The Amplified Bible is a Literal Equivalent translation of the Bible that enhances the clarity of Scripture by using in-text amplifications. The amplifications are based on the nuances of the Greek and Hebrew languages as well as the latest advances in biblical research. These amplifications uniquely expand and clarify the biblical text immediately giving the reader a deeper understanding of Scripture.
The Amplified Bible presents God's Word in an exciting way because it actually provides two translations of the Bible. This method of translation opens a unique door for readers and invites them to step into a broader understanding of Scripture as the amplifications challenge readers to dig deeper into the meaning of biblical passages by breaking through the language barrier of the Greek and Hebrew languages.
The Amplified Bible consists of two parts:
1) The Foundational Translation is the literal equivalent of the original Greek and Hebrew text and may be read by skipping over the amplifications.
2) The Amplified Translation is the foundational text that includes amplifications to enhance readability, textual understanding, and to provide a framework for deeper study and spiritual growth by providing fresh insight by enhancing clarity.
Benefits of amplification based on the shades of meaning found in the original languages:
1) Amplifications are used to reveal a word's intensity or power along with the nuances of the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek word used in the original text:
"So repent [change your inner self--your old way of thinking, regret past sins] and return [to God--seek His purpose for your life], so that your sins may be wiped away [blotted out, completely erased], so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord [restoring you like a cool wind on a hot day]." Acts 3:19
2) Amplifications are used to clarify the meaning of a theological word:
"Who will bring any charge against God's elect (His chosen ones)? It is God who justifies us [declaring us blameless and putting us in a right relationship with Himself]." Romans 8:33
3) Amplifications give greater depth to key verses:
"And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose." Romans 8:28
Amplifications of the same word or phrase may differ slightly in wording depending on context or emphasis, or to indicate another theological or language nuance, or to encourage self-study. Also many words have slightly different meanings in different verses, so amplifications vary accordingly.
4) Use of brackets in amplification in the Amplified:
Brackets may be used to add information supported by other Scripture, which helps explain verses that are sometimes misquoted or misunderstood:
"Therefore you have no excuse or justification, everyone of you who [hypocritically] judges and condemns others; for in passing judgment on another person, you condemn yourself, because you who judge [from a position of arrogance or self-righteousness] are habitually practicing the very same things [which you denounce]." Romans 2:1
5) In some verses brackets are used to clarify a theological word not commonly used in everyday language:
"Therefore, since we have been justified [that is, acquitted of sin, declared blameless before God] by faith, [let us grasp the fact that] we have peace with God [and the joy of reconciliation with Him] through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed)." Romans 5:1
6) Brackets may be used within a verse to add information that would otherwise be placed in a footnote:
"At that time Herod [Antipas], the tetrarch [who governed a portion of Palestine, including Galilee and Perea], having heard reports about Jesus," Matthew 14:1
Note: Brackets in bold type [...] indicate manuscript differences and are footnoted.
7) Use of italics in the Amplified:
Words implied, but not actually contained in the original text are printed in italic type:
Then came the preparation day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed." Luke 22:7
8) The use of italic "and" "or" "nor" introduces amplification within a sentence:
"But if you are guided and led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the Law." Galatians 5:18
9) Use of parentheses in the Amplified:
Parentheses in Roman type (...) supply the definition of a word in context. When reading an amplified verse the definition in context may be skipped over:
"Now Hagar is (represents) Mount Sinai in Arabia and she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children." Galatians 4:25.
Parentheses in bold type (...) indicate a parenthetical phrase in the text and should be included when reading aloud:
10) Use of nouns and pronouns in the Amplified:
Names of persons and/or places are often used to replace pronouns to help the reader's understanding of a verse without having to return to the beginning of the passage for clarity.
11) In some verses pronouns retained in the text may be followed by a proper name placed in parenthesis:
"...he (John) saw the Spirit of God...lighting on Him (Jesus)." Matt 3:16
The genius of the Amplified Bible lies in its rigorous attempt to go beyond the traditional "word-for-word" translation to bring out the richness of the Hebrew and Greek languages. The purpose of the Amplified Bible is to reveal any other clarifying meanings from the original languages that may be concealed by the traditional translation method.
1. These publications
shall be true to the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.
2. They shall be grammatically correct.
3. They shall be understandable.
4. They shall give the Lord Jesus Christ His proper place, the place which the Word gives Him; therefore, no work will ever be personalized.
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