New International Reader's Version

New International Reader's Version
Full name New International Reader's Version
Abbreviation NIrV
Language English
OT published 1995
NT published 1994
Complete Bible
Derived from New International Version
Reading level 2.90[1]
Publisher International Bible Society

The New International Reader's Version (NIrV) is an English translation of the Christian Bible. Translated by the International Bible Society (now Biblica) following a similar philosophy as the New International Version (NIV), but written in a simpler form of English, the NIrV seeks to make the Bible more accessible for children and people who have difficulty reading English, such as non-native English speakers. The authors describe it as a special edition of the NIV written at a third grade reading level.[2]

Here is a comparison of a passage in the King James Version, the New International Version, and the New International Reader's Version:

KJV: "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." (1 Timothy 3:16, KJV)
NIV: "Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory." (1 Timothy 3:16, NIV)
NIrV: "There is no doubt that godliness is a great mystery. Jesus appeared in a body. The Holy Spirit proved that he was the Son of God. He was seen by angels. He was preached among the nations. People in the world believed in him. He was taken up to heaven in glory." (1 Timothy 3:16, NIrV)

A children's version of this text, targeted at 4 to 7 year olds and featuring the characters of the Berenstain Bears, has been published by Zondervan and HarperCollins.[3]

See also


  1. "New International Reader's Version (Stats & History)". Archived from the original on 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  2. "New International Reader's Version (NIrV) Bible". Biblica. Retrieved 2014-05-16.
  3. Samue, Stephanie. "Berenstain Bears Author Uses Talents for God in Faith-Inspired Series." The Christian Post, 2011-06-14
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