The ESV is one of the best study bibles published. The genuine leather is exellent quality and the text is very readable. The commentary is extensive and well written. This bible is really big. The only thing missing is a luggage carrier to haul it around!
Like a lot of people I own several bibles in different translations. First of all the ESV speaks to me the "loudest"- both in accuracy and comprehension. The notes and guides are unparalleled to any other study bible. Don't be discouraged about the smaller font. (I'm not sure why some make this mistake in the first place given the fact you can easily find the font size for any bible before a purchase is made.) I can honestly say this is the number one tool that has helped me for understanding God's word.
I bought the ESV Study bible because I have it downloaded to my logos bible software and I use it daily on my computer and I absolutely love it. So I decided to purchase the bible ( a hard copy) to read with my family. But I am so disappointed with this bible because the lettering is way to small. Its so small that I actually need a magnifying glass along with my glasses to read it. If the lettering were larger I would recommend this bible, but sadly I cant.
Very disappointed with the ESV Study because the letter are too small and the words of Christ are not in red. If I had known this I would not have made the purchase. I am going to return it or give it away. I am not able to us it for myself.
This is an excellent modern translation, which I value for being more word-for-word rather than another odious "dynamic equivalency" work. The translation, combined with the extensive and meticulous notes and study helps makes the ESV Study Bible a tool that will provide valuable service for many years to come.