It's so frustrating when you think you remember a verse, but you have one or two words which are not quite right, and so you just can't find it.
Perhaps you learned it in a different version. Perhaps you only vaguely remember it at all.
Either way, if you don't know the right words to look for then you won't be able to find the verse.

But Not Just Words is smarter than your average Bible Search app.
As well as being able to search for combinations of words it also automatically searches for other forms and synonyms of your search words.
So when you search for “pray”, it also looks for “prays”, “praying”, “prayer”, “prayers”, “prayed”...

And then it uses a thesaurus to broaden the search even further. So search for “speak” and it also find verses with “talk”, “uttered”, etc...

All that in a fraction of a second.

You can also search for references like “rom 1:4” or “Gen 1:1;Ex 12:1”, or you can combine these with other searches to restrict them.
For example you can search for “pray in Romans” to find the references to prayer in the book of Romans. Or “forgive in NT” to find the new testament references to forgiveness.

You can also search for phrases like “holy spirit”. And those searches will also use the thesaurus for each word in the phrase.

And you can combine searches with “and”, “or” or “not”. Or “near” to find words within a couple of verses of each other.

This app includes the ability to search
Young's Literal Translation
King James Version
World English Bible
American Standard Version
Little Watchman Translation (New Testament Only)
Darby's Bible
NIV 1984

It also includes the Japanese Colloquial Version using the advanced search features, including the ability to find all the forms of the words you searched for.
This version also includes settings which allow you to specify which kanji (if any) you recognise. Unknown kanji will then be replaced by your choice of furigana, hiragana, or romaji. You can also insert spaces between Japanese words to make reading easier for beginners.

Similarly for the Chinese Union Version. Both traditional and simplified versions. And you can search either by Chinese characters or pinyin.

And if you’re not interested in either Japanese or Chinese, you can just turn them off and never see them again.

We also let you set up a daily reading plan, and you can have your phone read it to you each day while you're commuting if that fits your lifestyle. We won’t nag, but we will politely remind you if you get behind. You can turn that off too if you don’t like it.

All Bible data is stored locally and does not require an internet connection for reading or searching.

Find the verse you’re looking for and make the most of every opportunity.

What’s New

Version 4.1

We added a setting so you can turn off the daily reminders if you're behind in your reading.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

rrrhw ,

I like it overall.....

This is a great app. Although, they can make a few adjustments like changing the audio voice which sounds like a robot. However, I would still recommend this app because it is free, easy to search, and it helps you with your Bible vocabulary.



I was the 1st person to rate this app in July 2013. I used it constantly because it still offered the 1984 NIV. But when I installed the latest OS for my iPhone today July 7, 2014, I am sad to see that version is no longer there. There are plenty of other apps that offered other versions but this was the last one I know of that offered the NIV 1984. Guess I might as well delete this version now.

Love this app. Please don't ever update or if you do don't take out the NIV 1984 version! This is the only app and only website I can find that still has that version. I don't know why they did this but when they updated to the 2011 edition they took out the 1984 one. I've never known a publisher who has taken a previous version away when they publish a new version. I memorize scripture and when the version is changed it makes it very difficult and confusing. Thanks for keeping the 1984 NIV!

CTintype ,

Has become one of my favorite Bible Apps!

The first time I loaded this App it didn't work. It now works; and I have found that is a very useful study App. If you tried it once and didn't like it; try it again, I think you might reconsider its usefulness. Be sure and push the ? mark in the lower RH corner; it explains how to use this App to its full potential.

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Paul Stevenson
48.2 MB

Requires iOS 13.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

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