As born-again Christians, both Peach and I cherish our time spent in the Bible. I can’t speak for Peach, but I’ve been a Christian for the past 20+ years.
However, I didn’t start to truly study the Bible until about 11 years ago. In my humble opinion, knowing and understanding the Bible changes lives.
For me, I felt like I couldn’t have an honest relationship with God until I really knew who He was. I turned to the Bible for that information and haven’t looked back.
I now have a relationship with God based on who the Bible says He is instead of on my own assumptions. What a difference!
However, I know Bibles can be expensive. Thankfully, there are ways you can have access to a the Bible via a free bible download, a free bible app, through the the mail, or even some other unique ways you may not have thought about.
If you want a free Bible you have multiple options. Here are some resources for you that will ensure you never have to pay to read God’s Word.
How to Get a Free Bible Download
There are several ways you can download a free Bible onto your personal computer or phone. Check out some of these options and see which you like best.
BiblePath.com has a free Bible you can download onto your personal computer. The download works for Windows 95/98, ME, XP and Vista 7.
This is a King James version Bible that is customizable in regards to font size, font size and color. That makes it a great choice for those who may have vision problems.
2. Bible Guide
Bible Guide also has a free Bible download available. This Bible download also works only on Windows operating systems. Specifically, it works for Windows 7, 8, 10, Vista and XP.
This too is a King James Bible version.
3. Audio Treasure
Audio Treasure allows you to get an audio version of the Bible that you can download for free. This site uses MP3 files for your download. There are several versions available for free on this site.
4. Free Bible Download for Mac Users
You might notice that most of the free Bible downloads mentioned here were for Windows PC. Follow the upcoming link if you want a free Bible download for Macs.
How to Get a Free Bible App
In this day and age of technology, there are Bible apps too. And yes, some free Bible apps exist. Here are some you can try.
5. YouVersion Bible App
In my opinion the YouVersion app is the most popular Bible app for both iPhone and Android users. Also, the YouVersion app can sync with your desktop and both your Google Voice or Amazon Alexa voice consoles.
The app comes in 52 different languages and 57 different versions in the english language alone. One of my favorite perks of this free app is the ability to have the app read you the bible in a very easy-to-listen voice. Now you can “read” your bible in the car, at the gym, or even on a run.
Fun Fact: As of this writing, there are over 327 million downloads for the YouVersion Bible App!
6. Life Church Bible App
The Life Church Bible app for Apple is rated 4.9 out of 5 stars on the Apple apps page. It comes in dozens of languages besides English, including:
- Traditional Chinese
And others. The Apple app store says this is the #1 rated Bible app. You can choose from several versions of the Bible too, including NKJV, NIV, ESV and more.
Luckily, the Life Church Bible app is available for Android devices as well.
7. King James Bible App
This app provides you with a free version of the King James Bible. The King James Bible (KJV) is one of the most widely read Bible versions. The app is rated 4.6 out of five stars.
Looking for an Apple app version of the King James Bible? Try this King James Bible app for Apple.
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How to Get a Free Bible by Mail
There are places that will send you a free Bible in the mail. Here is some information on the ones we found.
FreeBibles.net is a non-profit organization that has sent out over 30,000 Bibles free of charge. They’ll send a free Bible to someone who requests one, provided that person is:
- Sick or living in a nursing home
- Incarcerated in a local prison
You might be wondering how a homeless person can be sent a Bible. Well, the requirement for the homeless person to receive a Bible is that they live in a shelter part-time.
That way you have an address where the Bible can be sent to you if you’re homeless. Note that there is a limit of one free Bible that can be sent to each person.
Also, you can’t request a certain version (such as NIV or NKJ) to be sent. Since most of the Bibles these guys mail out are donated, the versions sent out will vary.
Don’t qualify for a free Bible under the FreeBibles.net standard? Don’t worry: they have a link to a website that will help you get an inexpensive Bible.
Prices on the site they link to start at under $5 per Bible. When I was searching the site, I found Bibles for sale as low as $2.79.
MyFreeBible.org is another company that sends free Bibles to people. This organization exists to “help people discover God through His Word.”
They ask that you only request one free Bible from them. Note too that this organization will send NIV New Testament versions only.
10. Gideons International
So, Gideons International is the organization that puts Bibles in hotel room drawers. While they don’t provide free Bibles to everyone, they do send them out in some cases.
If you go to their FAQ page, you’ll see that Gideons will provide a free New Testament Bible for you if:
- You are a member of the Armed Forces
- You are a patient at a U.S. Veterans Hospital
Also, if you are a chaplain, you can get Gideons Bibles versions for placement in military bases. Contact Gideons International through the link above for more information.
Side note: I’ve heard that other organizations and people such as battered women’s shelter residents can receive free Gideons Bibles too. Check with Gideons International directly for more information.
11. Family Broadcasting Corporation
Family Broadcasting Corporation (FBC for short) is a radio station that shares the Word of God. They broadcast radio shows that talk about God on a regular basis. They also broadcast on some television stations and on shortwave radio.
And if you live outside of the U.S (where religious freedom isn’t as prevalent) they’ll send you a free Bible. Just click on the link above for information on how to get your free Bible from FBC.
12. United States Bible Society
The United States Bible Society will send a free Bible to anyone who asks. In fact, the U.S. Bible Society has given away over 400,000 Bibles to date.
Simply go to their website using the link above, fill out the form and wait. Note that it can take up to 30 days for them to process your request.
Also, according to the picture on their website, you can expect to receive the King James Version of the Bible. Bonus: they’ve got a free Bible app you can download as well. Just look for the link on the site’s homepage.
How to Get a Free Bible in Person
Yes, there are places that will give you a free Bible – a hard or soft cover real book – to keep. Personally, I like reading the Bible in a book format. To me, there’s something about holding a book in your hand when you read that makes it more fun.
If you’re looking for a free Bible in a book format that you can have forever, consider these sources.
13. Your Local Church
Many churches will happily give you a free Bible just for the asking. Ask at the church you attend. If you don’t currently attend church, call or stop by a church near you.
Tell them you’d like to have a Bible at home and ask if they have any they give away. I’d be willing to bet that most churches will say “yes” to that request.
14. Your Hotel Room
If you’ve ever snooped through the drawers in the nightstand at a hotel, you may have found a Bible. The Gideon’s Bible has been making an appearance in hotel room drawers since 1908.
According to this article, a Christian businessmen’s group started putting the Bibles in hotel rooms to encourage it’s many traveling members.
The tradition continues to this day. The Gideon group provides hotels with enough Bibles to put one in each room. It also hands out plenty of extras to housekeeping staff for “refills”. In other words, they’re happy to have you take one home.
15. Your Local Library
Some libraries have Bibles in their catalog that you can check out and read from home. Although you can’t keep the Bibles, you can check them out or go and read them anytime you like.
Note: some libraries have sections where they offer books for free or for you to buy for cheap. If you want a Bible for yourself, check these shelves to see if they have any Bibles they’re giving away.
Read the Bible for Free Online
There are also many sites that have the entire Bible published on their website for you to read. These sites offer free online reading of the Bible for anyone, at any time.
Biblica is an International Bible Society. Their goal is to bring the Word of God to people around the world. On their website they have a free version of the Bible you can read any time.
The Biblica online Bible is a NIV (New International Version) and you can access it simply by going to the site.
You can also pull up specific verses or search by topic at this online site.
17. Bible Gateway
Bible Gateway is a free online Bible site that allows you to search by verse or by topic/keyword. This is the site I use most often when looking up Bible verses.
One of the things I like best about this online Bible is that it has dozens of version of the Word. It has versions in foreign languages as well.
Bonus: You can also sign up to get on the Bible Gateway email list. If you do, they’ll send you a “Verse of the Day” each morning.
Bible.com also shares dozens of versions of the Bible in several languages, including Spanish and French.
This site does something different in that when you click on some versions, you’ll get a history of how the version came to be. Also, this site has some audio Bible versions as well.
19. Bible Hub
Bible Hub will let you read the Bible online and/or search verses and topics as well. One cool thing about Bible Hub is that it includes a commentary section at the bottom of its pages.
It uses several different commentaries too, so you can get the opinion of several experts. Some of the commentary versions Bible Hub uses include:
- Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers
- Matthew Henry Commentary
- Jamieson-Fausset Brown Bible Commentary
And others. Also, when you search by verse, the site will populate several versions of the verse for quick reference.
20. Study Light
Study Light has dozens of online Bibles you can read for free. They also give you free access to Bible concordances and dictionaries.
Bonus: You can search for verses via keywords as well.
21. Blue Letter Bible
The Blue Letter Bible site shares the Bible online, and shares study resources as well. You’ll find Bible commentaries, devotionals, references and more.
This site has a verse of the day too, and a reflection/short article on the verse. Lots to love here.
I know for me that the Bible has changed my life for the better. People – Christians included – make mistakes. We can by hypocritical and reflect badly on the true character of God.
However, for me personally, once I started reading the Bible on my own my relationship with God changed. I started learning about His character and His love for us firsthand.
That revelation allowed me to see past the flaws of humankind and focus on God’s unconditional love for all mankind.
If you’re looking for a sneak peak into the all-encompassing love of God, read the Bible. Or if you’re just looking for free or simple ways to have the Word with you always, utilize the list above.
Free Bibles are available in so many places – take advantage of them!
What’s your favorite way to read the Bible?
Please share in the comments below so we can all help each other find get access to God’s word!