complete CEB online

The complete Common English Bible (Old Testament, Apocrypha, and New Testament) is now available online at www.commonenglishbible.com. Other sites such as youversion and Bible Gateway will be live by June 15. Same with eBook editions by June 15 (for $5.95) for all the mobile devices, such as Kindle or Olivetree. Print Bibles will be shipping in July.

–from Paul Franklyn,

CEB Associate Publisher and Project Director

4 thoughts on “complete CEB online

  1. Dru Brooke-Taylor says:

    This may be a very worthy project, but I can’t help finding something depressingly plodding about the English of this translation. Some examples, first from the comparison examples:-

    Gen 2:7
    “the Lord God formed the human from the topsoil of the fertile land and blew life’s breath into his nostrils. The human came to life.”

    Matt 10:23
    “Whenever they harass you in one city, escape to the next, because I assure that you will not go through all the cities of Israel before the Human One comes.”

    Then some random ones found through the Passage Lookup page.

    Ps 84:1 (the exclamation mark somehow makes it worse)
    “How lovely is your dwelling place, LORD of heavenly forces!”

    From Is 52:2
    “He possessed no splendid form for us to see, no desirable appearance.”
    or a few lines further on,
    “he was despised, and we didn’t think about him. ”

    Ecclesiasticus 1:27 ff. It’s great that it includes the Apocrypha. The NIV never has done, but,
    “In the thirty-eighth year of the rule of King Euergetes, after I had arrived in Egypt and stayed awhile, having found a copy of this scroll to contain no small amount of practical advice, I personally made it a high priority to apply speed and hard work to translating this very scroll.”

    One does wonder why all the effort to produce a YAV (Yet Another Version)? Is this really a ‘Better Bible’? What does this translation have that others haven’t – except for including the Apocrypha? That is a very good thing, but that’s really my criticism of translations like the NIV which don’t.

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