Amplified Bible

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The Amplified Bible is an English translation published in 1965 that expands and updates the American Standard Version of 1901.

The Amplified Bible is rarely used today. It uses a unique system of parenthetical references to synonyms to "amplify" translational nuances and also to add its own explanation and interpretation. Its publisher later produced the New American Standard Bible and promoted it instead.

The Amplified Bible is cited by promoters of abortion for its translation of one of the rules of punishment in Exodus 21:22:[1]

If men contend with each other, and a pregnant woman [interfering] is hurt so that she has a miscarriage, yet no further damage follows, [the one who hurt her] shall surely be punished with a fine [paid] to the woman's husband, as much as the judges determine.

More established translations, such as the NIV, translate the bolded phrase as "she gives birth prematurely."[2]

Only one conservative ministry in the nation is known to use the Amplified Bible: Joyce Meyer of Missouri.


  1.; (bolding added).