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Public domain Bibles


February 10 2011

Poking around on the internet, I have found a few copyright-free (or, in one case, nearly copyright-free) translations of the Bible.

Naturally, translations made before 1922 are copyright-free in the United States. In addition, there are four translation out there (one is only the New Testament) recently made which the author has made (or nearly has made) public domain:

  • Catholic Public Domain Version
  • NHEB
  • WEB This translation has been around the longest and is the most well-known. It's actually derived from a 1901 public domain translation.
  • OEB Not technically public domain, but licensed under Creative Commons'most permissive license. New Testament only.
A wiki page listing public domain Bibles is at this link

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