Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version (RSV)

The RSV is a sanctioned update of the American Standard Version, published in 1901, which was itself a revision of the King James Version, published in 1611. The King James Version has been revered as "the noblest monument of English prose" for its simplicity, dignity, power, eloquent phrasing, musical cadences, and rhythmic felicities. It has shaped the personal character and public institutions of English-speaking peoples like no other book. Released on September 30, 1952, the Revised Standard Version, containing both the Old and New Testaments, has been widely embraced. The goal of the RSV is to uphold the best qualities of the English Bible as it has been cherished and utilized over the years. It is designed for use in both public and private worship, not just for reading and instruction. The urge to use popular phrases has been resisted in favor of conveying the Bible's message in simple, enduring words that are worthy of the great Tynd