Some of the versions/translations of the Bible used by the Blue Letter Bible website are copyright, and used by permission of the copyright holder. That information is found here. In all cases, please check with the copyright holder before distributing the copyright versions in any format.
New Living Translation (NLT)
The text of the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic, or audio) up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of the publisher, provided that the verses quoted do not account for more than 25 percent of the work in which they are quoted, and provided that a complete book of the Bible is not quoted.
When the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, is quoted, one of the following credit lines must appear on the copyright page or title of the work:
Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
When quotations from the NLT text are used in non-salable media, such as church bulletins, orders of service, newsletters, transparencies, or similar media, a complete copyright notice is not required, but the initials (NLT) must appear at the end of each quotation.
Quotations in excess of five hundred (500) verses or 25 percent of the work, or other permission requests, must be directed to and be approved in writing by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 351 Executive Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188.
Publication of any commentary or other Bible reference work produced for commercial sale that uses the New Living Translation requires written permission for use the NLT text.
New Living, NLT, and the New Living Translation logo are registered trademarks of Tyndale House Publishers.
New International Version (NIV)
THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV®
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®
Used by Permission of Biblica, Inc.® All rights reserved worldwide.
These Scriptures are copyrighted and have been made available for your personal use only.
Any other use including, but not limited to, copying, posting or reposting on the Internet is prohibited.
These Scriptures may not be altered or modified in any form and must remain in their original context.
These Scriptures may not be sold or otherwise offered for sale.
These Scriptures are not shareware and may not be duplicated.
These scriptures are not public domain.
The "NIV" and "New International Version" are trademarks registered
in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.®
A portion of the purchase price of your NIV® Bible is provided to Biblica so together we support the mission
of Transforming lives through God’s Word.
Biblica provides God’s Word to
people through translation, publishing and Bible engagement in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle
East, and North America. Through its worldwide reach, Biblica engages people with God’s Word so that their lives are
transformed through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture quotations marked "NKJV" are taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Please visit their website at www.nelsonbibles.com.
English Standard Version (ESV)
This publication contains The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001, 2007 by Crossway Bibles a division of Good News Publishers. The ESV text has been reproduced in cooperation with and by permission of Good News Publishers. Unauthorized reproduction of this publication is prohibited.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (ESV) is adapted from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. All rights reserved.
The ESV text may be quoted (in written, visual, or electronic form) up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of the publisher, providing that the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible nor do the verses quoted account for 50 percent or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted.
The ESV text may be quoted for audio use (audio cassettes, CD's, audio television) up to two hundred fifty (250) verses without express written permission of the publisher providing that the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible nor do the verses quoted account for 50% or more the total text of the work in which they are quoted.
Notice of copyright must appear as follows on the title page or copyright page of printed works quoting from the ESV, or in a corresponding location when the ESV is quoted in other media:
"Scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001, 2007 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved."
When more than one translation is quoted in printed works or another media, the foregoing notice of copyright should begin as follows:
"Unless Otherwise indicated, all Scriptures are from . . . [etc.]", or,
"Scripture quotations marked ESV are from . . . [etc.]."
The "ESV" and "English Standard Version" are trademarks of Good News Publishers. Use of either trademark beyond the use described in this Permission Notice requires the permission of Good News Publishers.
When quotations from the ESV text are used in non-saleable media, such as church bulletins, orders of services, posters, transparencies, or similar media, a complete copyright notice is not required, but the initials (ESV) must appear at the end of a quotation.
Publication of any commentary or other Biblical reference work produced for commercial sale that uses the English Standard Version must include written permission for the use of the ESV text.
Permission requests that exceed the above guidelines must be directed to: Good News Publishers, Attn: Bible Rights, 1300 Crescent Street, Wheaton, Ill. 60187.
Permission requests for use within the UK and EU that exceed the above guidelines must be directed to: HarperCollins Religious, 77-85 Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 8JB, England.
Please visit their website at www.esv.org/.
Reina-Valera 1960 Version (RVR)
In 1960, the British and Foreign Bible Society and the American Bible Society jointly published the popular revision of the Version Reina-Valera. This version has been the basic text of the Spanish Protestant Church for generations. It is the most beloved translation of Spanish speaking Christians because it retains the traditional style of the Spanish language.
Scriptures marked as RVR are taken from the Reina-Valera 1960 version. Copyright © Sociedades Bíblicas en América Latina; Copyright © renewed 1988 United Bible Societies. Used by permission.
Las porciones marcadas como RVR son tomadas de la versión Reina-Valera 1960 Copyright © 1960 Sociedades Bíblicas en América Latina; Copyright © renovado 1988 Sociedades Bíblicas Unidas. Usado con permiso.
The text of the Reina-Valera 1960 version (RVR) appearing on or deriving from this or any other web page is for personal use only. The RVR text may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic or audio) up to & inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without written permission, providing the verses quoted do not amount to fifty (50%) of a complete book of the Bible nor do the verses account for twenty five percent (25%) or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted.
This permission is contingent upon an appropriate copyright acknowledgment. Any use of the RVR shall be governed by above policy and shall be solely restricted to noncommercial, personal study purposes.
For any other use, please address your inquiries to:
American Bible Society
Office of Latino Affairs
Attn. Permissions Department
300 NW 82nd Avenue, Suite 505A
Plantation, Florida, 33324
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
New American Standard Bible. Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved. http://www.lockman.org
The "NASB," "NAS," "New American Standard Bible," and "New American Standard" trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by The Lockman Foundation. Use of these trademarks requires the permission of The Lockman Foundation.
For Permission To Quote information visit www.lockman.org
Outside of the United Kingdom, the KJV is in the public domain. Within the United Kingdom, the rights to the KJV are vested in the Crown. This Bible is printed and published by Cambridge University Press, the Queen's royal printer, under royal letters patent. The text commonly available now is actually that of the 1769 revision, not that of 1611. The text used by BLB is the current 1769 edition.
Revised Standard Version (RSV)
Downloaded from the Oxford Text Archive and used with permission. The following header is required to be posted on our website:
Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.
Freely available for non-commercial use provided that this header is included in its entirety with any copy distributed.
American Standard Version (ASV)
Thomas Nelson & Sons first published the American Standard Version in 1901. This translation of the Bible is in the public domain.
J. N. Darby translated the Bible in 1890. This translation of the Bible is in the public domain.
Hebrew Names Version (HNV)
The Hebrew Names Version is based off the World English Bible, an update of the American Standard Version of 1901. This version of the Bible is in the public domain.
The Webster Bible was translated by Noah Webster in 1833 in order to bring the language of the Bible up to date. This version of the Bible is in the public domain.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT)
The Young's Literal Translation was translated by Robert Young, who believed in a strictly literal translation of God's word. This version of the Bible is in the public domain.
The Latin Vulgate was translated from the original languages into Latin by Jerome in A.D. 405. For over a millennium, it remained as the preferred translation of the church. This version of the Bible is in the public domain.
The Textus Receptus (latin, "Received Text") is the Greek text originally compiled by Erasmus around 1516. Though the earliest work was prepared by Desiderius Erasmus, his work was later revised by Robert Estienne (or, Stephanus) and further revised by Theodore Beza. The text produced by each is substantially the same, aside from some minor variations. The Blue Letter Bible utilizes Stephanus' edition from 1550.
This version of the Bible is in the public domain.
Morphological Greek New Testament (mGNT)
This Greek text is very similar to the Nestle-Aland 27th edition text. Our thanks to James Tauber who has made this resource freely available.
Westminster Leningrad Codex (WLC)
This Hebrew text is a digital version of the Leningrad Codex developed by the Westminster Hebrew Institute. This version is based on the October 20th, 2006 WLC release.
We are indebted to the University of Pennsylvania Center for Computer Analysis of Texts (CCAT) and their Septuagint Greek Old Testament data files. These files have been of great assistance in the preparation of the Blue Letter Bible Septuagint text. They have been used, with permission, for non-commercial use only. Absolutely no commercial use is permitted. The Blue Letter Bible is a non-commercial Christian Bible Study website which accepts no advertising or other sources of revenue.