• For a first reference of a parenthetical citation, identify and either spell out the Bible version, or use the abbreviation of the version. New International Version, English Standard Version, New Revised Standard Version, and King James Version). After the chapter and verse, type the full name of the version of the Bible you used. The Bible is cited in a different manner from most other books. In the subsequent citations, there is no need to indicate the version unless you use a different one. Examples: Place the sentence's closing punctuation outside the closing parenthesis. Example of first reference: (2 Kings 11:8 New Revised Standard Version) Example of first reference: (I Cor. The NRSV was intended as a translation to serve devotional, liturgical and scholarly needs of the broadest possible range of religious adherents. 6:1-10 NRSV) (Some abbreviations are provided in section 10.51, see SBL 8.2.1. for a fuller list.) Example: (John 3:16 New Revised Standard Version). Do not include any intervening punctuation between the verse and the name of the version. Include the version of the bible you used in the first citation (e.g. Various style guides include different instructions for citing the Bible. A particular translation of a classic work such as the Bible is cited differently than citing, for example, a scholarly book or a work of fiction. The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) is an English translation of the Bible published in 1989 by the National Council of Churches.It is a revision of the Revised Standard Version, which was itself an update of the American Standard Version.