What is the RCV?


New Digital Edition of the RCV Released: r2305 Dismiss


A modern Bible revision of a classic Bible text.

Edited by: William Masopust

Current Edition: r2305 (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.

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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.

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, JPS Tanakh (1917), 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 (chapter outlines).
The Pulpit Commentary, Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary, Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible, John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible, John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible, Matthew Poole's Commentary, Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible (chapter outlines), and Wesley's Notes on the Bible (chapter outlines).


© 2023 William Masopust

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When quoting the RCV, 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. When attributing this work in other modifications and derivative works, please retain all copyright notices and 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.

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