Why I Decided Not To Buy An ESV Bible

One of the ways I keep my Bible study fresh and exciting is to buy and use a new Bible every so often. My TS2009 has been my primary Bible for a couple years, and I like how it is showing signs of regular use. I have taken good care of it, but it very easily opens by itself to pages in Psalms, Proverbs, and Revelation. Plus I know there are no pages stuck together. ๐Ÿ˜‰ If I was to be put on trial for being a Christian hopefully my used Bibles would be part of the proof to convict me.

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So despite the fact I believe Jesus is coming back soon, I have done a little research about my next primary Bible and what translation it should be. I believe the original texts of the Bible are perfect. But I also think there are errors in the Hebrew and Greek texts from which modern Bible translations are made, and I think the translators made some mistakes translating from the Hebrew and Greek into English.

Important: I believe the Holy Spirit can speak to us from any made-in-good-faith-to-glorify-God translation. (I have met adults that for one reason or another have very limited reading skills. The perhaps-justly-criticized paraphrase translations are all they can understand.) But I feel I should choose translations that make His job as easy as possible to teach me.

One thing I see all over the Bible is the importance of our walk.

22 โ€œFor I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices. 23 But this is what I commanded them, saying, โ€˜Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.โ€™ 24 Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward.โ€
Jeremiah 7:22-24 NKJV

He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord,
But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him.
Proverbs 14:2 NKJV

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1:6-7 NKJV

Therefore I believe the original text of Romans 8:1 includes, as the NKJV renders it, “who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Romans 8:1 NKJV

The ESV and many other translations are based on Greek texts that omit “who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:1 ESV

I believe the original Bible manuscript includes the Greek of “who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” in Romans 8:1. Therefore I cannot in good conscience select the ESV or any other translation which omits it.

You be a Berean and make your own decision. ๐Ÿ™‚

Jesus is coming very soon. Be ready!

But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
1 Thessalonians 5:4-6 NKJV

32 โ€œNow learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is nearโ€”at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.โ€
Matthew 24:32-35 NKJV

34 โ€œBut take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.โ€
Luke 21:34-36 NKJV

Are you following God's plan for your life?    
You should.
Your plan sucks.
It really, really sucks.
Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
Are you ready to meet Him?
Give your life to Jesus Christ.
Time is running out.

6 thoughts on “Why I Decided Not To Buy An ESV Bible”

  1. interesting that you had noticed that missing line

    I used to attend a church which always used the KJV. Then later on, they had begun to sell Bibles in their bookstores which had both the KJV and the ESV translations side by side on each side of the Bible (KJV on the left page and ESV on the right page).

    But no matter how many times I’ve tried to see if I like to read the ESV (because they’ve got some Bible designs that I like; such as the ones with wide columns for note-taking), I could not seem to read the verses as “understandably” as the NLT, which is my preferred translation.

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    1. I’ve heard other good things about the NLT. It’s one of the ones I’m considering for my “next primary Bible.” ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. I would consider an English translation of the Septuagint. Think about it, if the Septuagint was good enough for the Apostle Paul, the other New Testament authors and ultimately the Holy Spirit to quote out of the Old Testament, itโ€™s probably good enough for us.
    You might want to read a book called re-booting the Bible by S. Douglass Woodward for more detailed information about the issue.

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