Translations & Copyrights

BibleXpress prides itself in giving users a variety of translations to pick from.  From conservative to contemporary, users can read and compare multiple translations.  Included in 1.5 and later: ASV, ESV, KJV, LBLA, NASB, NRSV, TM.  I’m negotiating to get the NLT, NIV & NKJV, but those decisions ultimately lie with the copyright holders.

BibleXpress Lite includes no copyrighted translations, but allows users to purchase copyrighted translations.

ASV - American Standard Version

The ASV was published in the U.S. in 1901, and it is now public domain.

ESV - English Standard Version - Added in 1.0.1

This publication contains The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. ESV Text Edition: 2007. 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.

KJV - Cambridge University Press, the Crown’s Patentee, has agreed to terms for distribution of The Authorized Version of the King James Version of the Bible in the UK (where it is under perpetual copyright to the Crown), and outside the UK, it is in the public domain.  The KJV files have been converted, and the KJV was added in update 1.2.2.

NRSV - New Revised Standard Version (with Apocrypha)

New Revised Standard Version Bible Copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America

Up to five hundred (500) verses of The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Bible text may be quoted or reprinted without the express written permission of the publisher, provided the verses quoted neither amount to a complete book of the Bible nor account for 50% or more of the written text of the total work in which they are quoted.

When the NRSV text is quoted, notice of copyright must appear on the title or copyright page of the work as follows:

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.

When quotations from the NRSV text are used in non-saleable media, such as church bulletins, orders of service, posters, transparencies, or similar media, the initials (NRSV) may be used at the end of each quotation.

Quotations or reprints in excess of five hundred (500) verses (as well as other permission requests) must be approved in writing by the NRSV Permissions Office, The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115-0050.

NASB - New American Standard Bible

LBLA - La Biblia de Las Américas

NBLH - Nueva Biblia Latinoamerica de Hoy

The NASB and LBLA are included in version 1.0.1.  The NBLH will be delayed slightly.

New American Standard Bible Update

Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995, by the Lockman Foundation.

All rights reserved

La Biblia de las Américas

Copyright © 1986, 1995, 1997 by The Lockman Foundation

All rights reserved.

Nueva Biblia Lationoamericana de Hoy

Copyright © 2005 by The Lockman Foundation

La Habra, California 90631

All rights reserved

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The Message (TM) - NavPress and I have come to terms for distribution of The Message with BibleXpress. The Message is included in version 1.3 and later.  Available for BibleXpress Lite soon for $5.

LutherBibel - Available for free download in BibleXpress 1.5 and later.  The Lutherbibel was translated into German by Martin Luther in 1534.

LXX - Septuagint + Greek New Testament.  Available in version 1.6 and later as a free download.

Chinese Union Version - Available for free download in BibleXpress 1.5 and later.

Reina Valera - Available for free download in BibleXpress 1.5 and later.  A traditional cornerstone of the Spanish language.

Latin Vulgate - Available for free download in BibleXpress 1.5 and later.


If you do contact these folks, make sure you are polite, to the point, and include a link to my website so they can find my e-mail address.

NAB - New American Bible.  I am in negotiations for the 2009 revision to the NAB.

NIV - 11/14/08 - Zondervan and IBS have decided not to allow the NIV to be included in BibleXpress.  You can contact them here.  I know a lot of you will be upset about this, but remember the Zondervan holds the copy rights, and it’s their decision.

7/2/09 - Zondervan is considering my re-application for the NIV.

NKJV - 7/6/09 - I’m dropping a letter in the mail to apply for the NKJV.  8/15/09 - Haven’t heard from the NKJV.

NLT - If you would like the New Living Translation, please contact Tyndale at Tyndale, to request they respond to my request for a “non-exclusive worldwide electronic sublicense for the NLT.”

Greek & Hebrew Translations - Greek & Hebrew translations are on hold until if & when the iPhone supports Greek & Hebrew keyboards.  6/9/09 - iPhone OS 3 adds both Greek & Hebrew keyboards.  7/7/09 - Adding the Greek this week.

As soon as we get the details worked out for world-wide distribution, we’ll post more information.  Make your request for more translations to the address on the Support page.  I regret that due to the volume of e-mail, I will be unable to provide personal responses to requests for particular translations.


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