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Friday, January 20, 2006

Free Bibles

Many older English Bible versions have been available for free download for quite some time. But a number of more recent versions are also available for free. I appreciate being able to read and compare Bible versions on my computer screen.

The NET Bible has always been available as a free download. I prefer to use the NET Bible in HTML format because it is so convenient to use its hyperlinks to go to a specific reference or to read a footnote. You may need to register with a username and password on the NET Bible website to download the NET Bible, but there will be no charge for your download.

The entire TNIV can still be downloaded as a PDF file.

The ISV is available as Microsoft Word or PDF downloads, as the complete NT and 40% of the OT (Exodus, First Samuel, Ruth, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Psalms 1-65, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Daniel, and all 12 Minor Prophets).

Several recent Bible versions are available as free download modules for viewing within the free e-sword program, including the ESV, The Message, GNB (TEV), CEV, ISV (NT only in e-sword), GW (God's Word), and WEB. E-sword is a very easy program to use. Its interface is very user-friendly, something I appreciate. In addition, you can download the following versions and read them within e-sword if you pay a usage fee: NASB, Amplified. The NET Bible is now formated for e-sword. There is a free download version with limited footnotes available on the NET Bible website.

It is possible, although labor-intensive, to download the entire HCSB for free. I have downloaded a large amount of the HCSB by viewing and saving an entire chapter at a time on the HCSB online webpage.

The Source New Testament is now available as free PDF downloads of individual books (but without the useful footnotes, except for 1 Timothy).

Each book of the NT which has been translated so far in the Better Life Bible is available as a free download from its website.

UPDATE: The ERV (Easy-to-Read) version, originally designed for deaf audiences, is available for free download as PDF files of individual books of the Bible. (HT: Chris Heard)

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At Fri Jan 20, 09:25:00 AM, Blogger Christopher Heard said...

The World Bible Translation Center also offers several of its Bible translations as free PDF downloads, including the NT only in Brazilian Portuguese, Thai, Vietnamese, Awadhi, and Urdu, and the whole Bible in English, Chinese, Spanish, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu. The WBTC aims for a very simplified reading level for Bibles intended chiefly as giveaways to people who haven't read the Bible before, so some BBB readers might find the renderings too paraphrastic.

At Mon Jan 30, 05:33:00 PM, Blogger Zane said...

Another version which I believe has much to commend itself is the Non-Hierarchical Version, available free on the web. Godspeed!

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At Mon Jan 30, 07:02:00 PM, Blogger Wayne Leman said...

Another version which I believe has much to commend itself is the Non-Hierarchical Version, available free on the web. Godspeed!

Zane, I have never heard of this version. Please give us an Internet address for the NHV, so that we can view it. Thank youe.


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