Screenshot 2013-03-25 at 8.32.40 PMAll scripture quotations and references in this blog appear in the English Standard Version (archived posts contain scriptures linked to, current and future posts link to Bible Gateway).

Why I Blog ESV explains my preference for this version, though it’s certainly not the only Bible I read.

About the ESV

The English Standard Version (ESV) stands in the classic mainstream of English Bible translations over the past half-millennium. The fountainhead of that stream was William Tyndale’s New Testament of 1526; marking its course were the King James Version of 1611 (KJV), the English Revised Version of 1885 (RV), the American Standard Version of 1901 (ASV), and the Revised Standard Version of 1952 and 1971 (RSV). In that stream, faithfulness to the text and vigorous pursuit of accuracy were combined with simplicity, beauty, and dignity of expression. Our goal has been to carry forward this legacy for a new century.

To this end each word and phrase in the ESV has been carefully weighed against the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, to ensure the fullest accuracy and clarity and to avoid under-translating or overlooking any nuance of the original text. The words and phrases themselves grow out of the Tyndale-King James legacy, and most recently out of the RSV, with the 1971 RSV text providing the starting point for our work. Archaic language has been brought to current usage and significant corrections have been made in the translation of key texts. But throughout, our goal has been to retain the depth of meaning and enduring language that have made their indelible mark on the English-speaking world and have defined the life and doctrine of the church over the last four centuries.

The ESV is an “essentially literal” translation that seeks as far as possible to capture the precise wording of the original text and the personal style of each Bible writer. It seeks to be transparent to the original text, letting the reader see as directly as possible the structure and meaning of the original.

Read more about the translators and their process.

2 thoughts on “ESV

  1. ESV is now a major translation in China.It is published by the NationalCommittee of Three-self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Church in China and China Christian Council, in partnership with Good News Publishers and the British and Foreign Bible Society.I have been using ESV for almost three years now.I hope everybody will give this new translation a try…

  2. Clark,

    It’s Gary Roberts again. Thanks for your encouragement I smile every time I run across you comment on my new blog.

    I’m reading through the ESV for the first time this year. I like what I see so far. Thanks for the info on your site.



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