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With the New International Version text plus inspiration and help for those planning to marry, the NIV Engaged Couples Bible is the perfect gift for any engaged couple. This Bible includes 52 devotions on the top issues you’ll want to address before you get married, including communication, in-laws, careers, finances, children, and many more, and it also provides discussion questions to help you take the conversation further.

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NIV Engaged Couples’ Bible

New International Version

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NIV Engaged Couples’ Bible Published by Zondervan Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530, USA

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Table of Contents

Articles and Resources












1 Samuel

2 Samuel

1 Kings

2 Kings

1 Chronicles

2 Chronicles








Song of Solomon

























1 Corinthians

2 Corinthians





1 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians

1 Timothy

2 Timothy





1 Peter

2 Peter

1 John

2 John

3 John



Articles and Resources

Books of the Bible in Alphabetical Order

Engaged Couples’ Devotions

Table of Weights and Measures

Index to Color Maps

Color Maps

How to Use the NIV Engaged Couples’ Bible, eBook Edition


Alphabetical Order of the Books of the Bible

The books of the New Testament are indicated by italics.



1 Chronicles

2 Chronicles


1 Corinthians

2 Corinthians





















1 John

2 John

3 John





1 Kings

2 Kings












1 Peter

2 Peter








1 Samuel

2 Samuel

Song of Songs

1 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians

1 Timothy

2 Timothy




Engaged Couples’ Devotions

Are You Ready?

Building a Marriage

The Skills Required

Stronger Together

A Planned Offense


The Love Factor

Petty Annoyances

Putting Each Other First

Working at It

In-Laws … Out-Laws

Honor Them

Getting Along With Them

Cut the Apron Strings









Always Never


Love-Colored Glasses

Conflict Resolution

Using It to Unite

Agreement … or Not

Good Arguments

Not Between the Sheets


More Than Two

Growing as Individuals

Growing Together

Growing With Others

Leadership and Submission

Submitting to God

Submitting to Your Husband

Submitting to Your Wife

Being a Servant


Never the Same

In Daily Living

Who Does What?

You and Your Household


To Work … or Not

Doing Good

The Pit of Money

Whose Job Comes First


Starting Wise

What Do You Love Most?

Learning to Be Content

On Giving



Discipline Required

On Infertility

Children Bring Change


Focus on the Other

Being Vulnerable

Being Transparent

Maintenance Required

Table of Weights and Measures

The figures of the table are calculated on the basis of a shekel equaling 11.5 grams, a cubit equaling 18 inches and an ephah equaling 22 liters. The quart referred to is either a dry quart (slightly larger than a liter) or a liquid quart (slightly smaller than a liter), whichever is applicable. The ton referred to in the footnotes is the American ton of 2,000 pounds.

This table is based upon the best available information, but it is not intended to be mathematically precise; like the measurement equivalents in the footnotes, it merely gives approximate amounts and distances. Weights and measures differed somewhat at various times and places in the ancient world. There is uncertainty particularly about the ephah and the bath; further discoveries may shed more light on these units of capacity.

Index to Color Maps


The Index to Color Maps will lead you to place-names found on the color maps in the back of this Bible. References are to the map number and the margin markings.


Abana River 6 C2; 7 C2; 9 D2

Abarim Mts. 2 D4

Abel Meholah 7 C3

Abel Shittim 3 D3

Abila 9 D2

Abilene 9 D1; 13 D8

Achaia 13 C4; 14 D3

Adora 9 B5

Adriatic Sea 13 B3; 14 C2

Aegean Sea 1 A1; 13 C5; 14 D3

Africa 13 D1; 14 B3

Ai 1 C3; 3 C3

Aijalon 6 B4

Akko 2 D2; 4 B2; 5 B4; 6 B2

Aleppo 1 D2; 5 C1; 8a B2; 8b B5; 12 D1; 13 D8

Alexandria 14 D4

Alexandrium 9 B4

Altar 10 C3

Amathus 9 C4

Amman 2 E3

Ammon 3 D2; 4 D4; 5 C4; 6 D3; 7 C4

Amphipolis 13 B5

Anathoth 7 B4

Antinoe 14 D4

Antioch (Syrian) 12 C1; 14 E3

Antioch (Pisidian) 13 C6

Antipatris 9 B4

Antonia Fortress 10 C2

Aphek 4 B4; 6 B3; 7 B3

Apollonia 13 B5

Arabah 2 D5

Arabia 1 D3; 13 E8

Arabians 8a B3

Arad 7 B4; 9 B5

Aram 4 D1; 5 C3; 6 D2; 7 C2

Aramean Desert 5 D3

Ararat, Mt. 1 E1; 8a C1

Araxes River 1 F1; 8a D1

Arbela 8b C5

Armenia 14 F2

Arnon River 2 E4; 3 D3; 4 C5; 6 C4; 7 C4; 9 C5

Aroer 4 C5

Arrapkha 8a C2; 8b C5

Arubu 8a B3

Arvad 5 B2; 8a B2; 8b B5

Ashdod 4 A4; 5 A4; 6 B4; 9 A4

Asher 4 B2

Ashkelon 4 A4; 6 B4; 9 A4

Ashtaroth 4 D2; 5 B4; 6 C3

Ashur 1 E2; 8a C2; 8b C5

Asia 13 C6

Assos 13 C6

Assyria 8a C2; 8b C5

Athens 13 C5; 14 D3

Atlantic Ocean 14 A1

Attalia 13 C7

Auranitis 9 D3

Azekah 3 C3

Azotus 12 B6


Babylon 1 E3; 8a C2; 8b C5

Babylonia 8a C2; 8b C5

Babylonians 1 E3

Bashan 3 D2

Batanea 9 C3

Beautiful, Gate 10 D3

Beersheba 1 C3; 2 D4; 3 C3; 4 B5; 5 B5; 6 B4; 7 B4; 9 A5

Beersheba, Desert of 7 B4

Behistun 8b D5

Beirut 6 C1

Benjamin 4 B4

Berea 13 B5

Berothai 5 C3

Berothah 5C3

Besor Valley 2 C4; 3 C3; 6 B4; 7 A4; 9 A5

Beth Horon 3 C3

Beth Shan 4 C3; 5 B4; 6 C3

Beth Shemesh 4 B4

Bethany 9 B4; 11 B5

Bethany beyond Jordan 9 C3; 11 C3, C5

Bethel 1 C3; 3 C3; 4 B4; 6 B3; 7 B4

Bethesda Pool 10 C2

Bethlehem 2 D4; 4 B4; 6 B4; 9 B4; 11 B5

Bethsaida 9 C3; 11 C2

Bethsura 12 B6

Betogabris 12 B6

Bezer 4 D4

Bithynia & Pontus 13 B6; 14 E2

Black Sea 1 C1; 8a B1; 13 A7; 14 E2

Bozrah 6 C5

Britain 14 A1

Byblos 1 C3; 5 B3; 8a B2; 8b B5; 12 C3

Byzantium 14 D2


Caesarea Maritima 9 B3; 11 A3; 12 B5; 13 E8

Caesarea Philippi 9 C2; 11 C1; 12 C4

Calah 8a C2

Cana of Galilee 9 B3; 11 B3

Canaan 3 D2

Capernaum 9 B3; 11 C2; 12 C4

Caphtor 1 A2

Cappadocia 13 C8; 14 E3

Carchemish 1 D2; 8a B2; 8b B4

Carmel, Mt. 2 D2; 6 B3; 7 B3; 9 B3

Carthage 14 B3

Caspian Sea 1 F1; 8a D1; 8b D4; 14 F2

Caucasus Mts. 14 F2

Cenchreae 13 C5

Chios 13 C5

Chorazin 9 C3; 11 C2

Cilicia 8a B2; 12 B1; 13 C8; 14 E3

Cnidus 13 D6

Cologne 14 B1

Colossae 13 C6

Commagene 13 C8

Corinth 13 C5; 14 D3

Corsica 13 B2; 14 B2

Crete 1 A2; 13 D5; 14 D3

Cyprus 1 C2; 5 A2; 9 B4; 12 A2; 13 D7; 14 E3

Cyrenaica 13 E5

Cyrene (region) 14 D4

Cyrene (town) 14 D3

Cyrus River 14 F2


Dacia 13 A5; 14 D2

Dalmatia 13 A4

Damascus 1 D3; 2 E2; 4 D1; 5 C3; 6 C2; 7 C2; 8a B2; 8b B5; 9 C2; 12 C4; 13 D8; 14 E3

Dan (town) 2 D2; 4 C2; 5 B3; 6 C2

Dan (tribe) 4 B4

Danube River 14 C1

Dead Sea 2 D4

Debir 3 C3

Decapolis 9 D3; 11 D3

Delphi 13 C5

Derbe 13 C7; 14 E3

Dibon 3 D3; 4 C5; 6 C4

Dion 9 C3

Dnieper River 14 E1

Dophkah 3 C5

Dor 4 B3; 9 B3

Dothan 1 C3; 7 B3

Dur Sharrukin 8a C2; 8b C4

Dura-Europos 14 E3


Eastern Desert 2 E5; 5 C5

Ebal, Mt. 2 D3; 4 B3; 6 B3; 9 B4

Ebla 1 D2

Ecbatana 8a D2; 8b D5

Edessa 14 E3

Edom 3 D4; 4 C6; 5 B5; 6 C5; 7 C5

Edom, Desert of 2 D5

Edrei 3 D2; 4 D3; 5 B4; 6 C3

Eglon 3 C3; 4 B4

Egypt 3 A3; 13 F6; 14 D4

Egyptians 1 C3

Ekron 4 B4

Elam 8a D2; 8b D5

Elim 3 B4

Emmaus 9 B4; 11 A5; 12 B5

En Gedi 2 D4; 4 C5

Ephesus 13 C6; 14 D3

Ephraim 4 B4

Epirus 13 C4

Esbus 9 C4

Essene Gate 10 A5

Essene Quarter 10 A5

Euphrates River 1 E3; 5 D1; 8a C2; 8b C5; 13 C8; 14 E3

Ezion Geber 2 D6; 3 C4; 5 B6


Fair Havens 13 D5

First Wall 10 B4

Fish Gate 10 B2

Foothills 2 C4

Forum of Appius 13 B3


Gad 4 C4

Gadara 9 C3; 11 C3

Galatia 13 B7; 14 E3

Galilean Mts. 2 D2

Galilee 7 B2; 9 B3; 11 B2; 12 B4

Galilee, Sea of 2 D2; 11 C2; 12 C4

Gallia 13 A1

Garden Tomb 10 B1

Gate Beautiful 10 D3

Gath 4 B4; 5 B4; 6 B4

Gath Hepher 7 B3

Gaul 14 B2

Gaulanitis 9 C2

Gaza 2 C4; 4 A5; 5 A5; 6 B4; 9 A5; 12 B6

Gebal (Byblos) 1 C3; 5 B3; 8a B2; 8b B5

Gennath Gate 10 A4

Gennesaret 9 B3

Gentiles, Court of the 10 C3

Gerar 1 C3; 4 A5; 6 B4

Gerasa 9 C4

Gergesa (Kursi) 9 C3; 11 C2

Gerizim, Mt. 2 D3; 4 B3; 6 B3; 9 B4; 11 B4; 12 B5

Germania 13 A4

Germany 14 C1

Gethsemane 10 D2

Gezer 4 B4; 5 B4; 6 B4

Gibeah 5 B4

Gibeon 3 C3; 4 B4

Gihon Spring 10 D5

Gilboa, Mt. 2 D3; 3 D2; 5 B4; 6 B3

Gilead 7 C3

Gilgal 3 D3; 4 C4; 7 B4

Golan 4 C2

Golden Gate 10 D3

Golgotha 10 A3

Goshen 3 A3

Gozan 8a C2; 8b C4

Great Bitter Lake 2 A5; 3 B4

Great Sea, The 1 B3; 2 B3; 3 B2; 4 A2; 5 A2; 6 A2; 7 A1; 8a A2; 8b A5; 9 A2; 11 A2; 12 A3; 13 D3

Gulf of Aqaba 2 C6; 3 C4; 5 B6

Gulf of Suez 2 B6; 3 B4


Habor River 8a C2; 8b C5

Halak, Mt. 2 D4

Hamath (region) 5 D2

Hamath (town) 5 C2; 8a B2; 8b B5; 12 C2

Harran 1 D2; 8a B2; 8b B4

Hattusha 1 C1

Hazeroth 3 C5

Hazor 1 C3; 3 D2; 4 C2; 5 B3; 6 C2

Hebron 1 C3; 2 D4; 3 C3; 4 B5; 5 B5; 6 B4; 9 B5

Heliopolis 1 C4; 3 A4

Hermon, Mt. 2 D2; 4 C1; 5 B3; 6 C2; 7 C2; 9 C2; 11 C1

Herod Antipas’s Palace 10 B4

Herod’s Palace 10 A4

Herodium 9 B4

Heshbon 3 D3; 4 C4; 6 C4; 9 C4

Hezekiah’s Tunnel 10 C5

High Priest’s House 10 A5

Hinnom Valley 10 B6

Hippicus, Tower of 10 A4

Hippos 9 C3

Hittites 1 C1

Horeb, Mt. 2 C7

Hormah 4 B5

Hula, Lake 9 C2

Huldah Gates 10 C4

Hyrcania 9 B4


Ibleam 6 B3

Iconium 13 C7

Idumea 9 B5

Ijon 4 C1

Illyricum 14 C2

Inner Court 10 C3

Ionian Sea 13 C4

Israel 6 C3

Israel Pool 10 C2

Issachar 4 C3

Issus 13 C8

Italy 13 B2; 14 C2

Iturea 9 C2

Iye Abarim 3 D3


Jabbok River 2 D3; 4 C3; 6 C3; 7 C3; 9 C4; 11 C4

Jabesh (Gilead) 4 C3; 6 C3

Jahaz 3 D3

Jarkon River 9 B4

Jamnia 9 A4

Jarmuth 3 C3

Jazer 4 C4

Jebel Jarmak 6 C2; 9 B2

Jebal Musa 2 C7

Jericho 2 D3; 3 D3; 4 C4; 6 C4; 7 C4; 9 B4; 11 B5

Jerusalem 2 D3; 3 C3; 4 C4; 5 B4; 6 B4; 7 B4; 8a B3; 8b B5; 9 B4; 11 B5; 12 B5; 13 E8; 14 E3

Jezreel 4 C3; 7 B3

Joppa 2 C3; 4 B4; 5 B4; 6 B3; 7 B3; 9 A4; 12 B5

Jordan River 2 D3; 3 D2; 4 C3; 5 B4; 6 C3; 7 C3; 8a B2; 8b B5; 9 B4; 11 C4; 12 C5; 13 E8

Judah 4 B5; 6 B5; 7 B4

Judea 9 B5; 11 B5; 12 B6; 13 E8; 14 E3

Judean Mts. 2 D4


Kabul 4 B2

Kadesh (on the Orontes) 5 C2

Kadesh Barnea 1 C3; 3 C4; 5 A5; 6 A5

Kedesh 3 D2; 4 C2; 5 B3; 6 C2

Kerith Ravine 7 C3

Kidron Valley 10 D5

Kinnereth, Sea of 2 D2; 3 D2; 4 C2; 5 B4; 6 C2; 7 C3; 9 C3

Kir Hareseth 5 B5; 6 C4; 7 C4

Kiriath Jearim 4 B4

Kishon River 2 D2; 4 B2; 6 B3; 7 B3; 9 B3

Kittim 1 C2; 5 A2

Knossos 1 A2

Kos 13 D6

Kummuhu 8a B2


Lachish 3 C3; 4 B4

Laodicea 13 C6

Lasea 13 D5

Leontes River 9 B2

Libnah 3 C3

Litani River 2 D2; 4 C1; 5 B3; 6 C1; 12 C4

Little Bitter Lake 2 A1

Loire River 14 B2

London 14 B1

Lower City 10 B5

Lycaonia 13 C7

Lycia 13 C6

Lydda 12 B5

Lydia 13 C6

Lyon 14 B2

Lystra 13 C7


Macedonia 13 B4; 14 D2

Machaerus 9 C5; 11 C6

Magdala 9 B3; 11 C2

Mahanaim 4 C3; 5 B4

Mainz 14 B1

Makkedah 3 C3

Malatha 9 B5

Malta 13 D3

Manasseh 4 B3

Manasseh, East 4 D2

Marah 3 B4

Mareshah 6 B4

Mari 1 D2

Mariamne, Tower of 10 A4

Masada 9 B5

Mauretania 14 A3

Medeba 5 B4; 6 C4

Media 8a D2; 8b D5

Mediterranean Sea 2 B3; 14 C3

Megiddo 1 C3; 4 B3; 5 B4; 6 B3; 9 B3

Memphis 1 C4; 3 A4; 8a A3; 8b A6; 14 D4

Menzaleh, Lake 3 A3

Merom 3 D2; 4 C2

Mesopotamia 14 F3

Midian 3 C5

Miletus 13 C6

Mitylene 13 C6

Mizpah 4 B4; 7 B4; 8b B5

Moab 3 D3; 4 C5; 5 B5; 6 C4; 7 C4

Moesia 13 A6; 14 D2

Moreh, Mt. 2 D3; 4 C3; 6 B3

Moresheth Gath 7 B4

Mycenae 1 A2

Myra 13 D6

Mysia 13 C6; 14 D2


Nabatea 9 C5; 14 E4

Nain 9 B3; 11 B3

Naphtali 4 C2

Nazareth 2 D2; 9 B3; 11 B3

Neapolis 13 B5

Nebo, Mt. 2 D3; 3 D3; 4 C4; 6 C4

Negev 2 C4

New Quarter 10 B3

Nile River 1 C4; 3 A4; 13 F7; 14 D4

Nineveh 1 E2; 8a C2; 8b C5

Nippur 1 E3; 8a C2; 8b C5

Numidia 13 D1

Nuzi 1 E2


Oboth 3 C4

Olives, Mt. of 2 D3; 10 D3; 11 B5

Olympus, Mt. 13 B5

Orontes River 5 C1; 8a B2; 8b B5; 12 C3


Paddan Aram 1 D2

Pamphylia 13 C7

Paphos 13 D7

Paran, Desert of 2 B5; 3 C4

Parthia 14 F3

Patara 13 D6

Patmos 13 C6

Pella 9 B3; 14 E3

Peniel 6 C3

Penuel 6 C3

Perea 9 B4; 11 C4

Perga 13 C7

Pergamum 13 C6; 14 D3

Persian Gulf 1 F4; 8a D3; 8b D6; 14 F4

Pharpar River 4 D1; 6 C2; 7 C2; 9 C2

Phasael, Tower of 10 A4

Philadelphia 9 C4; 13 C6

Philippi 13 B5; 14 D2

Philistia 3 C3; 5 A4; 6 A4; 7 A4

Phoenicia 5 B3; 6 C2; 7 C1; 9 B2; 11 B1; 13 D8

Phoenix 13 D5

Phrygia 14 D3

Pinnacle of the Temple 10 D4

Pisidia 13 C6

Pisidian, Antioch 13 C7

Pithom 3 B4

Po River 14 B2

Ptolemais 9 B3; 11 B2; 12 B4; 13 E8

Punon 3 D3

Puteoli 13 B3; 14 C2


Qatna 5 C2


Rabbah 4 D4; 5 B4; 6 C3

Ramah 7 B4

Rameses 3 A3

Ramoth Gilead 4 D3; 5 B4; 6 C3; 7 C3

Raphana 9 C3

Raphia 6 A4; 9 A5

Red Sea 1 C4; 2 C8; 3 C6; 8a B3; 8b B6; 13 F8; 14 E4

Rephidim 3 C5

Reuben 4 C4

Rezeph 8a C2; 8b C5

Rhegium 13 C3

Rhine River 14 B1

Rhodes 13 D6

Rhone River 14 B2

Riblah 8b B5

Rimmon 4 C2

Robinson’s Arch 10 C4

Rome 13 B2; 14 C2

Royal Porch 10 C4


Salamis 13 D7

Salim 9 B3; 11 C3

Salmone 13 D6

Salt Sea 2 D4; 3 D3; 4 C4; 5 B5; 6 C4; 7 C4; 9 B5; 11 C6; 12 B6

Samaria (region) 7 B3; 9 B3; 11 B3; 12 B5

Samaria (town) 4 B3; 6 B3; 8a B2; 9 B4; 12 B5

Samos 13 C6

Samothrace 13 B5

Sardinia 13 B1; 14 B2

Sardis 13 C6

Sarmatia 14 D1

Scythopolis 9 B3

Second Wall 10 B2

Seir, Mt. 2 D5

Seleucia 12 C2

Seleucia Pieria 13 D8

Serpent’s Pool 10 A5

Sharon, Plain of 2 D3

Shechem 1 C3; 2 D3; 3 C2; 4 B3; 5 B4; 6 B3

Sheep Gate 10 C2

Sheep Pool 10 C2

Shephelah 2 D4

Shiloh 3 C3; 4 B4; 6 B3; 7 B3

Shunem 7 B3

Shur, Desert of 2 B5; 3 B4

Sicily 13 C3; 14 C3

Sidon 5 B3; 6 B2; 7 B2; 9 B2; 12 B4; 13 D8; 14 E3

Siloam, Pool of 10 C6

Simeon 4 B5

Sin, Desert of 2 B6; 3 B4

Sinai 1 C4; 5 A5

Sinai, Desert of 2 C7

Sinai, Mt. 2 C7; 3 C5

Smyrna 13 C6

Spain 14 A2

Sparta 13 C5

Stairs 10 C4

Sukkoth 1 C3; 3 A3; 4 C3; 6 C3

Susa 8a D2; 8b D5

Sychar 9 B4; 11 B4; 12 B5

Syracuse 13 C3; 14 C3

Syria 9 D2; 12 D2; 13 D8; 14 E3


Taanach 4 B3; 5 B4; 6 B3

Tabor, Mt. 2 D3; 3 D2; 4 C3; 6 C3; 9 B3; 11 B3

Tadmor 1 D2; 5 D2; 8a B2; 8b B5

Tagus River 14 A2

Tamar 5 B5

Tarsus 12 B1; 13 C8; 14 E3

Taurus Mountains 1 C2

Tekoa 7 B4

Tel Aviv 2 C3

Temple 10 C3

Tetrarchy of Philip 9 D3

Theater 10 B5

Thessalonica 13 B5; 14 D2

Thrace 13 B5; 14 D2

Three Taverns 13 B2

Thyatira 13 C6

Tiberias 2 D2; 9 B3; 11 C2

Tigris River 1 E2; 8a C2; 8b C5; 14 F3

Tiphsah 5 D1; 8a B2

Tirzah 4 C3; 6 B3

Tishbe 7 C3

Tower Pool 10 A3

Traconitis 9 D2

Tripolitania 13 E3

Troas 13 C5

Troy 1 A1

Tubal 8a B1

Tyre 2 D2; 4 B2; 5 B3; 6 B2; 7 B2; 9 B2; 11 B1; 12 B4; 13 E8; 14 E3

Tyropoeon Valley 10 B2

Tyrrhenian Sea 13 B2; 14 C2


Ugarit 1 C2

Upper City 10 B4

Upper Room 10 A5

Ur 1 F3; 8a D3; 8b D5

Urartu 8a C1; 8b C4

Urmia, Lake 1 E2; 8a D1; 8b D4

Uruk 1 E3; 8a C2; 8b C5


Valley Gate 10 C4

Van, Lake 8a C1; 8b C4

Vistula River 14 C1

Volga River 14 F1


Water Gate 10 C6

Wadi of Egypt 2 C4; 3 C3; 5 A5; 6 A5

Wilson’s Arch 10 B3

Women, Court of 10 C3


Yarkon River 2 D3

Yarmuk River 2 E2; 4 C3; 6 C3; 7 C3; 9 C3; 11 C3


Zarephath 7 B2

Zebulun 4 B2

Zered River 2 D4; 3 D3; 4 C6; 6 C5; 7 C5; 9 C6

Ziklag 4 A5; 5 A5

Zin, Desert of 2 C5; 3 C3

Zoan 1 C3

Zoar 1 C3


Map 1:World of the Patriarchs

Map 2: Holy Land and Sinai

Map 3: Exodus and Conquest of Canaan

Map 4: Land of the Twelve Tribes

Map 5: Kingdom of David and Solomon

Map 6: Kingdoms of Israel and Judah

Map 7: Prophets in Israel and Judah

Map 8: Assyrian and Babylonian Empires

Map 9: Holy Land in the Time of Jesus

Map 10: Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus

Map 11: Jesus’ Ministry

Map 12: Apostles’ Early Travel

Map 13: Paul’s Missionary Journeys

Map 14: Roman Empire


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For the Old Testament the standard Hebrew text, the Masoretic Text as published in the latest edition of Biblia Hebraica, has been used throughout. The Masoretic Text tradition contains marginal notations that offer variant readings. These have sometimes been followed instead of the text itself. Because such instances involve variants within the Masoretic tradition, they have not been indicated in the textual notes. In a few cases, words in the basic consonantal text have been divided differently than in the Masoretic Text. Such cases are usually indicated in the textual footnotes. The Dead Sea Scrolls contain biblical texts that represent an earlier stage of the transmission of the Hebrew text. They have been consulted, as have been the Samaritan Pentateuch and the ancient scribal traditions concerning deliberate textual changes. The translators also consulted the more important early versions—the Greek Septuagint, Aquila, Symmachus and Theodotion, the Latin Vulgate, the Syriac Peshitta, the Aramaic Targums and, for the Psalms, the Juxta Hebraica of Jerome. Readings from these versions, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the scribal traditions were occasionally followed where the Masoretic Text seemed doubtful and where accepted principles of textual criticism showed that one or more of these textual witnesses appeared to provide the correct reading. In rare cases, the committee has emended the Hebrew text where it appears to have become corrupted at an even earlier stage of its transmission. These departures from the Masoretic Text are also indicated in the textual footnotes. Sometimes the vowel indicators (which are later additions to the basic consonantal text) found in the Masoretic Text did not, in the judgment of the committee, represent the correct vowels for the original text. Accordingly, some words have been read with a different set of vowels. These instances are usually not indicated in the footnotes.

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Other footnotes in this version are of several kinds, most of which need no explanation. Those giving alternative translations begin with Or and generally introduce the alternative with the last word preceding it in the text, except when it is a single-word alternative. When poetry is quoted in a footnote, a slash mark indicates a line division.

It should be noted that references to diseases, minerals, flora and fauna, architectural details, clothing, jewelry, musical instruments and other articles cannot always be identified with precision. Also, linear measurements and measures of capacity can only be approximated (see the Table of Weights and Measures). Although Selah, used mainly in the Psalms, is probably a musical term, its meaning is uncertain. Since it may interrupt reading and distract the reader, this word has not been kept in the English text, but every occurrence has been signaled by a footnote.

One of the main reasons the task of Bible translation is never finished is the change in our own language, English. Although a basic core of the language remains relatively stable, many diverse and complex linguistic factors continue to bring about subtle shifts in the meanings and/or connotations of even old, well-established words and phrases. One of the shifts that creates particular challenges to writers and translators alike is the manner in which gender is presented. The original NIV (1978) was published in a time when a man would naturally be understood, in many contexts, to be referring to a person, whether male of female. But most English speakers today tend to hear a distinctly male connotation in this word. In recognition of this change in English, this edition of the NIV, along with almost all other recent English translations, substitutes other expressions when the original text intends to refer generically to men and women equally. Thus, for instance, the NIV (1984) rendering of 1 Corinthians 8:3, But the man who loves God is known by God becomes in this edition But whoever loves God is known by God. On the other hand, man and mankind, as ways of denoting the human race, are still widely used. This edition of the NIV therefore continues to use these words, along with other expressions, in this way.

A related shift in English creates a greater challenge for modern translations: the move away from using the third-person masculine singular pronouns—he/him/his—to refer to men and women equally. This usage does persist at a low level in some forms of English, and this revision therefore occasionally uses these pronouns in a generic sense. But the tendency, recognized in day-to-day usage and confirmed by extensive research, is away from the generic use of he, him and his. In recognition of this shift in language and in an effort to translate into the common English that people are actually using, this revision of the NIV generally uses other constructions when the biblical text is plainly addressed to men and women equally. The reader will frequently encounter a they, them or their to express a generic singular idea. Thus, for instance, Mark 8:36 reads: What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? This generic use of the indefinite or singular they/them/their has a venerable place in English idiom and has quickly become established as standard English, spoken and written, all over the world. Where an individual emphasis is deemed to be present, anyone or everyone or some other equivalent is generally used as the antecedent of such pronouns.

Sometimes the chapter and/or verse numbering in English translations of the Old Testament differs from that found in published Hebrew texts. This is particularly the case in the Psalms, where the traditional titles are often included in the Hebrew verse numbering. Such differences are indicated in the footnotes at the bottom of the page. In the New Testament, verse numbers that marked off portions of the traditional English text not supported by the best Greek manuscripts now appear in brackets, with a footnote indicating the text that has been omitted (see, for example, Matthew 17:[21]).

Mark 16:9–20 and John 7:53–8:11, although long accorded virtually equal status with the rest of the Gospels in which they stand, have a very questionable—and confused—standing in the textual history of the New Testament, as noted in the bracketed annotations with which they are set off. A different typeface has been chosen for these passages to indicate even more clearly their uncertain status.

Basic formatting of the text, such as lining the poetry, paragraphing (both prose and poetry), setting up of (administrative-like) lists, indenting letters and lengthy prayers within narratives and the insertion of sectional headings, has been the work of the committee. However, the choice between single-column and double-column formats has been left to the publishers. Also the issuing of red-letter editions is a publisher’s choice—one the committee does not endorse.

The committee has again been reminded that every human effort is flawed—including this revision of the NIV. We trust, however, that many will find in it an improved representation of the Word of God, through which they hear his call to faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and to service in his kingdom. We offer this version of the Bible to him in whose name and for whose glory it has been made.

The Committee on Bible Translation September 2010

The Old Testament


Genesis 1

The Beginning

¹In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. ²Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

³And God said, Let there be light, and there was light. ⁴God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. ⁵God called the light day, and the darkness he called night. And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

⁶And God said, Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water. ⁷So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. ⁸God called the vault sky. And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

⁹And God said, Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear. And it was so. ¹⁰God called the dry ground land, and the gathered waters he called seas. And God saw that it was good.

¹¹Then God said, Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds. And it was so. ¹²The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. ¹³And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

¹⁴And God said, Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, ¹⁵and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth. And it was so. ¹⁶God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. ¹⁷God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, ¹⁸to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. ¹⁹And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

²⁰And God said, Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky. ²¹So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. ²²God blessed them and said, Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth. ²³And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

²⁴And God said, Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind. And it was so. ²⁵God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

²⁶Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[1] and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

²⁷So God created mankind in his own image,

in the image of God he created them;

male and female he created them.

²⁸God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.

²⁹Then God said, I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. ³⁰And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food. And it was so.

³¹God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

Genesis 2

¹Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

²By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. ³Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Adam and Eve

⁴This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.

⁵Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth[2] and no plant had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, ⁶but streams[3] came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. ⁷Then the LORD God formed a man[4] from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

⁸Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. ⁹The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

¹⁰A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. ¹¹The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. ¹²(The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin[5] and onyx are also there.) ¹³The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.[6] ¹⁴The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

¹⁵The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. ¹⁶And the LORD God commanded the man, You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; ¹⁷but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.


Building a Marriage

The LORD God said, It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him … So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

Genesis 2:18, 21–22

Read Together Genesis 2:15–22

Think on This

God put Adam in the beautiful Garden of Eden, gave him meaningful work to do and visited him daily. Ah, perfection. Except for one small detail: Adam was alone. We don’t know if Adam felt lonely in paradise, but we do know that God recognized Adam’s aloneness. So, God took a piece of Adam and created the perfect mate: Eve. Now, it’s your turn. You’ve met the one, and you’re planning to get married. Building a marriage doesn’t have to be done by trial and error. Working together through the topics in the devotions in this Bible will help you build a foundation for a successful and fulfilling marriage.

Talk About This

What makes you absolutely sure that the person you’ve chosen is the one?

What matters more: That you’re certain you’ve chosen the right person? Or that you’re committed to that person?

Brainstorm a plan for the days when Mr. or Mrs. Right seems oh-so-wrong.

Pray Together

Father, as we plan our lives together, we’re trusting in you to guide us. Help us as we examine our relationship with each other and with you. Help us also to be honest with each other and with ourselves. Please deepen our love and commitment. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

¹⁸The LORD God said, It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.

¹⁹Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. ²⁰So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam[7] no suitable helper was found. ²¹So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[8] and then closed up the place with flesh. ²²Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib[9] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.


The Skills Required

"This is now bone of my bones

and flesh of my flesh;

she shall be called ‘woman,’

for she was taken out of man."

Genesis 2:23

Read Together Genesis 2:22–25

Think on This

Men and women have been wired by God for marriage. However, marriage takes skill, practice and preparation. Would you hop on a plane flown by someone who had never had flying lessons? Not likely. Likewise, getting married without training and preparation can be dangerous. Spend some time in the next weeks and months of your engagement educating yourselves about what it takes to be married. Learn together how to approach this new way of life—a life that is exciting and fascinating but can be full of pitfalls.

Talk About This

What do you think it means to leave your father and mother (see Genesis 2:24)? How do you do that?

What do you think it means to be united (Genesis 2:24) to each other? What are some ways you can be united as a couple?

Why are you marrying your future spouse? (Strike the obvious I love him/her! off the list and name other reasons you’re marrying this person.)

Pray Together

LORD, we admit we have a long way to go to be truly prepared for marriage. Stay close to us as we learn and move forward together. Guide our thoughts and continue to build our love. We trust in you, LORD. Amen.

²³The man said,

"This is now bone of my bones

and flesh of my flesh;

she shall be called ‘woman,’

for she was taken out of man."

²⁴That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

²⁵Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

Genesis 3

The Fall

¹Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?

²The woman said to the serpent, We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, ³but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’

You will not certainly die, the serpent said to the woman. ⁵For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.

⁶When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. ⁷Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

⁸Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. ⁹But the LORD God called to the man, Where are you?

¹⁰He answered, I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.

¹¹And he said, Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?

¹²The man said, The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.

¹³Then the LORD God said to the woman, What is this you have done?

The woman said, The serpent deceived me, and I ate.

¹⁴So the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this,

"Cursed are you above all livestock

and all wild animals!

You will crawl on your belly

and you will eat dust

all the days of your life.

¹⁵And I will put enmity

between you and the woman,

and between your offspring[10] and hers;

he will crush[11] your head,

and you will strike his heel."

¹⁶To the woman he said,

"I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;

with painful labor you will give birth to children.

Your desire will be for your husband,

and he will rule over you."

¹⁷To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

"Cursed is the ground because of you;

through painful toil you will eat food from it

all the days of your life.

¹⁸It will produce thorns and thistles for you,

and you will eat the plants of the field.

¹⁹By the sweat of your brow

you will eat your food

until you return to the ground,

since from it you were taken;

for dust you are

and to dust you will return."

²⁰Adam[12] named his wife Eve,[13] because she would become the mother of all the living.

²¹The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. ²²And the LORD God said, The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever. ²³So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. ²⁴After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[14] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

Genesis 4

Cain and Abel

¹Adam[15] made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.[16] She said, With the help of the LORD I have brought forth[17] a man. ²Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. ³In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. ⁴And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, ⁵but on Cain and his offering he did