E-Sword is one of the best free programs for reading and studying the Bible. Rick Meyers, a computer programmer, aspired to make Bible study freely available to anyone. His theme verse is Matthew 10:8 “Freely you receive. Freely give.” He states on the e-Sword homepage:
As a Bible student and teacher I have experienced the necessary work involved in searching the Scriptures for the competent preparation of a Bible study, Sunday school lesson, or a sermon. There are volumes of books available as study tools (and the Christian community is indebted to the various authors’ perseverance and scholarship), but there is not enough time, money, or shelf space to properly take advantage of these resources. Computer software has changed the way we can study the Word of GOD. With a simple search or click of the mouse button, we now have access to these same volumes of scholarship within seconds!
The e-Sword program is feature-rich and user-friendly, while providing power and depth to research. It allows the user to view the text of the Bible, Bible commentaries, study notes, dictionaries, maps and charts. Through its customizable layout the user can choose which of these resources to view at once, or how they are arranged on the screen.
Search the Bible in advanced ways. Find all occurrences of a specific Hebrew or Greek word. Conveniently view hyperlinked text notes as popups. Create your own “parallel Bible” with up to any four translations. Verses can be bookmarked or highlighted.
An integrated editor allows users to create their own study notes and commentaries. Comprehensive print capabilities, including print preview, allow you to create impressive Bible study handouts.
The e-Sword program has STEP Reader capabilities (now hard to find) for viewing the various resources you may have invested in from QuickVerse, Bible Companion, and WORDsearch.
Additional e-Sword tools include: Scripture Memory, Bible Reading Plan, and Prayer Requests.
When you open the program there are tips displayed to help you learn the program. You can also learn to use e-Sword and all of its features with online demonstrations. Studying the Word of God and comparing passages has never been so easy, enjoyable, or enriching!
View screenshots and a complete list of features at http://www.e-sword.net.