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Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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The Holman Christian Standard Bible is a literal, word-for-word translation from the original languages that has been painstakingly stylized in modern-day English. The result is a text that shows respect for the inerrancy of Scripture—that is clear and understandable without being over-simplified, paraphrased, or held captive to cultural trends.

Twenty years in the making, the Holman Christian Standard Bible is the work of 100 scholars collaborating online, in real time, with the benefit of the latest breakthroughs in Bible scholarship.


  • New translation published in 2004
  • Precisely translated yet it conveys the meaning of the original Hebrew and Greek with words and grammar that are familiar to and easily understood by today's readers.
  • Produced with specially customized software that allowed new standards of precision, detail and consistency.
  • Intended to safeguard the Scriptures from trends toward cultural pluralism, political correctness, and drifting ideology by having a translation controlled by a community of believers.
  • Members of the translation team represent 17 different Protestant denominations around the world, as well as several non-denominational churches. Each team member personally affirms the inerrancy of Scripture.
  • Text features:
    • New Testament Bullet Notes explain important New Testament words or terms. Notes are marked as a hyperlink in the biblical text. Just tap on the hyperlinked word to view the note and use the back arrow to return to your starting point.
    • Capitalizes names of God and pronouns referring to God
    • Arranges poetic portions into complete line of thought
    • Words of Christ in red
    • Includes translator footnotes and cross-references

Sample Text

Psalm 1:1

How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path of sinners, or join a group of mockers!

John 3:16

For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Revelation 10:10

Then I took the little scroll from the angel's hand and ate it. It was as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I ate it, my stomach became bitter.

System Requirements

Installed size (unless otherwise indicated): Approximately 6.125 MB. iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Requires iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 5.0 or later. Download size: 6.125 MB. Android Requires Android OS 2.2 or later. Download size: 6.125 MB. Windows Phone Requires Windows Phone 7.5 or later. Download size: 6.125 MB. Windows Store Download size: 6.125 MB. Windows PC Requires Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, or later. Download size: 5.375 MB. Mac OS X Download size: 6.125 MB. Windows Mobile Requires Pocket PC / Windows Mobile version 6.5 or earlier. Download size: 5.125 MB. Palm OS Requires Palm OS 4.0 or later. Download size: 1.875 MB. webOS Requires webOS 1.4.5 or later. Download/Installed size: 4.625 MB.

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