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Endorsements

The positions and degrees shown below reflect those held during the translation process and may have changed since.

“We are building all our future ministry around the ESV…. The ESV satisfies the preaching, memorizing, studying, and reading needs of our church, from children to adults.”
John Piper, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota

“The translation is outstanding. The ESV achieves a new standard in accurate Bible translations for our day.”
R. C. Sproul, Chairman, Ligonier Ministries

“Retaining the majesty of language with the clarity of thought, the English Standard Version is a grand accomplishment.”
Ravi Zacharias, Author and Speaker

“After preaching out of the same version for over 10 years, I switched to the ESV Bible. I find it both accurate and easily readable, which is a rare combination.”
Francis Chan, Pastor, Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley, CA

“I love the ESV not only because of the scholarship behind it and the accuracy of the translation, but also because it’s a very readable version.”
Matt Chandler, The Village Church

“I highly recommend the English Standard Version to you.”
Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder and President, Joni and Friends

“The ESV represents a new level of excellence in Bible translations—combining unquestionable accuracy in translation with a beautiful style of expression. It is faithful to the text, easy to understand, and a pleasure to read. This is a translation you can trust.”
R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“I appreciate deeply the evident commitment to the absolute truth of Scripture, and the willingness of these scholars to yield to the Spirit rather than bend to the wind of cultural trends.”
Bryan Chapell, President, Covenant Theological Seminary

“It’s faithful to the original text, and puts it in the hands of God’s people in a way that they can read, study, digest, and memorize.”
David Platt, The Church at Brook Hills

“Meticulous care and passionate research make the ESV a crisp, accurate, and valuable translation.”
Max Lucado, Minister, Oak Hills Church of Christ

“I love the ESV Bible because of its attempt to get down to the word of God. Our God speaks and I want to hear him in his word. The ESV Bible helps us to do that.”
Thabiti Anyabwile, First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman

“I’ve been using the ESV for my personal study since it was released. Then I began to preach from it. Then our congregation switched over to it. I hope others will do the same. The ESV is the simply the best translation for combining accuracy, readability, and fidelity to the rich history of English Bible translation. I thank God for the ESV and pray that it will be the new standard in English Bibles for years to come.”
Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, MI

“The ESV has been my primary Bible for study and devotion over the past three years. I like it best because it gives me a close sense of what the original says.”
Ajith Fernando, National Director, Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka Bible Teacher and Author

“Having now read through the ESV several times in my personal devotional life, I have adopted it as the primary text for my teaching and writing ministry. I appreciate… the ESV [because it] retains theological terminology that is at the heart of the Christian faith and exercises care and precision in the translation of nuances and gender language, so as to preserve a text that is as faithful as possible to the original. By the same token, the translators have maintained clarity and literary excellence, making this an accessible translation for modern readers. My hope is that the ESV will draw millions of people into the reading and study of God’s Word and into a more intimate relationship with the God of the Word.”
Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Author, Host of Revive Our Hearts radio

“The ESV is a solid translation… that is faithful to the text and clear to the mind and ear. It is a pleasure to commend it.”
Darrell L. Bock, Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

“I believe the ESV is the Bible of the future. It is readable, accurate, and reverent.”
Thomas R. Schreiner, Professor of New Testament, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“I have been preaching from the ESV for the last year and find it to be a powerful text, which accurately and beautifully communicates with this generation of believers.”
Jack Graham, Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church

“The ESV embodies both word-for-word exactness and easy readability. It has quickly become my primary Bible for both personal use and public teaching.”
Jerry Bridges, Author, The Pursuit of Holiness

“We use the English Standard Version as our church Bible because we are passionate about God’s Word—every last word of it—and because we want our children to have the best available translation for reading, teaching, preaching, memorizing, and serious Bible study.”
Philip Graham Ryken, Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“As a student and teacher, I am grateful for the scholarly precision and linguistic beauty of the ESV. It is helpful for personal study and for teaching.”
Susan Hunt, Author and Teacher

“I’m so grateful for a translation that I can trust for its accuracy and enjoy for its clarity. This is the Bible for our entire family.”
Carolyn Mahaney, Author and Speaker, Covenant Life Church

“The ESV beautifully blends good, contemporary English with reverence and accuracy.”
Erwin W. Lutzer, Senior Pastor, Moody Church, Chicago, Illinois

“The ESV shows exactly what the original says—and with elegance of style! I welcome its publication with enthusiasm.”
Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr., Senior Pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Tennessee

“The ESV is my translation of choice. I use it both for my personal study and when I preach and teach… It is the primary translation we use in the worship services at our church… I love it because of the translators’ commitment to accuracy and it’s very readable… My walk with the Lord and my ministry have been enriched and blessed through this wonderful translation"
Crawford W. Loritts, Jr., Author, Speaker, Radio Host; Sr. Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Roswell, Georgia

“Elegant in every way, the ESV is certain to take its place as one of the finest translations in the grand tradition of the English Bible. Scholars will appreciate the care and nuance of the translation, pastors will appreciate the cadence and rhythm of the text, and all who read it will appreciate the craftsmanship of this richly textured version. It has become my version of choice.”
Stephen J. Nichols, Professor, Lancaster Bible College

“For our churches and pulpits, as well as for our students, it is critically important to have a Bible translation that does not compromise orthodox theology or gender issues, and that is both faithful to the languages of the text and eminently readable. The ESV uniquely fulfills that prescription.”
Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

“I thank God for the ESV. It combines up-to-date accuracy in the text and absolute faithfulness to the words of Scripture with a literary skill and beauty in the translation which, in my judgment, is unsurpassed.”
Eric J. Alexander, Retired Pastor, St. George’s-Tron Parish Church, Scotland

“… the ESV makes an important contribution of trueness to the text and readability.”
Joseph M. Stowell, President, Cornerstone University

“The great strength of the ESV is first and foremost that it allows readers to trust the words to be the Word of God. I delight to find a clear, beautiful translation that allows me to get as close as possible to the actual words God inspired.”
Kathleen Buswell Nielson, Author, English Professor

“With the myriad of new Bible translations on the market today, few stand out. The ESV is one of the few, and surpasses the others in its simple yet elegant style. In many respects the ESV has accomplished in the 21st century what the KJV accomplished in the 17th: a trustworthy, literary Bible that is suitable for daily reading, memorizing, and preaching.”
Daniel B. Wallace, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts

“An excellent translation that can be trusted.”
John F. Walvoord, Chancellor, Dallas Theological Seminary

“We especially appreciate the consistent translations of the key terms and phrases that God gave to the writers of Scripture to help articulate the gospel of Jesus Christ. Terms like grace, faith, justification, and righteousness.”
Paul McCain, Concordia Publishing House, Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

“The ESV is a great translation, with simple language I can understand. People like it and we use it in schools as a textbook. It’s one of the best ways to understand Scripture.”
Mkunga Mtingele, Bible Society of Tanzania

“I’m glad it’s not a Bible for one class of people: It’s for adults. It’s for teenagers. It’s for children.”
Fred B. Odutola, Bible Society of Nigeria

“The English Standard Version, by all odds, is the most readable and cogent translation of the Bible today. It is exquisite in literary style, conducive to memorization, and easy to comprehend.”
Tetsunao Yamamori, International Director, Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization

“The ESV is a joy to read. I appreciate especially its clear, concise accuracy, expressed in reverent, readable style, making the ESV ideal for preaching and personal Bible study.”
Robert S. Ricker, Former President, Baptist General Conference

“My ESV is now thoroughly marked and well worn. The translation safeguards essential accuracy while maintaining a style that is both fluid and beautiful.”
Steve Green, Steve Green Ministries