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The idea of a readable, but accurate, version of the Bible came to Gleason and Kathryn Ledyard as they worked in the Canadian Arctic with Eskimos who were starting to learn English. It was hoped that such a version would be useful wherever English is used as a second language.

For the most part, the words in this limited vocabulary edition have only one meaning. Difficult Biblical words were broken down into simple, meaningful phrases. The use of today's street language and of paraphrasing were not considered. The wording and beauty of older versions were kept in many places.

The first copies of the Scriptures were considered to be perfect and without error. Because of language changes and the translation from one language to another, no version can claim the same perfection.

Christian Literature International (1969)

[Tyndale House, Cambridge, United Kingdom]

Genesis 1: 1, 2

In the beginning God made from nothing the heavens and the earth. The earth was an empty waste and darkness was over the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was moving over the top of the waters.


John 1: 1 - 3

The Word (Christ) was in the beginning. The Word was with God. The Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. He made all things. Nothing was made without Him making it.

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