Revising the ESV once again...
Once again the men revising the Revised Standard Version and selling their revision under the label English Standard Version have revised their revision of the revised standard version. They revised their version this time by changing around three hundred verses or so. They had already revised their version back in 2007 making a whole bunch of changes then, also.
So ten years ago they revised the (already) Revised Standard Version and issued it as the English Standard Version. Then in 2007 they revised their revision of the Revised Standard Version while continuing to call their revision of the revision of the Revised Standard Version the same English Standard Version. And now in 2011 they revised their revision of their revision of the Revised Standard Version...and again they're continuing to call this latest revision of the revision of the revision of the Revised Standard Version the English Standard Version.
So people listening to someone reading out loud from the English Standard Version in their small group or Sunday morning worship service are trying to follow along in the pew Bible or on their smart phone and they get all cross-eyed, scratch their heads, and ask, "What translation is he reading from? I thought we all used the ESV?"
But of course, which ESV?
A 2003 ESV?
The 2007 ESV?
The 2011 ESV?
Nothing like a little unplanned obsolescence.
Here's the list of their latest revisions. With the hermeneutical battle over slaves, women, and homosexuals raging, note how fast the ESV is backpedalling from slaves. And of course they continue to replace the inclusive masculine "man" with the neutered, and therefore politically correct, "people."
These guys are so very boring. Anyone with the slightest knowledge of the Spirit of the Age can predict their revisions.
The unchangeable Word of God is getting to be like an iPhone. Upgrade every two years or you'll be left behind.
Did I say "Left Behind?" Now we're talking real money...