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- Sharpen your knowledge of the Scriptures!
- Memorize key verses in minutes!
- Improve your knowledge of a selected Theme using a brand new feature!
- See various Bible statistics: word count, verse count, number of chapters, etc.
If you want to brush up your knowledge of the scriptures, particularly the location of key scriptures, then this collection of puzzles will help you and provide a fun way of keeping you sharp. Included in the program are puzzles such as ‘Jumbled Words‘ — the Bible verse is displayed with the words jumbled up, and you simply have to guess the correct order; ‘Find the Missing Words‘ displays the verse with three random words missing, and you have to guess from the selection provided which words should fit.
The App has been fully revised to work with the latest version of Windows. It is also now based as far as possible on the 2013 revision of the New World Translation!
Using the App
The app can help to keep your mind refreshed with knowledge of your favorite key scriptures. Initially it places all Bible verses into one of three categories, Easy, Moderate, or Hard. Whenever you play any of the puzzles, you can select one or more categories to select the puzzle difficulty for that session.
The app sets up a randomized collection of verses for each of these categories, and then saves this list for you to use in all the puzzles. It keeps tabs on the verse that is next in line until it reaches the end of the list. When this occurs, the app creates a new randomized list and starts all over again. Using this method, it minimizes the chances of seeing the same question appearing in quick succession. For example, with the initial installation of the app, there are about 500 verses selected in the Easy category. At this point it takes all these verses and completely randomizes them in a new list. It then works through this list with each puzzle you run, until it has completed them all; it then creates a new random list.
Introduced with version 1.1 of the Verses app, the Key Text feature helps with longer verses which may miss the remainder of the verse that contains more recognizable text. For example, in Revelation 11:18, the full text reads: “But the nations became wrathful, and your own wrath came, and the appointed time came for the dead to be judged and to reward your slaves the prophets and the holy ones and those fearing your name, the small and the great, and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth.” But when using the verse, the final clause “to bring to ruin those ruining the earth” is the most recognizable and widely used piece of text.
Key Text is saved in a specific file for the language that is currently used in the app.
To specify a verse portion as Key Text, open the Manage Verses form from the Edit menu. Select the verse you want to work on. When you click the verse with the mouse pointer, the full text is displayed in the box at the bottom of the window. Within this box, drag the mouse pointer across the piece of text you want to specify as Key Text. Release the mouse button and this highlighted text appears in the Key Text box below.
You need to ensure that the ‘Use Key Text’ option is checked in the Preferences window (Edit menu), if you want to make use of this feature.
The Themes feature, also introduced with version 1.1, is an excellent way of familiarizing yourself with a specific set of verses. For example, you might want to do some research about the soul and the condition of the dead. This is a Theme that comes with the installed copy of Verses, but the selections can be altered and/or expanded using the Manage Themes option in the Edit menu. Once you have your list of scriptures belonging to the Theme, with each puzzle you run, tick the ‘Theme’ check box to include any of the verses in your collection. You can thus practice the verses included in your recent research.