Yes, the ISV Text Is Changed from Time to Time
The text of all Bible translations are revised from
time to time. Even the venerable King James Version was revised decades
ago, and the text most people recognize as the KJV would be unrecognizable
to a reader from the early 17th century.
So the question is not "if" a Bible translation has
been revised, but "which verse" and "why". But a problem comes when you
try to determine not only how and where a translation has been modified,
and why. The publishers won't tell you. Try getting a list of changes in
the NIV from its translation sponsor. Not likely!
The ISV Committee on Translation does not make changes
to the text of the ISV on a whim. Changes are not taken lightly. Much
serious study is given to the English text of the ISV and changes are made
only when deemed necessary by the Committee. And no publisher, or licensee
of the publisher, has any say in the process. Publishers of the ISV are
required to publish the text of the ISV as released by the ISV Foundation,
the sponsor and copyright holder of the text of the ISV Bible.
Policy on Version
It is the policy of Davidson Press to publish on the
Internet all changes made in the text of the ISV Bible. These changes
include clarifications of translation issues, corrections of minor
typographical errors, etc. The changes in
the text are released in the form of a database formatted as a Change
The current release of the ISV Change Table (CT 1.4) incorporates
changes made to the text of the ISV New Testament by the
on Translation. The tables reflect changes in the latest build of
the ISV New Testament.
No additional builds are expected to be released (either in print or on
the Internet) until the ISV New Testament with
Psalms and Proverbs is
The ISV is Different
We have a different philosophy about our text revisions. We call it
"open source". We don't mean that quite like the term is used in the
computer software industry. But we do mean that we'll tell you how the
text has been modified from release number to release number. We do that
through our industry-unique "Change Tables".
You see, like software, we have assigned Release
Numbers to the text of the ISV. Our current release number for the ISV New
1.4 -- that is to say, Build 1, Release
4. When the ISV Bible
is complete, it will carry a new build and release number: ISV 2.0. (There
will be no ISV 1.0 for the completed ISV Bible; the 1.0 designator was
reserved for the ISV New Testament only.)
There have been 4 Release Numbers of the ISV New
Testament; five, if you count the Preview Release (1.00). Below is a table
with links to PDF files of the Change Tables, so you can see how the text
was revised from our earliest Preview Release (in paperback back in 1998)
to our first hardback (ISV 1.01).
Note that the
ISV NT 1.3 is our current printed release, and it has been published
in printed form only through a Print-On-Demand (POD) format. It
is available from our
Store. The ISV NT 1.4 has only been published in a
PDF version. We expect to publish our
next printed edition of the ISV NT 1.4 as the ISV New Testament with
Psalms and Proverbs.
See these important links from the ISV Foundation's
What's in the Latest Release of the ISV?
What's Coming in the Next Release of the ISV?
In the list of Change Tables below, our most current
Change Table (1.40) is on top. Our earlier releases are on the bottom.
Please note, however, that there were a few minor changes made in some
internal editions of the ISV NT which were never published in any printed
form, or which were not released to the public in PDF formats. Change
tables for these minor releases have not been posted by Davidson Press,
but they have been posted by the ISV Foundation. These very minor release
changes are available for further review from this link:
If you want to see changes from...
...then download this Change Table
to This Release...
ISV NT 1.40
ISV NT 1.30
ISV NT 1.40
ISV NT 1.20
||ISV NT 1.30
ISV NT 1.10
||ISV NT 1.20
ISV NT 1.00
||ISV NT 1.10
Preview Release 1.00
||ISV NT 1.00
Some Early Revisions
ISV PR 1.00
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