The New American Standard Bible has been widely embraced as a smooth reading literal and accurate English translation because it consistently uses the formal equivalence translation philosophy. This method translates word-for-word from the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek as much as possible. At the same time recognizing the need for the translation to be readable for current and future generations.
The NASB Bible is commonly used in many Christian colleges and seminaries for in-depth study, because of its strict adherence to the original languages. For a Bible translation that reveals what the original manuscripts actually say - rather than what the translator believes they mean – you cannot go past the NASB.