Whether your New Year’s resolution is to read the Bible in a year, you’re a crossword puzzle fan who needs an easy reference tool, or you want to read the Bible in an easy format, check out the many free ways you can read the Bible with tech.
YouVersion is a free and powerful app. Think of it like the Bible as a super-charged ebook. The YouVersion Bible app contains over 200 versions of the Bible, including King James, New American, American Standard, NIV, English Standard, Orthodox Jewish, The Message and many others. The app also includes translations of the Bible into other languages, including Spanish, French, Norwegian, Chinese, Korean, Italian, Japanese, Russian and dozens more.
The app accesses these Bibles over the Internet or you can download a Bible to your device so you can read it when you are offline.
You can search the Bible for phrases or by chapter and verse. The app allows you to take notes and keep them private or share them with others publicly. You can access others’ notes to see their insights and bookmark favorite Bible passages for reference later.
If your church participates with YouVersion, you can follow along with YouVersion Live during a service and read the pastor’s notes, click on verses, send in prayer requests, ask questions, and take notes. YouVersion Live also has expanded messages and related Bible verses to access during the service or later.
If you want to read the entire Bible in a year, YouVersion offers many different reading plans to keep you on track. You can choose:
- the Chronological plan, reading events in the order in which they occurred;
- the Historical plan, reading the Bible in the order in which it was written;
- the Blended plan, where you read both the Old Testament and the New Testament at the same time; or
- many other plans.
Instead of reading the entire Bible in a year, you could also have the app suggest daily devotionals for you to get inspiration each day. YouVersion has many different varieties of devotional plans for you to choose from.
Choose a plan that is a good fit for you and each morning YouVersion will list the Verses you should be reading for the day. After you have read a verse, YouVersion will check it off so you can keep track of what you have read. If you miss some days and get behind in your reading schedule, YouVersion will suggest a catch-up plan for you to get back on track.
You can get the app for free here:
Here is a YouTube video by YouVersion on the app:
YouVersion is also available as a website, you can access it here. The website has the same features as the app, including the ability to choose from many versions and languages of the Bible. You can also set a daily reading plan and access YouVision Live for your church services.
Do you have a New Year’s resolution to read the Bible in a year? Do you need a handy reference tool for the Bible? Do you like reading daily devotionals? Let us know in the Comments section below!