Plain English Version Bible

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About this app

The Plain English Version (PEV) is an English translation of the Bible designed for Indigenous Australians whose mother tongue is an Aboriginal language.

This translation is still in progress. Text and audio will be added to the app as it is made available.

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Several books have been published in printed form by the Bible League under the name ‘Simplified English Version’ and can be found on their website in the Indigenous Australians category.

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This English translation of the Bible seeks to use language features that are common to most Australian Aboriginal languages. This affects the vocabulary, grammar and rhetorical devices. It follows a meaning based translation principle so that it seeks to convey the same meaning as the original authors conveyed to the original readers.

Language features include:

- No passive voice, since most Indigenous Australian languages do not have passive voice.
- Verbs and adjectives instead of most abstract nouns, since abstract nouns are rare in Australian languages.
- Shorter sentences to conform to the grammars of Australian languages.
- Where the original text has implicit information that would not be obvious to the target audience, that information has been made explicit.
- Modified vocabulary, according to what is commonly understood by the target audience.
- Where the original text has used figurative language that could be taken as literal by the target audience the meaning has been stated.
Updated on
Nov 2, 2023

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28 reviews
Charles Drah
September 26, 2022
A very good app. Even though it is not a complete bible, it is very good. The language is very clear and easy to understand. After reading this version, the other versions like the King James version becomes easy to understand. Navigation is also very easy. Even in the current state it deserves my five stars. Congratulations to the developers. I only hope they will speed up and come out with the complete version.
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A Google user
August 8, 2019
Very simple to use. The text is easy to read and the text size is adjustable. The app allows you to search for a word in the text, bookmark and highlight verses as well as take notes. Highly recommended!
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Robin Rempel
August 19, 2022
Excellent resource! And not just for Australians... Great for the whole South Pacific! Thank you for this good work! Would love to see more books finished. Thank you for making it Creative Commons! Nice app!
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What's new

This translation has most of the New Testament and a bit of Genesis, Samuel and Psalms. We hope more is ready soon!
You can listen to Genesis 1-22, Mark, Romans, 1 Corinthians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, James, 1 & 2 Peter and Jude.