American Translation - Goodspeed & Smith - Sample Verses

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Genesis 12:1-5

The LORD said to Abram,
"Leave your land, your relatives, and your father's house, for the land that I will show you; and I will make a great nation of you; I will bless you, and make your name so great that it will be used for blessings. I will bless those who bless you, and anyone who curses you I will curse; through you shall all the families of the earth invoke blessings on one another."
So Abram departed, as the LORD had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. Abram took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot, with all the property that they had accumulated, and the persons they had acquired in Haran, and they started out from the land of Canaan; and to the land of Canaan they came.

Psalm 23

In some early editions of the American Translation, verse 3 ends with "for his fame's sake." The edition of the Psalms from 1926 and later editions have "for his name's sake."

1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want;
2In green meadows he makes me lie down;
To refreshing waters he leads me.
3He gives me new life.
He guides me in safe paths, for his name's sake.
4Even though I walk in the darkest valley,
I fear no harm; for thou art with me.
Thy rof and thy staff- they comfort me.
5Thou layest a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6Only goodness and grace shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD down to old age.

Isaiah 55:1-3

1"Ho! everyone that is thirsty, come to the waters,
And he that has no money, come, buy, and eat!
Come, buy grain without money,
And wine and milk without price!
2Why should you spend money for what is not bread,
And your earnings for what does not datisfy?
If you but listen to me, you shall eat what is good,
And shall delight yourselves in rich nourishment.
3"Bend your ear and come to me;
Listen, that you may live!
For an everlasting covenant will I make with you,
The covenant of love which I faithfully promised to David.

Mark 1:9-13

9It was in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out of the water he saw the heavens torn open and the Spirit coming down like a dove to enter into him, 11and out of the heavens came a voice:
"You are my Son, my Beloved! You are my Chosen!"
12The spirit immediately drove him out into the desert. 13And he remained in the desert forty days, and Satan tried to tempt him there; and he was among the wild animals; but the angels waited on him.

John 1:1-5

1In the beginning the Word existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was divine.
2It was he that was with God in the beginning. 3Everything came into existance through him, and apart from him nothing came to be. 4It was by him that life came into existance, and that life was the light of mankind. 5The light is still shining in the darkness, for the darkness has never put it out.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8

1Now I want to remind you, brothers, of the form in which I presented to you the good news I brought, which you accepted and stood by, 2and through which you are to be saved, if you hold on, unless your faith has been all for nothing. 3For I passed on to you, as of first importance, the account I had received, that Christ died for our sins, as the Scriptures forefold, 4that he was buried, that on the third day he was raised from the dead, as the Scriptures foretold, 5and that he was seen by Cephas, and then by the Twelve. 6After that he was seen by more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of who are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he was seen by James, then by all the apostles, 8and finally he was seen by me also, as though I was born at the wrong time.


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