To see how “The Bible Panorama” works with TheWord Bible software, see my TW review
here. For a comprehensive review of the content in any format, click here.
This is a double download module. One is a .cmt module, which works just like you
would expect, summarizing the entire Bible. It gives a panorama of each book of the
Bible, and then it gives a panorama of every chapter in the Bible. The second module
is a book (.gbk) focusing on the doctrine of Bibliology: The Doctrine of the Bible.
It’s intent is to give a panorama of Bibliology. Both modules are excellent.
If you like the base module (TSK) already included in the eS/TW installation, you’ll
love this enhancement! Thousands of cross references have been added, making this
module “indispensabler” to Bible study! For more information on this module, click
TW Users! Instead of having TSK as a commentary, how about having all of those cross
references inline (right under the Bible verse - just like a printed study Bible!)?!
Find out more about TSK/e inline here! Or, just download the TSKe .xrefs file here:
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge Inline Cross References -TW
NOTE: this is a tandem module. One is a commentary and the other is a dictionary.
Both must be installed to the "C:\Program Files\e-Sword" folder (or the TW equivalent)
in order to be used. For more information on this module, please click here.
^Justin Edwards - “Family Bible New Testament Notes” Commentary eSTW
^Henry Mahan - “John, Romans-Jude” NT Commentary (22 Books) eSTW
Conservative Southern Baptist.
^Edgar Pierce - “Exposing The Word” Commentary Module eSTW
Brother Pierce is a Southern Baptist pastor. This commentary is his “expose-itory”
sermon notes in commentary format. This module is contemporary with his preaching,
so it will be updated occasionally as he continues to preach through the Bible.
Hamilton Smith - The Writings of Hamilton Smith (Bible Commentary on select
Bible Books) eSTW
Brief comments on 24 books of the Bible. For a biographical note, click here. This
is not the same as his collected writings. This is his expositional notes only in
commentary format. It includes some of the material from the official TW module.
Whole Bible & Whole Testament
The BEST of the BEST of the Multi-Volume Commentaries (in alphabetical order)
This is an excellent, conservative, paragraph-by-paragraph commentary on the entire
Bible. See how it works with TW here. Highly recommended.
From his website - “These Bible Study Notes, written by Dr. Thomas L. Constable over
a 25-year period, provide commentary on all 66 books of the Bible, and hold about
7,000 pages of material. Dr. Constable's Notes, also known as expository notes to
Dr. Constable's seminary students, are intended to help you to better understand
This is a technical commentary on the Greek of the New Testament. Knowledge of the
Greek language will help greatly with the readability of this commentary, but it
should still be fairly usable for those with no knowledge of the Greek. MacArthur
gives this module an asterisk on his “850 Books For Biblical Expositor’s” list. Divided
verse by verse - an absolutely excellent resource.
^**William Barclay - “Daily Study Bible” NT Commentary (17 Volumes) eSTW
This NT commentary set is excellent -if you can get past his poor theology. What
do I mean? His grasp of history is phenomenal. His discussion of the background of
every NT passage is absolutely filled with interesting and applicable information.
His use of Greek is also excellent, yet judicious. There is no need to know any Greek/Hebrew
to understand his comments. Reading this commentary can help to unlock the literal,
historical, grammatical meaning of the text. However, his theology is - at best -
inconsistent, and occasionally downright heretical. You can read this review of his
theology if you’re interested. BOTTOM LINE: this is an excellent historical-grammatical
commentary; just skip his theological comments.
^**Albert Barnes - Barnes Notes on the Old & New Testament (14 Volumes) TW
This module is available as an eSword module from Rick. eSword users should just
use the Download menu from inside the program.
^**Johann Albrecht Bengel - “Gnomon of the New Testament” eSTW
Bengel’s Gnomon (which simply means “Index”) goes phrase by phrase through the NT
explaining the Greek words. A working knowledge of the Greek language is helpful,
but certainly not necessary, to profit from this commentary. Divided verse by verse
- an absolutely excellent resource. In “Commenting and Commentaries,” Spurgeon wrote
of this set:
Ever since the year in which it was first published, A. D. 1742, up to the present
time, it has been growing in estimation, and has been more and more widely circulated
among the scholars of all countries. Though modern criticism has furnished many valuable
additions to our materials for New Testament exegesis, yet in some respects, Bengel
stands out still 'facile princeps' among all who have labored, or who as yet labor
in that important field. He is unrivalled in felicitous brevity, combined with what
seldom accompanies that excellence, namely, perspicuity. Terse, weighty, and suggestive,
he often, as a modern writer observes, 'condenses more matter into a line, than can
be extracted from pages of other writers.'"
^**“Biblical Illustrator” (56 Volumes) by Joseph Exell eSTW
All 56 volumes! Our great thanks to Josh Bond of Biblesupport.com for making this
jewel available to us all!
^**Cambridge Greek Testament For Schools & Colleges (21 Volumes) eSTW
While somewhat dated (and somewhat liberal...), the exegetical material contained
in these volumes will still be helpful to the expositor. These volumes are Greek
intensive. Knowledge of the Greek, while not required, is probably necessary. TW
users should try it out in the Greek exegesis layout.
^**B.H. Carroll - “Interpretation of the English Bible” (17 Volumes) eSTW
Awesome! Unashamedly Biblical - and Baptist. NOTE: This module download includes
both a commentary and an ebook (.topx/.gbk) module.
^**Adam Clarke - “Adam Clarke’s Commentary on The Bible” (6 Volumes) TW
Written from a conservative Methodist prospective. (Most modern day Methodists should
read this to rediscover their conservative theology.) An excellent overall presentation.
eSword users should use the “download” menu from within eSword to download this module.
^**“Expositor’s Bible” William R. Nicoll, General Editor (49 Volumes) eSTW
This set was originally published in 49 volumes. It is not a standard “verse by verse”
commentary; it includes a tremendous amount of topical material that is not easily
categorized in the eS/TW “Commentary format.” OMLB originally released this set as
individual topic files (available here). Josh Bond of BibleSupport.com took those
raw materials and built a .cmtx file. I think the .topx format for these files will
be more helpful for the Bible student. However, I believe many DDTers will prefer
the .cmtx format, so I’ve made it available. Please remember that this set includes
topical material not easily categorized in the verse by verse format, so the most
helpful comment on any particular text may not be exactly where you would expect
to logically (that is, textually) find it.
from J. D. Pentecost, Dallas Theological Seminary: “They are highly recommended to
Bible students for their keen insight into the books, their faithfulness in exposition
of the truths of the Word, and the warmth of love for the Lord they reflect.”
A modern day dispensationalist. These comments are not in depth, nor are they verse
by verse. But they provide a very good chapter by chapter presentation. An excellent
work for teachers and pastoral sermon preparation.
^**David Guzik’s Commentary on the Whole Bible eSTW
6,000+ pages! This module covers most of the Bible. David Guzik is a great Bible
teacher. This commentary breaks down the Bible chapter by chapter, and he uses a
helpful outline format. He explains large blocks of Scripture simply. He uses interesting
quotations nicely. This is not technical at all - yet the comments are (just) enough
for a proper explanation of every passage.
^**International Critical Commentary New Testament eSTW
This is the older set, which is now in the public domain. While it often comes from
“left field” (ie, liberal), some of it’s research can still be helpful. Make sure
you use it in conjunction with commentators like Stedman, Ironside & Guzik (all listed
I don’t typically promote modules with a decidedly liberal bent. But this one excels
academically, and is still referred to in academic circles. This module fits with
users attempting to build a seminary quality library. Sunday School teachers and
other disciples of Christ may safely bypass this module.
**Harry A. Ironside - Ironside Bible Commentary eSTW
This particular .cmtx file includes all of Ironside’s public domain commentary texts.
Ironside was a Brethren writer who helped to popularize dispensationalism. This commentary
is not technical with language nor history; but it quite simply - and accurately
- explains the Biblical text in a simple and conversational style.
This is going to be a favorite, I’m sure! This is a large 1Gb file download. It is
a complete KJV audio Bible. Here’s how it works: the download will install a “KJV
Audio” commentary in eSword. It will also install .mp3 files in a specialized folder
in the “Program Files/e-Sword” folder. Whatever chapter is open in your Bible window
can then be played via the .mp3 link in the commentary window. Listen to the Bible
while it is open in front of you -right there in eSword! Very nice! NOTE: This is
a huge download, so be patient.
^**John Peter Lange - “A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Critical, Doctrinal,
and Homiletical” (25 Volumes) eSTW
This is one of the finest - if not the finest - free resources available for eSword
and TheWord (it beats most of the premium resource material, too.) This set is not
light reading. It is academic - but it is at the same time homiletic. For those patient
enough to wade through the depths of this material (and sift through the dross),
you’ll find treasure after treasure of expositional gold.
^**Heinrich Meyer - “Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the NT” (20 Vols.)
This is an excellent, Greek intensive NT commentary. Divided verse by verse - an
absolutely excellent resource. MacArthur includes this set on his “850 Books For
Biblical Expositor’s” list - no mean feat, as MacArthur has a bias for contemporary
One of the most excellent NT commentary sets ever written - and one of my favorites.
This commentary is a Greek intensive resource; a working knowledge of the Greek language
is almost a necessity to profit from this set (but give it a try even if you don’t
know any Greek - except for the guy who runs the deli downtown...). Divided verse
by verse - an absolutely excellent resource. John MacArthur has this particular set
asterisked on his “850 Books For Biblical Expositor’s” list. Yep - one of the best
^**“Matthew Poole’s Concise Commentary On The Bible” (3 Volumes) eSTW
Don’t be fooled by the title! This is a complete commentary on the entire Bible (3,000+
pages in small print). In our modern understanding, this commentary is not “concise!”
Here is what Spurgeon said (in part) of this commentary:
The three volumes, tolerably cheap, and easily to be got at, are necessaries for
your libraries. On the whole, if I must have only one commentary, and had read Matthew
Henry as I have, I do not know but what I should choose Poole. He is a very prudent
and judicious commentator; and one of the few who could honestly say, "We have not
willingly balked any obvious difficulty, and have designed a just satisfaction to
all our readers; and if any knot remains yet untied, we have told our readers what
hath been most probably said for their satisfaction in the untying of it." Poole
is not so pithy and witty by far as Matthew Henry, but he is perhaps more accurate,
less a commentator, and more an expositor.
The theological perspective and content of this commentary is similar to the above
David Guzik commentary. Guzik is briefer, and utilizes an outline format; Smith is
a little fuller, and writes in paragraph format. Both commentaries allow you to see
a chapter of text at a time.
**Ray Stedman Commentary On Selected Books of the Bible eSTW
My only complaint about this commentary? Stedman didn’t get an opportunity to write
about the entire Bible before his graduation day! These sermons are beautifully manuscripted,
illustrated, and applied. They are simply great examples of first class expository
preaching. They will be very helpful to every expositor - Sunday School teachers,
small group leaders, Bible college professors, and pastors. The commentary tab is
^**John Trapp Commentary on the Bible (5 Volumes) eSTW
Spurgeon spoke quite highly of Trapp’s commentary. This is the entire 5 volume commentary
Now for the REST of the BEST of the Multi-Volume Commentaries
^William Burkitt - “Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the NT”
(2 vols) eSTW
This two volume NT commentary was the inspiration for Matthew Henry’s work. Wow.
^Thomas Coke - “Commentary on the Holy Bible” (6 Vols) eSTW
Coke was a leading Methodist writer that worked with Wesley. Conservative. Contemporary
Methodists would do well to study Coke.
^James M. Gray - “The Concise Bible Commentary” eSTW
^James Hastings - “Great Texts of the Bible” (20 Vols) eSTW
This is not a commentary, per se. (It is, though, formatted like one, and functions
as one in both eSword and theWord.) It is a collection of comments on what the author
perceives to be the greatest texts of the Bible.
As you might imagine, this set leaves the bulk of the Bible untreated. But where
comments occur, they are in full. Preachers and Teachers may find this set mildly
helpful. Students looking for an explanation of the Bible can safely ignore this
This is not the same module as “Kelly’s Introductory Lectures on the New Testament”.
This is a more in depth commentary on the New Testament, and also includes some select
books of the Old Testament (Leviticus, 1&2 Chronicles, Ezra-Daniel). This tab name
is simply “Kelly”.
William Kelly - “Kelly's Introductory Lectures on the New Testament” (3
The file name is “Kelly Introductory NT Lectures.cmtx”. The tab name is “Kelly Intro”.
NOTE: This is not the same module as William Kelly’s Commentary.
^Paul Kretzmann - “The Popular Commentary” (4 Vols - Orthodox Lutheran) eSTW
^John Lightfoot - “Commentary of the New Testament from the Talmud and Hebraica”
(4 Volumes) eSTW
This module comments on the Gospels only. Previous editions of this module has an
“i” in every verse. This edition has the Information mark only in the verses with
comments. (Make sure you delete previous versions prior to installing this one.)
^Alexander Maclaren - “Expositions of Holy Scripture” (17 Volumes) eSTW
Maclaren was a great Baptist preacher, and an effective communicator. However, this
is not really a commentary; it really is a large collection of textual sermons. Most
of the Bible is not covered; but where there are some textual comments, you’ll find
an entire sermon.
^F.B. Meyer - “Through the Bible Day by Day” Commentary (7 Volumes) eSTW
This commentary focuses upon the practical aspect of Bible exposition. Covers most
of the Bible. Tab name is “DaybyDay.”
^G. Campbell Morgan - “Exposition on the Whole Bible” eSTW
Brief comments on the Bible (chapter by chapter).
^G. Campbell Morgan - “Westminster Pulpit” (10 Vols) eSTW
NOTE: Both the eSword and TheWord versions are not in the “commentary” format; they
are in the ebook format (.refx/.gbk). The eSword version of this module is in .refx
format; it will only work on eS10x and above.
These are textual sermons organized in Biblical order. Sparse; but where comments
exist, you’ll find an entire sermon.
^Robert E. Neighbour - “Wells of Living Water” (12 Volumes) eSTW
NOTE: This is not the famous Pulpit Commentary (which is available above on this
page), but a different commentary with a similar name.
^William R. Nicoll - “The Sermon Bible” (12 Volumes) eSTW
^William R. Nicoll - “Expositor’s Dictionary of Texts” (6 Volume Commentary
The title says it’s a dictionary; but the formatting and content dictate that it’s
^Joseph Parker - “The People’s Bible: Discourses Upon Holy Scripture” (27
Sermonic. From the module: “This is not a Bible Commentary in the usual sense of
that term. It is a pastor's commentary upon such portions of Holy Scripture as are
of obvious and immediate importance to the growth of the soul in Divine wisdom, and
is, therefore, not intended to take the place of the verbal and critical commentaries
which so ably represent the latest phases of Christian erudition. Instead of going
minutely through any book verse by verse, the first object will be to discover its
governing idea or principal purpose, and to make that clear by taking out of the
book, say twelve, twenty, or thirty instances most strikingly illustrative of the
NOTE: This module includes a commentary and ebook module.
^Peter Pett - “Commentary on the Bible” & “Library Collection” (55 Volumes)
This is actually a “double download” file - it contains both a commentary file (.cmtx/.cmt.twm)
and a book file (.refx/.gbk.twm). eSword 9x users can use the commentary file, but
only eS10x+ will be able to utilize the .refx file. TW users will have no problems
This is an interesting commentary in that it is not reformed yet it is Amillennial
- a strange perspective, to be sure.
^Charles Simeon - “Horae Homileticae (otherwise known as “Expository Outlines
on the Whole Bible)” (21 volumes commentary format) eSTW
Lots of outlines. Tab name is “Homileticae”.
^A.B. Simpson - “Christ in the Bible” (24 Vols) eS10TW
NOTE: This is an “ebook” (.refx/.gbk.twm), not a commentary (.cmtx/.cmt.twm) file.
It must be viewed in eSword’s “Reference Viewer” or as a TW general book module.
ALSO: There have been some individual volumes made into modules over the years. Delete
them! Use this beautifully built (and complete!) one instead.
^Bob Utley - “You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series
” (NT - 13 Vols) eSTW
^John Wesley - “Wesley’s Explanatory Notes (on the Whole Bible)” TW
NOTE: the eSword version is available within the eSword Downloader on the eSword
We consider all of the modules listed at DDT to be “the cream of the crop.” You’ll
find these Bible study modules will rightly exposit God’s Word and build your faith.
Modules marked with ** are outstanding, and should be used by all students of God’s
Modules marked with ^ are offsite links to files not made by our “Merry Little Band”
of module builders. The editing, formatting, and general Quality Control may not
be the best, but the content of the modules themselves will be rather excellent.
We’re quite pleased to be able to link to these files for your convenience. Membership
may be required to download these modules, but membership will be free and well worth
having a free account. No credit card required, by the way.
Modules listed in green are “premium” or “pay” modules. They are listed here because
1) I think they are of considerable value; and 2) your purchase of them through DDT
gives us a small commission to offset site expenses. If you’d like to help us with
a small gift, buy these premium modules through us, and it won’t cost you any extra.
NOTE THIS: we have a ton of great commentary modules that are not in the .cmt/.cmtx
format. You’ll have to access them through the TheWord’s “.gbk” book views or through
the eSword “Reference Library” viewer. The content of these single volume works is
excellent. Browse the titles and authors and see what I mean about the excellence
of these works.
One Last Note: I’ve divided this “Commentaries” page into several sections.
To see the many One Volume Commentaries, click here.
To see the Commentaries that cover several (random) books of the Bible, click here.
To see the Commentaries on an entire Testament or the whole Bible (complete sets),
e-Sword - Unless otherwise mentioned, these “eS” modules must be installed to the
“C:\Program Files(...)\e-Sword folder” (or it’s equivalent).
The WORD - Unless otherwise mentioned, “TW” downloads are in .twm format and should
be extracted to “c:\ProgramData\The Word\Books” folder.
Modules that are on this page, except as noted, are in the commentary format (eSword’s
format is *.cmtx; and TheWord’s format is *.cmt.twm). That means that verses, passages,
or chapters of the Bible are linked to the commentary text. If you click on Rom 3:23
in the Bible window, then the commentary window will also move to Rom 3:23 (if a
Modules on this page are either 1) one volume commentaries on the Bible (or an entire
testament); or 2) multi-volume commentaries covering the whole Bible (or an entire
There are some modules built in the commentary format that only cover one book, or
a section of the Bible (Pentateuch, Pauline Epistles, etc.). Those smaller commentary
modules will be found on the OT Studies and NT Studies pages respectively.
With a 21” widescreen monitor, you can have both your Bible software and your word
processor open and viewable at 100%. Nice!