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 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. So search for "speak" and it also find verses with "talk", "uttered", etc...

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".

We do not support any Bible translations which are sold for profit.

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

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.

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

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

What’s New

Version 3.9

updated to the latest revision of Little Watchman Translation

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings



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!

Davebiddle ,

Love this app

The title says it all, when you're looking for a verse and only can think of a few disjointed words in it, this app will find it for you. Update as of 7/4/16 - this app will do a much better search than any other Bible software. Also on two occasions I've gotten in touch with the developer and his response was terrific. I contacted him about adding a new Bible version and then again about phrase searching and both times he responded quickly and both times the changes were made. I have a lot of Bible and other software and it's extremely unusual for the developer to go above and beyond to be so accommodating. Very good app and even better developer.

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.


Paul Stevenson
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Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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