The 5 Best ESV Bibles (English Standard Version) for 2022

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The editors at Lord’s Library evaluate the best ESV Bibles (English Standard Version) based on popularity, ratings, and value.

Of the more modern, meaning-for-meaning translated Bibles, the English Standard Version most closely walks the line between literal, word-for-word translating and attempting to convey the meaning above all else. The first complete ESV Bible was published in 2001 by Crossway, as a revision of the Revised Standard Version. The ESV remains a popular choice among evangelical churches. That’s because of its unique ability to contrast between honoring the literal translations that preceded it (such as the RSV) while conveying meaning and modern language in an accessible way.

With this in mind, the editors at Lord’s Library assembled this list of the best ESV Bibles (English Standard Version) to consider. The one that is right for you will largely depend on your level of Bible study and the influence of your Christian church denomination. Each listing includes author and publisher information, some basic facts about the edition, and links to any alternative versions for effective comparison.

Note: We only included the best ESV Bibles (English Standard Version) with a 4-star or better ranking and a minimum of 1,000 reviews. We ranked them according to different buyer motivations like most popular, top-rated, and best value. We also included a Best of the Rest section with additional titles listed below.

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The Best ESV Bibles (English Standard Version)


Most Popular: The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Pew and Worship Bible)

Author/Publisher: Crossway

Material: Hardcover

Key Features:

  • 8.5-point Lexicon type
  • Double-column, paragraph format
  • Responsive readings

From the publisher: “The ESV Premium Pew and Worship Bible is ideally suited for church use. Its durable hardcover format, high quality Bible paper, and sixty-five responsive readings reflecting major biblical themes make this Bible a great choice for churches. It is also available in two different type sizes, making it available to everyone.”

*Also available in paperback version.

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Top-Rated: ESV Large Print Value Thinline Bible

Author/Publisher: ESV Bibles

Material: Imitation leather

Key Features:

  • 10-point Lexicon type
  • Double-column, paragraph format
  • Concordance
  • Smyth-sewn binding

From the publisher: “The ESV Large Print Value Thinline Bible includes 10-point Bible text, a quality TruTone cover, and a concordance―all in a portable format that is less than 1 inch thick. Containing the complete ESV text, the Large Print Value Thinline Bible offers tremendous value for a large print Bible.”

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Best Value: ESV Economy Bible

Author/Publisher: ESV Bibles

Material: Paperback

Key Features:

  • 7-point Lexicon type
  • Double-column, paragraph format
  • Article entitled “Why Read the Bible”
  • 40-day Bible reading plan

From the publisher: “With the ESV Economy Bible it’s easier than ever to impact lives through the distribution of the Bible. The most affordable Bible on the market, the Economy Bible features the clear English Standard Version text, making it compelling and readable to those receiving a Bible for the first time. Highly affordable and designed especially for outreach, the Economy Bible is a great resource for reaching the world with God’s Word.”

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Best Bible for Girls: ESV Holy Bible, My Creative Bible For Girls

Author/Publisher: Christian Art Gifts

Material: Hardcover

Key Features:

  • 2 inch margins
  • 66 Memory Verses
  • 366 Devotions
  • “Women of the Bible” profiles

From the publisher: “This Bible is an illustrated journaling Bible specifically designed for young girls. An eye-catching purple glitter faux leather cover is debossed with hearts that are foiled in silver. The title is heat debossed and silver foiled on the hardcover and sandwiched between a large silver foiled crown and a heart motif. Holographic gilt-edged pages and a bright satin ribbon add a little extra dazzle. The spine carries similar design elements.”

*Also available in paperback version.

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Best Journaling Bible: ESV Journaling Bible (Cloth over Board, Flowers)

Author/Publisher: ESV Bibles

Material: Hardcover

Key Features:

  • Double-column, paragraph format
  • Cream-colored paper
  • Book introductions
  • Smyth-sewn binding

From the publisher: “The ESV Journaling Bible provides the perfect way for you to keep a journal of your spiritual life right inside the Bible that you read and study every day. With covers and formats that look like the finest journals, the Journaling Bible features 2-inch ruled margins for writing observations, reflections, prayers, praises, and journal entries. This unique Bible makes a great gift and lasting keepsake for anyone who values God’s Word.”

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Tim is the Founder and Ministerial Editor at Lord's Library, a Christian resource hub focused on helping readers grow their faith in Jesus Christ. Tim became a Christian in April 2021 and believes 1 Peter 4:11 commands him to share The Gospel (1 Corinthians 15: 1-4) "as of the ability which God giveth."

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