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New International Version

The New International Version (NIV)

More than 60 years after the vision was cast — and more than 600 million copies later — the New International Version (NIV) is the most widely read Bible translation in contemporary English. That's because the NIV delivers the very best combination of accuracy and readability. It's true to God's Word and true to the reader.

There are plenty of things to wrestle with in the Bible. Your translation shouldn't be one of them.


THE NIV IS ACCURATE

The NIV translators are united by their conviction that the Bible is God's inspired Word. That, along with their years of studying biblical languages, helps them to capture subtle nuances and the depth of meaning in the Bible.

THE NIV IS CLEAR

If the first recipients understood God's Word when they heard it, so should you. That's the driving force behind the NIV's commitment to clarity. The Bible should be every bit as clear to you as it was to its original audience.

THE NIV IS BEAUTIFUL

Bible reading isn't just a solo exercise; it's meant to be a shared experience. That's why the NIV translators prioritize literary beauty, resulting in a Bible translation that's suitable for public reading and use in churches.

THE NIV IS TRUSTWORTHY

The NIV is translated by an independent, self-governing team of Bible scholars. No publisher, commercial or otherwise (not even us!), can tell them how to translate God's Word. The translators come from dozens of denominations and churches, and they can only make changes to the text if 70% of the committee agrees — safeguarding against theological bias.

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Take your kids on an adventure through the Bible!

The bestselling NIrV Adventure Bible® for Early Readers gets kids 6-10 excited about God's Word! They will be captivated with the full-color features that make reading Scripture and memorizing their favorite verses engaging and fun. Along the way they'll meet all types of people, see all sorts of places, and learn all kinds of things about the Bible. Most importantly, they'll grow closer in their relationship with God.

This Bible includes the complete New International Reader's Version (NIrV) which is written at a third-grade reading level and based on the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV). The NIrV is perfect for children learning to read and explore the Bible for the first time on their own.

Features include:

  • Full color throughout - Makes learning about the people, places, and culture of the Bible even more engaging
  • Life in Bible Times - Articles and illustrations describe what life was like in ancient days
  • Words to Treasure - Highlights great verses to memorize
  • Did You Know? - Interesting facts help you understand God's Word and the life of faith
  • People in Bible Times - Articles offer close-up looks at amazing people of the Bible
  • Live It! - Hands-on activities help you apply biblical truths to your life
  • Twenty special pages - Focus on topics such as famous people of the Bible, highlights of the life of Jesus, how to pray, and the love passage for kids, all with a jungle safari theme
  • Book introductions explain useful facts about each book of the Bible
  • Dictionary/concordance is great for looking up tricky words
  • Color map section helps locate places in the Bible
  • Complete text of the easy-to-read New International Reader's Version (NIrV) of the Bible
  • 9-point font size

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Ready for Adventure? Dive into the #1 Bible for Kids

The NIrV Adventure Bible(R) for Early Readers takes you on a fun, exciting journey through God's Word. Along the way you'll meet all types of people, see all sorts of places, and learn all kinds of things about the Bible. Most importantly, you'll grow closer in your relationship with God.

Here's a quick tour through the features:

  • Life in Bible Times - Articles and illustrations describe what life was like in ancient days

  • People in Bible Times - Articles offer close-up looks at amazing people of the Bible

  • Let's Live It - Hands-on activities help you apply biblical truths to your life

  • Did You Know? - Interesting facts help you understand God's Word

  • Words to Treasure - Great verses to memorize

  • Twenty special pages - Games and other Bible fun, all with a jungle safari theme

  • Book introductions, a dictionary, and color maps

    Includes the complete New International Reader's Version (NIrV), perfect for children learning to read and explore the Bible for the first time on their own.

    For games and activities, visit www.AdventureBible.com.

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The #1 Bible for kids. The Adventure Bible takes you on a fun, exciting journey through God's Word. Along the way you'll meet all types of people, see all sorts of places, and learn all kinds of things about the Bible. Most importantly, you'll grow closer in your relationship with God.

Here's a quick tour through the features:

  • Life in Bible Times---Articles and illustrations describe what life was like in ancient days
  • Words to Treasure---Highlights great verses to memorize
  • Did You Know?---Interesting facts help you understand God's Word and the life of faith
  • People in Bible Times---Articles offer close-up looks at amazing people of the Bible
  • Live It ---Hands-on activities help you apply biblical truths to your life
  • Twenty full-color pages---games, a scavenger hunt, and other Bible fun, with a jungle safari theme
  • Book introductions with useful facts about each book of the Bible
  • Dictionary/concordance for looking up tricky words
  • Color map section to help locate places in the Bible
  • Complete text of the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible.
Recommended by more Christian schools and churches than any other Bible for kids!

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With hundreds of inspiring verses illustrated in detailed, ready-to-color line art, the NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible employs the proven stress-relieving benefits of adult coloring to help quiet your soul so you can reflect on the precious truths of Scripture. Perfect for all ages, the thick white paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins, provides ample space for your own artistic expressions and journaling.

The NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible is a perfect gift that will become a cherished keepsake full of personalized creative expressions of faith.

Features of this treasured Bible include:

  • Hundreds of verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art
  • Thicker white paper for enduring note-taking
  • Lined, wide margins for notes, reflections and art
  • Full text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible the New International Version (NIV)
  • Easy-to-read black letter text in single-column format
  • Lays flat in your hand or on your desk
  • Ribbon marker.

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The NIV Bible you love, with a unique marbled-look cover

Exquisite from the inside out, the NIV Artisan Collection Bible will delight you with its gorgeous cover created with a layered alcohol ink painting technique. The printed cover showcases hand-painted flair and foil accents. Each page of this Bible has lightly ruled, wide margins, inviting you to journal, reflect, take notes, and create art. As you start reading, let your eyes relax as you take in more of God's Word with the exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print(R) typeface, carefully designed with custom fonts to be easy and enjoyable to read.

Features:

  • Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)
  • Stunning marbled look cover design on soft, durable cloth
  • Page edges with sparkling foil art gilding
  • Lined, wide margins for journaling, notes, and art
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Two satin ribbon markers
  • Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print typeface
  • 9.5-point print size

About the Artist:

Olivia Joy is a 2-D abstract artist living and creating in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She focuses on the use of color, balance, contrast, harmony and texture to evoke emotion in viewers. Olivia gathers inspiration from her surroundings, the dramatic changes in all four seasons, and fleeting everyday occurrences recorded on camera or in sketchbooks. Her style is constantly evolving, and she wishes that every piece sent out into the world is enjoyed and cherished for many years to come.

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The only NIV Bible for girls with a watercolor-effect cover design and sparkling foil edge art gilding.

With a hand-painted watercolor-effect cover design, the NIV Artisan Collection Bible for Girls was created with girls ages 8 to 12 in mind. Each page of this Bible has lightly ruled, wide margins, inviting girls to journal, reflect, take notes, and create art. Featuring the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV) translation, the NIV Artisan Collection Bible for Girls provides unique spaces to reflect on God's Word through writing, drawing, doodling ... or any other way an artsy girl chooses to connect deeper with Scripture

It's a girl's Bible done her way, so that God's Word touches her heart like never before.

Features include:

  • Stunning, hand-painted watercolor-effect cover design printed on soft, durable cloth
  • Page edges with sparkling foil art gilding
  • Lined, wide margins for journaling, notes, and art
  • Complete text of the New International Version, the world's best-selling modern English Bible translation
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Satin ribbon marker
  • Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print(R) typeface
  • 9.5-point print size

About the Artist:

Olivia Joy is a 2-D abstract artist living and creating in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She focuses on the use of color, balance, contrast, harmony and texture to evoke emotion in viewers. Olivia gathers inspiration from her surroundings, the dramatic changes in all four seasons, and fleeting everyday occurrences recorded on camera or in sketchbooks. Her style is constantly evolving, and she wishes that every piece sent out into the world is enjoyed and cherished for many years to come.

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You spilled coffee on your shirt before walking out the door. Ran late to your appointment. Snapped at your children, then regretted it all day. And spent an hour at the grocery store with no dinner on the table to show for your efforts.

A typical day has come and gone.

Life is full of obligations, emotions, and relationships. Some are life-giving, yet sometimes the weight and responsibility of everyday life is heavy to bear. As wives, mothers, friends, and daughters, we need to know we're not alone. We long for someone who understands---someone to help us find perspective.

When our days are long, and our nights are restless, it's easy to think we should be able to handle things on our own. Or that no one struggles like we do. And that's when we need a friend ... to encourage us, to understand us, and help us become the woman God wants us to be.

You'll find that friend on the pages of the NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible for Women. Filled with insightful daily devotions written by Lysa TerKeurst and the women at Proverbs 31 Ministries, the devotions in this Bible will meet you right where you are, in the good days and in the hard days, in the car pool line or the doctor's office. With God's truth as the foundation, this Bible will help you maintain a peace-filled place of balance in spite of your life's hectic pace.

Features:

  • The beauty and clarity of the New International Version (NIV) Bible
  • 366 daily devotions from the women at Proverbs 31 Ministries inspire you to live authentically as a woman of God
  • Author biographies
  • A helpful subject Index

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The Woman's Study Bible poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God's truth for balance, hope, and transformation. Special features designed to speak to a woman's heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman's identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom. Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, The Woman's Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman's Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.

Features Include:

  • Beautiful full-color design throughout
  • Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women
  • Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
  • Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues
  • Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
  • Book introductions and outlines
  • Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
  • Quotes from godly women throughout history
  • Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
  • Topical index
  • Concordance
  • 10.5-point print size

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Discover How You Can Apply the Bible to Your Life Today

Impacting more than 30 million lives over 30 years, the Life Application(R) Study Bible is the #1-selling study Bible of our generation. Now, it has been thoroughly updated and expanded to be even more helpful and relevant for your life and today's world.

With a fresh, new interior page design and comprehensively updated study notes and features, this Bible will help you better understand God's Word and provide you with practical ways to apply it to your life every day. The Life Application Study Bible--It's how to do life

Study the stories and teachings of the Bible with verse-by-verse commentary. Gain wisdom from people in the Bible by exploring their accomplishments and learning from their mistakes. Survey the big picture of each book through overviews, vital statistics, outlines, and timelines, and grasp difficult concepts using in-text maps, charts, and diagrams.

Features: (Enhanced, updated, and with new content added throughout)

  • Over 10,000 Life Application notes and other features
  • Over 100 personality profiles
  • Introductions and overviews for each book of the Bible
  • In-text maps, charts, and diagrams
  • Dictionary/concordance
  • Side-column cross-reference system
  • Subject index to notes, charts, maps, and profiles
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Two-color page design
  • 16 pages of full-color maps
  • Presentation page
  • Single-column format
  • 8.5-point type size
  • Full text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)

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The NIV Study Bible is the #1 bestselling study Bible in the world's most popular modern English Bible translation---the New International Version.

This best-loved NIV Study Bible features a stunning four-color interior with full-color photographs, maps, charts, and illustrations. Since its first release in 1985, the Gold Medallion Award-winning NIV Study Bible has become the treasured and trusted companion of over nine million Bible readers. The in-depth notes are coded to highlight notes of special interest in the areas of character study, archaeology, and personal application. Visually arresting section breaks help you find your bearing in the Bible. Full-color photos, maps, and illustrations make this study Bible accessible and friendly.

Referred to daily by millions of pastors, students, church leaders, and other Bible readers around the world, the over-20,000 NIV Study Bible notes are the handiwork of the same translation team that produced this Bible's text. The very best evangelical scholarship that brought you today's most popular modern English Bible also contributed to the most celebrated and widely used study notes in existence. All of these features, and more, also make it perfect for homeschool use. Like no other Bible, the NIV Study Bible places an entire resource library for Bible study in your hands.

FEATURES:

  • Full text of the world's most popular modern English Bible---the New International Version (NIV)
  • Over 20,000 study notes, with icons to make important information easy to spot
  • Introductions and outlines provide valuable background information for each book of the Bible
  • In-text maps, charts, diagrams, and illustrations visually clarify the stories in the Bible
  • 16 pages of full-color maps plus time lines and presentation page
  • Words of Christ in red
  • NIV concordance plus subject and study notes indexes

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The NIV Lucado Encouraging Word Bible is designed to encourage believers along their journey with the Lord. Max Lucado's warm, conversational style ensures that the marginal notes, short articles, and various study tools meet you where you are, providing encouragement and insight. This Bible will strengthen you as you follow the included reading plan and incorporate this Bible into your daily devotional life. The 30-day study guide will help you jumpstart this practice. This Bible will help you as a believer, and with Pastor Lucado's gentle yet powerful notes, it's a beautiful gift for your non-believing friends and family who could use some encouragement with Scripture.

Features include:

  • Fully redesigned and expanded Bible from Max Lucado (based on the Life Lessons Bible)
  • 98 new "People of the Word" articles encourage believers through the lessons learned by people throughout the Bible
  • 691 "For Your Journey" marginal notes mix masterful storytelling with biblical context to lead you into a deeper walk with the Lord
  • 115 "Jesus Through the Bible," and "Growing in Christ" articles provide both inspiration and practical lessons to build you up
  • 30-day personal or group Bible study enriches your knowledge of the Bible
  • "God Cares for You" and "Growing Up Spiritually" verses are subject-specific and provide another resource in your study of the Bible
  • "Where to turn when . . . " Scripture reference list means you can always find a biblical answer to the challenges you face
  • Dotted margin space for journaling or taking notes
  • Bible book introductions contain a brief outline of the book and an introduction written by Max Lucado
  • Bible reading plan
  • Full-color maps
  • Clear and readable NIV Comfort Print(R) 9-point type size

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Answers Thousands of Your Questions About the Bible. Over 1 Million Copies Sold

The only question and answer Bible is now available with exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print(R) for a smooth reading experience.

Get answers to the Bible questions you have... and questions you haven't yet pondered Over 7,000 notes written in an engaging question and answer format give insight into the common, uncommon, and sometimes perplexing passages from the Bible. You will have opportunity to consider questions like "Why did God send angels to Jacob?," "What prevents God from hearing our prayers?," and "Why does God test us?" as you explore God's Word and use the many study helps.

  • Over 7,000 insightful notes arranged in a unique question and answer format
  • Nearly 350 articles investigate the most asked questions about the Bible
  • Book introductions that answer questions about each book, such as "Who wrote it?," "Why?," and "What should I look for?"
  • Article index and expanded subject index
  • Single-column Scripture text arranged in a modern, two-color page design
  • Over 150 charts, timelines, and maps
  • A reading plan with three distinct tracks to follow
  • NIV Dictionary-Concordance
  • 16-page full-color map section
  • Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print(R) typeface

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With devotions that reflect the concerns that many couples face today, the bestselling NIV Couples' Devotional Bible is designed to help you build your relationship on the one foundation you can count on: God's Word. The devotions cover many topics, including communication, work and career, sex, money, fears, setting goals, stepparenting, forgiveness, and more. And because it's developed in partnership with the team at Christianity Today International, you can be confident that the devotions are relevant, trusted, and honest.

FEATURES

  • New International Version Bible: the world's most popular modern-English translation
  • 260 weekday devotions by contributors such as Jennifer Schuchmann, Wayne Brouwer, and Carla Barnhill
  • 52 weekend devotions include advice from bestselling writers, marriage therapists, and pastors, including Les and Leslie Parrott, Gary Thomas, Bill and Lynne Hybels, John Townsend, Henry Cloud, and Gary Smalley
  • Weekend devotions also contain tips, helps, quizzes, activities, and a 'Let's Talk' section that promotes application and interaction
  • Book introductions
  • Subject index, list of contributors...and more.

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The NIV Men's Devotional Bible helps you apply God's Word to your everyday life. The standard in men's devotional Bibles, it includes a full year of devotions along with application statements, questions for reflections, and more. Some of the contributors in this Bible aren't names you'll recognize. They're ordinary men with extraordinary insights into the Scriptures. Others are well-known contemporary and classic communicators. Either way, these 312 weekday and weekend devotions are engaging, practical, and useful for your life today.

Features:

  • Complete text of the NIV---the most popular modern-English Bible
  • A full year of weekday and weekend devotions, along with application statements, questions for reflection, and more
  • Devotions written by a gifted author team also feature insights by writers such as Chuck Colson, Lee Strobel, Rick Warren, and Ravi Zacharias
  • Multiple reading plans for year-after-year use
  • Introductions for each book of the Bible
  • Author index with biographical information on each contributor
  • Subject index to help you locate topics easily
  • Presentation page
  • Ribbon Marker
  • Double-column format

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In a world that tells us to be and live however we want, the NIV Devotional Bible for Men inspires you to be better, dig deeper into your soul, and do more with what God gave you. Spiritually challenging and always thought-provoking, each of the daily devotions will move you toward one goal: enriching your spiritual life and relationship with God every single day.

Each reading begins with a tweetable statement that introduces you to that day's meaningful, concise topic designed to address the challenges and expectations that will instantly connect with today's guys, such as career, sexuality, leadership, pornography, relationships, financial stability, spiritual growth, substance addiction, culture, character, education, self-image and more. The NIV Devotional Bible for Men will help you to apply the Bible to your life every day. As you read and learn, this will quickly become your go-to Bible.

NIV Devotional Bible for Men features include:

  • 260 weekday devotions from young pastors and leaders such as Matt Chandler, Shane Claiborne, Craig Gross, Gabe Lyons and Jud Wilhite
  • 2 methods to engage: reading through the Bible canonically from Genesis to Revelation or by topic using the topical index
  • Leveled Scripture engagement options let you choose between 1-minute, quick topic summaries or deeper, 10-minute devotional experiences
  • 52 Myth Articles state commonly accepted myths in our culture today, then refute those myths with answers from God s Word.

NIV in Comparison to Other Translations


Verse
NIV
KJV
NKJV
ESV
YLT
Gen. 4:1
Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, "With the help of the Lord, I have brought forth a man."
And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.
Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, "I have acquired a man from the Lord."
Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, "I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord."
And the man knew Eve his wife, and she conceiveth and beareth Cain, and saith, "I have gotten a man by Jehovah."
1 Pet. 1:1-2
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God's elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the choice sojourners of the dispersion of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, according to a foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, to obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied!
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
For God did so love the world, that His Son — the only begotten — He gave, that everyone who is believing in him may not perish, but may have life age-during.
Rom. 10:9
If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
[T]hat if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
[B]ecause, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
That if thou mayest confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and mayest believe in thy heart that God did raise him out of the dead, thou shalt be saved.
2 Pet. 1:20-21
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
This first knowing, that no prophecy of the Writing doth come of private exposition, for not by will of man did ever prophecy come, but by the Holy Spirit borne on holy men of God spake.

Endorsements

"I wanted to personally thank you for your work translating the Bible. I've used the NIV for my personal devotion in God's word since it came out years ago. It's also the primary translation I use in preaching. There are so many heroes in the faith that often go unnoticed to the general public. Even though many people may not know your name, your work is impacting their lives on earth and eternity in heaven. I'm one of the many blessed by your work. Thank you for using your gifts to bring God's word to life in today's generation."

Craig Groeschel (Pastor of LifeChurch)

"The NIV communicates the message of the original authors of Scripture better than any translation I'm aware of. This is THE translation for our generation."

Andy Stanley (Founder, North Point Ministries)

"The NIV has been my go-to Bible in the pulpit ever since it came out. I still use the '78 version that my father gave me. It reads aloud easily and can be clearly understood by any audience. It also puts familiar passages in a fresh light. I feel at home in its pages. I celebrate the 50th anniversary of the commissioning of the NIV."

Anne Graham Lotz (Author and Evangelist)

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the committee on Bible Translation (CBT)?
    The CBT was formed in 1965 to create a modern English Bible translation from the oldest and most reliable biblical manuscripts available. Since then, the committee has continued to meet each year to monitor developments in biblical scholarship and English usage and to reflect these developments in periodic updates to the text. The committee represents the very best in evangelical biblical scholarship. The members – a self-perpetuating, independent body of 15 – are drawn from various denominations and some of the finest academic institutions in the world.
  2. What are the CBT translation guiding principles?
    The chief goal of every update to the NIV is to ensure that the text reflects the latest and best biblical scholarship and established shifts in English idiom and usage. The 2011 NIV update represents our latest effort as a committee to articulate God's unchanging Word in the way the original authors might have said it if they had been speaking in English to the global English-speaking audience today. This is the reading experience that the NIV seeks to recreate. Our aim is to translate the NIV in such a way as to provide the optimum combination of transparency to the original documents and ease of understanding in every verse.
  3. How does the CBT work? Explain the translation process.
    Members of the committee work individually – each in their own particular areas of specialty – as well as in small groups and as a full committee. In addition to considering proposals from within the committee, we also solicit and receive input from Bible scholars, ministers, missionaries and lay-people. Every proposal is evaluated with many leading to revisions to the text, while others are tabled for discussion at future meetings for potential inclusion in later updates. And changes are not made easily. At least 70 percent of the committee members present at the time of the voting are required to agree before the text can be altered. This ensures that no individual, indeed not even a large group of individuals, can hold sway in the committee.
  4. What manuscripts were used when translating the NIV?
    The translators of the NIV have used the Old Testament and New Testament texts that are widely accepted among modern scholars as giving us the best possible access to what God inspired in the original documents.

    For the Old Testament the standard Hebrew text, the Masoretic Text, as published in the latest edition of Biblia Hebraica, has been used throughout. The NIV translators have sometimes used variants of the Hebrew Masoretic tradition or other ancient versions, where these seemed to provide a superior text than the Masoretic tradition. These are all noted in footnotes.

    The translators have used the accepted Greek New Testament text, as printed in the Nestle-Aland and United Bible Societies' Greek New Testaments. Here also the translators have occasionally accepted a variant printed in these editions. Footnotes usually indicate the options in each case.

    The translators have used the accepted Greek New Testament text, as printed in the Nestle-Aland and United Bible Societies' Greek New Testaments. Here also the translators have occasionally accepted a variant printed in these editions. Footnotes usually indicate the options in each case.
  5. What are the differences between the NIV 1984 and the updated NIV 2011?
    All the changes in the updated text are attributable to at least one of the following factors: changes in English, progress in scholarship and concern for clarity. About 95% of the text of the updated NIV remains exactly the same as the 1984 text it replaces, based on the number of word changes.
  6. Why are there updates made to the NIV?
    The original NIV charter requires us to constantly monitor developments in biblical scholarship and changes in English usage and to reflect these changes in periodic updates to the text. Without these periodic updates the NIV would be unable to maintain the priorities that have drawn people to it over the years: providing the optimum blend of transparency to the original text and ease of understanding for a broad audience. In the latest update in 2011, about 95% of the text remains exactly the same as the 1984 NIV that it replaces, based on the number of word changes.

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