Whoever makes Bibles, please typeset them like this:
I’ve written before implicitly in favour of deëmphasizing chapter and verse numbers, in addressing issues of external authority in relation to human verse numbers, as have others. The least we can do is to bump the numbers out and have normal paragraphs, unlike most settings of the Authorized (King James) Version. This has been done centuries ago: just see the 1583 Louvain Bible (image) and Baskerville’s 1763 Greek New Testament (image).
We ought to have Bibles that interfere as little as possible with interpretation of the books as given. To that end, verse numbers set into the text visually are a hindrance – and, by the way, this must be significant for the unconscious mind too. If the point of reference numbers is simply to be on the same page, so to speak, and to find things with precision, the way we’re used to can readily be changed. I’m sure we, being the adaptable humans that we are, can adjust reasonably naturally.