Recommended Bible Apps, Websites, and Translations

Bible Apps and Websites

YouVersion Bible App/Website

Tens of millions of people are using the Bible App to make God’s Word a part of their daily lives. Download the free app and access your bookmarks, notes, and reading plans from anywhere. Enjoy hundreds of versions, including audio, all on your mobile device.

Bible Gateway

Bible Gateway is your rich social and personal connection to freely read, research, and reference Scripture on your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone . . . anywhere; in more than 180 versions! Its simple yet advanced searching capabilities allow you to quickly find and compare particular passages in multiple Bible translations based on the keywords, phrases, topics, or Scripture references you have in mind.

Accordance Bible Software

Access ancient wisdom and modern insights through an ever-growing library of titles. Illuminate your research and teaching using intelligent tools in aneasy-to-use, lightning-fast interface.

Olive Tree Bible Study

Olive Tree’s mission is to inspire people to connect with God and the Bible via technology using iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac and PC.

Bible Translations

New Living Translation

This is the main reading and study translation we use with 5th-8th graders.  This is an accurate and easy-to-read version of the Bible that has been very accurately translated by a trusted group of Biblical scholars.  I’ve been using it personally and professional for over twenty years.  I can’t recommend it highly enough.

The Message

This is our second favorite translation.  It puts the Bible text into the same type of everyday-language in English that it would have been in the original Greek and Hebrew. The Bible was never supposed to “sound holy.”  Its words are powerful and connect us with our Holy God.  This Bible does that in a fresh way.  A great translation to pick up and read if the text has become so “familiar” to you that it has lost its power or ability to challenge you.

New International Version

This is one of the most popular versions of the English Bible in use today.  Although I do not believe it reads as easily as the New Living Translation, it is accurately translated and another good English Bible.

The Voice

This is our newest addition to recommended Bibles.  Similar in style to the Message, it puts the text into a style more natural to the modern reader.  Check it out!

New English Translation

This is consistently one of the most accurate and helpful translations to be done in recent years.

The Action Bible

This is not simply a text translation.  This is the Bible done in visual form, like a graphic novel.  This is powerful for preteens and middle school students, and a good read for adults as well!  It’s available as an app as well.  And you can find it as an eBook for your favorite eBook reader!