To get to know the functions, we offer two discovery tours:


Comments are explanations of individual passages in the Bible. They typically take the form of an encyclopedia entry or devotion and are designed to help you get more involved with the Bible text. You can find them in the sidebar of the text view. It lists the different comments. The number in brackets indicates the number of matching entries to the Bible text. The commentary can either be opened directly in the sidebar next to the Bible text or in a separate view. You control this via the "Show commentary in sidebar" option. In the commentary view, all entries of a commentary on the displayed Bible text are opened. You can switch between the different commentaries using the selection menu at the top. The comment detail box in the sidebar is displayed in an extra box. You can change the width (mobile: height) of the sidebar to make it easier to see large commentaries. In the comment detail box, you can use the arrows to switch between the different comment entries within a chapter. If synchronization is active, the system scrolls to the relevant Bible text. You can deactivate this in the upper area of the comment detail box (synchronization icon). At the end of the comment detail box, you can open the current comment in a separate view by clicking on "Go to overlay". By default, the comment detail box in the sidebar is not closed automatically. To do this, you must click on the close icon of the box. The commentary is also not automatically updated when you open another Bible passage. You can use the refresh icon at the top right of the comment detail box to do this.


As a registered user, you have many other functions, such as personal tags and notes or text formatting. The following links will show you how to register and login . To change the settings in the profile, click on the user icon in the top right corner (desktop) or via the main menu (mobile). Here you can edit the profile settings. In addition to standard informations such as name, email address and password, you can subscribe/unsubscribe to the newsletter or upload a profile picture. You can upload the picture by clicking on the big round icon/picture. Alternatively, the Gravatar profile picture can be used if you have uploaded a profile picture to your e-mail address. Gravatar is a service of Automatic, the provider of Wordpress, and enables you to automatically display the same profile picture/avatar matching your e-mail address on many websites. The option Show search box permanently when scrolling causes the upper bar containing the search box to be displayed permanently on desktop computers. If this option is deactivated, the bar is reduced as in the mobile view. The search box appears as soon as you scroll up a bit. The option Open external links with predefined translations allows you to open external links to Bible passages with your personal favorite translations. If an external link contains other translations that you click on, you will automatically be redirected to the translations stored in your profile. You can also delete your user account ( delete profile ). Note that this process cannot be undone.

Search filter

The search field already offers many possibilities to adjust the search query. In the search filters you can choose additional settings for the search result. You can access the search filters via the funnel icon on the search results page to the right of the search field. If the search has been restricted or extended by search filters, this is indicated by an orange dot on the funnel icon. The search filter popup also contains a reset link that resets the search filters to default. The following settings are possible: By default, the system searches for whole words. You can extend the search to include substrings using the search for subwords option. Note that the search query may take a little longer, as no database indexes can be used. In addition to the Bible texts, the headings can also be searched. Activate the option search in headings . The Exact word order option is equivalent to putting the search term in quotation marks in the search field (see also search Bible text ). Only those search results are displayed where a group of words appears exactly as it appears in the Bible text. By default, umlauts are not considered in German. A search for "Vögel" also finds verses with the term "Vogel". If you activate the option consider umlauts, a distinction is made between a/ä, o/ö and u/ü. The search can also be restricted to individual biblical books. This is possible in the narrow your search section of the search filter. Here you can select or deselect individual books or the whole AT or NT.


On large displays (desktop) the sidebar will be faded in from the right. On small displays (mobile) it will be faded in from the bottom. In the text view, it offers extensive additional information about the displayed Bible text. In the search results, further keyword-based results from secondary sources are displayed (e.g. tags or videos). If no information is available for one of the categories in the sidebar, it will be automatically deactivated. As a registered user you can change the order of the boxes via the Settings icon. The moving is done by Drag'n'Drop. As soon as you select one or more Bible verses, the information in the sidebar adjusts to the selection. The sidebar opens automatically for large displays when a verse is highlighted, and closes again when you return to navigate the Bible text. You can keep the sidebar permanently open or closed as a logged in user by pressing the pin at the top of the sidebar so that it is activated. When the sidebar is closed, the desktop view shows some icons for creating tags or notes and sharing the page. You can change the width (or height) of the sidebar. To do this, move the boundary bar with the arrow in both directions using drag'n'drop. ERF Bibleserver remembers this position and retains it when it is opened again. §div§ Tip If you want to use the sidebar on your smartphone, but don't want to open and close it all the time, you can open it completely in Portrait mode and then switch to Landscape mode to read the Bible text. §/div§

Translation comparison

In the translation comparison, you can display several translations next to each other to compare them with each other. You start the translation comparison by placing several checkmarks in front of the translations in the translation selection. The maximum number depends on your screen size. In portrait mode, only one translation is displayed on the mobile device. In landscape format, it will be two translations on the smartphone. On tablets and computers, more translations can be displayed side by side, depending on the width of the browser window (3 translations from 800px). The restriction refers to the translations displayed - not to the possible selection of Bible translations. In the translation comparison, the verses are displayed next to each other line by line. If you mark one or more verses, they will be marked in all displayed translations. The order of the Bible translations in comparison can be swapped. At the top you will find a button with a double arrow between the names of the translations. If you click on it, the left and right translations will be swapped. This feature is only available to registered users (except Internet Explorer). All functions of the text view with a Bible translation are also available in the translation comparison. In the translation comparison, the left Bible translation is the standard translation, i.e. Bible texts in other views (e.g. create note) are always displayed in this standard translation. §div§ Tip To change the default translation in the translation comparison, click directly on the respective Bible translation in the translation selection. It will then be set as the default translation. §/div§

Translation selection

You can change the translation of the Bible text in the search field on the right by clicking on the abbreviation of the Bible translation (e.g. ESV ). A selection opens with the tabs my translations (mobile: my ) and all translations (mobile: all ). As a registered user, you can add your favorite translations to my translations via the star icon. For non-registered users, the translations of the current language appear there. In the All translations section you will find all the Bibles of all languages available on ERF Bibleserver. Using the search field in the tab you can quickly filter by translations or languages. To change a translation quickly, click directly on the translated name. If you want to start or change a translation comparison, place several checkmarks in front of the translations. Then you have to accept the selection and the Bible texts will be loaded in the translation comparison. To finish a translation comparison quickly, click on the Cancel translation comparison icon in the grey bar at the bottom left of the translation selection. As a registered user, you will also find a button for quick access to the most recently selected translations or translation comparisons. So you can easily switch between your preferred translations. The info icon opens an introduction to Bible translation. Here you will find further information, e.g. on the origin, distribution and special features of the Bible translation. §div§ Tip If you know the abbreviations of the Bible translations, you can enter them in the search box followed by a colon at the beginning and the translation automatically changes to them (e.g. ESV: or KVJ: ). §/div§ For more information on using the keyboard to make selections, see the shortcuts section of Help.