Answered By: Terri Bogan
Last Updated: Jan 23, 2015     Views: 25083

With MLA style, you need to cite the Bible two ways: in the text of your paper, and on your Works Cited page.

In Text (parenthetical references)

The first time you include a quote from the Bible, you need to include the translation, chapter (abbreviated), book, and verse, like this:

Paul urges Christians to "not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- his good, pleasing and perfect will" (New International Version, Rom. 12.2).

You do not need to identify the version in subsequent references unless you switch to a different version:

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- his good, pleasing and perfect will" (Rom. 12.2).

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect" (English Standard Version, Rom. 12.2).

Note: A period separates the chapter and verse.

Works Cited

On your works cited page, your citation should include the translation you used; the editor's name, if given; and the publication information. Examples are given below (note that The Message is slightly different because it has an author, not an editor).

Printed Bibles

The Holy Bible: New International Version. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1984. Print.

The New Oxford Annotated Bible. Ed. Michael D. Coogan. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. Print.

Peterson, Eugene H. The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2002. Print.

Bible Gateway

New International Version. Bible Gateway. Web. 29 Jul. 2013.

Peterson, Eugene H. The Message. Bible Gateway. Web. 29 Jul. 2013.

Note: Use a hanging indent and double space your Works Cited page.