Parallel Bibles are a useful way to compare two different translations. In print, you can often find ones that contain both an English translation and another language. Another type may contain a more literal translation next to a dynamic translation or paraphrase.

With Olive Tree, you can easily set up your own customized parallel Bible, In video below, we’ll show you how.


Now you know how to create a parallel Bible. But why use one? Here are three reasons:

  • Read a more literal translation (KJVESVNASB) alongside a more dynamic one (NLTMessageTLB) to get a better idea of what the text says
  • Have an English translation open alongside the different language text
  • Compare commentaries or dictionaries by having those resources open instead of a Bible
Parallel Bibles Olive Tree

You can make your own in three easy steps:

  1. Open a Bible in the main window
  2. Then, open the Study Center and select the Parallel tab
  3. Lastly, open a second Bible

And bam! You’ll be reading side-by-side translations. It’s that easy!


When you use the Parallel Tab, the split window will automatically link to the main window.

For example, if you were to scroll through the NIV version above, the ESV would follow along.

But if you were to scroll in the ESV version, the link would break.

You can link the windows again by tapping the link icon. However, the windows will still unlink if you scroll in the Parallel Tab. To lock the link feature, tap a second time.

Now, the ESV version will always link back up with the NIV version, even after scrolling.

The best way to learn about this feature is to try it for yourself!


See all the available Bibles for the Olive Tree Bible App here!

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  1. Thanks for this tip.

    Is there any plan to support the ability to link together an OT-only resource with a NT-only resource to produce what is essentially a composite bible based on two different testament resources? I’ve been wanting to link a Hebrew resource (OT only) with a Greek resource (NT only) so that as I switch between OT and NT passages it automatically knows to open the corresponding resource. As it stands now, I have to laboriously close one and open the other each time I happen to cross the OT/NT address boundary which us quite inefficient.

    Thanks – Tony Garland

    • Monty Galloway Reply

      Hi Tony,

      No plans to do this right now, but it is a great suggestion. I’ll pass it along to our development team.


  2. When I tapped on the screen no menu opened and I could never get to the “open study center” he referred to at the beginning and so was unable to open up a second window. What am I doing wrong?

    • Cierra Klatt Reply

      Hey, Terry! In this video, Kyle is using a Samsung tablet. If you’re using any kind of Apple device, things will look a little different. The best way for me to explain this is to point you to our YouTube account, where we have lots of helpful how-to videos. If you have any other questions, or need to be walked-through how to do something, feel free to email They will be glad to assist you!

  3. William Morrison Reply

    works great on my android phone, but not on my Samsung Galaxy S tablet. Nothing on the bottom right to even get started. And is the split window function now gone on tablets? I realize tablets may be different phones. If so, just say so. Still the best app.

  4. I had been doing this with a couple of different translations. I updated my device and had to reinstall the app. When I did, my translations were gone. Some were there, but the ones I used the most were gone. After looking over the website, I guess they don’t support those translations anymore. Sadly, I paid for them. So I’m out of luck. It was the only reason I was using the app. I wish they would have at least mentioned why they are gone. Oh well.

  5. I don’t think I’m getting anything out of the olive tree
    Please help me to just get started. Even if I could find
    a bible verse to read I’d feel at least I could get somewhere.

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