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Certain bible translations are hidden behind an API key-wall, such as the ESV - English Standard Version. You can access the ESV version of your daily proverb after you obtain a free API key from the ESV website. Here are the steps; takes about 5 minutes.

Create an account

Go to and sign up for a free account.

Create an API application

Navigate to and click on Create an API application:

Check a few boxes and you’ll see a token like this:

Copy the token after Token and keep it handy.

Set the environmental variable in RStudio

Assuming you’re using RStudio, enter this token in a special environmental variable.


Note the empty line in the .Renviron file, it’s important.


Restart your RStudio session and you should be able to view the ESV version