Did you know the the following versions are copyrighted?

1. Revised Standard Version
2. New American Standard
3. Living Bible
4. Good News Bible
5. New International Bible
6. New Scofield
7. New King James Version
8. New Jerusalem Bible (Catholic)
9. Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible
(and many more)

What is the definition of a copyright according to Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary?

COPYRIGHT, n. The sole right which an author has in his own original literary compositions; the exclusive right of an author to print, publish and vend his own literary works, for his own benefit; the like right in the hands of an assignee.

The King James Bible does not have a copyright. It was freely given to mankind by God and, therefore, is not copyrighted.

So what does this tell you? Those copyright owners admit that they have the right to “print, publish and vend (sell) their own literary works, for their own benefit.”

(1 Cor 2:12) Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. (1 Cor 2:13) Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (1 Cor 2:14) But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

(Rev 22:18 ) For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: (Rev 22:19) And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

1 Comment

  1. What you have said is fair, but have you also considered this:

    “According to copyright law, new Bible versions can only be copyrighted as ‘derivative works.’ Words must be changed whether they need to be changed or not. They must change many words.

    Will you please ask the question, ‘What is the NIV based on’. It is part translation of faulty documents and part invention.

    Who holds the copyright for the NIV? In 1988, Zondervan and the NIV was purchased by Harper & Row Publishers, which is now Harper-Collins. This company is a subsidiary of The News Corporation, including Fox Broadcasting, Twentieth Century Fox, and over 128 newspapers. Rupert Murdock owns the whole conglomerate.

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