Wednesday, July 29, 2009

e-Sword Revised

A couple of facts:

Two very nice Filipino Christian girls read my blog. They often write in Tagalog.

e-Sword offers a Tagalog version of the Bible. And, a new version 9.0.3, updating the entire application.

I would love to post Tagalog verses for Gift and Glad, but it would be necessary to update to version 9. That meant downloading all the different Bible verses and reloading them. Let me assure you, it’s worth it!

Naturally, the screens appear updated, and there are a couple of layout changes that focus more on scriptures than on finding them. Looking up scriptures is a quick click, no more scrolling up and down through open books by chapter. Simply click on a Bible icon, select the book, chapter and verse. Easy!!

It’s just as easy to do a comparison of all versions on a single verse, and a parallel with as many as four versions.

The majority of the versions are free. There is a charge for Amplified Bible, NASB, NIV, NKJV, NRSV and RSV – but those run about $15 to $20 for the soft copies. For me, I’m quite content to enjoy the King James Version that comes with the initial setup.

Rick Meyers, creator of e-Sword, has a verse that gives his views on the cost:

freely ye have received, freely give. (Matthew 10:8b KJV)

Mr. Meyers has given us a tool to use in Bible study that is not only free, but virtually unmatched in its ability to search the scriptures, provide a commentary and display a dictionary at the same time. Awesome!

And, each time a Bible is downloaded and read, God’s promise is fulfilled:

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11 KJV)

Or, as it is read in Tagalog:

Magiging gayon ang aking salita na lumalabas sa bibig ko: hindi babalik sa akin na walang bunga, kundi gaganap ng kinalulugdan ko, at giginhawa sa bagay na aking pinagsuguan. (Isaiah 55:11 TAB)

Or, in Spanish:

así será mi palabra que sale de mi boca, no volverá a mí vacía sin haber realizado lo que deseo, y logrado el propósito para el cual la envié. (Isaiah 55:11 LBLA)

Oh, yes – I forgot to mention to maps – even shots from NASA. Don’t miss out on this free tool.

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