Saturday, September 12, 2015

Amplified Bible updated

The Amplified Bible was updated this year (2015).  You can read it on Bible Gateway.  The older Amplified Bible is now called the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition on Bible Gateway.  The Lockman page states:
The appeal and readability of the 2015 edition of the Amplified Bible has been broadened by refreshing the English and refining the amplifications for relevance and clarity. The Amplified Bible is now easier to read and better than ever to study and understand. The Amplified Bible now includes more amplification in the Old Testament and refined amplification in the New Testament. Additionally, the Bible text has been improved to read smoothly with or without amplifications, so the text may be read clearly either way. The same feel and style of amplification has been carefully maintained, so those who read the classic Amplified Bible will easily transition to the new text and appreciate its improvements.
 You can view some examples of changes to the newer AMP.  I have not found a full list of the changes yet.  Please leave a comment with a link if you find such a list.


  1. I have been comparing the update to to the classic version, and so far I have noticed that the updated version has lost the depth of meaning which the classic version has. The translators have left out many synonyms and even changed texts in quite a number of scriptures in the bid to make it easier to read. That process has made the new version less robust in some scriptures, and given an entirely new meaning to others. Good thing the classic version is still available though, I would have thought an update meant an add-on to the old, but this so far is reading like a re-edited semi-abridged version. However, the general theme of amplification of the text was maintained, but a lot of words have been removed and different parts of some verses have now been emphasised compared to the classic.

  2. The "update" is really a "new" translation! Noticeably missing is the footnotes by the best scholars of our time. I don't see the same deep and accurate amplification as the Classic had. It seems all the Company wanted was a Translation with improved readability as all the other translations. Money is what drives them too. They don't know that Pastors and Teachers in the Christian Church are placed By God for this very purpose and not translators!

  3. Amplified Bible Classic is far, far better than the new Amplified version. The latter lacks depth and meaningful amplification. When cmpare 1Cor 13:4-8 of the two, one can readily see the differences.

  4. I will stay with the Classic for the reason of "believe" - ( trust in,clings to, relies on ) To be saved requires me to trust Christ and rely on Him for my salvation - I can't just believe that He existed a long time ago. The word believe is not explained or translated in the new version of the AMP. I hope when I am dead and gone someone will use my bible and be reminded that A relationship with Jesus is necessary and possible through His Word.

  5. I really feel disappointed with this new translation. The potent translation of the amplified version is lost.