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The Amplified Bible is a translation that, by using synonyms and definitions, both explains and expands the meaning of words in the text. It does this by placing amplification in parentheses and brackets after key words or phrases. This unique system of translation allows you to more completely grasp the meaning of the words as they were understood in the original languages. Through amplification, you will gain a better understanding of what the Hebrew and Greek listener instinctively understood (as a matter of course).

Take for example, the Greek word pisteuo, which the vast majority of versions render as "believe." That simple translation, however, hardly does justice to the many meanings contained in the Greek pisteuo: "to adhere to, cleave to; to trust to have have faith in; to rely on, to depend on." Notice the subtle shades of meaning which are unlocked in John 11:25 by the Amplified translation:

"Jesus said to her, I am [Myself] the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on) Me, although he may die, yet he shall live."


  • Features a unique system of brackets, parentheses and italics to define and expand key words and phrases in the Bible text
    • Parentheses "()" provide additional phases of meaning from the original word
    • Brackets "[ ]" indicate clarifying words or comments not actually expressed in the original text
    • Italics highlight passages, conjunctions (i.e "and") and other words not in the original text
    • Capitals show names and personal pronouns referring to the Deity. (NOTE: Words of Christ are NOT in red in keeping with printed editions).
    • Footnotes (over 2500) provide concise historical and archaelogical information and devotional insights, plus references to select sources and authors. Just tap on the footnote indicator to instantly view the footnote.
    • Cross-references indicate related passages, fulfillment of prophecy, etc. Just tap on the verse reference to view the related verse and use the "back" option to return to the original verse.
  • A translation from the accepted Hebrew, Aramic, and Greek manuscripts into literary English, the following were used as a basis for translation:
    • American Standard Version 1901
    • Rudolph Kittel's Biblia Hebraica
    • Greek text of Westcott and Hort
    • 23rd edition of the Nestle Greek New Testament
    • The best Hebrew and Greek lexicons available at the time
    • Cognate languages, the Dead Sea Scrolls and other Greek works were also consulted
    • The Septuagint and other versions were compared for interpretation of the textual differences
  • Based on the extensive research work of Dr. Frances Siewart and reviewed by a committee of translation experts for accuracy
  • Free of personal interpretation and independent of denominational prejudice

Sample Text

Psalm 1:1

BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather.

John 3:16

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof, and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God's will in thought, purpose, and action), So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Revelation 10:10

So I took the little book from the angel's hand and ate and swallowed it; it was as sweet as honey in my mouth, but once I swallowed it, my stomach was made embittered.

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