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Holy Bible: English Standard Version (ESV)

4.66  ·  Rating Details ·  22,208 Ratings  ·  578 Reviews
Now the complete ESV Bible comes alive in audio format! The new ESV Hear the Word Audio Bible provides more than 75 hours of Bible reading, conveniently captured on 7 MP3 discs for listening at home, in your car, or for loading on an MP3 player. Each disc is fully searchable, helping you easily locate the exact Bible chapter you are looking for. Packaged in a sturdy zipper ...more
Kindle Edition, 1328 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2001)
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To get to the place where you were, if you're reading it on your kindle, ipad, or desktop, there should be a table of content. You can get to the book and verse that you were reading, but it won't take you to the verse you were at. If I have what your trouble is right, you may want to get a hard or paperback Bible or go on separate devices if that's possible(less)
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Jan 22, 2010 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 26, 2008 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
My review: Life.
What I am learning from this book: Salvation. Life. Joy. Truth. Hope. Courage.
Adam T Calvert
Jun 30, 2009 Adam T Calvert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
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
Sep 04, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Brenda Funk
Dec 31, 2013 Brenda Funk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 13, 2008 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Feb 14, 2013 Deboreads rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Caidyn (BW Book Reviews)
WARNING: I am not really religious, nor am I a Christian. If my views of the Bible and of God itself are going to offend you, please don't keep reading. Do yourself and me a favor.

Genesis: (Read for a class in middle school. Well, parts of it.) What can I say about this? Well, besides that it was way too long and had parts of it that made no sense. I know it was setting up for the next chapter -- Exodus, which I'm really pumped for since it's the one Bible story that I really know -- and it had
Dec 29, 2012 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jenna Mills
Nov 08, 2012 Jenna Mills rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 27, 2013 torque rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I had taken notes while reading I would have a lot more to say. I was actually reluctant to reading the bible when I was younger as I was actually worried I would be beliver. However, this book can make an atheist out of anybody. It's pretty obvious to me that these books were written at different times by different people, not inspired by one God (unless he's got many, many personalities), who have at least one thing in common, namely controlling other people using fear, although maybe for d ...more
Stanley Lee
Apr 16, 2007 Stanley Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone

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.
Ironman Ninetytwo
Apr 12, 2013 Ironman Ninetytwo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rob Block
May 23, 2008 Rob Block rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Where do I even begin with this?

I suppose a good place for me to start would be the structure of this edition (as it is one of the few things I feel I can actually review rather than just talk about). I'm not sure if ESV is a very popular translation or not, but it reads just like any other book in terms of how it's set up, which is nice in general. Then again, the drawback in this case would be that it's somewhat hard to jump around as there are not clear verse numbers like you'd find in NIV or
Becky Pliego

It has been several years now that I have read my Bible once a year, but this is the first time I have used this method for a whole year, and I found it super hard to enjoy and to study, and meditating on the Scripture was much harder. Why? Because you only read one chapter of four different books every day, and many times the coherence of the passage is lost. For example, many times the portion you ar
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
Sean Morrow
In Part I God makes a bunch of rules, and ruthlessly punishes his chosen people for not following said rules. In Part II God sacrifices himself to himself so that he doesn't have to punish people for breaking the rules any more. The rest of Part II is mainly about how most of the old rules don't apply any more, except for the ones that do (namely, don't be gay or a sorcerer). Then a bunch of weird apocalyptic shit happens.
Peter Krol
Feb 12, 2015 Peter Krol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a reader, and I love the Bible. So I was thrilled when I saw Crossway's announcement for the new ESV Reader's Bible last summer. I knew I had to get one in time for my annual Bible read-through to begin on January 1. I'm glad I did, because the Reader's Bible lived up to my expectations.

Some folks don't realize how much stuff on the pages of their Bibles isn't part of the inspired text. Of course, there are obvious mechanisms like page numbers and reference headings that aid navigation. But
Aug 25, 2012 Trice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
update Jan 2015: bought this ESV in 2012 to replace my falling apart portable NIV and I mostly like this translation, but wishing I hadn't gone in for all the spin and push I was hearing on it - wishing for the good old New American Standard Version, as its more direct translation would be a lot more helpful in comparison to the NIV I have on hand, than the ESV, which, from what I've more recently heard, uses a similar translation philosophy to that of the NIV - seems somewhat ironic that in tra ...more
Андрій Горбунов
The first part makes 75% of the book, and it's all just a prequel. A long-read about a psychopathic wizard who cheats people, making them think that it's good to serve and worship him (actually, it's not). The only thing that the wizard succeeds in is exterminating humans, and at this point I even felt some pity for him: he is so evil only because he is so limited in his wizardly talents. Too many reiterations of the same stories, even literal copy-pastes of text make this book a very hard one. ...more
Mar 02, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
I'm rating the Kindle edition, not the Bible itself.

It comes with a very user-friendly table of contents, which not only takes you to the right book but also the desired chapter. From there it's just a matter of a few clicks to find the exact passage you're looking for. It takes a little time at first, but with practice it becomes almost as easy as actually turning pages.

The ESV is a very read-able version without sacrificing theological meaning and depth. Any English-speaker who has never befor
Mark Smith
Aug 09, 2015 Mark Smith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Utter claptrap
Sep 02, 2008 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love getting to know the Author of this's hands-down my fave.
Jay Cannon
Aug 29, 2016 Jay Cannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Overall this book was a challenge and took serveal years to complete because it has alot of deep impressions on what you think about Christianity and their are alot of what if's. Although their are many topics that you could discuss, endless topics, but the exposition of this book is mainly about one charater all throughout the entirebook. His name you may be wondering is Jesus Christ. If you are believer, then it talks about how we should be Christ like throughout the book. If you are an non be ...more
Jo Rae Jetton
May 21, 2012 Jo Rae Jetton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In July of 2005, I began reading my first daily Bible. My goal was to read every day, and not be forced forward by a schedule. I finished that Bible in April of 2007.

I found the reading of God's Word drew me into a deeper relationship with Him. It enlarged my understanding of His ways, His purpose for me, and His people. Reading the entire Bible changed my life. It can change yours too.

Since reading that first daily Bible, I've reached for different versions and formats. I've just completed The
May 19, 2007 Jacky rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Feb 11, 2008 Clint rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Patti Greene
Aug 10, 2014 Patti Greene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely AWESOME. I have come to love this version of the Bible. I started out wanting to read the Bible through in 39 days. I didn't make it. It took me 90+ days!
Robert Dallmann
Sep 08, 2014 Robert Dallmann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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