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The Holy Scripturizer


Automaticallly hyperlink Bible references. No special tags or extra coding are needed. Simply type a Bible reference, like John 3:16, and it is converted automatically to John 3:16.

Scripturizer uses PHP-based filtering to automatically convert Bible references in your posts, pages, and comments into hyperlinks which point to major online Bible websites, such as the Bible Gateway, NET Bible, the ESV Bible, and others.


  • New Display verse when mousing over reference.
  • Updated Simplified admin interface.
  • Easy to install
  • Easy to administer via the admin panel under the Options/Settings tab (Options/Settings --> Scripturizer).
  • Easy to use, just type in a scripture reference reference.
  • No proprietary markup tags. You don’t have to use special tags (such as [bible]Genesis 1:1[/bible]) around Bible references.
  • More translations than any other plugin including NIV & The Message.
  • Optional open Bible links in new windows.
  • Automatically include the scripture from the ESV translation on rollover or with a show/hide link next to references.
  • Works for posts, pages, and comments without modifying the database.
  • Dozens of versions supported in many languages. To use a specific translation, simple post-fix the abbreviation for that translation to the reference, like this: Genesis 1:1 ESV; Genesis 1:1 NIV; etc. (See the usage instructions page for more detailed instructions.)
  • Support for Libronix links.
  • Bibleref standards compliant.

New in Version 1.8.3

  • Fixed error where text such as “Acts 1984” would get matched as a Bible reference
  • Validates as XHTML
  • Small changes to the Admin interface

New in Version 1.8.2

  • Removed an unnecessary function to reduce file size

New in Version 1.8.1

  • Fixed bug where open in new window via icon feature would return 404 errors

New in Version 1.8

  • Added rollover tooltips
  • ESV Show/Hide links can now be used even in the default translation links to another translation
  • Show/Hide links changed from [+/-] to [show]
  • Easier installation
  • Streamlined code & smaller file size
  • Redesigned Admin Panel to match WordPress 2.5
  • CSS Code moved to an external file
  • Added support for periods and endashes in the reference (ex. John 3.16–17)


  • Just type a Bible reference and a link to read that scripture is automatically added. (Shown with optional open-in-new-window icon.)
  • Scripture link with rollover Tool Tip option turned on.


The Holy Scripturizer has a standard WP Plugin installtion process


  1. Upload the-holy-scripturizer to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. If an older version of scripurizer.php or the-holy-scripturizer exists, remove it.
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress

Customize setting by going to the Scripturizer admin panel in your WordPress console (Options/Settings --> Scripturizer). Choose your settings, and then press the Update Options button. That’s it!


Link to a Scripture Reference with Default Version

Making a Scripture reference is easy. Simply type the name of the book and the reference, such as:

  • John 3:16,
  • or Romans 5:1-4,
  • or Genesis 1-2.

You can also use abbreviations for the book names, such as:

  • Gen. 1:1,
  • Exo. 3-6,
  • Psa 2.

All links created in this manner will be linked to your default Bible version (see below).

Link to a Scripture Reference with a Specified Version

To create a Bible link with a version other than your default version, type the abbreviated name of the version after the reference, like this:

  • John 1:1 NIV
  • Gen. 1-2 LXX
  • Exodus 3 NRSV

The list of available versions with their abbreviations is below.

Default Bible Version and Supported Versions

Upon activation, the default Bible version is set to the English Standard Version (ESV). The default can be changed simply by changing the default Bible option on the Options/Settings --> Scripturizer page in your WordPress control panel.

Scripturizer supports many versions (soon to be all versions) from the Bible Gateway plus the NET, NRSV, and LXX. Therefore, the list of supported versions with their corresponding abbreviations (i.e. the abbreviations that you should use in your links) is as follows:

  1. 1940 Bulgarian Bible (BG1940)
  2. 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
  3. American Standard Version (ASV)
  4. Amplified Bible (AMP)
  5. Arabic Life Application Bible (ALAB)
  6. Bulgarian Bible (BULG)
  7. Contemporary English Version (CEV)
  8. Darby Translation (DARBY)
  9. Detta är Bibeln på danska (DN1933)
  10. Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)
  11. Elberfelder (ELB)
  12. English Standard Version (ESV)
  13. Haitian Creole Version (HCV)
  14. Hoffnung für Alle (HOF)
  15. Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
  16. King James Version (KJV)
  17. Luther Bibel 1545 (LUTH1545)
  18. Septuigent (LXX)
  19. New American Standard Bible (NASB)
  20. New English Translation (NET)
  21. New International Readerís Version (NIRV)
  22. New International Version (NIV)
  23. New International Version – UK (NIVUK)
  24. New King James Version (NKJV)
  25. New Life Version (NLV)
  26. New Living Translation (NLT)
  27. New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
  28. Slovo na cestu (SNC)
  29. The Message (MSG)
  30. Today’s New International Version (TNIV)
  31. Worldwide English (New Testament) (WE)
  32. Wycliffe New Testament (WYC)
  33. Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)


Additional Features (ESV only)
  1. Display the scripture when the user’s mouse rollsover the reference.
  2. Create [show/hide] link for viewing the scripture without having to leave the current page.
CSS Styles

All elements that Scripturizer adds have clean CSS classes in order to make it easy for you to match the look with your site’s template.

Tool Tip example:

.tooltip {
        max-width: 30em;
        text-align: left;
      padding: 0.5em;
      margin: 0;
      background-color: #333;
      color: #FFF

Box displayed after [show/hide] click is clicked:

.scripturizer_showhide {
        display: none; 
        padding: 1em; 
        border-style: solid ;
        border-color: DarkGrey;
        border-width: 1px;

Open in new window icon:

.scripturizer_newwindow {
    margin-top: 0px; 
    margin-right: 0px; 
    margin-bottom: 0px; 
    margin-left: 5px; 
    border: 0px;

Initial vision and Perl module:
Dean Peters

Additional Credits For Perl version:
Jonathan Fox
Jason Rust
Joseph Markey
[Brian A Thomas]
Rob Hulson

Port to PHP for WordPress
Glen Davis

WordPress Documentation
Chip Bennett

Maintaining Code
v1.5-1.7: Laurence O’Donnell
v1.8: Peter V Cook

show/hide link is modified from this script
ToolTip for Prototype by Jonathan Weiss

Contributors & Developers

“The Holy Scripturizer” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.