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English Standard Version (ESV)

, 2016


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The English Standard Version™ is founded on the conviction that the words of the Bible are the very words of God. And because the words themselves—not just the thoughts or ideas—are inspired by God, each word must be translated with the greatest precision and accuracy. As Jesus Himself stressed, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4).

This passion for God’s Word is the driving force behind the translation of the ESV™ Bible. The English Standard Version™ does not try to “improve” on the original in light of today’s culture or by using trendy language. Instead, the utmost care has been taken to express God’s Word in English that most closely captures the meaning of the original, with understandability, beauty, and impact.

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  • Title: English Standard Version
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Print Publication Date: 2016
  • Logos Release Date: 2016
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible › English
  • Resource ID: LLS:1.0.710
  • Resource Type: Bible
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-10-21T14:23:18Z


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  2. Nathan Harris

    Nathan Harris


  3. Daniel J Turner
  4. Eduardo Gallegos
  5. Juan Solorzano
  6. Henrik Sandström
  7. Glenn Crouch

    Glenn Crouch


    Just finished my journey through the ESV - and whilst I still prefer the NIV (with NIV2011 being my default Bible), I gained more appreciation for this version that many of my colleagues recommend.

  8. Paul



    The ESV Bible a good translation have on hand. However, the Bible leaves less to desire for liturgical worship. This is not the best Bible for chanting of Psalms.

  9. Nico Groenewald
  10. Logosed



    The existence of the ESV is something of a paradox. Largely a revision of the most enduring liberal translation of the Bible, the RSV, the ESV is the work of conservatives. The paradox becomes apparent when one considers that when the RSV was released in the middle of the past century it was vilified by conservatives as an abomination. Now it has been used by conservatives as their template. In fact, the ESV is such a modest revision of the RSV one wonders why it was produced at all. Aside from the most obvious changes (no Thees and Thous) little has changed from the RSV to the ESV. Interestingly, some of the controversial renderings of the original RSV have been kept (e.g. Rom 1.17), while others have been improved (2 Cor. 5.16). At crucial points, evangelical belief has been upheld in translation (Is 7.14 "virgin" not "maiden") but the bias is hardly excessive. The motivation for producing the ESV was partly disappointment with the NRSV, the "Official" revision of the RSV. When the NRSV was released few could have predicted such far reaching changes--which came mostly but not exclusively in the area of gender translation. The NRSV was the first translation to adopt a CONSISTENT philosophy towards the translation of gender. The results were not always consistent or desirable (e.g. "O Mortal" for the literal Hebrew "Son of Man"). The ESV is beautifully translated. It reads easily and sounds like the Bible most of us have grown up with. Its real strength lies in its desire to avoid novelty in translation. It very seldom changes the RSV and where it does, one can see good reason for it (e.g. 1 Cor. 2.1). The gender approach is "soft": inclusive only where allowed by the original languages. Only time will tell whether the ESV will gain a foothold in the Bible market. My own view is that it will not, despite its strengths. The trend now seems to be with translations that favor gender inclusiveness. Even the NIV is expected to appear in the near future in a gender inclusive format. My concern with the ESV is that it was produced very quickly. In a matter of two years the project was completed. In terms of a major biblical revision, this is a short time (consider that it took nearly thirty years to complete the NEB). For those wanting a faithful and literal translation of the Bible, the ESV is a fine choice. Perhaps not a first choice, but a fine choice. My first choice would be the original RSV which may prove to be the most enduring modern literal translation of the Bible. Despite its somewhat archaic English the RSV still continues to be used widely by scholars, by Catholics, by Orthodox believers, and by others. The Logos edition is linked to Strong's.


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