The PARALLEL PLUS® Bible-study app is for pastors, lay leaders, and others actively seeking a deeper understanding of the Scriptures. PARALLEL: up to 7 columns, 100+ versions. PLUS Greek and Hebrew word studies (verse lists, unabridged Thayer/BDB/Schleusner, word families). PLUS exegetic helps (parsings, translation tips). Free, online only, install now.
EXPERIENCE IT: As you read down the column in one version, when you encounter a verse you'd like to better understand, just move your eyes left-and-right to see how other versions express that verse in its context, and then continue reading the chapter. The idea is to introduce as little eye movement as possible, so you can get into the Scriptures and stay there for a while.
BIBLICAL LANGUAGES: See Hebrew and Greek in parallel with other versions. Plus tap any word to lookup the corresponding Hebrew or Greek word and its occurrences. Plus tap any verse to lookup Hebrew or Greek details in a verse: phonetics, parsings, parts of speech, translation tips.
GO DEEPER: Tap any word, then tap “word study” to see: verse lists, lexical entries, and word families. Tap any verse, then tap “verse study” to see verse-at-a-time helps: color-coded parts-of-speech, word forms, phonetics, syllables, and translation tips. It also helps you find familiar Bible verses, even when you only remember a few words; enter "God so loved" in the search box and see where that phrase occurs in every Bible version in your parallel Bible.
MAKE NOTES, HIGHLIGHT VERSES: Sign in to make notes and highlight verses. Make notes about a verse, about a word in a word study, or your translation of a verse. Those notes also appear automatically in your parallel Bible: each verse note, each word-study note (alongside each occurrence of the word), and each verse you translate (alongside the other columns in your parallel Bible).
ONLINE ONLY and this is why: It allows us to update our content and make corrections as soon as we recognize the need to do so. “Online only” helps us make sure each reader always has access to the most accurate content that we are able to provide at that moment. Moreover, yes: we live in an increasingly connected world. Internet speeds continue to climb, so that in developed countries, performance is outstanding (for example: for those with a 200 megabit connection, Parallel Plus displays a new chapter in 1/3 second). In some developing countries, the Internet is much slower at present yet that gap will close over the next several years.
SOCIAL: This app supports you in sharing the gospel with your friends right at the moment you are reading a Bible verse and thinking of someone in your life.
PROTESTANT, CATHOLIC: This app automatically aligns verses—by verse content—and displays corresponding verse numbers when different.
COMMENTARY FREE: The act of reading versions in parallel helps readers to understand more deeply. Even without commentary. We feel this is so important that we do not include commentary in our app.
LANGUAGES: Biblical Hebrew and Greek plus English, French, German, Hindi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and about 50 others.
ABOUT: TheBible.org is a US charitable organization (official name: The Bible Works). Its mission is helping ministers make known Christ; in support of that mission, it develops apps to help people experience more effective Scripture reading. Peter Coad leads his small team in this work. The organization's content partners include Biblica (NIV), Crossway (ESV), Lockman (NASB), and Bible League International.
Parallel Plus® is a registered trademark of TheBible.org
©2020 TheBible.org. All rights reserved.
New Bible versions:
New Living Translation (NLT)
Reina Valera 1960 (RVR60)
Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
We love hearing from you! Send your feedback and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, if you can, help us reach others by posting a review here in the App Store.
Ratings and Reviews
Best Parallel Bible App Around
I have used this Bible App on many an ocassion to see how transcriptions have changed from one language to another to English, how they match up, why there are differences, and all the other helps that give me the ability to communicate that information to others, especially new believers.
Being able to choose out of a number of different versions, and to read about the historical background of those versions is suited for those who are willing to study and learn more about their faith, its origins, and how that faith affected cultures and countries throughout the world over the centuries and mellianials.
I found that every version has its usefulness, some of the newer "easy readings for today" have practical applications that are understandale, and most, if not all, are quite accurate in exegesis. Enjoy this mobile tool- it is great ready while waiting at the doctors office, in the DMV line, or anywhere else for that matter.
I really love this app. I was looking really hard for a Bible app that could show how many times a Hebrew word is used, and where it’s used, but not many apps have a tool that did exactly what I wanted. I also really like the way the app lets you look at multiple translations. I’ve also found that the Hebrew definitions are more exhaustive and accurate (that’s in my opinion). It doesn’t look too cluttered, and it’s still easy to maneuver through the options. The app is also pretty easy to use; I don’t find myself getting frustrated by the format. The only critique is that the app isn’t the most visually appealing, but I think it’s abilities make up for it. I honestly wonder why this app isn’t more popular because it really is a gem!
Indispensible for Serious Study
I use this app daily. I keep six different translations with original Greek & Hebrew/Aramaic (plus LXX/Septuagint) texts open for every passage read in morning devotional, using the lexicological aids for word studies. This often allows me to formulate alternate translations that illuminate passages beyond what the Amplified Bible offers.
I especially like the simple, unified interface for searching words, phrases and book&verse addresses, which is able to decipher attempts at book abbreviations without colons or other customary punctuation.
I gave only four stars simply because nothing is perfect. I believe the interface can be made a bit more intuitive. Plus, I would like to see a few of my favorite translations made available, namely the KJ2/Jay P Green, NLT and Living Bible paraphrase. I would also enjoy seeing parallel links to Haley's Handbook and reputable verse-by-verse commentaries, such as Ironside and Chuck Smith.
Data Not Linked to You
The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:
- Contact Info
- User Content
Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More
- The Bible Works
- 3.8 MB
- Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 13.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © 2020 TheBible.org All rights reserved worldwide.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.