For several years now (really since about the time it came out) I’ve used the ESV translation of the Bible, believing that it best combines a solid word-for-word translation of the original languages with good style and readability. The translation team was top-notch both in scholarship and devotion, and it is put out by what is, in my opinion, the strongest, most solid Christian publisher in the business: Crossway. A couple of years ago they released the ESV Study Bible, which is widely regarded as, well, pretty amazing. Adding to my love of the ESV is Crossway’s strong commitment to utilizing technology to get the ESV Bible out there in creative ways to make it as accessible as it can be.
With that in view, I strongly suggest you check out the new ESV Online, a suite of online tools to aid in Bible study that are incredibly useful and helpful. If you have purchased an ESV Study Bible you can see the notes and resources within this website as well. If you can’t tell, I’m very enthusiastic about these tools! They have released an iPhone/iPad app and promise an Android app soon. Here’s a 30-second introduction. Watch this and then go check it out!