On this page we will look at some different versions of the Bible. We will tell you about three versions of the Bible that are written for people who find reading hard. We will help you to choose an easy to read Bible for beginners.
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Are all Bibles the same?
What are the easiest versions of the Bible to read?
We are going to look at three Bible versions that are written for people who find reading hard. They use short words and sentences. This makes them easier to read. They are some of the easiest versions of the Bibles to read and understand.
- The New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)
- The Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
- The EasyEnglish Bible (EASY)
The New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)
The NIrV is based on a popular version of the Bible called the NIV. It uses easier words than the NIV. It also explains harder words. This makes it a good beginner Bible for adults who find reading hard.
The Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
The ERV was written for people who find reading hard. It uses easy words and short sentences. It is one of the easiest Bible to read and understand. In the Easy Read part of this website we usually use the ERV for Bible verses.
The EasyEnglish Bible (EASY)
The EasyEnglish Bible was written for people who don’t speak very much English. It uses easy words that most people know. This makes it a very easy to read Bible for people with learning disabilities as well.
Let’s compare 3 easy to read Bible versions
We’re going to look at a Bible passage in these 3 versions of the Bible. This is 1 Corinthians chapter 13 verses 4-8. It is a famous passage in the Bible about love. Which version do you like best?
Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not want what belongs to others. It does not brag. It is not proud. It does not dishonour other people. It does not look out for its own interests. It does not easily become angry. It does not keep track of other people’s wrongs. Love is not happy with evil. But it is full of joy when the truth is spoken. It always protects. It always trusts. It always hopes. It never gives up. Love never fails.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, it is not selfish, and it cannot be made angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it. Love is never happy when others do wrong, but it is always happy with the truth. Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits. Love will never end.
If I love people, I will be patient. I will be kind. I will not be jealous of other people. I will not be proud and say that I am great. If I love people, I will be polite. I will not just want to please myself. I will not quickly become angry. If someone does a wrong thing against me, I will not keep it in my thoughts. If I love people, I will not be happy when bad things happen. Instead, I will be happy when things happen that are right and true. If I love people, I will always accept their problems. I will always believe them. I will always hope for what is best. I will always be patient in troubles. Love will always continue.
What are the best easy to read Bibles to buy?
It is a great idea to have the Bible in a book. Here are some for you to look at. The Amazon links on this page are affiliate links. This means I will get some money if you buy one of these books on Amazon.
The NIrV Giant Print Bible uses big letters. Each verse starts on a new line, so it is easier to find the verse you are looking for. It is the whole Bible.
The NIrV Adventure Bible is written for children. It is the whole Bible. It is colourful and has lots of pictures. There is extra information, facts and maps to help you understand the Bible better. This makes it a good beginner Bible for adults too.
2. NIrV Accessible New Testament (UK only)
The NIrV Accessible New Testament was made especially for people with learning disabilities. It uses big letters and has some pictures. Each verse starts on a new line. It is not the whole Bible, just the New Testament.
The ERV Holy Bible is written in easy words so everyone can understand. It is the whole Bible.
The ERV Youth Bible is written for teenagers. It is the whole Bible. There is extra information about parts of the Bible that are harder to understand. There are also some colour pages that talk more about things like prayer, relationships and following Jesus. These are really helpful for learning more about Christianity.
6. EasyEnglish Gospels (UK only)
You can buy the four Gospels (the books of the Bible that talk about Jesus’s life) in the EasyEnglish version. If you are a beginner, getting one of these books would be an easy way to start reading the Bible. Each book also has a list that explains what some of the harder words mean.
Is the Bible always easy to understand?
Even the easiest version of the Bible can still be hard to understand sometimes. It is a very big book! Click here to learn about how to find your way around the Bible. It was also written a long time ago. Life today is very different to how it was then. And it teaches us new things. It takes time to understand these things well.
If you find the Bible hard to understand, you can talk to someone who has been a Christian for a long time. They can help to explain parts of the Bible that are confusing. There are also books and websites like this one that can help you understand the Bible better. And if you find it too hard to read the Bible, you can listen to it instead!
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