The Holy Bible: HCSB Digital Text Edition

The Holy Bible: HCSB Digital Text Edition Summary

This updated text edition of the HCSB is optimized for easy reading on digital devices. Free from the visual clutter of footnotes, cross references, and other links, this edition is fast to navigate and easy to use. 

The HCSB was developed by 100 scholars and English stylists from 17 denominations, who prayerfully translated what is one of the most significant Bible translations available today. The HCSB reflects linguistic advances in vocabulary, grammar, punctuation and formatting while it retains meaningful theological terms. In the HCSB you'll find God's personal name (Yahweh), the use of "Messiah" in the New Testament, and the use of "slave" in the New Testament, just to name a few examples. Also, you'll notice the contemporary speech patterns in the HCSB mean that words like "behold" and "shall" are not used. Instead, words or phrases that are common today can be found in their place. 

The HCSB employs a first-of-its kind translation philosophy known as Optimal Equivalence, which seeks to achieve an optimal balance of literary precision and emotive clarity through a comprehensive analysis of the text at every level. This process assures maximum transfer of both words and thoughts contained in the original.

Book Reviews


HCSB bible5 star

Easy to understand and read. I’ve used this bible for years.55

D McQueen

Like it a lot4 star

I didn't have any trouble getting the links to work. I think the issues discussed in earlier reviews have been fixed.45


Awesome try it5 star

I love it and I am glad the publisher put efforts in to making this the best it could be55

Hcsb text edition

The holy bible4 star

Very easy to read45


TOC dont work1 star

Please fix!15


HSBC bible3 star

I really enjoy reading this version of the bible but when reading it, does not show what book and chapter you are reading. At top or bottom of page that you are reading. If publishers would add this, it would be awesome!35


Is this it?1 star

Does this app only load chapter names and numbers, no contents?15

Debeck dy

Great book5 star

Is an awesome book and I love it. Makes reading very easy.55


Bible4 star

This is a excellent bible. Easy to read and easy to follow. The references are easy to use. G45


Table of contents works fine, don't see what book you're in3 star

First, as with all books, you have to let it calculate # of pages with current font before all the links work properly. For a Bible this takes a little longer, you will see the progress at the bottom of the page. Once this is completed you will be able to use the table of contents to jump to any book, go back, etc. The problem is with the slider bar at the bottom of the page. The books are not linked in properly, so no matter what book you are reading the slider lists, "Introduction to the HCSB". So, while this free edition is perfectly usable, it's also fairly annoying. You can use it to determine if you like this translation; In which case, I recommend paying $9.99 for the properly formatted digital reference edition. Otherwise, the NET Bible (noteless) is a great free Bible. If you enjoy it, the full version is only $5.35

   Users Online