The ESV, RSV, & NRSV Compared

Well over a year ago, I created a chart using Logos Bible Software that showed how similar the ESV & NRSV were in relation to the NIV, TNIV and the NLT. Since then, with all the discussion about the ESV, I’ve created a new one that looks at how similar the ESV, NRSV, and RSV are to each other. In order to show the relationship more clearly, I’ve also included seven other Bibles, including the ASV & KJV.

In order to see more clearly, how similar the NRSV is to the ESV, I’ve included both the TNIV & the NIV, which differ by 4.2% through the entire Bible, though some books more and other less (Proverbs was changed by more than 15%).


What amazes me is that the ESV is closer to the NRSV than the TNIV is to the NIV!