Welcome…

Welcome to Open Bibles Website.

Open Bibles is a free open-source bible application for Android 1.6 or later.
The latest version is 5.1, released on 2 October 2011.

         

Several features of Open Bibles are:
* No internet connection required to read bibles.
* Bible files are stored on SD Card in UTF-8 plain text format.
* Multiple bible translations available.
* Verses bookmark can be categorized.
* You can read your verses collection in another bible translation.
* Copy verse to clipboard
* Share verse via SMS, Email, etc.
* App widget to display random bookmark on home screen
* Support for headings, footnote, and display Word of Jesus in red color.
* Bible files can be read on your PC using theword.net software.
* Read additional modules, such as: devotions, bible reading plans. Available devotions: “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers, “Morning and Evening” by Charles Spurgeon, “Day by Day by Grace” by Bob Hoekstra

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Application
Open Bibles .apk installer: OpenBibles.apk

Source Code
Project is uploaded on http://code.google.com/p/openbibles.
You can checkout the source code from svn: http://openbibles.googlecode.com/svn/trunk

Bible Modules
You can download bible modules from the application. However, if you’re having difficulties, you also can download bible modules here:

English Language
*King James Version
KJV 1769 Standard Version which is widely used in English-speaking Protestant world, especially before new translations in the second half of the 20th Century exists.
*American Standard Version
The American Standard Version of 1901 is an Americanization of the English Revised Bible, which is an update of the KJV to less archaic spelling and greater accuracy of translation.
*World English Bible
Rainbow Missions, Inc. was started to produce a modern English Bible version that is not copyrighted, does not use archaic English (such as the KJV), or is not translated in Basic English (such as the BBE). The World English Bible is an update of the American Standard Version of 1901.
*Bible in Basic English
The Bible In Basic English (also known as BBE) is a translation of the Bible into Basic English. The BBE was translated by Professor S. H. Hooke using the standard 850 Basic English words. 100 words that were helpful to understand poetry were added along with 50 “Bible” words for a total of 1,000 words total.
*New Living Translation
The New Living Translation (NLT) is a translation of the Bible into modern English. It is meant to be easily accessible to readers of modern English.
Copyright (C) Tyndale House Foundation.
This is for evaluation purpose. Please buy official version in other format to support their ministry.
*New International Version
The NIV has become one of the most popular modern translations in history.
Copyright (C) Biblica.
This is for evaluation purpose. Please buy official version in other format to support their ministry.
*New King James Version
The aim of KJV translation was to update the vocabulary and grammar of the King James Version, while preserving the classic style and literary beauty of the original KJV version.
Copyright (C) Thomas Nelson, Inc.
This is for evaluation purpose. Please buy official version in other format to support their ministry.
*The Message
The Message was created by Eugene H. Peterson. It is a contemporary paraphrase of the Bible from the original languages. Contemporary idiom was used to keep the language of the Message (Bible) current, fresh, and understandable.
Copyright (C) NavPress Publishing Group.
This is for evaluation purpose. Please buy official version in other format to support their ministry.

Indonesian Language
*Terjemahan Baru
Alkitab Bahasa Indonesia.
Copyright (C) Lembaga Alkitab Indonesia (Indonesian Bible Society).
This is for evaluation purpose. Please buy official version in other format to support their ministry.
*Bahasa Sehari-hari
Alkitab Kabar Baik.
Copyright (C) Lembaga Alkitab Indonesia (Indonesian Bible Society).
This is for evaluation purpose. Please buy official version in other format to support their ministry.

Indonesian Local Language
*Bahasa Nias – Perjanjian Baru
SURA NI’AMONI’Ö
AMABU’ULA LI – SI BOHOU
Sumber Teks:
Komisi Kitab Suci, KEUSKUPAN SIBOLGA, Gunungsitoli 2009.

Bible Modules Installation
1. Extract bible .zip to get .ont file
2. Copy .ont file to /sdcard/OpenBibles/Bible on your android phone sdcard
3. Run Open Bibles application

Bookmark / Verse Collection
You can download bookmark / verse collection from the application. However, if you’re having difficulties, you also can download verse collection here:

*Verse Collection
Contains 384 bible verses collection adopted from www.coolspring.org with some minor modifications.

Bookmark Installation
1. Copy .bmk file to /sdcard/OpenBibles/Bookmark on your android phone sdcard
2. Run Open Bibles application
3. Select Bookmark Menu
4. Select Import Bookmark, and choose Import from SD Card
5. Choose file to import

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Getting Started

After download and installing OpenBibles, you can follow these steps to start using OpenBibles.

This is the step to download bible file:
1. Press menu button on your android device
2. Choose “Download Bible”
3. There will be various bible translations to download. If it doesn’t display anything, maybe the server is in trouble. You can re-try by pressing menu button on your android device, and choose “refresh”.

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Additionally, you also can download devotional / reading plan file:
This is the step to download devotional / reading plan file:
1. Press menu button on your android device
2. Choose “Document”
3. Press menu button again on your android device
4. Choose “Download Document”
5. There will be various devotional/reading plan to download. If it doesn’t display anything, maybe the server is in trouble. You can re-try by pressing menu button on your android device, and choose “refresh”.

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And you also can download/import verse bookmark from internet:
This is the step to download verse bookmarks which contains some of favorite verses:
1. Press menu button on your android device
2. Choose “Bookmarks”
3. Press menu button again on your android device
4. Choose “Import Bookmark”, and then choose “From Internet”
5. There will be one bookmark collection to download.

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Release Notes

Open Bibles Release History

v5.1 – 3 October 2011
- Fix force close when opening bible from bookmarks screen

v5.0 – 28 September 2011
- Read two bible translations in parallel view
- Add menu for asking question to author by email
- Fixed a couple of bugs which can cause force closed

v4.3 – 4 September 2011
- Fix bug on book name when opening OpenBibles from widget

v4.2 – 4 September 2011
- Change appearance of bible link on header and footer
- Fix searching on GoTo Dialog

v4.1 – 2 September 2011
- You can add bible books name in your language, by creating 66 lines text file on /sdcard/OpenBibles/BookName. You can also define abbreviations for books name.
- Get access to many bibles translations

v3.2 – 18 July 2011
- Add support for [FI] tag on bible modules
- Add timeout to prevent application become not responding when downloading data from internet

3.1 – 08 May 2011
- Fixed download status when Content-Length header is not available

3.0 – 07 May 2011
- Read additional documents, such as: devotions, bible reading plan
- Larger space for text (Fullscreen mode)

2.0 – 19 Apr 2011
- Copy verse to clipboard
- Share verse to SMS, Mail, etc.
- App Widget to display random bookmarks on home screen

1.3 – 14 Apr 2011
- Added Google App Engine as URL Repository to download bible modules and bookmarks

1.2 – 13 Apr 2011
- Full-screen support on Galaxy Tab
- Minimum requirement for running Open Bibles is Donut (before 1.2 was Cupcake)

1.1 – 11 Apr 2011:
- Easier navigation to select bible and jump to specific book/chapter

1.0 – 28 Mar 2011:
- Initial Release

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Technical Details

Bible Files
Bible Files are located on /sdcard/OpenBibles/Bible.
Bible Files are in UTF-8 plain text format.
* line 1-31102: verses from Genesis 1:1 until Revelation 22:21.
* line 31103: empty line
* line 31104: unique id of bible file, should starts with: id=
* line 31105: bible name, should starts with: description=
* line 31106: bible information, should starts with: about=
Recognized tag on bible text is subset of theword.net .ont file:
<TS>…<Ts> : Heading
<FR>…<Fr> : Word of Jesus
<RF>…<Rf> : Footnote
<CM> : New Paragraph
<CL> : New Line

Book Name and abbreviations
Bible Book Names (Genesis, Exodus, etc.) and their abbreviations are located on /sdcard/OpenBibles/BookName.
You can add bible book names in your own language by creating a UTF-8 text file.
* Filename should be in lowercase and ended with .bkn extension.
* The file should contains 66 lines and each line representing single bible book name and its abbreviation.
* Separate book name and abbreviation by “;;” characters.
Sample file:
line 1: Genesis;;Gen
line 2: Exodus;;Exo


line 64: 3 John;;3 Jn
line 65: Jude;;Jude
line 66: Revelation;;Rev

Bookmark Files
Active Bookmarks are being accessed from SQLite Database inside android internal memory. However, this bookmarks can be exported to SD Card. We also can import bookmark from SD Card into android internal memory.
Bookmark file on SD Card have .bmk extension. It is an UTF-8 plain text format.
Each line contains single bookmark which is CSV-like format.
There are 7 fields on each line which is separated by “;;” characters. Those fields are:
1. Category name
2. Book name (Genesis=1, Revelation=66)
3. Chapter number
4. Verse Start-Verse End (there should be dash ‘-’ character)
5. Verse Content
6. Bible File Name (in lowercase and without .ont extension)
7. Date Time Format in yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm

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