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Crossway: “Permanent ESV a mistake”

September 28, 2016

September 28, 2016

We desired for there to be a stable and standard text that would serve the reading, memorizing, preaching, and liturgical needs of Christians worldwide from one generation to another.

We have become convinced that this decision was a mistake. We apologize for this and for any concern this has caused for readers of the ESV, and we want to explain what we now believe to be the way forward. Our desire, above all, is to do what is right before the Lord.

In the sufficiency of God’s grace,

Lane T. Dennis, PhD

President and CEO

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 28, 2016 11:33 pm

    Very interesting…
    Wouldn’t you love to know how the behind-the-scenes conversations went!

  2. September 29, 2016 7:17 pm

    Yes, and clearly the ESV group was listening to the responses it would seem.

  3. December 26, 2016 7:24 pm

    The mistake was making the 2016 edition in the first place. The specter of so-called complementarianism has always lingered over the translation, but until this point, they’d never quite crossed the line between “finding misogyny in the text that may or may not be there” and “inserting misogyny into the text.” I still have two copies of the 2011 edition, and I really don’t have any issues with using them (any more than I have issues with using the NRSV, which isn’t perfect, either), but I won’t be recommending the 2016 ESV as a suitable option for people who want a faithful translation.

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