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Not to be confused with Eloquent ORM.
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Eloquent running on Mac OS X Snow Leopard with four different panes open.
Developer(s) Manfred Bergman
Stable release 2.4.10 / October 9, 2014
Preview release Non [±]
Written in Objective-C
Operating system OS X
Available in Multilingual
Type Biblical software
License GPL
Website Eloquent

Eloquent (formerly MacSword) is a free open-source application for research and study of the Bible, developed specifically for Macintosh computers running OS X. Eloquent allows users to read and browse different bible translations in many languages, devotionals, commentaries, dictionaries and lexicons. It also supports searching and advanced features such as services enabling users to access the Bible within other application programs.

Eloquent is one of About.com's top 10 Bible programs.[1] Because Eloquent is based on The SWORD Project, it is compatible with a growing collection of over 200 texts available in over 50 languages.

Version 2.3.5 of Eloquent continues with the Snow Leopard development. However, starting with the version 2.4.0, Eloquent has started with the OS X Lion testing, implementing features that are specific only to the Lion operating system.

Release notes
Version Release date Features
2.3.3 June 15, 2011
  • Added spell checking context menu to notes display. It is now possible to add unknown words to the Mac OS X dictionary.
  • Preview Pane now shows text as HTML rendered instead of plain text.
  • Fixed problem where Eloquent didn’t honor the individual module font setting.
2.3.5 July 16, 2011
  • Fixed footnotes display in tooltip and preview pane
  • updated version SWORD and module development utilities


  1. ^ Fairchild, Mary. "Top 10 Bible Software Programs". About.com. Retrieved 2 January 2014.  Listed under old name MacSword.