ESV, Pew and Worship Bible (Large Print, Dark Red)
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. 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. Thus it seeks to be
transparent to the original text, letting the reader see as directly as possible
the structure and meaning of the original.
In contrast to the ESV, some Bible versions have followed a
“thought-for-thought” rather than “word-for-word” translation philosophy,
emphasizing “dynamic equivalence” rather than the “essentially literal” meaning
of the original. A “thought-for-thought” translation is of necessity more
inclined to reflect the interpretive opinions of the translator and the
influences of contemporary culture.
Every translation is at many points a trade-off between literal precision and
readability, between “formal equivalence” in expression and “functional
equivalence” in communication, and the ESV is no exception. Within this
framework we have sought to be “as literal as possible” while maintaining
clarity of expression and literary excellence.
Therefore, to the extent that plain English permits and the meaning in each case
allows, we have sought to use the same English word for important recurring
words in the original; and, as far as grammar and syntax allow, we have rendered
Old Testament passages cited in the New in ways that show their correspondence.
Thus in each of these areas, as well as throughout the Bible as a whole, we have
sought to capture the echoes and overtones of meaning that are so abundantly
present in the original texts.
As an essentially literal translation, then, the ESV seeks to carry over every
possible nuance of meaning in the original words of Scripture into our own
language. As such, it is ideally suited for in-depth study of the Bible. Indeed,
with its emphasis on literary excellence, the ESV is equally suited for public
reading and preaching, for private reading and reflection, for both academic and
devotional study, and for Scripture memorization.
Red Letter: No
Size: 6.5 x 9.25 x 1.5
Type Size: 11-13 Point
Published: Sep 12, 2007