New International Version (NIV)

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The New International Version is a popular translation, available in a wide variety of formats and is accompanied by an ever growing list of supplementary references. It is a good translation though not as literal as some other translations. Since the NIV was translated by a group of scholars from a variety of Christian denominations in an attempt to avoid denominational bias it occasionally has an ambiguous stand on certain points of doctrine. A significant criticism of the NIV is that there is less of a sense of reverence when reading the Bible and more of the sense of reading a newspaper.