Best ESV Commentaries Chart


ESV bible study tools

The English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible has become a favorite translation for many bible readers since Crossway first introduced the “essentially literal” translation in 2001.

As use of the ESV has increased, so have reference tools, like bible commentaries, that employ the translation.

Pastors who preach from the ESV, teachers who teach from the ESV, and readers who study using the ESV, have found these resources very helpful.

SeriesNotesBrowse
The Gospel
According to the
Old Testament


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Reformed
perspective;
for anyone
Amazon
Lectio Continua
Expository
Commentaries


romans commentary cover
Reformed
perspective;
expositional
approach
Amazon
Preaching
the Word


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Revised versions
(white covers)
use the ESV
Amazon
Reformed
Expository
Commentaries


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Reformed
perspective;
expositional
approach
Amazon
John Walvoord
Prophecy
Commentaries


John Walvoord commentary
Evangelical,
conservative,
dispensational
Amazon

Revised Standard Version (RSV) Commentaries

The ESV translation, though based on the original languages of the bible, is a revision on the Revised Standard Version (RSV) translation of the bible.

Crossway got permission from the National Council of Churches, who owned the rights, to use the RSV.

In the original edition of the ESV, which has since been revised, about 6% of the RSV was revised, updated, or edited in some fashion.

This means that the RSV and ESV translations still have a lot in common.

Below is a list of commentary series based on the RSV translation.

SeriesNotesBrowse
Ancient Christian
Commentary
on Scripture


Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture
quotes, insights
from the early
church fathers
Amazon
International
Theological
Commentaries


International Theological Commentary
moderately
critical
perspective
Amazon
Interpretation

john commentary cover
moderately
critical,
theological focus
Amazon
New Century
Commentaries


philippians commentary cover
broadly
evangelical
Amazon
Old and New
Testament Library


revelation commentary cover
some volumes
critical, some
evangelical
Amazon

Revisions to the ESV

SInce its initial publication, the ESV has undergone some minor revisions:

  • In 2007, the ESV underwent a 500-word revision, and the publisher did not identify the updated text as a revised edition. The changes included grammar, consistency, and clarity. A noteworthy change was found in Isaiah 53:5, where the phrase “wounded for our transgressions” was changed to “pierced for our transgressions.”
  • In 2011, another edition was issued, in which 275 verses were revised. Crossway said the intention of the changes were to correct grammar, improve consistency or increase precision in meaning.
  • In 2016, Crossway announced the “ESV Permanent Text Edition” with 52 word changes in 29 verses. Presently, they will only consider “minimal and infrequent” updates to reflect “textual discoveries or changes in English over time.”

ESV Study Bibles

Study bibles are a great resource for readers to get introduced to the history, theology, literature, and application of the bible.

There are great study bibles that use the English Standard Version translation. Below is a list of many of the best editions.

TitleNotesBrowse
ESV
Archaeology
Study Bible

ESV Archaeology Study Bible
notes written
by field-trained
archaeologists
Amazon
ESV
Study
Bible

ESV Study Bible
20,000 notes;
endorsed by
John Piper
Amazon
ESV
Systematic
Theology
Study Bible

showing how
Christian doctrine
arises the Bible
Amazon
Fire Bible

fire study bible
helps
Pentecostal
pastors and
lay leaders
Amazon
The
Lutheran
Study Bible

lutheran study bible
Lutheran
perspectives
and lectionary
Amazon
The
New Inductive
Study Bible

new inductive study bible
32-page
explanation
of the inductive
study method
Amazon
Reformation
Study Bible

reformation study bible
team of 75 pastors
and theologians
led by R.C. Sproul
Amazon
The Ryrie
Study Bible

charles ryrie study bible
premillennial
perspective
Amazon
Thompson
Chain-Reference

theompson chain reference bible
“self-contained
library” of
bible study tools
Amazon

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