Online Translations
of the Bible

          The following websites provide the text to certain versions of the Bible, which can be copied and pasted into a word processing program (MS Word, WordPerfect, etc.), for use in both personal study or corporate worship. Enlarging the size of the text may be of help, for instance, in reading the scripture in front of the congregation. Be sure to note copyright and other information. If you use any of these extensively, consider buying the book. I am not a bookseller. Do not ask me if you can buy anything from me. Do not ask me to send you anything. This is merely a page of links, with which you can do your own work (don't ask me to do it for you). Understand? Furthermore, I am not interested in making translations for other languages, like Urdu. If you are, build your own webpage (can you guess some of the email I receive?).

I am in no way advocating all of these translations. Some (perhaps even most) have particular axes to grind, even those which claim not to.
Simply get a taste. Sometimes a gem comes from the most unexpected place.

Please contact me if you find a broken link.
 

 

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includes these translations/paraphrases:

 Common English Bible
Good News Translation
New King James Version (& KJV)
The Message
New American Standard Bible
New Century Version
New International Version
New Living Translation
New Revised Standard Version (& RSV)

plus many other translations
and Bible study features
  


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includes these translations/paraphrases:

 Common English Bible
Contemporary English Version
Good News Translation
New King James Version (& KJV)
Living Bible
The Message
New American Standard Bible
New Century Version
New International Version (& NIVUK)
New Living Translation
New Revised Standard Version (& RSV)
The Voice

plus many other translations
and Bible study features
  

Bible Resources from Bible.com
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includes these translations/paraphrases:

Common English Bible
Contemporary English Version
Good News Translation
New King James Version (& KJV)
The Message
New American Standard Bible
New Century Version
New International Version (& NIVUK)
New Living Translation

plus many other translations
and Bible study features

 
click on above logo
includes these translations/paraphrases:

Contemporary English Version
Good News Translation
New King James Version (& KJV)
The Message
New American Standard Bible
New Century Version
New International Version
New Living Translation
New Revised Standard Version (& RSV)

plus many other translations
and Bible study features

 


   


Contemporary English Version
(also includes NIV, NASB, Amplified, New Living, KJV, NKJV, 21st cent. KJV, ESV, ASV, Worldwide English, Youngs, Darby, & NIV-UK)
      

  

has NRSV, KJV, NRSB (Anglicized version)
with and without verse #'s displayed
(I use this a lot! - webmaster)
  

   
 
A good study resource with Hebrew/Greek texts and older translations within (along with older concordances, dictionaries, and commentaries) in parallel format, as well as links to newer translations.
   
   


New English Translation
(the first version made for the internet)


Cotton Patch Version
of the New Testament
(text no longer online - only available digitally as ebook)

The New Testament in Modern English by JB Phillips


Today's New International Version

an "inclusive" revision of the NIV

Navigating the Biblekaplan translation....

Tanakh
Hebrew Bible

Hareidi College
(JPS 1917 translation with outside links to the Massoretic, Hebrew, & Aramaic texts, and the Kaplan translation)


 the New JPS Translation
     (1999) not available online

the old Jewish Publication Society (1917) translation found in:

Mechon Mamre    

    Jewish Virtual Library

Judaica Press Version
a new English translation edited by Rabbi A.J. Rosenberg, with commentary by Rashi

New English Bible

Full Bible with Apocrypha
(above link is broken at present)

New Testament only

The Revised English Bible
Oxford Study Bible
(by $$$ subscription only - otherwise not online)

The Living Bible

now available on Bible Gateway

The New Jerusalem Bible

New American Bible online

International Standard Version
translation in process
(accessed only by downloading complete translation)

also available above on
Search God's Word

 


An Australian paraphrase of selected texts connected to the lectionary
for use in worship

 

 

Amplified Bible
New American Standard Bible

from the Lockman Foundation
also available on Bible Gateway & Study Light

Aramaic NT Interlinear

Peshitta
The Aramaic (Syriac) version of the Bible

See also:
Three Early Biblical Translations
What is the Peshitta?
Versions of the New Testament - Peshitta

Disciples New Testament (+ OT)
Another ongoing translation of the Aramaic
 p.s. some portions are by subscription only

Aramaic Peshitta Bible Repository

[includes translations by Younan (an Interlinear), Lamsa, Murdock, and Etheridge, as well as the Khabouris Codex]
   

The Lamsa Bible   

 

  

Though no longer active, this was "the only site online that brings together the Scriptures from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam." NRSV (including Apocrapha) & the new Standard English Version (SEV) of the Quran.
When contacted, Zaine Ridling, wrote (7/18/07), "Given my full plate, I could no longer devote time to it, and will likely not finish the Quran translation for many years. However, I will soon offer a ZIP download of the files intact via link under the "Hebrew Bible" at the 'Access the Great Books' site: http://www.anova.org/ . I'm also working on an ODF copy of it, since Microsoft's formats are proprietary." Thanks, Zaine! This is a worthy endeavor!
  

A Non-Ecclesiastical New Testament
(now a .pdf file)
"Suppose that when reading the New Testament, one were to discover that Jesus' intent in coming here was to abolish religious systems of worship that were almost identical to what we have today. A new translation would certainly be required." This is Frank Daniels' attempt to do just that, shedding the so-called "ecclesiastical paradigm" of other translations.

   
Literal Translation of the Holy Bible

by Jay P. Green Sr.
(This is as it says - unfortunately this link is currently broken
see "Study Light.org" above for the text)
   


      Looking for the Greek text of the New (as well as the Old) Testament? Check here for numerous annotated links.

 
The Better Life Bible
Geared to people who spend less than an hour per week reading the Bible and who have difficulty understanding it. Revised and expanded from The Biker Bible.


An American English Bible
now complete with extensive word links
"...a Bible that is easy to read in contemporary American English and conveys the original messages and meanings as accurately as possible." Hebrew Scriptures are based upon the Septuagint.


Recovery Version New Testament
by Watchman Nee and Witness Lee, which F.F. Bruce once called
"an accurate and fairly literal rendering of the Greek." (see CT article on Lee)

The New Covenant
Secular translation of the New Testament by Willis Barnstone. Vol. 1 (Gospels and Revelation) finished. Sample of Revelation portion available online. Focuses on literary quality and emphasizes Jewish nature of the texts.

   
An American Translation

Smith (OT) / Goodspeed (NT) - 1931
a subscription site
(see Goodspeed NT manuscript collection)
       

       
Williams New Testament

available online as a complete download from Online Bible. See also e-Sword.

   
The Holy Bible in Modern English  (in .pdf  format)

         a turn of century (19th-20th) one-man translation, by Ferrar Fenton, a London businessman who devoted some twenty years of his life to fulfill a pledge of making the Scriptures intelligible. This work by an amateur was popular for a time. (note: this is found an a Christian Identity website)
   

  
Wycliffe's Bible
a modernized English version of this 14th Century translation - "irregular spelling deciphered, verb forms comprehended and made consistent, and numerous grammatical variations standardized."


Context Group Version
A "fairly literal" translation by Joseph Morovich "based on the writings of the Context Group of scholars who try to interpret the culture and context of the Bible based on the sociological culture of the first century Middle East peasant society."
   


New Heart English Bible

    a Public Domain (no copyright) Modern English translation of the Bible, based on the American Standard Version, edited by Wayne A. Mitchell. Also complete in .pdf format, as well as on google books.

  
the above is one of the

100 English Bible Versions Online
found on this site.
   


New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures
from the Jehovah's Witnesses, a literal translation
   

   
Seeking a red-letter edition with the words of Jesus standing out of the text in a different color?
Try WebBible.net (KJV) 


The Septuagint (LXX) is the Old Testament in Greek.
Access the text online:
a) the Greek text according to Rahlfs, (requires Adobe Acrobat)
or
b) Brenton's English Translation.
For more on the LXX, see The Septuagint Online (an excellent resource!).


Bible Translations Comparison
by Wayne Leman and others
(brief comments on each with links)
   

Comparing Translations
by Ron Gordon
(a detailed discussion on the "unofficial" Church of the Brethren website)
   

Bible Translation Guide
(a simple comparison in six areas of the major versions. A commercial site)
  
   

Resource Pages for Biblical Study
early Christian writings and their social world
compiled by Torrey Seland, Professor in Biblical Studies, Volda University College,  Norway.

English Translations
(Ken Collins "just crackpot opinion" of several. See his previous page for more.)
   
    

online pronunciation of Bible words
(listed alphabetically, with brief midi files that sound out the words for those concerned with "correct" pronunciation)
     

BibleKeeper.com
(a free, growing online database of Bibles in several languages, as well as Bible study tools)


Writings that did not make it into the canon of the Bible:

Non-Canonical Literature (includes OT & NT Apocrypha & Pseudepigrapha)
The The Gospel of Thomas Collection - translations, commentary, links - on this gnostic work
The Nag Hammadi Library contains gnostic Christian scriptures discovered in 1945.
Some scroll fragments from the Jewish Qumran Library of Dead Sea scrolls discovered in 1947.
(access to the Qumran texts has not been easy, see the Open Scrolls Project)
Early Christian Writings links to online & offline resources.
          


Odds 'n Ends

Thomas Jefferson cut and pasted his own Bible:
"The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth Extracted Textually from the Gospels"


 

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