The Reader’s Bible

These are plain text files of each book of the New Testament without chapter or verse divisions.

1. Practically every Bible is formatted
2. In a way difficult to read, regardless of how well
3. It is translated; making under-standing difficult. But if people would read it
4. Right, they would not be so ignorant of what it actually says and means.

As the above example illustrates, verse divisions (and to a much lesser extent, chapter divisions) are the most damaging technology ever foisted on the proper understanding of the Bible. Many Bible readers do not realize that each verse is almost never a complete paragraph, sentence, phrase, or even thought. This is because many Bibles not only break each verse into a new paragraph, but they capitalize the first word as if it was the start of the sentence, at times mid-sentence. Verses are arbitrary divisions created by Robert Estienne (Stephanus) in 1551 as a mechanism for coordinating his Greek text with the parallel columns of Erasmus’ Latin translation and the Vulgate. They are wonderful for referencing and finding texts, but they are absolutely terrible for proper study and exegesis. I strongly encourage all Christians to read the Scriptures in a format that does not have these arbitrary divisions and pay attention to the natural gramatical and logical structures of the text. I also enjoin all pastors and preachers to speak on the text in full, not reading fragments of sentences, under the guise of ‘Verse by Verse Teaching’.

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Matthew

Mark

Luke

John

Acts

Romans

1 Corinthians

2 Corinthians

Galatians

Ephesians

Philippians

Colossians

1 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians

1 Timothy

2 Timothy

Titus

Philemon

Hebrews

James

1 Peter

2 Peter

1 John

2 John

3 John

Jude

Revelation