The ESV Bible (English Standard Version) is an essentially literal translation of the Bible in contemporary English. The ESV translation is ideally suited for personal reading, for public worship, for in-depth study, and for Scripture motivation. The ESV Bible was created by a team of more than 100 leading evangelical scholars and pastors. Since its publication in 2001, the ESV has gained wide acceptance and is used and trusted by church leaders, numerous deminations, and millions of individuals around the world. The ESV standard Bible is ideal for regular Bible readers, and its extra features and content will help newcomers discover the Bible for themselves and understand it better.