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The New American Standard Bible, 2020 Update (NASB)



The New American Standard Bible (NASB), long considered a favorite study Bible by serious students of the Scriptures. Since its completion in 1971, the New American Standard Bible has been widely embraced as the gold standard among word-for-word translations. Millions trust the NASB and discover what the original text says, word for word. Over the past several years, the Lockman Foundation has been overseeing a new update to the NASB text, commonly referred to as NASB 2020.

Going verse by verse, every aspect of vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, and meaning was carefully reviewed in the update process. These refinements maintain faithful accuracy to the original texts and provide a clear understanding of God’s Word through updated English. The NASB has been produced with the conviction that the words of Scripture as originally penned in the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek were inspired by God and will speak with fresh power to every generation.

The NASB strives to adhere as closely as possible to the original manuscripts and to make a translation that is both fluent and readable according to current English usage.

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  • Provides a formal rendering of the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek
  • Features the latest update of the NASB 1995 that further improves accuracy where possible, modernizes language, and improves readability
  • Consistently uses the formal equivalence translation philosophy

Most Highlighted Verses in New American Standard Bible

Genesis 2:7: Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living person.

Genesis 2:16–17: The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may freely eat; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for on the day that you eat from it you will certainly die.”

Exodus 34:6–7: Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in faithfulness and truth; who keeps faithfulness for thousands, who forgives wrongdoing, violation of His Law, and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, inflicting the punishment of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.”

Proverbs 1:7: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Matthew 5:16: Your light must shine before people in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

John 14:6: Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.

Romans 1:16–17: For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written: “But the righteous one will live by faith.”

Galatians 2:20–21: I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”

2 Timothy 3:15–17: and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and beneficial for teaching, for rebuke, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man or woman of God may be fully capable, equipped for every good work.

Revelation 1:3: Blessed is the one who reads, and those who hear the words of the prophecy and keep the things which are written in it; for the time is near.

  • Title: New American Standard Bible
  • Publisher: Lockman Foundation
  • Print Publication Date: 2020
  • Logos Release Date: 2021
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible › English
  • Resource ID: LLS:NASB2020
  • Resource Type: Bible
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-07-12T17:51:42Z

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  1. Bob Lyle

    Bob Lyle


  2. Mike Powers

    Mike Powers


  3. Justin Snow

    Justin Snow


  4. Jonathan Brown
    Everything good about the NASB95, with additional improvements along the way. It feels both more literal (or really, literate) and simultaneously less wooden. It’s a great, smooth English translation for the modern English reader. The gender-accurate language was handled masterfully and not politically, and it remains faithful to the NASB legacy.

  5. Kevin Drake

    Kevin Drake


  6. Bobby Sanford

    Bobby Sanford


  7. Terry Hiebert
  8. Aaron Budd

    Aaron Budd


    I love the NASB 2020. it has been a joy to have in my life. Thank you Lockman Foundation!

  9. Phillip Jay Wilson
  10. Nick Tarter

    Nick Tarter


    I have been using the NASB for my entire life. My first leather bound Bible was a 1977 edition which I got as a kid. In Jr. High and High School I used a 1995 edition which has been one of four translations I typically read and study from regularly (NASB, CSB, NET, ESV). Recently I bought a copy of the 2020 update and I really enjoy it. It is slightly different from the 1995 in minor ways, but the language was updated tastefully and still maintains the basic syntax and structure of the 1995. I appreciate this since much of my scripture memorization has been from the 1995. I compare the two editions often. They did update some of the gender oriented language, but not in a way that compromises the meaning of the biblical text. Any Greek scholar worth his salt knows that the masculine form is often used when referring to groups of both men and women. It is clear in context when this is happening. Such was the common practice in that culture but is no longer common in our English language today. I would argue that "brothers and sisters" it is the most accurate way to translate where the older translation often used the word "brethren." Even in the older version they attempted to distinguish the difference between "brothers" meaning just men and "brothers" meaning a group of men and women by using the word "brethren" where gender plurality was clear. Of course we hardly use the word brethren in modern English, so it makes more sense to translate the word how most people would understand its meaning more accurately. They have done well here. Those who disagree, I would argue, simply don't have a good understanding of the context of those passages in the original language. Much of the criticism of this update is unfounded. Lockman has not forsaken conservative evangelical scholarship, nor have they gone liberal by any means. They have produced for us a refined and faithfully updated NASB. I appreciate that.