I need to make a site that has Chinese bible verses as well as English bible verses.

Where can I download those in MySQL, XML or JSON format? Can I download them for free? I need NIV version and 和合本 version.

UPDATES: here are examples of site, data I want to make. http://www.o-bible.com/cgibin/ob.cgi?chapter=1&book=gen&version=hb5&version=kjv&version=bbe http://www.o-bible.com/cgibin/ob.cgi?version=hb5&book=mat&chapter=2


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Disclaimer: I am the author of below github projects.

Two very good (and complete) sources are:

https://github.com/scrollmapper/bible_databases :

This has many database formats including all three formats you are inquiring of.

https://github.com/scrollmapper/bible_databases_deuterocanonical :

This is a newer continuance of the bible databases, but with secondary books (ie, the Deuterocanonical ones). This is just sqlite at present but easy to convert. It is also based in a Django project.

  • thanks for this. Do you know how to find the paragraph separator? Are there any? The .JSON file seems to have only verses and chapters? Nov 12, 2021 at 10:36

Below are a couple of sites that have API access to bible text.

http://bibles.org/pages/api - This site has a well-documented API and serve a number of versions. They may have a version that suits your purposes - although NIV is not listed it is mentioned in the API documentation.

http://labs.bible.org/api_web_service - This site has what looks to be a very flexible API that can serve XML, JSON or text.

As for a Chinese language version, the following site has an API in beta but does list Chinese among its many languages:


  • Hi, Thanks. Do you have some source that allow you download it as a zip file or sql file? Jul 10, 2013 at 13:12
  • I perfer to host it in myself than having to call api, go to other's server. Jul 10, 2013 at 13:20
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    Then setup a process to call it once. Extract it and load it.
    – Kermit
    Jul 10, 2013 at 13:53
  • yea. but i think maybe there are some copyright issue, I will need to answer if some guy ask me for some sort of license or the right to use, publish. I want someone to give me some info. Jul 10, 2013 at 14:38
  • and having a file to download is easier. I look for more answers. Jul 10, 2013 at 14:47

Should these help you !

Bibles in JSON & XML

Bibles versions in SQL format

  • Great Resources !!! God bless you for this brother.
    – EdsonF
    Mar 9, 2015 at 23:10
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    Those links are dead.
    – Suzana
    Feb 29, 2016 at 18:14
  • I was able to grab the KJV version in JSON and I believe a variety of versions in a SQL dump file github.com/phillipsk/Open_Verse
    – phillipsk
    May 8, 2016 at 0:05

https://github.com/godlytalias/Bible-Database also have a good database collection

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    Don't just dump links; good says nothing. Actually, there is no Chinese version there.
    – user4293
    Dec 16, 2017 at 11:36

This url is allows for searching of multiple formats of the bible.

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