My favorite free resource
Ryan Hayden • October 18, 2019resources Bible other-tools
Almost twenty years ago, when I was in Bible College, I found this little website called "blueletterbible.org." Even then there were many websites where you could read the Bible, but what made blueletterbible special (and what still makes it special) was that it included study tools.
I remember sitting doing my greek homework with five or six massive books open on my desk:
- Strong's Concordance
- Thayer's Lexicon
- Greek New Testament
- King James Bible
- The Englishman's Concordance to the Greek New Testament
Word studies would involve:
- looking up the word in the english Bible
- looking for that word in Strong's
- finding the greek index number for the word
- reading strong's dictionary entry for that greek word
- finding that word in Thayers and reading the entry
- finding that word in the Englishman's concordance and seeing how it was used in other parts of the King James.
As you can imagine, this involved several minutes and several papercuts. But even then, in the early 2000s, you could do all of this in a few seconds using Blueletterbible.org.
But that's not all, it also has the ridiculously thorough cross references built in from The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. Now, if I were stranded on a desert Island and could only have five Bible study books, those would be the one's I'd grab. Honestly, 90% of the time, they are the only one's I use beside commentaries.
And blueletterbible.org has commentaries too. Quite a few good ones. Matthew Henry, Jameson, Fausett, and Brown. GTY's Bible book introductions. And a treasure by a living guy named David Guzik. (If you aren't reading his commentaries or listening to his sermons - your welcome for the introduction.) They also collate audio sermons from various sources, including sermonaudio.com, alongside of commentaries. For me, this isn't my only commentary source, (I always buy commentaries for each book I'm preaching through), but it's certainly one of the main ones.
One more thing Blueletterbible.org has that deserves checking out is their free institute courses. The course on Counseling by Bob Hoekstra should be required by every pastor, and it's all completely free.
I know guys who spend a lot of money on Bible study software and I'm sure they have their reasons, but every time I've tried other software I've always missed the simplicity of Blueletterbible.org. If you're a pastor and you've never checked this out. Go look at it now. You'll thank me later.
To the faithful team at blueletterbible.org, I want to say thank you. You've helped this pastor beyond measure. I've used the free tools you've provided every week to help me in my ministry to our church family. My ministry is markedly more biblical because of some of your resources. I know this work has made you neither rich or famous, but I can only imagine the heavenly rewards coming for this.