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American Standard Version

American Standard Version, or ASV
American Standard Version, or ASV, is an updated translation of the KJV (with help from YLT). 

The American Standard Version is one of five Bible versions, or translations, available on Bible Nav —

The American Standard Version dates from 1901.  It is in the Public Domain. 

The American Standard Version is based on the King James Version of the Bible and can be called a ‘formal equivalence’ translation.  The translation had solid Biblical scholarship behind it (at least for 1901) and is still valuable as one of your study Bibles or as your daily reading Bible. 

In contrast to the decision made by the translators of the King James Version, the American Standard Version translators display the name of God in the Old Testament.  Following the scholarship of the time, the name is presented as “Jehovah” rather than “Yahweh.”  Here is an example —

Psa 113:1 :  Praise ye Jehovah. Praise, O ye servants of Jehovah, Praise the name of Jehovah. 

Throughout both the Old Testament and the New Testament, some archaic English KJV words have been updated.  However, the use of “gospel” has not been replaced with the more precise term “good news” in this passage —

Rom 1:1 :  Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, 

Punctuation and formatting, of course, do not exist in the earliest copies of the Hebrew Old Testament or Greek New Testament manuscripts.  Although not as extensive as either WEB or WEM, some punctuation and formatting has been added by the American Standard Version translators. 

Another punctuation convention used by ASV is to have ‘added’ words (words not found in the original text but supplied by the translators) printed in italics

More information on the American Standard Version is located on Wikipedia —

American Standard Version on Wikipedia


American Standard Version, or ASV