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This series is a very simple translation of the Bible (not word for word) for people who are starting to learn English. It can also help mother-tongue Bible translators who are translating the Bible into their own language. It is written in Level A EasyEnglish (1200 words).

The idea of these materials is to help Second Language English speakers. We want them to help people who speak less English. You should use them together with any other standard English translations or commentaries that you have available. We do not intend that you should use our version alone. You should not use it as your only start for a new translation into another language.


√   Genesis: In the Beginning [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Genesis. July 2003.

√   Exodus: How God Made the Slaves Free [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Exodus. October 2006.

√   Leviticus: Gifts to God [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Leviticus. November 2007.

Numbers: God gives Rules to Israel's People [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Numbers. June 2006.

Deuteronomy: It is Time to Remember [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Deuteronomy. November 2004.

√   Joshua: Going in to the Land that God Promised [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Joshua. November 2002.

√   Judges: God helps People to Return to Him [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Judges. February 2002.

√   Ruth: A Stranger finds Love in Bethlehem  [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Ruth. May 2010.

√   Ruth: There is a Redeemer [or download in RTF format]
A Commentary on the book of Ruth that may be of interest to Bible translators because it includes a translation from Hebrew into Level A EasyEnglish (1200 words). Written by Gordon Churchyard. Latest version February 2007.

√   1 Samuel: The King who did not Obey God [or download in RTF format]
 A simple translation of the book of 1 Samuel. November 2008.

√   2 Samuel: David is King of Israel /// Now the complete book /// [or download in RTF format]
 A simple translation of the book of 2 Samuel. February 2014.

√   1 Kings: From Solomon to Elijah [or download in RTF format]
 A simple translation of the book of 1 Kings. February 2008.

√   2 Kings: Why God Sent His People Away [or download in RTF format]
 A simple translation of the book of 2 Kings. June 2008.

1 Chronicles:
Our translation of this book is not ready yet but please click here to find a translation and commentary in slightly harder English.

2 Chronicles:
Our translation of this book is not ready yet but we expect to finish it soon. So please check here regularly. Please click here to find some notes about this book in slightly harder English. Please click here to find a translation and commentary on 2 Chronicles in slightly harder English.

√  Ezra: God's People Build God's Temple Again [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Ezra. April 2007.

√   Nehemiah: God's People build Jerusalem's City Wall again [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Nehemiah. Revised October 2006.

√   Esther: God saves the Jews [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Esther. Revised August 2008.

Job: When bad things happen to Good People [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Job. July 2005.

Psalms: The Psalms of David
Commentaries on the book of Psalms that may be of interest to Bible translators because they include a translation from Hebrew based on Level A EasyEnglish (about 1200 word vocabulary). Written by Gordon Churchyard. 2001-2002.

√  Proverbs: The Wise Words of a King [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Proverbs. January 2009.

√  Ecclesiastes: The Teacher's Words [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Ecclesiastes. August 2010.

√  Song of Songs: A Love Story [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the Song of Songs. March 2012.

Isaiah: Isaiah Tells Us God's Good News [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Isaiah. September 2007.
Note: This file is large and could be slow to download. We have also added this translation in smaller parts.

Isaiah 1-12: God Sends Isaiah with a Message [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of Isaiah chapters 1-12. September 2007.

Isaiah 13-23: Things that will Happen to the Countries that are near Judah [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of Isaiah chapters 13-23. September 2007.

Isaiah 24-27: The End of this World [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of Isaiah chapters 24-27. September 2007.

Isaiah 28-33: The Sad People [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of Isaiah chapters 28-33. September 2007.

Isaiah 34-35: Your God will Come and he will Save You [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of Isaiah chapters 34-35. September 2007.

Isaiah 36-37: Hezekiah asks God for Help [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of Isaiah chapters 36-37. September 2007.

Isaiah 38-55: God's Servant Saves God's People [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of Isaiah chapters 38-55. September 2007.

Isaiah 56-66: God's Messiah Beats God's Enemies [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of Isaiah chapters 56-66. September 2007.

Jeremiah: Jeremiah Speaks God's Words [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Jeremiah. August 2004.

√   Lamentations: A Very Sad Man Prays to God [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Lamentations. Revised May 2009.

√   Ezekiel: Prophet in Babylon with a message for Jerusalem
[or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Ezekiel. April 2006.

√   Daniel: God's man Daniel [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Daniel.

√  Hosea: Return to God [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Hosea. Revised December 2009.

√  Joel: God promises to Send his Spirit [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Joel. January 2007.

√  Amos: Bad Things Will Happen Soon [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Amos. May 2007.

√   Obadiah: God's Message about Edom [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Obadiah. February 2012.

√   Jonah: God Loves People From Every Country [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Jonah. February 2012.

√   Micah: Micah's Message to God's People [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Micah. April 2006.

√   Nahum: Nahum's message for Nineveh [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Nahum. Revised May 2008.

√   Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah: The Problem of Assyria [or download in RTF format]
A Commentary on the books of Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah that may be of interest to Bible translators because it includes a translation from Hebrew into Level A EasyEnglish (1200 words). Written by Gordon Churchyard. February 2007.

Habakkuk: Do Not Be Afraid [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Habakkuk. October 2006.

√   Zephaniah: Your God Will Sing [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Zephaniah. Revised April 2009.

√   Haggai: Build God's Special Building Now [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Haggai. September 2009.

√  Haggai: Never Give Up! [or download in RTF format]
A Commentary on the book of Haggai that may be of interest to Bible translators because it includes a translation from Hebrew into Level A EasyEnglish (1200 words). Written by Gordon Churchyard. July 2007.

√  Zechariah: God's Servant who is called The Branch [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Zechariah. Revised January 2010.

√   Malachi: Offer your best gifts to God, who is coming soon [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Malachi.

√   Matthew: Matthew tells us the Good News about Jesus [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of Matthew's Gospel. November 2006.

√   Mark: Mark tells us the Good News about Jesus [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of Mark's Gospel. Written by various authors. Completely revised June 2010.

√   Luke: Hear this Good News for Everybody! [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of Luke's Gospel. December 2007.  Now available in paperback.

√   John: John's Good News [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of John's Gospel. Completely revised September 2008.

√   Acts: The work that Jesus' apostles did [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Acts. April 2008. Now available in paperback.

√   Romans: Alive to God [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of Paul's letter to the Romans. January 2005.

√   1 Corinthians: The Greatest Thing is Love [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. September 2006.

√   2 Corinthians: When I Am Weak, Then I Am Strong [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of Paul's second letter to the Corinthians. July 2005.

√   Galatians: Continue By God's Spirit [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of Paul's letter to the Galatians. April 2005.

√   Ephesians: One Family in Christ [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of Paul's letter to the Ephesians. January 2006.

√   Philippians: Christ is Worth More than Everything [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of Paul's letter to the Philippians. Completely revised February 2009.

√   Colossians: Alive and New with Christ [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of Paul's letter to the Colossians. Completely revised November 2008.

√   1 Thessalonians: Be Ready for Jesus to Return [or download the whole book in HTML or RTF format]
A simple translation of Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians. Revised April 2009.

√   2 Thessalonians: Jesus Has Not Returned Yet [or download the whole book in HTML or RTF format]
A simple translation of Paul's second letter to the Thessalonians. Revised July 2009.

√   1 Timothy: Fight in the Good War [or download the whole book in HTML or RTF format]
A simple translation of Paul's first letter to Timothy. January 2005.

√   2 Timothy: Tell God's Message to People [or download the whole book in HTML or RTF format]
A simple translation of Paul's second letter to Timothy. January 2005.

√   Titus: Show Everyone how good God’s Message is [or download the whole book in HTML or RTF format]
A simple translation of Paul's letter to Titus. Revised February 2010.

√   Philemon: The Slave Who Ran Away [or download the whole book in HTML or RTF format]
A simple translation of the letter to Philemon. October 2003.

√   Hebrews: Jesus is the Only Way to God [or download the whole book in HTML or RTF format]
A simple translation of the letter to the Hebrews. July 2003.

√   James: How to Live for Jesus [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of the letter of James. Completely revised December 2008.

√   1 Peter: Ready to Live with God [or download the whole book in HTML or RTF format]
A simple translation of Peter's first letter. April 2004.

√   2 Peter: Be Strong and Watch for Jesus! [or download the whole book in HTML or RTF format]
A simple translation of Peter's second letter. August 2003.

√   1 John: How Christians Should Love Each Other [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of John's first letter. Revised March 2005.

√   2 John: The Truth about Jesus [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of John's second letter. Revised March 2005.

√   3 John: A letter to a Christian Friend [or download in RTF format]
A simple translation of John's third letter. Revised March 2005.

√   Jude: Always Believe and Obey Only God’s True Message [or download the whole book in HTML or RTF format]
A simple translation of Jude's letter. October 2003.

√   Revelation: Jesus Wins! [or download the whole book in HTML or RTF format]
A simple translation of the book of Revelation. April 2003.


 

The Bible books in this list were translated by the EasyEnglish Level A Translation Team

 

This mark √ means that the translated Bible text has been through our Advanced Checking process. We have found it to be the consistent view of experienced translators that the logical connection of thoughts is very important in bible translation. For this reason, these documents contain, in places, sentences that are slightly more complex than a strict interpretation of EasyEnglish grammar rules would allow.

 

We invite you to download, print, and use any of these documents free of charge, but you must include the Copyright Statement included in each document.

 

Note: We have a more advanced translation of the Bible with a 2800 word vocabulary. The Bible translation is included with our Bible Commentaries. We also have a few Bible translations in our SAT Series (Semantically Analyzed Texts). These are designed for mother-tongue Bible translators who speak English as a foreign language.

The files are either HTML or RTF format. If you are not sure which format you want or how to download a file, see Downloading EasyEnglish Publications.

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