Linking Tutorial
How do I use an <A HREF> tag link to a particular verse from my site?

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Simple Format

Here is a brief explanation of the link structure. The average link to Scripture is a combination of three parts: header, book and chapter, and then verse. Using the example of a link to Hebrews 11:13, we will try to explain each portion that you might freely link to any verse in the Bible from our site.

Here follows a visual breakdown of the typical link:

First, the link as a whole:

Next, the header:

This bit (http://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/) never changes when linking to Scripture. Some day in the future, we may include the ability to use versions other than the KJV, but for the present, that's all we've got for primary navigation.

Followed by the book and chapter:

This section is comprised of four parts in the following order: [book abbreviation]/ + [book abbreviation again] + [three-digit chapter reference] + .html.

The book abbreviation is a three-character reference to the desired book in Scripture (in our example, Hbr). Click here to view the list of abbreviations. The chapter reference works on a three-digit system: no matter the chapter, it is always represented by three numbers. In our case, the eleventh chapter of Hebrews is represented by 011. Double digit-chapters are always preceded by a zero (0) and single-digit chapters will always be preceded by two zeros (00). Books with only one chapter are represented as 001 (for example, and verse in Jude would be represented as Jud/Jud001.html.

Then simply add the .html file externsion to your link and you will be able to link to any book or chapter in Scripture.

Finally, the verse reference:

To link to a verse in the book and chapter you've selected, simply add a pound sign (#) and the verse number immediately after the .html and you're ready to go.

Since the proof of the pudding is in the tasting, try it out:
http://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/Hbr/Hbr011.html#13

Advanced Format

The advanced format allows users to link to a single bible verse, or string of consecutive verses. This format uses JavaScript pop up window. There are two separate snippets of code in which you will need to copy and place in your html.

The first piece of code should be placed between the <head> and </head> tags. The code is as follows:

<script src="http://www.blueletterbible.org/scripts/windows.js"></script>

The second snippet of code is the actual link to the Bible verse(s). This should be placed wherever you want your linked verse reference to be. The blue coloured values are variables that you may change. Copy following code for the example of Philippians 2:5-11:

<a
href="javascript:hWind('http://blueletterbible.org/cgi/tools/get_verses.pl?',
'Book=Phl',
'Chapter=2',
'Start=5',
'End=11',
'show_all=',
'table_width=370',
'onblur=0',
'icon=http://blueletterbible.org/gifs/search_tools.gif',
'hr=http://blueletterbible.org/',
'scrollbars=yes',
'resizable=yes',
'screenX=100',
'screenY=100',
'width=460',
'height=400')">Philippians 2:5-11</a>

The result of the above code is this: Philippians 2:5-11.

Explanation of the Variables

'Book=Phl',

This is the Bible book that you want to disply. The variable "Phl" may be changed to any of the valid Blue Letter Bible book abbreviations. Click here to view the list of abbreviations.

'Chapter=2',

This is the chapter of the Bible book that you want to display. The "2" may be changed to any valid chapter within the Bible book that you have selected.

'Start=5',

This is the beginning verse of the book and chapter that you want to display. The "5" may be changed to any valid verse within the Bible book and chapter that you have selected.

'End=11',

This is the ending verse of the book and chapter that you want to display. The "11" may be changed to any valid verse within the Bible book and chapter that you have selected as long as it occurs after the beginning verse. If only want one verse to be displayed, make the ending verse the same as the beginning verse.

Philippians 2:5-11

This is the text that will display on your page when you link to this verse. You may say "Phl 2:5-11", "Phil. 2:5-11", "Philippians 2:5-11", "the kenosis" or anything else you would like.

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