New International Reader's Version (NIrV) Bible

The New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) is the Bible for kids, ESL speakers, and those who want a Bible that's easy to read. Written at a third-grade level, the NIrV is the clearest, most accessible Bible available today.

About the NIrV Bible

The New International Reader's Version (NIrV) is a special edition of the NIV, written at a third grade reading level. Like the NIV, the NIrV combines a commitment to accuracy with a text that is easy to read and understand.

The NIrV uses the words of the NIV whenever it can. Sometimes it uses shorter words. It explains words that might be hard to understand. The NIrV also shortens sentences and avoids using words that could have more than one meaning. All of this makes the NIrV a great Bible for children, those learning English as a second language, or anyone who wants an easier to understand version of the Bible.

An accurate Bible, plan and simple

At the time the Bible was written, God's people used the Hebrew and Greek languages. So the first writers of the Bible used those languages. The NIrV translators wanted their text to say just what the first writers of the Bible said. So they kept going back to what the Hebrew and Greek said.

The NIrV uses the best and oldest copies of the Hebrew and Greek Bible manuscripts. Some of the first English Bibles could not use those copies because they had not yet been found. But today we can check copies that are closer in time to the ones the first Bible writers wrote. We wanted to make sure we were giving you the actual Word of God.

As with the NIV, the NIrV Bible text is reviewed and updated to keep it current with today's English. Accuracy in Bible translation means paying attention to both the original languages and to our language today. This keeps the Word of God fresh for people reading the Bible today.

Key features of the NIrV

  • Based on the best-selling NIV

  • Readers at a third grade level

  • Uncompromisingly accurate to the original languages

  • Uses short sentences and simple English that's easy to understand

  • Perfect for children, those learning to read English, or anyone who wants an easier to understand Bible