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PocketSword is a Bible Study app for the iPad, iPhone & iPod touch (iOS 3.0 and above) that is built upon the powerful SWORD backend developed by the CrossWire Bible Society.

Modules are available for download (offline use) within the app, with permission granted by the various copyright holders to CrossWire to distribute them for use in its apps. When you download this app, it comes with the KJV & Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible pre-installed, but you can use the downloader within PocketSword (located under the More tab) to choose which additional modules you wish to download from CrossWire and have available for offline use.


There are free modules (both Bible translations and commentaries) available in over 60 languages, including (but not limited to):

English, Greek (modern and ancient), Hebrew, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (simplified & traditional), Arabic, Afrikaans, Latin, Russian, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese and many more.

* Popular Bible translations available in the English language include:

KJV, AKJV, ASV, ESV, NET, Tyndale, WEB and Young's Literal Translation.

* Popular Commentaries available in the English language include:

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible (as well as the "Concise" version), Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, John Wesley's Notes on the Bible, Abbot, Barnes, Geneva, Luther and more...

(See http://crosswire.org/sword/modules/ for a fuller list of the modules).

* Dictionaries are also available within PocketSword, including Easton's Bible Dictionary and Nave's Topical Bible Dictionary.

* Daily Devotionals are also available (under the More tab), including Spurgeon's Morning & Evening.

You can also choose to create your own modules, using the tools available from Crosswire, and install your modules directly from your computer to your iPhone.


The SWORD backend to PocketSword is very powerful and allows for a rich experience for the end user. Currently implemented are:

- Built-in module downloader of modules in many different languages

- Separate Bible, Commentary & Dictionary tabs for quick reference from one to the other: jump to a verse in one and it jumps to the same verse in the other

- Landscape & fullscreen modes

- Choose your font & font size for ease of reading

- Bookmark & History (of Bible & Commentary use) support

- Red Letter support & choice of reading Verse-Per-Line or using paragraphs.

- Night mode for easier reading in the dark

- Install custom-made modules (including those with non-KJV versification, commenly called "Alternative Versification" or av11n)

- Searching within Bibles and Commentaries

- Localisations in many languages.

- Copy and Paste support (of Bible verses, Commentary entries & Dictionary entries).

- Footnotes, cross-references & headings in modules that support them (ESV and KJV, for example)

- Strong's Numbers & Morphology in modules that support them

Follow us on Twitter @PocketSword

Please note that we cannot reply to questions you ask in reviews - email us or post a question on the user forums at:


What's New in Version 1.4.7

New in v1.4.7
- bug fixes for iOS 8
- (Bookmarking on iPad works again)
- (Module Maintainer Mode on iPad works again)
- (Full screen rotation on iPad works again)
- This release also comes with holidays love! Please keep the feedback coming & know that we do read all your emails – time may prevent an instant reply, though :/
- If you're enjoying PocketSword, please feel free to leave some review love as an App Store review :) These make us smile!

New in v1.4.6
- updated for iOS 8 (lots of under the hood improvements, too!)
- loads of bug fixes
- app should be even faster now with those under the hood improvements, giving you more time to actually read the Bible :)
- Minor update to the KJV module
- updated libsword to v1.7.3
- updated the module repositories
- iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus support

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Rated 5/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


5/5 stars

Best bible app ever!!!!

My entire study tools in the palm of my hand! I love the fact I can use strong's resources and bible name dictionary. I pray that the people who developed this app recieves blessing from God, for this app is worth much, and I would pay for this app, but they chose to give it for free! Learn to use this app, and you will never need another study tool except different bible translations. God bless! Best thing is all the tools are downloaded directly into your iPhone or iPod touch so everything is available offline! I truely believe best bible app ever!


Wow, it just keeps growing in favor with God and men! I love the new update, I can finally use the clipboard iPod tool to copy and paste into my notes things like strong's definitions, John Calvin's commentary, and so much more! This app is worth sooo much, Nic Carter is storing up an eternal weight of Glory for providing this much for free, God bless!

5/5 stars


This is the best Bible app. I have downloaded!! I can't say enough. I love it and use it almost everyday. I love all the commentaries and how easy it is to switch between them and the Bible.

Only suggestions i would make is i would love to be able to highlight favorite texts. If this is an option i haven't figured it out. And a note taking option would be nice. I will continue to use this app. even without those options because its really that great!

5/5 stars

Great Bible App

I have used a number of bibles apps and this by far is the best. Each update just gets better.


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