E-Sword is a scriptural suite in the form of a computer program. It is written for computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system. A version is also available through iTunes for the iPad, and E-Sword can also be used on computers running Macintosh or Linux operating systems through CrossOver (by CodeWeaver). As of January 2012, E-Sword has been downloaded 20 million times.
The E-Sword installer contains the main program bundled with the King James Version with Strong's Numbers and Strong's Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries. A built-in system allows easy downloading of additional modules from within the program. The program features simultaneous or independent viewing of the Bible, various commentaries, various dictionaries, and a notes module. A graphics viewer and STEP reader are also included. The program can also line up multiple translations of the same passage to enable easy comparison. A full list of features is available on the web site.
Bible translations are available in multiple languages. Many are available free of charge.
Many versions of the English-language Bible are available. The King James Version is installed by default. Several old versions are available, including a 1611 King James Version, a 1568 Bishop's Bible, and the Geneva Bible. More current free translations include (among others):
- American Standard Version
- Douay-Rheims Bible
- English Standard Version
- Good News Bible
- God's Word
- Jewish Publication Society translation of 1917
- Modern king James Version
Matthew Henry's Commentary, John Gill's commentary, and many other classic and modern commentaries are available within the E-Sword system. Bible dictionaries are also easily utilized. A dictionary, a commentary, and a Bible translation can easily be viewed at the same time to aid study.
A graphics viewer simplifies viewing of topical images from a variety of sources. Daily devotions from several sources can be accessed. A STEP reader enables reading of many texts, including:
- Achieving Faith by J. G. Morrison
- Entire Sanctification Explained by C. W. Ruth
- Sketches of Church History by Rev. J. C. Robertson
The software also includes access to reference books in electronic form, including Tortured for Christ by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand.
Several add-ons for E-Sword require payment. The text of these particular add-ons is owned by corporations still retaining copyright. An example is the New American Standard Bible, which is controlled by the Lockman Foundation. These modules require a one-time purchase to access, but E-Sword and the majority of its modules are free.