge New Testament (Peshitta) 1849   P d             Free  
BLXXE Brenton's English LXX 1844 $30 P $34       Free Free Free   Free
Taylor Taylor's New Testament 1840     d                
LONT Living Oracles NT 1835                 Free Free  
WBT Webster 1833 Bible 1833 P P d P Free $30 Free Free Free Free Free
Palfrey Palfrey New Testament 1830     d                
CTT Thompson's Translation of LXX & NT 1808     d                
Newcome Newcome's New Testament 1796     d                
WORNT Worsley NT 1770             Free     Free  
KJV King James Bible 1769 1769 P P $10 P Free Free Free Free Free Free Free
HLNT Hardwood's Liberal New Testament 1768     d                
JWNT Wesley New Testament 1755           Free         Free
DRC Douay-Rheims Challenor (1899 imprint) 1752 $10 P $10 P     Free Free Free Free Free
WPNT Whiston's Primitive New Testament 1745     d                
Mace Mace New Testament 1729     d     Free          
AV1611 King James Bible 1611 1611   P         Free       Free
Bishop Bishops' Bible 1568 P P d       Free       Free
TGB Geneva Bible 1560 $10 P d $40 Free $30 Free     Free Free
MATB Matthew Bible 1537     d                
TCB Coverdale's Bible 1535     d               Free
Tyn Tyndale Bible 1534   P d         Free Free Free Free
WycNT Wyclif NT 1380     d       Free     Free  
                           
Legend P = version available only as part of library package                 Published Jan 2, 2014
  B = version available only as part of a bundle of resources/versions               by John W Gillis  
  d = resource in development for future release                   MaybeToday.org  
  $ = cost of obtaining version as stand-alone download                      
  Free/cheap editions of NET Bible do not contain full notes                    

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  • Ralph

    How may I get an electronic version of the JST Bible? of other versions?

  • John W Gillis

    Ralph, if you follow the link I have in the right-hand column above the table to the SWORD Project home page, the JST can be downloaded from the Module Add-Ons section.

    For e-Sword, I think it is only available through e-sword-users.org.

    Of course, if you don’t already have one of these programs, you’ll also need to download one of the core applications programs to read the JST module. Again, you can do that from the links I’ve provided above. These are both free programs. I find e-Sword a little easier to use, but both are well-constructed tools.

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