Link To Bible


Link To Bible links any bible reference (e.g. “Genesis 20:1” (en) or “Lukas 5,3” (de)) you write in a post automatically to the appropriate bible verse(s) at

You can hereby choose from many different bible versions in different languages. (See for all availabe languages and bible versions.) detects language specific the most common notations of bible references.


  • This plugin uses the webservice of
  • The links to are added while saving a post, because the requests to are limited per day and site. For posts created before activating ‘Link-To-Bible’ and never saved since then, the links to are added when the post is viewed the first time.
  • Changing an already linked bible reference (e.g. “Gen 1,2” -> “Gen 2,1”), saving the post will automatically update the link to


The following information is transmitted to to add the links:

  • Your API-Key
  • The URL of your blog
  • The selected bible version
  • The text of your post including all markups (and may be content or markup added by other plugins or themes)
  • The version of this plugin, the version of your wordpress installation and the php version running your wordpress installation


  • This plugin is licensed under the GPLv3. ( You can use it free of charge on your personal or commercial blog.
  • It is published with the explicit permission of (ERF Medien e.V.)


Although the bible versions at are available in many different languages, ‘Link To Bible’ itself is just available in English and German. If you would like to contribute a translation for another language, please contact .


  1. Search for link-to-bible in your WordPress backend and click install, or download the file and unzip it.
  2. If you have downloaded the zip, move the ‘link-to-bible’ folder into [WORDPRESS]/wp-content/plugins folder
  3. Activate the plugin in your WordPress Admin area.
  4. Select “Settings” to choose a bible version.


Installation Instructions
  1. Search for link-to-bible in your WordPress backend and click install, or download the file and unzip it.
  2. If you have downloaded the zip, move the ‘link-to-bible’ folder into [WORDPRESS]/wp-content/plugins folder
  3. Activate the plugin in your WordPress Admin area.
  4. Select “Settings” to choose a bible version.
How can I disable the linking of a bible-reference?

You can mark any text with the css-class ‘nolink’ to avoid linking it to; e.g. <span class="nolink">Mt 2,10 or Gen 5,11 will not be linked to</span>.
To disable the linking of a whole post, just add the metadata ‘LTB_DISABLE’ to the post. (Adding ‘LTB_DISABLE’ to an existing post with existing links to will not remove these existing links.)

Can I set the bible version per post?

Yes. You can set the bible version using the metadata of a post with ‘LTB_BIBLE_VERSION’ and the abbreviation codes from (, e.g. set the metadata LTB_BIBLE_VERSION=KJV to use the ‘King James Version’ for this post.

I have a question / The plugin does not work for me / I have a feature request …

If you have any issues with the plugin, please write to (german or english).


Plugin Used too much memory

I installed this plugin this morning. Within an hour the speed of my site began to slow. Then I started having EVERY pingback that’s ever been put on my posts reissued as though done today. Next my site went down giving a 502 gateway error. Fifteen minutes later it came back up, but was with more pingbacks. I called my host and discovered that the plug-in was using 55-60% of the site memory! There were over 400 open connections to the server.

I disabled the plugin and those numbers immediately began to drop. I removed the plugin, deleted the pingbacks, and logged out of my site. I logged back in and functionality is back up.

Nice job.

Would be great if you could add the Romanian VDC. Thank you.

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Contributors & Developers

“Link To Bible” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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  • Added a workaround to ommit error ‘Link-To-Bible Error: “ERROR – unknown data”‘ on creating new posts
  • Updated all urls to use https ones (with disabled host verification)


  • Updated biblelist from


  • Fixed bug regarding setting of default bible version


  • Fixed bug regarding user agent composition
  • Fixed bug regarding obsolete request of api-key on validating options


  • Fixed bug regarding surplus connections to
  • Set a default bible version, if none set for some reasons (in database)
  • Update the plugin version in database, if outdated.


  • Updated biblelist from (‘LUT’ is now ‘Lutherbibel 2017’, added ‘LUT84’ for ‘Lutherbibel 1984’)
  • Improved check of posts, if they needed to be parse by (e.g. in cause of some changes)
  • Changed HTTP-UserAgent to include wordpress-version and php-version


  • Added better handling of network errors


  • Fixed bug regarding bible version selection with active debug mode


  • Updated biblelist from (removed ‘BLG’, added ‘BGV’)
  • Better handling of unavailibility of (only curl-binding)
  • Changed HTTP-UserAgent to be more convenient
  • Fixed a bug regarding changing the special bible version for a special post
  • Elimated many php warnings (Thanks to Peter Grab!)


  • Fixed bug regarding http-post-request without php5-curl.


  • Fixed bug regarding compatibility to PHP 5.3 (The plugin is now tested with PHP 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5 and 5.6)


  • Link To Bible can now automatically retrieve the API-Key of (default for new installations)
  • Removed dependency to php5-curl (it is still used, if available)
  • Updated biblelist from
  • Some minor bugfixes


  • Fixed translation


  • Link To Bible can be disabled for a single post using metadata ‘LTB_DISABLE’
  • Language for parsing bible references can be set to post’s bible version or system locale (default)
  • Performance optimizations


  • Fixed typos, translation and html problems.


  • The language of the available bible versions can be set in the settings now.
  • The bible version per post can be set using post’s metadata (‘LTB_BIBLEVERSION’) now.
  • Link-To-Bible now checks for the availability of needed curl-php5-library
  • Revised error-handling, some refactorings
  • Some minor bugfixes, changes
  • Improved documentation
  • Updated biblelist from


  • Link-To-Bible now adds the links to also to old posts, when they are viewed the first time.
  • Link-To-Bible now changes the links, if the selected bible version is changed. (The links are changed the first time the post is viewed or saved.)


  • Bugfix regarding issue “unexpected end of file'”
  • Some minor bugfixes, changes


  • Update bible list
  • Some refactoring


  • Some minor bugfixes
  • A new major version will be released in the next months.


  • Add the option to ignore false-positive-linkings
  • Fix some minor bugs
  • Added and translated some error-messages


  • Fix regarding issue with “Cannot modify header information”


  • Fix of some minor bugs


  • Initial version