7 Easy Ways to Get a Free Bible

Getting a free Bible is easier than you might imagine

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If you just googled, How to Get a Free Bible Without Stealing One From a Hotel Room, you're on the right track. The truth is, our friends at The Gideons International don't mind if you take those complimentary bedside Bibles. Gideon Bibles are placed in hotel rooms precisely for travelers who might need one. (It's a good idea, however, to ask the hotel for permission before you take the Bible.) So, there's one sure and easy way to obtain a free Bible. Here are several more:

7 Ways to Obtain a Free Bible

Within its pages, the Bible itself claims to be the inspired Word of God, or "God-breathed" (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21). It is, in fact, the best selling book of all time, with billions of copies distributed throughout the world in more than 2,400 languages. With so many copies in circulation today, anyone who wishes to read the Bible should be able to obtain one with relative ease.

First, however, a word of caution: Before you request a free Bible, make sure you're getting it from a trustworthy ministry that will send you a reliable translation.

1. Contact a Local Church

One of the easiest and possibly very best ways to obtain a free Bible is to call a local church. Most large and small churches have a surplus of "left behind" Bibles in their "lost and found" closet. Some churches have so many unclaimed Bibles that they have to ask a local prison outreach to come and distribute them to prisoners.

It's not unusual for churches to keep a supply of new Bibles specifically for giving away to visitors who don't have one. So don't be shy. If you truly need a Bible, most Bible-teaching churches will be happy to set you up.

2. Download a Free Bible App

If you're open to using a digital Bible, this option requires only a little effort. It's fairly easy to find free Bible software applications to use on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. Here is a list containing six great (and free) Bible software apps to download:

3. Use a Free Online Bible

Many excellent websites are designed to help you read, search, and study the Bible online for free. Some offer multiple Bible versions, translations, and languages, Bible reading plans, and reference materials. If you have a computer or mobile device and access to the internet, you'll have no trouble getting your hands on a free online Bible. These are three top-notch options:

4. Contact Your Local Library

Most local libraries have a variety of Bibles for patrons to use and borrow. Some libraries even offer a selection of books for the public to keep, with free Bibles often found here.

5. Request a Bible from FreeBible.net

FreeBibles.net promises to send a new or gently-used Bible to anyone in the U.S. who cannot afford to purchase one. Requests are limited to one per person and one per address, but other than these simple rules, there are no catches. Most ministries will only send a New Testament, or their "free" offer comes with strings attached. Not only does FreeBibles.net send a complete Bible, but they also cover shipping and promise not to contact you with any solicitation. FreeBibles cannot guarantee a specific translation, and they only mail Bibles to people who are needy or imprisoned.

6. Request a Bible from United States BibleSociety.com

Typically, the United States Bible Society promises to send a Bible to anyone who wants one. A simple request will do. The society website provides a form for making requests. Fulfillment takes about 30 days. For the most part, the United States Bible Society offers complete King James Version Bibles only.

7. Request a Bible from MyFreeBible.org

MyFreeBible.org invites readers to experience the life-changing power of God's living Word and promises to send a New Testament Bible in English (NIV). Requests are limited to one Bible per person, and only one request. Allow up to six to eight weeks for postal delivery. At the current time, MyFreeBible ships within the United States only.

Contact a Bible Society

If you're looking for a large supply of Bibles for ministry distribution, consider one of these Bible societies. Typically, they offer reasonable pricing for bulk orders. Obtaining free Bibles may be possible. However, fulfillment is not guaranteed.

  • Biblica Direct (International Bible Society)
  • American Bible Society
  • The Gideons International accept requests for Bibles in the following areas of need: hotels and motels; hospitals, nursing homes, and domestic violence shelters; schools, colleges, and universities; military, law enforcement, firefighters and EMTs; prisons and jails.