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24th March
written by Cullen Webb

Sounds like an odd statement huh? But it’s true. He no longer has control over his own words!

Take a look at this:

I realize that they put forth a lot of effort, but I do not appreciate the fact that they can control what his word is and is not used for. For those of you who cannot read the image, this is what it says:

When quotations from the NIV are used in non-saleable media, such as church bulletins, orders of service, posters, transparencies or similar media, a complete copyright notice is not required but the initials (NIV) must appear at the end of each quotation.

Quotations and/or reprints in excess of five hundred (500) verses, or other permission requests, must be directed to, and approved in writing by, International Bible Society.

All rights reserved.

Am I just silly, or is this wrong? From what I understand the NKJV is the same way. How can they gather the nerve to put a Copyright on the Word of God?! I don’t care how much work they put into it, they didn’t write it in the first place.

Proverbs 30:6
“Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”

Obviously God doesn’t like it when people meddle with his things.


Oh well. I am interested in your thoughts on the matter though.
-Cullen Webb


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  • faithr

    we are heading for trouble.

  • Lauren-Mae Spiker

    Oh my, how weird. That is just hard to grasp. “All rights reserved.”

  • q_Jared_p

    That's like stealing someone's dog and saing the dog belongs to you since you renamed it… This is no where near as bad of course. (Meaning stealing the dog isn't as bad as taking credit for the Bible…) They may have made it easier t oread and comprehend but that does not give them the right to claim it as their own. The word of God is for everyone not just a few selfish people!

    • Cullen Webb

      Ouch! Good example.

      • q_Jared_p

        Thanks, and I look forward to reading many more posts in your blog Cullen!

  • q_Jared_p

    Thanks, and I look forward to reading many more posts in your blog Cullen!