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Crosswire's free The Sword Project
The Sword Project Bible Study Software burnable ISO cd image file, June 8, 2008 release for Windows/Mac/Linux. It contains ALL the modules available, so there is no need for an internet connection (I don't think). This can run from the cdrom or you can install it. LOTS of Bibles in foreign languages available! uses public domain works. Bibles, Commentaries, Lexicons/Dictionaries, Glossaries, Daily Devotionals, General Books, [maps not available yet], [images not available yet], cult/unorthodox/questionable. even has a Bible for Trekkie types in Klingon.
If you choose the burnable CD ISO image file and burn it to a cd (not as a file, but as an ISO image!), you can insert the cd and choose to run the full package from the cdrom, which takes the least work, or install it, which takes the most work.
to install it, the install manager must run (preferably while the cd is in), and you must left-double-click the books you want to install on the left side (available books side) to get them over to the right side (installed side). the sides are labelled, so just read. you must turn on the features you want, such as strong's numbers, morphological codes, lemmas, and the like.

installation

To install The Sword Project, choose "install", minimize the browser that pops up, and you will see an install manager. The install manager must run while the cd is in, and you must left-double-click the books you want to install on the left side (available books side) to get them over to the right side (installed side). the sides are labelled, so just read.

I suggest the following english Bibles: parallel, 1949/1964 Bible in Basic English, Geneva Bible (1599), Bible in Worldwide English, Revised Webster Version (1833), Textus Receptus (1550/1894), William Tyndale Bible (1525/1530), Updated King James Version, Unaccented Modern Greek, Westcott-Hort with NA27-USB4 variants, John Wycliffe Bible (1395), Young's Literal Translation (1898), International Standard Version, Jewish Publication Society Old Testament, English Jubilee 2000 Bible, King James Version (1769) with Strong's Numbers and Morphology, Green's Literal Translation, Green's Modern King James Version, Revised King James New Testament, Restored Name King James New Testament

And install the following Commentaries: Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary of the Whole Bible, The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee (1903-1972), Orthdoxy by Gilbert K Chesterton (1874-1936), The People's New Testament, Personal Commentary, The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (1628-1688), The Practice of the Presence of God:The Best Rule of Life by Brother Lawrence (Nicholas Herman 1605-1691), Robertson's Word Pictures, Tischendorf's spurious passages of the GNT, C.H. Spurgeon's Treasury of David, The Fourfold Gospel and Commentary on Acts of the Apostles, Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, John Wesley's Notes on the Bible, Essays on the Good Samaritan: violence on the road social world of bandits, [Abbott] Illustrated New Testament, Barnes New Testament Notes, Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible, Darby Translation Notes, Family Bible Notes, Sermons on Gospel Themes by Charles G. Finney (1792-1895), Geneva Bible Translation Notes, Calvin's Institutes [optional], Jamieson Fausset Brown Bible Commentary, Josephus: the complete works, John Lightfoot Commentary, Luther's commenrtary on Galatians, Matthew Henry's Complete commentary on the whole Bible

And install these Bible dictionaries: definitions and symbols from the 2 babylons, american tract society bible dictionary, condensed Bible cyclopedia, day by day grace - Bob Hoekstra, Jonathan Bagster's daily light on the daily path, ergane english to old english glossary, ergane english to hebrew glossary, ergane english to latin glossary, ergane english to greek glossary, easton's Bible dictionary, freedict latin to english glossary, greek to hebrew dictionary of septuagint words, hebrew to greek dictionary of septuagint words, hitchcock's Bible Names, international standard Bible encyclopedia, king james dictionary, nave's topical bible, packard's morphological analysis codes, Robinson's morphological analysis codes, scripture alphabet of animals, c.h. Spurgeon's morning and evening: daily readings, smith's Bible dictionary, Strong's greek Bible dictionary, Strong's Hebrew Bible DIctionary, Thompson Chain Topics, R.A. Torrey's Topical Textbook, Webster's Revised unabridged dictionary of the English language 1913

now click the "+Install" button and watch the cd whir.
after all your selections have appeared on the right side and the cd stops whirring, close the install manager.
Once you have the program installed, the King James version is the only version that has the strong's numbers in it. you must turn on the features you want, such as strong's numbers, morphological codes, lemmas, and the like. Turn Strong's Numbers on (Options|Strong's Numbers|On) and Morphology - generally you want this off (Options|Morphological Tags|Off). There are big buttons for some of those.

I wish the installation wasn't so hard for English-speaking folk. At a minimum the program installs the King James Bible with Strong's concordance and maybe Matthew Henry's commentary, so If you are having difficulty installing all this stuff, you will have something. The parallel bible you must right-click and select up to 3 versions.