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The Word Widget


The plugin provides a widget which you can place into one of the widget areas provided by your theme (in the WordPress admin area: Appearance | Widgets).

The widget configuration retrieves the list of available Bible editions of the current year remotely from and lets you select one Bible edition. On each day, the widget retrieves the two sayings for the day from and displays them.

Project Bible 2.0

Project Bible 2.0 collects cross-references between selected Bible verses, formats the verses nicely and publishes two cross-referenced verses (“sayings”) for each day of the year in ca. 20 languages, available for free download and as a remote service.

Bible Editions Available

Dated 2020-11-25 – for latest information, see

For 2021, The Word is available in the following Bible editions and languages, more to come:

  • Bibel für Schwoba (Schwäbisch Swabian swg), see
  • Biblia Tysiąclecia (Polski Polish pl)
  • Bybel in Afrikaans (1983-vertaling) (Afrikaans af)
  • English Standard Version (English en)
  • Hoffnung für Alle (Deutsch German de)
  • Leonberger Bibel (Deutsch German de)
  • Neue Evangelistische Übersetzung (Deutsch German de)
  • Nuova Riveduta 1994 (Italiano Italian it)
  • Schlachter 2000 (Deutsch German de)
  • Segond 21 (Français French fr)
  • Südsaarländisch (Southern Saarlandian, a kind of Pfälzisch = Palatinate, pfl-x-suedsaar), see
  • Юбилейная Библия Jubiläums-Bibel (русский Russian ru)
  • Thai Holy Bible 1971 (ภาษาไทย Thai th)
  • 中文标准译本(简化字) (Simplified Chinese) (简体字 Simplified Chinese zh-Hans)
  • 中文标准译本(繁體字) (Traditional Chinese) (繁體字 Traditional Chinese zh-Hant)

System Requirements

  • PHP: tested with 7.4.3. Using an anonymous function requires 5.3.
  • SimpleXML: the widget needs the “SimpleXML” PHP library. If it is not available, the widget configuration (see “Appearance | Widgets” in the Installation chapter) will show an error message. For PHP 5.6, the commands sudo apt-get install php5.6-xml and service apache2 restart may help (use php7.0-xml for PHP 7.0).

Adapting the Layout

The widget output uses the following CSS classes which you may adapt in your stylesheet (CSS):

  • TheWord
  • TL
  • Parol
  • IL
  • L
  • SL

An example css file is included in the plugin zip file. It includes CSS to either show the verses with line breaks (on a wider display) or without the line breaks (on a smaller display). You may need to adapt the rules, depending on the actual width of your widget area.

Plugin License

The WordPress plugin is licensed under GPLv2 or later.

License for Bible Texts (got remotely per day)

The license conditions for the Bible texts (verses) are defined by the publisher of the respective Bible edition. They are contained in the .twd XML files, and are also shown in

License for Related Bible References (got remotely per day)

The project Bible 2.0 provides pairs of related Bible references.

The Word associates one pair of Bible references with a certain day, respectively.

The association of Bible references into pairs and of such pairs to days of a certain year is subject to

| License “Creative Commons 4.0”
| (Attribution, ShareAlike)

With each publication, the following statement with a link to must be available for the user (e.g. by adding a link to the copyright page):

Association of Bible references by project Bible 2.0


  • The widget configuration
  • The widget in a wider widget area (line breaks preserved)
  • The widget in a small widget area (no line breaks)


  1. unpack the zip file into your WordPress plugin folder /wp-content/plugins/;
  2. in the WordPress admin area, in Plugins | Installed Plugins, activate the plugin;
  3. in the WordPress admin area, in Appearance | Widgets, put the widget “The Word” into one of your widget areas;
  4. in the widget area, in “The Word” widget, select a Bible edition, press the “Save” button.


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Contributors & Developers

“The Word Widget” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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  • use anonymous function (available since PHP 5.3.0) instead of create_function (deprecated in PHP 7.2)
  • tested with PHP 7.2.15 and WordPress 5.1 RC2


  • use https protocol to access
  • tested up to WordPress 4.8


  • if the SimpleXML module is missing, the widget configuration form shows a detailed info.


  • if the widget form (for admin) fails to retrieve the list of Bible editions from, the form shows a detailed log of its actions, and some environment info (allow_url_fopen, php_version(), $wp_version, $required_php_version).


  • on restricted server configurations,
  • the plugin now falls back to a safer method to retrieve data from
  • (if PHP setting allow_url_fopen=Off, simplexml_load_file fails,
  • then the plugin uses the WordPress method wg_remote_get)


  • the widget does not store a .twd file per year but uses the daily online service


  • the widget form (for admin) retrieves the list of Bible editions from,
  • … lets admin select the Bible edition
  • … and retrieves The Word .twd file for the selected Bible edition from
  • the widget shows The Word from the Bible edition selected in the widget form.


  • initial version