The English Standard Version of the Bible (ESV), in third place in popularity to the King James Version (KJV) and the International Version (NIV), has published its final changes, a mere 29 verses and 52 words. This “permanent text edition” will be the final update to the ESV and will remain unchanged from now on.
I suspect this just means that its publisher Crossway (which has also published most of my books) simply wants to close the books on this project. Having a final authoritative text, as with the KJV, makes it easier to protect the integrity of the readings. The NIV, in contrast, is more open-ended and has undergone three revisions in the space of 15 years, generally in the direction of using more gender inclusive language. The ESV’s changes, though, are extremely minor. See the changes, along with Crossway’s rationale, here. Read an article on the subject after the jump.