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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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Discover How You Can Apply the Bible to Your Life Today

Trusted and Treasured by Millions of Readers for over 30 years, the Life Application(R) Study Bible is today's #1-selling study Bible. Now, it has been thoroughly updated and expanded, offering even more relevant insights for understanding and applying God's Word to everyday life in today's world.

With a fresh, two-color interior design and meaningfully updated study notes and features, this Bible will help you understand God's Word better than ever. It answers the real-life questions that you may have and provides you with practical yet powerful ways to apply it to your life every day.

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--all to help you do life God's way, every day.

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

  • Now more than 10,000 Life Application(R) notes and features
  • Over 100 Life Application(R) profiles of key Bible people
  • Introductions and overviews for each book of the Bible
  • More than 500 maps and charts placed for quick reference
  • Dictionary/concordance
  • Extensive side-column cross-reference system to facilitate deeper study
  • Life Application(R) index to notes, charts, maps, and profiles
  • Refreshed design with a second color for visual clarity
  • 16 pages of full-color maps
  • Presentation page
  • Single-column format
  • Christian Worker's Resource, a special supplement to enhance the reader's ministry effectiveness
  • Full text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)
  • 7.3-point type size

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Encourage a teen in your life to develop a revolutionary faith.

Packed with challenging insights, smart advice, and open discussion about today's contemporary cultural issues, the best-selling and trusted NIV Revolution Bible empowers young men ages 13-18 to ask big questions, discover fresh perspectives and impact others while living their faith on the edge.

Teens will discover how to impact a broken and diverse world with fresh perspectives on a variety of faith-related issues. Their life, their relationships, their community: it's all a big deal, and it takes a big, God-filled heart to make a difference. A revolution of the heart isn't about how popular or tough they are. It's about what God can do in them and through them.

This newly updated edition uses the accurate, readable, and clear NIV translation and includes features strategically designed to empower teen guys in their quest for truth, providing provide biblically-based answers to tough questions that teen guys have and presenting the Bible's perspective on spiritual growth and contemporary cultural topics such as self-harm, sex. divorce, environmental care, prayer, drug use, underage drinking, pornography, modesty, reading the Bible, relationships, and popularity on social media.

Features:

  • Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)
  • 12 full-color pages offer life-impacting ideas like "50 Passages That Show God is a Revolution God" and "50 Ways to Be a Better Friend"
  • In-depth book introductions give an overview of the context of each book in the Old and New Testaments
  • "Battlelines" provide biblically-based answers to tough questions
  • Over 200 "Be the Change" articles challenge teen guys to discover God's truth on various topics
  • 100 "God Calling" notes bring focus to key verses on God's words to teens' lives
  • 100 "Live the Revolution" notes show you how to change your life and revolutionize your impact on others
  • 50 "Matchups" capture the strategies, reflections and conflicts between the Bible's heroes and villains
  • "Christianity 101" introduces teens to the basics of Christianity
  • "Beliefs 101" helps teen guys dig deep into the underlying principles that shape their worldview
  • Ribbon marker
  • Leathersoft cover lays flat when open
  • 8.5-point type size

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Helps teens answer the most common (and uncommon) questions they have about the Bible.

Teens will find answers to thousands of questions about the Bible in the NIV Quest Study Bible for Teens, including how God's Word fits with their lives, their struggles and their world. Reading plans and study helps will give teens an easy way to dive into God's Word, while over 7,000 notes and articles clarify passages in the Bible and introduce readers to teens featured in the Bible. This unique NIV Bible for teens, derived from the bestselling NIV Quest Study Bible, is designed specifically for teens--especially those looking for advice about friends, family, school, and God.

Features:

  • Over 7,000 sidebar notes that clarify the Bible's most puzzling passages
  • Over 360 articles that explore 20 Big Ideas for teens
  • Profiles that highlight teens from the Bible
  • Book introductions that identify themes, characters, and events in each Bible book
  • Biblical answers about friends, family, school, and God
  • Reading plans and study helps that are fun and easy to follow
  • Cool charts and full-color maps that bring the Bible to life
  • 8.3-point type size

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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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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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The Bible that goes with her...everywhere.

From the hallways to the dance studio to the great outdoors, the NIV Girls' Ultimate Backpack Bible can go anywhere a girl goes. With a durable and oh-so-cute flexcover binding, this Bible combines the accurate, readable, and clear text of the New International Version with colorful, topical pages that show girls how they can grow to be more like Jesus.

Features:

  • Presentation page for gift giving
  • Twelve full-color pages with helpful content such as How to Begin a Relationship with Jesus, The Friendship Golden Rule, and Great Verses to Check Out
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Beautiful cover design with glitter accents
  • Satin ribbon marker
  • Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print(R) typeface
  • Easy-to-read 7-point print size
  • Complete text of the world's bestselling New International Version (NIV) translation

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For 15 years, the best-selling NIV True images Bible for Teen Girls has been a trusted resource guiding teen girls ages 13-18 towards a closer relationship with God. Updated for this generation, this new edition is packed with tools and insight to help teens navigate today s contemporary cultural issues with confidence, love, and grace.

Facing today s contemporary issues can be difficult, but the NIV True Images Bible gives teen girls a fresh perspective on faith-related issues and provides tools to navigate a complex world. They will ask the big questions, take valuable lessons to heart, and help others do the same.

Beautifully designed from the inside out, this Bible is filled with challenging insights, honest advice, and personal notes helping teen girls build a closer relationship with God as they set out on a personal journey of their world. Following Jesus isn t unfashionable or illusive. It s an authentic way of life

This newly updated edition uses the accurate, readable, and clear NIV translation and includes features strategically designed to empower teen girls in their quest for truth.

Features:

  • Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version
  • 12 Magazine-Style Quizzes that help girls learn more about themselves
  • In-depth introductions establish the context of each book in the Old and New Testaments.
  • In Focus notes explain the Bible s perspective on contemporary cultural topics such as perfectionism, spiritual growth, eating disorders, pornography, prayer, self-harm, relationships, sex, bullying and popularity on social media
  • Over 300 Genuine notes focus on the value of authenticity and true inner beauty.
  • Over 100 Love Notes give opportunities to reflect on God s love.
  • 500 Dare to Believe challenges help you discover God s truth about life and faith.
  • 52 Mirror Images share the stories of Biblical women.
  • Christianity 101 introduces you to the basics of Christianity
  • Beliefs 101 helps you dig deep into the underlying principles that shape your worldview

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Help him grow into the young man God wants him to be.

The NIV Boys' Bible is a full-featured Bible designed to help boys ages 8 to 12 dig deep into God's Word. In it, boys will learn amazing new facts, discover inspiring people and stories, and uncover all kinds of stuff they never imagined was in the Bible. Helpful, fun, and often downright astonishing, the NIV Boys' Bible includes unique and meaningful content developed around the needs and interests of growing boys.

Features:

  • Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV) translation
  • What's the Big Deal? - Need-to-know biblical stories and people
  • Check It Out - Interesting or funny facts about Bible times and characters
  • Grossology - Gross and gory stuff in the Bible
  • Makin' It Real - Help for applying Bible stories to everyday life
  • Hundreds of highlighted verses worth memorizing
  • Introductions to each book of the Bible
  • Stainless steel-look cover on metallic paper that boys will love
  • Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print(R) typeface
  • Readable 9-point print size

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 oversees 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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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
  • Two ribbon markers
  • Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print(R) typeface

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Discover How You Can Apply the Bible to Your Life Today

Trusted and Treasured by Millions of Readers for over 30 years, the Life Application(R) Study Bible is today's #1-selling study Bible. Now, it has been thoroughly updated and expanded, offering even more relevant insights for understanding and applying God's Word to everyday life in today's world.

With a fresh, two-color interior design and meaningfully updated study notes and features, this Bible will help you understand God's Word better than ever. It answers the real-life questions that you may have and provides you with practical yet powerful ways to apply it to your life every day.

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--all to help you do life God's way, every day.

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

  • Now more than 10,000 Life Application(R) notes and features
  • Over 100 Life Application(R) profiles of key Bible people
  • Introductions and overviews for each book of the Bible
  • More than 500 maps and charts placed for quick reference
  • Dictionary/concordance
  • Extensive side-column cross-reference system to facilitate deeper study
  • Life Application(R) index to notes, charts, maps, and profiles
  • Refreshed design with a second color for visual clarity
  • 16 pages of full-color maps
  • Presentation page
  • Single-column format
  • Christian Worker's Resource, a special supplement to enhance the reader's ministry effectiveness
  • Full text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)
  • 7.3-point type size

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Know what the Bible says. Understand why the Bible matters.

Set in Zondervan's exclusive NIV Comfort Print(R) typeface, this stunning, full-color study Bible answers your pressing questions with just the right amount of information, placed in just the right location.

With its decades-long legacy of helping readers grasp the Bible's meaning, the NIV Study Bible embodies the mission of the NIV translation to be an accurate, readable, and clear guide into Scripture. Specifically designed to expand upon the NIV, the NIV Study Bible's editorial team crafts that same accuracy and clarity into every study note.

Now the study Bible millions have come to trust has been fully revised and updated. A new committee of top biblical scholars--who are current and former NIV translators with a passion for making the Bible's meaning clear--have pored over every note, every article, every chart, and every essay to refine this treasured resource even more. Thousands of newly written or revised notes and articles combine with hundreds of four-color maps, charts, photos, and illustrations to create an entire library of study helps designed to increase your understanding and application of God's word.

Features:

  • Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)
  • Over 21,000 bottom-of-the-page study notes, with icons to make important information easy to spot
  • Over 125 topical articles, 16 pages of full-color maps, the full NIV concordance, and subject note indexes enable even deeper study
  • Sixty-six book introductions and outlines along with six section introductions provide valuable background information for each book of the Bible
  • In-text maps, charts, diagrams, and illustrations visually clarify the stories in the Bible
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Two satin ribbon markers
  • Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print typeface
  • 9-point print size

Regular Price $84.99
Our Price $59.49

Know what the Bible says. Understand why the Bible matters.

Set in Zondervan's exclusive NIV Comfort Print(R) typeface, this stunning, full-color study Bible answers your pressing questions with just the right amount of information, placed in just the right location.

With its decades-long legacy of helping readers grasp the Bible's meaning, the NIV Study Bible embodies the mission of the NIV translation to be an accurate, readable, and clear guide into Scripture. Specifically designed to expand upon the NIV, the NIV Study Bible's editorial team crafts that same accuracy and clarity into every study note.

Now the study Bible millions have come to trust has been fully revised and updated. A new committee of top biblical scholars--who are current and former NIV translators with a passion for making the Bible's meaning clear--have pored over every note, every article, every chart, and every essay to refine this treasured resource even more. Thousands of newly written or revised notes and articles combine with hundreds of four-color maps, charts, photos, and illustrations to create an entire library of study helps designed to increase your understanding and application of God's word.

Features:

  • Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)
  • Over 21,000 bottom-of-the-page study notes, with icons to make important information easy to spot
  • Over 125 topical articles, 16 pages of full-color maps, the full NIV concordance, and subject note indexes enable even deeper study
  • Sixty-six book introductions and outlines along with six section introductions provide valuable background information for each book of the Bible
  • In-text maps, charts, diagrams, and illustrations visually clarify the stories in the Bible
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Two satin ribbon markers
  • Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print typeface
  • 9-point print size

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Large enough to read. Compact enough to carry.

This NIV Giant Print Compact Bible features the easy-to-read exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print(R) typeface in a truly giant print size yet is perfectly proportioned in a handy compact size. It seamlessly provides ease of reading in a convenient size that you carry anywhere.

Expertly designed specifically to be used for the New International Version (NIV) text, Comfort Print offers an easier reading experience that complements the most widely read modern-English Bible translation.

Features:

  • Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)
  • Single-column format
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Two satin ribbon markers
  • Leathersoft cover lays flat when open
  • Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print typeface
  • 12-point print size

The New International Version (NIV) is the world's bestselling modern-English Bible translation--accurate, readable, and clear, yet rich with the detail found in the original languages. 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.

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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