Because the original tongues are not known to all the people of God, who have a right unto, and interest in the Scriptures, and are commanded in the fear of God to read, and search them, therefore, they are to be translated into the vulgar language of every nation, unto which they come, that the Word of God dwelling plentifully in all, they may worship him in an acceptable manner, and through patience and comfort of the Scriptures may have hope.
—  London Baptist Confession of Faith, 1689

Why Refresh the ASV?

For decades, scholars have referred to the American Standard Version as the “Rock of Biblical Honesty,” and have held convictions that “interest in it should be renewed and increased, with the chief inducement being its recognized value which deserves and demands perpetuation.”

Refresh Philosophy

Like our ASV predecessors, the RASV is resolutely committed to the Formal Equivalence translation philosophy, and has endeavored to handle the English text with both deference and reserve, intending this standard ought merely to be refreshed, rather than revised, or replaced. 

Refresh Emendations

Changes made to the ASV within the limited scope of the refreshing of the English text include archaic personal pronouns (i.e. thee, thou, thine, thy, thyself, ye), archaic verb terminations (i.e. -est, -st, -th), and antiquated vocabulary, spelling, and grammar resulting from semantic shift.


Matthew 1

1  The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
   2 Abraham begot Isaac; and Isaac begot Jacob; and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers; 3 and Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar; and Perez begot Hezron; and Hezron begot Ram; 4 and Ram begot Amminadab; and Amminadab begot Nahshon; and Nahshon begat Salmon; 5 and Salmon begot Boaz by …

Romans 1

1  Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God, 2 which he promised before through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4 who was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead; even Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we received grace and …

Revelation 1

1  The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants, even the things which must shortly come to pass: and he sent and signified it by his angel to his servant John; 2 who bore witness of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, even of all things that he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads, and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things that are written in it: for the time is at hand.


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