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Can Google Home Read the Bible? (YES! Use These Commands)

One great feature of Google home is its ability to read the bible out-loud to you! Here’s how…

Can Google Home Read the Bible?

Yes, Google Home can read the bible without any additional setup required. Google Assistant “actions” come automatically activated. Some of the best bible reading actions for Google Home are YouVersion Bible, GodLife, jw.org and Pocket Bible. Try saying, “OK Google, tell YouVersion Bible to read John 3:16”.


YouVersion BibleGodLifejw.orgPocket Bible
Google Appletcan google home read the bible youversion biblecan google home read the bible GodLifecan google home read the bible jw.orgcan google home read the bible pocket bible
Plays whole booksyesnoyesno
Plays whole chaptersyesyesyesyes
Plays versesyesnonoyes
Professionally narratedyesyesyesno
Verse of the dayyesyesnono
Bible versionKing James,
English Standard,
New International, Message,
New Living
English StandardNew World VersionUnknown
Google commandOK Google, talk to YouVersion BibleOK Google, talk to GodLifeOK Google, talk to jw.orgOK Google, talk to Pocket Bible
Rating5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars2.5 out of 5 stars

Read the Bible with Google Home Actions

Google actions is a third-party development platform that offers applets for Google Assistant. These applets help to expand Google Home’s functionality.

actions on google

This extended functionality is a real plus when it comes to something like reading the bible. Without an applet, Google Home would simply scan the internet for the bible verse you’ve requested and regurgitate whatever it can find.

Sometimes you get lucky.

For example, if you don’t use an applet and just say, “OK Google, read Timothy, chapter 6, verse 12”, your Google Home is able to find this verse on bibleref.com and read it aloud to you.

Other times, you don’t.

For example, if you say “OK Google, read Proverbs, chapter 18, verse 13”, your Google Home won’t be able to help.

Best Google Home Applets for reading the bible

So, instead of hoping Google Home can find the bible verse you’re looking for, you can use an existing bible reading applet to guarantee it.

There are a lot of different specialized Bible reading applets available on Google Home, but below I detail the four best. And all of them are free!


1. YouVersion Bible

The most versatile of all the Google Home Bible applets is YouVersion Bible. This applet has a ton of great features AND it’s professionally narrated!

can google home read the bible youversion bible

To access YouVersion Bible you can start by saying “OK Google, talk to YouVersion Bible“.

Here’s some the different things you can ask it:

You can ask YouVersion Bible to read any book, chapter, or verse in the bible.

For example you can say:

  • “OK Google, tell YouVersion Bible to read John”
  • “OK Google, tell YouVersion Bible to read Jeremiah chapter 29”
  • “OK Google, tell YouVersion Bible to read Psalm 23:5”

You can ask YouVersion Bible for the verse of the day.

For example you can say:

  • “OK Google, tell YouVersion Bible to read the verse of the day”

You can even chose from five different Bible versions!

For example you can say, “OK Google, tell YouVersion Bible to switch to the…

  • …King James Version”
  • …English Standard Version”
  • …New International Version”
  • …Message Version”
  • …NLT Version”

YouVersion Bible really has it all. The only challenging thing for me is remembering what it’s called! I honestly forget it’s name often and have to look it up before asking Google Home to read from it.


2. GodLife

I chose GodLife second because the narration is the best available on this list. It uses multiple voices for many of the readings and the story telling is extremely entertaining.

can google home read the bible GodLife

There is a bit of loss in functionality with this applet in that you can only play a chapter from the bible, you can’t play the whole book and you can’t narrow it down to a specific verse.

To access GodLife you can start by saying “OK Google, talk to GodLife“.

Here’s some of the different things you can ask it:

You can ask GodLife to read any chapter in the bible.

For example you can say:

  • “OK Google, tell GodLife to read Jeremiah chapter 29”

You can ask GodLife for the verse of the day.

For example you can say:

  • “OK Google, tell GodLife to read the verse of the day”

You can ask GodLife for today’s devotional.

For example you can say:

  • “OK Google, tell GodLife to read today’s devotional”

3. jw.org

Feelings about Jehovah’s Witnesses aside, they do offer a great Google Home applet that is capable of reading the bible aloud. It too is professionally narrated and has some pretty useful features.

can google home read the bible jw.org

That said it cannot play individual verses from the bible, only whole books or chapters.

To access jw.org, you can start by saying “OK Google, talk to jw.org“.

Here’s some of the different things you can ask it:

You can ask jw.org to read any book or chapter in the bible.

For example you can say:

  • “OK Google, tell jw.org to read John”
  • “OK Google, tell jw.org to read Jeremiah chapter 29”

With jw.org, you’re unable to chose the exact bible version you want. jw.org will play recordings from the 2013 edition of the New World Translationif they are available. Otherwise, it plays recordings of the 1984 edition.

A lot of the additional functionality jw.org offers is Jehovah’s Witness specific. If you’re interested in learning about these features you can visit their website here.


4. Pocket Bible

This Google Home Bible reading applet is definitely a few steps down from YouVersion Bible, GodLife, and jw.org. For starters, it’s not professionally narrated. Instead you get a robot sounding woman as your bible reader.

can google home read the bible pocket bible

I’ll be honest, it can get pretty annoying after awhile.

You also can’t have Pocket Bible read a full book from the bible, you have to minimally select a book AND a chapter.

To access Pocket Bible you can start by saying “OK Google, talk to Pocket Bible“.

You can ask Pocket Bible to read any chapter or verse in the bible.

For example you can say:

  • “OK Google, tell Pocket Bible to read Jeremiah chapter 29”
  • “OK Google, tell Pocket Bible to read Psalm 23:5”

One nice feature that Pocket Bible has, that YouVersion Bible, GodLife and jw.org don’t, is the ability to pick a topic within the bible. Pocket Bible then reads a chapter and verse that’s applicable to that topic. For example you can say:

  • “OK Google, tell Pocket Bible to read about Family
  • “OK Google, tell Pocket Bible to read about Love
  • “OK Google, tell Pocket Bible to read about Anger
  • “OK Google, tell Pocket Bible to reach about Jealousy

Conclusion

Google Home can read the bible aloud for you without any additional setup required.

The top four Google Home bible reading applets, in order, are: YouVersion Bible, GodLife, jw.org, and Pocket Bible.

If you’re looking for the most functionality, I recommend you stick with YouVersion Bible. YouVersion Bible is professionally narrated and allows you to read whole books, chapters and even specific verses.

Which Google Home, bible reading applet is your favorite?