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Bible Translation Reading Levels

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With so many English Bible translations available, it can be difficult to pinpoint which Bible might be the best for your—or your child’s—reading and comprehension level.

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Not everyone agrees about the minimum grade level of every translation or the formulas used to calculate them. But we offer as general guidelines the following range of USA school grade levels (taken from information provided by the publishers of the various translations wherever possible) and age levels:

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  • Mounce — 12+ (ages 17+)
  • KJV — 12+ (ages 17+)
  • RSV — 12+ (ages 17+)
  • Geneva — 12+ (ages 17+)
  • WEB — 12+ (ages 17+)
  • NRSV — 11+ (ages 16+)
  • NASB — 11+ (ages 16+)
  • Amplified — 11+ (ages 16+)
  • MEV — 11+ (ages 16+)
  • LEB — 11+ (ages 16+)Browse New American Standard Bibles in the Bible Gateway Store where everything is always on sale
  • ESV — 10+ (ages 15+)
  • J.B. Phillips NT — 10+ (ages 15+)
  • NABRE — 9+ (ages 14+)
  • NIV — 7+ (ages 12+)
  • CEB — 7+ (ages 12+)
  • NET — 7+ (ages 12+)
  • GNT — 7+ (ages 12+)
  • ISV — 7+ (ages 12+)
  • NKJV — 7+ (ages 12+)Browse New International Version Bibles in the Bible Gateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every day
  • HCSB — 7+ (ages 12+)
  • The Voice — 6+ (ages 11+)
  • NLT — 6+ (ages 11+)
  • CEV — 5+ (ages 10+)
  • GW — 5+ (ages 10+)
  • The Message — 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Living — 4+ (ages 9+)
  • ERV — 4+ (ages 9+)
  • NCV — 3+ (ages 7+)Browse New Living Translation Bibles in the Bible Gateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every day
  • ICB — 3+ (ages 7+)
  • NIrV — 3+ (ages 7+)

This list does not take into account mitigating factors such as reading English as a second language. If you’re new to English, you may want to check out these Bibles in the Bible Gateway Store:

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