Bible commentary apps for mobile phones are becoming increasingly popular to use because of their accessibility and affordability.
It is not easy to carry around a bookshelf of bible reference books, so downloadable phone apps offer readers information at the tip of their fingers for use in small groups, bible studies, or even to use when in fellowship with a friend at a coffee shop.
Free bible commentary apps contain older commentaries that are in the public domain, which means that anyone can reproduce their content without infringing upon someone else’s copyright.
Almost all public domain resources are over 100 years old.
Most recent reference content is copyrighted and therefore costs money.
The reason why bible commentaries by authors like Matthew Henry, John Calvin, C.I. Scofield and others are commonly found on the internet is because anyone can upload them for free.
This is also why these authors are common in bible apps.
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The Best: Bible Hub’s App
There are bible apps that offer commentary by one author, such as the “Matthew Henry commentary app,” but the one that has them all is the Bible Hub app, which is free and easy to use.
Below are some screenshots of how to navigate it.
The homescreen contains all the different features in the app. The commentaries section is in the middle below.
Users can also navigate the app’s contents via left-side menu. The bible commentaries section is toward the bottom of the list.
Bible commentaries section
The bible commentary section of the app looks like the interface of Bible Hub’s website. It’s easy to navigate, and as long as the user’s internet connection is stable, it’s fast as well.
Clicking on the COM tab (as seen in the image above in the second horizontal menu), takes the user to a list of available commentaries. They are older, public domain commentaries.
Example: Matthew Henry
Clicking on one of the commentaries, opens a new page, and takes the use to Genesis 1.
Hebrews lettering appears in Old Testament commentaries that are more technical in nature.
Greek lettering appears in New Testament commentaries that are more technical in nature.
Other bible commentary apps
There are other apps available that contain the commentary of just one author. All are in the public domain, so are more than 100 years old. They are also included in Bible Hub’s app.
Below are screenshot examples from the Matthew Henry commentary app.
Commentary content example
Logos app: Pay Version
Logos software has an app, but users must pay for content. The app is free, but the user must pay to download non-public domain resources like commentaries.
The cost of commentaries varies, but they are generally the same price as a person would pay buying such a book on Amazon, for example.
Paid resources section
There are a few free resources, like bibles
Scripture interface example
Content navigation example