Parallel Passages: Reading Different Translations Side by Side

We’re often asked if it’s possible to read the same passage in multiple translations side by side on Bible Gateway. Fortunately, the answer is yes! Here’s how.

Start by going to the Passage Lookup page (located in the navigation bar on the left).

Type in the passage to look up, like you normally would—but before you click the button to perform the search, take note of the version selector:

Click the “Lookup passage in multiple versions” link below the selector. Several more drop-down selectors will appear, where you can choose additional Bibles to add to your search. Choose up to four additional Bibles you want to view:

Click on the “Lookup Passage” button to look up the passage you entered.

There! The same passage is displayed in each of the Bible versions you chose. By default, the versions are displayed in a list (scroll down to see the passage in all of the Bible versions). However, if you’d like to view all of the Bibles side-by-side, click on the “Columns” layout option:

The end result should look something like this:

You can toggle between a List and Column layout by switching between those two options.

And that’s it! You can update the multiple versions (or change which versions you’re viewing in parallel) from the passage results page. If you have questions or problems viewing the Bible in parallel that aren’t answered in this FAQ, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Posted by Chris

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