I’m taking a one-week break in my posts about women in the Bible to talk about a good friend who just had a facelift. I didn’t know this was coming and was shocked when I saw the results. Hardly a recognizable feature remained. In fact, I panicked: something’s wrong! Even after a few days, I’m still getting used to the new look.
My good friend is not a person, however, but a website: BibleGateway.com.
I use BibleGateway almost every day to research the Bible. I can quickly look up verses in multiple versions, providing insight and clarity. The New International Version (NIV) is my default version, with supporting help from the New Living Translation (NLT), Contemporary English Version (CEV), Amplified Bible, and The Message.
I also use it to search for words or phrases. This is a great tool to look up verses I somewhat know, such as “What’s the verse that talks about the first who will be last?” Four verses came up: Matthew 19:30, Matthew 20:16, Mark 10:31, and Luke 13:30.
I also use the word search to do word studies, such as how many times is love mentioned in the book of First John?” The answer is 25; only Psalms mentions love more often. Another example is “How often does the reoccurring metaphor “end of the rope” occur in The Message?” The answer is ten, six of which are in Psalms. (See my post “At the End of Your Rope.”)
Of course, there are many more resources on BibleGateway, but I use these two daily.
Check out the new BibleGateway. It’s sleek design, elegant look, and new features smartly support the invaluable resource behind this new look.
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