Last modified
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Description of App

PocketSword is a Bible Study app for the iPhone & iPod Touch (iOS 3.0 and above) that is built upon the powerful SWORD backend developed by the CrossWire Bible Society.

PocketSword is free and the app will always remain so. Modules are available for download (offline use) within the app, with permission granted by the various copyright holders to CrossWire to distribute them for use in its apps. When you download this app, it comes with the KJV & Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible pre-installed, but you can use the downloader within PocketSword (located under the More tab) to choose which additional modules you wish to download from CrossWire and have available for offline use.

There are free modules (both Bible translations and commentaries) available in over 60 languages, including (but not limited to):
English, Greek (modern and ancient), Hebrew, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (simplified & traditional), Arabic, Afrikaans, Latin, Russian, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese and many more.

  • Popular Bible translations available in the English language include: KJV, AKJV, ASV, ESV, NET, Tyndale, WEB and Young's Literal Translation.
  • Popular Commentaries available in the English language include: Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible (as well as the "Concise" version), Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, John Wesley's Notes on the Bible, Abbot, Barnes, Geneva, Luther and more... (See http://crosswire.org/sword/modules/ for a fuller list of the modules).
  • Dictionaries are also available within PocketSword, including Easton's Bible Dictionary and Nave's Topical Bible Dictionary.
  • Daily Devotionals are also available (under the More tab), including Spurgeon's Morning & Evening.

You can also choose to create your own modules, using the tools available from Crosswire, and install your modules directly from your computer to your iPhone.

The SWORD backend to PocketSword is very powerful and allows for a rich experience for the end user. Currently implemented are:

  • Built-in module downloader of modules in many different languages
  • Separate Bible, Commentary & Dictionary tabs for quick reference from one to the other: jump to a verse in one and it jumps to the same verse in the other
  • Landscape & fullscreen modes
  • Choose your font & font size for ease of reading
  • Bookmark & History (of Bible & Commentary use) support
  • Red Letter support & choice of reading Verse-Per-Line or using paragraphs.
  • Night mode for easier reading in the dark
  • Install custom-made modules (including those with non-KJV versification, commenly called "Alternative Versification" or av11n)
  • Searching within Bibles and Commentaries
  • Localisations in many languages.
  • Copy and Paste support (of Bible verses, Commentary entries & Dictionary entries).
  • Footnotes, cross-references & headings in modules that support them (ESV and KJV, for example)
  • Strong's Numbers & Morphology in modules that support them



Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support

Not Known

Accessibility Comments

This app is very accessible. There are two buttons that are labeled
incorrectly. They are previous and next chapter buttons.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

Most buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.


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