I have been doing my personal Bible reading and memorization of the Bible from the English Standard Bible for about four or so years. I have been preaching and teaching from it for about three or so years. And I love it. It has the accuracy of the New American Standard Bible, the readability of the New International Version, and much of the poetry of the King James Version and/or New King James Version.
When I began using it in my public ministry, I was really just trying it out. I was not sure how it was going to be embraced – both within my congregation and in the larger Christian body. But it has established itself quite well as reliable Bible translation. And it seems that its influence is increasing. One of the ways I measure this is by the reference resources that are being developed for it (concordances, study Bibles, etc).
Naturally, I was please to find out that the ESV Study Bible is in the works and is set to be released in October, 2008. I have and regularly use the Reformation Study Bible, edited by R.C. Sproul, that is based on the ESV. But it is welcomed news to me that Crossway is publishing a study Bible for this great Bible translation. I encourage you to pick up a copy of the ESV, if you have not already. And keep an eye out for the study Bible in the Fall.
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The Most Important Commandment
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this:‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions. – Mark 12:28-34 Armies win…