Here's my opinion (which is worth exactly what you've just paid to read it...). In a comparison between e-Sword and theWord Bible Software:
- Both have similar (not identical, but similar) libraries available, both free and premium. I would not make the decision as to which software to learn based on free resources. Both have an overwhelming amount of free, evangelical, resources to access.
- Resource material for TW ("theWord") is easier to access from within the program than eS ("e-Sword"). This is because TW has built in download capability for Josh's resources here at BibleSupport and my resources at www.DoctorDaveT.com, as well as all of the official resources. eS only includes its official modules as download options.
- eS is simpler to use than TW. If you're looking for one Bible window, one dictionary window, and one commentary window, then eS is probably your software of choice.
- TW has more "customizibility" than eS. Two Bible windows? Yep. Two commentary windows? Yep. Eight windows with three Bibles, one dictionary, three commentaries and a regular old book? Yep. If the ability to customize your screen is important, than TW is your choice.
- If your focus is solely on the English language, eS may be right for you.
- If you want to do any original language work, TW offers better Greek/Hebrew functionality.
I'm an independent Baptist pastor, and here is what I tell my folks who are interested in Bible software. If you're comfortable with your computer and your Bible, then use TW. If you're uncomfortable with your computer, or just want to read the Bible and use a commentary, use eS.
Seriously, in your condition, I would highly recommend you use eSword. By the way - praise the Lord you're coming back from your health history. And if you ever feel limited with the way eSword works, then maybe it might be time to take a look at theWord.