For in-text MLA citations of the Bible, everything I've seen says to write the following:

Saint John tells us that "God so loved the world that he sent his only-begotten Son" (Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition, Jn. 3.16).

Apparently you use a period rather than a colon to separate chapter and verse. But what if I want to say the following:

For the basis of his preaching Keble took Isaiah 49:23: in the Authorized Version, "And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and queens thy nursing mothers" (Ellison 227).

The Bible is not cited in-text because the verse was taken from an academic article. What about the 49:23, though? Does MLA allow for stylistic differences, or is a period necessary there as well?

  • Whatever MLA says, it is very common indeed (see the Bible Hermeneutics Stack Exchange site, for example) to cite, or to write, biblical references with a colon - as in 'Mark 6:23'.
    – Nigel J
    Mar 12 '18 at 22:30
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because, to quote @tchrist, questions about style guides are off-topic here. Mar 12 '18 at 22:35

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