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The Holy Bible - ESv

4.65 of 5 stars 4.65  ·  rating details  ·  13,478 ratings  ·  373 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 0 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by American Bible Society
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Barb Davies Have you tried Bible gateway to find a particular passage.
To get to the place where you were, if you're reading it on your kindle, ipad, or desktop,…more
Have you tried Bible gateway to find a particular passage.
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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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Stanley Lee
Oct 19, 2008 Stanley Lee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Nov 17, 2015 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. I largely believe more in the ideas of Hinduism (though mainly with Brahman, not all the other gods) I do incorporate different teachings into it. I'm a real piecemeal person with religion. I take what resonates with me, and that is not always mainstream Christian teachings.

Genesis: (Read for a class in middle school.
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
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.
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
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!
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?
I love getting to know the Author of this's hands-down my fave.
Ladd Malone
Lots of people

The Bible
In The Bible by lots of people the authors message is that you must accept god in your life and in return you will go to heaven for eternity. We understand this message through events such as the lord telling people through Jesus Christ. For instance in the book of romans it says “That inheritance is an eternal home with God in Heaven. We are joint-heirs with Jesus” (Romans 8:17).Another example would be in the book of Peter, Our blessed hope is the appearing of Jesus who
Reading the Bible in its entirety by the end of 2013 required a faster reading pace than I had with the Bible in the past, closer to the pace I read a novel. I was initially reluctant to reading the Bible at such a pace thinking I would miss many insights, but this reluctance gave way as I realized how was able to see a continuity across different books that I had not seen before.

- Reading the history of Babylonian exile weeks before reading the books of prophets placed the prophets' warnings to
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
Jacob Aitken
The Bible is called the sword of the Spirit. Well, it makes sense that smaller bibles are called "knives of the Spirit." And compact bibles are daggers, or something. I've had this for ten years and the binding is still in good shape. I cut the flippy thing out because it was annoying and served no purpose.

While the font is small, the text is spaced well and so it is easy to read. And its small size makes for easy carrying and for a quick draw. Highly recommended.
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