Even though the ESV came out in 2001 it sounds rather dated in many places compared with the much older Modern Language Bible (otherwise known as the New Berkeley Version). The last revision of the MLB was in 1969. That's a 32 year difference for you non-math majors. But since the ESV is basically a retouched 1971 RSV, it does sound old-fashioned despite what its Preface says about the language being "brought to current usage." I really appreciate the MLB. Even if Dave Hunt rolled his eyes at me for quoting from it at a Bible Conference years ago. I will quote snippets from the book of Luke to begin this thread. I will go slowly as I like to take my time. ESV = E; MLB = M Chaper 1 verse 1 E : Inasmuch as M : Now that v 11 E : there appeared to him M : appeared to him v 12 E : fear fell upon him M : fear got hold of him v 27 E : betrothed M : engaged v 44 E : For behold M : Just think Chapter 2 v 23 E : Every male who first opens the womb M : Every first-born male v 48 E : why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress. M : why have You treated us this way? Your father and I have anxiously been looking for You.