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I am ESV Only!

The following is a satire of the modern King James Only movement and shows its weaknesses.

I am ESV only!  I believe that the men of God who gave us the English Standard Version were commissioned by God to do this work.  For many years the KJV has served the Lord for His purposes in the English language but now, by the providence of God, we have a new translation that corrects the errors that have been appearing in the KJV through various publishers such as the liberal Zondervan or Cambridge.  The Lord has given us renown scholars who love the Word of God, believe in the inerrancy and infallibility of the Word, and who believe that the work of translation should be free from errors.  The men of God who have given us the ESV will no doubt receive their rewards for their good work.

I believe the ESV to be the pure Word of God based on the promise of God in Psalm 12:6-7 (ESV).  The Lord promised in Psalm 12:7 (ESV) that He would keep His Word and He had preserved His Word in the ESV.  I believe this because:

  • The vastly superior manuscripts used by the ESV scholars to translate both the Old and New Testaments.
  • The superior usage of the English language in the ESV as compared to other English “translations.”
  • The blessing of God upon the ESV as seen by many prominent ministries around the world.
  • The sound doctrine that the ESV produces such as the deity of Christ and the blood of Christ.
  • The fact that so many souls have been saved by reading from the ESV.

There is no doubt that other Bible “translations” are not inspired by God.  The NIV attacks the blood of Christ and omits many verses.  The NASB likewise is too wooden to read, is used by liberal preachers and teachers, and does not contain the superior doctrine as found in the ESV.  The KJV is too archaic, has many errors in translation and is not based on the best Hebrew and Greek texts.  The NKJV is similar to the KJV in terms of its Hebrew and Greek texts.  The ESV alone stands as the pure Word of God for us in English.

The very name, English Standard Version, shows how great the ESV is.  It is THE English standard for all Bible translations to be compared by.  If you are using a corrupt bible such as the NIV or the NKJV, the ESV should be the final authority by which you judge all other “bibles” by.  The Bible for us in English today is the ESV and the ESV alone.

So why did God give us the ESV?  God has always had a language that He spoke through.  In the Old Testament, God spoke to the world through Hebrew.  In the New Testament, Greek was the dominant language and so God gave us the Greek Old Testament (the Septuagint) and the New Testament authors wrote in Greek as well as read from the Old Testament in Greek.  Over the centuries other languages have seen God’s hand upon them such as Latin and German.  Today, the language that dominates the world is English.  English remains the international business language and though Chinese is the largest spoken language on Earth, English remains the dominant business language.  Therefore, God has given us the ESV as THE standard by which we judge all other Bibles.  The ESV should be the standard to judge even Spanish, Chinese, or other languages and their Bibles.

And how do I know that the ESV is the standard?  Because of its name and because of the promise of God in Psalm 12:7 (ESV)!

One final question: Can you be saved and not use the ESV?  I answer perhaps.  There is no denying that salvation is the gracious work of God (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV!).  But it is true that other “bibles” may lead the new Christian astray.  Jesus warned us in Matthew 24:5 (ESV!) that false christs would come.  Jesus also said that His sheep hear His voice in John 10:27 (ESV).  What voice would that be if not the ESV?  The ESV faithfully teaches sound doctrine (1 Timothy 4:16 ESV) and we learn about Jesus in truth from the ESV (John 20:31 ESV).  The ESV doesn’t attack the precious blood of Christ nor His deity as other false translations do.  The ESV faithfully has been used by many street preachers and this shows that God is using the ESV for His glory.  Furthermore, the ESV translation committee give all glory to God right there in the opening of the ESV!  How much more proof do you need?

I urge you to get an ESV today!  In God’s providence, the ESV is protected by Crossway Books.  This enables the ESV from falling into wicked hands like the KJV has with Zondervan and Cambridge.  While it is true that Cambridge (and a few others) are publishing editions of the ESV now, those are protected by Crossway Books overseeing that only the ESV text they produced is used.  This again is proof of Psalm 12:7.

While certain wicked Arminians and Calvinists have claimed the ESV as their own, the ESV belongs to the people of God.  I pray that many fundamentalist Baptist will repent of using false “bible” translations and begin to use the wonderful ESV.  The ESV, perhaps, will be the Bible that God uses to bring in the end of the world!

Written by The Seeking Disciple

07/24/2014 at 6:36 PM

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  1. You convinced me brother. 😉

    Kevin Jackson

    07/24/2014 at 8:02 PM

  2. The satire doesn’t work. The KJV was based on the Textus Receptus, and the text-critical work on that was done by men who actually believed the New Testament was the word of God, men like Erasmus, Robert Estiene, Theodore Beza. While the ESV is based on the newest roll of toilet paper that an agnostic organization put together and calls after the name of some dead agnostics, Nestle-Aland, and which removes verses just for the hell of it. There’s no comparison between the two. They’re both in English, and that’s where it stops.


    07/26/2014 at 11:52 PM

    • I’m not KJVO, by the way. My main translation is the NKJV. I use the KJV itself rarely these days. I even use the NASB a lot, I read the Psalms in the NIV sometimes, and sometimes certain parts of the Old Testament in the NRSV. Not to mention my use of the Coverdale Psalter from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. But if I were to be stuck on a desert island with only one translation, I’d chose the KJV, because I know it doesn’t twist certain things that all the modern translations (even the NKJV unfortunately) do.

      For example, Psalm 139:16, all modern translations including the NKJV (why?) twist this to teach predestination and ABSOLUTE DETERMINISM, i.e. CALVINISM:

      Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
      And in Your book they all were written,
      The days fashioned for me,
      When as yet there were none of them.

      While the good ole KJV says:

      Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

      Clearly its about the schedule for the formation of David’s body parts, not God predetermining all his actions!!!!!!!

      Coverdale agrees with the KJV:

      Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; * and in thy book were all my members written;
      Which day by day were fashioned, * when as yet there was none of them.

      Even the 2005 JPS (Jewish Publication Society translation) agrees with Coverdale and the KJV here! But all the Protestant translations since 1881 lie through their teeth. That’s a good reason to keep the KJV around, even if you use something else as your main translation. The KJV will never be obsolete, because Protestant translators will not stop lying to prop up CALVINISM!!!!!</b.


      07/26/2014 at 11:59 PM

    • My satire was aimed at the more radical KJV only folks who say that the KJV is a fresh revelation from God to correct all other errors. This is the view of Peter Ruckman and a few others. It is not the majority position of the KJV only movement but is very vocal.

      • Fair enough. I just get the feeling that most of the time when people attack “KJV onlyism” they’re really attacking the KJV itself but don’t have the guts to admit it, kind of like when people attack “Zionism” but really they’re just antisemites (not you, of course). The KJV is constantly under attack. I even saw a post on SBC Today once saying the KJV should be banned. With them being taken over by Calvinists, it makes sense they’d attack the one translation they don’t get to control and turn into “dynamic equivalence” paraphrase that spins out more of the Institutes between the covers of a so-called Bible.


        07/27/2014 at 3:26 PM

      • I praise God for the KJV. It’s legacy is incredible and nearly every modern translations owes something to the KJV. As the ESV publishers state, they sought to follow the example of the KJV translators. I think the KJV is still a very good translation and if someone uses it, by all means continue doing so. My argument is not against the KJV but the radical IFB guys who hold that the KJV alone is the inerrant and infallible Word of God even against the Hebrew and Greek texts. This is a position that even the KJV translators would have been against.

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