The International Standard Version embodies the best results of modern scholarship as to the meaning of Scripture, and expresses this meaning in clear and natural English. It is intended for liturgical and pulpit uses as well as for devotional reading, Bible study, and reading in the home. The ISV is a moderately literal translation, seeking to avoid the paraphrasing tendencies of some modern versions. It seeks a compromise between formal equivalence and functional equivalence by attempting to stay as close to the source text as possible without losing its ability to communicate.
Purposefully avoiding slang, national colloquialisms, or confusing regionalisms, the ISV is truly an international Bible version. Subtle nuances of the original languages stand out with a crystal clarity that will astonish you. For example, poetic passages such as Philippians 2:6-11 and Titus 3:4-7 have been painstakingly crafted as true poems. The result: you can actually feel the undistorted sense of the original literary form insightfully rendered in clear English.
The International Standard Version conveys the thoughts, intents, and words of the original text of the Bible in language you and your family can understand, appreciate, and apply to your life today.
Genesis 15:6: Abram believed the Lord, and it was credited to him as righteousness.
Proverbs 9:10: The fear of the Lord is where wisdom begins, and knowing holiness demonstrates understanding.
Acts 2:38–39: Peter answered them, “Every one of you must repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus the Messiah for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the Holy Spirit as a gift. For this promise belongs to you and your children, as well as to all those who are distant, whom the Lord our God may call to himself.”
Romans 1:16–17: For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for the salvation of everyone who believes, of the Jew first and of the Greek as well. For in the gospel God’s righteousness is being revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, “The righteous will live by faith.”
Romans 8:35–39: Who will separate us from the Messiah’s love? Can trouble, distress, persecution, hunger, nakedness, danger, or a violent death do this? As it is written, “For your sake we are being put to death all day long. We are thought of as sheep headed for slaughter.” In all these things we are triumphantly victorious due to the one who loved us. …
1 Corinthians 10:13: No temptation has overtaken you that is unusual for human beings. But God is faithful, and he will not allow you to be tempted beyond your strength. Instead, along with the temptation he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to endure it.
Galatians 2:19–20: For through the Law I died to the Law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with the Messiah. I no longer live, but the Messiah lives in me, and the life that I am now living in this body I live by the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Philippians 1:21: For to me, to go on living is the Messiah, and to die is gain.
2 Timothy 3:14–17: But as for you, continue in what you have learned and found to be true, because you know from whom you learned it. From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures that are able to give you the wisdom you need for salvation through faith in the Messiah Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, …
Hebrews 11:6: Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently search for him.
A truly excellent version, combining both dignity and fine taste. Personally I think it has succeeded in achieving what the most recent publications have attempted. Hearty Congratulations. This should be adopted for Sunday School purposes, and easily equals the NIV and NAS, so far as I have sampled it.
—Dr. Gleason Archer, Professor of Old Testament emeritus
The arrival of the International Standard Version has solved a longstanding problem for me. For years I have had two Bibles, one for study and one for public use, such as speaking. My study Bible was reliable, but not very readable, even out loud. My preaching Bible was wonderful, but not a completely reliable translation. The International Standard Version is a perfect blend of the two. Now I can have readability for preaching or personal devotion, but with a reliable and up to date translation from Evangelical scholars who believe in the inspiration of the scripture.
—Rich Buhler, Talk Show Host and Speaker, Branches Communications
After perusing the ISV, I was agreeably surprised and impressed. The goal of making the translation "literal and idiomatic" has certainly been achieved. The readability and reliability is delightful. I believe this translation should be well received and appreciated.
—Dr. Jack MacArthur, Voice of Calvary
I have not been a fan of the modern translations, but the International Standard Version New Testament is a refreshing exception! Terrific! In my opinion, the ISV truly is the most readable and accurate English language translation of the Bible ever produced. When the Old Testament is completed, I plan to undertake a Prophecy Bible using the ISV.
—Chuck Missler, Koinonia House Ministries
In the midst of a flood of erroneous so-called new translations of the Bible, it is refreshing to find the International Standard Version of the New Testament. It is up-to-date in modern research and Greek syntax and grammar, yet it is easy to read. I recommend this translation to anyone who wants a reliable study Bible.
—Dr. Robert A. Morey, Faith Defenders
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