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This is a tiny little web app that provides a JSON API for grabbing bible verses and passages.

This service is provided by Tim Morgan.
You can get the source code for this app and the open data for its database at



You can get pretty crazy with book names and with verse ranges using commas and hyphens.
It mostly just works. (Though, if it doesn’t, you can
submit an issue and let us know!)


single verse
http://bible-api.com/john 3:16
abbreviated book name
http://bible-api.com/jn 3:16
verse range
multiple ranges
http://bible-api.com/romans 12:1-2,5-7,9,13:1-9&10
different translation
http://bible-api.com/john 3:16?translation=kjv
verse numbers
http://bible-api.com/john 3:16?verse_numbers=true


Language Name Identifier
Cherokee Cherokee New Testament cherokee

English King James Version kjv

English World English Bible web
Latin Clementine Latin Vulgate clementine

Portuguese João Ferreira de Almeida almeida

Romanian Romanian Corrected Cornilescu Version rccv

Help us add more bible translations! Contribute to our repository of open and freely-licensed bibles.

Terms of Use

This service is free for anyone to use as long as you don’t abuse my server.
I reserve the right to block any IP that hits this service too frequently and degrades the service for others. I make no guarantees about this service’s availability, quality, or correctness.

If you need more reliable service, remember you can grab the code and data for this site here and host it yourself!

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