World English Bible
This is the World English Bible in two rearrangements. Winfred Henson's. And Robert M'Cheyne's.
Hello friends. Welcome to my Library. My name is Arjay B. Araña, and I'm the creator of Swordsman of the Word™ — an essays-blog about God, the Bible, and the Christian faith — and the creator also of these Google Sites.
Collectively, these websites — World English Bible, Time-Tested Sermons, and Classic Devotionals — is a special service that I provide for those of you who are either just starting their Christian journey, or desiring to jump-start and resume that journey. The contents of these websites are only small samplings of the best that Christian literature has to offer, and yet they already contain so much power to change your life for the better. You can make a very good start (or a restart) here.
These Google Sites are subdomains of Swordsman of the Word, and so you should consider them as auxiliaries of my primary blog — complementing my own writing and ministry. However, these sites are also tied with my other blog, Swordsman Community, where I curate select Christian resources, both modern and classic. Most of these websites' contents, if not all, are being featured in that blog, either as blog posts or in the mailing list.
As you can see, these websites are still under construction. I have no timetable, but I expect to work on them over the next few years. If you want to follow my progress and to receive updates, I've made a special blog just for that purpose.
About the World English Bible
The World English Bible (WEB) is an accurate translation of the Bible into modern English. It's an update of the American Standard Version of 1901, and its translators, eBible.org, have released it to the Public Domain.
This website of the same name contains two sets of the text of the Protestant cannon, that is, of the Old and New Testaments. (The full translation also contains footnotes, but they are not included here.)
The first set is a rearrangement of the text that corresponds to Winfred Henson's audio recordings of the World English Bible that were released by LibriVox. The entire WEB text was divided into 89 sections, and each recording runs for about 70 minutes. These recordings are also in the Public Domain, and I'm uploading them to YouTube and embedding them in this website. Moreover, as supplements, I've added (in separate pages) book and chapter introductions from Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary, a beloved and classic exposition of the Bible.
My reason for making this first set is this: By bringing high-quality audio recordings of the Bible together with their texts — and by adding book and chapter introductions — I'm hoping that listening to, reading, and studying the Bible would become much-loved activities for many.
The second set is a rearrangement of the WEB text into 365 morning and evening daily readings. This rearrangement is based on Robert M'Cheyne's Bible reading plan, though in the original plan the readings are called Family and Secret readings. (If you want to receive these readings as emails, check out my mailing list.)
Like with the first set, I'm hoping that these daily Bible readings will encourage many people to read and study God's Word.
All the contents of this website are in the Public Domain.
The audio recordings by Winfred Henson are provided by LibriVox.org.
For the first set (audio recordings), the WEB text that I've used came from theWord Bible software (WEB module v.1.1). This was published some years before the 2020 stable text.
The book and chapter introductions from Matthew Henry also came from this same Bible software (MHWBC module v.1.3).
For the second set (daily readings), the WEB text that I've used came from eBible.org itself. I'm using the HTML version of WEB dated July 19, 2020. In making these daily readings, I have not changed any word or punctuation in the original text, except by putting the verse numbers inside parentheses. However, I've made significant changes in its formatting, especially in paragraphs. As I understand it, these changes I've made do not disqualify me from still calling this text the World English Bible.
The World English Bible had been in draft form for a long time, and stable text status has been achieved only in 2020. Because of this, the audio recordings in the first set may not exactly match their corresponding texts.
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