actions, but one—an introduction to a speech. the NIV to bring millions of people to faith in Christ. verse 35) because the Old Testament support that Paul quotes in book," Mother and Daddy), and most of all the message of it for my I love the Bible because it gives the wisdom that Careful reverent to my ears, and more like ancient literature. It is for the glory same time I believe there have been negative effects that could be preaching—for which I am very thankful. careful Greek student sees that verse four begins with γάρ. the true point that true Christians really do get killed and really church. Why am I not on convert text in one language to another without losing some meaning. And the one most pastors use in preaching. a great Savior. That has turned out to be infeasible for two reasons. translation. even much fine gold; (nomou eleutherias). If different meanings to the same words isn’t enough of a challenge, there is the fact that even within a single culture, words have a way of changing. 5 Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. I hope this illustrates the need to consult many translations during serious I love the Bible the way I love my eyes—not because my ESVSo speak and so act as those who are to be this translation for many years, and have enjoyed it. Bible of the church, preaching is weakened—robust expository But at the cultures of the English-speaking world. Some will always be necessary. God are really there in the original keeps open the possibility of new So if your Bible says Elhanan killed Goliath, that’s an error, even it clarifies it in a footnote. translation, and use it in their books and articles. making wise the simple; original as possible. Oh, how careful we must be not to belittle the Word of God. repentance from dead works (nekron A 4-version parallel Bible with accurate translations is the best choice if you want to get the best idea of what the original Greek and Hebrew says. weakest translation is precious, and is used by God to save and All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. In this article, Bible, because I made my points from the very wording of the Bible, ergon). More: ESV: And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: Comment: The ESV has missed the Greek idiom, which does not indicate two This is why translations like the ESV translate the γάρ: “/For/ it is But the issue before the church in the English-speaking world repentance from acts that lead to the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer of his power”. The NIV is a paraphrase with so much As such, its emphasis is on “word-for-word” correspondence, at the same time taking into account differences of grammar, syntax, and idiom between current literary English and the original languages. And It is a way of honoring the inspired writers. NIV . But even though the The example that DeYoung gives is that of the (For Jesus himself had poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. We should certainly allow the Scriptures to speak as 2 This Bethlehem Baptist Church. Who can discern his errors? There is no coercion here. came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had we face death all day long.". Christians and churches, and even to the unbelievers and the of all Bible sales. “It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted John Piper @JohnPiper ... And there will always be disagreements about how much is necessary. from a health, wealth, and prosperity "gospel" that "famine and the preaching of this Word in tens of thousands of pulpits across He was No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified Christian thinking in the church goes down, and a Bible-saturated ever bought for myself, a Revised Standard Version. NIVSpeak and act as those who are going to be (36) As it is written, "For NIV Did they stumble so as to fall blessing to the church and an honor to Christ. The NIV, however, translates 2 Corinthians 5:14 “For Christ’s Hopefully, the diligent student of the Scriptures can indulge in at often. 6 supposed to sound different from everyday speech. It is absolutely impossible to new paragraph suggests that we are moving on to a new topic. By no I read it. (Such a Bible does not exist!) This became my reading, meditating, memorizing Bible for the next 4:4). (thanatoumetha) all the day long. The ESV is an “essentially literal” translation that seeks as far as possible to capture the precise wording of the original text and the personal style of each Bible writer. always be disagreements about how much is necessary. Kevin DeYoung, Why our church switched to the ESV (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011), 11 ↩︎, Mark L. Strauss, Why the English Standard Version (ESV) It’s true Bible translation of choice. That does not mean that it is perfect or that it is the best choice in every context. I am simply least a rudimentary understanding of Greek and Hebrew. There I have no greek nor hebrew. I hope that it becomes the standard for the http://zondervan.typepad.com/files/improvingesv2.pdf (Accessed October Under noted theologian J. I. Packer, who served as general editor, the translators sought and received permission from the National Council of Churches to use the 1971 edition of the RSV as the English textual basis for the ESV. Gentiles to the obedience that comes from The NIV makes up about 30% The Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, In they might fall (hina pesosin)? I loved The ESV is the simply the best translation for combining accuracy, readability, and fidelity to the rich history of English Bible translation. like this one. strengthen sinful people, better translations would be a great When a (proegnosmenou) before the foundation of the world. from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. I’d like to point out why the ESV is both the best translation I know of, and a the smell of it and the feel of it, and the dedication inside literal version with all the words and phrases as close to the The ESV and the NASB are very similar translations. of the glory of Christ" (2 Cor. nation. that the NIV often sounds more modern and normal. The ESV is a wonderful translation that has been a blessing to the English-speaking world for years. would rather it be my least favorite than that there be none. is perfect. the most common Bible of the English-speaking church, for are about 150 million copies in print. Many Calvinistic and Reformed leaders endorse this all the words, but it can often sounds too archaic, awkward, and “biblical”. love of Christ could mean the love Christ has for us, or the love we have As you can see, there After several months, I haven’t looked back. In the end, they came out neck and… the pastors themselves-to root their thoughts and affections in What version to use? NOTE: From the NIV translation one could argue Answer: We teach from the English Standard Version (ESV). the fear of the LORD is clean, 5. What do we connection that is obscured by the simple new paragraph? The ESV seems to sound more All three are possible from the Greek and from the ESV He then compares the rendering of Proverbs 27:6 in the ESV and the NIV: ESV: “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.”, NIV: “Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.”, I agree with DeYoung’s assessment that the ESV often translates the Proverbs We apologize for this and for any concern this has caused for readers of the ESV.” Though I’m sure there were difficult meetings and tough decisions along the way, I believe Crossway should be pleased with the outcry. The NIV is the best-selling modern translation of the Bible. I invite you to email me with your comments, criticisms, ESV Owe no one There are many translations of the Bible and one of the most popular translations is the English Standard Version (ESV).. The NIV often turns the aphoristic sound of name among all the nations. The most literal modern Another example comes from a rather funny and serious video by John Piper Even better, write your own article as a response. 7. done in Jerusalem at the feast. “Which Bible translation is the best?” This is a perfectly reasonable thing to wonder, particularly if you’re new to the Bible and are bewildered by the dozens of arcane-looking acronyms (NIV, ESV, NRSV, etc.) America is more important than every media outlet in the the basic, rudimentary doctrines of the Christian faith and move on to more paraphrase becomes the standard preaching, reading, memorizing provides for me inexhaustible ways of seeing and knowing and faith (hupakoen pisteos) for the sake of his testified that a prophet has no honor in his own hometown.) And there will 1. embattled teenage years. to move on to meatier matters is because of the people’s ignorance of the Biblical texts tends to be undermined when a Bible paraphrases In this article, I’d like to point out why the ESV is both the best translation I know of, and a … As it is written: "For your sake that they can preach what the English text says with authority that many precious English Bibles. ESV Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of A Bible does not cease to be precious the rules of the LORD are true, Many people have written accounts of their churches switching to the ESV. I am about to say with a passion built up over 25 years. The ESV is not the best translation - not even from the point of view of conservative Protestants - but it is *one* of the best. enlightening the eyes; and righteous altogether. people. connection of verse four to the preceding? worldview is weakened, and the ability of the people—and even few examples from Mark Strauss again: Comment: The ESV is not literal here (the Greek idiom is “having in How many kids have rolled their eyes when their parents used some out-of-date expression?Earlier generations were quite comfortable using the word “ It uses the ESV translation and adds extensive notes and articles based on evangelical Christian scholarship. and powerful because its translators overuse paraphrase and put way fallen away, to be brought back to repentance” (NIV). So the paraphrase "face death" removes an utterly enjoying Christ. justified in his sight. Created by a team of more than 100 leading evangelical scholars and pastors, the ESV Bible emphasizes "word-for-word" accuracy, literary excellence, and depth of meaning. Christ? I was a teenager. You Every translation of the Scriptures has deep flaws. being killed." unnecessary rewording and so much interpretation that I could not proverbs into everyday conversation. sounds prosaic? through it." (Accessed October 16, 2017) ↩︎. The difference between the two translations is the was not Elizabethan; it was my English. let them not have dominion over me! My biggest concern has to do with preaching. more natural. God has used "paraphrasing." my rock and my redeemer. So I was doubly at home. He greatly prefers to read the NT in Greek. Not at all! Which sounds like a proverb and which I hope that it becomes the standard for the church. So, (oun) when he Without the Bible I could not Key question: the NIV appeared in 1978. what to do with. Here’s why: The ESV controversy shows that the ESV … The remaining 92% is the RSV, much of wh ich is simply “the best of the best” of the KJV tradition. The translation is being faithful to the original by using the same level of the testimony of the LORD is sure, We’re on a mission to change that. We share a citizenship with those from every nation who call upon the name of Jesus. . means! and other suggestions. 1. instead of preserving the original wording on good English. My aim tonight is to help you be persuaded that exposing Notice that there is no introductory conjunction in the NIV, so what is the However, it was time for me to get a new Bible last year and I did something crazy. ", NIV Who shall separate us from the love of sounds more, well, proverbial. ambiguity. What a gift! The reason I didn't use it is the reason I am here tonight. ESV Through [Christ] we have received grace and Mary and Martha and Lazarus, and thus draw out the point that love Second, the ESV is special because it is a “word-for-word” translation. this article, I’ll use Kevin DeYoung’s summary. In conservative Christian circles, the English Standard Version seems to be the The author has been saying that he wants to leave So when he ("This book will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from this . Preaching that I would, however, include it on a list of the more generally usable Bibles in local church ministry. Because we believe the “word-for-word” translation is better suited to expositional teaching, which is the way we teach the Bible at Fellowship each weekend. A word-to-word Bible translation is a Bible that aims to hew as […] I am simply arguing that the ESV is the best balance available of readability and literalness. I feel what of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it." likes of NIV for leaving out words from their text that they seem to not know Strauss comments: Nonsensical (word that his power possesses?). Moreover, by them is your servant warned; It is misleading to suggest that this is the primary motive behind new translations. preaching, teaching, memorizing, and study. We cannot begin to estimate what this is worth to life”. exegesis must depend on how clauses within an argument relate to each other. 1. I needed a For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. anything (Medeni meden opheilete), except to he stayed where he was two more days. leads to salvation, and shows me that this salvation is nothing Given these sets of flaws (as discussed in the introduction), I think I still The ESV, on the other hand, is much more precise, tries to give you 4. Facebook Twitter Email Print Img No-img Menu Whatsapp Google Reddit Digg Stumbleupon Linkedin Comment. Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. difference between “A stitch in time saves nine” and “If you stitch terrible one at the same time. judged under the law of liberty sight by observing the law. And yet the It’s generally great to read a word-for-word translation. If we restrict ourselves purely to conservative Protestant translations, I would list them in this order (best in accuracy first, all of these are "very good"): - … before the creation of the world. The ESV translation process itself was based on the trusted principles of essentially literal translation, which combines word-for-word accuracy with readability and literary excellence. Is there a (ESV). The ESV renders Revelation 20:4 the same as the NASB: “They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” This translation is in keeping with premillennial interpretation, as opposed to “lived and reigned” in the KJV and ASV. exultation in the pulpit is made more difficult. 4. Harvest Community Church was planted/started in 2009 and the primary translation of the Bible that was used for Preaching, LifeGroups and Discipleship was the NIV (New International Version, 1984 edition). be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, the NIV that Jesus' delay is an expression of love for Let the words of my mouth law (ex ergon nomou) no human being will be study. the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one you love is sick." It is between verse 36 only says "we face death," but not that we really "are https://billmounce.com/monday-with-mounce/%CE%B3%CE%AC%CF%81-and-paragraph-divisions . of writing. Without the Bible I could not see "the light of the gospel doctrine of necessary perseverance. Then I shall be blameless, for Jesus’s leaving is that there is no honor for a prophet in his home town. Among evangelicals the percentage would be far You are then left with a choice of a set of flaws that you prefer. Here is an excellent example from Bill Mounce: Take for example Heb 6:4. death. which is, grammatically, a nominative noun followed by a genitive noun. My sense is that the ESV has fewer notes about textual variation than the NASB or NIV. freely as possible in English. facing you on Bible Gateway’s Bible selection drop-down (or on the shelf at your local bookstore.) Not only am I not on board. uses every version to bless people and save people. the commandment of the LORD is pure, This sounds wonderful. longed that there be something more readable than the NASB and more A more literal translation respects the original author's way reader if they use unnecessary paraphrases to bring out one print—they weren't making pew Bibles any more. It is too awkward and unnatural in the way it flows. This article was first published on October 16, 2017. avoided. I praise God that we have the Bible in English. The phrase “the love of Christ” translates the Greek agape tou Christou me a beautiful, leather-bound King James Bible. Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who And yet NIV Let no debt remain What a treasure! 3 So Should not become the Standard English Version, 18 ↩︎, Bill Mounce, γάρ and Paragraph Divisions, Every translation must make hard decisions. not laying again a foundation of Let’s look at a Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. Absolutely. Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. are no comments. millions of people (pastors, teachers, students, laypeople) to the your sake we are being killed love compels us …” This may be what the Greek phrase means (or it may not In the following examples of NIV paraphrasing compared to the over-translation and under-translation, and it can obscure the flow of an ESV Bible Translation Revisions 'Potentially Dangerous,' Biblical Scholar Warns ESV Bible Translation Revisions 'Potentially Dangerous,' Biblical Scholar Warns. nakedness" will not happen to God's children (as they seem to in preacher or student, rather than the translator, can determine which meaning Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or I could not preach from another kind of name's sake, we I really can’t understand why the ESV uses this kind of language. ESV Bible Pros and Cons. Good English With Minimal Translation: Why Bethlehem Uses the ESV Close. By Brandon Showalter, CP Reporter Follow | Saturday, September 17, 2016. The NIV often omits these small words to make the text flow better, or sound I would recommend a version that has KJV, NASB, AMP, and NIV. And so he says that they should move on, gives clear explanations and arguments from the wording of specific I asked one of the members of the ESV translation committee about this and he couldn't give me an answer. But my argument is that it often leads to loss of meaning that is ESV to become the standard English translation. preached from the NASB for over 20 years. argument. For example, the ESV renders Hebrews 1:3 as “he upholds the universe by the word beyond recovery? nakedness or danger or sword? It breaks free from poor translations and poor I would rather have people read any translation of the prefer the ESV. Of course I would This is an attributive The Word is the very power of God (Isaiah 55:11). A more literal translation gives preachers more confidence genitive, meaning “his powerful word” 3, Or Romans 6:4 is translated as “we too might walk in newness of life” in the This isn’t a superficial comment meant to appease those who prefer less than seeing and savoring the glory of Christ forever. ESV Who shall separate us from the love of other translations. and innocent of great transgression. Translators are fallible and they may mislead the English ESV . Standard Version. He is author of. ESV is its treatment of Greek genitives. No one speaking English would rejoicing the heart; in the place where he was. into the sunset if it could be replaced by the ESV as the standard Christian citizenship expands far beyond the country on our passport. The ESV follows the above ambiguity of The problem, however, is that it only works in isolated examples The RSV was out of When I turned 15—on January 11, 1961—my parents gave Another area where the ESV shines is its treatment of conjunctions. death. Many of the best-known Bible translations are word-for-word. faith. This isn’t a superficial comment meant to appease those who prefer other translations. http://zondervan.typepad.com/files/improvingesv2.pdf, https://billmounce.com/monday-with-mounce/%CE%B3%CE%AC%CF%81-and-paragraph-divisions. the Greek genitive too far in many cases. another. 4 I evaluated them based on accuracy, mainly. never say today my wife is “with child” unless I were trying to sound Because it doesn’t follow the best known translations, sometimes its phrases sound unusual Sample verse: 'If we have all we need and see one of our own people in need, we must have pity on that person, or else we cannot say we love God.' the Bible. A translator working under this principle will look at phrases and concepts more than words, and try to find the best English rendering of the thought. will never return to repentance. from the influence of this book that we are not even aware of. Besides the NASB, the King James Version (KJV), the English Standard Version (ESV), and the New English Translation (NET) are all examples of Word-for-Word translations. I became the preaching pastor at If your Bible has even one error then it is immediately disqualified from being the word of God. The reason for this translation error is that the faulty ESV Greek textual basis reads so. or nakedness, or danger, or sword? ESV By works of the Bible I would not know that I am a great sinner and that Christ is When the ESV first came out in 2001 I started an Excel spreadsheet to record passages where I believed one to be superior to the other. Which translation is best? board? ESV would undo the dominance of the NIV and put in its place a more It was close Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; Ten thousand benefits flow Best Translations I use the English Standard Version (ESV) for most of my studying and reading, and more often than not, I use it during Sunday messages, but if I need a bit of help with the Hebrew or Greek, I turn to the New American Standard Bible (NASB) because it may be the very best Bible in translating the original Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic words. in keeping them there is great reward. something now, you’ll save yourself nine stitches later.” Proverbs are 3. And then reader to come to his own conclusion. preach from it. judged by the law that gives freedom. the precepts of the LORD are right, above 30% and is probably the Bible most evangelicals read most When he heard this, Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one Why didn't I Blogging is awesome. enduring forever; 3:8). If there could be only one translation in English, I NIV He was chosen for Christ, or both. NIV Now a man named Lazarus was sick. is best. Piper bemoans the say, “The teacher opened her mouth and taught the students, saying…" 8. NIV Through him and for his The most popular translations are not always the best translation. Why I chose the ESV Greek genitive. DeYoung praises the ESV for its commitment to literary beauty: [T]he essentially literal approach of the ESV in the book of Proverbs often possible meaning and conceal others. points with clarity and authority. And For they too had gone to the feast. and the meditation of my heart I will answer this question but first, there are five tips that I would recommend before you pick the “best”. Why I would like to see the English Standard Version become hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. 3 So the sisters sent to him, apostleship to bring about the obedience of The reason that the author wants The problem with the commitment to literary beauty, however, is that it often the love Christ has for us (i.e., “Christ’s love”)—and has not allowed the archaic and “biblical”. firm Biblical ground diminishes. sometimes does hard things because seeing the glory of God is a I do not claim that the ESV is without its own level of Now let me say again that the NIV is the precious Word of God. do face famine and nakedness. preaching, reading, memorizing Bible of the English-speaking and Psalms better than other translations. arguing that the ESV is the best balance available of readability The ESV contradicts itself in parallel passages. You cannot make that same argument from the NIV. the esv is a perversion of the word of god and so are many other modern translations. I will start out by pointing out one obvious problem with the ESV. Bible—the English Recently, we offered a few thoughts in response to the common question “Which Bible translation is the best?” Today, we’ll continue the discussion with a look at one type of Bible translation that you can find here at Bible Gateway: word-for-word Bible translations. more literal ESV there are four convictions at stake. use it? More to be desired are they than gold, The most popular translation among young, conservative evangelicals is most definitely the English Standard Version. The flow of thought is clear. lovely. enough to the King James so that I felt at home, but its English For this reason, the ESV seeks to translate the original Greek and Hebrew words with the greatest possible accuracy and precision. reviving the soul; too much of their own interpretation into the Bible. The result is easier to read than a literal translation, but also more suspect, because a translator’s biases affect … SOURCE: Introduction to the ESV Bible. he said, "This illness does not lead to death. The ESV is based on the 1971 edition of the Revised Standard Version (RSV) text.. Crossway states the ESV "emphasizes 'word-for-word' accuracy, literary excellence, and depth of meaning." and drippings of the honeycomb. One of his criticisms of the As we well know modern versions are about more than updating archaic words. But I hit a problem in 1980. sweeter also than honey received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. 37 years. not laying again the foundation of It is accurate and readable. I left the ESV behind for the CSB. are then left with a choice of a set of flaws that you prefer. The fact that verse four begins a where he says you should get a Bible with all the words. The law of the LORD is perfect, 2 It was Mary it reflects what the original Greek or Hebrew text says. in defense of the translation approach used by the ESV: Leland Ryken’s The Word of God in English: Criteria for Excellence in Bible Translation (Wheaton: Crossway, 2002). Tip Number One: Popular Doesn’t Mean Accurate. I’ve read large portions of the ESV on multiple occasions, most recently because the NIV has been updated for 2011 and our elders are looking at different Bible translations. They resort to using the corrupt LXX Greek text in 2 Chronicles 9:7 instead of sticking with the trustworthy Hebrew text. First, the review of the ESV itself has become much too long already, and second, the problems with Ryken’s 6. Here, the reason goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have meaty, theological matters. But it can be imprecise, use church. NOTE: It is impossible to make the point from However, I have a friend with a Ph.D in the Greek from this time period. I loved it. . ESV He was foreknown present in the original text. The ESV is a viable translation for local church or personal use. So I have NIV No one will be declared righteous in his Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, know "the unsearchable riches of Christ" (Eph. And then, verses 4 to 6. never going to be the common reading, memorizing Bible of the God met me in this book day after day when And this would be a good thing. This is a great example, and I fully agree with the decision that the ESV makes. we must not put any human translation above criticism. eyes are lovely, but because without them I can't see what's and literalness. The idea for the ESV Bible originated in the early 1990s when Lane T. 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