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The Geneva Bible, first published in 1560, is one of the most historically significant translations of the Bible into English, preceding the King James Version by 51 years. It was the primary Bible of 16th-century English Protestantism and was used by William Shakespeare, Oliver Cromwell, John Knox, John Donne, and others.

The Geneva Bible is notable for its extensive marginal notes that provide explanations and interpretations. These notes were deeply influential in shaping Protestant Christian thought and doctrine.

It was the first English Bible to use verse numbers and included several other features that have been widely adopted in later Bibles, such as text printed in readable Roman type, division of chapters into numbered verses, and the addition of woodcut illustrations.

Translated by English Protestant exiles in Geneva, the Geneva Bible was innovative in both text and format, and has been credited as being the first English Bible to be democratically accessible to the general public.

The Geneva Bible held a unique place in history as the people's Bible for decades. It was widely read in households of the period and played a key role in spreading Protestant beliefs.

Its influence can be seen in numerous historical documents and it remained popular among Puritans and other English Protestants for many years.

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As the Geneva Bible was published in the 16th century, it is now in the public domain. This means it can be freely copied, quoted, and distributed without requiring permission or paying royalties. However, any modern translations or versions derived from it may still be under copyright.