Versions of God’s Word

Recently a fellow blogger pointed out that only the King James’ Version of the Holy Bible is “in the public domain” and therefore may be quoted without worry of copyright infringement.

As a writer, I respect copyright. So for awhile there I was only quoting the KJV. I’d like to point out that the copyright notice on most translations permit quoting as long as the bulk of what you are writing is not their version!

So it follows if I quote 4 or 5 different translations in one note I am not violating copyright law. How silly is that! God wrote the Bible; not men! Of course, translation work is a worthy and difficult undertaking; and payment and recognition are in order. I’m not sure how not using their translation benefits them.

What I must add is that I love the Word of God — whether God speaks through the Authorized King James Version, the New English Bible, the Holman Christian Standard Bible, the New International Version, the English Standard Version or some other version, His Word is the same! The same today, yesterday and tomorrow. Amen? Amen!


6 thoughts on “Versions of God’s Word

  1. mtsweat says:

    That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever heard! Maybe if we quit buying their translations, and only use the translations that allow us to quote them… I can’t believe anyone has the audacity to think they’ve cornered the market on God’s Word! Sheesh! They must have forgotten the battle they’re already in convincing us that the KJV is outdated. Little do they know, God has provided ample instruction through this translation (KJV) for centuries, and if need be, He can do so for the rest of eternity. I am truly frustrated to find this out. The arrogance of men! I guess it’s no longer God’s Word, but men’s labors that must be saluted.
    I am really angered by this, Carley. I am heading to the website of the ESV to voice my opinion. If, in fact this is true, they and any other translation adopting the same policies will never get another penny from my wallet. If it’s true, consider me on the bandwagon of KJV only’s!

    • lambskinny says:

      Yes, all translations have a copyright notice that you may only quote their ‘version’ if what you are writing is not something like 50% of more of that translation. I do believe the work that goes into translating God’s Word should be duly recognized, but it is after all GOD’s WORD, not man’s.
      God bless you, brother.

      • lambskinny says:

        I take that back; looking at my Life Application NIV, I don’t find the copyright notice that I find at the beginning of the HCSB Apologetics Study Bible which reads:
        “The text of the Holman Christian Standard Bible may be quoted in any form up to and inclusive of 250 verses without written permission…provided the verses quoted do not account for more than 20% of the work.” HCSB also requires a “credit line.”

  2. mtsweat says:

    I truly had no idea. I have well over a hundred posts out there and no idea which ones quote which translation. I’ve spent some time trying to understand exactly what is required. It seems the ESV limits quoting to 1000 verses (no complete books), and cannot make up 50% of the text. ESV also requires: “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.” – to be visible where quoted.
    I think I’ll stick to quoting the KJV and avoid the headache, but what about all those old posts? Maybe go back and revise them with the KJV?
    I have a better idea… I think I’ll go read the next installment of “Metal Man Walking.” (Can I quote that title here without infringing on copyright restrictions?). God bless, Carley.

  3. lambskinny says:

    Thanks WordWatcherDawn.

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