Sketches in the Ruins of My Mind

graphic: Sketches in the Ruins of my Mind.

The Bible Retrieval System by Chip Chapin

Dateline: 12 August 2007
Author: Johnny <>

Rescued from bit-rot hell by yours truly, this is a useful command-line tool to have at hand when engaged in a flamewar where a Bible quote or two is required.

With some tearing of hair, I re-tooled it to build via the Gnu Autoconf system…not a past-time that's recommended as a hobby. It's been "extensively tested" on Slackware 10.2 and 12.0, and Solaris 10 (the Solaris cc issues warnings when compiling but that's Ok).

Confusingly, you may find a 4.20 on the web but in fact that is earlier code than the 4.03 version presented here. (Which, naturally, I only noticed after I'd managed to get 4.20 to compile.) I've confirmed with Chip Chapin that BRS 4.03 was the last version released - he now considers it a curio and relic.

Download: bible: BRS Release 4.03

There's a man page and a couple of READMEs. You know the drill.


$ bible Mat10:34
Matthew 10
  34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not
to send peace, but a sword.

See also, Isaiah22:13

pic: bible mat18:3.