The Bible is easily available in the market today. Any person who wants to read the Bible can do so in a version that is easy to understand. Until a century ago, the King James Version of the Bible dominated the market. Not anymore.
In the last fifty years, new versions of the Bible have been published regularly and another one is coming. The New Testament version of the Common English Bible has been available since last year. Now, the complete Common English Bible will be published in August 2011.
The Common English Bible is designed to be easily understood by those who read this new translation. According to the information provided by its publishers, “The Common English Bible is a brand new translation of the Bible in a language that readers naturally speak and communicate—a common language.”
The publishers of the Common English Bible have provided samples of this new translation that can be read online or downloaded in PDF format. Below are the links for the books of Genesis and Psalms:
There are also samples of the New Testament. You can download the gospels of Matthew and Luke or you can search specific passages of the New Testament online. Below are the links for Matthew, Luke, and for searching the New Testament:
Read Psalm 1 in your favorite Bible and then read Psalm 1 in the Common English Bible. You will notice the difference.
In a few days I will write a post studying how the Common English Bible translates one specific verse in the book of Genesis.
Enjoy this new translation of the Bible.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary