Switching from NIV to ESV

12 January 2012 by Wes Bredenhof

Excerpt from Providence CanRC Bulletin of January 15, 2012:

…you may have noticed the news item about our Bible translation.  The synodically appointed Committee for Bible Translation recently released its report on the 2011 NIV.  You can find it at the federation website, www.canrc.org .  To summarize the report as briefly as possible, the new NIV is not recommended to the churches by the committee.  At our last Council meeting we discussed this report and came to a decision.  Since the old NIV is no longer available and the new NIV is not acceptable, we are compelled to adopt a different translation.  Of the options available (NASB, NKJV, ESV), the ESV is the most attractive.  We have therefore decided to adopt the ESV effective September 1, 2012.  The time frame gives congregation members opportunity to purchase new Bibles.  Of course, if you wish to keep using your old NIV, you certainly have that freedom.  However, if you are going to be looking for a new Bible for your children or for a gift, we recommend that it be an ESV in anticipation of the change in September.  We have a congregation meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 23 and I’ll be making a presentation there about the background and rationale for this decision.  You’ll also have opportunity to ask any questions.  In the meantime, you are reminded that just about any new NIV Bible that you purchase will be a 2011 NIV with the objectionable changes mentioned in the CBT report.