I am sure that many of you have heard of the free bible software program E-sword, but in case you haven’t, you should give it a try…it is NOT your typical, watered down “free stuff” that all to often disappoints the user.
For years I used a “Quick Verse", a purchased program. I liked the “search" features of Quick Verse, but I became exasperated with the user unfriendliness (especially when I had to change CD’s in the middle of a search) and eventually quit using it altogether. Then, about three years ago a friend referred me to e-sword. I tried it and I liked it and I have been an avid user ever since.
E-sword (www.e-sword.com) is not simply a free bible program, but one that is bursting with goodies. Rick Myers, a gifted programmer, released the first version of e-sword in April, 2000 and has made numerous updates over the years. As of April, 2009, it has been downloaded 9,000,000 times. Rick gives e-sword “free to all" but will accept donations to help with his expenses.
Now, what do I mean by “bursting with goodies"?
E-sword contains free bibles, free bible dictionaries, free commentaries and free maps. How many? I would estimate about 15 of each. Some of the Bible translations are: KJV, RV, ESV, ISV and even JPS (Jewish Publication Society Bible). I added “The Message" for $9.99 to compare with the more traditional translations. The classic bible dictionaries are all free too: Nave, Smith, Strong, Torrey and even Webster. Commentaries? Again, about 15 can be downloaded for free, including Matthew Henry, Gill and Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. Because I preferred a bit more modern commentary, I paid $14.99 to download the Life Application Study Bible commentary. It integrated seamlessly.
I seem to keep finding more of these “goodies".
A click of “Topic Notes" opened a new window displaying volumes of biblical references and readings, ranging from “Creeds of Christendom" to “Foxes Book of Martyrs" to “History of the Christian Church" to “War of the Jews". And I discovered recently that I can produce my own comments and link them permanently to one or more bible verses. A search feature will help me easily find all of my comments.
The opening page will give you a “quick tip" or a choice of several daily devotions. The default screen arrangement displays the bible, the dictionary and the commentary, but this is easily changed to your preference.
Rick Meyers is a gifted programmer who has donated countless hours to make e-sword not only a free bible program but an extremely user friendly one. In his own words, “I make my living writing software and I believe I have put forth my best effort in this endeavor."
The Best Part – It’s Free!
E-sword, as I have already mentioned, is a totally free download with no strings attached. You are encouraged to use if for free and you will never be harassed about making a donation. However, if you are like me, you will be so thrilled with e-sword that you will gladly make a donation.