Saving HTML data from an API

First, let me apologize for not having the technical understanding to even ask this question intelligently. To say I am a novice, is a gross understatement. Here goes…
I am developing a mobile app where I take Bible verses from different APIs (each API is a different translation)and store them into collections (think of it like a music app where you have a playlist of songs, but in my situation, it is a collection of Bible verses). I can retrieve the data, and present it properly using a CSS plug-in, but I can’t figure out to select and store the data in user data files. The data comes across as HTML, and I would like the ability to select a verse (or several verses), and then store the verses in a database. Is this even possible to do with data coming from an API as HTML? Please let me know if you have any insight into how this could be accomplished or if it can done at all. Thanks!