Opening Bibles and Commentaries

  • Using the STEPBible Find Bar
  • Choosing Bible Versions
  • Opening Commentaries
  • Selecting Bible Books and Verses

Using the STEPBible Find Bar

The Find Bar displays three buttons for accessing STEPBible's Bibles and commentaries, and for searching. The leftmost button, the Bible button gives you access to all of STEPBible's modern language Bible versions, and its original language versions.  In addition, it offers numerous commentaries to choose from. 

The center button, the Book and Chapter button, lets you select a Bible book and chapter for the currently selected Bible version.

The rightmost button, the Text Search button, allows you to search for words and subjects, as discussed in depth in Finding Words and Subjects.

For quick access, you can use these keyboard shortcuts:
  • Shift B to access Bibles 
  • Shift R (references) to list Bible books/chapters
  • Shift S to initate a search

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Choosing Bible Versions

Click the Bible button to access STEPBible's available Bible versions.

Choose from the buttons on the top right of the Bible display panel whether you want to select from All of Stepbible's  Bible versions, versions in your language (illustrated here), or Ancient language versions (Greek and Hebrew).

Optionally, you can type search terms into the Search field, such as "French" or "KJV", to display corresponding versions to choose.

Select the Bible version or versions you want to view.  Click Update display order to change the display order of multiple Bible versions.  Otherwise, click OK to display your selection.  You can then select Bible books and chapters by clicking the Book and Chapter button, as described below.

Bible Version Capabilities

Many of the Bible versions available in STEPBible contain Hebrew/Aramaic and Greek language vocabulary and grammar study tools. Some can display original language text aligned with text in your language ("Interlinear"); and some contain notes and/or cross-reference materials from various sources. To use these tools, first choose a Bible version (or several) with the capabilities you’re looking for from the drop-down list of  Bible versions. Bible versions with these capabilities have one or more code letters to their right, as illustrated above. The code letters, V, G, I, S, N, and R mean the corresponding Bible versions have the following capabilities:
  • V - Vocabulary
  • G - Grammar
  • I - Interlinear
  • S - Interlinear for the Septuagint - the Greek OT
  • N - Notes and/or cross-references
  • R - Jesus’ words in Red 
                Note:  Activating Jesus' words in red disables the hyperlinks to Word Analysis in the right side-panel for those words.

List All of STEPBible's Bible Versions

Click the All button at the top right to list  all STEPBible's Bible versions.

STEPBible displays the list alphabetically by language.  Click the "+" button right of a language to list Bible versions available in that language.  Click any version to select it.

List STEPBible's Ancient Language Versions

Click the Ancient button at the top right to list of all STEPBible's Ancient Bible versions.

STEPBible contains Hebrew Old Testament versions, Greek Old Testament versions, Greek New Testament versions, Coptic, Latin, and Syriac texts and translations, the Samaritan Pentateuch, and other original language resources.

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Opening Commentaries

To select a commentary, click the leftmost button in the Find Bar, the Bible button, and then click the Commentaries tab.

Choose from the buttons on the top right whether you want to choose from All of Stepbible's commentaries, commentaries in your language  (illustrated here), as set up STEPBible (see Setting your own language), or, to use STEPBible's variant apparatuses (discussed below), select the Ancient button.

Choose from the drop-down list the commentary or commentaries you want to view.

STEPBible's variant apparatuses

Among the many New Testament original language texts from which our  modern language versions derive, many language variations exist. An apparatus catalogues these variations.  Compilers of apparatuses have used differing methods and systems of abbreviation to describe these variants.  Among these, STEPBible offers the SBL Greek New Testament or SBLGNT with its accompanying apparatus (SBLGNTApp).   This apparatus lists only the important variants, and refers only to the most important editions (printings) of the NT. 

In addition, STEPBible offers the much more detailed VarApp - New Testament Variant Apparatus.

You use a STEPBible apparatus in conjunction with a Greek language Bible text, and together with a Bible or Bibles in your own language.  

For best results, select the SBLG Bible text from the Ancient list in the Bibles tab, or type SBLG into the Bibles panel Search field and select it.  With the SBLG Bible text, you can use either or both of the above apparatuses in conjunction with any other Bible versions.

 See Variants and Apparatus in this User Guide for more information.


SBLGNT stands for Society of Biblical Literature New Testament and was a collaboration by them and Logos Bible Software, and upgraded by Tyndale House. 

VarApp - New Testament Variant Apparatus
 was derived from the work at

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Selecting Bible Books and Verses

Click the the center button in the Find Bar, the Book and Chapter button, to display the Bible Book Selection Panel. 

You can type a book name, or name and chapter and verse, into the Search field in the Bible Book Selection Panel.

Or, click a Bible book name to select it.

Click the Summary + button to display summary descriptions for each Bible book.  This tool can help you locate scripture for which you don't know book and chapter, as described below.   

Click the Summary + button again to return to the Bible book list. 

When you select a Bible book, STEPBible displays a list of the chapters in that book.

Click a chapter number to select it.

Click the Summary + button to display summary information for each chapter book.  Click the Summary + button again to return to the chapter list.

As with the book level Summary +, you can use the chapter level Summary + button, to locate scripture of interest based on the summary descriptions, as described below.

Using the Summary + buttons

While in the Bible Book Selection Panel, click the Summary + button to display a list of the Bible's books with descriptive text about each book.  When you locate the description that fits your interest, click it to display a list of that book's chapters with corresponding descriptive text.  Again, click the description that matches your interest to display the scripture.

Click the Summary + button again to exit the summary panel.

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