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ESV CrossRef


ESV CrossRef, once installed onto your website will scan your site for Old and New Testament Bible references. Once it finds a Bible reference on the page it will convert the reference(s) into a hover-able link! Each time a converted link is hovered over, a small pop up will appear containing the scripture reference. This plug-in is designed to include a single Javascript file into the footer.

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  • Example of scripture reference that have been converted into hover-able links.
  • Example of the hover over
  • Another Example of the hover over
  • Another Example of the hover over


  1. In your WordPress admin, go to ‘Plugins’ > ‘Add New’
  2. Search for ‘CrossRef’ or Upload the downloaded ‘’ file.
  3. Click ‘Install’, then ‘Install Now’, and then ‘Activate Plugin’.


  • Can I change the styling of the links?

Yes you may, just add this style definition to your stylesheet (usually styles.css) and adjust as desired. { color:#3C7DA8; text-decoration:none; }
  • How do I try it out?

Add a bible reference (eg. John 3:16) onto a page or a post and it will be converted into a hover-able link.

  • The plugin is not working
  1. Please make sure the plugin is enabled.
  2. This plugin requires that Javascript is enabled. Check to see if Javascript is disabled for your browser.
  • Some of my references aren’t being linked.

If you find some references are not being linkified, please double check their abbreviation if they are not written out in canonical form.


Nice on desktop, but no mobile support

It works well when I view the site on my laptop, but when I look on my cell phone, the Scripture references aren’t turned into links at all. There’s no linking and no popover effect, as if I hadn’t installed the plugin to start with.

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Contributors & Developers

“ESV CrossRef” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Initial release.