Never copy another's work - and that includes the Bible.
There are copyright laws that protect not only your writing, but also the writing of others. Often times we, as writers hear something that we think is cool, and it ends up being in our books. Many times it is something from another book. There are slim and narrow circumstances when this is acceptable.
Research is necessary and unavoidable. Particularly when you are writing about other cultures, or distant times. We spend a lot of time immersed in the work of others for this purpose. After all, where do you go to do your research? The library. And what does the library contain? Books!
Where folks often fall into trouble is when they quote too much from an original work. You can go and learn, but do not draw out excerpts unless you get the proper permissions and credit the original sources accordingly.
And that includes the Bible. Oh yes it does. The original Greek and Hebrew writings, as well as the King James version are all public domain now. But, the newer, easy reading, NIV, Good News Bible, etc. are all copyrighted by their individual publishing houses. Even though the word of God is there for us all, you must make sure that you follow the appropriate laws when citing your sources.
Also keep it accurate. that's the fastest way to get your request to quote a source denied. When speaking and writing God's word, the utmost care must be taken to keep it accurate and true to the original.
Something to think about.
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