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MAJOR BIBLE TRANSLATIONS

 

Amplified
Literal English translation (1965)
“Amplified” by additional words and phrases, within brackets, that clarifies meaning.
Reading level: Grade 10 plus.

ESV English Standard Version
Essentially new literal translation (2001) accuracy with readability.
Reading level: Grade 8 plus.

HCSB Holman Christian Standard Bible
Word for word translation (2003) directly from the original biblical languages using modern English.
Reading level : Grade 12 plus.

KJV King James Version
Elizabethan English translation (1611)
Known for its poetic literary style.
Reading level: Grade 12 plus.

Living Bible
Free paraphrase - converts Scriptures into everyday English language.
Reading level: Grade 4 plus.

NASB New American Standard Bible (1995)
Updated version of 1901 American Standard which is considered to be the most accurate direct translation from the original biblical languages using modern English.
Reading level: Grade 11 plus.

NCV New Century Version
Originally written for children (1978). Concepts expressed in modern language.
Reading level: Grade 3 plus.

NIV New International Version (1984)
Modern English version from an international team of Protestant scholars.
Reading level: Grade 7 plus.

NKJV New King James Version
Modern English update(1982) of KJV
Reading level: Grade 9 plus.

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