What is the RCV?


New Digital Edition of the RCV Released: r2212 Dismiss


A modern Bible revision of a classic Bible text.

Edited by: William Masopust

Current Edition: r2212 (About Editions)

The Revised Common Version (RCV) is a derivative work of Noah Webster's 1833 Common Version of the Bible (a revision of the King James Version). As with Webster's Common Version, the RCV aims to make updates to words and phrases so that they are better understood by the everyday reader who may not read the Scriptures with the aid of commentaries. Care has been taken so that changes to the text are not theologically motivated, but rather are consistent with the original text. Changes include the updating of archaic words to the current equivalent, rearranging of sentences to better follow current English, adjusting of punctuation to aid the reader in the flow of reading, addition of quotation marks, notation of Old Testament quotes in the New Testament, and an outline for each chapter. Digital versions of the RCV have the words of Christ in blue.

If you would like to make a contribution to the RCV project, check out the Contributions page.


Articles will include announcements, updates, Bible studies, and other things of note concerning the RCV project. A listing of articles can be found on the Articles page.


Sources used in the revision process of the RCV are in the Public Domain. They are divided into three groups: Biblical Texts, Reference Texts, and Commentaries and Sermons.

Biblical Texts

King James Version, The Septuagint Version of the Old Testament and Apocrypha (Brenton), The Interlinear Literal Translation of the Greek New Testament (G.R. Berry), Young's Literal Translation, World English Bible, American Standard Version, The Greek New Testament (Tregelles), Geneva Bible (1560), Biblia Sacra Juxta Vulgatam Clementinam.

Reference Texts

Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Thayer's Greek Lexicon, The Analytical Greek Lexicon (Bagster), Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language (1828 and 1913), Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.

Commentaries and Sermons

The Pulpit Commentary, Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary, John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible, Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible, Wesley's Notes on the Bible, and various commentaries and sermons of John Calvin.


This work is licensed under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 (Attribution—Noncommercial—Share Alike) license. Information on this license may be found on the Creative Commons website (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/).

You are free to copy, display, distribute, quote, or share this work. You may also create a derivative work based upon this work for personal use. I ask that you do not create derivative works for commercial purposes. There are enough commercialized Bibles in this world. This Bible is to be a Bible for the people.

"Freely you have received, freely give." —Matthew 10:8

When attributing this work, you may simply use the RCV abbreviation with quotations, or you may note the Revised Common Version as a source for quotations, such as in a list of sources or a bibliography. For derivative works, please note that your work is a derivative of the Revised Common Version. I would also appreciate a link to the RCV website with any attributions.

If you choose to distribute or create a derivative work of the RCV, I would humbly ask that you distribute it under these same terms of usage. If you have any questions concerning the terms or usage of this text, please feel free to contact me via e-mail (info@revisedcommonversion.com).

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