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Easy-to-Read Version ERV

Publisher: World Bible Translation Center

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The Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) is an English translation of the Bible by the World Bible Translation Center (WBTC), a subsidiary of Bible League International. It was originally published as the English Version for the Deaf (EVD) by BakerBooks.

Deaf readers sometimes struggle with reading English because sign language is their first language. The WBTC created a translation to make reading the Bible easier for them. The EVD used simpler vocabulary and shorter sentences. One of the basic ideas that guided the work was that good translation is good communication

In 2004, a major revision was finished. It uses broader vocabulary. The EVD was left unchanged, so it and the ERV now have different texts.

The ERV uses the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (1984) as its Old Testament text with some readings from the Dead Sea Scrolls. Also, it follows the Septuagint when its readings are considered more accurate. For the New Testament, the ERV uses the United Bible Societies' Greek New Testament (4th revised edition, 1993) and Nestle-Aland Novum Testament Graece (27th edition, 1993).


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Language Version Available Versions
Arabic (AR) – العربية1 Arabic Bible: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV-AR)
Awadhi (AWA) – अवधी1 Awadhi Bible: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV-AWA)
Bulgarian (BG) – Български1 Bulgarian New Testament: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV-BG) NT
English (EN)1 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
Spanish (ES) – Español1 Palabra de Dios para Todos (PDT)
Hindi (HI) – हिन्दी1 Hindi Bible: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV-HI)
Hungarian (HU) – Magyar1 Hungarian Bible: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV-HU)
Marathi (MR) – मराठी1 Marathi Bible: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV-MR)
Nepali (NE) – नेपाली1 Nepali Bible: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV-NE)
Oriya (OR) – ଓଡ଼ିଆ1 Oriya Bible: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV-OR)
Punjabi (PA) – ਪੰਜਾਬੀ1 Punjabi Bible: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV-PA)
Portuguese (PT) – Português1 Portuguese New Testament: Easy-to-Read Version (VFL) NT
Russian (RU) – Русский1 Russian New Testament: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV-RU) NT
Serbian (SR) – Српски1 Serbian New Testament: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV-SR) NT
Tamil (TA) – தமிழ்1 Tamil Bible: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV-TA)
Thai (TH) – ภาษาไทย1 Thai New Testament: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV-TH) NT
Ukrainian (UK) – Українська1 Ukrainian New Testament: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV-UK) NT
Urdu (UR) – اردو1 Urdu Bible: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV-UR)
Vietnamese (VI) – Tiêng Viêt1 Vietnamese Bible: Easy-to-Read Version (BPT)
Chinese (ZH) – 汉语1 Chinese New Testament: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV-ZH) NT
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