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In-Text Citations:


(Bible Version, Date of Publication, Book chapter and verse)



(English Standard Version Bible, 2001, Luke 6:31)

(New International Version, 1978/2011, Ephesians 3:20)

(King James Bible, 1769/2017, Ecclesiastes 12:12)

Narrative Citation

Luke 6:31 (English Standard Version Bible, 2001)

Ephesians 3:20 (New International Version, 1978/2011)

Ecclesiastes 12:12 (King James Bible, 1769/2017)


Bibliography Entries:

When quoting the Bible you must cite the Bible version in the in-text and reference citations. Bibles will be referenced according to the type of source used whether a hard, printed copy of the Bible or an online version. 


Hard Copy/Printed Examples:

English Standard Version. (2001). Crossway Bibles.

New International Version Bible. (2011). Zondervan. (Original work published 1978)

King James Bible. (2017). Cambridge University Press. (Original work published 1769)


Online/Web Examples:

English Standard Version Bible. (2001). ESV Online.

New International Version Bible. (2011). The NIV Bible. (Original work published 1978)

King James Bible. (2017). King James Bible Online. (Original work published 1769)


Concordances & Lexicons

There is no strict advice in the APA Style Manual about citing concordances or lexicons. The Research Librarians decided to model these entries similar to dictionary citations. The APA website offers specific guidance on how to structure dictionary entries. You can structure your concordance or lexicon entries in a similar fashion, as follows:


Template: Name of Concordance. (Publication date). Number & word. Access point. Retrieval date, retrieval link.

  • Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. (n.d). 430 elohim: God, god. In Bible Retrieved February 21, 2022, from 
  • (Strong's, n.d., 430)


Template: Author/editor/publisher. (Publication date). Number & word. Name of concordance or lexicon (edition, page number).

  • Strong, J. (1996). 430 elohim: God, god. In Strong's exhaustive concordance of the Bible (p. 153). 
  • (Strong, 1996, p. 153)