How to create a parallel Bible in PocketBible

Posted on: July 3rd, 2014 by Michelle Stramel 7 Comments

Comparing translations of the Bible can provide great insight as you read. In the printed book world, a parallel Bible will display one or more translations of the Bible side-by-side. PocketBible not only mimics this type of book but takes it to a whole new level of flexibility!

At its simplest, you can create a parallel Bible in any version of PocketBible as follows:

1. Open up two panes or windows in the app
2. Open a Bible translation in the the first pane.
3. Open a different Bible translation in the second pane.
4. Make sure you have checked the PocketBible setting to Sync Bibles/Commentaries. This will keep your Bibles (and commentaries) on the same verse at all times. Of course, if you don’t want your two Bibles to be on the same verse, you would simply “uncheck” this option.

The fact that you can vary the Bible translations you are using in PocketBible, makes it more flexible than a printed Parallel Bible. You can also open more windows (up to five on some devices) and compare that many more Bible translations.

iOS users – if you have the Advanced Feature set for PocketBible, you can use Autostudy to instantly view the same verse in ALL your open Bibles.

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7 Responses

  1. Jennifer Watkins says:

    This is AWESOME!!!!

  2. Dave says:

    Thanks for showing this. I have been wondering how to show two translations vertically side-by-side (so I can have, say, NASB and Greek NT side by side.) I’ve played with the layouts but I don’t see a way to just have two vertically side-by-side (I see four panes but not just two vertical panes.) This would be especially usefully on tablets or PCs where there the screen is large enough to comfortably maintain two columns.


    • Michelle Stramel says:

      Dave, thank you for your comment. This can depend on device but if you are using a Windows Phone, you should be able to do that in landscape mode. If you are using a larger device, like a tablet or PC, you will find on the Windows Store version that we have a variety of panes setups offered one of which is two panes side-by-side and another three panes side-by-side. When you access the menu in the app, choose Panes to look at these. Let me know if that info doesn’t help.


  3. scott brickert says:

    Thanks for a great app. I first started with Pocketbible on the Palm, before ‘apps’ existed, and it has been so helpful and reliable!

    Along the lines of this topic, is there a way to sync all books within a pane, independent of other panes? I find sometimes I would like to chase a line of thinking or word study but when I open a new pane, everything syncs to what’s in the first pane; then, when I look into a new verse or topic in the new pane, the original pane syncs with that. This is a pain

    Let me know if there’s a way to do what I’m looking for.

    In any case, thanks for a great tool and keep up the good work.


    PS still hoping for continuous scrolling up and down within a book, like a webpage…

    • Michelle Stramel says:

      Scott, there isn’t currently a way to have what I would call independent syncing – where items sync to a specific pane but not all panes. It is something we’ve been getting more requests for so definitely on the list to look into but not something you can do now. Currently, all books sync or no books sync (in all paness).

      We also have continuous scrolling on the list to look into for iOS.

      Thanks for your comments,

  4. Glenda Harker says:

    I would like to purchase the NKJV and NIV
    How can I do this?c

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