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How to Use This Website

To see a short video on the basics of using the Online REV, click here.

Welcome!

Welcome to this online presentation of the Revised English Version (REV) of the Bible. This online interface enables users to access the REV Bible translation and commentary that has been an ongoing work for over 19 years. The REV commentary is a work in progress and is added to and updated on a regular basis. The REV translation is also updated with improvements or corrections at times as well. Below you will find an explanation on several aspects of how to use this website and the various preferences you may choose to set to customize the site to your liking.

How to Navigate Around the REV Bible:

The basic way to get to a particular chapter and verse in the Bible is to click or tap on the Navigation Text Box at the top of the screen. This text box normally contains an indication of what you are looking at on the REV website. Since you are currently viewing this help page, the text box currently contains “How to Use This Website”. When you hover your mouse over or click on the navigation text box, a menu will drop down with different items on it depending on where you are on the website. Since you are currently viewing this “How to use this Website” document, the menu will contain “Bible,” “Commentary,” and “Appendices.”

If you are reading the Bible or browsing the Commentary when you click or hover over the navigation text box, the menu will immediately load with the books of the Bible, allowing you to quickly navigate to another place within the REV. If you want to get back to the initial menu, click the back icon in the top left corner. Similarly, if you are reading an Appendix when you click or hover over the navigation text box, the menu will load with a list of Appendices where you can easily choose another Appendix. Again, to go back to the initial menu, click the back icon.

While you are reading the Bible, the Commentary, or the Appendices, there are left and right arrows on either side of the navigation text box at the top of the screen. Clicking on those arrows will take you to the previous or next chapter or appendix.

As you are reading the Bible text, either the Old or New Testaments, if there is commentary available for a particular verse, that verse’s number will be a reddish color. Also, if you hover your mouse over the verse, the mouse cursor will change to a pointing finger, indicating there is a link to commentary that you can click. If you click on the verse, you will be taken to the commentary for that verse. If you would like a more visible indicator to depict which verses have commentary, there is a setting in the preferences page you can select.

When a commentary page loads, any scripture references within the commentary will be highlighted. For example, if a scripture reference (e.g., Luke 12:4) is placed in a commentary entry, when you hover your mouse cursor over the scripture reference, a popup box will appear with the text of the verse. Moving your mouse cursor off the scripture reference will make the box disappear automatically. Some scripture references contain several verses. For example, when you hover your mouse cursor over a multi-verse reference (e.g., Luke 12:4-14), while the popup box with the referenced text is visible, you may move the mouse into the box and use the scroll wheel on your mouse or the scroll bar within the box to view all the verses within the box.

If you are on a mobile device, when you are reading the Bible sometimes it’s too easy to accidentally tap a verse and be taken to its commentary when all you meant to do is scroll. If this is bothersome to you, there is another setting you may change. There is an icon to the right of every chapter heading. This setting is off by default, which is why it appears dim. When tapped, this changes the way to access verse commentary. Instead of an entire verse being linked to the commentary, a small icon will be at the end of every verse that has commentary, and you tap this icon to access it.

Some commentaries contain references to another commentary entry. It might read something like this: “For more information, see commentary on Luke 12:5.” The words “commentary on Luke 12:5” will be highlighted, indicating a hyperlink. If you hover over the link, the verse will pop up just as it does for any scripture reference. But if you click the link, you will be taken to the commentary for that verse.

Frequently the commentary for a verse will reference a Greek or Hebrew word and give its Strong’s number, like this: “psuchē (#5590 ψυχή; pronounced psoo-kay’)”. These are automatically converted into hyperlinks which when clicked will open a new browser window (or tab), loading one of three biblical research websites with their information on that word. On the preferences page, you may choose to use either BlueLetterBible.org, BibleHub.com, or StudyLight.com.

Similarly, sometimes you will see references to appendices. For example, “For more information on the permanence of Christian salvation, see Appendix 1.” The text “see Appendix 1” will be highlighted as a hyperlink. If you click it, you will be taken to that appendix.

When you go to view a commentary by clicking a link, you can return to the previous page you were reading by clicking the “Go Back” button at the top or bottom of the commentary page.

The Icons on the Navigation Menu:

When you click on the navigation text box to activate the navigation menu, there are some icons across the top of the menu.

Typing Commands into the Navigation Text Box:

Along with clicking your way through the menu to navigate, you can type commands directly into the navigation text box. If you prefer typing as opposed to clicking, you may prefer this method. For help on this, and some examples on what you can do, type “help” into the navigation text box and press [ENTER], [RETURN], or [GO], whatever is appropriate for the computer or device you are using.

The Left Menu:

There is a menu icon on the top left corner of the screen. When clicked, a menu will slide out from the left side of the screen with several links and some icons on it. These will now be discussed briefly.

Below the links on the left-hand menu is a row of icons. Here is a brief explanation for each of them:

Note that you can easily email someone a link to almost any page on this website. If you desire to share a chapter of the Bible or a commentary entry via email, text, or social media, just copy and paste the URL address of the web page. Typically, the URL will function as a hyperlink to the page, but if not, the person must simply copy and paste the URL in their browser address bar and it will take them directly to the page you specified.

PDF and Microsoft Word Downloads:

Another feature of this website is that you can choose to download almost any page you want as a PDF file or a Microsoft Word document, whether it is a Bible book, chapter, commentary, or appendix. For Bible text, PDF and MS Word icons appear immediately following the book name or chapter number. For commentary, the icons are immediately to the right of the “Go Back” button. For appendices, the icons are located at the top-center of the page.

There are a few settings you may use to customize the PDF or MS Word files you are downloading. You may select a small, medium, or large font size. You may choose whether you want a “gutter” or not. If you plan to print the PDF and put it in a 3-hole binder, choose a gutter based on whether your printer supports single or double–sided printing. You may also choose whether to have the text justified or not. The settings you choose will be remembered for the next time you want to export a PDF or MS Word file. These settings are available on the main preferences page.

History and Bookmarks:

Sometimes a teacher might say “keep your finger here, we’ll be right back.” Or maybe you’re reading something and you have to close the device but want to come back to the same spot later. The REV site offers both a History feature and Bookmarks. History is automatically recorded for the last 25 places on the site you have been. History is always available by clicking the History icon located in the upper right corner of every page. The history links are not permanent. As you visit more places on the site, those places are added to the top of the history list and the older ones are removed from the end. If you would like a more permanent way to keep track of a particular scripture or commentary, use the bookmarks feature. The bookmark icon is found in a couple of places on the navigation menu. If you click or tap the icon, the bookmarks menu will appear. From that menu you can add a new bookmark, navigate to an existing bookmark, delete a bookmark, or delete all bookmarks.

We hope you enjoy using the website and that it will benefit you in your walk with God and His Son Jesus Christ.

God Bless You!


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