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The English Standard Version ESV) of the Bible is more of a word-for-word translation rather than a thought-for-thought or paraphrased translation. The original texts of the Bible were written in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic. There are several different versions (i.e., translations) of the Bible because in translating the original text into modern-day languages, translators must focus on providing one of the following: 1) A word-for-word translation which focuses on retaining the form and structure of the original text; 2) A thought-for-thought translation which focuses on the original meaning of the text; or, 3) A paraphrase of the original text that retains the original meaning in a way that is easy for modern-day readers to read and understand.

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