American Standard Version

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The American Standard Version is a translation of the Bible first published in 1901. Now in the public domain, it has been praised for its truthfulness and called the "Rock of Biblical Honesty."[1]

This translated the English Revised Version of 1881 for an American audience, and was later used for 20th century translations such as the Revised Standard Version and the New American Standard Bible.[2] The American Bible Society in New York City preserves the papers of the American committee in connection with this translation.

This translation does have some Protestant critics, particularly with respect to these verses as compared to the King James Version:

  • John 1:3 (changing all things made "by" Jesus to the weaker "through" Jesus)
  • Colossians 1:14 (dilution of the reference to redemption through the blood of Christ)
  • Colossians 1:16 (change creation "by" Jesus to the weaker "in" Jesus)
  • James 5:16 (confess your sins (rather than faults) to one another, perhaps for Catholic confession)
  • 1st Timothy 3:16 (replacing God with He in "manifested in the flesh")
  • 2nd Timothy 2:15 (change "study" the Bible to "give diligence" to the Bible)
  • Philippians 2:6 (suggesting a difficulty in Jesus's grasping that He was God)