(Greek "biblia", meaning books) is a collection of religious text from
both Christianity and Judaism, written by human authors under the inspiration
of the Holy Spirit. The Christian Bible consists of 39 books in the Old Testament,
derived from Hebrew scripture and 27 books in the New Testament, translated mostly
from the Greek language. It tells of God, the father and creator of the universe,
lawgiver, and protector; the son, Jesus Christ, who's death forgave us of our
sins and provides believers with eternal life; and the Holy Spirit, who sanctified
and gave life to the Church.
There are dozens of different Bible versions available today, varying in size
and order amongst different religious denominations. BIBLEing.com has aggregated
many of the more widely recognized and accepted Christian versions based on translations
which (1), remain as true to the original text as possible and (2), are translated
in a style that can be easily read and understood. Many readers make use of multiple
versions: A more literal translation such as the "King James Version"
or "American Standard Version" for Bible study and a more contemporary
format like the "New American Standard Bible" for everyday reading.
In choosing a version to read or study, consider the credentials of the translator,
their intent and audience.
American Standard Version (ASV)
Based on the collaboration of 30 American and British religious scholars, the
American Standard Version was rooted on the Revised Version (RV) Bible of 1881.
Also known as the Standard American Edition or Standard Bible, the ASV was created
to address the differences between American and British usage. The version was
released in 1901 and uses Elizabethan English. For many years the American Standard
Version Bible was used in seminaries throughout the United States and remains
popular with Jehovah's Witnesses and the Philippine Bible Society. It continues
to be highly regarded for its scholarship and accuracy.
Copyright Information: The American Standard Bible is public domain.
Commissioned by the Shanghai Missionary Society in 1890 and completed in 1919,
the Chinese Union Version (CUV) Bible, was created by a team of missionaries,
Bible experts and Chinese Christians. Based on the Revised Version of the King
James Version (KJV) Bible, the CUV used simple, spoken Chinese language that was
considered accurate to the original text. Currently available in both traditional
and simplified Chinese, the translation has been updated with modern punctuation
and formatting for improved comprehension. The Chinese Union Version is the predominant
Chinese language translation of the Holy Bible.
Copyright Information: The Chinese Union Version Bible is public domain.
King James Version (KJV)
Often referred to as the "Authorized Version", the King James Version Bible (KJV)
has been considered unexcelled in literary quality and the standard for English-speaking
Protestants for well over 400 years. Commissioned by King James I of England in
1604, the Church of England translated the Masoretic Text and Textus Receptus
into the English vernacular. The version was completed and published in 1611 and
remains popular today for its accuracy in translation and poetic tone.
Copyright Information: The King James Version Bible is public domain in the US
and most countries (excluding the United Kingdom).
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Since its completion in 1971, the New American Standard Bible was been widely
embraced for its literally accuracy. Based upon the lasting values of the ASV,
it incorporated recent discoveries of Hebrew and Greek textual sources that rendered
it into more current English. Updated in 1995, the NASB increased clarity and
readability; with vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure having been carefully
reviewed for greater understanding and smoother reading. Translators and consultants
who contributed to the updated NASB were Bible scholars, many of whom possessed
doctorates in biblical languages, theology or other advanced degrees, representing
a variety of denominational backgrounds. Decisions about English renderings were
made by consensus and changes kept to a minimum. The New American Standard Bible
is endorsed by numerous theological seminaries, Bible institutes, churches, ministries
and pastors throughout the world.
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up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission
of The Lockman Foundation, providing the verses do not amount to a complete book
of the Bible nor do the verses quoted account for more than 25% of the total work
in which they are quoted.
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"Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE(R), Copyright (C) 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995
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the abbreviation (NASB) may be used at the end of the quotation.
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EXPLANATION OF GENERAL FORMAT
NOTES AND CROSS REFERENCES are placed in a column adjoining the text on the page
and listed under verse numbers to which they refer. Superior numbers refer to
literal renderings, alternate translations, or explanations. Superior letters
refer to cross references. Cross references in italics are parallel passages.
PARAGRAPHS are designated by bold face verse numbers or letters.
QUOTATION MARKS are used in the text in accordance with modern English usage.
"THOU," "THEE" AND "THY" are not used in this edition and have been rendered as
"YOU" and "YOUR."
PERSONAL PRONOUNS are capitalized when pertaining to Deity.
ITALICS are used in the text to indicate words which are not found in the original
Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek but implied by it. Italics are used in the marginal
notes to signify alternate readings for the text. Roman text in the marginal alternate
readings is the same as italics in the Bible text.
SMALL CAPS in the New Testament are used in the text to indicate Old Testament
quotations or obvious references to Old Testament texts. Variations of Old Testament
wording are found in New Testament citations depending on whether the New Testament
writer translated from a Hebrew text, used existing Greek or Aramaic translations,
or paraphrased the material. It should be noted that modern rules for the indication
of direct quotation were not used in biblical times; thus, the ancient writer
would use exact quotations or references to quotation without specific indication
ASTERISKS are used to mark verbs that are historical presents in the Greek which
have been translated with an English past tense in order to conform to modern
usage. The translators recognized that in some contexts the present tense seems
more unexpected and unjustified to the English reader than a past tense would
have been. But Greek authors frequently used the present tense for the sake of
heightened vividness, thereby transporting their readers in imagination to the
actual scene at the time of occurrence. However, the translators felt that it
would be wise to change these historical presents to English past tenses.
New International Version (NIV)
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