TNIV/NIV comparison available!

cut and pasted (in part) from Mark Steven’s blog (he says it better than I do so hope he doesn’t mind):

Thanks to Robert Slowly for letting me know he has spent time putting together a comparion of the TNIV, NIV 1984 and NIV 2011, the results of which can be viewed HERE He would like everyone’s input!

I’ve created these webpages to help people look at the differences between the new NIV2011 and the NIV1984 and TNIV. Below you will find a table with a row for each book of the bible, you can click on the name of the book to see the particular verses in the NIV2011 that differ from the other versions.

I agree with Mark, Robert has done an amazing job and, for TNIV devotees like myself, the results are invaluable and beneficial for all.   He has compared every Old and New Testament book and provided a link to the verses where changes have been made and compared the 2011 revision with the TNIV and 1989 revision (the man should be canonized for this miracle!).   Indeed!  According to his research the stats are as follows:

Outcome Num verses Percent
All the same 18756 60.3%
NIV2011 verse missing 79 0.3%
NIV1984 adopted 184 0.6%
TNIV adopted 9728 31.3%
New variant 2351 7.6%

Along with Mark, an  explanation about what these stats say would be nice.  According to the CBT there is a 5% difference between the 1984 revision and the 2011 but these stats don’t necessarily indictae this. Do these statistics say that there is a 7% swing away from the TNIV or….?


4 responses to “TNIV/NIV comparison available!

  1. I’ve significantly updated my NIV2011 comparison pages. I’ve improved the wording, fixed the colouring in of changes (and made it clearer), made some of the tables clearer, fixed some mistakes that made some of my numbers slightly off, and have added more explanatory text.

    Perhaps the biggest additions though are these two new pages:

    Top 250 added / removed words:

    Top 250 most changed verses:

    You can also look at the details of the changes within a book (this was always there, but some people didn’t realise), e.g.

    The start page itself can be found @

    It’s also worth knowing that John Dyer has made a series of similar (excellent) pages:


  2. I’ve just updated it again. The measure used for how different a verse is has been improved, and you can now see every instance of when a word has been added / removed.

    For instance here is the list of every time the word ‘humankind’ has been added or removed when going from the TNIV to the NIV2011:

    The full list of changed words can be found here:


  3. My computer generated comparison of the NIV2011 with the TNIV and NIV1984 has had many major updates:

    1. Greek text – now includes the SBLGNT with apparatus

    2. Hebrew text – HBS text included (experimental)

    3. Most changed verses list compared with both TNIV and NIV1984:

    4. List of (possible) proper noun changes:

    5. List of word changes relevant to the gender language debate:

    6. List of all words in text (warning: page is very large)

    Plus many many bug fixes, improvements in presentation, and other minor fixes.


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