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APA 7th ed. Style Guide

Help with using the APA 7th ed. Style Guide for writing.

General guidelines for citing the Bible in APA 7 format:

Bible passages are classified as "religious and classical" books without authors and must be included with your References if they are mentioned in your text. (This is a new rule with the APA 7th ed.)

In-Text Citations


Bible Version, Date of Publication, Book chapter and verse.


“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” (New International Version, 1973/1984, John 1:1-2)



Version. (YEAR). Publisher. (Original work published YEAR).

Example (Bible):

New International Version. (1984). International Bible Society. (Original work published 1973).

Example (religious work online):

King James Bible. (2017). King James Bible Online.

(Original work published 1769)

Example (YouVersion Bible mobile app):

Amplified Bible. (2015). YouVersion (Version 8.23, RED [Mobile app]. (Original work published 1965)

Tips for using a mobile app:

  • In YouVersion, the year of publication is found at the bottom of every page of scriptural text and the mobile app version is found at the bottom of the "About" page of the "More" menu on the Home page.
  • Always include the URL for an app if possible.
  • See the APA blog for more information about citing and referencing mobile apps and entries from mobile apps.


To see a detailed discussion of citing the Bible take a look at one of the sample papers below.