Bible Audio Support

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Bible Audio Support

SwordSearcher supports integration of an audio Bible. With Bible audio support, you can play narrations of the Bible with familiar audio controls in the Bible panel.


SwordSearcher does not include an audio Bible, but instead, supports "linking" MP3 Bible file sets available from various publishers. To enable Bible audio in SwordSearcher, you must obtain the audio files and link them in SwordSearcher with the easy-to-use Configure Bible Audio window.


StudyLamp Software LLC does not publish an audio Bible. Audio files are not included with SwordSearcher. SwordSearcher supports the integrated playback of audio files on the user's computer only.

Recommended audio Bible for use with SwordSearcher


Scourby Audio Bible: King James Version.  
Read by Alexander Scourby.

MP3 files on DVD-ROM.


Published by Hendrickson Publishers.

ISBN-10: 1598563599

ISBN-13: 978-1598563597


Available from


For the best audio integration, it is recommended that you purchase the Scourby King James Version Audio Bible MP3 CD/DVD set, narrated by Alexander Scourby, published by Hendrickson Publishers. Use the link above to purchase from, or find the product at a local reseller using the exact ISBN-10 or ISBN-13 listed above. (At the time of this writing, the cost of this audio Bible is less than $16 US.) For the proper integration with SwordSearcher, it is important to obtain the exact item here.


StudyLamp Software LLC is not affiliated with Hendrickson Publishers or Litchfield Associates. "Alexander Scourby" is a trademark of Litchfield Associates Ltd.


Why use this specific audio Bible?


SwordSearcher supports verse-level synchronized playback of the Hendrickson KJV MP3 Bible audio files. This means that you can have the Bible panel highlight and scroll individual verses as the narration plays, and you can play verse lists aloud from a Bible search.  To achieve the optimal level of integration with SwordSearcher, this audio Bible is recommended.


What will I need to do?


Once you purchase the MP3 set, you need to copy all of the files from the MP3 DVD to your computer.  Using Windows Explorer, create a folder on your hard drive and give it a name like "Scourby MP3s" and copy all of the contents from the DVD-ROM to this folder. Follow the instructions listed below for setting up audio in SwordSearcher.


Note that the Hendrickson Scourby KJV MP3 Audio Bible includes both a DVD-ROM and a collection of CD-ROMs. It is only necessary to copy the files from the DVD-ROM to your computer. You do not need to do both.


Other audio Bible file sets you can use


See the Integrated Audio Bible Support page on the SwordSearcher web site for current information.


While we highly recommend the MP3 audio Bible above, SwordSearcher supports several other MP3 audio Bibles.  In order to link an audio Bible in SwordSearcher, there must be one file per chapter of the Bible, in MP3, WMA, or WAV format.  The following audio Bibles have been tested and are known to work in SwordSearcher:


The AMG Publishers Complete Bible KJV MP3 CD-ROM set, narrated by Alexander Scourby. Verse-level synchronized playback is supported with this set.
Warning: This item is out of print and it is difficult to ensure that you are getting the correct item if you order it used, because Amazon resellers so often list their things in the wrong places. The ISBN for this CD set is 0899575951.

The Listener's Bible narrated by Max McLean (MP3 download). Available from . Chapter-based playback only.

Stephen Johnston's KJV MP3 Bible from Chapter-based playback only.

Full Bible audio downloads from . (Verified with the non-dramatized KJV audio files.) Chapter-based playback only.


The above MP3 Bibles are known to work in SwordSearcher.  Other file sets may also work, as long as they contain one chapter per file and the file names contain recognizable scripture references. Because SwordSearcher only plays the audio from the files, it does not matter what Bible version is used in the audio, and the audio can be played regardless of which Bible text is active or visible in SwordSearcher.


StudyLamp Software LLC is not affiliated with any of the companies publishing the audio files mentioned above.


Setting up Bible audio support


If you have not already done so, copy all of the files for your audio Bible into a folder on your hard drive. It's okay if this folder contains sub-folders (such as a folder for the Old Testament and one for the New Testament, or one folder per disc, etc).  If you have purchased and downloaded an audio Bible from the Internet, the files should already be on your hard drive, and you just need to locate them. (Please consult the installation instructions that came with your audio Bible purchase if you do not already have the files installed.)


In SwordSearcher, on the File menu, select Configure Bible Audio.



In the window that appears, click Link Audio Files, and select the folder containing the MP3, WAV, or WMA files. Again, it is okay if the files are broken up into sub-folders. Select the folder containing all of the files or sub-folders.  For example, I have copied the Hendrickson MP3 DVD to my hard drive into a folder called "Hendrickson Scourby DVD" and choose that folder:


Sample showing how to link audio files.

Sample showing how to link audio files.



Click OK and SwordSearcher will scan the files to integrate them into the Bible panel.


If you are using the Hendrickson or AMG Scourby Audio Bible (as mentioned above), SwordSearcher will provide verse-level synchronization and playback. If you are using a different audio file set, you will have chapter-level playback only.  This verse-level support simply means that you can play back individual verses and have verses highlighted during audio playback.


Audio options


The Configure Bible Audio dialog offers several options:


Link Audio Files is explained above and can be used at any time to set up audio file links.  If you ever move the files to a new location or decide to use a different audio Bible, you will need to click this to re-link the audio in SwordSearcher.


Verify Audio File Links can be used to make sure all of the audio files are still correctly linked in SwordSearcher.  If any files have been moved, this will report which ones are missing.


Remove Audio Links deletes the audio file links in SwordSearcher, as if you had never configured Bible audio. It does not delete files.


Automatically scroll Bible panel during chapter playback: Causes the Bible text to scroll as audio is played. If you are using the Hendrickson or AMG MP3 Bible mentioned above, this scrolling is exactly accurate to the current verse being narrated. If you are using a different MP3 Bible, the scroll position is estimated but usually quite accurate.


Scroll method: Use verse-by-verse scrolling scrolls to each verse as it is narrated, keeping it centered in the panel. This option is only available for the Hendrickson  or AMG Scourby MP3 audio Bibles. Use consistent scrolling slowly scrolls the text throughout the playback and may be more pleasing for some users. This is the only scrolling method available if you are not using the Hendrickson or AMG Scourby MP3s.


When chapter playback is complete, automatically play next chapter: if this option is selected, playback will be continuous through the whole Bible until you stop playback. When the end of the chapter is reached, the next chapter will be loaded and played automatically.


Include a play button next to each verse: If you are using the Hendrickson or AMG Scourby MP3s (see links at the beginning of this section), you can have a "play" button (which looks like a speaker cone) next to each verse to begin playback at that verse.  See Verse Widgets.


Highlight verses during playback: Available if you are using the Hendrickson or AMG Scourby MP3s. The currently narrated verse will be highlighted, and the highlight will follow along with the playback.


Disable screen saver and system sleep while playing audio: It is recommended to leave this checked. If you disable this option, Windows may enter power saving modes and stop playback during extended periods of Bible audio playback if you do not interact with your computer.


Using Bible audio


Once you have set up Bible audio support, the Bible panel will add a media control bar at the bottom:


Sample Bible panel showing media control bar

Sample Bible panel showing media control bar


The Play Audio Verse Widget (see Verse Widgets) only appears if you are using the Hendrickson or AMG Scourby Audio Bible (which supports individual verse playback). Clicking this verse widget starts playback at the specific verse and continues through the chapter.  Shift+Clicking the widget plays back that verse only. Clicking the verse widget of an actively-playing verse stops playback.


The media control bar (bottom of panel) works like a typical audio player. If you are using the Hendrickson or AMG Scourby Audio Bible, the skip buttons will move back/forward one verse.  For other Bible audio file sets, the skip buttons will move approximately by verse. Clicking on the playback progress bar will jump to that location in the audio.


You can use the keyboard Pause button or Ctrl+Space to toggle playback as well.  (The Pause button is usually located above the Insert key but may not be included on compact keyboards.)


It does not matter which Bible version you are reading, or from which version your audio is narrated. The Bible panel will always show the media controls, and they will always operate, regardless of the active Bible version or the version used in the audio. They also work when the Bible panel is in compare mode and in paragraph mode.


While audio is playing, all other features of SwordSearcher are fully functional. You can perform searches, view and edit commentaries and books, etc. Playback is also available in cloned Bible panels. Tip: Open a clone Bible panel on the chapter you want to study. Begin playback in the clone panel.  When you want to stop for a moment to search out a topic, pause playback and perform your searches or read your cross-references.  When you're ready to continue listening, resume playback from the cloned Bible panel or by pressing Ctrl+Space.


The Bible panel right-click pop-up menu also includes playback commands.  If you are using the Hendrickson or AMG Scourby Audio Bible, these additional commands appear as follows:


Sample audio playback menu items from the Bible panel (with verse-level support)

Sample audio playback menu items from the Bible panel (with verse-level support)


If you are using a different audio file set (which does not support individual verse playback), the additional menu commands appear as follows:


Sample audio playback menu items from the Bible panel (without verse-level support)

Sample audio playback menu items from the Bible panel (without verse-level support)


The main difference in menu options is that for audio file sets without individual-verse playback support, SwordSearcher can estimate the position of a verse in the chapter audio to begin playback at that verse.  Usually, estimated playback will begin a little bit before the selected verse.  For the best results, the Hendrickson Publishers' Scourby KJV audio Bible is recommended.


If you are using the Hendrickson or AMG Scourby Audio Bible, Verse List panels also include playback controls.  You can play aloud complete verse lists just as you can play back a chapter of the Bible.