How close is the ESV to the RSV in truth? Some have criticized the ESV because of its close association to the RSV which is a bad translation. Once I was in a church and they allowed the KJV/NKJV/NASB/NIV to be used as standard preaching and teaching translations, but they did not allow the ESV and it was probably because of the RSV connection. Every pastor has a preference and often think they are correct and all others are wrong. Also the people that come from these churches often believe just as the pastor does even though it may be incorrect, as most laymen do not know biblical studies very well.