Bible in Basic English
The Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible

Hebrew Scriptures -- Old Testament
Torah
Genesis 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
Exodus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 1920 2122 2324 25 26 2728 2930
3132 33 34 3536 3738 3940
Leviticus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 1718 1920 2122 2124 2526 27
Numbers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
Deutoronomy 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
The Prophets
Joshua 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1112 1314 1516 1718 1920 2122 2324
Judges 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1112 1314 1516 1718 1920 21
Ruth 1 2 34 - Writings
1 Samuel 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
2 Samuel 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
1 Kings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
2 Kings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
Writings
I Chronicles 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
2 Chronicles 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
Ezra 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Nehemiah 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Esther 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Job 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1314 1516 1718 1920 2122 2324 2526 2728 2930 3132 3334 3536 3738 3940 4142
Psalms 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00
101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139
140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150
Solomon 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Ecclesiastes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1112
Isaiah 1 2 34 56 78 9 10 1112 1314 1516 1718 1920 2122 2324 2526 2728 2930 3132 3334 3536 3738 39|
40 4142 4344 4546 4748 4950 5152 5354 5556 5758 5960 6162 6364 6566
Jeremiah 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52
Lamentations1 23 45
Ezekiel 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48
Daniel 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1112
The Twelve Minor Prophets
Hosea 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Joel1 23
Amos1 23 45 67 89
Obadiah1
Jonah 1 2 34
Micah 1 2 34 56 7
Nahum1 23
Habakkuk1 23
Zephaniah1 23
Haggai1 2
Zechariah1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Malachi1 23 4
New Testament

THE BIBLE in BASIC ENGLISH   Cambridge University Press.
NOTE    
    The form in which the Bible is given here is not simply another example of the Bible story put into present-day English. The language used is Basic English.1
    Basic English, produced by C. K. Ogden of the Orthological Institute in England, is a simple form of the English language which, with 850 words,2 is able to give the sense of anything which may be said in English.
    Working with the Orthological Institute, a Committee under the direction of Professor S. H., Hooke, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Studies in the University of London, was responsible for a new English form of the Bible made from the Hebrew and the Greek.
    In this undertaking, the latest ideas and discoveries in connection with the work of putting the Bible into other languages were taken into account, and when the Basic form was complete it was gone over in detail by a Committee formed by the Syndics of the Cambridge University Press.
    The Basic Bible, which in this way was watched over by two separate groups of experts through its different stages, is designed to be used wherever the English language has taken root.
    Frequently, the narrow limits of the word-list made it hard to keep the Basic completely parallel with the Hebrew and the Greek ; but great trouble was taken with every verse and every line to make certain that there are no errors of sense and no loose wording. It is only natural that, from time to time, some of the more delicate shades of sense were not covered ; on the other hand, it is well to keep in mind that in the Authorised (King James) Version the power and music of the language sometimes take so much of the reader's attention that these more delicate shades are overlooked.
    In fact, the Basic expert is forced, because of the limited material with which he is working, to give special care to the sense of the words before him. There is no question of the Basic work taking the place of the Authorised Version or coming into competition with it ; but it may be said of the Basic English Bible that it is in a marked degree straightforward and simple and that these qualities give it an independent value.
These words are commonly found in the Bible that are not Basic English.
Back to : Ogden's Basic English