2020 Updates

The CSB was created using optimal equivalence, a translation philosophy that pursues both linguistic precision to the original languages and readability in contemporary English. We believe that you don’t have to choose between faithfulness to the original text and clarity. The CSB text has been proven to optimize both, making it ideal for preaching and study, and for sharing with others.

Our CSB Translation Oversight Committee is dedicated to making our text reliable and accurate, and we know that with this comes the responsibility of being open to make changes when necessary. Based on review by our Translation Oversight Committee and feedback from scholars, pastors, and readers, we have tweaked certain passages to hone the CSB’s accuracy and readability, as well as its consistency in grammar, style, and punctuation.

The improvements to the CSB total less than 1% change of the text. The adjustments within the CSB Text Edition: 2020 are neither radical nor extensive because the translation committee is happy with the work previously carried out. Further, they do not intend to regularly update the text with minor changes such as this.

In an effort to serve our readers, we have made the following documents available for you. 



What CSB editions reflect the 2020 text revision?

As of October 2020, the CSB Verse-by-Verse Reference Bible and the CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible contain the 2020 text revision. You can purchase these editions at Lifeway.com or any of your favorite retail sites.

Will CSB editions released before 2020 be updated to reflect the 2020 text revision?

The CSB Verse-by-Verse Reference Bible and the CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible reflect the 2020 text revision. All other editions released prior to 2020 will be updated with the 2020 text revision in their future print runs.

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