In New Bible App for Kids Story, “The Walls Go Up,” God Helps Nehemiah and His Friends Rebuild Jerusalem

Available now in the Bible App for Kids, “The Walls Go Up” tells the story of how Nehemiah and the people living in Jerusalem rebuild the wall surrounding their city. In Nehemiah 1-4, Nehemiah is sad when he hears that his friends are in trouble because enemies destroyed the town where they lived. Nehemiah asks King Artaxerxes for permission to go to Jerusalem to try to help them fix the walls, and the king says it’s okay with him. Even though things are worse in Jerusalem than Nehemiah imagined, still he tells the people there that with God’s help, they can do it.


Together they fix all the gates, then start on the walls. When their enemies get mad and try to stop them from rebuilding, the people just hold a tool in one hand and a sword in the other and keep right on working! Nehemiah 6:15-16 says they finished in just 52 days! Then in Nehemiah 8:1-3 and 10:28-29, Ezra the priest reads God’s law to all the people, and they say, “Thank you, God, for helping us rebuild our wall! Whatever you say, we want to do it all!”


If you already have the Bible App for Kids, all you need to do to get “The Walls Go Up” is open the app and tap the new story icon. But even if you don’t have the app yet, getting it is easy — and it’s free! Just click one of the buttons below.

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About the Bible App for Kids

Already installed on more than 7 million devices, the Bible App for Kids comes from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App. In partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids was designed specifically to provide your children with a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. Here are all the places where you can get the Bible App for Kids:

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The All-New Bible App, Available Now for Your Apple Device

“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night…”
Joshua 1:8, NLT

At YouVersion, we’re always exploring new ways we can help you weave God’s Word into the fabric of your life. Our mission is to help you engage with the Bible every day. That’s why we’ve completely redesigned the Bible App, both on Android and iOS.* And today, we’re excited to introduce you to the best Bible App ever for your iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple Watch:

Simpler. By design.

You want God’s Word to be an integral part of your everyday life. We want to help. The Bible App for iOS is now completely reimagined, designed to help you do the things you want as quickly and easily as possible. Simple icons make your options clear on every screen. Clean menu bars place the things you do most just a single tap away. This is the cleanest, most responsive Bible experience we’ve ever offered.

Make your Bible experience your own.

Customize your Bible experience with all-new Bible App Theme colors. Easily adjust your reading with more accessible font and lightness controls. Double-tap anywhere in the Bible text to toggle between full-screen and default reading modes.

Connect with your biblical community.

The Home feed is now cleaner and more compact than ever before, giving you more ways to engage with Scripture and more opportunities to discuss the Bible with your trusted Friends. Also, for the first time ever, Verse of the Day now includes a “View all” option, giving you instant inspiration from previous days’ verses.

 Listen how you want, however long you want.

All-new audio Bible controls now allow you to change playback speed. And whatever you’re listening to, now you can skip backward or forward 30 seconds. Make God’s Word the soundtrack to your life: start the Bible App reading to you, and use the all-new Timer to tell it how long.

Still inside: favorites, new and old.

Two of your classic favorites are right where they’ve always been, just one tap away from whatever you’re reading, on whichever Apple device you happen to be using. Verse Images, our most popular feature ever, lets you place Bible text onto pictures to create art you can share. Speaking of sharing, you can send Biblical inspiration, encouragement, and insight to your friends through email, through text, and to your social networks — just like always.

Get the best Bible App we’ve ever offered, available right now. And keep spreading the Word.

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*The all-new Bible App for Android is every bit as spectacular as the Bible App for iOS. It’s faster. It takes up 40% less space on your device. And it will run on more Android devices than ever before. We can hardly wait to tell you all about it! We’ll have more details coming soon.

Tip: We want your Bible App experience to be as amazing as possible. So before you update or install this latest version, please check your device Settings to ensure that it’s up-to-date with the most recent release of iOS available for your device. Some Bible App features may not be available on older devices, or on older versions of iOS.


About the Bible App

The Bible App has been installed on more than 180 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,000 Bible versions, in more than 770 languages. And it’s always completely free.

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Coming soon: The Bible App… completely reimagined

Coming soon…

…the all-new Bible App

Cleaner design.
Faster navigation.
A more personalized experience.

Very soon, we will unveil what we believe is the best Bible App ever. And as beautiful as it looks, what matters even more is how it connects you to the beauty of God’s living word and the people you want to share that with.

It’s coming soon, but in the meantime we couldn’t wait to share a preview with you. Thanks for being so passionate about the transformative power of the Bible!

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New Bible App for Kids Story: Elijah against Ahab and the Prophets of Baal: “Fire From Heaven”

In the latest story from the Bible App for Kids, “Fire From Heaven,” God’s prophet Elijah faces off against false prophets of a pretend god. Based on 1 Kings 16:2917:1, 18:1, and 18:17–39 in the Old Testament, “Fire From Heaven” begins with King Ahab, the worst king that God’s people ever had. Ahab’s bad wife Jezebel gets him and God’s people to follow a fake god called Baal. God’s prophet Elijah visits King Ahab and tells him to bring Baal’s false prophets and all of God’s people to meet him on a mountain.

When everyone gets there, Elijah gives them a challenge. “Baal’s prophets and I will each make a sacrifice. The god who sends fire and burns up our sacrifices is the one true God.” Elijah lets Baal’s prophets go first, but even after they pray and chant to their “god” for hours and hours, still no fire comes.


Next it’s Elijah’s turn. Elijah offers God a sacrifice, then digs a ditch around his altar and pours water over everything to make it completely wet. Then, as soon as Elijah prays, God rains down fire from heaven. But God’s fire doesn’t only burn up Elijah’s sacrifice; it burns up the altar…and even all of the water! When the people see that God is the only God who’s true, they bow and tell Him, “We will worship only You!”


To get “Fire From Heaven” right now, just open the Bible App for Kids and tap the new story icon. If you don’t have the Bible App for Kids yet, it’s easy to get, and it’s always free! Just click one of the buttons below.


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About the Bible App for Kids

The Bible App for Kids is the newest app from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App, designed to give children a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. Developed in partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids has already been installed on over 7 million Apple, Android, and Kindle devices, and it’s always completely free. Kids from all over the world are now enjoying the Bible App for Kids — in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Brazilian Portuguese!  

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