New Bible Translation: The Legacy Standard Bible
Our team is immensely excited to announce that we now have the Legacy Standard Bible (LSB) available on our site and mobile apps. We are so blessed by our partnerships with Three Sixteen Publishing and The Lockman Foundation, who gave us permission to provide our users with this resource for free.
For those who may not know, the LSB is a recent translation that was completed by a selection of professors from The Master’s University and Seminary, overseen by Pastor John MacArthur. This version focuses on the precise, literal translation of the original biblical texts. This is achieved through the consistent translation of individual words, accounting for the various nuances and differences they may have.
Here is an excerpt from the LSB’s foreword that explains the team’s principles of translation:
The Legacy Standard Bible has worked to uphold the style and translational choices of the NASB 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. Within that goal, this revision has focused upon accuracy and consistency. It has checked that words and grammar have been carried over properly. It also established rules for the consistent translation of terms within their various nuances. This allows the reader to more easily reconstruct what the original texts said. It also helps the reader more easily trace the flow of argument within a text, identify when the same word is used in another passage, and make connections between texts.
This Bible version is a true labor of love on the part of the translators. Their desire to bring as literal a translation as possible from the original texts shows an intense reverence for God’s Word and a passionate desire that it be rightly divided. If you want to learn more about the origins of the LSB, you can visit their official website. Or, if you would like to hear directly from the translators themselves, you can watch their round table discussion on the official LSB YouTube channel.