The Truth plugin will scan the content of your posts, pages, comments, and widgets for references to Bible verses and can generate two types of links from these references.

Truth utilizes the Global Bible Widget from The Global Bible Project to generate links that, when clicked, will display a modal containing the verse that has been referenced. The following Bible versions are currently supported:

  • Amplified Bible (AMP)
  • Contemporary English Version (CEV)
  • Contemporary English Version (Anglicised) 2012 (CEVD)
  • English Standard Version (ESV)
  • Good News Translation (US Version) (GNTD)
  • King James Version, American Edition (KJVA)
  • King James Version with Apocrypha, American Edition (KJVA)
  • New American Standard Bible (NASB)
  • New International Version (NIV)
  • New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
  • Good News Bible (Anglicised) 1994 (GNB)
  • Good News Bible (Anglicised) Catholic Edition 1994 (GNB)


Truth can also generate links to YouVersion. When using YouVersion, a shortcode allows override of the default Bible version. There is also an option to disable auto-generation of links and use only the shortcode. The following Bible versions are currently supported:

  • Amplified Bible (AMP)
  • American Standard Version (ASV)
  • Berean Study Bible (BSB)
  • Common English Bible (CEB)
  • Contemporary English Version (CEVUS06)
  • Catholic Public Domain Version (CPDV)
  • Darby Translation 1890 (Darby)
  • Douay Rheims (DRA)
  • English Standard Version (ESV)
  • Good News Bible (GNB)
  • GOD’S WORD Translation (GWT)
  • Good News Translation (GNT)
  • Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
  • King James Version (KJV)
  • The Message (MSG)
  • New American Standard Bible (NASB)
  • New Century Version (NCV)
  • New English Translation (NET)
  • New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)
  • New International Version (NIV)
  • New King James Version (NKJV)
  • New Living Translation (NLT)
  • New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
  • Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)
  • Tree of Life Bible (TLV)
  • World English Bible (WEB)
  • La Palabra (BLPH)
  • La Bilia de las Americas (LBLA)
  • Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI)
  • Biblia Reina Valera 1960 (RVR60)

View an implementation of the plugin here.


  • Global.Bible Widget Settings


  1. Upload the truth directory to /wp-content/plugins/
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Configure settings on the ‘Settings’ > ‘Reading’ admin page.


Can I display a pop-up bubble showing the text of the passage?

As of Truth v2.0, you can display a modal when utilizing Highlighter as your Bible service. Due to the Terms of Use for YouVersion and lack of an API, the plugin is not able to publicly display works based on YouVersion.

How do I define my shortcode?

[truth version=”nkjv”]2 Corinthians 1:20[/truth]

Can the Truth plugin be used on a multisite install?

Yes. Upload truth.php to /wp-content/mu-plugins/ (auto-enables use on every site) or upload the truth directory to /wp-content/plugins/ and manage through your plugin menu.

How do I authorize use on all sites of a multisite install?

In the plugin file (line 22), set define( TRUTH_AUTH_ALL, TRUE );


December 29, 2023
I’ve been using this plugin a long time, and it generally works well. But it still has issues with being applied too broadly, as mikedev noted 10 years ago. The plugin incorrectly attempts to make a hyperlink when it finds the (extremely common) verb is followed by any number. This happened to me in phrases like these: … water is 1,000,000× more valuable … This video is 30 minutes of fun … When I came across these broken hyperlinks, it took a while to figure out where they were coming from. Obviously the plugin is interpreting is as Isaiah.
August 26, 2018 1 reply
Unlike bVverse which really hits performance. But can’t give it five stars because multiple references fail. In (Gen. 6:11-13, 19-20; 7:21-23) only Gen. 6:11-13 works.
September 3, 2016 1 reply
Trying to start using, but with WP 4.6: installation failed. Any experiences ?
September 3, 2016 2 replies
I updated from 1.7 to 2.0 tonight and there was a conflict that crashed my site. I have not determined as of yet which other plugin if any in combination with 2.0 that created this result. In the meantime I down graded back to version 1.7 till I can figure out the cause. This is a wonderful plugin and very much appreciated. The ability to curtail each verse reference in the NASB version our church uses is a big plus. Thank you
September 3, 2016 1 reply
Greetings, I’ve used this plugin in the past and it has always worked great. However, it does not work with WP 4.4.2. Suggestions?
September 3, 2016 1 reply
Just what our church website needed! For consecration this year we put our daily reading list of bible verses on our website. With this plugin our members can easily view and read their bible verses each day. Our members are very pleased! Thank you to the developers for helping us connect with the so easily. Thank you for blessing is with this plugin!
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  • Fixes YouVersion link structure
  • Fixes various PHP undefined errors


  • Adds BSB to available YouVersion translations


  • Fix fatal error


  • Fix for linking non-default Bible version in shortcode
  • Added NRSV to available YouVersion translations


  • Necessary migration form Highlighter to Global.Bible Widget
  • Removed unsupported version in Global.Bible


  • URL fix for YouVersion links


  • Added Bible Highlighter option to target specific DOM ids for instances when reference is not identified.
  • Added delayed review prompt on Reading Settings screen.


  • Fix for fatal error. Files were not uploaded to repository. Breaking sites. Sorry!


  • Added support for modal display of verses via highlighter
  • Rebuilt codebase.


  • Remove filters when using WordPress Front-End Editor


  • Readme edit


  • Fix for Good News Bible version
  • Marked compatibility with WP 3.8
  • Added information notices
  • Readme edits


  • Author, plugin, and giving URI edits
  • Enables validator for outbound link generation


  • Restricts unwanted regex matches.
  • Adds option for link target.


  • Added options for appending version to shortcode.
  • Added support for spanish versions.


  • Fixed regex match bug.
  • Added capability to match single chapter reference.
  • Added option to disable auto-generation of links.


  • Initial Release