The Bible Gateway is a website that can be used for reading and researching scripture online for free, no membership or registration required site I was impressed with the wide range of available Bible versions and translations.
The site was easy to navigate and I could see myself recommending this site to members of a congregation as place where a layperson could do some basic Bible study work without being intimidated with the process. The home page opens with a Quick Search box with clear directions to Enter the Bible passage (e.g. John 3:16), keyword (e.g. Jesus, prophet, etc.) or topic (e.g. salvation) you want to find. You can easily choose your version of the bible as well on this page.
The site offers a Verse of the Day that is posted under the Quick Search. Depending on the version of the bible chosen you can click through to an audible reading of the chapter and verse of the day.
There are some limited commentaries linked to the site as well for some basic exegesis work. The two commentaries found on the site are IVP New Testament Commentaries from InterVarsity Press and Matthew’s Henry Concise Commentary on the Bible. These commentaries are not too insightful, but do offer some commentary research that can be easily read by those who are interested in doing some biblical research beyond just reading the scriptures.
Bible Gateway offers other features such as a Verse of the Day widget that could be added to a personal website and a Bible Reading Plans, which offer five different reading plans developed by Central Presbyterian Church in Baltimore.
The Bible Gateway was first started in 1993 by Nick Hengeveld while attending Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI). In 1995 Nick became the first webmaster at Gospel.com. He continues to run the Bible Gateway and adds new translations, languages, and functionality to the site.
There is also a Mobile BibleGateway.