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Who do you suppose profits from the sale of the Holy Bible?
The bible is public domain, so when a physical copy sells, the profit goes to the publisher. But any publisher can provide their own version. Some translations might be restricted to one place or another, but it's too old for anyone to 'own' it.
It unnerves me a bit when you indicate that any publisher can provide their own version. Makes me wonder how accurate it it compared to when it was written...
A publisher would suffer a lot of ire if they changed much from the accepted translations, so I don't think there is much deviation. However the oldest source for the bible is, itself, a copy. So we really have no idea how accurate any of it is.
While any publisher could print anything and call it a Bible, there easy ways to know whether a publication that calls itself one is a Bible, a paraphrase, or worse. An easy way to examine whether a publication is faithful to "the Bible" is to use information that has stood the test of time to evaluate it. A good beginning might be "From the Mind of God to the Mind of Man" (a layman's guide) which can be found at: http://www.amazon.com/From-Mind-God-Man … 1889893382
A president said, "You can say a dog has five legs if you call the tail a leg, but that doesn't make the tail a leg."
I would figure that the author(s) - or whoever the earnings go to - donate the earnings to a church or other needy society.
Those who sell may profit. Those who read may profit more, and those who practises will profit most!
To print such a big book and make it really good costs money and time. But since the author is God, there is no money to be paid. Volontarily payment is then only to pay for the paper and cover.
The New World Translation is such a Bible where you pay if and what you can. Publishers are The Watchtower Bible and tract society. www.jw.org
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