Successful translation is often judged by three criteria: (a) accuracy, (b) clarity, and (c) fluency. Based on these three criteria, the ESV (English Standard Version, Crossway 2001, 2006) fails as a general purpose Bible, while the newly revised NIV (New International Version, Zondervan 2011) succeeds. This paper therefore recommends that Christian pastors and congregations, when considering a Bible for use in pulpit and pew, prefer the NIV 2011 over the ESV.
- English Standard Version,
- NIV 2011,
- New International Version 2011
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