Treasury of Scripture KnowledgeAn important component of effective Bible study is to cross-reference other Scriptures that shed light on the passage you are studying.  Scripture is the best interpreter of Scripture.  But how do you know which verses to cross-reference for the passage you are studying?

One tool you can use is the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, compiled by Dr. R. A. Torrey.  It was assembled over 100 years ago but remains the most comprehensive collection of Scriptural cross references available with over 500,000 entries.

Highly respected Bible expositor John MacArthur has stated that the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge is:

“The one book, aside from the Bible itself, that I value most in my studies.”

There are many Web sites and Bible study programs that offer the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.  The following video tutorial introduces a couple of ways to access the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge for free.  One is an online tool at  The other is a free, downloadable Bible study software, e-Sword, which I highly recommend.

To recap the instructions from the video:

  1. Navigate your Web browser to
  2. Select a book of the Bible.
  3. Select a chapter.
  4. The TSK references will appear after each verse.  Simply click these cross-reference links to view the related verses.


  1. If you haven’t already done so, download and install the free e-Sword software here.
  2. Then download and install the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge module for e-Sword.
  3. Launch the e-Sword application.
  4. Navigate to the passage you wish to study.  (Use the Scripture Reference Lookup panel on the left side of the application, or press the F2 key.)
  5. Select the TSK tab in the Commentary panel.
  6. Simply hover your mouse over each of the cross-references to view the verse(s) in a tooltip.  (You can click on the links to be taken to that passage in the Bible panel, but it isn’t required.)

Do you use cross-references in your Bible study routine?  Which tools do you recommend?

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2 Responses to “Cross-Referencing”

  1. I have the hardbound book and find it invaliable for in-depth study!! :)

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