Holy Bible: English Standard Version
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Holy Bible: English Standard Version

4.66 of 5 stars 4.66  ·  rating details  ·  5,761 ratings  ·  274 reviews
The ESV Compact TruTone edition is a handy way to carry the Word of God with you. A TruTone cover creates a contemporary, attractive look. The leather-like covers are available in twelve different color and design combinations. Section headings, textual notes, and a complete concordance with more than 12,000 entries aid in reading the red letter text. A free Bible resource...more
Leather Bound, Thinline - Classic Edition: Leather TruTone - Charcoal - Cross Design, 1120 pages
Published May 11th 2004 by Good News - Crossway Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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Jen
Since this is actually 66 books in one, perhaps I should review them as I go. This is my second go-round with the Bible, reading it cover to cover, but I'm trying to do it in one year this time rather than the nearly four years it took me last time. [EDIT NOTE: Okay, so it's taking me more than a year. We'll go for a year and a half.] I refuse to review this as a theological text, even though it is for me and that's why I'm re-reading it, as this is a book review website and not a church forum....more
Rebecca
It's strange that one of the most important, most dangerous, and most misused books in the world could be so mind-numbingly boring.

Also, anyone who claims they live their life by the bible should actually read it and see exactly what it is they claim to do. I'm guessing most people ignore 90% of what it says to do. Really, you could just collect everything Jesus says into one slender manual and cut the rest, since Jesus's sermons are the only parts anyone should really be proud of. The rest of...more
Adam T Calvert
The best English translation of the Bible available.

The goal of the translators was to make this as readable as the NIV and as literal as the NASB. If that goal could ever have been achieved (translation in itself really is a difficult task), God used the translators of the ESV to do it.

The one place I have an issue with is Daniel 9:25. It seems clear from the text that "there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again..." should have been translated, "there shall be...more
Matthew
Nov 18, 2009 Matthew rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
My review: Life.
What I am learning from this book: Salvation. Life. Joy. Truth. Hope. Courage.
Ryan
Dec 22, 2008 Ryan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
George Mueller read the bible over 200 times in his life. One of my friend's preacher Grandfather read the bible right at 400 times before he died. I'd like to land somewhere in there if God lets me live long enough and Jesus waits to come back. I've been reading for the last 14 years and the things i have learned would take a book to explain. But it has made me a better preacher a better husband a better person in general.

"these are not mere words, they are your very life" Deuteronomy 32:47
Stanley Lee
Oct 19, 2008 Stanley Lee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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What can I say?

I've been reading since the freshman year of High School. I've never run out of things to learn or new ways to appreciate it. There've been highs and lows but in the end... it always comes back here.
Jenny
Tomorrow I finish my first round of reading the Bible cover to cover. I've read it through in pieces of course, and all the way through the New then the Old Testament in college. But to read it through in a year was a privilege and a joy. Our church started reading through the Bible during this year, preaching from a selection of the previous week's readings.

At first I didn't want to read it because I instinctively balk at bandwagony things, and because I wanted to be too cool to do what everyo...more
Jenna Mills
At 20% Joshua
Another deeply depressing book. I'd compare it best to violent computer games nobody ever wants kids to play. For some bizarre reason, it's ok that cities are destroyed (down to the last donkey, never mind the children), so long as God is on your side. The God in this book is heartless and vengeful, and even stoops so low as blackmailing Joshua towards the end! I'll continue helping you to kill people and take their land and wealth for yourselves so long as you have nothing to do wi...more
Brenda Funk
Well, I did it! Read through the whole Bible this year. Many parts of it left me confused and dismayed. I must confess that my understanding of what this all means is not very complete. But -- one thing I have taken great hope and joy in is the underlying theme that runs through it all, that is the bottom line -- of the redemptiveness of God's love, of restoration and hope and healing that is coming. When I read these passages I am stirred almost to tears, I am filled with 'home-sickness' as I t...more
Rob Block
Greatest book I have ever read. It is written by a universe renowned writer. Focuses on the Hero of the book, Jesus Christ, who frees His people from bondage and slavery to sin through His sacrifical atoning death...only death could not hold Him, so he becomes raised from the dead, commisions 12 men to build His church and currently sits at His Father's right hand. Story culminates with His return to earth where He establishes His kingdom for those he foreordained since the beginning of time...I...more
Sarah
Finished reading the entire Bible yesterday - started July 9. I've always loved the Bible, and reading it so quickly has made me love it in new ways. I never realized how someone could come to believe in God solely on reading the Bible (I mean, come on. It's a weird book), but when I plowed through the scriptures in a very non-academic way, the faithfulness of God was so obvious. It was a great exercise in self-discipline - both to read consistently and not get sucked into investigating some que...more
Deboreads
My handbook to life and beyond. Not written by "Anonymous" this Holy Book was written by Godly people inspired by the Holy Spirit of the One True God - The God of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob. Leading us to the Messiah, God's Son, Jesus Christ.
Evelynn {The Literary Pianist}
Okay, the reason I'm giving is four stars is because I didn't really care for parts of the translation. Otherwise, I'm really excited, because this was the first time I've read the Bible through, cover-to-cover.
Clint
A book that is living and active and able to discern the seperation of bone and marrow, sole and spirit. Inside are the truths of life and Godliness, and the path to a personal relationship with God Himself.
Angie D
I hope I will never be able to mark this as finally and completely "read".

And also, it's small enough to fit in my purse but the printing is big enough to read. It's the perfect size.
Dustan
Best seller of all time. Most translated. The LIVING book. THE book full of God's good magic. Able to show us the difference between our thoughts and God's.

I love the Bible.
Schaeffer
May 01, 2007 Schaeffer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Umm...EVERYONE!!!
Shelves: thebible
This book is the axis of the universe. You owe you're very existence to this book, whether or not you ever read it. So read it, eh?
Rebecca
Of course...I love Jesus's word! The ESV is definitely a great choice of translation.
Danielle
I love getting to know the Author of this one....it's hands-down my fave.
Kyle Pierpont
Sep 17, 2007 Kyle Pierpont added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
my need for Jesus Christ in my life and His life to fill me fresh daily.
Jeff Crompton
I've never read the Bible cover-to-cover, and don't know if I can make it through the Old Testament, so I'm reading the New Testament. My perspective is probably pretty different from most people who read this book. As I go, I'll post some comments and observations here, so this "review" will be frequently updated. Unless I chicken out....

8/4/11: Okay, I've finished reading the four Gospels, the accounts of Jesus' life and teachings by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The following is not intended...more
Ironman Ninetytwo
This was very educational. I don't think these writings can be used to conclude one thing or another about the existence of God. I really don't understand fundamentalism. There is no way to adhere to the entirety of the OT teachings. Anyone who adheres to a portion of them - which portion do you select? Ultimately people are adhering to rules of the culture in which they live. That culture may be picking and choosing from among the laws of the Bible, but the culture is not the culture of the Jew...more
Ginelle
This is my first time reading through the whole bible! It took me so long - I would forget, or put it off, or get caught/stuck in a hard book. I'm so glad that I finally finished it though.
I feel like I like KJV or NKJ more than this ESV because you just lose some of the emotion with the common, everyday language used in ESV.
I think I liked Ephesian the most, it spoke to me more and I was able to grasp more of it. And I really liked Job. One of the things that strikes me about God is all of Hi i...more
Jacky
May 19, 2007 Jacky rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone should have at least an ESV translation
Shelves: christian
The Bible simply reveals the God who reflects the multi-faceted nature of universal justice which no man can conjure in their wildest philosophies.

One sitting will reveal the history of God.

Second sitting will reveal the utter impossibility of us knowing 'enough' about Him.

Third sitting will reveal His overwhelming magnificence.

Fourth sitting... well, only if you have the time.

This translation is one of the most literal translations of the Holy Scripture - very good for those people stuck on usi...more
Jeff
I thank God for a publisher that permits (albeit: read the Copyright caveats) an entire translation FREE! This is the spirit of Christianity and the purpose of God's Word to mankind: "I love you. This is my Love Letter!"

[As a side note, I dearly love the audio KJV Bible by Alexander Scourby and will search for an ESV audio Bible with a voice speaker who can inflect and emphasize all 66 books similar to Alexander Scourby -- if that is even possible.]

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On the translation itself, I have some quest...more
Richard
Who'd think (outside the scholarly and denominational groups who debate such topics endlessly) that selection of an English Bible translation could be a daunting task? The English Standard Version is receiving a lot of positive attention by people who care. Give it a try.
Daniel
The only book I could read and reread with such regularity and still not be bored with it. This translation has become my favorite because of how it pushes me to think deeply and how it draws out so many of the places where the language echoes across the whole text. A true gift!
Mike Tinaglia
I gave this book four out of five stars only because the main character dies in the back quarter. I haven't finished it yet so I'm not sure how it ends.
Rod
Probably my most read Bible in the house. This is the one I: mark up, underline, and spill coffee on - I just love this book.

I do spend alot of time with the Big Red ESV Study Bible - but this little one gets dragged to work/church/gigs/free time moments. Comes in handy. I have it on my Iphone as well.

Often I love footnotes and commentaries, but sometimes I just need a bible with no distractions or pictures/maps/and endless explanations. Just God's Word.

I have about 15 Bibles laying around, an...more
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