Lost in Translation? Do all Bibles really say the same things?

1. Is it hard to get to heaven? Mark 10:24 KJV And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! NASB The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is [] to enter the kingdom of God! ESV And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is [] to enter the kingdom of God!

Where to Begin

If you’re new to the Bible, you may be feeling overwhelmed.  Where do I begin reading? Here is an (incomplete) list of recommended readings.  You may also want to read our article, A Brief Summary of the Bible.

A Brief Summary of the Bible

The Bible is more than just a history book. The Bible is the inspired Word of God. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Timothy 3:16). “[G]iven by inspiration of God” literally means “God breathed.” The Bible is God’s Word. God brought it into existence, and it is infallible. The human writers wrote what God’s Holy Spirit moved them to write. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1:21). The Bible reflects the attributes of it’s author. God’s word is pure. The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (Psalms 12:6) (See also Ps 19:8, 119:140; Prov 30:5). God’s word is true. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (John 17:17) (See also Ps 119:142, 151, 160; Rev 21:5). God’s word is perfect. The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. (Psalms 19:7) (See also Ps 119:56, James 1:25). God’s word is righteous. Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way. (Psalms 119:128) (See also Ps 19:8, 119:72) Despite being written by dozens of human writers over a span

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Legacy and Current Software

A few users have expressed concern about our new software, especially since it relies on our API. We believe our new client software is very easy to install.  It’s also able to be used on websites not equipped with PHP and / or MySQL.  So it is more usable than our legacy software.  That being said, the client software runs off of our API located at api.biblesupersearch.com.  Unlike our legacy software, it does not run completely on your website.  We will soon release the code for our API, bundled with our client.  This bundle will allow running the current version of the software completely on your site.  Please see our downloads page. For those who have concerns about using our client software, you may continue to use the legacy software as we’re still supporting it with bug fixes for now.  (However, it is not supported in PHP 7 or above.)   We are also in the process of adding several more skins to the software.

Bible SuperSearch 2.6.0 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of Bible SuperSearch 2.6.0.  This is a complete rebuild of the software from the ground up. Last summer, we released our API (version 2.5).  Now, with updates to the API, we are able to release our new frontend client.  The frontend is written in a JavaScript framework (Enyo JS), and retrieves search data via a direct call to the API.  This results in a much faster user experience. To speed development up, we did not redesign the user interface at this time, but just ported the existing UI to the new software.  However, this does not mean that we will be keeping this look.  In the near future, we will design some nicer, much more modern interfaces to choose from.   Features: Everything that existed in Bible SuperSearch 2.2 and earler. Much faster, especially with the proximity searches. Ability to turn on and off Bible versions Official WordPress plugin   As this rebuilt software will replace our older software, we strongly encourage users to upgrade.  The old software will be discontinued at some point.

API Officially Released

The API (v 2.5) is now ready to use.   See it’s full documentation at https://api.biblesupersearch.com/ This API contains all of the functionality of the current (2.x) release.  A future 4.0 release of the API will add much more functionality

Beta API Released, Update on Version 4.0 Work

We are excited to announce the beta release of a webservice API for Bible SuperSearch. We have been working to completely rebuild the software from the ground up into modern PHP and JavaScript frameworks. This API is the first release of this work.  The API has been built using the Laravel framework, and has most, if not all, of the current (v 2.2) functionality.  It also features a fully optimized verse proximity search algorithm.  The future 4.0 release will incorporate unreleased v3.0 (“Bible SuperSearch Pro”) functionality, along with completely new features. These features will include: Brand new, streamlined frontend built with Enyo JS Italicization of added words Strongs number search Strongs definitions Native plugins for common content management systems (CMS) including WordPress, Drupal and Joomla More options for displaying, copying, and printing text. Embedded Strongs numbers (for selected Bibles) Statistics for a given passage including readability statistics Our current software installs completely on your website.  While we believe that this decentralized approach is the best way, we also see that this new JavaScript client will be much easier for the less tech savy to install, and they will not have to maintain a database with it.  CMS plugins should make our software plug-and-play for anyone using those CMS’s.  We will also, at some point in the future, release the API server code as well, and encourage others to run the software independent of our website. Now, that our basic API is ready, we will begin work on

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Bible SuperSearch not supported in PHP 7

Please note, that if you are trying to run Bible SuperSearch on PHP 7, it will not work.  Bible SuperSearch uses the old PHP mysql extension, which is removed in PHP 7. We are currently developing Bible SuperSearch 4.0, which will support PHP 7.

BibleSuperSearch.com gets a facelift.

If you are seeing this, you are on the new Bible SuperSearch website.  We are pleased to announce that our website has been rebuilt from the ground up with clean code and a modern design.  This has been done in preparation for work on Bible SuperSearch 4.0, which itself will be rebuild from the ground up with clean code and a modern design. As for Bible SuperSearch 4.0, we are still in the planning stages.  We will have to decide which PHP framework to use.

Announcing Bible SuperSearch 4.0

We are pleased to announce the beginning of development of Bible SuperSearch version 4.0. This is still in the planning stages, but will include all of the functionality of the current (2.x) release and most of the features of the unreleased ‘Pro’ (3.0) version. This will be a complete rebuild and rewrite of the software from the database up, with full optimization.  It will be built as a webservice API, with plugins for Drupal, Joomla, WordPress and other popular content management systems.  As now, it will also be able to be ran on a generic website.  Building it as a webservice will allow for much easier installation, and will also allow developers to develop their own user interfaces for the software.  The software for the webservice API will also be released, so that websites can run their own webservice if they want, and not have to depend on ours. Features that will be added in 4.0: Italicization of added words Strongs number search Strongs definitions Native plugins for common CMSs including WordPress, Drupal and Joomla Optimized verse proximity search (as it currently runs very slow) More options for displaying, copying, and printing text. Features that may be added in 4.0: Embedded Strongs numbers (for Bible modules that support it) Statistics including readability statistics This is by no means a complete list.  In addition, the new webservice will be able to produce any common webservice format, including XML, SOAP, JSON and JSONP.