SBK - 1925
The Shorter Bible
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This version, in two volumes, was translated by Charles Foster Kent, with the collaboration of four other persons. The aim, through the selection of certain parts of the Bible which have seemed to the editors especially well suited, is to kindle the interest of the busy modern reader in the Bible as a whole. It is not intended as a substitute for the complete text or the time-honored versions.

Duplications have been omitted, while kindred parts have been brought together. The material in each group has been arranged according to the nature of its contents or the order in which it was written. Thus, the order of the King James Version is not followed. The groups in the Old Testament are titled as follows: Stories and Histories, Laws, The Prophets, The Lyrics, and The Teachings of the Wise. In the New Testament, they are titled as follows: Matthew, Mark, and Luke; The Teachings of Jesus; The Acts of the Apostles; PaulÌs Letters; Later Writings; and The Gospel of John. The Index of Biblical Passages in both Testaments lists the books, the Biblical reference, the section number, and the page number.

Charles Scribner's Sons (NT 1918, OT 1925)

[Tyndale House, Cambridge, United Kingdom]

Genesis 1: 1, 2

In the beginning when God created the heaven and the earth,
And while the earth was still unformed and chaotic,
With darkness on the surface of the deep,
And the Spirit of God brooding over the waters, ...


John 1: 1 - 3

In the beginning was the divine Wisdom, and the divine Wisdom was with God, and the divine Wisdom was God. He was in the beginning with God; through him all things came into being and without him nothing which existed came into being.

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