Many people prefer the NIV but when asked to read verses from the NIV, it was found that detained kids could not do so. Even when they were given help reading they could not explain what the verse meant or even offer an idea of what they thought it might mean.
After researching the available 3rd grade level versions of the Bible, FYM chose the NIrV for several reasons. It was quite accurate for a children’s Bible, the residents could read it, it was offered in a hardcover version with a plain colored cover (since out of print), and it was affordable.
|NIV||7th - 8th|
|HCSB||7th - 8th|
|Message||4th - 5th|
The following table should help you in choosing a suitable translation:
As you choose a translation of the Bible to use in a correctional facility, it is helpful to keep the following in mind:
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