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 3:16
abbreviated book name 3:16
verse range
multiple ranges 12:1-2,5-7,9,13:1-9&10
different translation 3:16?translation=kjv
verse numbers 3:16?verse_numbers=true
random verse


Language Name Identifier
Cherokee Cherokee New Testament cherokee
Czech Bible kralická bkr
English American Standard Version (1901) asv
English Bible in Basic English bbe
English Darby Bible darby
English Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition dra
English King James Version kjv
English World English Bible web (default)
English Young's Literal Translation ylt
English (UK) Open English Bible, Commonwealth Edition oeb-cw
English (UK) World English Bible, British Edition webbe
English (US) Open English Bible, US Edition oeb-us
Latin Clementine Latin Vulgate clementine
Portuguese João Ferreira de Almeida almeida
Romanian Protestant Romanian Corrected Cornilescu Version rccv

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Terms of Use

This service is free for anyone to use as long as you don't abuse my server. I regularly block IP addresses that hit this service too frequently and degrade the service for others. Do not use this API to download an entire bible, one verse or chapter-at-a-time. That's absolutely nuts. Please get the data from the source.

I make no guarantees about this service's availability, quality, or correctness. In fact, this server can and will go down frequently because it's just a hobby for me.

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