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A cli-accessible Greek Bible with the Septuagint, SBL and Apocrypha
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grb -- Greek Bible on the Command Line

A command line tool for search and reading the Bible in Greek. The Old Testament is the Septuagint (containing some differing texts), and the New Testament is the SBL Greek New Testament.

Format and original implementation from bontibon/kjv. Meant to be a companion program.


usage: ./grb [flags] [reference...]

  -l      list books
  -W      no line wrap
  -h      show help

  Reference types:
          Individual book
          Individual chapter of a book
          Individual verse(s) of a specific chapter of a book
          Range of chapters in a book
          Range of verses in a book chapter
          Range of chapters and verses in a book

          All verses that match a pattern
          All verses in a book that match a pattern
          All verses in a chapter of a book that match a pattern

Notes and Contents

  • I/II Samuel and I/II Kings are named with their English titles despite the fact that in Greek they are respectively I-IV Kings. This is simply because the interface is in English and is supposed to be consistent with kjv.
  • What are in some versions the books Erza and Nehemiah are in the Septuagit 2 Esdras. However these books/verse can be accessed via either possible name.
  • Apochrophal and Deuterocanonical books included, including:
    • 1 Esdras
    • Judith
    • Tobit
    • I-IV Maccabees
    • Odes
    • Wisdom of Solomon
    • Psalms of Solomon
    • Zephaniah (Sophonias)
    • Baruch
    • Letter of Jeremiah
    • Susanna
    • Bel and the Dragon
  • Different editions of books from different texts:
    • Judges (Alexandrinus (default) & Vaticanus)
    • Tobit (Vaticanus/Alexandrinus (default) & Sinaiticus)
    • Daniel (Theodotion)
    • Susanna (Theodotion)
    • Bel and the Dragon (Theodotion)


Install grb by running:

git clone
cd grb
sudo make install


The script is in the public domain. The SBL Greek New Testament translation/edition has a permissive license for non-commercial uses. See it here.

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