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The Holy Bible - ESv

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This brand-new pew edition of the English Standard Version comes with section headings throughout to help locate important themes and topics, textual footnotes and cross references.
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Published January 1st 2001 by American Bible Society
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Jen
May 28, 2011 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
Matthew
Nov 18, 2009 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
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Rebecca
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
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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
Ryan
Dec 22, 2008 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
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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
Deboreads
Mar 09, 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.
torque
Feb 01, 2014 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
Caidyn
Apr 21, 2016 Caidyn is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
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
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Jenny
Dec 30, 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
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Jenna Mills
Jun 12, 2016 Jenna Mills rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Stanley Lee
Oct 19, 2008 Stanley Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Ironman Ninetytwo
Jun 16, 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
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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
Sarah
Where do I even begin with this?

So back in October I decided to read the whole Bible for the first time and jumped into it before I could psych myself out of it. Being Christian, there is quite a lot of value in actually reading everything that is offered through the text solely because there are overlooked parts to be found in many places. So although it's really daunting to actually begin, there is certainly a good reason to read the book that is so often quoted in everyday life.

I suppose a g
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Réal Laplaine
Considering the purport and importance of this book to hundreds of millions of people around the globe - I felt it was time for me to read it. I found it interesting, particularly the Old Testament. One can see that morality and devotion were considered tickets to redemption. Surprisingly, a tremendous amount of the Old Testament is devoted to rules and laws, the do's and don'ts of living within the framework of this religious system, and the resultant punishment for disobedience to God and his ...more
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-throughto 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 t
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Trice
Feb 17, 2016 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
Andrew
Jul 28, 2013 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jacky
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
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Aleksandar Janjic
Изванредно издање, врло прегледно, са одличним модернизованим преводом, гомилом фуснота које објашњавају метричке јединице, значења властитих имена (први пут да сам се овога докопао, тога чак није било ни у одличном српском издању), разлике у неким стиховима у зависности од извора и свашта још. Све је то још додатно натоварено кросреференцама којих има читава гомила (и права их је милина пратити на Киндлу), много више него у издањима на српском, а ту је и дванаест што старозавјетних што новозавј ...more
Clint
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.
Angie D
Jul 10, 2008 Angie D rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Dec 05, 2012 Dustan rated it it was amazing
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.
Patti Greene
Nov 25, 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!
Schaeffer
May 01, 2007 Schaeffer rated it it was amazing  ·  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?
Terra
Feb 10, 2016 Terra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great idea, a Bible with a reading plan that guides me gently and meaningfully through OT and New Testament readings each day. A daily reading takes about 15 minutes so this is very available to all of us. The man who designed these readings is a Scottish pastor, Robert M’Cheyne (1813-1843). Yes, he lived only 30 years and left us a brilliant legacy in this plan to read the Bible in a year. When we follow it we will read the Old Testament once and the Psalms and New Testament twice (th ...more
Esther Dan
Dec 30, 2015 Esther Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still the most powerful and best selling book on the planet! Many lives have been martyred for the preservation of the Bible!
Danielle
Jul 12, 2009 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love getting to know the Author of this one....it's hands-down my fave.
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“16 for the righteous falls seven times and rises again,    but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.” 2 likes
“15 Now  z the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2And the Pharisees and the scribes  a grumbled, saying,  b “This man receives sinners and  c eats with them.” 3So he told them this parable: 4 d “What man of you, having a hundred sheep,  e if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine  f in the open country, and  g go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5And when he has found it,  h he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for  i I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who  j repents than over ninety-nine  k righteous persons who need no repentance. The Parable of the Lost Coin 8“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, [1] if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10Just so, I tell you, there is joy before  l the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” The Parable of the Prodigal Son 11And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me  m the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided  n his property between them. 13Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in  o reckless living. 14And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to [2] one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16And he  p was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything. 17“But  q when he  r came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father,  s I have sinned against  t heaven and before you. 19 u I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and  v ran and  w embraced him and  x kissed him. 21And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.  u I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ [3] 22But the father said to his servants, [4] ‘Bring quickly  y the best robe, and put it on him, and put  z a ring on his hand, and  a shoes on his feet. 23And bring  b the fattened calf and kill it, and  c let us eat and celebrate. 24For this my son  d was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate. 25“Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might  e celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours came,  f who has devoured  g your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31And he said to him, ‘Son,  h you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32It was fitting  e to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother  i was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’” The Parable” 2 likes
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