Bible Compare Function
By David Cox
In the Bible Compare Function tutorial, we examine how to use two Bibles side by side seeing a lot of similarities y differences between Bibles.
One of the powerful features of theWord is the ability not to just search a complete Bible for a term, but to search various Bibles for the same term, all in a single movement. Let’s start by opening up the KJV Bible, and then doing a simple search for atone in the Bible search box. Note: Go to the bottom tab in the Bible search window, and unclick “Whole Words Only”.
Now we will refer back to this a little bit later.
Click the down arrow to the left of the word “Atone” that we entered.
Here you can select which Bibles you want to perform the search on.
This is what I got when I search the KJV, AMP, ISV, NASB, NLT, and Phillips Bibles.
Note that the Amplified Bible seems to prefer that word, and the Philips Bible avoids it completely almost. The NLT New Living Translation has an avoidance of the word.
To make the most of this feature, you need to guess what words specific translators avoid and what words they like to use. But this exercise helps you greatly understand the overall view of the translators of a particular Bible version.
What is of interest to me in this list, and maybe to you also, is what are the words in the KJV that these other versions translated as some form of “atone” and what are those words in the KJV.
The next step in this exercise is to bring up the BibleView window and put two or three of these versions in side by side mode, and then look at the verse. I would also put up either the KJV with Strong (click the Bibleview window and press S), or put up a Greek or Hebrew Bible and look at the underlying text if you are able to read Greek or Hebrew.