I go to a church that uses the English Standard Version (ESV) as their primary translation. It does an excellent job translating the Modern Critical Greek and Hebrew Texts into English in many places according to what I understand about translation method and Strong's Concordance. However, it doesn't do such a good job in other places. The following link will direct you to a helpful article concerning the fact that although the ESV is a fair translation, it should not be the Standard. I will note that the following article is linked to Zondervan, who has the NIV translation. Therefore, I don't agree with all of the writers thoughts. In fact, I think some of this is an effort by Zondervan to try and trash the translation that took the place of the NIV. Of course that is their fault because they quit making the NIV that everyone was accustomed to, and started making the "gender neutral" version in its place. Nevertheless, most of the points made are good ones concerning the ESV and why we shouldn't cling to it as our final English Standard. Also, I have linked a good sermon concerning the not so accurate advertising of the ESV, trying to link it up with the KJV.