How to Use the BLB
What is in the Blue Letter Bible?

The Blue Letter Bible is an Internet site on the World Wide Web. Its address is http://www.blueletterbible.org.

The Blue Letter Bible contains a basic English Bible: an 18th century version of the "King James" translation. We have added some study tools to this:

  1. The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (TSK) is essentially a list of verses that pertain to a particular verse—in other words, a series of cross-references (311,000 in all).

  2. Greek and Hebrew versions of the text using original-language typography—this is helpful for word study and translation.

  3. Concordance listings for most words showing a list of all verses in which a given word occurs—this is available both for the English translation and for the original language.

  4. Lexicon definitions for the original language and a listing showing the different ways in which specific words have been translated into English and giving a pronunciation guide.

  5. Cross reference of Biblical words into six different study guides—including Vine's, Nave's, Torrey's, &c.

  6. Commentaries for each verse in the Bible, from sources both old (such as Matthew Henry) and modern (through "conservative" Bible-believing Pastors and Commentators)—includes both text and audio versions.

  7. Maps and engravings—which we pray will help the Body study God's Word.
Altogether, we have added about 85,000 pages of data to the Blue Letter Bible. Through the use of computer programs, we have interlinked these 85,000 pages with the verses of the Bible: chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse, or word-by-word. We have added about 1,200,000 links to integrate all the information together, allowing effective study of God's word.

How do you use all the above features?

The basic idea is that ALL the features described above are available as you read the Blue Letter Bible, by clicking various buttons. For almost every verse in the Blue Letter Bible, there are three things you can do:

  1. Click on the button at the far left to see suggested scriptures that relate to the verse.

  2. Click on the button for Greek/Hebrew and concordance/lexicon. The verse will be re-displayed along with the Greek/Hebrew text. Click on any English word within the table to see search results. You will see how the English word is used in the KJV translation, as well as dictionary entries discussing that word. Or, click on the Strong's number next to the English word. It will give you a concordance of the usage of the original language word, and a lexicon entry including a pronunciation guide.

  3. Click on the button for a list of all audio, video, and text commentaries relating to the selected verse.

  4. Click on the button for a link to images or maps that pertain to the chosen passage—this feature will not be available for all verses.

  5. Click on the button for different translations; due to copyright issues and availability, this feature may not be available immediately.

  6. The verse heading for each verse (such as Jhn 3:16) is itself a button, which when clicked, provides a list of:

    1. maps and engravings pertaining to that verse

    2. audio study guides for this verse

    3. text commentaries available for that verse.

    You may browse through this list, choose one, then click on the View Commentary button which appears. A new page displaying your choice will then appear. After viewing/listening to your choice, you may go "back" to the menu of choices, and make another choice!
There is also a search feature on the home page! Type in a word and click the Word Search button to see search results for that word (e.g. its place in Scripture and relavent dictionary entries). Also for more detailed search features, click the search button on the site's navigation bar.

Thank you for your interest in the Blue Letter Bible and we hope that God will grant you continual blessing in your studies.
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