I'm in the market for a good package for typesetting quotations from the bible. Got any suggestions?

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I eventually ended up using bibleref, verse, and attrib like so:


\def\PreTrib{} \def\PostTrib{} % We'll do our own parens, thanks!


% Custom macros
\def\V#1 {\(^{#1}\)}


    Who can say, I have made my heart clean, \\
    I am pure from my sin?

  The heart is deceitful above all things, \\
  \vin and desperately wicked: \\
  \vin who can know it?


I'm not quite happy with the the vertical alignment of the verse numbers, though: I'd prefer them to be flush with the capital letters at the top, but I don't think that tfm includes the necessary font metrics to do this right.

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    You could define \V as \def\V#1 {\raisebox{.5ex}{\scriptsize#1}}
    – Alan Munn
    Commented May 17, 2011 at 22:09
  • Thanks, I have started using this method. My question is: using this method, how can I generate an index of the scriptures cited by \vattrib at the end of the document?
    – synaptik
    Commented May 5, 2014 at 17:00

The bibleref package could be an option.

  • Hmm, that looks good for the references, but I was hoping for something that would help with the text, too...
    – SamB
    Commented Mar 24, 2011 at 21:02
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    and what kind of format do you want for that text? Commented Mar 24, 2011 at 21:04

I've released the scripture which is designed for typesetting Bible quotations.

The package provides many features commonly seen in Bibles such as dropped text for chapter numbers, superscripts for verse numbers, indented lines for poetry sections, narrow sections and hanging paragraphs.

A simple section of the Bible can be produced as follows:

\begin{scripture}[Isaiah 56:1--2]
  \ch{56}This is what the \name{Lord} says:

    ‘Maintain justice
    and do what is right,

    for my salvation is close at hand
    and my righteousness will soon be revealed.

    \vs{2}Blessed is the one who does this---
    the person who holds it fast,

    who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it,
    and keeps their hands from doing any evil.’


  • Very impressive suggestion +1
    – MadyYuvi
    Commented Jan 27, 2023 at 11:46

I just wanted to share some nice projects that together can accomplish your purpose in a very neat way.

  • biblequote: It will automatically allows you to include the content of a verse, see an example bellow. Note that it requires a patched version of Diatheke, hopefully the patch will be merged into Diatheke soon.
  • diatheke: An application from the SWORD project that allows to query the bible on the console.
  • Of course bibleref, already cited.

An example of biblequote use:




As it is said in \bibleverse{Jn}(3:16-17):



You could also include this within a macro for custom style settings.

I hope it helps.

  • Sad that we need two packages bibleref and biblequote for two "simple" functions: I challenge some expert two bring both functions under the same package. Commented Jul 31, 2020 at 12:05

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