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Revised Second Edition of Dr. John MacArthur’s Bestselling NASB Study Bible

Buy your copy of The MacArthur Study Bible in the Bible Gateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every dayFor more than 50 years, Dr. John MacArthur has collected his pastoral and scholarly work to create the most comprehensive scriptural reference notes for the New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation. Thomas Nelson Bibles, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, has now released the fully redesigned and updated second edition of The MacArthur Study Bible (Thomas Nelson Bibles, 2020).

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Like The MacArthur Study Bible, Second Edition, NKJV, which released in September 2019, the NASB edition is fully redesigned with updated study notes and expanded selection of maps and charts.

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“Over the years, John MacArthur has been my “go to” teacher to understand the Bible,” said John Kramp, senior vice president and group publisher, for Thomas Nelson Bibles. “I envy all those who will read and use this Bible for the first time. Expect a feast. For the rest of us who have relied on the first edition for years, this is what we’ve been waiting for.”

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Faithful to the End: Paul and the Gospel]

According to Thomas Nelson Bibles, over 2 million readers around the world have had their spiritual lives enriched and their understanding of God’s Word expanded by The MacArthur Study Bible. Drawing on more than 50 years of dedicated pastoral and scholarly work, Dr. John MacArthur’s verse-by-verse study notes, book introductions, and articles display an unparalleled commitment to his life’s work—making God known through Scripture.

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“I live for one primary reason and that is to make the Bible understandable,” said Dr. MacArthur. “The intention of the MacArthur Study Bibles has always been singular—to explain the meaning of the text. The meaning is the revelation, you’ve got to get the meaning right.”

Features of The MacArthur Study Bible include:

  • Nearly 25,000 verse-by-verse study notes
  • 190 in-text maps, charts, and diagrams that illustrate the meanings, themes, teachings, people, and places of Scripture
  • Outline of Systematic Theology
  • Thomas Nelson’s complete cross-reference system, with over 72,000 references
  • Concordance
  • Bible reading plans
  • Chronology of Old Testament Patriarchs and Judges
  • Chronology of Old Testament Kings and Prophets
  • Chronology of the New Testament
  • Overviews of Christ’s Life, Ministry, and Passion Week
  • Harmony of the Gospels
  • Introductions to each major section of Scripture
  • Index to Key Bible Doctrines
  • Clear and serenely readable NASB Comfort Print® 9.5-point typeface

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Resplendent Premier Collection Bibles—KJV, NKJV, and NIV—Released from Thomas Nelson and Zondervan]

The new second edition of the NASB MacArthur Study Bible offers a range of cover choices, including a Premier Collection edition bound with goatskin; premium European Bible paper; beautiful art-gilded edges; and three satin ribbon markers.

“The Premier Collection exemplifies the high and exacting standards of craftsmanship in Bible publishing,” said Philip Nation, vice president and publisher, Thomas Nelson Bibles. “It is fitting that we present The MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition (NKJV and NASB) in these volumes that will last a lifetime. Dr. MacArthur’s legacy is one of seeking a precise understanding of the Scriptures and is deserving of inclusion in these beautiful editions.”

To learn more about the latest edition and translations available in the MacArthur Study Bible, visit www.newMacArthurBible.com

About the Author:
John MacArthur (@johnmacarthur) has served as the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, since 1969. His ministry of expository preaching is unparalleled in its breadth and influence. In more than four decades of ministry from the same pulpit, he has preached verse by verse through the entire New Testament (and several key sections of the Old Testament). He is chancellor of the Master’s University and Seminary and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. He has authored a number of bestselling books, including Twelve Ordinary Men and One Perfect Life.

About Thomas Nelson
Thomas Nelson (@ThomasNelson) is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit www.thomasnelson.com.


The MacArthur Study Bible is published by HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the parent company of Bible Gateway.


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Largest Print Size Available in the NASB Translation

Buy your copy of the NASB Super Giant Print Reference Bible, Leathersoft, Brown, Red Letter Edition, 1995 Text, Comfort Print in the FaithGateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every dayThe New American Standard Bible (NASB) Super Giant Print Reference Bible, 1995 Edition (Zondervan, 2020) now features the exclusive NASB Comfort Print® typeface in the extra-large 16.5-point text size, making it the largest print size available in the NASB.

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Exegetical Preaching Blog Launched; Uses the NASB Bible Translation]

Universally recognized as the gold standard among word-for-word translations, this reference Bible gives readers a clear and exceptionally smooth reading experience of the translation celebrated for faithfulness to the original biblical languages.

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Features of the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Super Giant Print Reference Bible, 1995 Edition include:

  • The full text of the New American Standard Bible, 1995 Edition
  • Double column format
  • Full NASB cross-reference system
  • NASB concordance
  • Satin ribbon marker
  • Words of Christ in red
  • Exclusive Zondervan NASB Comfort Print typeface
  • 16.5-point print size

Page sample of the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Super Giant Print Reference Bible, 1995 Edition.

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Publisher of the New American Standard Bible, 1995 Edition (NASB) is HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the parent company of Bible Gateway.


About Comfort Print®
Zondervan Bibles teamed up with 2K/Denmark, the world’s foremost Bible typeface foundry, to create exclusive Comfort Print® Bible fonts. NASB Comfort Print Bibles are easy to read at any size because the typeface was designed to be both efficient and readable. Zondervan Bibles believes that the beauty of the message should be reflected in the physical form of the book. Choosing the right typeface is one significant element in creating beautiful Bibles. To learn more about Comfort Print® fonts, visit www.ComfortPrintBibles.com.

About Zondervan
Zondervan (@Zondervan) is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources, and digital products. The company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, Mich. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

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Halley’s Study Bible on John 1

Buy the NIV Halley's Study Bible, Comfort Print Edition in the Bible Gateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every dayWith content gleaned from Halley’s Bible Handbook (Zondervan, 2014)—the most popular Bible handbook of all time and available as one of more than 40 study resources with your membership in Bible Gateway PlusHalley’s Study Bible (Zondervan, 2020) helps you understand the Bible through articles, study notes, charts, maps, and photos next to related Scripture.

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Here are examples of reference articles from the first chapter of the Gospel of John.

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ETERNITY AND THE DEITY OF JESUS

John 1:1–3
These verses remind us of the opening words of Genesis. Jesus is called God and Creator. John is very positive that Jesus was a personality who existed from eternity, and that he had had a hand in the creation of the universe. Jesus is here called the Word. In Genesis we read again and again, “And God said.”

In John 17:5, Jesus is quoted as referring to the glory he had with the Father before the world existed. Thus Jesus is God’s expression of himself to humanity. He is God’s message to us.

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JESUS: THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

John 1:4–13
Jesus said this again and again (8:12; 9:5; 12:46). It is one of the keynotes in John’s writings about Jesus (1 Jn 1:5–7). It means that Jesus, as light of the world, is the One who makes clear the meaning and destiny of human existence.

Verse 6 introduces John the Baptist, who was sent from God, not as the light, but as a witness to the light. All references to John in this Gospel refer to John the Baptist and not the author.

John’s Gospel emphasizes that membership in God’s family is provided to all who receive him and believe in his name (v. 12). Salvation is received through God’s grace and never through human works.

THE INCARNATION

John 1:14–18
God became a man in order to win humanity to himself. God could have made human beings with an instinct to do his will, but he chose rather to give them the power to decide for themselves their attitude toward their Creator. But God is Spirit, and we are hedged in by the limitations of a material body and have little conception of what a spirit is. So the Creator came to his creatures in the form of one of them to give them an idea of the kind of Being he is. God is like Jesus. Jesus is like God.

JOHN’S TESTIMONY

John 1:19–34
After brief statements about the deity of Jesus and his pre-existence and incarnation, John’s Gospel, passing over Jesus’ birth, childhood, baptism, and temptation, starts with the testimony to the deity of Jesus given by John the Baptist to the investigating committee from the Sanhedrin.

The Prophet (v. 21) was a descriptive title of the Messiah and was generally understood as such by the people in Jesus’ day (6:14).

Note John’s profound humility in his devotion to Christ (v. 27)—he did not consider himself worthy even to untie Jesus’ shoe—a servant’s job. This is so noteworthy that it is recorded in all four Gospels (Mt 3:11; Mk 1:7; Lk 3:16). What a powerful statement to the world if all Christians could exhibit the same humble adoration of the Lord!

Lamb of God (v. 29), a descriptive title of Jesus used only here and in v. 36. John is foretelling that Jesus will be the sacrifice that atones for the sins of the world.

SON OF MAN

John 1:51
This was Jesus’ favorite name for himself. It occurs about 70 times in the Gospels: 30 times in Matthew, 5 in Mark, 25 in Luke, and 10 times in John. It was used in Daniel 7:13–14 and verse 27 as a name of the coming Messiah. Jesus’ use of it to refer to himself may have amounted to a claim that he was the Messiah.

On the other hand, it suggests that Jesus rejoiced in his experience as God in human form, sharing the life of humankind. He carried the title with him to heaven (Ac 7:56; Rev 1:13; 14:14). Ezekiel was addressed about 90 times as “son of man” (Eze 2:1,3,6,8, etc.), implying the lowliness of man compared with God.

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Celebrate Audiobook Month (And the Rest of the Year) With Audio Bibles

Thomas Edison and his phonographAccording to the US Library of Congress, 1877 is the date popularly given for Thomas Edison’s completion of the model for the first phonograph.
He was trying to improve the telegraph transmitter when he noticed that the movement of the paper tape through the machine produced a noise resembling spoken words when played at a high speed. Experimenting with a stylus (hard-pointed instrument like a large needle) on a tinfoil cylinder, Edison spoke into the machine, “Mary had a little lamb.” Eventually phonographic books for those who were sight-impaired were one of the ideas he had in mind for the purpose of his invention.

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The original cylinders used with Edison’s phonograph only held about four minutes of audio. Even when flat platters were introduced the duration was only 12 minutes, hardly sufficient for the recording of long chapter books. In the 1920s reel-to-reel tape recordings were possible, but its playback equipment proved expensive. It wasn’t until the mid-20th century when long-playing 12-inch vinyl records appeared that long form narrative recordings were viable. Then came the 60-minute cassette tape developed in 1962, followed by the audio CD (compact disc) in 1979. Once digital downloads became popular in 2005, audiobooks came into their own.

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Select a Bible Reading Plan on the Free Bible Audio App]

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As Audiobook Month, June celebrates this rich audio history and its benefit to millions of people every year. So, during this month, Bible Gateway is pleased to celebrate the convenience and benefit of audio Bibles.


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Popular Children’s Adventure Bible Available in NRSV Translation

Buy your copy of the NRSV Adventure Bible in the Bible Gateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every dayWith more than 10 million copies sold, the Adventure Bible (Zonderkidz) brand is beloved by Christian schools, churches, and families alike. The bestselling Bible for children is now available in the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).

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Commissioned by the National Council of Churches, the NRSV has been endorsed by 33 Christian denominations and faithfully serves the global church in faith formation and the liturgy.

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The NRSV Adventure Bible (Zonderkidz, 2020) offers all the features loved by kids, including full-color illustrations and 20 special pages that focus on important topics like prayer and faith.

Kids will be captivated by the many features including the “Did You Know?” notes that highlight interesting facts to help them understand God’s Word. Along the way they’ll meet all types of people, see all sorts of places, and learn all kinds of things about the Bible.

Features of the NRSV Adventure Bible include:

  • Full color throughout: Makes learning about the people, places, and culture of the Bible even more engaging
  • Life in Bible Times: Articles and illustrations describe what life was like in ancient days
  • Words to Treasure: Highlights great verses to memorize
  • Did You Know?: Interesting facts help you understand God’s Word and the life of faith
  • People in Bible Times: Articles offer close-up looks at amazing people of the Bible
  • Live It!: Hands-on activities help you apply biblical truths to your life
  • 20 special pages: Focus on topics such as famous people of the Bible, highlights of the life of Jesus, how to pray, and the love passage for kids, all with a jungle safari design
  • Book introductions with useful facts about each book of the Bible
  • NRSV Concise Concordance for looking up tricky words
  • Color map section to help locate places in the Bible
  • Exclusive Zondervan NRSV Comfort Print® typeface
  • Readable 9.5-point print size
  • Complete text of the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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Bible Verses About Pentecost

Pentecost Feast of HarvestWhile the Christian church recognizes the Day of Pentecost as the birth of the church when the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples, the Jewish holiday has its roots in the Old Testament (Exod 34:22; Num 28:17; Deut 16:10; 2 Chron 8:13). As the second of the three great pilgrimage feasts in Israel (the other two are Passover and Tabernacles) it concluded a cycle of time begun at Passover. According to the Encyclopedia of the Bible on Bible Gateway, it was named Pentecost because it fell on the 50th day after the offering of the barley sheaf during the Passover celebration. It was the beginning of the offering of firstfruits.

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Other names for the observance include Feast of Ingathering, Feast of Reaping, Feast of Harvest, Fifty Days, Assembly, and Day of First Fruits. It was essentially a harvest celebration. Exodus 23:16 gives the most ancient name as “Feast of Harvest.” The title “Weeks,” used for the special feast day when the firstfruits of the wheat harvest were presented to God, refers to the whole period of grain harvest, starting with the reaping of the barley and concluding with the end of wheat harvest, a period of about seven weeks. The period was particularly sacred in Israel when they recognized the Lord as the source of rain and fertility (Jer 5:24).

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[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Unlocking the Secrets of the Old Testament Feasts: An Interview with Michael Norten]

The Encyclopedia says the feast was designated the “day of first fruits” (Num 28:26; Exod 23:16; 34:22; Lev 23:17), because it marked the beginning of the time in which the people were to voluntarily bring their offerings of firstfruits, a season that concluded with the Feast of Tabernacles (Booths). It was celebrated as a sabbath with rest from ordinary labors and the calling of a holy convocation (Lev 23:21; Num 28:26).

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Exodus 34:22-26 (NIV)

Celebrate the Festival of Weeks with the firstfruits of the wheat harvest, and the Festival of Ingathering at the turn of the year. Three times a year all your men are to appear before the Sovereign LORD, the God of Israel. I will drive out nations before you and enlarge your territory, and no one will covet your land when you go up three times each year to appear before the LORD your God.

Do not offer the blood of a sacrifice to me along with anything containing yeast, and do not let any of the sacrifice from the Passover Festival remain until morning.

Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 16:9-16 (NKJV)

You shall count seven weeks for yourself; begin to count the seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the grain. Then you shall keep the Feast of Weeks to the LORD your God with the tribute of a freewill offering from your hand, which you shall give as the LORD your God blesses you. You shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite who is within your gates, the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who are among you, at the place where the LORD your God chooses to make His name abide. And you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and you shall be careful to observe these statutes.

You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days, when you have gathered from your threshing floor and from your winepress. And you shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant and the Levite, the stranger and the fatherless and the widow, who are within your gates. Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast to the LORD your God in the place which the LORD chooses, because the LORD your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you surely rejoice.

Three times a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles; and they shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed.

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Pentecost: The Holy Spirit Advancing the Church]

Acts 2:1-12 (NIrV)

When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers gathered in one place. Suddenly a sound came from heaven. It was like a strong wind blowing. It filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw something that looked like fire in the shape of tongues. The flames separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit. They began to speak in languages they had not known before. The Spirit gave them the ability to do this.

Godly Jews from every country in the world were staying in Jerusalem. A crowd came together when they heard the sound. They were bewildered because each of them heard their own language being spoken. The crowd was really amazed. They asked, “Aren’t all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then why do we each hear them speaking in our own native language? We are Parthians, Medes and Elamites. We live in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia. We are from Pontus, Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia. Others of us are from Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene. Still others are visitors from Rome. Some of the visitors are Jews. Others have accepted the Jewish faith. Also, Cretans and Arabs are here. We hear all these people speaking about God’s wonders in our own languages!” They were amazed and bewildered. They asked one another, “What does this mean?”

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5 Psalms to Contemplate This Week

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As COVID-19 continues to plague our world, our nation, and our communities, the importance of turning in desperation to God’s Word cannot be overstated. I’d like to share 5 Psalms that represent a spectrum of emotions, from confidence to despair—sentiments that many of us might feel within the span of a single hour.

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, COVID-19: Bible Reading Plan of Assurance]

It’s essential that we take all of these moments to God. That we hand over to him our impatience and anguish, just as David demands in Psalm 4 (“Answer me when I call to you, / my righteous God.”) That we grapple with such reckless hope as can be found in Psalm 112 (“They will have no fear of bad news; / their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”). That we turn toward him with the world-defying trust that can be found in Psalm 13 (“But I trust in your unfailing love…”)

It’s all here. The Psalms offer us a way to be human before our Creator. I find these 5 especially helpful for defining my own feelings and restoring my faith. Here they are in numerical order, without verse numbers, footnotes, or commentary:

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Psalm 4

Answer me when I call to you,
    my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
    have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
    How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?
Know that the LORD has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
    the LORD hears when I call to him.

Tremble and do not sin;
    when you are on your beds,
    search your hearts and be silent.
Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
    and trust in the LORD.

Many, LORD, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
    Let the light of your face shine on us.
Fill my heart with joy
    when their grain and new wine abound.

In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for you alone, LORD,
    make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 13

How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
    and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
    How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, LORD my God.
    Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
    and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your unfailing love;
    my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the LORD’s praise,
    for he has been good to me.

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The LORD Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the LORD has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

The LORD Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

Psalm 112

Praise the LORD.

Blessed are those who fear the LORD,
    who find great delight in his commands.

Their children will be mighty in the land;
    the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in their houses,
    and their righteousness endures forever.
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
    for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,
    who conduct their affairs with justice.

Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
    they will be remembered forever.
They will have no fear of bad news;
    their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;
    in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor,
    their righteousness endures forever;
    their horn will be lifted high in honor.

The wicked will see and be vexed,
    they will gnash their teeth and waste away;
    the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.

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With Children Home, Have Them Join the 10 Million Others Reading the Adventure Bible

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Buy your copy of the NIrV Adventure Bible Polar Exploration Edition in the Bible Gateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every dayThe Adventure Bible, published by Zonderkidz, has surpassed 10 million units sold since first appearing 31 years ago.

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Created in 1989 by Dr. Larry Richards, the Adventure Bible is the bestselling children’s Bible in America. Teaching materials ancillary to the biblical text are written at a 3rd grade reading level for developing readers, so children can share and understand God’s Word. The Bible’s colorful features and notes clarify the stories and concepts of Scripture and help them be understood as relevant to the lives of children.

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Sue Richards“Zondervan has worked hard to make this special Bible friendly for young readers. The quality and trustworthiness of the features are of the highest standard, scholarship and creativity,” said Sue Richards, widow of Adventure Bible creator, Dr. Larry Richards. “Each volume is so colorful and attractive. Kids are excited to dig in and learn that the Bible is fascinating and speaks to all people whatever their age!”

Adventure Bible milestones:

“As the current stewards of this important brand, we love to see kids get excited about reading their Bible, regularly creating a lifelong love for God’s Word,” says Kevin Traub, senior marketing director, Zondervan. “One of my favorite aspects of this is hearing from current ministry leaders who read the Adventure Bible as a child and now use it in their ministry to teach the next generation.”

The Adventure Bible brand was expanded in 2013 and now includes Bibles, devotionals, Bible stories, I Can Read (early reader books) and apps. It is recommended more than any other Bible for kids by Christian schools, churches, and families.

“Our core commitment is to offer beautiful Bibles, in multiple translations, for all ages and stages. We are thrilled to fulfill that vision by publishing the Adventure Bible in multiple translations (NIV, NIrV, NKJV, with the NRSV arriving soon and an additional translation offering to be announced soon),” said Melinda Bouma, vice president and publisher of Zondervan Bibles. “With our ability to expand the Adventure Bible audience to more families by providing it in their translation of choice, we celebrate the ten million lives changed and eagerly anticipate millions more young lives impacted for years to come.”

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Strong Demand for Bibles During Global Crisis; Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition Now Available in Large Print and Personal Size

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With the majority of Americans confined to their homes, thousands stricken by COVID-19, and Bibles an increasingly sought-after resource, Tyndale and Zondervan have released two new editions of the Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition, (Tyndale House/Zondervan, 2019): Large Print and Personal Size.

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“In times of uncertainty and fear, people are turning to God and finding help in God’s Word,” says Jim Jewell, Tyndale communications director. “Having the #1 study Bible in large print and a personal size make it more accessible. In a time of crisis we see how the Bible is, indeed, for all times and for all generations.”

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Like a Smartphone, the Life Application Study Bible Is Updated: An Interview with Ron Beers]

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The third edition of the Life Application Study Bible (LASB) is published simultaneously by Tyndale House Publishers and Zondervan, available in both the NLT (LASB NLT website) and the NIV (LASB NIV website) Bible translations and in a variety of covers and bindings.

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Expanded features of the Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition include:

  • People Profiles – 148 profiles of biblical people include strengths and weaknesses, accomplishments and mistakes, and key lessons from their lives.
  • 10,000+ Application and Explanatory Notes – Hundreds of new study notes have been added where there was additional need to help the reader understand and apply the text.
  • Maps – Maps illustrate the story of the Bible from a geographical point of view.
  • Charts and Diagrams – Hundreds of features help the reader better visualize difficult concepts and relationships and also show their significance.
  • An Interior Accent Color – Refreshed design with a second color for visual clarity.

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The Abide Bible: Engaging Scripture, Engaging God

Buy your copy of The Abide Bible in the Bible Gateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every dayYou probably have been told you should read the Bible. It’s an important book. It’s been influential for centuries. And it’s the number-one bestseller year after year.

But has anyone taught you how to read the Bible to achieve maximum spiritual growth in your life (not merely knowledge of biblical people and events)? Engaging Scripture is more than acquiring and cataloging information. Effective Scripture engagement is when you personally interact with the Bible’s stories, poems, songs, history, principles, and lessons so that you discern the text speaking to you by the power of the Holy Spirit, enabling you to get beyond the printed page and hear the voice of God, and discover for yourself the unique claim Jesus Christ is making upon you.

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The Bible itself teaches us how we’re to approach God’s Word. It uses such vocabulary as “meditate” (Psalm 1:2; Joshua 1:8), “reflect” (2 Timothy 2:7), “look intently” (James 1:25), “dwell” (Colossians 3:16), “ponder” (Psalm 119:95), “consider” (Jeremiah 2:31), and even “eat” (Jeremiah 15:16. These words describe Scripture engagement.

The Abide Bible (Thomas Nelson, 2020), available in both the New King James Version (NKJV) and New English Translation (NET), is designed to help you experience the peace, hope, and growth that come from encountering the voice and presence of God in Scripture. Every feature in The Abide Bible is arranged to teach and develop Scripture-engagement habits that help you know the power and spiritual nourishment of abiding in Christ (John 15:4).


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Having a foundational understanding of Scripture engagement is critical, as is developing the skills necessary to actually be able to better meet God in his Word. Like the Ethiopian eunuch, we often need a “Philip” to come alongside of us who can model the process to help us know what to do when we come to the Bible (Acts 8:26-40).

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Just as there are many ways to exercise that lead to being physically healthy, there are a variety of ways to engage Scripture that lead to spiritual health. Throughout its history the church has used and taught a number of methods to help people assimilate scriptural meaning into their lives.

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Created in partnership with Bible Gateway and the Taylor University Center for Scripture Engagement (@TaylorU_CSE), The Abide Bible’s features include articles, book introductions, and practical Scripture prompts based on five ways of engaging deeply with the Bible. What follows is a more detailed description of the five specific Scripture engagement practices used in The Abide Bible (website), with video descriptions of each presented by Dr. Phil Collins from Taylor University’s Center for Scripture Engagement. These five are not the only five that exist, but they are five foundational practices that probably every follower of Jesus should be exposed to and experiment with.
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  • Praying Scripture: Pattern your prayers after biblical texts, personalizing the prayer and gaining language for the thoughts and emotions you want to express.


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  • Picture It: Place yourself in a biblical narrative as a bystander or participant in important events.


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  • Journal: Focus and reflect on Scripture and its meaning for your life, opening yourself to God’s voice as you ponder.


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  • Engage Through Art: Consider a classic piece of art—photograph, sculpture, painting—and let it deepen your meditations on scriptural truths.


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  • Contemplate: Follow the church’s long-standing practice of reading, meditating on, praying, and contemplating a passage of Scripture in order to experience God’s presence through the words of the Bible.

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