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The New American Standard Bible does not attempt to interpret Scripture through translation. Instead, the NASB adheres to the principles of a formal equivalence, or word-for-word translation. This method more closely follows the word and sentence patterns of the biblical authors in order to enable the reader to study Scripture in its most literal format and to experience the individual personalities of those who penned the original manuscripts. After completion in 1971, the NASB was updated in 1977, 1995, and most recently in 2020 by the Lockman Foundation. The revision used in Thomas Nelson Bibles will be noted in the Bible edition’s description for clarity.