Verbum Mobile - Text Comparison

Even if you’ve never studied the original biblical languages and the discussion of lemmas and clause structures is all Greek to you, there’s one indispensable tool for your biblical study: the Text Comparison tool.


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How to Compare Texts

With Text Comparison you can quickly see how different English translations present the passage you’re studying, which will help you get a sense of how the original languages can be translated and understood in different ways.

While you can open this tool from a few different locations, the quickest way to access it is from the Selection menu. Tap any verse to open the menu for that verse and then select Compare Text Compare icon in the popup.

Note: Alternatively, you can open a blank Text Comparison tool from the Tools menu (tap the Tools icon Tools icon and select Text Comparison or from the More Items Menu (tap the more items menu icon Hamburger icon and choose Text Comparison.)

When you open Text Comparison, Verbum displays the English text of your selected passage from each of your top Bibles.

The first translation listed will be from your preferred Bible and each of the other translations will be compared to this text. Each translation will give a percentage of difference between it and your preferred Bible; the higher the percentage, the greater the difference between the way the translations render your passage. 

To open the passage in any of the listed Bibles, simply tap the translation name and Verbum will open a new tab to your passage in that translation.


How to Change Bibles in Text Comparison

You have two options for how to change which Bibles appear in the Text Comparison tool, both of which require the Verbum Desktop app.

You can either modify your Top Bibles or create a Collection of your favorite Bibles.

To swap between Top Bibles and a Collection:

  1. Tap the Panel Menu icon Kebab Vertical icon at the top right of the Text Comparison tool.
  2. Tap the currently selected comparison collection and select another one.

Top Bibles

Changing which Bibles belong in this group is a straightforward process but needs to be done on the desktop.

In the Verbum desktop app,

  1. Drag the Library icon onto your Verbum window to keep it docked.

  2. Click the Navigation Menu icon to display your Library filters.

  3. Expand the Type filter and select Bible.

  4. Click the Panel Menu icon followed by Prioritize Resources.

  5. Drag at least five Bibles into the Prefer these resources pane and organize them with your preferred Bible first.


Favorite Bibles Collection

To create a Collection of your favorite Bibles in the Verbum desktop app, open the Collections tool by clicking Tools, typing "Collection" in the search box, and clicking Collections. Click New in the top left to create a new collection of resources and give the collection a name, like "Favorite Bibles."

Enter the abbreviations or full titles of the Bibles you want to include in the Rule field and then drag the Bible's cover to the + Plus these resources section. When you're done, you will have created a collection of Bibles that only includes the translations you've selected.

Click here to learn more about setting up and editing Collections.

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