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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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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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Take your kids on an adventure through God's Word with the #1 Bible for kids!

The bestselling NIV Adventure Bible will get kids excited about reading the Scriptures! Kids will be captivated with the full-color features that make reading the Bible and memorizing their favorite verses engaging and fun. Along the way they will meet all types of people, see all sorts of places, and learn all kinds of things about the Bible. Most importantly they will grow closer in their relationship with God.

Over 9 million copies of the NIV Adventure Bible have been sold and it is recommended by more Christian schools and churches than any other Bible for kids!

Features include:

  • Complete text of the accurate, readable, clear New International Version (NIV)
  • Full-color design 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 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
  • 8.75-point type size

Using the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV) text makes the Bible accessible and easy-to-read for kids. The NIV is the result of over 50 years of work by the Committee on Bible Translation, who oversee the efforts of many contributing scholars. Representing the spectrum of evangelicalism, the translators come from a wide range of denominations and various countries and continually review new research to ensure the NIV remains at the forefront of accessibility, relevance, and authority. Every NIV Bible that is purchased helps Biblica translate and give Bibles to people in need around the world.

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Your quiet time is going to get colorful.

Express your creativity while you reflect on the precious truths of Scripture with the NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Teen Girls. With special ready-to-color artwork, the thick white paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins also provides ample space for your own artistic expressions, doodles, and journaling. So gather your coloring tools. No matter your artistic level, you will enjoy the hands-on experience with the visual beauty of Scripture.

Features:

  • Hundreds of verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art with 100 new illustrated verses added especially for teen girls
  • 8-point type size
  • Single-column text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)
  • Wide margins and high-quality paper for notes, journal entries, or artwork

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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 for Teen Girls, designed specifically for girls ages 13 to 18, is for real teenage girls with real lives. Packed with daily readings, highlighted promises of God, challenging insights, smart advice, and open discussion about the realities of life, this Bible is designed to help teen girls grow in faith, hope, and love. The NIV Bible for Teen Girls is as sincere about your walk with God as you are, helping you discover his will for all areas of your life, including relating to your family, dealing with friends, work, sports, guys, and so much more.

Features include:

  • Daily readings for teen girls by popular Christian female authors (Annie Downs, Bekah Hamrick Martin, Christine Caine, Crystal Kirgiss, Bethany Hamilton, Nicole Weider, Elsa Kok Colopy, Denise Van Eck and more)
  • Character profiles of women in the Bible
  • Book introductions for each book of the Bible
  • Highlighted promises of God: verses worth remembering
  • A concordance for help in finding verses
  • The complete text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV) of the Bible
  • 8.5-point type size

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Everything You Need to Begin Your Bible Art Journey

This gift set holds everything you need to creatively reflect on Scripture. Along with the included eight colored pencils well-suited for Bible paper, the NIV Beautiful Word(TM) Coloring Bible features hundreds of ready-to-color illustrated verses throughout, along with journal space for your own prayers, notes, and vibrant artistic creations.

This special Bible art set is a perfect gift that will become a cherished keepsake full of personalized, creative expressions of faith.

Features of this treasured Bible set include:

  • Eight colored pencils
  • Hundreds of Bible verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art
  • Full text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)
  • Thicker white paper reduces see-through
  • Lined, wide margins for notes, reflections and art
  • Easy-to-read black letter text in single-column format
  • Ribbon marker
  • 8-point type size

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The bestselling NIV Teen Study Bible keeps up with today's teen, to help them keep up with God!

Today's teens are moving fast, but God is moving faster! The NIV Teen Study Bible will help them keep in step with all he has done, is doing, and will do in the world--and in their life. This NIV Bible for teens will also help them discover the eternal truths of God's Word and apply them to the issues they face every day, including offering biblical advice about dealing with everything from friends, family, and school to problems like bullying and depression. As teens navigate their hectic and sometimes stressful lives, this study Bible will help them to deepen and understand their faith while reassuring them that God is always with them and they are never alone.

With over 3.5 million copies sold, the NIV Teen Study Bible continues to be a teen's top resource for discovering the foundational truths of the Bible.

Features:

  • Complete text of the readable, accurate and clear New International Version (NIV)
  • "We Believe" features unpack the Apostles' Creed to reveal the biblical foundation of faith
  • "Panorama" features keep the big picture of each book of the Bible in view
  • Topical indexes help with in-depth Bible study
  • Book introductions provide an overview for each book of the Bible
  • Bible Promises highlight Bible verses worth memorizing
  • Q & A's test your Bible knowledge
  • 4 Full-color pages including a presentation page, plus information about the Apostles' Creed
  • 8-page color map section
  • Biblical advice about friends, family, school, and other issues
  • Colorful printed page edges
  • Leathersoft cover lays flat when open
  • 8.8-point type 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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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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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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Dive into a deeper study of God's Word with the comprehensive NIV Study Bible

The beloved NIV Study Bible features a stunning four-color interior with full-color photographs, maps, charts, and illustrations that bring the stories of the Bible to life. The in-depth notes are coded to highlight items of special interest in the areas of character study, archaeology, and personal application. This large print NIV Bible provides you with just the right amount of study information, placed in in just the right locations, to answer your most pressing questions about God's Word and how it connects to your life today.

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. Referred to daily by 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. Like no other Bible, the NIV Study Bible places an entire resource library for Bible study in your hands.

Features:

  • Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear 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 Jesus in red
  • NIV concordance plus subject and study notes indexes
  • Bonded leather cover lays flat when open
  • 10-point type size

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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 Thinline Bible, Large Print captures the depth and beauty of the Bible, in a take-anywhere size. With a new custom typeface, this Bible delivers a more pleasant reading experience, making it even easier to understand God's Word. Measuring less than an inch thick, it is perfect to take to work, travel, church, and Bible study for on the go access to God's word.

  • The full text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV) translation
  • Clear, readable 12-point print size
  • Less than one inch thick
  • Words of Christ in red
  • Double-column format
  • Presentation page
  • Ribbon marker

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The NIV Thinline Bible captures the depth and beauty of the Bible, in a take-anywhere size. With a new custom typeface, this Bible delivers a more pleasant reading experience, making it even easier to understand God's Word. Measuring less than an inch thick, it is perfect to take to work, travel, church, and Bible study for on the go access to God's word.

  • The full text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV) translation
  • Clear, readable 9-point print size
  • Less than one inch thick
  • Words of Christ in red
  • Double-column format
  • Presentation page
  • Ribbon marker

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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