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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.

If you are interested in the original Amplified Bible, check Lockman's page:  Amplified Bible, Classic Edition

18 comments:

  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.

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  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!

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  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.

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  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.

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

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  6. As a Bible teacher who has knowledge of both Hebrew and Greek - and familiar with multiple English Bible translations - the Classic Version is far superior when it comes to the depth of meaning used in exegesis. Much has been left out of the new 2015 version resulting in a loss of amplification.

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  7. I am really disappointed with the new version. It feels like I'm reading a long version of the NIV. It lacks depth and ruined my favorite Psalm.

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  8. Can someone please tell me which year bible or edition I should buy if I'm interested in the older Classic amplified edition and not the 2015 one. I'd greatly appreciate it as amazon shows only the 2015 versions and the christian book store I dont see it there. Please help! :D

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    1. Look for the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition. Lockman lists several on its page:

      http://www.lockman.org/catalog/isbn1cat.php?ISBN=0310915007&hilite=no&a=29&b=0&title=Amplified+Bible+%28Classic+Edition%29

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    2. I've added a clickable link for the Classic edition to the bottom of the post. I couldn't get the link to work in a comment.

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    3. Thanks so much Bradford, I appreciate your help! God Bless.

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    4. The new has a totally different "feel" just watered down, not really a study/help guide like the old. I never even knew there was a new one out but just reading it from an app I knew something was way off until I investigate it and saw that it was redone in 2015 and it totally made sense to me. so I pulled out my big old Amplified Bible that I can use.

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  9. With other versions other than the KJV I always rush to 1 JOHN 5:7 to see if the last half of the verse was butchered off. Lo and behold, in the new 2015 AMP it was. The AMP Classic has the entire verse. Sigh...

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  10. Just one example where classic is better:

    Mark 5:28 AMP For she thought, “If I just touch His clothing, I will get well.”
    Mark 5:28 AMP
    https://bible.com/bible/1588/mrk.5.28.AMP

    Mark 5:28 AMPC For she kept saying, If I only touch His garments, I shall be restored to health.
    Mark 5:28 AMPC
    https://bible.com/bible/8/mrk.5.28.AM

    There is a major difference between merely thinking, and continually saying.

    The spoken word gives power to your thoughts. The tongue has the power of life and death. Thinking it isn't good enough. It must be spoken in order for it to become a reality.

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