Pastor Dave Gets a New Bible

I have not bought a new Bible in a while. A few weeks ago a person I respect mentioned the Legacy Standard Bible translation. He noted that they sought to follow in the tradition of the New American Standard Bible, a translation that I have enjoyed as the primary text through the course of 30 years in ministry. I ordered the LSB to be my personal reading Bible and may incorporate it into sermons and studies in time. I have been duly impressed so far. Here are a couple of sections from the forward in the LSB:

Key Principles: The Legacy Standard Bible has worked to uphold the style and translational choices of the NASB (New American Standard Bible) as much as possible. Even more, it has endeavored to follow through on the NASB’s stated intent to be true to the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. While the interpreter, teacher, and pastor have the goal of understanding what the text means, the translator is to provide them with what the text says. Consistently, the goal of this translation is to be a window into the original text.

Gender Language: The Legacy Standard Bible is committed to precisely representing what was written in the original languages. Accordingly, while the translation recognizes that the Hebrew and Greek terms for “man” can legitimately mean “mankind” or “humanity” and renders such when appropriate, it does not add in phrases like “and sister” because they are not in the original text (cf. Jas 2:15 where the Greek word for “sister” is actually used). This abides with the LSB’s commitment to being a word-for-word translation and honoring what was originally written in its exact formulation.

The Commitments of the Legacy Standard Bible

The Legacy Standard Bible aspires to be a legacy preserved—to uphold the work and tradition that is found in translations from the KJV, ASV, to NASB.

The Legacy Standard Bible aspires to be a legacy performed—to advance the commitments of past translations by bringing forth features of the original text relative to accuracy and consistency.

The Legacy Standard Bible aspires to be a legacy passed on—to equip generations to study Scripture and continue the philosophy of being a window into the original text for the glory of God.

From the forward of the Legacy Standard Bible (Three Sixteen Publishing, 2022).