NET Bible First Edition (with all notes and Direct Verse Jump)

The NET Bible is a modern English version, available online for free at, with 60,932 footnotes that help explain the translation.  It’s an entirely new way of looking at translation, that the translators themselves justify the words they choose and provide bibliographic, linguistic and textual support for those words.

This is a premium version for the Kindle with all of the 60,932 footnotes. The Greek text in the footnotes is displayed in addition to its Latin transliterations.  However, due to the Kindle limitations, the Hebrew text in the footnotes is represented only by its Latin transliterations.

Technical Features of the Kindle NET Bible:

  • Direct Verse Jump, a revolutionary new method to open the exact verse you need in seconds (see more information below)
  • two other ways to navigate between books and chapters: (i) using a hyperlinked table of contents;  and (ii) pressing the joystick right or left to move between books of the Bible or chapters of supplemental materials. Once you learn all of the three navigation methods, you will be able to open any verse in your Kindle NET Bible as fast as (or even faster than) in your paper copy.
  • correctly formatted (for example, see special poetry formatting in Songs of Solomon and Psalms, italics, small caps in LORD, etc.)
  • includes all translators’ notes (all you need is to click on the hyperlinked note numbers in the text and, when finished reading the note, to press “Back” to return to the Bible text)
  • as any Kindle book, the NET Bible is searchable; however, when you first install the file please wait for the Kindle to index the whole Bible! The file is very large (almost 14 megabytes!) and it takes a long time to index. For this reason, the DVJ navigation method will be available only after the book has been indexed.

Direct Verse Jump a revolutionary navigation method using the search functionality:

In this version, all you need to do is type an abbreviated book name (see the table of contents for the complete list), then period, then chapter number, period again, and then verse number and finally press “find” twice (you need not wait for the Kindle to display the search results) and you will be looking at that particular verse in seconds. If you just need to open the first verse of any chapter then the verse number is not necessary. Do not forget periods and use only the abbreviations that are listed in the table of contents.

For example, if you wish to select chapter 3 of Genesis, you would:

  1. type the standard abbreviation for Genesis (see the table of contents for a complete list), then period, and finally number “3” in other words: ge.3
  2. click “find” twice and you are there.

For John 3:16, you type jn.3.16 and double click “find”.

Note: that you should put the chapter number even for books that have only one chapter. For example, the Epistle from Jude verse 5 would translate to jud.1.5 and a double click.

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23 responses to “NET Bible First Edition (with all notes and Direct Verse Jump)

  1. Osnova, thank you SO MUCH!!! I just ordered the NET Bible and can’t wait to try it out. … When I first got my Kindle, I wanted to buy a Bible for it, but was discouraged from doing so by all the negative reviews about the problems in navigating through the Bible. This has solved that (I hope!).

  2. The NET bible is an excellent translation from the folks at … Dallas Theological Seminary. A modern, conservative translation with copious translator’s notes as well as study notes and textual criticism explanations. I have it in hardcopy and digital format and it is very useful for in-depth study. It is in between the NASB and ESV on the readability scale. Highly recommended

  3. In one word: awesome!

    This is a modern translation with 60 thousand notes, which provide a treasure trove of information such as the choices that translators made, what alternative readings are possible, textual variants, how the phrase is translated by other translations, etc. The notes give lots of details on original Hebrew and Greek (Greek is even displayed in this Kindle book).

  4. Your Direct Verse Jump navigation is the best I’ve seen for an eBook Bible.

  5. Very interesting — I like the ability to find a verse. Hopefully, other translations will eventually have that feature as well. I’d llike to get the NIV version on Kindle with a verse jump feature.

  6. Great work guys! This is a good translation and the Direct Verse Jump implementation is a MUST HAVE for every Bible. Just a note for those who wonder, but once you download the Bible to your Kindle, you need to wait about 10 mins for the entire Bible to index. You can play with it in the meantime, but the navigation will not work until it has finished. Just be patient and it will be up and running in no time.

    A request for the developers. If you could add navigation like the right and left 5-way between books, but also between chapters, that would be so great.


  7. Hmm. We had a long back and forth about whether to have a chapter-to-chapter 5-way navigation or book-to-book. At the end we thought that chapter-to-chapter would be an overload for most people. After your comment, we may revisit this issue.

  8. Jim

    Thanks so much. Finally I can move from one passage to another without going to the TOC. Yes! I also enjoy the NET bible in general (a solid translation), and the notes they provide. I’ve already written some friends telling them about it. Well done!

  9. Jim, thank you for your feedback. It’s a great feeling that our work is appreciated. If you have a minute, would you mind adding feedback on Amazon, so that other people could see it? Thanks.

  10. Laura

    Is there a online link or list of the chapter abbreviations available somewhere. I could come up with my own, but I am sure it has been done already!

  11. Laura

    Excellent – thank-you so much! A real time-saver!

  12. Laura

    I cannot seem to get to Genesis Chapter 22 with the Direct Verse Jump when I do the following:
    1. typed the standard abbreviation for Genesis, then period, and finally number “22″ in other words: ge.22
    2. clicked “find” twice

    It brings me to Genesis 2.2 NOT Genesis 22. What am I doing wrong?

    My only work-around seems to be to do this instead (and would need to do this with any Book where I am searching past Chapter 10?)
    1. type the standard abbreviation for Genesis, then period, and finally number “22″ in other words: ge.22
    2. click “find” once
    3. Use the joy stick to navigate to the location where you see the words: ge.22
    4. Click “find” once

  13. I purchased the Kindle version of the NET Bible with Notes. When I try to go to John 17 (jn.17, find, Find) I keep ending up in Psalm 78 instead.

  14. If I try jn.17.1 I end up in 2 Chronicles 2. jn.18 works properly to take me to John 18.

    • John,

      Thanks for buying an OSNOVA edition. If you have Kindle 3, I believe you have come across the bug that I describe here

      Basically, for some reason sometimes the font size affects the search destination. Try changing the font sizes and see what happens. Amazon is aware of the issue and they assured me that they are working on correcting the problem.

      To exclude any other possibility please see what search results show after you press the first “find” show but before you press “find” for the second time. If it shows the correct text and then you end up in the wrong place, it’s the Kindle 3 search bug that I am hoping Amazon will fix.

  15. Jason


    I just purchased the NET Bible from Amazon — I absolutely LOVE it! Thank you for the intuitive and effective interface you have created.

    One comment: I agree with Dustin — it would be great if there were a way to navigate both chapter-by-chapter as well as book-by-book. If I had to choose only one, I think I would pick the chapter-by-chapter option. Here is my reasoning: I’m much more likely to want to browse within a book than from book to book. If I do need to jump to another book, I can easily use the direct jump feature or the TOC. Once I’m in the right book, that is where I would be interested in using the D-key and page turn buttons to navigate around.

    • Jason, thanks for your words of support.

      I’m almost done with the chapter-by-chapter navigation for the NET Bible. Please send me a copy of your NET Bible as proof of purchase to and I will send you the one with chapter-by-chapter navigation. Unfortunately, it’s either book-by-book or chapter-by-chapter.

  16. Rick Mansfield posted a detailed review of the NET Bible here

    It made his revised Top Ten list ( – at number 3! – and he had the following to say:

    “As I said in my long-delayed review, “I recommend the NET Bible – especially the standard edition with 60,932 notes–to all believers.” Hands down, the complete NET Bible has the best set of notes I’ve ever seen in any study Bible. The translation, while still having a few rough places, is solid, too. Ultimately, this is simply a translation of the Bible in need of better exposure.”

    My conversion of the NET Bible to the Kindle format will hopefully help with the “better exposure.”

  17. A good article about the NET Bible, NIV and ESV:


    “[The NET Bible has] Solid scholarship, readable and elegant, and more notes than any other Bible in history. It’s not a major seller but that’s only because it hasn’t been strongly marketed. It is significant that this translation is what that the translators of the ESV and TNIV used to help them with the hard places. It has become the Bible that thousands of people use to grasp better what their preferred translation is doing. That is, the ESV or TNIV might be interpretive in a given place (all translations are interpretive), and they might come out on different ends of an issue. The NET Bible will have a note that explains the two views; no other Bible does this even close to the extent that the NET does. And it really pioneered the idea of having serious interpretive, textual, and translation notes.”

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