I just saw the final outcome of the Bible translation poll. 54% of Said at Southern readers indicated the ESV was their #1 choice as a Bible translation. Good for Crossway. The Piper endorsement was big news around campus a few years back and it seems to have made ESV the trendy translation in these parts.
Bible Translations Poll Final Results
To be fair – please feel free to blast the ESV in the comments. We know it comes from the liberal RSV, we just don’t care. If it’s good enough for Piper, it’s good enough for us.
The “other” choice was higher than I imagined. As Rick Mansfield said:
Of course, with “other” in 3rd place, it makes me think not enough options were present. I would guess that some folks might be using the TNIV, NLT, NKJV at the very least. That’s what I’ve determined when I’ve given similar polls.
I was also surprised to see the King James ahead of the NIV. I am guessing that many of the ESV readers came from the NIV camp. In the past, young aspiring ministers would abandon their NIV for the NASB when they came to seminary. There is a sense that you’re not a serious Bible student if you still read the “Nearly Inspired Version.” The difference now is that ESV is an option for those of use who can’t handle the so called “wooden” sentence structure of the NASB.
The HCSB must be worse than I’ve heard. Out of 134 voters only one poor soul picked it as their #1. At least the guys at Lifeway are saving royalty money on their Sunday School curriculum. No one cares about reading the “Hard Core Southern Baptist” version, even when Rainer and Stetzer toe the corporate line.
And while we’re on the topic. The only people who think it’s cool to be a “Hard Core Southern Baptist” are . . . (insert self-control here). You might hear them saying things like, “Baptist born and Baptist bred and when I die, I’ll be . . .” If you are ever tempted to say this – please just stop talking.