Public Domain or Otherwise Free Bible Translations?
My friends & I have tentatively begun our own original Bible commentary, and we wish to include the verses along with the commentary.
The commentary will be absolutely freely available (though we may see about having a paper version available to help support our work). As such, whatever Bible we use would need to be able to be distrubuted under those terms as well.
We know most any “old” version would work–the King James, Darby, and the American Stanard come to mind. We are also aware that the modern World English Bible is in the public domain as well.
The publishers of the New English Translation have been contacted, and we are awaiting a reply. However, we would like to have backup choices in case the NET is not usable.
Ideally, we would love to use the New King James or New American Standard Versions, though we cannot afford to pay any kind of royalties, assuming they would be required. That should give some kind of idea as to what kind of translation we are looking for, however.
Does anyone know of any freely available (or very leniently licensed) modern versions that are either in the formal equivalency or literal translation groups?