The Holy Bible: Literal Standard Version (LSV)

· Covenant Press
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This is the first edition of the LSV available for Google Play. The LSV is published by Covenant Press, the publishing arm of the Covenant Christian Coalition.

*A modern, literal, word-for-word (formal equivalence) English translation of the Holy Scriptures utilizing English word rearrangement when necessitated for readability. The LSV is the most literal translation of The Holy Bible, with significant improvement over previous literal translations, including Robert Young’s excellent Young’s Literal Translation.

*Preservation of verb tenses wherever possible.

*Utilization of the transliterated Tetragrammaton in the Old Testament. All uppercase LORD is used in the New Testament when a reference to YHWH is likely.

*Removal of many Hebrew and Greek transliterations; remember, transliterations are generally not translations.

*Unlike most translations, justified typographic alignment consistent with the style of the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek biblical autographs. The ancient caesura mark is used for easy readability of poetic literature such as the Psalms.

*Inclusion of the verses found in older English translations such as the King James Version (KJV) that are not found in many modern translations; and inclusion of the alternative LXX Genesis chronology set next to the MT. These are contained within bolded double brackets for distinction.

*Capitalized pronouns and other nounal forms when referring to God, Christ, or the Holy Spirit. References to the Messenger of the LORD are also capitalized when the subject appears to be a clear reference to God or the Messiah (as found in translations such as the NKJV).

The goal of any good translation is to produce a readable text that preserves the original autographic meaning and comes as close as possible to translating, word-for-word, manuscripts that accurately represent the original writings. It’s with this goal in mind that the Literal Standard Version (LSV) was written—a modern, yet literal English translation based upon the most prolific texts: the Masoretic Text (MT) for the Old Testament and the Textus Receptus (TR) and Majority Text (M) for the New. However, in certain, specific instances other manuscript versions and text-types are used where the evidence seems incontrovertible (e.g., the LXX and DSS in the Hebrew and Aramaic; the Alexandrian in the Greek).


There have been a slew of new English translations in the past half-century, which may cause some to wonder why the need for another. The translators agree with the premise that different translations can serve different demographics and different reading levels to maximize exposure to God’s word. In this sense, the LSV is not a competitor to other excellent translations, but is complimentary. As the most literal modern English translation, the LSV is an excellent resource for deep and thoughtful Bible study and research, essentially an interlinear in terms of word-for-word translation, but arranged with English sentence structure.

Ratings and reviews

8 reviews
Mathew Fox
September 22, 2023
I'm surprised to say this but the LSV has quickly become my favorite translation of God's word for many reasons and I will discuss a few of them here. The LSV is in my opinion the most literal version in the English language and it is a revision of Youngs Literal Translation which is excellent as well. The aim of the translation is to keep God's word literal and to be faithful to preserve God's word. The result is a transition that is faithful to God's word and is very accurate to the words used and even keeps with the tenses of the original language when possible. The LSV translation team has drawn a line in the sand and refuses to compromise on accuracy for readability and has not compromised on Biblical truth for the sake of accommodating a Godless culture. This Bible is a must have for serious Bible study! I now use this as my primary translation and am excited to read God's word in such a refreshing way.
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Gerald Hayes
May 5, 2022
I only wished that they had made use of the singular second-person pronouns which exist, & English-speakers globally still know about (especially christians thanks to the KJV), to translate their equivalents from the source languages. Would add another layer to "literalness" without compromising readability IMO.
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Earl Jarred Benjamin
July 31, 2023
The holy bible
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