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Changes in the ESV 2016 Version

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Crossway Bibles made a revison to the text of the English Standard Version (ESV) in 2016. There were 52 word changes in 29 verses. When publishers make changes such as this, we often get requests to keep the prior version(s) available. We cannot do so as our licensing agreement with the Bible publishers require us to display the most recent version. However, Crossway Bibles has made it very easy to see the differences, which are displayed below.

Genesis 3:16
Permanent Text (2016):
Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.
ESV Text (2011):
Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.
Genesis 4:7
Permanent Text (2016):
Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.
ESV Text (2011):
Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.
Exodus 38:11
Permanent Text (2016):
And for the north side there were hangings of a hundred cubits; their twenty pillars and their twenty bases were of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and their fillets were of silver.
ESV Text (2011):
And for the north side there were hangings of a hundred cubits, their twenty pillars, their twenty bases were of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and their fillets were of silver.
Numbers 14:42
Permanent Text (2016):
Do not go up, for the LORD is not among you, lest you be struck down before your enemies.
ESV Text (2011):
Do not go up, for the Lord is not among you, lest you be struck down before your enemies.
Judges 6:13
Permanent Text (2016):
And Gideon said to him, "Please, my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us?
ESV Text (2011):
And Gideon said to him, "Please, sir, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us?
2 Samuel 23:34
Permanent Text (2016):
Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai of Maacah, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,
ESV Text (2011):
Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai of Maacah, Eliam the son of Ahithophel of Gilo,
1 Kings 8:48
Permanent Text (2016):
if they repent with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies,
ESV Text (2011):
if they repent with all their mind and with all their heart in the land of their enemies,
2 Kings 20:18
Permanent Text (2016):
And some of your own sons, who will come from you, whom you will father, shall be taken away,
ESV Text (2011):
And some of your own sons, who shall be born to you, shall be taken away,
2 Chronicles 6:38
Permanent Text (2016):
if they repent with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity to which they were carried captive,
ESV Text (2011):
if they repent with all their mind and with all their heart in the land of their captivity to which they were carried captive,
2 Chronicles 13:9
Permanent Text (2016):
Whoever comes for ordination with a young bull or seven rams becomes a priest of what are not gods.
ESV Text (2011):
Whoever comes for ordination with a young bull or seven rams becomes a priest of what are no gods.
Esther 9:32
Permanent Text (2016):
The command of Esther confirmed these practices of Purim, and it was recorded in writing.
ESV Text (2011):
The command of Queen Esther confirmed these practices of Purim, and it was recorded in writing.
Psalm 18:48
Permanent Text (2016):
who rescued me from my enemies; yes, you exalted me above those who rose against me; you delivered me from the man of violence.
ESV Text (2011):
who delivered me from my enemies; yes, you exalted me above those who rose against me; you rescued me from the man of violence.
Proverbs 13:16
Permanent Text (2016):
Every prudent man acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.
In everything the prudent acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.
Isaiah 2:3
Permanent Text (2016):
For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
ESV Text (2011):
For out of Zion shall go the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Isaiah 10:5
Permanent Text (2016):
Woe to Assyria, the rod of my anger; the staff in their hands is my fury!
ESV Text (2011):
Ah, Assyria, the rod of my anger; the staff in their hands is my fury!
Ezekiel 40:14
Permanent Text (2016):
He measured also the vestibule, sixty cubits. And around the vestibule of the gateway was the court.
ESV Text (2011):
He measured also the vestibule, twenty cubits. And around the vestibule of the gateway was the court.
Hosea 13:14
Permanent Text (2016):
I shall ransom them from the power of Sheol; I shall redeem them from Death.
ESV Text (2011):
Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from Death?
Micah 4:3
Permanent Text (2016):
He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide disputes for strong nations far away;
ESV Text (2011):
He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide for strong nations far away;
Matthew 4:24
Permanent Text (2016):
So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, those having seizures, and paralytics, and he healed them.
ESV Text (2011):
So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them.
Matthew 17:15
Permanent Text (2016):
"Lord, have mercy on my son, for he has seizures and he suffers terribly.
ESV Text (2011):
"Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly.
Luke 7:36
Permanent Text (2016):
One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and reclined at table.
One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table.
Luke 22:44
Permanent Text (2016):
And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
ESV Text (2011):
And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Luke 24:47
Permanent Text (2016):
and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
ESV Text (2011):
and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
Luke 24:50
Permanent Text (2016):
And he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them.
ESV Text (2011):
Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them.
John 5:22
Permanent Text (2016):
For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son,
ESV Text (2011):
The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son,
Ephesians 1:5
Permanent Text (2016):
he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.
ESV Text (2011):
he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.
Ephesians 3:1
Permanent Text (2016):
For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles—
ESV Text (2011):
For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles—
Colossians 1:11
Permanent Text (2016):
being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,
ESV Text (2011):
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,
James 2:10
Permanent Text (2016):
For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.
ESV Text (2011):
For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.
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