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Whoever doesn’t love doesn’t know God, because God is Love.


About the TSV

The TSV started with the realization of a fundamental flaw in proper English. Unlike many ancient and modern languages, modern English does not have a separate word for the second person plural pronoun. The second person singular pronoun is, "you," and the second person plural pronoun is also, "you." I realized that this can cause confusion if a Bible quote is taken out of context, as they often are. It is impossible to tell if the pronoun is singular or plural. There is an easy fix to this problem. We Texans noticed the flaw long ago and fixed it by adding the word, "y'all" to our lexicon. However, there isn't a Bible translation out there that uses "y'all." So, I decided to make my own.

This translation would not be just your average translation, but including "y'all." I wanted to make a translation that was accurate, easy to read, and would make the Word stand out. Unlike most other translations, I use contractions. I even use "ain't." The TSV reads like ordinary speech. I have also done away with many of the traditional conventions in Bible versions. Pronouns that refer to God are capitalized, but pronouns that refer to Jesus are not except after the Resurrection. This is done to emphasize the humanity of Jesus. The Disciples that are present for the Transfiguration will from then on refer to Jesus with capitalized pronouns since they have been privileged to see the Deity of Christ. Also, you will not find a reference to "the Kingdom of Heaven." The TSV says "Heaven's Empire" instead. Jesus lived in an empire. It is likely that he said "empire" instead of "kingdom." Another reason for this change is because I believe when modern readers hear "kingdom" they think of fairy-tales. This is not a fairy-tale. "Empire" has an ominous sound. An empire is growing. It is moving forward. And if you are not on the right side, an empire can be very frightening.

So, here is the Texan Standard Version. Or at least what I have completed. If you have any comments, please email us.

The Gospel as told by Saint Matthew
Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10
Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20
Chapter 21 Chapter 22 Chapter 23 Chapter 24 Chapter 25 Chapter 26 Chapter 27 Chapter 28

The First Letter of Saint John the Apostle
Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5

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© Copyright 2004-2008, Jason E. Heath
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The Texan Standard Version © Copyright 2004, Jason E. Heath
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