2. How to Read Your Bible in Verbum

If you’re reading this, you’re probably invested in being able to read your Bible, and you’d like to use Verbum to facilitate your Bible reading and Bible study in some way. You might think that wouldn’t need any instruction. Opening your Bible and reading it is a simple task in Verbum. But it’s worth taking some time to learn about how Verbum helps you do more with your Bible.


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Open a Bible

Set Your Preferred Bible

Navigate within a Bible

Change How Your Bible is Displayed


Open a Bible

Verbum is Bible study software, and there are literally dozens of different ways you can get to your Bible. Here are a few key ways you’ll use to open your Bible to a specific place.

Enter a reference in the Go box. In the autocomplete box that appears, select Open [the passage you entered] in preferred Bible. Your Bible will open to the passage that you input. Remember, you can click and drag your Bible resource panel to resize and move it to a configuration that works best for you.


Open a Bible from the Library. Click the Library icon to open it. In the Library’s find box, enter type:Bible. You’ll see all of the resources in your library that are Bibles. (Depending on what you have in your library, you may also see various biblical manuscripts.) Click the title of the Bible you want to open.

Open the Library in Verbum


Open a Quickstart Layout. These layouts open your preferred Bible along with all of the tools you need for a certain task. Use Quickstart Layouts when you want to go beyond just reading a Bible. To open a Quickstart Layout, click the Layouts icon and select a layout from the left pane of the menu.


Set Your Preferred Bible

Your preferred (or “default”) Bible is the Bible version that Verbum will open when you open a Bible using the Go Box, a layout, and every other time you perform an action that opens a Bible in Verbum. To set what Bible version you want to be preferred, find it in the Library, right-click it, then select Prioritize this resource. A prioritization panel will appear, with your selected Bible version at the top. That’s it! The Bible you selected will become the default Bible throughout Verbum.


Did you know? You can prioritize other kinds of resources, like commentaries and lexicons, as well. Learn more.


Once you have your Bible open, you have several different ways to navigate it. You can scroll using the up and down arrow keys, or using your mouse. You can also use the following:


  • The reference box displays your current reference
  • The navigation sidebar can be toggled on and off and provides a table of contents. Click a chapter to navigate to it.
  • The navigation icons allow you to navigate back to a previous location, and back again.
  • The Locator Bar provides additional tools for navigating your Bible. (If you don’t see it, click the resource panel menu icon and select Show Locator Bar. In the Locator Bar:
    • Click the up and down arrows to navigate to the next section of text. You can set whether these arrows take you to the next book, chapter, or verse, by clicking the dropdown and making a selection.


Learn more about navigating within a resource.


Change How Your Bible is Displayed

Customizing the appearance and layout of your digital Bibles allows you to see the text in fresh ways, and Verbum makes it easy to create the look that suits your purposes. You can view the words of Jesus in red, change the font, adjust the layout of the text, and focus your attention with Reading View. Check out the video below to learn more.


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