I’ve been using the English Standard Version as my primary Bible for about six years and have benefited from its clarity, faithfulness to the original languages, and its beauty. Here’s Crossway’s explanation of why they published the ESV in the first place:
The goal and vision of the ESV Study Bible is, first and foremost, to honor the Lord—in terms of the excellence, beauty, and accuracy of its content and design; and in terms of helping people come to a deeper understanding of the Bible, of the Gospel, and of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Crossway is a not-for-profit publishing ministry and all receipts from the ESV Study Bible go directly toward the support of this ministry goal around the world.
On Oct. 15 Crossway will be publishing an ESV Study Bible. The list of contributors is impressive and includes J. I. Packer, Wayne Grudem, Thomas Schriener, John Piper, Bruce Ware, and many more. I’ve seen samples and it’s going to be a great tool for growing in an understanding and love for God’s Word. And if you lead worship in your church or another context, this will be a superb resource. The video below contains an overview (with an endorsement from the senior pastor at my church, Josh Harris). You can check out more videos at the ESV Study Bible site. You can pre-order a copy here.