"Bible Text Only" and Paragraph Breaks

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Michael Farrar | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Sep 19 2021 6:11 PM

I am wondering if anyone knows whether there is a way to get rid of the paragraph breaks using the "Bible Text Only" feature? I can remove the headings, which is great, but the paragraph breaks remain the same. The reason I ask is because I like to outline the books of the Bible from scratch, and the paragraph breaks make that nearly impossible to do without getting some sense of the publishers' general outline, which changes from publisher to publisher. I think that I remember being able to take out the paragraph breaks in years past, but it has been a while since I did any serious outlining, so I haven't used it for several years.

Here is an example of what I am talking about. The paragraph breaks are circled in red.

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 19 2021 10:29 PM

Michael Farrar:
I am wondering if anyone knows whether there is a way to get rid of the paragraph breaks using the "Bible Text Only" feature? I can remove the headings, which is great, but the paragraph breaks remain the same.

I don't believe this is possible

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Robert M. Warren | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 20 2021 4:19 AM

Hi Michael:

See if using the Text Comparison Tool and specifying only the translation you're interested in will get what you need. It seems to suppress everything except verse numbers and text. It appears to also ignore the NASB's bolding of verse numbers beginning a new paragraph.

If you specify the full chapter, then Print/Export-->Copy to clipboard, then manually paste into an Excel sheet, it might even make your editing task easier. You would have each verse in one Excel cell. It would contain both verse number and text in the same cell, but if you decide to go this route, it is very likely I could write you a couple of formulas to parse them. Let me know.

[EDIT]  During breakfast I had a (small e) epiphany. Once the formulas I mentioned above are developed, i should be able to provide you a template that will enable you to (fairly easily) produce a Dynamic Text Personal Book using your pericope boundaries & titles that could be used with any translation in your library. It probably would maximize the utility of all the work you will do creating the boundaries.

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