|New International Version|
|Old Covenant||New Covenant|
This is a completely new translation of the Holy Bible done by over one hundred scholars. It followed several years of exploratory study by committees from the Christian Reformed Church and the National Association of Evangelicals. There were participants from the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand in the translating process. The denominations included Anglican, Assemblies of God, Baptist, Brethren, Christian Reformed, Church of Christ, Evangelical Free, Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, Wesleyan, and others.
Each book was translated by a team of scholars. An Intermediate Editorial Committee revised their work. A General Editorial Committee checked it in detail and revised again. The Committee on Bible Translation reviewed, revised, then released the translation for publication.
The goals were that the translation would be accurate and have clarity and literary quality so as to be suitable for reading, teaching, preaching, memorizing, and liturgical use. A concern was that the English be idiomatic but not idiosyncratic, contemporary but not dated.
Texts used for the Old Testament included the latest Biblia Hebraica, Dead Sea Scrolls, Samaritan Pentateuch, ancient scribal traditions, Septuagint, Vulgate, Syriac Peshitta, Targums, Juxta Hebraica, and others. For the New Testament, the best current Greek New Testament texts were used.
The Tetragrammaton is rendered as LORD, in capital letters. King James pronouns and verb endings were considered to be archaic. Poetic passages are printed as poetry.
International Bible Society (1978)
[Tyndale House, Cambridge, United Kingdom]
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
Comparisons which include this version:
Additions and Omissions in the Synoptic Gospels
The Burden and the Yoke to Be Removed
Entering His Rest
The Epistle of James
From Eternity or From Ancient Times?
The Falsifying Scribes
The Fringe on the Borders of a Garment
The Gifts of the Spirit
God So Loved the World
Gods, God, or Judges
The Hebrew Synoptic Gospels
Horses from Egypt and Kue
The Israelites and Baal-Peor
The Letters of Paul
The Miracle at Cana
Offering Sacrifices to the He-Goat
Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread
A Reference to the Trinity
Sabbaths and Sundown
Scripture Inspired by God
The Seventy Weeks of Daniel 9
The Sides of the Court of the Tabernacle
Some Variations in the Book of Acts
The Song of Solomon
The Story of the Adultress
That Which Will Happen Before the End
Those Who Work Iniquity
Who Will Mourn?
Words with Heathen Origins in the Scriptures