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This template is used to provide sources for Bible verse references. See the talk page for more usages, examples and source codes.

This template creates an external link. The external links content guideline states that "external links should not normally be used in the body of an article". Place external links to the Bible in parenthetical citations or footnotes, but be aware that the Bible may be considered a primary source.

Code format:

{{Bibleverse|Genesis|1:1|KJV}} yields: Genesis 1:1
  • Shorthand can be used for the names, such as 1 Sam or Deut. See the Chicago Manual of Style for other acceptable abbreviations.
  • Verse references may be simplified (for example, no range or entire chapter).

List of sources

A list of sources and codes that may be used to trigger them is at Bible Verse Finder.

Omitting the source tag should lead to a page containing a list of different versions for the reader to choose from. Unfortunately, the external tool that provides this service is currently broken and its maintainer is inactive. Until this is fixed, you should choose a source in order to make references usable.

Use either letter abbreviations in caps or the numerical value. Here is a sample list (this list is subject to change, please check link above):

Code Title
ESV English Standard Version (
HE Hebrew-English—parallel MT and JPS 1917 (Mechon Mamre)
KJV King James Version (Wikisource)
NRSV New Revised Standard Version (Oremus)
NRSVAE New Revised Standard Version, Anglicized Edition (Oremus)

Alternative version

An alternative version of this template is available that does not include the book name: Template:Bibleverse-nb. It can be used to create lists of verses, e.g. [[Book of Exodus|Exodus]] {{Bibleverse-nb||Exodus|1:2–3|HE}}; {{Bibleverse-nb||Exodus|13:10|HE}} produces: Exodus 1:2–3; 13:10




This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools; see the monthly error report for this template.

TemplateData for Bibleverse

A template to generate a link to selected Bible editions at several sites including This template will create a link with the name of the book and specified chapter and verse, or range of chapters and verses, or just an entire chapter. Use Bibleverse-nb to create a link without the book name in the anchor text of the link.

Template parameters


The name of the book. Formats are listed at


The chapter and verse to be cited. Also, the range to be cited, or just the chapter. For example: '5:4', '1:1–2', '21:1–24:7' or '6'. Do not include any spaces.


The edition to be cited. Given in common abbreviations (e.g., 'KJV', 'NIV') or according to the numbers or abbreviations listed at