3. How to Read Your Bible and a Commentary Together

In the previous section, you learned how to find, open, and read your Bible in Verbum. In this article, I’ll show you some of the ways Verbum makes the other resources in your library readily available as you read your Bible.


Open a Commentary, Study Bible, or Lexicon

If you want to quickly open a set of panels to study a passage of scripture, you can open the Bible and Commentary Layout. Click Layouts and select Bible and Commentary from the left pane of the menu. This will open your preferred Bible and your highest prioritized commentary,  linked together.



To pick a specific resource, open the Library. If you know the title of the resource you want to open, enter it in the library find box. If you want to see all your resources of a particular type, you can enter any of the following syntax into the library find box.



type:study bible





You can also filter your library by author, resource type, and other categories using the Library sidebar. Click the filters you want to apply. Every resource that matches your selected filters will be displayed.



When you click a resource in the Library, it will open in a new panel. Depending on what resources you already had open, you may have to click and drag your panels around to arrange them in the way that works best for you.


Linking Resources Together

In Verbum, you can keep two or more resources in sync using link sets. For example, if you scroll down in your Bible, your linked commentary will also scroll down so that your commentary covers the same passage.

Note: Link sets only work between resources that have overlapping milestone types. For example, Bibles and commentaries are both arranged by verse number, so they can be linked together. You couldn’t link a Bible to a monograph, because monographs typically have page numbers as milestones rather than verse numbers.


Create a Link Set

Click the panel menu icon in your Bible panel, then select Link Set: A (You can have up to six different link sets at once – each designated by a different letter – but we recommend you start with just one). Next, do the same for the resource you want to link to your Bible: click the panel menu icon and select Link Set: A.

Now, when you scroll in one linked resource, the other will follow it.


Note: Linking a Bible with a lexicon works a little differently. Instead of scrolling as you scroll down your Bible, your lexicon will open to the entry for whatever word you click. Learn more.

You can also link your Bible to various guides and tools in Verbum. Try linking your Bible to the Passage Guide, the Text Comparison tool, and other passage-based features.

Don’t Forget – if you’ve arranged Verbum in a way you’d like to revisit in the future, save your current layout. Select Layouts and select Save as named layout.


Learn more about using Link Sets.


Use Visual Filters to See Corresponding Words

Visual filters are like automatic highlighters. If you activate a given visual filter, any word that meets the filter’s criteria will be highlighted.

A helpful visual filter when you’re using two or more resources side by side is Corresponding words. This filter highlights every occurrence of a word you click in your open panel. It’s a great tool for identifying repeated language in a passage.

Corresponding Words

Learn more about visual filters.


Multiple Book View

Another approach to viewing resources side by side is to use the multiple book view option. This doesn’t require you to define link sets, or repeatedly apply visual filters. Multiple books display is especially useful when you want to see several Bible versions side-by-side.

With multiple books display enabled, the secondary resources follow when you scroll in the primary (or “host”) book. However, the converse is not true – scrolling in a secondary book will not change the location of the primary book.

To activate multiple books display:

  1. Select what books to display by clicking the arrow beside the Multiple Books Display icon .
  2. Check the box(es) beside the book(s) you’d like to display.
  3. Click the Multiple Books Display icon  to toggle the view on or off.

Multiple Book View

Note: Verbum will remember your settings when you view a book. When you close a panel with an active multiple book view, it will open in the same way the next time you open that book.


Learn more about multiple resource view.



Interlinears can be helpful when you want to identify an aspect of the original language. Verbum uses “reverse interlinears.” Whereas traditional interlinears take the Greek or Hebrew text and place the corresponding English words underneath, Verbum retains the English word order and places the corresponding Greek or Hebrew word underneath.

Did you know? When you hover over a word, Verbum displays information about the underlying original language in a tooltip near the bottom of the screen. You can turn this on or off in your Verbum program settings by toggling Show Information Tool Tips.

You can display interlinears either inline with the English text (similar to a traditional print interlinear), or as a pane at the bottom of your panel. Select what type of interlinear display you’d like by clicking the arrow beside the Interlinears icon and checking the box beside Inline Reverse Interlinear or Reverse Interlinear Pane



You can customize the Reverse Interlinear Pane by right-clicking the left column of the pane and selecting the data you want to be displayed.

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Did you know: You can also use interlinears to study early translations of the Bible. For example, opening this Septuagint resource and activating an interlinear will show the Septuagint text aligned with its probable Hebrew source text.


Learn more about using Interlinears.


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