The online edition of the ESV Bible recently got a face lift. Many of you probably know this already, but I though I would point out a very handy feature. It’s called “reading mode.”
I have long wanted a Bible that looks more like a book; keep the paragraph breaks, the Book Titles (“Matthew,” “Romans”), and maybe the chapter numbers, but get rid of everything else. Verse numbers, section headings, cross-references–all these things are a distraction to what we might call “normal” reading, and the Bible is meant to be read (not dissected).You really do read differently this way, and the differences are for the better. (If you really need verse numbers, put them in the margins, like we do with Josephus and other ancient literature). If you’re looking for something like this, the closest thing I have found for the ESV, and it’s not even close, is this.