A. Help function macOS

The help function of the Online Bible for the Mac is not very extensive. But the program is quite intuative, so that the usage is fairly self-explanatory. 

B. You can also read on to get an overview:

Overview of the windows:

  • Left window: this is where you choose a translation, commentary, lexicon, dictionary or another title. 
  • Middle window: here there is an upper and lower part. In the upper section the Bible text is shown. In the lower section you see commentaries, dictionaries, or other books. 
  • Right window: this is where the chosen lexicon is shown. 

Main features of the Online Bible:

  1. Reading a Bible verse in different translations. 

    Choose a translation in the left screen. The name of this translation is then shown at the top of the main (middle) screen. By clicking on the white line of the translation you can choose the required book/chapter/verse.

  2. Opening a commentary

    In the Online Bijbel various commentaries are available (and again, more can be purchased in the store). Commentaries are shown in the lower part of the main screen. For more information about the use of commentaries, please refer to the following article: Using commentaries.

  3. Opening a dictionary

    The Online Bible also contains a number of Bible dictionaries. These can be found in the same way as commentaries. And words within the dictionary can be found by clicking on the name of the dictionary (top of lower screen).

    However, it is also possible to click on a word in the Bible text (top part). In a pop-up screen you then get a list of all installed dictionaries which contain that word. Select one and it opens in an extra screen. 

    For more details please refer to the following article: Using the dictionaries.

  4. Using Strong numbers

    Strong numbers can be a great help when you are not really familiar with Greek or Hebrew. A number of translations have been linked to Strong numbers. With these Strong numbers you can see lexicon entries in the Reference Screen. Several translations contain Strong numbers, such as the AV and RWebster. When a translation has been linked, you will see the "Strong number" icon (S#) at the top of the screen

    You can find out more here:

  5. Viewing different translations simultaneously (Interlinear)

    A useful feature is the possibility to compare multiple translations. These appear in separate screens. 

    For more details please refer to the following article: Comparing translations.

  6. Searching in the Online Bible

    A very useful function is the ability to search for specific words or phrases.

    In the Mac app the search icon (looking glass) is visible in the top right corner. In the Android app you first have to go to the menu (three vertical dots top right). You then get the search pop-up screen.

    On this screen you can enter a search term. However, it is currently on;y possible to search in the Bible which is open in the main screen.

    The search functionality offers quite a few possibilities. For details refer the following article: Searching in the Bible

  7. Opening a book:

    Apart from Bibles, dictionaries, lexicons and commentaries, the Online Bibles also contains Books. The difference with commentaries is that they are not indexed by Bible verse. They are intended to be read as books. They do contain hyperlinks to be able to see quoted verses etc.

    The titles of these books are shown in the screen on the left, and can be selected here. 

    The book then opens in the lower part of the main screen. When opening, you normally get the index of the book, so the chapters. This way the chapters can be read in a similar way to e-books.

  8. Adding your own notes

    This function is not available in the Mac app yet. It is high on the wish-list.

  9. Cross References

    The Online Bible contains a large number of cross references. These are not linked to a specific translation.

    By clicking with the right mouse button you will get a pop-up menu with the choice to either get the cross references in a pop-up of in a separate window. 

    The difference between the two is that the pop-up disappears as soon as you click elsewhere. With a separate window it is also possible to have multiple cross references open at the same time. The Bible books of the cross references are shown on the right hand side, so that a specific book can be chosen.

    If you had chosen the pop-up, but want the results in a new windows after all, then click on the following symbol (top right): 

  10. Foot notes (Inline notes)

    Some translations contain footnotes or inline notes. On paper some are in the text while others are at the bottom of the page. Within the Online Bible these are always shown in the text, in a different font, and {between these}.

    To turn on footnotes, click on the following sysmbol top right in the Bible screen:

    The colour then changes to blue. If a Bible does not contain footnotes, this symbol will not be shown.


    Putting a bookmark against a verse can be useful to find a specific verse back again.

    A bookmark can be created by clicking with the right mouse button in the Bible text, and choosing "Bookmarks from the pop-up screen. That will automatically create a bookmark.

    You can find existing bookmarks by clicking on the ribbon icon at the top of the screen. Removing a bookmark is done in the same way as adding one. If one exists for the verse where you click, the option to remove the bookmark will be available.

    In Android and iOS there is more functionality to create categories of bookmarks, but that is not available in the Mac app at this moment.

    Bookmarks are only available for Bibles, not for items in the lower screen.

  12. Highlighting

    At this point in time it is not possible to highlight text in the Mac app.

  13. Verse list

    At this point in time the "verse list" functionality (as used in the Windows version) is not available in the Mac app.