Hannah and Je together

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Oh shoot! the Korean Bible Society!

MY favourite online Bible is BibleGateWay.Com and today, I tried to look up some Korean verse today. And there was no result which is very weird.

Then I tried Xiphos, a Bible programme formerly known as SWORD. Because I re-installed my Ubuntu, I installed this programme and its modules, i.e. the language versions of Bible. There was no Korean module. There was Korean module!

So I googled both problems and found.

BibleGateWay says:

We’re sorry but the following version has been removed: Korean Bible

And the SWORD develop mailing list says it was also removed because of copyright problem. Though the BibleGateWay does not say anything about the reason but probably the same reason because the timing of removal is very good.

A Bible Society must do every effort to spread the Word of God, and now the Korean Bible Society stopped many sources of it because of copyright which eventually means money.

I now dare to say ‘Curse on Korean Bible Society.’

내가 가장 즐겨 찾는 온라인 성경 사이트는 BibleGateWay.com인데 오늘은 한글 성경을 검색해 봤다. 그런데 이상하게도 검색 결과가 없다.

그 다음에는 Xiphos라는 성경 프로그램을 쓰기로 했다(예전에는 SWORD라는 이름이었음). 최근에 우분투를 재설치했기 때문에 프로그램을 새로 깔아야 했다. 그리고 모듈, 그러니까 각 언어별 성경도 설치해야 했다. 그런데 한국어 모듈이 없다. 전에는 분명히 있었는데!

그래서 두 가지 문제를 구글에서 검색해 봤더니 바이블 게이트 웨이에는 한국어 성경이 제거되었다고 안내가 나온다.

그리고 SWORD 개발자 메일링 리스트에서는 저작권 문제로 제거되었다고 나온다. 바이블 게이트 웨이는 제거된 이유는 말하지 않지만 둘의 제거 시기가 아주 맞는 걸 보니 같은 이유일 것이다.

성서 공회라는 것은 하나님의 말씀을 전하기 위해 모든 수단을 동원해야 하는 법인데, 한국 성서 공회는 저작권 문제로 이를 막았다. 저작권 문제, 그러니까 다시 말해 돈 때문에!

감히 나는 대한 성서 공회를 저주하는 바이다.



  1. I’m really upset at how people want to profit off of God’s word. As the Korean language Bible goes, so goes Hangul as well… Forget protection of copyrights, protect Christianity in Korea!

    Comment by Brian Lee — Tuesday, 17 August 2010 @ 2:05 | Reply

  2. Hey, I just googled “bible gateway korean” and came across this post.

    I don’t know much about international copyright issues so I can’t really say anything….. but I thought maybe you’d like to know a Korean site that supports Korean Bible search. Since your Korean is amazing(I highly suspect that you’re korean)you’ll be able to manage around 😉

    There are four different korean versions of the Bible and it also has NIV, NASV, KJV. Hope this helps.

    Comment by Grace — Wednesday, 1 September 2010 @ 19:32 | Reply

  3. Thanks.I also found that site.

    I am not against the commercialisation of the Bibles because we are all living in the world of capitalism. But I am against anything that is standing in the way of the spreading the Word of God.

    Comment by Jemyoung Leigh — Wednesday, 1 September 2010 @ 20:17 | Reply

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