Why Do I Prefer Using Public Domain Sources?

I recently received a question from a friend concerning my use of the King James Version (KJV) with the Apocrypha, the American Standard Version (ASV), Brenton's Septuagint translation (BST), and the World English Bible (WEB). There isn't one answer to his question, but I think that I can share with you a few reasons.

The first one is Proverbs 23:23 - "Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding." KJV

What is funny about this verse is that it doesn't appear in the Septuagint. That being said, it is a helpful witness to something that vexes my conscience regarding the text of the Bible. 2 Corinthians 2:17 says:

"For we are not as so many, peddling the word of God. But as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God, we speak in Christ." WEB

There are many peddlers of God's written word and they come in many forms. Preachers, teachers, and publishers. I'm not saying that it is wrong for these people to be reimbursed for their work. Paul advocates that the church should support those who work as elders: 1 Timothy 5:17-18:

 "17 Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and in teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox when it treads out the grain.” And, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.” WEB

Pastors and teachers of the church should be paid for their work, but the text of the Bible is a document for all of God's people. Those who faithfully preach and teach the sacred text and mission of God is one thing, but those who profit grossly from this venture while placing unnecessary restrictions on the text of Scripture is something else. One example I can give is illustrated in the article attached to the following link: https://falkvinge.net/2013/04/15/creators-of-public-domain-bible-threatened-with-lawsuit-by-other-bibles-copyright-monopoly-holders/

Technically, any Bible publisher can do this if they want. There was a time when the Bible was a  document of the Church and I mean the people being the priesthood of all believers illustrated in 1 Peter 2:5 and not an Ecclesiastical body of elite men:

"You also as living stones are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." WEB

Illustrated in Ephesians 2 and 1 Timothy 5 is the substance of the church, and it isn't wood, brick, and mortar. The foundation of the church is Christ and the Apostles; However, all believers are part of the structure and the Bible is our book and not the book of the world or an ecclesiastical committee. Sure Elders are to be trusted in distributing the teachings of the written word to us, but the text is not a product of corporate gain and should be free to use however the church sees fit. Most translations of the Bible restrict the use of them to just a few hundred or maybe a thousand words in printed or online material. Public Domain sources are free to use and quote without any financial penalty. I do know that many publishers don't enforce these copyrights in a strict manner, but they could if they got the notion. Now I use my printed corporate translations when at church so that I can be reading the same thing, but when I write here or anywhere else, I usually use Public sources. 

I suppose the main reason is freedom. There is no reason to restrict the use of God's written text, and to profit as some do from it is disgusting and reprehensible.


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