When I get the opportunity to read from the Word of God in public, I read from the ESV.
When I study the Bible in my quiet time, I read the ESV.
When I quote scripture on NoCamo, I quote ESV.
No, this isn’t a commercial for Crossway.
I just like the English Standard Version.
Why? Three reasons…
- I believe in using a literal translation. The ESV is essentially a word-for-word translation. Their website says that the ESV emphasizes “word-for-word” accuracy, literary excellence, and depth of meaning.
- I appreciate its readability. It reads similarly to the NIV, though maybe a little dryer. But it does so, as I said, in a word-for-word context.
- It has established itself as a lasting translation in a short span of time. In other words, I don’t believe it is going away any time soon. And unlike other translations, I do not believe it will be updated and phased out, unavailable in its current form again.
What translation do you prefer. Why?