The Bible references don’t relate to Bessler’s adjacent comments. There are many different versions of the bible and the text and verse-numbers vary from one to another which make it impossible to make sense of the references. In my opinion the Bible used is not important, therefore the text indicated by the references is also to be ignored.
Therefore the Bible references themselves point to letters and spaces, which are more likely than words because the appearance of a whole word in the comments, such as ‘weight', would be too obvious.
Using the numbered lines I found the first and only quote on the first page appeared on line 19, along with the Judae 19 Bible reference, but no verse number. But there were spaces in the adjacent comment, which suggested that this clue included blank lines and spaces. And the actual quote used did in this case seem highly relevant saying “These are they who separate themselves, sensual men, having not the Spirit.” I think the important point here is that these refers to the spaces and blank lines which are they who separate themselves. No verse number here meant that the quoted text here mattered.
But there about 30 places for letters, spaces and brackets in each line so a 24 letter alphabet was not sufficient and Bessler was not able to use every letter of the alphabet because he had only the first letter of each book from the Bible to choose from. He uses just 13 letters which are all he had available. In order to provide himself with more options he chose to alter the spelling of some books.
The very next two Bible references demonstrate this. Math short for Matthew in the first example; Matth in the next one. So in this case M is the 12th letter of the alphabet, add 3 for the first example and 4 for the second one. One addition for each letter.
So we have a section of clearly defined text; a means of selecting specific line; a way to indicate a letter, bracket or space and possibly a punctuation mark. So why haven't I deciphered the whole text?
There is another Bessler fail-safe, just in case it all seemed too simple. The text for decoding is shown in fraktur font, a kind of Gothic font; the bible references themselves are in Latin font, not unlike font you see today, but there are a few places where the Bible fonts are in fraktur font, and the first one is not even a Bible reference but the one immediately below appears to be a Bible reference. One might dismiss these aberrations as typos except that Bessler did not make mistakes.
If there is interest in this subject I'll add some more on a future blog post.