The Bible for Everyone Hardback

A New Translation

by John Goldingay, Tom Wright


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The Bible for Everyone

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  • Seeking to understand the Bible in a new way?
  • Tom Wright and John Goldingay provide a modern, accessible Bible translation
  • You'll find fewer barriers to understanding the Bible

Just as no one person should be excluded from faith, so too should the Bible be wide enough for every kind of individual there is. The Bible for Everyone is a translation with that very mission.


Reliably translated by Tom Wright and John Goldingay, it reads smoothly and is presented in smaller sections that fit into even the busiest of lives. But it goes beyond mere simplicity and ease. The Bible For Everyone isn’t about making a Bible that can be read with little difficulty, it is about translating the Bible for today.  `Translating [the bible],’ Tom Wright recognises, ‘is something that each generation ought to be doing. Just as Jesus taught us to pray for our daily bread, we can never simply live on yesterday's bread, on the interpretations and translations of previous generations.'


Together with John Goldingay, he has drawn up years of study to create the ‘For Everyone’ series of commentaries. Book by book, the pair make reading the Bible with remarkable depth and insight something within the grasp of any believer. And The Bible For Everyone is the culmination of that project.


Each book has been revised and supplemented since their first appearance in the study series. Also included are introductions, maps and glossaries of key-words. Whether read cover-to-cover like a novel, closely examined in study, daily digested as a devotional or turned to in quick reference, The Bible For Everyone relates to life in all its stages and turns.


It’s the The Bible For Everyone; it’s the Bible for you.

The Bible for Everyone by John Goldingay; Tom Wright was published by SPCK Publishing in July 2018 and is our 455th best seller. The ISBN for The Bible for Everyone is 9780281074013.

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Why another translation of the Bible?

As Tom Wright observes: `Translating [the bible] is something that each generation ought to be doing. Just as Jesus taught us to pray for our daily bread, we can never simply live on yesterday's bread, on the interpretations and translations of previous generations.'

The Bible for Everyone is the result of a passionate conviction that scripture should be something that everyone can read, understand and enjoy. Two world-renowned Bible scholars and communicators have therefore undertaken a tremendous task: to draw together, revise and supplement the translations that appear in their popular `For Everyone' commentaries, making a rounded, readable and reliable version of the Bible that will prove helpful to people of all religious backgrounds at every stage of their lives.

Broken up into easy-to-read, bite-sized chunks, and including helpful introductions to each biblical book plus informative maps and a substantial glossary of key words, here is a compelling new rendering of ancient wisdom that can be read like a novel, studied in sections or used as an aid to daily devotion.

The Bible for Everyone - aSide by Side Comparison

Helping you know how Tom Wright and John Goldingay's new The Bible for Everyone differs from other versions, we've put together a selection of verses in different translations. You'll be able to see what each brings out, and find the version that is right for you.

John 3:16

The most iconic verse of the whole Bible, this now-aphorism of God's gift and Christ's coming is a verse of hope for millions. These different translations each bring out in their own way.

  • [The Bible For Everyone] "This, you see, is how much God loved the world: enough to give his only, special son, so that everyone who believes in him should not be lost but should share in the life of God's new age."
  • [CSB] "For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life."
  • [NLT] "For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life."
  • [KJV] "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
  • [NIV] "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
  • [ESV] "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
Jeremiah 29:11

Bringing comfort for the future, Jeremiah 29:11 inspires readers and features a notable distinction between modern and classical translations. Aside from the KJV, all the verses end with both 'hope' and 'future', rather than 'an expected end' which can be an enigmatic notion to modern readers.

(Also, the KJV's use of 'thoughts of peace', rather than 'plans', as used by all the others, is a fascinating starting point for those interested in the KJV's theology, as well as a boon for Calvinists.)

  • [The Bible For Everyone] "Because I myself acknowledge the intentions that I'm formulating for you (Yahweh's declaration), intentions for your well-being and not for bad things, to give you a future, a hope.
  • [CSB] "For I know the plans I have for you" — this is the Lord's declaration — "plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
  • [NLT] "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
  • [KJV] "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
  • [NIV] "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
  • [ESV] "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Psalm 23:1-2


Whenever the Psalms are mentioned most people think of this pastoral Psalm of God's protection. Note the uses of 'want' and 'need' between the translations. Such differences are both a great opening into discussions of the verse, and a route into finding which translation carries a greater resonance with you.

As an aside: Psalm 23 is not named 'The Lord is My Shepherd' in The Bible for Everyone, but rather 'In the Dark of the Canyon'.

  • [The Bible For Everyone] "My shepherd being Yahweh, I don't lack; he enables me to lie down in grassy pastures. He leads me to settles waters"
  • [CSB] "The Lord is my shepherd; I have what I need. He lets me lie down in green pastures"
  • [NLT] "The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows;
  • [KJV] "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures"
  • [NIV] "The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures"
  • [ESV] "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures."

Romans 12:12


The shortest verses can be as illuminating as the long, and stirring yet laconic verse of Romans 12:12 shows just that. Each translation contains several subtle changes that characterise the differences these translations embody.

  • [The Bible For Everyone] "Celebrate your hope; be patient in suffering; give constant energy to prayer;"
  • [CSB] "Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer."
  • [NLT] "Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying."
  • [KJV] "Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;"
  • [NIV] "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
  • [ESV] "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."

Genesis 1:1


Ending with the beginning, the very first verse of the Bible is a poignant reminder that whatever the translation, there is only one ever message of God's power and love for humanity that prevails throughout. There is one book, one story, and one God: the words may change but the message always remains.

  • [The Bible For Everyone] "At the beginning of God's creating the heavens and the earth,
  • [CSB] "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
  • [NLT] "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
  • [KJV] "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
  • [NIV] "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
  • [ESV] "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."

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Endorsements


While new translations of the Bible are constantly appearing, with the vast majority only offering slight variations, Goldingay’s translation here offers a fresh alternative, providing a rare glimpse into the language, culture, and worldview of ancient Israel. . . Everyone will love this. - David T. Lamb, Professor of Old Testament, Biblical Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania

John Goldingay’s translation is a magisterial work of theology, pastoral insight, and linguistic scholarship. . . It has immediately become one of the standard translations that I always consult when trying to understand any Old Testament text myself. - Gordon McConville, Professor of Old Testament Theology, University of Gloucestershire

We hear the familiar flow of passages we know well, but with unexpected and arresting words that make us sometimes pause and think again. This is a book to browse in, alongside your customary Bible version, for fresh insights, challenge and enjoyment. - Christopher J. H. Wright, International Ministries Director, Langham Partnership

This is a remarkable achievement. . . Tom Wright has a very attractive feel for English; and the mere fact of producing a fresh translation that is both scholarly and written in non-repellent language makes this work a major triumph.’ - Expository Times

Fresh, insightful and accessible. . . this translation directs the reader to new lines of thought and reflection, especially helpful with some of the best known and perhaps over-familiar passages. . . An excellent resource. - The Reader

I love the easy flow of the narrative, and the way it is broken down into bite-sized chunks. . . This truly is a book for Everyone. - The Good Book Stall

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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherSPCK Publishing (July 2018)
Weight1570g
Number of Pages1276
Thickness56 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9780281074013
ISBN-100281074011
Product Code4535422
Page last updated 10th October 2018
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