Amplified Bible Info
Break Through the Language Barrier
“Jesus said to her, “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, relies on) Me [as Savior] will live even if he dies;”
- Refreshed English for easy reading.
- Improved amplifications for greater relevance and clarity.
- More amplifications added in the Old Testament for greater balance with the New Testament.
- Amplifications in the New Testament were refined to be more useful.
- The Bible text now reads smoothly with or without amplifications, so the text may be read clearly either way.
The Story of the Amplified Bible
The story of the Amplified Bible is a remarkable story of faith, hope, and love. It’s the story of a woman, a foundation, and a publisher. Commitment, energy, enthusiasm, and giftedness. These are the words that paint the picture, the picture of the making of a translation.
Frances Siewert (Litt. B., B.D., M.A., Litt. D.) was a woman with an intense dedication to the study of the Bible. It was Mrs. Siewert (1881-1967) who laid the foundation of the Amplified Bible. She devoted her life to the Bible, the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek languages. She was also devoted to the cultural and archaeological background of Biblical times, which would result in the publication of this unique translation.
Every vision needs visionaries willing to follow the cause. The story of this dream is no different. Mrs. Siewert’s vision was seen by The Lockman Foundation, who took on this monumental translation project.
Zondervan Publishing House then joined the effort. The dream became reality with the publication of The Amplified New Testament in 1958. It was followed by the two-volume Amplified Old Testament in 1962 and 1964, and the one-volume Amplified Bible in 1965.
The Amplified Bible is a Formal 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, Hebrew, and Aramaic 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.
Amplifications of the same word or phrase may differ slightly in wording depending on context or emphasis, or to indicate another theological or linguistic nuance, or to encourage self-study. Also many words have slightly different meanings in different verses, so amplifications vary accordingly.
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. So break through the language barrier of the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic and dig deeper into the meaning of biblical passages.
Benefits of Amplification
“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
“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
“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
Special use of Punctuation and Pronouns
“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
“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
“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
Then came the preparation day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.” Luke 22:7
“But if you are guided and led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the Law.” Galatians 5:18
“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:
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.
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