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(Update) Introducing the Single Column Heritage Bible (with a giveaway!)

Have you tried reading a single column Bible yet?

Single column typesettings are increasingly popular as many readers find the one column less distracting, making it easier to focus on the Bible text. Mark Bertrand, prominent Bible design blogger, has explained his preferences for the single column settings.

Published this past summer, the ESV Single Column Heritage Bible is a simple but well designed Bible specifically suited for extended reading. It’s the newest addition to our growing line of single column Bibles, which includes the Single Column Legacy Bible and Personal Size Reference Bible.

Download a PDF sampler of the interior

Learn more about pricing and cover options

To celebrate the publication of the ESV Single Column Heritage Bible, we’re giving away two copies of the premium calfskin edition. To enter into the drawing, post to comments a brief description of what features your ideal Bible would include. In your comment please also include your town and state of residence. We’ll pick two names next Monday, October 21.*

*Giveaway only available to residents of the continental U.S.

Update: We’ve closed the giveaway and have notified the winners by email. Thanks for your great ideas! We’ll take your feedback into consideration as we plan future Bible editions.

October 17, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,News & Announcements | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:50 am | (642) Comments »

642 Comments »

  1. My ideal Bible always has in-text subject headings, large print and decent margins for writing notes. I haven’t found this ideal Bible yet. San Diego-California

    Comment by Elaina Morrison — October 17, 2013 @ 9:02 am

  2. - Ideal Bible has the ESV text with pages that are not too thin to write in and highlight.

    - Town and State of Residence: Lake Park, GA

    Comment by Joshua Davis — October 17, 2013 @ 9:05 am

  3. I love a Bible that has wider margin in it to jot notes. Single column is pretty great too.

    Wichita, KS

    Comment by Jeremy Writebol — October 17, 2013 @ 9:06 am

  4. I prefer a Bible that fits well in my hand (not too thick), with bold print on a white page that is easy for my eyes to pick up while preaching. I prefer enough margin for notes. At present, I use several Bibles at present in order to meet my needs in study and preaching and note taking.

    Fort Worth, TX

    Comment by David Norman — October 17, 2013 @ 9:06 am

  5. A beautiful bible to me is premium leather, gilded edges, pages thick enough for no bleed through, single column for easy reading, type face of at least 8, preferably 10pt. Would LOVE to win this one.
    Boise, ID.

    Comment by Dawn Winter — October 17, 2013 @ 9:08 am

  6. Ideal bible would have the translator’s footnotes, cross references, red letter, single column, paragraph format, and a font point of 10 or 11, with pages thick enough so text doesn’t “bleed” through.

    Comment by Dan — October 17, 2013 @ 9:09 am

  7. A feature I would like to see added to ESV editions (since the ESV is in the tradition of Tyndale, KJV, etc) would be notes on the importance of many of the old English words that we have modernized. Notes could include just how the old words are still important to our comprehension of the English Standard Version.

    Mark Ryman
    revryman@gmail.com
    620 West Kivett Street
    Asheboro, NC 27203

    Comment by Mark Ryman — October 17, 2013 @ 9:10 am

  8. I love a Bible with a solid concordance, as well as cross references. I’m definitely a fan of single column as well!

    Comment by Sarah Dietrich — October 17, 2013 @ 9:10 am

  9. I love the fact that you guys are on the pulse of what makes a good Bible. I have many editions of the ESV. The Single Column Reference is a great setting. I would also like to see a double column, verse by verse setting. That would make a great preaching Bible, like the SCR, but with a little less bulk. Thanks and keep up the good work of putting God’s Word in the hands of millions of people! Edgefield, SC

    Comment by Phillip Howle — October 17, 2013 @ 9:10 am

  10. Single column is great to causally read with.

    Louisville, KY

    Comment by Brian Renshaw — October 17, 2013 @ 9:11 am

  11. Ideal Bible: calfskin leather, moderately large font, ESV translation (but with translation notes), church history commentary notes, and comparative theological perspective notes (i.e. Calvinism/Arminianism, Covenant Theology/Dispensationalism, cessationism/non-cessationism, etc.).

    Comment by John Wiley — October 17, 2013 @ 9:12 am

  12. Single column, calfskin, red letter

    Comment by Nate S — October 17, 2013 @ 9:13 am

  13. The features of my “ideal Bible”? That’s hard to say, since I use different Bibles for different purposes. However, in regard to this single-column Bible, which I would almost certainly use for preaching and teaching, a great concordance would be the only thing that I might urgently need when I’m out ministering to others.

    Book introductions, cross-reference columns, and commentary notes in a Bible such as this would only serve to make it cumbersome, which is not appealing when you’re seeking to carry it a lot of places with you for public ministry. Regardless, please feel free to draw my name for this awesome contest – I’d sure love to win it! :)

    Comment by Josh Dear — October 17, 2013 @ 9:13 am

  14. My preferences include single-column with a wide margin, a bookmark in each Testament, and the words of Christ in red, in calfskin with gilded edges. Nonetheless, I’ll never retire my daily-driver. It’s an ESV paperback that I hand wrapped in fake leather. It fell off the top of my car in traffic and I got it back a week later, broken and ripped but still usable! (Always leave your phone # in your Bible!)

    Comment by Jason Bradshaw — October 17, 2013 @ 9:14 am

  15. My ideal Bible would be smaller, like a thinline, but also with cross-references down the center. Red lettering isn’t much of a necessity because the entire Bible is God’s word. Either single or double column.

    Comment by William Schaerer — October 17, 2013 @ 9:14 am

  16. THE ideal Bible would be identical to the Legacy Bible but the size of the thinline Bible. Single column text that is in line with the flip side of the page to minimize bleed through, intermediate margins for notes, and a size that’s not too small nor too large.

    Comment by Andrew Klausen — October 17, 2013 @ 9:15 am

  17. I really enjoy reading for extended periods and love the more common format of single column, no distractions by words jumping out from the column next door :) I also like highlighting sections and one column is nicer for that!

    Comment by Jenn Wile — October 17, 2013 @ 9:15 am

  18. My ideal Bible would be smaller, like a thinline, but also with cross-references down the center. Red lettering isn’t much of a necessity because the entire Bible is God’s word. Either single or double column.

    Hillsdale, MI

    Comment by William Schaerer — October 17, 2013 @ 9:15 am

  19. THE ideal Bible would be identical to the Legacy Bible but the size of the thinline Bible. Single column text that is in line with the flip side of the page to minimize bleed through, intermediate margins for notes, and a size that’s not too small nor too large.

    Andrew
    Overland Park, KS

    Comment by Andrew Klausen — October 17, 2013 @ 9:16 am

  20. In selecting a Bible, I look for a crisp font at a size and line spacing that is easily readable laid out in a single column. I also look for a binding that will lay flat whether I’m in Genesis or Revelation.

    Kalamazoo, MI

    Comment by Bryan Craddock — October 17, 2013 @ 9:16 am

  21. I’m dyslexic so single column is about the only Bible I can read without getting jumbled all around. I also love a larger print- any time that I get to take my glasses off of my face is a time to celebrate! (Sadly, large print Bibles are almost 50% more in price on average.)
    Independence, Mo

    Comment by Joseph — October 17, 2013 @ 9:17 am

  22. Hi. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to enter this giveaway. I have used the personal size reference Bible with one column of text for several years now. It is falling all apart now, and I have been looking for a new one that is also single column. I really would like to see a single column Bible that is more durable than my current one.

    I am from Dupo, Illinois.

    Comment by Victor Chininin — October 17, 2013 @ 9:17 am

  23. To enter into the drawing, post to comments a brief description of what features your ideal Bible would include. In your comment please also include your town and state of residence

    My ideal Bible basically doesn’t fall apart at the spine or fray at the edges, if I can hold onto it for the rest of my life without having to tape it together.

    Comment by Robert Ward — October 17, 2013 @ 9:17 am

  24. Ideally I would like a single column Bible. I also like the thinline format.

    Comment by Jesse Benack — October 17, 2013 @ 9:18 am

  25. My ideal Bible basically doesn’t fall apart at the spine or fray at the edges, if I can hold onto it for the rest of my life without having to tape it together.

    Columbus, Ga

    Comment by Robert Ward — October 17, 2013 @ 9:18 am

  26. I’m still looking for that perfect Bible. I’ve found a lot of good ones, but haven’t found one with all the features I would like. It probably will never exist.

    The feature I like are a wide margin, red line for Jesus’ words, NASB or ESV translation (parallel would be great), commentary, concordance, Greek/Hebrew concordance, and a leather binding.

    I’ve never seen it before, but I’d like to see a Bible that has all the verses of questionable authenticity in grey so it’s easier to know spot them.

    Comment by Jay Medenwaldt — October 17, 2013 @ 9:19 am

  27. I like a Bible with space to write notes and others comments. I have never owned a single column Bible but would be interested to read one.
    Peoria, IL

    Comment by Mike Ducharme — October 17, 2013 @ 9:19 am

  28. My ideal Bible finishes better than it begins, that is to say it is aesthetically even better after years of use. It lays flat when opened and the stitching holds for a lifetime. Needless to say, Crossway has always provided all of my ideals.

    Comment by Katie Kitchens — October 17, 2013 @ 9:19 am

  29. My ideal bible: a free one, but especially in a reliable translation like the ESV.

    Comment by Dan — October 17, 2013 @ 9:20 am

  30. Wide margins, font size 10, minimal cross references.

    Comment by Dan — October 17, 2013 @ 9:20 am

  31. My ideal Bible would be single column, so as not to break the lines of poetry that make us so much of the biblical text, but yet would be reasonably sized for portability.

    Ryan
    Minneapolis, MN

    Comment by Ryan Shelton — October 17, 2013 @ 9:21 am

  32. My ideal Bible would include a single column format with cross references in the inner columns, and each verse would start on a new line rather than bunched together.

    San Francisco, CA

    Comment by JD Bautista — October 17, 2013 @ 9:23 am

  33. My ideal Bible, that is a tough one.

    I think it would be one with the text on one page and the opposing page cross refs. and notes regarding the text (kind of like the NET DIGLOT, English on one page the Greek on the other) with some space for note taking.

    I maybe trying to force a best of both worlds that won’t work aesthetically. The text would be single column for easy reading but the information for personal Bible study would still be available (refs. and language/translation notes or theological thoughts with space for our own).

    Mike
    Evans, GA

    Comment by Mike Stephan — October 17, 2013 @ 9:23 am

  34. I would like to see translator’s notes separated from the cross reference notes. Possibly put translator’s notes in the margin to the right (near the verse if possible), with cross references at the bottom of the page.

    Comment by David Harris — October 17, 2013 @ 9:23 am

  35. For comment # 11

    Buckfield, Maine

    Comment by Dan — October 17, 2013 @ 9:23 am

  36. I would include good bondage in the binding for a lot of wear and tear. Also, having each verse on a line is a great help for preaching. Finally, a wider blank margin to the side for more detailed notes.

    Wahoo, NE

    Comment by Mike Rue — October 17, 2013 @ 9:24 am

  37. I would like to see translator’s notes separated from the cross reference notes. Possibly put translator’s notes in the margin to the right (near the verse if possible), with cross references at the bottom of the page.

    McAllen, TX

    Comment by David Harris — October 17, 2013 @ 9:24 am

  38. My ideal bible would be durable leather and three or even four ribbon markers. It would be flexible enough to bend and the pages too tough to tear.

    Comment by Arthur Fox — October 17, 2013 @ 9:24 am

  39. I have to say a single column Bible with a margin that’s just wide enough to write some notes, though perhaps not quite as wide as some of the options out there are to keep it convenient to carry to church. I like a good crisp serif font and would prefer the cover color to be burgundy or brown and made of a good flexible leather. References are preferred as well.

    Camden, SC

    Comment by Denver — October 17, 2013 @ 9:24 am

  40. 1. ESV Text
    2. Single column
    3. Verse-by-verse
    4.Theological and Study Notes from the Zondervan Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible.
    5. WCF, WSC, WLC, Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, Canons of Dort, Early Church Creeds included behind concordance.
    6. Soft goatskin cover like Schuyler ESV.

    Comment by Tim Tuggle — October 17, 2013 @ 9:25 am

  41. It depends. I like to take a bible to church that does not have study notes so it is smaller. When I use a study bible at home or work I like the notes not to lean too much to one type of theology. I like clear crisp print that is consistent (not light on some pages), which you guys are very good at by the way.

    Comment by Tim Smalley — October 17, 2013 @ 9:25 am

  42. I like the single column as well as wide margins for notes.

    Fort Myers, FL

    Comment by Randy Alston — October 17, 2013 @ 9:25 am

  43. An ideal Bible for my use would include the following features (several of which have been mentioned):
    • it lays flat at any place to where I open it from Genesis to Revelation
    • the cover has the feel of quality and endurance to it as well as a soft hand
    • a printing job that is clear and easily read without having to be super large in the font
    • and all of this in a size which does not require that I take a forklift with me to church or study ; )

    Comment by Larry Pauley — October 17, 2013 @ 9:26 am

  44. An ideal Bible for my use would include the following features (several of which have been mentioned):
    • it lays flat at any place to where I open it from Genesis to Revelation
    • the cover has the feel of quality and endurance to it as well as a soft hand
    • a printing job that is clear and easily read without having to be super large in the font
    • and all of this in a size which does not require that I take a forklift with me to church or study ; )

    - from Nixa, MO

    Comment by Larry Pauley — October 17, 2013 @ 9:28 am

  45. Single columns, all black text, no study notes, multiple bookmarks, line-matching, premium, durable binding.

    Comment by John Davis — October 17, 2013 @ 9:28 am

  46. ESV text, red letter, pages that don’t bleed through.

    Sugar Land, TX

    Comment by John Turner — October 17, 2013 @ 9:29 am

  47. The ideal Bible for me would include single -column (I’ve used it and much prefer it) with wide outside margins and a wide bottom margin. The Bible would also feature good “flop”… it would fall open easily in my hand for teaching and preaching.

    Comment by Paul Dawson — October 17, 2013 @ 9:29 am

  48. Crossway outdoes themselves with every ESV publication. I’ve bought so many of the various editions over the years I can’t even count.. With that said; that kind of love and loyalty needs to be rewarded with what appears to be the bible of my dreams! Come on…. You know you want to!

    Comment by George Wisley — October 17, 2013 @ 9:29 am

  49. Single columns, all black text, no study notes, multiple bookmarks, line-matching, premium, durable binding.

    Owensboro, KY

    Comment by John Davis — October 17, 2013 @ 9:29 am

  50. I love the single column layouts!

    My ideal Bible would blend three current ESV formats:
    Paragraph layout of the Literary Study Bible – I find it best for reading and meditation;
    the note space of the Journaling Study Bible – with space after each paragraph;
    and the purposeful layout of the Legacy/Heritage Bible.

    Thanks Crossway for the tremendous tools for study.

    - St. Francis, MN

    Comment by Micah Tanis — October 17, 2013 @ 9:29 am

  51. My ideal Bible…
    1. has a leather cover (still nothing like it!)
    2. has a good-sized and readable font which is matched on both sides of the page
    3. is single-column (not enough of these available but the only way to go)
    4. is as compact as possible
    5. is just for reading and needs little or no notes, maps, concordance – these are all so available now electronically

    Comment by Jeff Gardner — October 17, 2013 @ 9:29 am

  52. My ideal Bible has line matching, high opacity, and fairly bold font, as well as good spacing between lines. Font size of 10 seems to have the right balance for readability and overall Bible size as well. I prefer non-reference Bibles for an uncluttered text (or very small, non-bold letters to mark the references in the text). I’d also do away with the in-text section sub-headings and leave those out or put them as a page heading (like old Bibles used to do). I would leave in Bible book introductions as they really help giving the overall historical context, literature, occasion, etc.

    Comment by Emerson — October 17, 2013 @ 9:30 am

  53. Sewn binding, single column, paragraph format, no words in red, ribbon bookmark (or two), cross-references, simple concordance, maps optional

    Mt. Morris, IL

    Comment by Bruce — October 17, 2013 @ 9:30 am

  54. Forgot my city and state: Vancouver, WA

    Comment by Emerson — October 17, 2013 @ 9:32 am

  55. I would love one where the pages did not tear, binding stayed strong and backing held up. Thanks.

    Comment by James Browning — October 17, 2013 @ 9:33 am

  56. For everyday reading, I like the single column format and would love no notes; that means no text notes on alternate readings or cross references. I would like a nice, clean text block.

    Thanks for doing the giveaway!

    John
    Bay City, MI

    Comment by John Botkin — October 17, 2013 @ 9:33 am

  57. My ideal Bible would be an ESV Bible, NOT red letter, two bookmark ribbons, single column, imitation leather cover, and study notes from the Reformation Study Bible. Would hope that it would be durable binding. As another post said, including the historic creeds in the back would be helpful. I would also want no concordance, as the ones in the back of Bibles are too limited to be helpful – better to use the space for something else.

    I am really thankful for Crossway’s publishing ministry, especially their ESV translation. Keep up the good work for God’s Kingdom!

    Comment by Dave Vosseller — October 17, 2013 @ 9:33 am

  58. Single column. Large font. Overland Park,KS

    Comment by Peter Griffith — October 17, 2013 @ 9:33 am

  59. Single column, paragraph format, minimal distractions (i.e. no study bible notes), and goatskin cover… although what about non-traditional material like Kevlar (so that it can stop a bullet?)

    Burlington, Iowa

    Comment by Pil Kang — October 17, 2013 @ 9:34 am

  60. Perhaps a pocket in the back flap kind of like a Moleskine. Also 2 different colored ribbon bookmark. Huntington, IN

    Comment by Bobby — October 17, 2013 @ 9:35 am

  61. My ideal Bible would include the following:

    ESV text
    Slightly larger print (not huge, though)
    Extensive cross-references & textual notes/variations
    Thicker pages so print from other side doesn’t show
    Heavy duty binding

    Brian
    Stockbridge, GA

    Comment by Brian Thornton — October 17, 2013 @ 9:36 am

  62. Clear font, easily visible, minimum bleed through, with five ribbons!

    Richmond, VA

    Comment by Dr. James C. Goodloe IV — October 17, 2013 @ 9:36 am

  63. I’ve always wanted a single column bible as long as I’ve been a Christian (4 years now).

    Once I heard Crossway compose a Single Column version I was enthralled. I have yet to get my hands on one.

    My ideal Bible would be: ESV, Single Column, Black Text, Words of Christ Black, Preferably Black or Gray-ish, some extra margin, and Calfskin. Although, Trutone wouldn’t be bad either. I’ve always thought a 6x9in was a great size.

    I’ve had my eye on a Single Column for quite some time and was planning on treating myself with one after graduating the Bible College this school year.

    Saint Cloud, FL

    Comment by Ruben Santa-Cruz — October 17, 2013 @ 9:37 am

  64. An ESV single-column Bible with cross-references, a thorough concordance, and decent maps.

    Comment by Carlos Soca — October 17, 2013 @ 9:38 am

  65. Love the single column reading style and also love some margin room for reminders as I preach and teach.

    Avon Park, Florida

    Comment by Jon Beck — October 17, 2013 @ 9:38 am

  66. The ideal Bible would include the Study Bible notes as an ONLINE set of notes only with instructions in the intro section of the Bible saying how to reach those notes. I like to have a paper Bible to read and make notes in and preach from. But I love online resources as I prepare. This would allow the IDEAL BIBLE to be thinner, with thicker paper for better note taking….and have access to the full notes of BOTH the Study Bible and the GOSPEL TRANSFORMATION BIBLE online for study.

    To me that would be the ideal

    Comment by John W. Daniel — October 17, 2013 @ 9:38 am

  67. My ideal bible would be single column with room in the margin for notes.

    Greenwood, AR

    Comment by Kevin Beck — October 17, 2013 @ 9:39 am

  68. I like the single column verse by verse format. That is, the number for each verse to the left and then below the next number and verse, etc. I find this the easiest format from which to teach and preach. In addition to that I would like to have thicker pages that minimize ghost text – bleed through. One more thing – I like to have larger text – at least 12 point font or larger. I guess the older I get the larger I like the font. Ha!

    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Comment by James Hunt — October 17, 2013 @ 9:39 am

  69. Ideally, a Bible includes cross references, brief book introductions to offer context, and a voluminous concordance.

    Comment by Adam Blakely — October 17, 2013 @ 9:39 am

  70. I am not sure how this would work in practice, especially in books with mixed narrative and verse, e.g. Isaiah. But, I like the two-column layout, paragraph-by-paragraph, with narrative, and single column, verse-by-verse, with poetry.

    Wide margins.

    Truly opaque paper, i.e., Lockman’s In Touch NASB.

    Crossway should consider more goatskin covers.

    Houston, Texas

    Comment by Chris Diamond — October 17, 2013 @ 9:40 am

  71. Dream Bible…hmmmm,

    wide margin, single col, not tiny print, cross references that are readable, verse per line but has clear paragraph markings.

    Comment by Ken Zuk — October 17, 2013 @ 9:41 am

  72. My ideal Bible would
    -Have a leather cover
    -Sewn binding so I don’t have to worry about it falling apart.
    -Single column text for easy reading and good for taking notes.
    -It is be black letter text
    -Convenient size so I can take it to work
    -Big enough text for extended times of reading and study

    Comment by Blake Sorie — October 17, 2013 @ 9:41 am

  73. I forgot to add my location. Binghamton NY

    Comment by Ken Zuk — October 17, 2013 @ 9:42 am

  74. I have been using the Personal Size a reference a I or for about two years and it has really helped my own bible reading/study and ministry. It has been easier to transition from reading the Bible to other books, because all books seems to be single column. Having cross references available has also aided on my ministry to broaden the depth of my teaching. In campus minstry I basically have a mobile office and my bible is slowly fading because of the amount it gets pulled out of my bag and then back again. Having a new single column bible, especially the better quality calfskin, would ensure that I could use the same bible for years to come.

    Jeff Highfield
    Blacksburg, VA

    Comment by Jeff Highfield — October 17, 2013 @ 9:42 am

  75. I think that my ideal Bible would have four ribbon bookmarks (for reading plans like the McCheyne), all words in black (not a fan of Jesus’ words in red), wide margins (for jotting down notes), and cross reference information.

    Ryan
    Arlington Heights, IL

    Comment by Ryan Adams — October 17, 2013 @ 9:42 am

  76. I have the ESV Classic Reference Bible, and it is almost perfect. But I would love a comparable Bible in a single column format with more margin space for taking notes and the words of Christ in Red.

    Mount Vernon, GA

    Comment by Katy — October 17, 2013 @ 9:42 am

  77. My ideal Bible would contain:
    Single column
    Cross-references
    ESV Study notes (in a separate, companion, leather-bound edition, minus all articles and resources, minus illustrations)**This would allow me access to the notes for daily reading, but not have to tote it everywhere.

    Marion, Indiana

    Comment by Kevin Cabe — October 17, 2013 @ 9:42 am

  78. I forgot to put city and state.
    Sumter, South Carolina

    Comment by Blake Sorie — October 17, 2013 @ 9:43 am

  79. My ideal bible would include a single column, no extra notes at the bottom or sides, no verse markers, no chapter markers and no headings. Just the words of the bible. Context!

    Abilene, Texas

    Comment by Philip Dosa — October 17, 2013 @ 9:43 am

  80. My ideal bible would be a bible big enough to read but small enough to carry with me everywhere. I also like a little wider margin to write notes in and a little wider spacing to leave room for underlining. Tabs for each book would be nice and the words of Jesus in red. Ideally a good concordance would also be helpful. Thank you.

    Chatham, IL

    Comment by Brian Schwartz — October 17, 2013 @ 9:44 am

  81. My ideal bible would be compact but not so small that the type would be difficult to read. The pages would be thick enough to prevent bleed when note taking. It would also need to be very durable.

    Comment by Mike Hall — October 17, 2013 @ 9:44 am

  82. ESV Legacy Bible in Thinline size, multiple ribbon bookmarks, and a layflat design.

    Comment by Steven — October 17, 2013 @ 9:44 am

  83. My ideal Bible would be genuine leather, with references and color maps. I like single column, too, but I do not insist on it.

    Charles Campbell
    Pike Road, AL

    Comment by Charles Campbell — October 17, 2013 @ 9:44 am

  84. Raleigh,NC

    Comment by Mike Hall — October 17, 2013 @ 9:45 am

  85. I had a single column NIV bible that I really liked. So I would really like the single column ESV I like the bible to have thicker pages so the bleed through is no so apparent. Good binding a cross ref.

    Comment by Ronnie Spoon — October 17, 2013 @ 9:45 am

  86. I would love a premium ESV translation. The single column would be nice….like reading a normal book. And the font looked a perfect size.

    Comment by Cheryl Frerichs — October 17, 2013 @ 9:46 am

  87. I love the wide margins for note taking in a Bible. However, I also like the cross references. This is one adjustment I had to make in the Legacy Bible.

    Rockford, Illinois

    Comment by Jeff Berg — October 17, 2013 @ 9:46 am

  88. I appreciate a durable, sewn binding. Thicker paper when possible. A clean layout with wider margins to allow for marking/notes. I am really growing to enjoy the single-column format. I find that readability and thought-flow are much more fluid with a single-column typeset.

    I purchased an ESV Single-Column Journaling Bible several months ago and have enjoyed the format. I have an old ESV Double-Column Bible that is well worn and I’ve super glued the binding/cover a couple times to keep it in tact. I have really loved the size of the old ESV Reference Bible for preaching/teaching. The new legacy Bible would make for a good preaching/teaching Bible because of the overall size of the Bible, the text/layout is clean, and the slightly larger font would make it easily readable in the pulpit.

    Appreciate the continued excellence in resources from Crossway!

    Kevin Fiske
    Joliet, IL

    Comment by Kevin Fiske — October 17, 2013 @ 9:46 am

  89. Notes and references in a separate section from the text of the Bible

    Comment by Zach — October 17, 2013 @ 9:47 am

  90. My ideal bible would be one for preaching AND personal reading. I am a believer of the ESV translation so that’s what i teach out of. I would enjoy a mid sized bible, double column format, verse-by-verse setting, red letter edition, in Crossways beautiful calfskin! Thanks so much for being faithful to God’s word!

    Comment by Jason — October 17, 2013 @ 9:47 am

  91. My ideal bible is a calf skinned leather bible. With a page marker and Jesus words in red. And of course in the ESV

    Comment by Michael Gonzlaez — October 17, 2013 @ 9:47 am

  92. Poplar Bluff, Missouri

    Comment by Jason — October 17, 2013 @ 9:48 am

  93. Single column. Cross references. Thin pages. Leather or Calfskin. Concordance. All black font.

    Comment by Denny Dispennette — October 17, 2013 @ 9:48 am

  94. ESV translation, black or burgundy, soft calf-skin, wide margin, nice clear font, concordance, black letter, four ribbons (OT, Psalms, Gospels, NT for marking the Daily Office readings), Book of Common Prayer Daily Lectionary, extra blank pages front and back for writing favorite quotes.

    Helena, AL

    Comment by Glenn Davis — October 17, 2013 @ 9:48 am

  95. Love the ESV because of the richness of the translation itself. Love a bible that is portable – easy to read (see) 9pt – single column.

    I want it with me, where ever I am which means it might see tough conditions and lot of use. Durability would be key in the cover material. A decent margin to write in would be great also!

    I want a bible I can rely on, I can read easily, and can travel with.

    Thanks for asking!

    Dan
    Virginia Beach, VA

    Comment by Dan Pollard — October 17, 2013 @ 9:50 am

  96. My ideal Bible will have a clear and uncluttered format, with medium size text, and wide margins. It will have cross references in the margins and a concordance at the back.

    Comment by Peter Foxwell — October 17, 2013 @ 9:51 am

  97. No chapter headings or verse numbers. Full yapp. Single column.

    Comment by Jeff Peterson — October 17, 2013 @ 9:51 am

  98. My ideal Bible has a sturdy leather cover that’s huggable and lasts for years. The ESV Study Bible has everything a lifelong student of the Bible needs for comprehensive study, but for every day reading, the ideal would be a reader edition set up like a regular book with footnotes only to clarify without distracting my reading. If there’s room for me to carry on a conversation with my Bible by writing notes in the margins, I like that very much. Also, I might want to check out related scriptures as I read, so a concordance would be good to have along with a few maps to help me ground a story in its past and present setting. Most importantly, perhaps, I find the ESV to be the smoothest translation to read aloud as it retains the poetic quality of KJV and RSV but with contemporary yet dignified language. Thanks!

    Comment by Mary Sayler — October 17, 2013 @ 9:51 am

  99. I’d love a Bible that is built to last with leather. Single column is my favorite way of reading. Also a font big enough to read during Bible studies or in the pulpit.

    Miamk Lakes, FL

    Comment by Bentley — October 17, 2013 @ 9:51 am

  100. My ideal Bible will have a clear and uncluttered format, with medium size text, and wide margins. It will have cross references in the margins and a concordance at the back.

    Columbus, Michigan

    Comment by Peter Foxwell — October 17, 2013 @ 9:52 am

  101. Single column, larger print (for my old eyes), cross reference, sown binding, high quality leather covering, wide margins for notes. I’m in Knoxville TN

    Comment by Albert — October 17, 2013 @ 9:52 am

  102. My ideal Bible:
    Single column,
    Left page ESV; Right page greek/hebrew,
    Minimal footnotes only when necessary,
    No cross references (to stay clutter-free),
    4 built in page ribbons,
    Black trutone,
    and built-in coffee dispenser ;D

    Comment by Steven — October 17, 2013 @ 9:53 am

  103. My ideal bible would be a leather, single column bible with no cross references or red letters, as little extra notation as possible. I’d love a larger print then you normal get, but keeping it as compact as possible. Thinner is better than smaller though, rather 4×7 thinner then 4×5 thick.

    Comment by Nicholas Moon — October 17, 2013 @ 9:55 am

  104. My ideal Bible would of course be the ESV, very good translation. Single column, all black font (all of it is Jesus’ words, not just the quotes in the Gospels), multiple page markers, concordance in the back for easy verse searches. Leather cover.

    Comment by Justin Bruce — October 17, 2013 @ 9:55 am

  105. Forgot my city.

    I’m in Chicago ILL.

    Comment by Nicholas Moon — October 17, 2013 @ 9:56 am

  106. I currently use a single column Legacy Bible and I love it. It’s very easy to read, and even if I want to make notes in the wide margins (love those margins too), I can do so without having to detract from the text itself. Mine has a TruTone cover, and while it has a leather-like feel to it, it’s VERY thin and the paper overlay on the inside is starting to tear at the top and bottom of both the front and back covers. If it keeps tearing, the cover will come off completely, since it’s not attached to the spine. Normally I prefer a leather cover of some kind, but thought I’d give the lesser-priced TruTone cover a try. I’ve had it for a little over a year and the tearing started a few months ago.

    Aside from improving the cover, I’d really like to see a slightly larger font and two ribbon markers, for OT and NT reading. Other than that, this is a great Bible. The overall size and thickness, for me, is just right. Not too thick or thin; not too big or small. In case you’re wondering, my name is not Goldilocks. :-)

    Universal City, TX

    Comment by Sean James — October 17, 2013 @ 9:56 am

  107. My ideal Bible would have medium size text, references in the margin(s), a concordance, and a map section.

    Rochester, NY

    Comment by Wm Low — October 17, 2013 @ 9:58 am

  108. My ideal Bible would be single-column, wide margins, at least 3 ribbon markers, and no subject headings.

    Thank you, Crossway!

    Jamie Cain
    Buford, GA

    Comment by James Cain — October 17, 2013 @ 9:59 am

  109. I thoroughly enjoy the ESV and have been using it since it’s release.

    Comment by Jilene Williams — October 17, 2013 @ 9:59 am

  110. Ideal Bible components:
    • single column
    • margins wide enough for some notes
    • paper opaque enough that highlighting and writing will not bleed through (use of the proper pens helps)
    • cross references are nice, but with all the electronic helps available today, one can get by without references
    • goes without saying, but I’ll say it—ESV is the preferred text; I’m also a fan of NASB.

    Comment by Dennis Goshorn — October 17, 2013 @ 9:59 am

  111. My ideal Bible would be a calfskin with significant room along the page’s edge for note taking, nice maps in the back, and a good size font. And it must be ESV.

    Comment by Matthew Perry — October 17, 2013 @ 9:59 am

  112. Trutone ESV
    Single Line Study Bible

    Boom goes the dynamite

    Comment by seth houser — October 17, 2013 @ 10:00 am

  113. My ideal bible has cross references, and headings with clean lines, lots of white space (for notes), and a great feel in the hand. I also think leather feels better over calf skin.

    Los Angeles, CA

    Comment by Rod Gomez — October 17, 2013 @ 10:01 am

  114. The ideal Bible for me is one that is true to the original text, hence the ESV. A great quality leather, that will last for generations. A beautiful page layout that allows me to focus on the text and hear what God has to say. Plenty of room for annotations and notes. One that inspires me to pick it up and read. I live in Wake Forest NC.

    Comment by Ian Watkins — October 17, 2013 @ 10:02 am

  115. My ideal Bible is one that functions well for teaching and group study, so the size can’t be so big that it is awkward to hold in one hand, and the text font (size & type) and the text layout must be clear enough that I can find my place again after looking up to speak to others.

    I’m in Indianapolis, Indiana

    Comment by Roy Francis — October 17, 2013 @ 10:02 am

  116. I am looking for a Bible single column setting with good typography. I want simplicity, allowing me to focus on the text while reading. I need a good cover with flexibility. I want a Bible that can be used a lot.

    Comment by Joshua Pangborn — October 17, 2013 @ 10:03 am

  117. Single column, ESV, verse-by-verse, with room for notes

    Comment by Michael — October 17, 2013 @ 10:03 am

  118. - Each book has it’s own separate physical book, so you could just pick up the book of Luke for example and read it in a sitting like you would a novel.
    - Would be sold in a box set
    - Black text
    - Single column except for wisdom literature
    - No reference material, straight text

    Harrisburg, PA

    Comment by Peter Farrell — October 17, 2013 @ 10:05 am

  119. Large enough to read in public, small enough to carry, clear enough to obey.

    Comment by Matthew Westerholm — October 17, 2013 @ 10:05 am

  120. My perfect bible would be in one column, with verses numbered ALL justified left to be able to find them easier, and lots of room for taking notes.

    Comment by Vickie — October 17, 2013 @ 10:06 am

  121. I would love a leather bound ESV single column with room in the margins for notes, a good concordance in the back and more than one ribbon bookmark, and thicker pages where notes can’t be seen through the other side.

    Comment by April P — October 17, 2013 @ 10:08 am

  122. Cross references are critical and explanations of words that in their original language may have subtle differences in meaning.

    Comment by Tom Kauffman — October 17, 2013 @ 10:09 am

  123. I would like a one column bible with a nice margin for notes.

    Comment by Becky Feryance — October 17, 2013 @ 10:09 am

  124. My ideal bible would have Single column, large font, adequate spacing between lines/columns, excellent binding, excellent paper with as little bleed/see through as possible, and soft leather…calfskin.

    St. Louis, MO

    Comment by Robert Graham — October 17, 2013 @ 10:10 am

  125. My ideal Bible would be single column with good cross reference notes and wide lined margin like the journaling Bible. The journaling Bible, however, has too small print and too thin of pages for good highlighting.

    Loganville, GA

    Comment by Steve Doyle — October 17, 2013 @ 10:10 am

  126. My ideal bible would be an ESV, black or brown genuine leather, single column (because that usually gives wide margins for note taking), preferably a thinner bible.

    Brandon Madison
    Muscle Shoals, Alabama

    Comment by Brandon Madison — October 17, 2013 @ 10:10 am

  127. Best-quality materials and construction, larger typesettings (Presbyopia setting in) and standard margins, as I prefer separate journaling to the practice of writing inside of any bound manuscript.

    Other contextual features that might be desired seem to already be well-accounted for in every standard version of the ESV I’ve thus encountered.

    Comment by Charles P — October 17, 2013 @ 10:10 am

  128. Single column, lays flat, opaque paper, red under gold, leather lined, goatskin, no ribbons.

    Houston, Texas

    Comment by michael — October 17, 2013 @ 10:11 am

  129. My ideal Bible would be a single-column ESV with extra wide margins, good paper (not too thin) and good binding (preferably leather). Two ribbon bookmarks would be nice as well, with 12 point font.

    Comment by Gary Steward — October 17, 2013 @ 10:11 am

  130. An ideal Bible would include wide enough margins for notes, through cross-referecnes, paper that is suitable to note-taking, a readable font, and a quality cover. I’ve enjoyed using the ESV wide margin from Cambridge with a goat skin cover.

    Comment by Joe Fauth — October 17, 2013 @ 10:11 am

  131. My ideal Bible would be a fine leather one, single column but with wide margins all around for notetaking, a good concordance, and three ribbon markers.

    North Chesterfield, VA

    Comment by Elaine — October 17, 2013 @ 10:12 am

  132. My ideal Bible:

    Calf or Goat Skin Binding, Smyth sewn, Lexicon No.1 font with a size of at least 9. I would like the Old Testament in double column format to cut down on the size of the Bible with the New Testament and Psalms and Proverbs in Single column format. Room around all of the edges for some notes but I don’t want a TON of white space, I am not writing notes in paragraphs so there doesn’t have to be a ton of space. Would like the Bible to be about the size of the ESV Study Bible personal size bible but not quite as thick, I think that is about my perfect sized Bible. I would love a small concordance in the back for those times where I get stumped and can’t find what I am looking for. I would also love about 40-50 pages of lined note pages in the back of the Bible, kind of how the publishers at Allen bibles put them in. Would also like some really good maps new and old in there as well. Ideally I would have the bulk of the Old Testament in the NLT translation, the Psalms and New Testament in ESV, I’m sure that will never happen in a print version. It is one of the reasons that I love the Bible so much on my iPad. Unfortunately I have just not grown to LOVE the digital Bible. There is something about a hot cup of coffee, a really good quality leather Bible in my hands, a notebook and just spending time with God. I am INCREDIBLY grateful to have such a high quality Bible, in my language. If I win I can not wait to give this Bible to one of my friends who has always wanted a really nice quality Bible but can not afford one. I have had several over the years, always looking for that “perfect” Bible, obviously God’s word is perfect but how it’s laid out with leathers and fonts and columns isn’t always perfect. Regardless I am grateful to be able to read God’s word in my language, while over 2,000 languages out there do not have ONE word of the Bible in their own language. It has been cool to see all of the different preferences that people have and would put in their PERFECT Bible.

    Saginaw, Michigan

    Comment by Jon Hartwick — October 17, 2013 @ 10:14 am

  133. My ideal Bible is small, trutone ESV with small font and thin paper. I like to carry my Bible with me!

    Comment by Amy Steward — October 17, 2013 @ 10:14 am

  134. My ideal Bible (and by ideal I mean if I could choose only one Bible to carry with me for life) would have the following characteristics:

    1) Double Column text with center column cross references.
    2) Wide margins (for taking notes)
    3) Footnotes detailing textual variances where necessary.
    4) Smith-sewyn binding
    5) Premium calfskin cover
    6) Two ribbons, secured in such a way that they don’t fray easily
    7) A substantial concordance at the end
    8) Brief theological resources at the end, such as the shorter Westminster Catechism and the Fundamental creeds of the faith (Apostles, Nicene, Chalcedonian, etc.)

    *9) I’m up in the air on whether to request commentary. For newer believers I think it’s very helpful, and still is somewhat helper for seasoned believers, but due to how it adds weight and makes the wide-margin aspect more difficult to fulfill, I’d have to say no if this was a Bible I needed to take with me everywhere.

    Mmmm…such a Bible :)

    -Devin Tarr
    Chico, California

    Comment by Devin Tarr — October 17, 2013 @ 10:14 am

  135. Ideally, I would have the single column, with reference notes in the inner margin near the binding, wide margins on the outside margins for note-taking.

    Chris Coppenbarger
    Irmo, SC

    Comment by Chris Coppenbarger — October 17, 2013 @ 10:15 am

  136. My ideal bible is something I almost have right now. I have the Single Column Legacy Calfskin. The only things that would make it better would be art gilding and the stitching around the edge of the cover. It’d also be cool to have the creeds that are in the back of the Schuyler. I’ve really wanted to see that new 75th Anniversary Omega Thinline, but I’ve really wanted the Thinline in single column. I also have the PSR in Lambskin, but the PSR doesn’t have very thick pages. The PSR is my carry bible and it is wonderfully soft.

    Comment by Daniel — October 17, 2013 @ 10:17 am

  137. The ideal Bible does not exist, but if it did it would be ESV text, black letter, large font single column paragraph style with readable yet unobtrusive verse numbers, thinline and hand size (I told you it didn’t exist!) It needs a supple goatskin semit-yap cover and three wide and long ribbons in a color that coordinates with the cover. The paper needs to be opaque with no ghosting or bleed through.

    Am I picky, or what?

    Comment by Jerry Minor — October 17, 2013 @ 10:17 am

  138. My ideal Bible would be a single column reference size in a leather edition of your popular portfolio cover. I have a thin line and ESV Study Bible in the true tone portfolio. They are precious to me. Three ribbon markers is a great idea too!

    Cedarville, Arkansas

    Comment by Tom Wing — October 17, 2013 @ 10:17 am

  139. My ideal Bible is Large Print, Thinline without the references. ESV text preferably as well. Never tried a single column before, but I really like the way it’s laid out in the PDF sample. I like my normal reading Bibles to be just pure text, and if I need to find a reference or dig deeper into the text, I can whip out a Study Bible.

    Comment by Nathan — October 17, 2013 @ 10:18 am

  140. Oops!

    Albuquerque, NM

    Comment by Jerry Minor — October 17, 2013 @ 10:18 am

  141. Woops! I’m sorry, but I forgot to mention where I was from in my previous post – Muskegon, MI. I would’ve just edited my previous post, but I didn’t see any options to do so.

    Thanks again! – Rev. Josh Dear

    Comment by Josh Dear — October 17, 2013 @ 10:18 am

  142. Easy to read type. Lay-flat design. Cross references (if any) on the medial (interior) page border, so the text is easier to read.

    A verse-by-verse Kindle ESV would be nice, too. (I use the plain text edition the most, though the reference edition is great for study.) Thank you for making those free.

    Comment by Jim Childers — October 17, 2013 @ 10:18 am

  143. Single column, larger text, small margins, loose binding – ideal reading bible.

    Elizabethtown, KY

    Comment by Michael Piscatello — October 17, 2013 @ 10:19 am

  144. My ideal Bible consists of the Word of God. Everything else is icing on the cake.

    Comment by Joshua Knott — October 17, 2013 @ 10:19 am

  145. It would start with the ESV translation. The text block would be a single column-reference with at least an inch and a half margin for notes. Font size would be between 9-10 with a Lexicon No. 1. type set. 45lb. bible paper and gilded edges to match the color of the cover (gold with a black cover). A calfskin/goatskin cover would also be ideal and nothing printed on the front cover. On the spine I’d like it to say ESV and Holy Bible. Three bookmarks would also be necessary as well as a Smyth-sewn binding for durability. Maps in the back as well as some of the early church creeds would be nice as well.

    Comment by Griffith — October 17, 2013 @ 10:20 am

  146. Single column, smyth sewn, black calfskin, no headings, generous margins and a large font.

    Comment by Don — October 17, 2013 @ 10:21 am

  147. ESV, excellent typography, goat skin with binding like a tank, single column with verse numbers and references pulled to the margin.

    Comment by Tyler — October 17, 2013 @ 10:21 am

  148. Since I use a computer for Bible study, I look for a printed Bible that’s easy to read, without lots of notes or cross-references, etc. Easy to read fonts are important to me and I don’t want verse or chapter numbers so large that they break the flow of the text. Compact (easy to hold, light) is more important to me than room for notes or helps.

    Comment by Chip Bell — October 17, 2013 @ 10:21 am

  149. For #144 Columbus, Ohio.

    Comment by Griffith — October 17, 2013 @ 10:21 am

  150. God’s Word is theist important Book of all to me. I have generally read the two collumn with the cross references in the middle editions. Reading the single collumn will be different but also familiar because that’s how most other books are arraigned! Would like to have cross references retained for study purposes.

    Thanks, and my name is David Montague and I am from Gulfport, Ms. where I serve as a Youth Pastor.

    Comment by David Montague — October 17, 2013 @ 10:22 am

  151. -St Paul, MN

    Comment by Tyler — October 17, 2013 @ 10:22 am

  152. It would be such a blessing to receive the single column bold large type bible. It iz easier to read as I’m dyslexic & it’s a bit less challenging. I suffer from a TBI (traumatic brain injury) & reading is difficult. Providing the bible in an “easier to read” format would remove the defeated feeling I get when thinking about reading the Word. I’m in Palm Coast Fl. Thanks so much & God bless!!

    Comment by Stacey Dattilo — October 17, 2013 @ 10:25 am

  153. I love the single column layout with margin for making notes – line spacing not too tight for highlighting and a note here and there. Also the binding should be sewn not glued to keep pages from breaking away. A Bible that lays flat is also part of the ideal package. Soft leather (or leather-like) to mold to your hand when holding. If using red letters, the red should be a deeper maroon color rather than a bright red which is difficult to read. Love the ESV!

    Comment by Diana Paige — October 17, 2013 @ 10:26 am

  154. features I like in a bible: leather, thumb-index, good concordance

    Comment by Matt — October 17, 2013 @ 10:28 am

  155. Single column, minimal cross ref, lay-flat spine, semi-yapp.
    Birmingham, AL

    Comment by Scott James — October 17, 2013 @ 10:28 am

  156. Print sure is small. I’d like to see a larger print and larger margins.

    Comment by Kathleen — October 17, 2013 @ 10:29 am

  157. I’m still looking for that perfect Bible. I’ve found a lot of good ones, but haven’t found one with all the features I would like. It probably will never exist.

    The feature I like are a wide margin, red line for Jesus’ words, NASB or ESV translation (parallel would be great), commentary, concordance, Greek/Hebrew concordance, and a leather binding.

    I’ve never seen it before, but I’d like to see a Bible that has all the verses of questionable authenticity in grey so it’s easier to know spot them.

    Colorado Springs, CO

    Comment by Jay Medenwaldt — October 17, 2013 @ 10:30 am

  158. My ideal Bible would be single column with extra room toward the page edges for notes. Very minimal design elements: no cross-references, grammatical/translator’s notes only. No red-letter (it is, after all, entirely God’s word), but a comfotable, serif font throughout. Definitely leather, with old-fashioned ridged bindings.

    Comment by Alex Ford — October 17, 2013 @ 10:30 am

  159. My ideal Bible would be a ESV, Wide Margin, Single Column, Red Letter with the thicker pages that are in the ESV Student Study Bible. This would be the ideal Bible for me.

    Comment by Debbie K. — October 17, 2013 @ 10:31 am

  160. My ideal Bible would be an ESV translation, black leather (goatskin or calfskin), all black letters, single column, each verse beginning on its own line (rather than paragraph style), with wider than normal margins for plenty of note-taking. Cross-references could be either in the footnotes or the inside margins of each page, though they would not be necessary if they increase the size too much. Regular font size is fine, as I’d like it to be manageable in size, as I would use it in the pulpit.

    My name is Roy Henry, and I live in Tekonsha, MI. Thanks for the opportunity to share this with you, and thank you for the work that you do with the Word.

    Comment by Roy Henry — October 17, 2013 @ 10:31 am

  161. A single column would be great and bright pages that you can clearly read.

    Comment by Wendy B — October 17, 2013 @ 10:34 am

  162. I like the single column. I would like to see a better map section with improved references to the map. I like to know where things happened. It would be great if when a passage mentions a place, that a footnote would say something to the effect, “map 4, grid A-3”. That way you could easily learn where things happened and see distances fetween places.

    Comment by Robert — October 17, 2013 @ 10:34 am

  163. My idea of a good bible would be to have plenty of space for my written comments and to include a concordance, but not minimal or no subscript explainations, relatively small & bound in durable leather, maybe even with page tabs included.

    Comment by Vincent P Pisculli, Sr. — October 17, 2013 @ 10:34 am

  164. References, solid binding, thorough concordance, black letters, single column, and wide margins. Thicker paper would be nice, too. :)

    State Road, NC

    Comment by Chad Whitley — October 17, 2013 @ 10:34 am

  165. My ideal Bible has medium sized font, cross references, subject headings, brief commentary (language issues, manuscript information, historical/cultural information, etc.), and space for notes.

    Jacob S.
    Durham, NC

    Comment by Jacob — October 17, 2013 @ 10:34 am

  166. My ideal Bible would definitely be single column and easy to read with wide margins for notes and a little thicker page for highlighting. Thanks for this giveaway!

    Comment by Candy McDonald — October 17, 2013 @ 10:35 am

  167. My ideal Bible would include the ESV text and have a single column format in a 10-11 point font. I also prefer in-text subject headings and no cross references. I have the ESV study Bible & others for times of study and reference but for every day reading I prefer to only have the text in front of me. I would also like 2 or more ribbons along with a binding durable enough for daily carrying.

    Knoxville, Tennessee

    Comment by Aaron Dockery — October 17, 2013 @ 10:35 am

  168. Ideal: Calf Skin, thin profile, easy to read
    York, SC 29745

    Comment by Eric — October 17, 2013 @ 10:35 am

  169. My ideal Bible would be single-column, at least 3 ribbon markers, the Book of Common Prayer monthly Psalter order printed in the Psalms, and include the Apostles’ and Nicene Creed. It would also be made with nice leather. There would be no red letters nor section headings.

    (Oregon City, OR)

    Comment by Michael Lewis — October 17, 2013 @ 10:36 am

  170. I would like to see a large-type verse-by-verse layout with centered cross references. Oh, and goatskin leather?

    Shane Dodson
    Norman, OK

    Comment by Shane Dodson — October 17, 2013 @ 10:36 am

  171. My ideal Bible would be the ESV with a good size margin to be able to right notes. I prefer a Bible that is not too big but has a good size font to be able to read without straining the eyes. I also like to have the red letters.

    Comment by Kat Mayo — October 17, 2013 @ 10:37 am

  172. Single column with wide margins. Leather bound. Medium sized text.

    San Diego, CA

    Comment by Charissa — October 17, 2013 @ 10:37 am

  173. My ideal Bible would have a good, stout, durable binding, wide margins, single-column and clear, legible text.

    I live in Knoxville, Tennessee.

    Comment by Ronnie Batchelor — October 17, 2013 @ 10:37 am

  174. I would love to add this Bible to my Bible Collection. The ESV Bible is one of my favorites, I like the easy to read text, room in margins for notes, tabs would be awesome! leather cover (color choices would be nice!) med. size font, zi like to highlight in my Bible to print that doesn’t bleed would be great!

    Burien, Wa

    Comment by Tracie Wright — October 17, 2013 @ 10:39 am

  175. ESV is great! Single columns are good for reading. Plenty of boarder is needed for notes.

    Comment by Mary Lynn — October 17, 2013 @ 10:39 am

  176. Single column, red lettering, leather covers

    Conroe, TX

    Comment by Justin — October 17, 2013 @ 10:39 am

  177. Ideal: lasting leather, medium thickness, easy to ready.

    Newmarket, NH

    Comment by Nate Oliver — October 17, 2013 @ 10:40 am

  178. My ideal bible(s) would be a single column reading bible in handy format and an additional version with the same layout and page numbering in a larger binding with margins for notes to keep at home. Something like what was done with the Pitt Minion/Reference versions by Cambridge but in a more reader friendly single column setup. You could even possibly skip the cross references in the smaller version and have full references in the larger. It would be the perfect combination.

    Comment by Mike M — October 17, 2013 @ 10:40 am

  179. My ideal ESV single-column Bible would have larger type with a clean simple layout, bound in a flexible leather that lays flat. Black letter edition.

    Comment by Edwin Bowden — October 17, 2013 @ 10:40 am

  180. My ideal reading Bible would be an ESV, single column, no headings, no references, just text, Large or Giant Print. Stockbridge Ga

    Comment by James Sheets — October 17, 2013 @ 10:40 am

  181. My ideal bible(s) would be a single column reading bible in handy format and an additional version with the same layout and page numbering in a larger binding with margins for notes to keep at home. Something like what was done with the Pitt Minion/Reference versions by Cambridge but in a more reader friendly single column setup. You could even possibly skip the cross references in the smaller version and have full references in the larger. It would be the perfect combination.

    Sorry forgot to list town and state!
    Knoxville, TN

    Comment by Mike M — October 17, 2013 @ 10:42 am

  182. Single column, 3 ribbons, wide margins for notes,

    Comment by David Coffey — October 17, 2013 @ 10:42 am

  183. I love leather. Single column would be nice, with lots of cross references.

    Comment by Steve B — October 17, 2013 @ 10:46 am

  184. My ideal Bible feels good in my hands, and has notes reminding me what God was speaking to me through Scripture when I was reading it. It shows where I’ve been in my walk with Christ, and will lead me to places un-imagined in my days ahead. Other than that, quality leather binding that lays flat and is typeset with fonts that are easy to read. ESV Red-letter with good margin is a nice to have, too.

    Comment by Steven Hocker — October 17, 2013 @ 10:47 am

  185. My ideal Bible feels good in my hands, and has notes reminding me what God was speaking to me through Scripture when I was reading it. It shows where I’ve been in my walk with Christ, and will lead me to places un-imagined in my days ahead. Other than that, quality leather binding that lays flat and is typeset with fonts that are easy to read. ESV Red-letter with good margin is a nice to have, too. Indianapolis, IN.

    Comment by Steven Hocker — October 17, 2013 @ 10:47 am

  186. Single column, paragraph style, wide margins, premium leather, at least three page ribbons.
    Edon, OH

    Comment by David — October 17, 2013 @ 10:48 am

  187. I love the unadorned look of the single-column Bible, so I think I could really go for this. My ideal Bible would be sturdy, long-lasting, able to stay open on its own, but thin and compact. I do most of my study in front of the computer, so I don’t need the notes and cross-references in the text, just the Word, plain and simple (though I do like paragraph headings).

    Cincinnati, Ohio

    Comment by Isaac Gould — October 17, 2013 @ 10:49 am

  188. My ideal Bible would be single column. It would have large side margins for notes. It would include cross references on the inside margin and/or on the bottom.

    Comment by Paul Ortlinghaus — October 17, 2013 @ 10:49 am

  189. Just posted and forgot to say I’m in Santa Rosa, California.

    Comment by Paul Ortlinghaus — October 17, 2013 @ 10:50 am

  190. It may seem simple, but I like it when the English text of the Bible follows the format of the the Nestle-Aland 27 Greek New Testament: no added, editorial section headings, but just a space between major sections.

    Comment by Ray — October 17, 2013 @ 10:50 am

  191. Would love a Bible with larger print, in depth notes, charts and maps, and space to write my own notes.

    Comment by kschneyer — October 17, 2013 @ 10:51 am

  192. My ideal reading Bible: lays open anywhere, black text, single column, paragraphs, cross references on inside of page (next to binding), opaque pages, 2 ribbons, text readable but not huge (8-10pt), black calfskin leather, bigger than pocket sized but still easy to palm.

    Comment by Vic — October 17, 2013 @ 10:52 am

  193. Lay flat spine
    Red letter
    Multiple bookmark ribbons
    Introduction for every book.

    Russell Petcoff
    Lorton, VA

    Comment by Russell Petcoff — October 17, 2013 @ 10:53 am

  194. My ideal Bible would be a single column format with a verse by verse layout, center column reference, a wide margin , and about 50 blank lined note pages in the back. covered in a dark brown calfskin or cowhide with raised spine ribs and printed on the awesome paper that you used on the single column Legacy.

    Dowling, Michigan

    Comment by Carles Hicks — October 17, 2013 @ 10:53 am

  195. Single Column, no bleed pages, wide margins, binding is not as important – I like a Bible I can mark as the Lord speaks to me thru the text. Benton, KY

    Comment by Diane Talmadge — October 17, 2013 @ 10:54 am

  196. Whoops – I’m in Baltimore, MD.

    Comment by Vic — October 17, 2013 @ 10:55 am

  197. As I mentioned before, I like it when the English text of the Bible follows the Nestle-Aland 27 Greek NT’s format: no editorial section titles, just blank spaces between sections.
    Wayne, Nebraska

    Comment by Ray — October 17, 2013 @ 10:56 am

  198. I prefer clear text that is readable at a glance while preaching. A clean page with adequate line spacing is important to me.

    Comment by Ted Elmore — October 17, 2013 @ 10:56 am

  199. My idea Bible would would include durable binding that could weather a lifetime of use, leather that would age well, single-column text, and pages that are thick enough to mark and highlight on without bleed through.

    South San Francisco, CA.

    Comment by Aaron Choi — October 17, 2013 @ 10:57 am

  200. I need a clean font at least the size of the font in the 2005 paperback version I have . . . maybe a point size larger and black on white paper. I like section headings, cross-references, and a concordance. I also like the size of my paperback, but I don’t think it’s possible to get all of this in one book!

    Helen Owens
    Franklin, TN

    Comment by Helen Owens — October 17, 2013 @ 10:57 am

  201. It’s hard to imagine a more perfect Bible than the ESV Study bible. What other bible has had more pastoral recommendations than that? All the pastoral wisdom I sit under comes with ESV reading of the text. Good stuff from Crossway.
    Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    Comment by Don Haflich — October 17, 2013 @ 11:01 am

  202. My ideal Bible…

    ESV, 2011 Text, 10 pt font.
    High quality paper.
    Margins are related to the wide margin family.
    Premium cover (goatskin, calfskin, etc.)
    3 Ribbons
    References at the bottom

    Tomball, TX.

    Comment by Jeff Medders — October 17, 2013 @ 11:01 am

  203. For me the ideal bible would be large print, with plenty of cross-references in the margins.
    Minden, NV

    Comment by Andrew Pozun — October 17, 2013 @ 11:01 am

  204. Bluffton, Indiana…my ideal Bible would leave room for my notes alongside the text, and a good concordance and maps. I would also like study helps included, and the text in modern English language.

    Comment by Nancy — October 17, 2013 @ 11:04 am

  205. My ideal Bible is a single column Bible–that’s really the biggest thing to me–and I would love to replace my decrepit, ancient single-column NIV Bible with a single-column ESV. I confess, too, that I am tempted to covet when I read from my husband’s soft, flexible calfskin leather bible. It rests so nicely in the hand and feels great. Put that leather with the single column and I’d be a very happy girl.

    Comment by Mary — October 17, 2013 @ 11:06 am

  206. 1. Leather Bound
    2. Thicker paper that doesn’t rip and takes penciled notes and color highliters well
    3. Wider margins so you don’t have to write your notes vertically
    4. Big enough to read and small enough to still carry with me
    5. Red letters, of course
    6. Good, useable concordance
    7. I really get a lot from Parallel Bibles
    8. ESV is quickly becoming my new favorite version!
    9. Thumb indexed
    10. All for under $20.00 retail!!

    Since I can’t get all that in one Bible, I guess that’s why I own so many versions/copies of the Word!! Each one blesses me in its own way.

    Lemon Grove, Ca.

    Comment by Jim Greensmith — October 17, 2013 @ 11:07 am

  207. Single column, Treasury of Scripture Knowledge cross-references!

    Comment by Stephen — October 17, 2013 @ 11:08 am

  208. Wider margins and slightly more thickness would be a great addition. Never read from a single column before but the sample looks very good and easy to read.

    Indianapolis, IN

    Comment by Doug — October 17, 2013 @ 11:09 am

  209. There is no one ideal bible for me. If I’m studying and digging into a passage, I love my ESV Study Bible. For casual reading or taking it with me, I love my thinline edition. I am intrigued by the single column style, because I am currently reading cover to cover, as many chapters as possible per day. For this type of reading, a ‘novel’ style text would work even better.

    Comment by Cody Villarreal — October 17, 2013 @ 11:09 am

  210. I like wide margins and fairly large print. I also kind of like to see multiple versions side by side, but I’ve no idea if that’s something that’s available with the other features I want. I have one side by side, and I never even heard of two of the four versions! I prefer not to post my town and state, but will say EF in V

    Comment by zekesmom10 — October 17, 2013 @ 11:10 am

  211. Worthington, OH -My ideal Bible has an accurate translation (like ESV), plenty of room for my notes in the margins, and explanations of the historical background and cultural differences surrounding the text.

    Comment by Kasey Ingram — October 17, 2013 @ 11:13 am

  212. My ideal Bible would be one that was designed for reading large sections of Scripture in a single setting. It would be single column, paragraph format. It would not have any editorial headings, as these interfere with the flow of the text. It would also not have any of the standard extras, no maps (which tend to fall out anyway, no concordance, just the text; I’ve already got a study Bible for studying. It would have a smyth sewn binding and thicker, more substantial pages. In addition to this, it would feature line matching in order to minimize bleed through as much as possible. It would come in a larger font size, say about 12, and good sized margins to set off the type. It would be leather bound and flexible enough to lay flat regardless of where I opened up to. I wouldn’t walk around with this Bible, it would be a brick, but I would read and reread it until it was like an intimate friend. Dallas, Tx

    Comment by Jason — October 17, 2013 @ 11:17 am

  213. My ideal Bible would include

    -thicker pages for highlighting and writing without bleed-through

    -cross-references, particularly of relevant OT texts in the NT and vice versa.

    Raleigh, NC

    Comment by Manny Prieto — October 17, 2013 @ 11:17 am

  214. - big margins
    - compact in size
    - single column

    Columbia, MO

    Comment by Kevin Larson — October 17, 2013 @ 11:24 am

  215. My ideal Bible would have a strong cross-reference system, including, but not limited to overt passages in the New Testament with “Old Testament in the New Testament” focus and passages in the Old Testament with “The New Testament Fulfills the Old Testament” focus.

    Additionally, I like a tradition-style font.

    Cover, durable leather.

    Arlington, TX

    Comment by Joe Matos — October 17, 2013 @ 11:25 am

  216. Corners that don’t fold into tiny folds, seemingly on their own.
    Lakewood, CA

    Comment by Aaron — October 17, 2013 @ 11:26 am

  217. My current favorite is the ESV Personal Reference, which I love because of the size, single-column, and words of Christ in black.

    This looks like a higher quality, non-reference of the same. And I think it looks fantastic.

    -joe

    Comment by Joe Helt — October 17, 2013 @ 11:30 am

  218. I have used a single column Bible, I’m not sure if I have a preference between single and double column. I do like my Bibles to have a concordance and cross references. Introductions to the books are nice as well as maps. While study notes are nice I don’t think of them as essential. I am to an age where I like large print.
    Welcome, MN

    Comment by MaryAnn Frerichs — October 17, 2013 @ 11:30 am

  219. Braselton GA- pretty much the black ESV Omega thinline reference. Add Hebrew Greek concordance. Add red text for Jesus speaking. And limited Cross references. At least two ribbons: these are so helpful! Especially in sermon prep.

    This would be the ideal bible to use the day of teaching/preaching for me

    Comment by Alex Gailey — October 17, 2013 @ 11:30 am

  220. I am fairly simple. I like a larger text size to make reading lines easier. I appreciate red letter text, mainly because I guess I’m just old-fashioned that way. It’s the text I learned sitting on my Grandfather’s chair with him. I like a soft cover, and two marker ribbons would be awesome, one for each testament.

    Comment by Morgan McKinley — October 17, 2013 @ 11:30 am

  221. For a paper Bible, I really love my ESV Study Bible. It’s very Bible-looking so when I have it open at a coffee shop people are always aware that I’m reading the Bible and they stop to ask me about God, consistently. It’s amazing. If I were reading the Bible on my tablet, phone, or computer, people might think I was just texting or reading the news. The only adjustment I would make to it is the cover design. I would make some kind of cover that would protect the paper edges. I have seen many “Bible-covers” that do this so that’ll do for now.

    Sanger, TX

    Comment by Lauren — October 17, 2013 @ 11:30 am

  222. A single column Bible with wide margins.

    Ovid, MI

    Comment by Jonathan Wass — October 17, 2013 @ 11:31 am

  223. The ideal Bible for me:
    – ESV translation
    – Single-column
    – Readable font & font size
    – Cross references without being overwhelming
    – Strong, high quality stitching
    – Soft, pliable calfskin binding (Oh that smell!)

    Scott Kaufman
    Fayetteville, Arkansas

    Comment by Scott Kaufman — October 17, 2013 @ 11:35 am

  224. My favorite is my journaling, but it’s coming apart in the binding. Text is a little small though. I prefer a Bible about the thinline size (maybe a bit bigger) that just has a great feel, lays open well, with pages that aren’t too thin and decent margins.

    Hamilton, OH

    Comment by Chad Grindstaff — October 17, 2013 @ 11:37 am

  225. My ideal bible would of course be an ESV and probably be a cross between the Heritage & Legacy Bibles. Single-column, black letter, decent size font, no cross references. I’d like a concordance and maps, but would choose maps if I could only have one. Decent quality paper with line matching. I like the Legacy section headings in the margins, but would probably move them inline with the text to keep margin & overall Bible size down to make it easier to carry. Of course a sewn binding with quality leather that would open flat from beginning to end. As I review the list I think the Heritage is really close–I just haven’t seen one in person yet to assess paper quality or how flat it opens. :-)

    Greg Williams
    Sunnyvale, TX

    Comment by Greg Williams — October 17, 2013 @ 11:38 am

  226. My ideal Bible would be a black calf-skin with a single column, 2 inch margins on either side (unlined) for notes. Thick enough pages so that ink doesn’t bleed or show through on the reverse page. Additional pages in the back and front of the bible for further notes. Sturdy enough to be a good travel companion and last a lifetime. No red letter, No headers, just text, chapter, and verse. Two bookmarks would be a great addition too. Thanks for asking, Crossway!

    Seattle, WA

    Comment by Heath Salzman — October 17, 2013 @ 11:49 am

  227. Basically the Personal Size Reference Bible with more opaque paper and a section in the back with confessions and hymns. Memphis, TN

    Comment by Don G — October 17, 2013 @ 11:51 am

  228. I like single column Bibles, they read more like a book. The most important feature I look for is readable type. So often the font isn’t big or dark enough, or there is too much bleed through from the next page.

    Bloomingburg, OH

    Comment by Brandon — October 17, 2013 @ 11:51 am

  229. My ideal Bible would include appropriate landscape photos and topo maps giving a better feel for the setting and atmosphere of the events described in the biblical narrative.

    Comment by Thomas Womack — October 17, 2013 @ 11:52 am

  230. I love a Bible that is single column, easy to handle, opens flat, highly legible print on paper that doesn’t have much ghosting and is able to be written upon. I also love fine leather, extra ribbons, and wide margins. I don’t need cross-references as these are readily available online. This edition looks like a great one!

    Comment by David Sunday — October 17, 2013 @ 11:53 am

  231. 10 point text, single column, with little interference with the text (small headings), cross references to the side, no study notes, handy sized (8″ x 5″), generous amount of white space, no red letter text.
    Brent
    West Palm Beach, FL

    Comment by Brent Kercheville — October 17, 2013 @ 11:53 am

  232. By the way, I live in Elgin, IL – forgot to mention that in comment 218.

    Comment by David Sunday — October 17, 2013 @ 11:54 am

  233. Ideal bible has single column print with a large margin for notes, no lines.

    Comment by Matt Williamson — October 17, 2013 @ 11:56 am

  234. Love & endorse the ESV. Just purchased the large print dual column with reference in the middle. Like it so much more than single column. Just my opinion.

    Comment by Ron Dodson — October 17, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

  235. Ideal Bible would featureNO presentation pages, but blank pages instead, and the ESV info on the spine WITHOUT the medallion. Otherwise, this is a beaut.

    Hampton, VA

    Comment by Joe M — October 17, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

  236. My ideal Bible would be printed on high quality paper with little show-through. It would be single-column, large print and black letter.

    Portland, Oregon

    Comment by David Humphrey — October 17, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

  237. My ideal Bible would have single column, wide margin, black letter text, detailed translator notes, cross-references, with book introductions, and a glossary and concordance. The Bible will open flat. The leather binding would be soft and flexible.

    Comment by Scott MacGregor — October 17, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

  238. Citrus Hieghts California
    Ideal Bible for me is single column, room on the margin to write comments and notes (I am a writer of notes, I mark my bible a lot!) the at minimum the cross reference and concordence etc. But to reach the next level include the study bible detail to that format. I would buy that now

    Comment by Tim Kuka — October 17, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

  239. My ideal Bible would be in loose-leaf or, at the very least, wide-margin format. It would have the best smooth leather binding available, in a chestnut or mahogany finish, the words of Christ in red, the translation footnotes, a comprehensive set of maps, and the very popular Life Application Bible study notes. Some sort of historical time-line or other reference to dates in world history would also be very helpful, and so would thumb-indexing or tabs between books. A separate tab marking the maps section would be nice as well. Finally, in a bow to tradition, a family records section would be good, especially if the Bible were in loose-leaf format. Knowing the amount of work and the costs involved in putting together a Bible like this, I honestly don’t expect to see it on store shelves any time soon, but–well, I can dream, can’t I? Fairview, Tennessee

    Comment by Tom Nichol — October 17, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

  240. My ideal Bible would be ESV, single column with wide margins for personal notes. I appreciate headings in the text where there are natural divisions. I like bold print because its easier to see when teaching/preaching. And finally I use genuine leather bibles because they are more durable and last longer. Lamb or calfskin lay open the best which is also nice for teaching/preaching.

    Comment by Wayne Barron — October 17, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

  241. Ideal Bible:
    Full-yapp Goatskin, Art-Gilt Edges with gilt line, Smyth Sewn, Four Ribbons, Line Matching, High opacity, 10 or 11 point Lexicon No.1 font, Black text with chapter numbers, headers and page number in red, Single Column, Paragraph style, Oxford maps, Tons of cross references (outer margin)

    Louisville, Kentucky

    Comment by Tim Wilcoxson — October 17, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

  242. I like large print and red letter.

    Comment by Jeff W Niman — October 17, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

  243. Heritage single column with cross references and a slightly larger margin.
    Washington DC

    Comment by Justin Sok — October 17, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

  244. My ideal Bible is the ESV in a durably bound volume, with clearly printed type on good quality paper. The quality of the leather on the outside is important to me as I appreciate the touch and even the smell. I don’t really mind cheaper materials used in producing other books, but I like my copy of God’s Word to be set apart from the rest. The trend lately is for people to access their Bible on their Android, iPhone, or other web-connected device. I do this, too. But there is something uniquely satisfying about being able to feel a leather Bible and turn quality pages. In some way, it honors the content of those pages, which is infinitely more than mere words, ink, paper, and binding. These materials convey the thoughts of God–thoughts he wants us to know. I know it may sound like flattery, but I was dragged to the ESV kicking and scratching. There are many good translations, and I appreciate many of the more word-for-word versions. A friend gave me my first ESV Bible and, as I have done with other new translations, I used it devotionally and read it from start to finish over the course of a year. I began this journey convinced that other translations had successfully solved the supposed accuracy vs. readability paradox as much as can be done for our generation. However, as I read, paying attention to many of the problematic passages for translators, I grew to appreciate the beauty, simplicity, and (most importantly) accuracy of the English rendering. I could say much more. I am a pastor of a church that teaches the Word and engages the culture. Accuracy and understandability are both essential. I have a nineteenth century Bible that was bought and treasured by my great grandfather. It’s leather is worn and the binding is beginning to fail. Preserved in it are his hand written notes. This is my most precious material possession. I frequently think that my ideal Bible would be one that my great grandchildren might still treasure.

    Comment by Chad Sparks — October 17, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

  245. My ideal Bible would be ESV, single column, with wide margins for personal notes. I appreciate headings in the text where there are natural divisions. I like bold print because its easier to see when teaching/preaching. And finally I use genuine leather bibles because they are more durable and last longer. Lamb or calfskin, preferably in black, lay open the best which is also nice for teaching/preaching.

    Springfield, MO

    Comment by Wayne Barron — October 17, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

  246. Ideal Bible – sewn binding, single column, large print for us aging baby boomers, concordance, and a feature that allows the Word of God to be hid in my heart without me actually having to do the work of memorization.

    Comment by John S Sheldon — October 17, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

  247. My ideal Bible would be highly portable- somewhere in between your thinline and compact Bibles; have the words of Christ in red; have the best of the study bible notes; have maps in the back (so fun when looking at Acts), and would have good space for underlining and making notes in the margins.

    Comment by Andrew Gilson — October 17, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

  248. Chad Sparks
    Knoxville, TN

    My ideal Bible is the ESV in a durably bound volume, with clearly printed type on good quality paper. The quality of the leather on the outside is important to me as I appreciate the touch and even the smell. I don’t really mind cheaper materials used in producing other books, but I like my copy of God’s Word to be set apart from the rest. The trend lately is for people to access their Bible on their Android, iPhone, or other web-connected device. I do this, too. But there is something uniquely satisfying about being able to feel a leather Bible and turn quality pages. In some way, it honors the content of those pages, which is infinitely more than mere words, ink, paper, and binding. These materials convey the thoughts of God–thoughts he wants us to know.

    I know it may sound like flattery, but I was dragged to the ESV kicking and scratching. There are many good translations, and I appreciate many of the more word-for-word versions. A friend gave me my first ESV Bible and, as I have done with other new translations, I used it devotionally and read it from start to finish over the course of a year. I began this journey convinced that other translations had successfully solved the supposed accuracy vs. readability paradox as much as can be done for our generation. However, as I read, paying attention to many of the problematic passages for translators, I grew to appreciate the beauty, simplicity, and (most importantly) accuracy of the English rendering. I could say much more. I am a pastor of a church that teaches the Word and engages the culture. Accuracy and understandability are both essential.

    I have a nineteenth century Bible that was bought and treasured by my great grandfather. It’s leather is worn and the binding is beginning to fail. Preserved in it are his hand written notes. This is my most precious material possession. I frequently think that my ideal Bible would be one that my great grandchildren might still treasure.

    Chad Sparks, Knoxville, TN

    Comment by Chad Sparks, Knoxville TN — October 17, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

  249. The perfect bible to me is one that has plenty of references for me to research, I don’t really care if it is single column or not, large print, as far as translation I have several but usually start with KJV or NKJV.

    Comment by Norma Dellinger — October 17, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

  250. forgot city and state
    McAlester, OK

    Comment by Norma Dellinger — October 17, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

  251. My ideal Bible has a comfortable typeface, good margin for little notes but more importantly has some form of a center column reference. I love the idea that the scriptures are understood in light of other scriptures and this reference tool takes me there.

    Jeannine North Andover, MA

    Comment by Jeannine Loftus — October 17, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

  252. My ideal Bible would start with Genesis and end in Revelation! Because Jesus reigns supreme and all of God’s promises find their Yes! in Him!

    I use a 2-column ESV now…1 one would be a nice change!

    Lynchburg, VA

    Comment by Ryan Lanning — October 17, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

  253. Goodyear AZ

    I think most bibles on the market meet my general needs however there’s one I haven’t seen yet. I would like a bible broken down by book or books depending on volume that was like a workbook. You know, soft cover and think pages. Pictures, maps,band illustrations like you see in academic workbooks. I also love a good calfskin bible but the tissue paper pages seems too thin at times.

    Comment by Dan C — October 17, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

  254. I LOVE a single column text Bible; they are difficult to find. To me it is so much easier to read. Large type is a definite need that I have now. I appreciate references also, so I can see immediately to follow through to other related scriptures when I am studying on a certain subject. Wider margins for notations are a plus!

    Comment by Rama Patterson — October 17, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

  255. My ideal Bible would have an easy to read font, ESV, cross references, maps with index, and concordance. The binding would be a very flexible premium leather.

    I would prefer single column but I would like to be able to pick out verses easily for teaching.

    Comment by Charles Hadden — October 17, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

  256. Meant thick pages not think.

    Comment by Dan C — October 17, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

  257. Some would say the ideal Bible was the ESV Deluxe Heirloom Edition in calfskin ;)

    However an ideal bible should do many things well but it cannot be everything. For starters it should be single column paragraph for easier reading. I also think that it should include references in the gutter. It shouldn’t be too large either, no need for wide margins. A notebook is better for note taking than the margins of a Bible. Therefore nothing larger than the Classic Reference ESV.

    To keep it thin, maps should be excluded as well as a concordance. To prevent any ghosting or bleed through the paper would have still be very thin but very opaque. It would have three ribbons at least a 1/4″ wide. The block would be smyth sewn and it would have a goatskin cover. The spine would say Holy Bible; English Standard Version; Crossway and there would be raised bands on the spine as well.

    The text would be 9pt… give or take.

    -js

    Comment by Jesus Saenz — October 17, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

  258. My ideal Bible would be the single column ESV journaling Bible with a bit wider margins and no chapter or verse markings. Also no reference markings. This would allow me to focus solely on the text as it was written without distraction:)

    Comment by Rick C — October 17, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

  259. Single column, smyth sewn, with portable size and yet a nice readable text.

    Comment by Walter L. Taylor — October 17, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

  260. Wide-margins, thicker paper.

    Comment by Joshua Butcher — October 17, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

  261. By the way…

    Montebello, CA

    Comment by Jesus Saenz — October 17, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

  262. My ideal Bible would include Jesus, foretold in the Old Testament, proclaimed in the New Testament.

    And of course, it should be a single column ESV, with extra large print and with a premium calfskin cover.

    God bless you…………..

    Comment by Gregory Kent Brown — October 17, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

  263. My ideal Bible has the ESV text, a font size of 9 or higher, pages that are thick enough so that they don’t feel too frail to turn, extensive concordance and cross reference, and a bookmark.

    Montgomery, Alabama

    Comment by Matt Jerles — October 17, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

  264. My ideal bible would have a smyth sewn binding, larger print, almost imperceptible ghosting, cross references, translators notes, subject headings, thumb indexes, paragraph layout instead of verse layout, approximately 5×7 or 6×8, not so thick that it is difficult to handle for reading, and available as hardcover or leather.

    And I’ve never found it anywhere in any translation!

    Comment by Glen — October 17, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

  265. Athens, Alabama. My ideal Bible would have cross-references, a concordance, maps and wide margins for notes.

    Comment by Kevyn Currier — October 17, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

  266. Leather cover
    paragraph style
    larger print
    copious study notes
    headings
    maps or other study aids

    Gregory Chambers
    Carterville, IL

    Comment by Gregory Chambers — October 17, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

  267. I have used a single column bible for 30 years. It is great to go back to the notes I made many years ago. I love the wide margins and larger print, especially now that I am in my 50′s. My ideal bible would also have a well connected leather binding so it will last a very long time, especially as it is rare to find someone who can rebind it. I have recently switched to the ESV on my I-pad and would love a hard copy of that version.

    Comment by Kathy D — October 17, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

  268. Auburn, Washington
    My ideal Bible would be a single column, verse by verse, in beautiful leather with a sewn binding. It would have wide enough margins for note-taking, thick enough paper for minimal bleed through, and full cross-references (someone above said with the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge references and that would be brilliant!). It would have a clear and readable font, which would be different from the font used for cross-references, and the font size for the Bible text would ideally be at a 10. And since I’m asking for everything ideal…the size and weight of the Bible would be comfortable to hold but not too large or heavy to carry around to church and Bible studies. This would be wonderful! Thank you!

    Comment by Georgia Schoelz — October 17, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

  269. My ideal bible wouldn’t fall apart just inside the front or back cover. I have a wide-margin Cambridge ESV,which has held up okay, but after the first few pages of text you can see the binding is already stressed. I have noticed that the back part of the bible has maps and lined note pages, which are of more durable paper and seem to hold better. That would be my 2 cents.

    Byron Straughn
    1206 Oak Street,
    Coatesville PA 19320

    Comment by Byron Straughn — October 17, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

  270. Single column. Thin spine. Fat ribbon. Red letter.

    Comment by Michael Metts — October 17, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

  271. I really like the idea of a single column Bible. I like the paper to be white with minimal ghosting and with clear bold print (line matching helps). I also like the Bible to open and lay flat anywhere from Genesis to Revelation – this makes it easier to preach out of.

    Comment by Thomas Provost — October 17, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

  272. Single column, paragraphs, no in-text headers, no marginal summaries, and would include the books jettisoned during the Reformation (the inter-testamental books). For an example very much like my “perfect” Bible look at the Richmond Lattimore translation of the New Testament. For me the perfect Bible would enable me to identify where a passage is used in which Orthodox services (as some of the notes in the Orthodox Study Bible from Thomas Nelson do). Richton Park, IL. To learn why this is important, read “How to Read the Bible” by Kallistos Ware (available many places on the web).

    Comment by Clark Wilson — October 17, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

  273. My ideal bible includes scriptural reference, wide margins, and thinline.
    Portland, OR

    Comment by Timothy Mills — October 17, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

  274. Forgot to say explicitly no in-text verse numbers, like the Lattimore translation.

    Comment by Clark Wilson — October 17, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

  275. I was so excited thinking about Jesus, I forgot to put my town and state.

    Pickens, South Carolina

    #262 above

    :)

    Comment by Gregory Kent Brown — October 17, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

  276. For my father who has vision issues would like a large print version with thicker pages. He has a hard time reading (even large print) when the print on the opposite side can be seen through the page.

    Comment by Kurt Seetoo — October 17, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

  277. Forgot my Location – Columbia, MD

    Comment by Kurt Seetoo — October 17, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

  278. For me, the ideal Bible would be a genuine leather, smith sewn, 11 pt font, thinline, reference Bible that offers some translation notes similar to those in the NET– only lesser in volume. The text would be ESV.

    Comment by Adam Kime — October 17, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

  279. I love a Bible with at least a 9 pt. font and a really good concordance. It has to be wrapped in genuine leather and have ribbon markers. Good references are always preferred as well. Build it and they will come.

    Comment by Mikey L. — October 17, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

  280. My ideal Bible would be single-column, black letter only, lots of cross references, maps (preferably interspersed throughout the text as needed, as in the ESV Study Bible), quality leather, and an indestructible binding! I enjoyed the single-column reference Bible, but even after a year’s use (a single read-through), it started falling apart. I have held it together through packing tape, though. I really enjoy that size and having a single-column Bible with cross references. Thought it has no maps or study notes, it has been my favorite Bible.

    Brian Watson
    Everett, WA

    Comment by Brian Watson — October 17, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

  281. My idea of the perfect bible is have premium calfskin cover with a sewn binding, gilded edges that doesn’t fade, pages of sufficient weight to prevent seeing words on the other side of the page, definitely single column design for a better reading experience, type face of at least 8 or 9, preferably 10 pt and no red letter text. It would be really nice to win this bible and to read it through out ones life.

    Comment by Philip Schramm — October 17, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

  282. Definitely single column, black letter, modern font, cross-reference, …

    Ocala, FL

    Comment by Lee — October 17, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

  283. I don’t ask much of a Bible. As compact as possible, but large enough to allow decent print, and a durable sewn binding that lays open nicely.

    Hazen ND

    Comment by David Kjos — October 17, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

  284. My ideal is the ESV text in a single column with cross-references at the bottom, with a decent margin and paper that’s thick enough not to bleed. Calfskin is nice too.

    Leesburg, VA

    Comment by Eddy Barnes — October 17, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

  285. My ideal Bible, would be a thinline, like the ones you publish. Single column would be ideal. Cross references to texts would be beneficial, probably at the bottom so that they won’t distract from the text. I would prefer white paper, not the gold or silver lining.
    Glendale, NY

    Comment by Zacarias Rivera — October 17, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

  286. Single column is great. If also want an appendix with Westminster Confession and other pertinent documents.

    Comment by Don S. — October 17, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

  287. Ooh my perfect Bible would be single column, calfskin, sewn pages gilded edges, pages you can’t see through, two or three ribbon markers, decent font size, and Bonus:A section in the back that includes favorite hymns and the most well known passages (23rd Psalm, etc) in KJV.

    Harriman, TN

    Comment by Amy Bell — October 17, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

  288. My ideal Bible? Wow, that’s a great question. I swear I’m not pandering, but the ESV is my favorite translation, so my favorite Bible would be ESV. It would be single-column, with wide margins for easy note-taking. It would not include study notes, and the textural notes and minimal cross-references it included would be unobtrusive, at the bottom of the page. It would be bound in a supple, comfortable leather and printed on high-quality paper that would survive both being lovingly used and being passed down for many generations.

    Comment by Greg — October 17, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

  289. …and oops! I forgot to include my state! Couldn’t find a way to edit my comment, so I’m Greg, in Greensboro, NC.

    Comment by Greg — October 17, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

  290. My Ideal bible would be goatskin, wide margins, thicker paper, good concordance, Indented book marking to easily look up the books and two ribbons for bookmarking pages.

    Comment by Jay Fry — October 17, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

  291. Ideally I like a Bible w plenty of margin space for note taking and personal entries.

    Comment by Tim Kaufman — October 17, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

  292. Single-Column, ESV, Quality leather, Black letter

    Comment by Ronald Kramer — October 17, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

  293. My ideal Bible would use a nice serif typeface font (like Minion or Hoefler Text) with Arial Narrow notes that focus on the gospel and how the whole Text is fulfilled in Christ Jesus. ~Des Moines, Iowa

    Comment by Aaron Jameson — October 17, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

  294. I have been using and enjoying single column Bibles for 10 years. My latest is the ESV Single Column Legacy Bible in top grain leather. This is currently my favorite Bible. I am a big fan of single column in general. It is much easier on the eye. I also enjoy the margins for notes. Double column tends to be too cramped around the text.

    Edwards, CA

    Comment by Clint Armani — October 17, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

  295. A thinline Bible is ideal for teaching and preaching. I use Single Column and Verse by Verse for Bible reading.

    Wichita Falls, TX

    Comment by Chris Land — October 17, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

  296. As I’m getting older, readable font becomes very important. Room to write notes is also something I need in a Bible.

    Roseville, CA.

    Comment by Rod — October 17, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

  297. My ideal bible would have supple leather binding that feels great in the hand, beautiful typesetting that encourages long hours of deep study or reading and paper that is worthy of the words that are printed on it. And three beautiful ribbons to accent the leather and paper. All in the ESV translation of course. Thank you.

    - Allentown, Pa

    Comment by Alex Garcia — October 17, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

  298. My ideal Bible is a large-print (10pt.+), single-column, wide-margin edition, smyth-sewn to allow for it sitting flat on the pulpit.

    Comment by Kipp Soncek — October 17, 2013 @ 2:24 pm

  299. The ideal Bible should be crafted, formatted, and assembled in a manner worthy of its Author; made to endure handling, laid out like a regular book, with a readable font and heavy paper. ~ Mesquite, Texas

    Comment by Marq Toombs — October 17, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

  300. My ideal Bible would have pages thick enough to write on. I love to write in the margins,so ideally they would be wide. I would like to have commentary at the bottom of the page with notes on culture and language differences. Large type would be great. Durable binding is necessary because I don’t like to change Bibles when I get used to one. I’m very interested in this new Bible. Nebo, Ky.

    Comment by Lynne Sisk — October 17, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

  301. ESV single column, paragraph style with black text and a good binding. Nice, quality paper with a softer tone and room for notes. A leather cover that feels like it spents its first 50 years as a well-oiled baseball glove.

    Ball Ground, GA

    Comment by Brandon Nunnally — October 17, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

  302. My ideal Bible would be single column with headings in the margins with either wide margins or blank pages interspersed. Single column is a must, because otherwise it feels like I’m reading a reference book. Lay-flat is a nice feature too, so you can set it down without it closing automatically.

    Golden, CO

    Comment by Ben Makuh — October 17, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

  303. My ideal Bible would include calfskin leather with the same binding as your Single Column Heritage Bible – I love that! Also, I like line matching, 8 pt font size or larger, light but sturdy build and words of Christ in red.

    Comment by Greg Nunamaker — October 17, 2013 @ 2:32 pm

  304. My ideal bible, for both preaching and reading, would be durable (preferably leather), and also easily readable (nice size font, easy to find verse numbers, and without wide margins). I really like verse by verse versions but single paragraph is also nice.

    Comment by Thomas Walters — October 17, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

  305. I would love to have another ESV.
    My ideal Bible is in 10.5 with a bolder type of font. I have seen the other 10.5 but the font seems to be thin for my vision. I do wear glasses and reading glasses.
    I love cross reference Bible too.
    I am so thankful for ESV in every way.

    Thank you!
    Marguerite

    Comment by Marguerite Harrell — October 17, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

  306. I really enjoy single column Bibles. My ideal would be a 10 point font wide margin single column Bible. Either bonded leather or hardback is fine with me. And of course it’s gotta be an ESV!

    Comment by Jim Marsden — October 17, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

  307. I prefer a Bible with a wide margin because it’s easier to write notes and draw arrows from the verse to the notes you are writing.
    I also like a little bigger font as it makes it easier to underline and highlight verses that stick out to you.
    As a great leader once said. ” A Bible that is falling apart, usually belongs to someone who isn’t”
    Study, Memorize, and Apply the Word to your lives daily! :)

    City: Auburn
    State: Washington

    Comment by Matt Roark — October 17, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

  308. My ideal Bible is wrapped in beautiful calfskin leather, has references, nice type size and is very easy to ready. I enjoy dual-column or single-column formats but mostly I want a good Bible to last a long time. Also the ESV is my preferred translation.

    I live in Sherwood, Oregon.

    Comment by Jonathan Simcoe — October 17, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

  309. My ideal Bible would feature single-column text, black letters for words of Christ, 9 or 10 point font, and hand-sized dimensions (roughly 5 x 7 inches).

    –Summit, NJ

    Comment by Calvin Gau — October 17, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

  310. My ideal Bible is larger in width and length dimensions than it is in thickness–’slimline’ type Bibles are an example of what I have in mind. I would also desire multiple ribbon bookmarkers rather than just one (many liturgical rubric books for various denominations already have this feature). Finally I would desire paper that resists ink bleed-through and ghosting on the other side. This latter is a very hard thing to do, I know, on a Bible. The demands for low-weight paper, because of quantity of pages, are great. However, there are several companies out there who make their own paper which is exceptionally thin, and yet excellent for resisting ink bleedthrough and showthrough. The Japanese company Midori is one example. I know publishing costs are always high but I would love if some Bible publisher would make this criterion relevant in their Bible editions. –Silver Spring, Maryland.

    Comment by Matthew Newell — October 17, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

  311. My ideal Bible is thin with a nice readable large print. Pine City, MN

    Comment by Joel — October 17, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

  312. Hey! I’m sixteen as of October 15 and I love the ESV version Bible! I’m from Louisville, Kentucky. I go to a private Christian school where we read and study the Bible daily, I lead a youth group at my church, and I lead a study group at my school. Also, I plan to go to seminary and plant or pastor a church in Tennessee. My ideal Bible would probably be a 10 point font and preferably leather. I’d love to have a new Bible to teach and study from!

    Comment by Trevor Bates — October 17, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

  313. I still love my old Cambridge “Concord” bible, it’s in KJV, just wish it was in ESV. I love the size, font, style, etc. Simple, and very readable.

    Tim Morrow
    Powell, WY

    Comment by Tim Morrow — October 17, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

  314. My ideal Bible would be ESV translation with Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical text, Single-Column, and a calfskin cover.

    You’re missing a whole Eastern Orthodox (my tradition)/Roman Catholic/traditional Anglican market by not having a Bible in this edition.

    Comment by Fr. Matthew Thurman — October 17, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

  315. My ideal Bible would be a single column, ESV, with Greek and Hebrew notations (like the Key Word translations), with a very good concordance, pages thick enough so that I can write on them and not have the ink bleed through, with wide margins so I can make notes, with reasonable sized type in a leather binding that will not come apart with heavy use, since I am an ordained pastor.

    Comment by Daniel Pruitt — October 17, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

  316. My ideal Bible for regular reading would have the following:
    - single-column
    - modern font
    - font 9 pts or larger
    - line-matching
    - in-text headings
    - no references
    - no wide margins
    - black letter
    - limp binding (either TruTone or premium leathers)
    - minimum of 2 ribbons; ideally 3

    While I have not yet found this Bible, it seems that this new ESV Single Column Heritage Bible checks all those boxes save one! Impressive, Crossway!

    Comment by John Canales — October 17, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

  317. My ideal Bible will be a single column, ESV, with a Greek-Hebrew lexicon (as in the Key Word Bible), with an excellent concordance and maps, perhaps like the Thompson Chain Reference Bible, in a leather binding that will not come apart with heavy usage, paper thick enough so that my ink will not bleed through.

    Comment by Daniel Pruitt — October 17, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

  318. My ideal ESV Bible would be a vintage 1980′s NKJV Open Bible, with the ESV translation. Same paper, binding, typesetting, notes, everything. Just with the ESV. Perfect.

    Wheaton, IL

    Comment by Craig — October 17, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

  319. My ideal Bible would be one-column, with 3-4 markers/ribbons, very wide margins, very small verse numbers out to the side (like the single-column NEB), some lined, blank pages between books (or interleaved!), readable font, paragraph formatting (not verse by verse), if cross references–then they are on the inside margin, excellent binding/stitching, if there are any study notes, then they would be limited to one per chapter/block. ~Champ Thornton (Newark, DE).

    Comment by Champ Thornton — October 17, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

  320. My ideal Bible would be an ESV that is thin line and an easy font to read. Also one that would lay open flat no matter where it is open to. Preferably leather and thicker paper. -Louisville, KY

    Comment by Emily Golladay — October 17, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

  321. Love single-column and cross-references. Needs to be black-letter as well.

    Comment by Mark H — October 17, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

  322. My ideal Bible: 10 point type, opaque paper, line matching, highland goatskin, leather lined, edge stitched and smyth sewn binding.

    Comment by Franklin — October 17, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

  323. I would love a Bible that makes it easy to see the connectedness of the whole story. That doesn’t give applications where there don’t need to be but draws the reader into the beautiful drama that Father has been doing ever since before time began. That before we crack it open it reminds us that Father is totally trustworthy and good beyond goodness. That would be cool.

    Derek Williams
    Platte City, MO

    Comment by Derek Williams — October 17, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

  324. Easy to read font. solid study notes, good cross references, and a nice concordance.

    Comment by Kelley — October 17, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

  325. My ideal Bible is single column, heavy paper, with a calfskin cover. Type would be 10 point or larger. It would be in paragraph format but verse numbers clearly labeled.

    Fayetteville, Georgia

    Comment by John English — October 17, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

  326. My ideal Bible is something that’s light and thin – however I keep looking for a nice Giant Print so that I can read with/next to my wife and we can goth see clearly and comfortably. ESV translation, too, of course (unless reading with our kids, then NLT is often a better flow w/o sacrificing on accuracy). I haven’t tried a single-column Bible yet – but it sounds like it would be great.

    Comment by TS — October 17, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

  327. Oops, forgot city and state: Mountlake Terrace, WA

    Comment by TS — October 17, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

  328. I love a larger print and plenty of room for notes. I also love a topic related reference in the back. I would love to win this as I am going to read the Bible cover to cover this year, and this would make that even more enjoyable. Thank you for this chance!

    Venice, Florida

    ninigossett at gmail dot com

    Comment by Stephanie Gossett — October 17, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

  329. My ideal Bible for reading would have few distractions, be single column ESV, have good footnotes, good-sized text in a readable font, and be sturdily made with hard to rip paper and leather cover. Quite a bit like this one, actually!

    Hattiesburg, Mississippi

    Comment by Devin Sorrell — October 17, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

  330. My ideal bible is JUST for reading. No notes, no footnotes, no verse numbers, no chapter numbers, and only a single column. ESV is good, but so are KJV, NKJV, even NIV (the older one).
    I also like “The New English Bible with Apocrypha”. It is very easy to read.

    Comment by Michael — October 17, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

  331. An ideal bible? Not sure there really is one. As others have said, it depends on the purpose. By and large though, a larger print single-column bible would be best for most studies. I’d like to see more bibles use a minimal serif (not serif like Times Roman, but certainly not sans serif like Arial) font that is better suited to lower light reading.

    Snohomish, WA

    Comment by Ian Kirk — October 17, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

  332. My ideal five comes with a large font, which makes preaching easier. Good cross-references and a fairly thin size are nice bonuses too.

    Comment by Andrew Wencl — October 17, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

  333. The ideal bible? Well for me I have 2. The first is a study bible with study notes, and words of Jesus in red. Also had each verse on a line. My other one is for reading and it is an ESV with paragraph format which I’m getting used to. It has no study notes and this is great because my eyes are on scripture only. I never saw a single column bible but I will look for one know since it might improve my reading experience.

    Comment by Vince Morano — October 17, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

  334. I love my ESV Study Bible but this single column looks very readable. My ideal Bible would be sitting at the foot of the Throne listening to God Himself speak those words that He inspired to be written. Since I’m certain God will not be releasing a narrated MP3 version, I’ll continue to use my Study Bible. I really enjoy the online format for quicker navigation while preparing Bible studies. ESV with Ryrie, Thompson and J. Vernon McGee notes would be ideal, but would be too thick to be practical. Thanks for the various editions. Keep the Sword sharp.

    Comment by Bill Kim — October 17, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

  335. My ideal Bible would have large font size, tabs to indicate major subdivisions, if not the books themselves, and cross references – many cross-references!

    Bill Barto
    Fairfax, VA

    Comment by William Barto — October 17, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

  336. Wide margins, extensive cross-references, large concordance, and lots of maps!

    Comment by Brett Wendle — October 17, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

  337. (Peoria, IL)

    Comment by Brett Wendle — October 17, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

  338. I love the ESV! I have wanted a single column bible for awhile now. I love the readability of it and i think it will make studying a lot easier. I like to type out the passage when I am studying and even though it won’t solve all the problems I think the single column would be helpful. Also I would love the calfskin.

    Cerritos, CA

    Comment by Alan Kim — October 17, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

  339. My ideal Bible:
    ESV
    Single Column
    Red Letter
    Thumb Index
    Large Concordance
    Numerous Maps
    4 Book Marks
    Calfskin
    Love the Gospel Bible Commentary

    Thanks,
    Justin Morgan
    Melbourne, FL

    Comment by Justin Morgan — October 17, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

  340. Ideal bible would have three ribbons.

    Comment by Daniel Stackaruk — October 17, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

  341. Perfect Bible would include:

    - ESV Text block
    - Personal size trim size (thick is better than large)
    - Single column
    - Paragraph style
    - No headings
    - Readable, larger font
    - LOTS of cross-references
    - Lots of alternate translations
    - Robust concordance
    - Concise Book Introductions
    - High quality, flexible leather cover
    - full leather lining
    - 3/8″ thick ribbon(s)
    - minimal or blind imprinting on spine and cover
    - raised ribbing on spine
    - Gold over red gilded edges
    - Smyth sewn binding
    - thick paper (45lb bible paper)
    - line matching
    - color maps
    - Historic Creeds and Confessions in back with Scripture references

    Homewood, Alabama

    Comment by SM Reeves — October 17, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

  342. Clarification: lots of alternate translations within a given verse (MT vs Septuagint vs Samaritan etc etc etc

    Comment by SM Reeves — October 17, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

  343. My ideal bible is durable inside and out, has an easy to read bold font, and genuine leather is must. I live in Ewa Beach, HI

    Comment by Andrew William Stevens — October 17, 2013 @ 5:25 pm

  344. Would like to see the verse numbers in a different color than the bible text – i think it makes them both easier to locate and also easie to skip over while reading. I’d also like to see verse numbers next to each footnote, so you can find the verse that referenced and interesting looking note.

    Huntsville, AL.

    Comment by Kevin — October 17, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

  345. I really like the single column format, your matching lines on one page with lines on the reverse of the sheet (easy to read), the reasonable size type for those of us with “aging eyes,” and the omission of all kinds of cross references—allows for reasonable size type. Also a Bible with a binding that stays open!

    Carl – New Brighton, MN

    Comment by Carl — October 17, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

  346. My perfect Bible is either single or double column with cross-references. Single column is preferred if the column is not too wide. Font size slightly larger than 9 and the paper stock thick enough that the print on the opposite site doesn’t bleed through and make reading difficult. Yet doesn’t add too much to thickness of Bible.

    I don’t care too much about maps or a concordance as I use the paper Bible for reading and not study. I use my computer for study.

    From West Linn, Oregon

    Comment by Larry Wing — October 17, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

  347. An Ideal Bible for me would include:

    Cover: Soft, strong, highly visible and easy to find.

    Pages: Thin, tough, east to write on, easy to separate, tear proof.

    Other: Space and lines for notes, easy to read text, cross reference notes at the bottom, beginners guide to studying the bible

    Comment by Alan Keller — October 17, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

  348. My ideal Bible would be ESV, single column, no red letter, wide margins, several book ribbons, extra blank pages for notes, extensive concordance, several good maps.

    I like my new Gospel Transformation Bible and the notes in my ESV study Bible.

    Submitted by a Christian of almost 70 yrs. living in Centralia, WA

    Comment by Joyce Elliott — October 17, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

  349. My ideal bible would be like the old Open Bible (NASB version) but in ESV that could be used for everyday reading but also for study. Pages that don’t bleed through, font size 9 or 10 and a back that would hold up to years of use. The single column appears to be pleasing to the eye, keeps you focused without drifting to the next column…Thanks for asking. Channelview, TX

    Comment by Lucy Rodriguez — October 17, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

  350. My ideal Bible is a 10.5 font on stark white paper with a good outside margin to write teaching and preaching outlines along with pronunciation next to the word of difficult names and cities. On the bottom of the page a few translation alternate words when a word can be translated a few different ways. I still like the red letter marks when Jesus speaks to help in rapid reference. I would also like a concordance in the back that has the canons, creeds and confessions of faith that are footnoted in the text.

    Comment by John — October 17, 2013 @ 6:13 pm

  351. Larger overall size to accommodate larger font. 3 ribbons minimum. Soft cover made of leather. Wide outside margins. Apostle’s Creed, Heidleberg, Canons of Dort, Westminster Large and Short. Cool maps.

    Comment by E Moreno — October 17, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

  352. Bibles should have pages that lie flat when opened and have space and weight to handle notes; should have covers that are soft and smooth and bendy and are not black; should have clear, crisp type that doesn’t require squinting; and be big enough to stay put on the lap when reading, but also light enough to carry around. And I love a few colorful maps in the back. If my name is drawn, this bible goes to Janet P.
    Estero, FL

    Comment by M. Herold — October 17, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

  353. Thin Bible, strong construction to last regular use and last for years.
    Raleigh, NC

    Comment by Chuck — October 17, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

  354. My ideal Bible has wide margins, for notes, a brief introduction about each book of the Bible, maps of key biblical locations in the back and commentary that helps me to see the Gospel from cover to cover!
    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Comment by Jack Blanding — October 17, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

  355. Goatskin or calfskin cover. Center column with cross-references and room for writing notes. Also, lay flat would be awesome.
    Kansas City, MO

    Comment by Rick Hunter — October 17, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

  356. Other than translation (ESV) and size the most important requirement for me is quality bible paper which doesn’t show the print from the other side. Next in importance: cross references, concordance, introductory notes, maps, timelines, multiple ribbons.

    Comment by Gladys Heaton — October 17, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

  357. I really enjoy cross references with each verse. I like being able to easily track a thought through its uses in the bible. I also like a well bound bible that is sure to last.

    Comment by Brooke Kamke — October 17, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

  358. My ideal Bible would be a single column with margins for notes and paper with minimal bleed through.

    Westminster, MD

    Comment by Kevin Mackley — October 17, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

  359. My ideal bible is the Literary study bible which guides me through the literary approach to reading the bible on my own. If somehow the Key Word bible feature of adding the Strong’s concordance # above key words could be added to the Literary bible, I would be delighted. Reading the bible chapter by chapter with the literary guides (the Ryken’s) and having the guides from the Key Word bible which point out the Hebrew or Greek word would be fabulous. Atlanta, Georgia

    Comment by brian — October 17, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

  360. My ideal Bible would be single-column format, wide margins, with cross references.

    Arab, AL

    Comment by Corey Sosebee — October 17, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

  361. Qualities of a Bible that appeals to me include: Sewn genuine leather binding, extensive references, ample margins for notations, concordance, good sized text in a readable font and good quality paper that is thick enough for marking highlighting.

    Mesquite, Texas, USA

    Comment by J. Johnson — October 17, 2013 @ 8:02 pm

  362. When the ESV was first introduced, I immediately switched to this translation for my preaching and teaching. Its accuracy and clarity made God’s Word accessible to all ages and made my task as an expositor easier. The Single Column Heritage Edition is a wonderful addition to students and lovers of the Bible. It is easy on the eye an, I believe, makes observations from the text much simpler to detect. Thanks, Crossway.
    Sparky

    Comment by Sparky Pritchard — October 17, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

  363. Well, I’ve seen this ESV in other format and I like it!

    Virginia Beach, VA

    Comment by Ely V. Magtanong — October 17, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

  364. ESV (I have grown to really love this translation), good quality paper for no bleed through, calfskin is amazing, red-letter. I do like single column, as long as the poetry sections are written in poetic format, not paragraph format.
    I’m using a hardback, double column, journeling Bible right now.
    Richmond, VA

    Comment by Alyssa — October 17, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

  365. I’d like an ESV translation printed on fine bible grade paper using single column format. I’d like it have a concordanance and plenty of space so I can record my thoughts as God’s Word speaks to my heart. The outer covering would be in quality grade of leather which is durable yet, soft to the touch and beautiful to the eye. A bible that can be passed on to my children and eventually to their children.

    Comment by Mark Lee — October 17, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

  366. My ideal Bible would be a faithful translation, using the best scholarly support available with paper thick enough for highlighting and notes.

    Comment by Bob Randall — October 17, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

  367. Desired features:
    - quality binding
    - lots of space for notes
    - footnotes but no cross references or interpretive notes
    - a few maps

    Leon, Iowa

    Comment by Dwight Gingrich — October 17, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

  368. Good, quality paper, several ribbon book marks, notes that teach about the time period and place events in context, cross references to elsewhere a passage or similar verse appears.

    Comment by sue weatherbee — October 17, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

  369. My ideal ESV Bible would be large print compact, but I know that’s impossible.

    For a preaching/teaching Bible I’d like to get a wide margin. I’d want at least the Psalms in single column. It’d also be nice if the pagination was the same as the pew Bibles.

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Comment by joe allyn — October 17, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

  370. I have always preferred single column Bibles. I switched from NIV to the ESV when it first came out. My favorite NIV was a single column version. I typeset Bibles for a living (Wycliffe) and have always preferred single column. I really appreciate what Crossway does with the ESV.

    Comment by Dennis Conroy — October 17, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

  371. I have always preferred single column Bibles. I switched from NIV to the ESV when it first came out. My favorite NIV was a single column version. I typeset Bibles for a living (Wycliffe) and have always preferred single column. I really appreciate what Crossway does with the ESV.

    Collierville, TN

    Comment by Dennis Conroy — October 17, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

  372. I prefer:

    - the ESV :-)
    - pages that are thick enough to prevent bleed through
    - probably single column
    - with section titles
    - wider than normal margins (not necessarily as wide as “wide” margins)
    - maps in the back
    - font size of 9pt or more, serif font, not ultra thine

    Lititz, PA

    Comment by Eric Wenger — October 17, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

  373. Great idea that will promote many discussions and lead to more sharing through blogs.

    Comment by Debbie Clarke — October 17, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

  374. Your classical Ref edition with maps and helps between the OT and Nt would be ideal. I use the hertage as my hospital visit Bible and for reading at night in preparation for preaching. I would like to see the addition of the other study helps to be included.

    Comment by Michael Smith — October 17, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

  375. My choice of a Bible would be a good translation as ESV. A readable type for my almost 80 eyes. So I can just sit and enjoy the Word and listen to what it says to me. Also a good binding and leather cover so it will last and preserve the Message and any notes I’ve added. I appreciate the fact that Crossway has put together such a Bible. A great translations, a solid binding and cover and type that us older folks can read and enjoy,

    Comment by Beverly Caviness — October 17, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

  376. My ideal bible for the ESV is simple:
    two column verse format (something in the range of the KJV or the NASB)
    Bible Reading Plan inside
    Red Letter Edition
    Book Introductions
    Harmony of the Gospels
    Maps
    I’m telling you if you just stick with my first point it would be big seller. double column verse format easy for those teaching and those following along.

    My name is Pete and I’m from the city of Hayward ins the state of California

    Comment by Pete — October 17, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

  377. Ideal Bible?

    - ESV black letter text
    - Single Column
    - Wide margins
    - extra pages for notes
    - Slim or thin
    - Cross references
    - Super soft leather

    Comment by Brandon Schmidt — October 17, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

  378. I failed to list my location: Lewisville, TX

    Comment by Michael — October 17, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

  379. My ideal Bible would have the cross-references in the center “gutter” of the binding, have slightly wide margins for notes, and it would have 3 ribbon bookmarks.

    Greensboro, NC

    Comment by JeffrO — October 17, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

  380. The single column ESV journaling Bible, with more extensive cross-references, only each book would be bound separately (and all would fit into a slip case).

    Comment by M.K. — October 17, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

  381. Of all features in a Bible, a long-lasting binding is essential. That is huge for me.

    Joliet, IL

    Comment by Mick Murray — October 17, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

  382. ESV- Smyth sewn binding, leather hard back, wide margin, large print. Would be lovely.

    Linthicum, MD

    Comment by Shane Walker — October 17, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

  383. My ideal Bible has ESV text and plenty of space to take notes.

    Andy C.
    Louisville, KY

    Comment by Andy Cenci — October 17, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

  384. My ideal bible is one that has a soft yet durable binding, is small enough to fit comfortably in my hands, is not too thick and not too thin, has large enough print to allow me to see the text clearly and read comfortably for an extended amount of time, has sharp, clean pages and format. Wait a minute…the ESV Heritage Bible is my ideal bible. Thanks Crossway!

    Comment by Josh Garcia — October 17, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

  385. My ideal Bible would be the ESV Legacy Bible in deerskin.

    New Prague, MN

    Comment by Kevin Amundson — October 17, 2013 @ 10:16 pm

  386. My ideal bible is one that has a soft yet durable binding, is small enough to fit comfortably in my hands, is not too thick and not too thin, has large enough print to allow me to see the text clearly and read comfortably for an extended amount of time, has sharp, clean pages and format.I would need enough room to write my own comments and notes. Wait a minute…the ESV Heritage Bible is my ideal bible. Thanks Crossway!

    Josh G – Rio Rancho, New Mexico

    Comment by Josh Garcia — October 17, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

  387. What is my ideal Bible? I have long thought that a Bible written without chapter and verse references, except for separating the Psalms, would be ideal. I sometimes feel that when the verse and chapter breaks are listed, the Bible is often read too structurally. It would be nice to read the epistles as they were written, without the chapter and verse numbers interfering. This would go for the rest of the Bible also.

    Comment by Joel Holth — October 17, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

  388. I love the ESV and look forward to purchasing the new singoe column edition. The layout is great and I would like to see cross references as well as a concordance but would also like to see the original Greek meaning of key words. Johannesburg. S.A.

    Comment by Quintin Van Rijn — October 17, 2013 @ 11:05 pm

  389. Mark in Bedford, TX

    I deal Bible is big print, has big margins to write notes in and MUST HAVE the verse numbers ON THE EDGE so I can quickly pick them up in public reading. Verse numbers embedded into the text is a big disaster for me.

    Comment by Mark — October 17, 2013 @ 11:13 pm

  390. My ideal Bible:
    -Single column
    -Greek and Hebrew exegetical commentaries
    -ESV and Hebrew/Greek parallel
    -No Chapters or Verses
    -It would have a look of being an old manuscript, but made to last a long time.
    -With an appendix of hermeneutical and exegetical guides/tools

    Comment by Axel Anza — October 17, 2013 @ 11:31 pm

  391. My ideal Bible would lay flat, have plenty of space for writing notes and underlining, be slim enough to carry around yet big enough to have good and useful footnotes, would be bound in strong but soft leather with gold-gilded edges, and would have 2 or 3 bookmarks.

    Comment by Eric — October 17, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

  392. Crossway used to publish what I thought was the “perfect” Bible…the Wide Margin Reference Bible [now "out of print"] is great for teaching (I’m a catechist) and sermon prep. I appreciate the cross references being “close by” the verses and the right hand margin allows for some note taking. The type face is adequate, as is the double column format.

    For me, however I’d like to see: Slightly larger print on heavier stock; margins on both side of the double columns; leave the cross references in the middle; Christ’s words in red.

    I recognize that my next comment is directed more to the editorial group than to the “production folks”…I’d appreciate having the pronouns that refer to the person of the Trinity begin with capital letters.

    I am very interested in the new Heritage edition and I thank God for His word and say “thank you” Crossway for making it available in so many wonderful formats.

    Comment by Jay Gober — October 18, 2013 @ 12:28 am

  393. - Single column
    - Nice, healthy font size (nothing approaching small)
    - Very readable font (typeface?)
    - All black text (no “red letters”)
    - Paragraph format, but with verse numbers that are easy enough to identify
    - Cross references and alternate translations, both at the bottom of the page (not in a side column)
    - Cross reference and alternate translation markers in the text that are not too obtrusive
    - Chapter/section headings not really needed
    - 2-3 bookmark ribbons
    - Thinline style if possible
    - Not too heavy
    - As I would describe this a a personal/devotional Bible (not a study Bible), I would also say no introductions, maps, commentary, etc.; concordance also optional to save space/bulk

    Thanks for the opportunity!
    John (Brea, CA)

    Comment by John Frausto — October 18, 2013 @ 12:47 am

  394. My perfect Bible would be readable (larger font), beautiful, and portable (lightweight). The Legacy might be the closest there is (though the font could be a little bigger), but it’s not especially light. I’m in Elk Grove, CA!

    Comment by Michael — October 18, 2013 @ 2:21 am

  395. My ideal Bible? I love a bible with room to take short notes as I am reading. Also, one that is easy to travel with, light and not so small that you need a spy glass to read it.

    Comment by Michael Miller — October 18, 2013 @ 5:28 am

  396. I think the single column will be very good because it’s how we learned in the first grade.
    JDH

    Comment by J.D. Harvey — October 18, 2013 @ 5:36 am

  397. My ideal bible
    -calfskin
    -single column
    -red letters
    -esv translation
    -introduction to books like in the esv study bible
    - a little thicker than thinline
    -a handwritten note from John Calvin
    -commentary from Matthew Henry
    -a personalized greeting from George Whitfield

    Comment by Derrick Brite — October 18, 2013 @ 6:00 am

  398. My ideal bible
    -calfskin
    -single column
    -red letters
    -esv translation
    -introduction to books like in the esv study bible
    - a little thicker than thinline
    -a handwritten note from John Calvin
    -commentary from Matthew Henry
    -a personalized greeting from George Whitfield
    I’m in Rossville, ga

    Comment by Derrick Brite — October 18, 2013 @ 6:02 am

  399. From Cedarville, Ohio,
    I’d agree that translation is paramount, but in terms of features, flexible and durable cover and binding are most important. I’ve never had a Bible last the way those of my parents’ generation lasted.

    Comment by Craig Miller — October 18, 2013 @ 6:20 am

  400. 9.0 or slightly larger test. Uncluttered page with notes/comments on bottom. Wide enough margin for small notes. Pages that don’t bleed through. Easy size for carrying. 9 X 6 X 1.5?

    Comment by Bob Priest — October 18, 2013 @ 7:19 am

  401. Carbondale, IL
    I need a durable binding. I want margins that I can write notes in, and I want the pages to be a thick enough that your writing can’t seen through the backside of the page. I love the ESV translation, our church moved church-wide a couple of years ago. I’ve never had a single column bible before, it seems they’d read more like in the original writings.

    My hope is to pass on my bibles to my children/grandchildren; not as a list of births and deaths, but how my spirit and life has matured along the way, how specific scriptures effected my life, personally, how I’ve prayed God to do in me, as He has done in the saints who’ve gone before me, and lastly, how I continue to pray God’s truth and grace for my family.

    Comment by Terry Kessinger — October 18, 2013 @ 7:22 am

  402. ESV, Single column, chapter and verse numbers removed from inside the text, non-glossy flexible goatskin with lots of yapp, two ribbon markers, at least 9 sarif font, some margin, white… white paper, the size of the Heritage or slightly larger to accomodate the font size, sewn binding, no concordance, no maps, pages for notes in the back, some margin for small notes (Not like WM or Journal bibles). Now before the Bertrand effect took place with me beginning 6 years ago, my perfect Bible would have been something different. Mark has cost me some money I tell you. :)

    Comment by Rod Summers — October 18, 2013 @ 7:29 am

  403. My ideal Bible would have a single column with a reasonably sized text size of say 9 or 10 point font Helvetica or Lexicon without red lettering. I would prefer the cross reference system to be located on the interior margin starting at the top on the left facing page and bottom on right page leaving the outer margin for notes. I would prefer to have it be smyth sewn with a full yapp or at least finished sewn edges. Four or five ribbons of differing colors would be nice, but if not all different then all the same. Numerous lightly lined pages in the rear of the Bible for notes and Maps that span the timelines of the Bible so more than the standard 10 or so would be wonderful. A concordance and pages that would both align the text on both sides to limit bleed through and paper that was thick enough to allow light marking without bleed through. All in a Bible whose dimensions were not larger than 9×12. Smaller would be better but not at the expense of excessive thickness. Lastly a supple leather cover and inner lining.

    Comment by John West — October 18, 2013 @ 7:33 am

  404. My ideal Bible will have subtle chapter and verse numbers that don’t distract from reading but are clear enough to be usable for searching. It would also have a wide margin for notes.

    Comment by Austin Williams — October 18, 2013 @ 7:42 am

  405. My ideal Bible would be an ESV single column that is both readable (text-size, content width, etc) and portable (not too wide and not too large). I don’t exactly know how possible it is to have that combination, but maybe the single column heritage is it!

    Woodstock, MD

    Comment by Frank Shin — October 18, 2013 @ 8:01 am

  406. The Single-Column Legacy is just about ideal for reading and preaching because it has the things that are important to me:

    - Excellent binding that stays open whether you’re in Genesis 1 or Revelation 22.
    - A cover that feels supple and flexible in the hand
    - Paper that is opaque enough not to show too much bleed-through, but this is compensated by lining up the text on the two sides of the page
    - Single-colum
    - 9 point font for easy reading (this is more and more important as I hit 40!)

    I’d also like at least 2 ribbons sewn into the binding, but I just glue in my own on to the text block.

    Cary, North Carolina

    Comment by Jason Chamberlain — October 18, 2013 @ 8:03 am

  407. My ideal Bible is a mid-size ESV, single column, no references, and large enough font to comfortable read with my 63-year old eyes (at least 10pt). And with soft calfskin or goatskin binding. Thanks. Crestview, FL

    Comment by James Walter — October 18, 2013 @ 8:39 am

  408. A good Bible would start with the ESV translation. Then it would be black letter because all Scripture is God-Breathed, not just the words of Jesus. It should be 10-12 point font to be readable, especially for preaching and teaching. The binding should be reasonably durable – the synthetic covers of late would fill the bill and make it more affordable. I have used the ESV Personal Reference Bible and the only reservation I have is that the font is just a little too small for when I teach in front of a class, otherwise it is great for personal use.

    Attleboro, MA

    Comment by Bob Price — October 18, 2013 @ 9:02 am

  409. My favorite Bible would have a durable cover and pages thick enough to write on or highlight without bleed through. Merryville, Louisiana

    Comment by Doug Brackbill — October 18, 2013 @ 9:28 am

  410. My ideal Bible would have the following features:
    – genuine leather cover (or higher quality)
    – compact size
    – 10+ point font
    – ESV translation
    – wide margin
    – multiple ribbon bookmarks
    – book introductions

    Medford, Massachusetts

    Comment by HoJin Yoo — October 18, 2013 @ 9:30 am

  411. Central, SC

    I like my single column journaling bible, but would like it more with a better quality cover, and no lines in the margin. I know it isn’t practical, but thicker paper would be good so I could write with a pen instead of pencil. Also, 3 ribbons would be awesome.

    Comment by Conor — October 18, 2013 @ 9:30 am

  412. I forgot thumb indexed as well. I do miss that feature on most newer translation Bibles.

    Comment by Doug Brackbill — October 18, 2013 @ 9:30 am

  413. A good Bible must be a quality translation with some footnotes, quality paper and writing for notes. I have the ESV Journaling Bible and love it!

    I also have a MacArthur study bible for use at home and during in-depth reading and meditation

    Comment by GHL — October 18, 2013 @ 9:38 am

  414. I think a great bible would be ESV translation with Hebrew and Greek parallels with all black text. 12 point font with thick white pages. All bound in a nice black leather cover with silver gilded edges. 2 bookmarking ribbons would also be nice.

    Arlington, TX

    Comment by Bearett Wolverton — October 18, 2013 @ 9:47 am

  415. With the title being Single Column Heritage Bible and the first line of the description being “Single column typesettings are increasingly popular as many readers find the one column less distracting, making it easier to focus on the Bible text” it is clearly evident that readability is the main priority of this bible. If that is your primary objective, then you should use line matching in the printing and high quality 40 gsm paper – both of these features will eliminate bleed through and thus increase readability.

    As for primary personal preferences, I prefer a semi or full yapp, blue under silver artgilding, 3 plush ribbons, and an extremely supple cover of calfskin, goatskin, or lambskin.

    My secondary preferences would be a variety of color options in black, brown, tan, red, and blue. Maps and a presentation page.

    Mike Johnson

    Huntsville, AL

    Comment by Mike Johnson — October 18, 2013 @ 9:56 am

  416. Ideal bible…
    ESV translation, Red Letter, Room in margins for notes, Thin and light to carry, I would LOVE to see one with Greek/Hebrew expansion on some of the key words that help deepen the understanding of the passages.
    Thank you!!
    Springfield, OR

    Comment by Stacey Kelso — October 18, 2013 @ 10:00 am

  417. My ideal Bible would be an ESV translation single-column without reference notes, smaller than a Legacy. Able to be held with one palm. But I would want the font to be easily readable, about 9.5-10 type. I would want no concordance or maps in the back. I’d want three ribbons. I’d love goat leather with art-gilt pages. Line-matching and/or thick enough pages to prevent ghosting would be great, too. I don’t need large margins, but a good use of white space would help with reading.

    Jacksonville, FL

    Comment by Andrew Pantazi — October 18, 2013 @ 10:13 am

  418. I honestly don’t know what an ideal Bible would be for me because I use different bibles for different purposes. I happen to like the ESV translation. I would like it to have paper thin enough to keep the size down and think enough to hold ink. I would also like at 2-3 page marking ribbons.

    D. Moore
    Staten Island, NY

    Comment by Daryl Moore — October 18, 2013 @ 10:15 am

  419. -Above all else, my ideal Bible would have opaque paper- little to no ghosting. If that makes the book thicker, so be it.
    -It would have serif fonts for all applications (no sans fonts to be found anywhere in the whole book).
    -The font would be medium size, 9-10 pt.
    -Black Letter text (red letters are a deal breaker)
    -ESV translation
    -Single column
    -Generous margins, but not a “wide margin” Bible
    -Paragraph format (vs by vs is a deal breaker)
    -Art gilt edges with green under gold
    -Four Ribbon markers (dark green)
    -Dark brown thick goatskin cover
    -Smyth-sewn binding
    -Edge lined
    -Leather lined cover (dark green with matching end paper)
    -Cross references and book introductions are dispensable
    -Creeds and confession printed in the back (like the Schuyler ESV)

    In other words, put a Legacy, a Schuyler ESV, and an R. L. Allan in a blender, add a few costume features, and out comes the perfect Bible.

    Comment by Michael — October 18, 2013 @ 10:16 am

  420. I prefer a Bible with good quality pages that are smooth to the touch and don’t allow for pen bleed. I like a leather cover that will lay flat on a surface during study times.
    For the page set up, the font must be 11pt or large (easier to preach out of), I like the single column with a wide margin (1″ plus), and I like the red letter editions.
    I also like it to be relatively thin and easy to carry. It is hard to carry huge Bible around for visits or to preach from.
    I have not found one that fully meets these desires yet. The closest I have found was HCSB Minister’s Bible. But i still prefer the ESV translation.

    Comment by AnthonyS — October 18, 2013 @ 10:33 am

  421. My ideal Bible would be:
    -around 8X5Xwhatever thickness it takes
    -single column
    -8-9 point font, crisp if not bold, all black letter
    -off-white paper, thick enough for minimal bleed through & to highlight or note
    -hard cover, with solid color leather or faux leather over the boards
    -2-3 ribbons
    -sewn binding
    (In short it would be very much like a SC Journaling Bible with a larger font and the notes area cut off)

    Moulton, Alabama

    Comment by Wayne Hicks — October 18, 2013 @ 10:35 am

  422. 1. Single column. (Duh)
    2. No paragraph headers.
    3. No chapter breaks and small chapter numbers.
    4. An appendix with the 1689 London Baptist Confession.
    5. An index of person and place names.
    6. No red letters.
    7. An introduction to each book with textual critical, historical, and provenance information but no outlines.

    Comment by Tim Etherington — October 18, 2013 @ 10:39 am

  423. The problem I have most with Bibles are their bindings. I suppose I would rather enjoy a quality sew binding.
    Also I would find it helpful to have a leather in-cover inside of the flap. Mostly my bibles fall apart within a year or so and I am forced to mend them myself.
    Louisville, KY

    Comment by Daniel Heath — October 18, 2013 @ 10:41 am

  424. As I read my Bible, what I find I like in a Bible has been evolving over time.

    I’ve been liking cross references less. I like single column. Smyth Sewn is a must, along with a quality leather cover. I like heavy weighted India paper. Two or more ribbons. A little bit of margin for notes, but not necessarily wide margin. It’s also nice to have the text on both sides of the page right on top of each other to help eliminate ghosting.

    Comment by Ryan — October 18, 2013 @ 10:46 am

  425. My ideal Bible would be an ESV single column on a quality text block with a quality leather binding that allows it to lay flat anywhere in Scripture. Not cluttered with cross references or notes that distract the eye (I have other resources for study). I love the journaling Bible, but love even more this text block minus the notespace. It looks like the Heritage could very well be my perfect Bible.
    Salinas, CA

    Comment by Al Stegall — October 18, 2013 @ 10:47 am

  426. My ideal bible would be single column with no chapter or verse numbers in the text. These would be displayed in the margin. A font size of about 10. Decently thick paper to eliminate bleed through. The bible thickness would be whatever accommodates the thicker paper.
    Basically a pure readers bible, with nothing that gets in the way of that sole purpose.

    Comment by Charles Mason — October 18, 2013 @ 10:48 am

  427. My ideal bible would be single column with no chapter or verse numbers in the text. These would be displayed in the margin. A font size of about 10. Decently thick paper to eliminate bleed through. The bible thickness would be whatever accommodates the thicker paper.
    Basically a pure readers bible, with nothing that gets in the way of that sole purpose.
    Everett, WA

    Comment by Charles Mason — October 18, 2013 @ 10:49 am

  428. My ideal Bible would be an enlarged version of the Personal Size Reference Bible. Bump up the font size to at least a 9 but preferably 10 or 11 and make it somewhat darker so it really jumps off the page. Then give an inch or maybe a bit more of blank space all around the text for notes, use a clearer font for the cross references and footnotes so they are easier to read (e.g., like the ones in the Cambridge editions) and give it premium Bible paper that allows no bleed through (preferably off-white). Smyth-sewn is a must, as well as three high quality, thick Bible ribbons. Surround it with premium dark brown or black calfskin or goatskin (although a nice Trutone would be a nice cheaper alternative) and you will have my ideal Bible.

    Comment by Craig — October 18, 2013 @ 10:53 am

  429. Single columns, all black text, no study notes, multiple bookmarks, line-matching, premium, durable binding.

    Bert
    Cambridge, Maryland

    Comment by Bert Williams — October 18, 2013 @ 10:57 am

  430. My ideal Bible would be an ESV without notes, references, concordance, maps (text only) about 8×5. It should be printed in the US on the finest opaque paper with line matching and good line spacing. Layout, margins, and text type should emphasize readability with a text size of 9+. Calfskin or goat skin with leather lining. Three premium 3/8 inch ribbons. Minimal and elegant letter stamping on the spine with none on the cover. Smyth sewn (overcast?) and edge lined.

    Comment by paul stevenson — October 18, 2013 @ 10:57 am

  431. The ideal Bible is like the idea preacher: it communicates the Word without drawing attention to itself. To achieve this requires a crisp layout, a legible setting, and a portable format. The Heritage edition looks like it may well meet these criteria.

    State College, Pennsylvania

    Comment by Rev. Jeremiah Montgomery — October 18, 2013 @ 11:00 am

  432. My ideal reference bible would have at least 3 ribbon (more is fine, of different colors) concordance and slightly wider margins on the side (a little room for my scribblings) through the years, I am losing fondness for red-letters because it conflicts with my highlighters; paper opaque enough because my new highlighters may not bleed through, but my ink pen does. Thickness is not an issue but I prefer a mid-sized bible as opposed to the large bibles. I would like options of bright colored leather cover so I can easily spot it at my pew or at my desk

    Comment by jacqui lozada — October 18, 2013 @ 11:04 am

  433. My ideal features would be a single column, verse-by-verse text with cross-references on the side, line matching, all black text, multiple ribbons, smyth sewn, soft leather with leather lining.

    Northridge, California

    Comment by Madison Ruppert — October 18, 2013 @ 11:05 am

  434. My ideal Bible would be a British tan calfskin edition with dimensions of 7 3/4″ tall x 5 1/4″ wide x 2″ tall, with a classy font (no sans serif please), 4 ribbons (maroon, dark brown, copper, and just the right shade of gold), with a little bit of an outside margin but not too much (maybe 1″?) and a good concordance in the back. No cross references please. That should take care of it. :)

    Morgan, MN

    Comment by Pr. Kurt — October 18, 2013 @ 11:16 am

  435. My ideal Bible is already here! As a missionary in Thailand, I am very grateful to crossway for granting the use of the ESV in a parallel format with the Thai translation.

    Beyond that, I would love a Bible that has the proportions of a Pitt minion in a moderate sized single column. I think the PRB might comet close, hope to get my hands on one someday.

    Hayward, Wisconsin
    Hayward, WI

    Comment by Dru Lattin — October 18, 2013 @ 11:22 am

  436. My ideal bible would be a text only with verses on the margins and not in the text itself. Text should be clear and readable, around 9 pt with around 1.15 spacing. Sewn binding, lay-flat.
    Timothy H.
    -Parsippany, NJ

    Comment by Timothy H. — October 18, 2013 @ 11:23 am

  437. I posted about my ‘ideal Bible’ on my blog awhile back.

    http://thankyoujesusforthesepoptarts.com/2013/09/01/building-a-better-bible/

    Comment by Justin Powlison — October 18, 2013 @ 11:27 am

  438. Oops, Justin from Asheville NC!

    Comment by Justin Powlison — October 18, 2013 @ 11:27 am

  439. I love single column bibles to read. Sew binding and leather cover for durability and feel. I like a font that is around 9pt. I also like line matching to reduce ghosting.

    Guthrie, Oklahoma 73044

    Comment by Britt Smith — October 18, 2013 @ 11:34 am

  440. My ideal Bible would be an:
    ESV
    10pt. font.
    Wide margins for notes.
    No cross references/no footnotes (for better readability).
    Double column.
    Two premium ribbon markers (one with a small credit card-like plastic card attached for precise underlining–or even better, a small cutout pouch inside the cover for the card).
    Outer dimensions would be just a hair smaller than the ESV thinline that almost fits in my back pocket.
    No more than 26-28 ounces in weight.
    Paper stock that would recover well from a few rain drops.
    Cover material and biding would be able to withstand daily outdoor use.
    That is my ideal open air preacher’s Bible. Can it be made brothers? :-)
    God bless y’all at Crossway for all of your Kingdom work.

    Comment by Bobby McCreery — October 18, 2013 @ 11:36 am

  441. My ideal Bible would have slightly larger print with a little margin for writing but still easy to hold in the hand. I like single column too. Thanks for the opportunity to win this Bible.

    Comment by Theresa — October 18, 2013 @ 11:37 am

  442. My ideal Bible:

    Translation: ESV
    References: Yes (minimal)
    Color: Black (no print on front)
    Leather: Calfskin or goatskin, thick, soft, and pliable
    Yapp: semi-yapp would be nice
    Maps: Yes
    Single or double column: either
    Font size: 8-10 is good
    Ribbons: I like wide ribbons but really have no set preference. I would like two or more.

    I really like the thin series.

    Smyth sewn and absolute.

    I like the gold on pages but not necessary for me.

    It really has to feel good in the hands and be soft and pliable. I like to hold my Bible while preaching and bend the cover back to read the text.

    I have the ESV Vintage Thinline Bible (Cowhide, Black, Hemisphere Design) and really love the feel of it. I would love a design of this series that has a larger font and Smyth sewn and then I would be VERY happy.

    Comment by Shawn Maynard — October 18, 2013 @ 11:38 am

  443. The Legacy and Heritage are very close to my ideal Bible. I love the single column without cross references but would like a little larger type. Add in a soft, high-quality sewn cover like calfskin or goatskin with a fuller yapp and that would be my ideal Bible.

    Auburn, AL

    Comment by Meredith — October 18, 2013 @ 11:42 am

  444. My ideal Bible be:
    - ESV
    - compact or mid sized
    - crisp white paper with line matching
    - art gilted
    - maps
    - concordance
    - lined paper for notes in the back
    - buttery calfskin cover
    - leather lined cover
    - 2 ribbons
    - raised ribs on spine but only Holy Bible stamped on spine
    - Holy bible stamped on cover
    - just enough yapp

    That’s pretty much it. Thanks to Crossway for such a generous giveaway!
    Dean M.
    Shakopee Minnesota

    Comment by Dean M. — October 18, 2013 @ 11:43 am

  445. My ideal Bible would be tough paper, lie flat on the table, single column, black letter, paragraph format, and with some room for note taking–in genuine leather.

    Comment by Marshall Fant — October 18, 2013 @ 11:51 am

  446. My ideal Bible for ESV would be a large print Bible with about 12+ font with line matching in bold print. No cross references except for OT quotes in NT, just footnotes only. Printed on 45+ GSM paper (thickness of Bible does not matter), bound in black/blue natural grain goatskin, leather lined. With a full concordance in the back, with essential maps. 2 gold gilt lines. 4 wide, high quality ribbons. 1″ margins around outside of page for white space and potential notes. Lined paper in back. No presentation pages. And it should come in a stylish slip case box. Dual color head and tail bands depending on cover color for a good contrast. No crinkling in the gutter or page curling.

    Tolland, Connecticut

    Comment by Matt Burns — October 18, 2013 @ 11:57 am

  447. Ideal for me would be a highly readable single column, the Clarion seems to be about the right column width. The block should be sewn, but then: duh.

    Would really like to see references, concordance, maps. Maybe even some of the Quentel stuff: confessions, creeds, articles of faith. Things that are universal to Christian faith, not denomination specific, and handy to have close.

    Best quality opaque paper. It’s for reading first, and so many publishers make a nice package that is terrible to read. I have paperbacks that read better than some of my bibles. Show through and ghosting are so frustrating, so line-matching to counteract whatever does. Also, good quality consistent inking.

    Goatskin or high quality leather, preferably with some yapp to it. I hate bible covers, and the yapp makes them mostly unnecessary.

    I will never understand the 1 ribbon thing. A bible should have [at least] 3—OT, NT and Psalms. High quality, thicker, satiny types that compliment the cover color.

    Mostly: quality. I’m tired of living in a culture that builds disposable appliances, disposable cars, disposable furniture, and disposable bibles.

    Comment by Sam — October 18, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

  448. (Oh, black ink. None of that red letter stuff.)

    Comment by Sam — October 18, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

  449. Readable font (10pt minimum)
    Smyth-sewn binding
    Four ribbons
    No larger than 6×9″
    Durable semi-yapp leather cover (no imprinting on cover)

    Comment by Rob Edwards — October 18, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

  450. My ideal Bible is:

    1) Covered in Goatskin
    2) Single-columned
    3) Fully-yapped
    4) readable

    Drew

    Comment by Drew Taylor — October 18, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

  451. I get claustrophobic when I read some Bibles!! My ideal Bible has plenty of space for the text to ” breathe!”

    Severna Park, MD

    Comment by Doug Hanna — October 18, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

  452. A Cambridge kjv clarion
    On thick concord WMD paper
    Bound in brown Allan goatskin
    Three ribbons
    Blank pages in back

    Tony walker
    Anderson sc

    Comment by Tony walker — October 18, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

  453. Heidelberg, Mississippi
    My ideal Bible would be the Legacy with the following modifications:
    1) leather on boards (or a combination like the hardback study bible
    2) marbleized end papers
    3) maps that are more like illustrations
    4) off color chapter numbers and the subheadings that are in the margin too
    5) apocrypha
    6) blue leather with GOLD accents and gilding NOT SILVER
    7) I’d be okay with the ESV but I’d prefer the KJV

    Comment by Hugh Acton — October 18, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

  454. My ideal Bible has tools within it, references, footnotes that are useful and has helpful paragraph and poetry breakup in the psalms while at the same time makes the page beautiful to look at and enjoyable to read. It is a fantastic experience.

    Comment by Jacob Meyer — October 18, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

  455. My ideal Bible has good cross references and footnotes and is true to the paragraph and poetry set up in the Psalms and Proverbs while at the same time using beautiful text and page setup to make reading the Bible not just a work of science but an experience of art as well.

    Comment by Jacob Meyer — October 18, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

  456. I love God’s Word, this would be a great addition to my collection.
    ESV translation
    Room for notes
    Commentary for study including Greek/Hebrew interpretation

    Comment by Joshua Kelso — October 18, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

  457. Oh ya Springfield, OR

    Comment by Joshua Kelso — October 18, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

  458. I like a Bible with premium leather with nothing on the cover and minimal wording on the spine. Three quality ribbons. Quality paper, that is “white”, some are too yellowish. Bleed through has to be a minimum and I prefer words and lines with a decent amount of space between them. (Line matching is a nice touch.) Room to write in the margin(s) is a must. I do like the single column format…

    Gobles, MI

    Comment by Brian — October 18, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

  459. My ideal bible would be a single column, compact with 8-9pt print in a top grain leather. Shawnee, OK.

    Comment by Scott Sullivan — October 18, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

  460. My ideal Bible includes the following-
    -ESV text
    -Single column paragraph text
    -At least 2 (or even better 3) ribbon markers. Seriously, why don’t Bible makers do this?
    -A thinline edition (i.e, not too big, not too small).
    -Blank pages in front and/or back
    -Bound in calfskin or goatskin
    -Words of Christ in black

    Lilburn, Georgia

    Comment by Michael Weiss — October 18, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

  461. My ideal Bible?

    I’ve only recently tried a single column version and find that I am enjoying the “flow” of the text (having grown up with classical two column, center reference versions). I like Bibles with two (or three) ribbons, art gild edges, clear text (8.5 pt font or better), a spine that allows the book to lay flat, header text in the outer margin is fine, I do like that in my ESV Legacy. Red letter used to be a selling point for me, but I find I do just fine without it. Minimal study notes is a good thing for a reading Bible, I can always pull out one of my phone book sized study Bibles if I need help…

    If there is a “perfect” Bible, I have yet to find it, but I am fortunate enough to have several that I enjoy using, and find that i have two that are my usual go-to Bibles.

    Comment by Fil Sanders — October 18, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

  462. My ideal Bible has a classic margins such as the ESV Single column legacy. It would be at least 6×9″ It would be single column paragraph form. Chapter numbers moved unobtrusively to the outside margin. Verse numbers would also be moved to the outside margin and only be labeled every 5 verses. There would be no “section headings”. This would be my ideal reading and notetaking Bible as it would read like most other books with limited distraction from the text, but it would still provide some form of reference for when you need to do some further research.

    Comment by Jon — October 18, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

  463. Ideal Bible in any translation would be:

    black letter text
    10-11 font size
    clear, dark typeface
    absolutely opaque paper that doesn’t wrinkle
    line-matching
    Smyth-sewn binding that opens flat
    full yapp black calf or goatskin
    4 thick blue ribbons
    center references with delineated borders
    Minimum subheaders
    at least 2″ margins, slightly more in the gutter
    Greek/Hebrew lexical footnotes
    no pictures or photos, only maps
    red-under-gilt pages
    leather lined, with a gilt line around border
    raised hubs
    concordance
    alternate translations in margins as in NASB Open Bible

    and a coupon inside for a second Bible at half price

    Boston, MA

    Comment by Todd — October 18, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

  464. I always prefer the single column text and they usually have a wider margin for notes.

    Comment by Gregory Taylor — October 18, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

  465. My ideal bible would begin with the same size dimensions as the ESV Classic Reference 5.5″ x 8.4″. Thickness doesn’t matter. To me this has always been the ideal balance between portability and enough paper space for decent text size or good margin space.

    Next I would like it to have same single column layout as the Heritage but with 10/11 pt bolder black type or similar to the coming Schuyler Quentel NASB. I would also like to keep the column width same as Heritage using extra space for more margin spacing.

    I would also like the Quentel paper used and for it to be printed by Lego with lay open flat anywhere binding and wrapped in soft limp leather lined dark brown or British Tan goatskin with three ribbons.

    Chandler, Arizona

    Comment by Steve Robenalt — October 18, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

  466. I live in Hermitage ,Tennessee. An ideal Bible to me would have in lay persons terms the Hebrew and Greek translations like the new computer program has. I would like more illustrations on the Jewish feasts, rituals, holidays, etc.

    Comment by Rhett Groetken — October 18, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

  467. My ideal bible would be a black calfskin single column bible that is laid out verse by verse rather than in paragraph form.

    Comment by Jeremy Echols — October 18, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

  468. Ideal bible would be, more or less, a ESV single-column journaling bible (incl. Sewn binding and all words in black), but with slightly thinner paper and no ‘journaling margin.’ Basically as close to molskine dimensions as possible, yet thicker to account for pages. Two ribbons would be ideal. Though this would be improbable, I would really appreciate the extensive variant translation notes from NU-text, M-text, and LXX renderings as found in NKJV. Dana Point, Ca

    Comment by NS — October 18, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

  469. I would love to see an ESV bible designed for unobtrusive reading in longer sections, i.e., no section headings or verse numbers and chapter numbers only at the top of the page.

    Comment by David Kelley — October 18, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

  470. My ideal Bible would be a single column page layout with a paragraphed text in black letter. The paper would be the older Indiia paper with art-gilt edges and it would have to be smyth-sewn. I would like the binding to be highland goatskin with a rounded spine.

    Louisville, KY

    Comment by Christopher Mitchell — October 18, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

  471. Terrence Gooden Ft.Lauderdale,Florida
    This is my dream,everyday carry Bible!

    TYPEFACE: single column
    OUTSIDE DIMENSIONS: 8.5 x 6 x 1.3 (or a little thicker)
    WEIGHT: 1.5 -2 lbs
    FONT SIZE: 7-9 point (bold)
    SHELL BINDING: highland goatskin or calfskin
    INSIDE BINDING: leather lined
    BINDING: sewn- overcastting
    MARGIN: outside- ½ inch to 1 inch
    Inside- ½ inch to 1 inch
    PAPER: writable india(or 42gsm!)
    MAPS:
    CONCORDANCES :no
    DICTIONARY OF PROPER NAMES:no
    CROSS REFERNCES: no
    CHAPTER SUMMARIES: yes
    BOOK BLOCK: jongbloed
    BINDING : Glasgow, or England
    SELF-PROUNCING TEXT: NO
    ITALICS FOR INSERTED TEXT: YES
    PAPER IN BACK: at least 32 unlined pages and a few blank pages of the thicker end papers
    TEXT COLOR: black
    EDGING: red under gold
    EDGING:double gilt line
    RIBBON MARKERS: 3 (BURGUNDY,GOLD, DARK BLUE IN A BROWN BIBLE; RED,DARK BLUE AND BLACK IN A BLACK BIBLE
    YAPP: FULL
    HOLY BIBLE ON COVER & SPINE: YES (BLIND IMPRINT ON FRONT;SMALL GOLD ON SIDE)
    ALSO: SPINE HUBS ,NICENE CREED,APOSTLE’S CREED,INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMMUNION SERVICE AND BAPTISM IN THE BACK, A SIMPLE LITURGICAL ORDER OF SERVICE…AND A ROUNDED SPINE
    TRANSLATION: KJV OR ESV
    COLOR OF LEATHER: DARK BROWN, BLACK, DARK GREY, OR BLUE

    Comment by Terrence Gooden — October 18, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

  472. ESV Text
    Premium Calfskin/Goatskin
    Single Column

    I use software versions of the Study Bibles, language tools, etc.
    So, my ideal Bible has just the text, with minimal footnotes and cross-references. I prefer a printed and bound Bible to be the simple text I read, meditate, memorize, etc. So, simplicity and minimal is best and ideal.

    The words per line in the large print 12+pt font bibles don’t look right to my eyes, and the pocket size bibles with tiny 6.5-7pt font was good when I was in college (or my backpack Bible for camping). I’d say the ideal type is between 9-10.5 pt font size, depending on the type.

    Lastly, ideal bible has to be quality material to last!

    Charleston, SC

    Comment by Shawn Maze — October 18, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

  473. -ESV text
    -size of Heritage
    -maps
    -concordance (stronger than the standard issue ESV, think Clarion)
    -goatskin/calfskin in more than just black–perhaps chocolate, saddle, navy, British racing green, and some shade of red
    -full (or close to) yapp to protect…
    -red under gold page edges
    -paper weight of Heritage
    -raised ribs on spine (like Heritage)
    -minimal cover lettering (like Heritage)
    -4 ribbons, differing colors for identification’s sake
    So basically, the best points of the Heritage and Cambridge Clarion plus some extras

    Or perhaps:
    -leather bound hardcover, with embossing/engraving
    -marbled end pages
    -marbled page edges
    -all the features above that it can accommodate
    Do this one and you might have something truly unique

    Wallace, SD

    Comment by Dan — October 18, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

  474. A KJB set like the New Cambridge Paragraph Bible but with the 1769 Blayney text and italics. Possibly removing verse numbers to the margin and indicating verses with an apostrophe or interpunct as in the New English or Jerusalem Versions.

    Comment by Chrysostom — October 18, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

  475. A KJB set like the New Cambridge Paragraph Bible but with the 1769 Blayney text and italics. Possibly removing verse numbers to the margin and indicating verses with an apostrophe or interpunct as in the New English or Jerusalem Versions, and with non-intrusive cross-references added (references with no callers in the text, like the side-column references in the NCPB) explaining archaic terms and puns in the original languages (“adam” and “adama”, etc.).

    Columbus, OH, USA

    Comment by Chrysostom — October 18, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

  476. I would love an ESV in the large side column reference setting with a really really good paper quality! Nashville, TN

    Comment by Stephen Bozeman — October 18, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

  477. My ideal bible would be a single column format with cross references on the inner aspect of the page complete with a 1.25″ margin on the outer aspect to either take notes or place post-it notes.

    Comment by Mark — October 18, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

  478. My ideal Bible would be:
    -Single column format with cross references on the margins
    -concordance
    -color map
    -red letter
    -thumb indexed
    -goatskin/calfskin
    -art gilded
    -brief summary of each book just under the title of the books
    -11-12 font

    Comment by Joshua S. — October 18, 2013 @ 11:10 pm

  479. Since I do most of my bible study using electronic devices the print bible I would most like to see would be one that was purely for reading, meaning no chapter or verse numbers. Just whole books straight through. The legacy comes pretty close to this by removing the section headings to the margin (which I love) and the text runs together nicely.

    Comment by Tom — October 19, 2013 @ 12:11 am

  480. Ideal Bible: Single column. It could lay flat. Compact. 5×7. Yeah.

    Comment by Matt T — October 19, 2013 @ 1:09 am

  481. Edit: (forgot state)
    Ideal Bible: Single column. It could lay flat. Compact. 5×7.

    Sacramento, CA

    Comment by Matt T — October 19, 2013 @ 1:12 am

  482. My ideal Bible is in a accurate translation. It is a study Bible that is theologically sound. The cover is soft leather and is burgundy in color. The binding is stitched to insure years of use. The text is in single column format with a large enough font to see easily when reading to congregation and there is plenty of room on the page for hand written notes.

    Windsor, CA

    Comment by Ron Schneider — October 19, 2013 @ 1:14 am

  483. My ideal Bible would be the ESV translation, single column text in 9 or 10 point font on paper with good opacity and line matching to reduce show-through. References are helpful but optional, and if references are included, I would rather they be on the inside (gutter) than on the outside margin. I would prefer a sewn binding in either premium calfskin or goatskin, assembled with the kind of craftsmanship and care that befits God’s Word.

    Comment by Robert Munday — October 19, 2013 @ 2:23 am

  484. My ideal bible would have no verse or chapter numbers, just the whole book straight through the way it was originally written. Obviously this wouldn’t work well for study but I already have study bibles. I’ve never seen one that was seriously made for reading and nothing else.

    Hudson, WI

    Comment by Tom — October 19, 2013 @ 4:51 am

  485. My ideal Bible would have space for nots, extra blank pages at the start of each book, and extra ribbons.

    Green Bay WI

    Comment by Ed Schneider — October 19, 2013 @ 6:10 am

  486. I would prefer black print, 9.5 font, and some room to write in the margins

    Comment by Steve — October 19, 2013 @ 8:05 am

  487. My ideal bible would be 1 1/4- 1 1/2 inches thick, lamb or goat skin binding, edge lined and limp, with raised bands on the spine. The interior layout would be black letter text in a single column, no cross-references, multiple ribbons, about .75 inches of margin space on top, bottom, and outside, 9 point serif font, with smaller and out of the way section headings (like the SCL). The hardest things to accomplish would be paper quality (thin yet opaque), close to perfect line matching (sometimes the SCL differs from page to page), and a spine that is more flexible out of the box (comes from the thick coating of glue on the back of the sown signatures).

    Comment by Cameron Crickenberger — October 19, 2013 @ 8:24 am

  488. I forgotten to put city, and state. #305
    Wilson County, NC

    Comment by Marguerite Harrell — October 19, 2013 @ 9:35 am

  489. this is definitely my type of Bible easy to read, and as a senior that’s a plus
    i’ll be praying I win

    Comment by jan metivier — October 19, 2013 @ 10:07 am

  490. I don’t have an ideal bible per se (I do have a favorite due to my own idiosyncrasies!). I use various formats of the ESV for different purposes, circumstances, and reading experiences. I can describe a bible that I haven’t yet seen and would love to see. The Legacy and Heritage come closest to this (for that reason, I really want to get my hands on a Heritage!). Here it is: a reader’s bible, single-paragraphed with line matching, with little or no extraneous add-ons to the text itself. This means no cross-references (as much as I love them in many contexts). I can see footnotes being permissible since they’re not obtrusive, although I might chuck them myself for this edition. The real kicker is no paragraph headings and no spaces between paragraphs. I would retain chapter numbers in an unobtrusive way (such as in the margins). I’m torn on retaining verse numbers because of their utility, yet I love sometimes removing those on esvbible.org and just reading the text. Maybe put a verse range in the margins besides each paragraph? Beyond that, in terms of practical value, even though I’m young and can handle tiny text now, I know that my body is breaking down and will continue. Towards that end, I would either make sure that the text is large enough to be comfortably read or look at fonts more conducive to clarity (see Schyuler’s Quentel series). I’d like to see at least 3, if not 4, nice bookmark ribbons to handle nearly all reading plans. I love the smythe sewn bindings that you guys have been doing, and I would advise y’all to try to make it a priority to try to make sure that your bibles easily open flat and stay there, from Genesis to Revelation. That really makes a big difference in reading experience (I love the single column journaling bible that I got for my sister for that very reason!).

    In conclusion, I would love to see a reader’s bible, easily held in the hand, that’s conducive to long meanderings in the Scripture and uninterrupted viewing of the glories therein, without the urge to take an aside to cross reference something or read a footnote. This bible would also lend itself to readers reading each book as a whole, I think, which can be difficult because I know how easy it is for people (me included) to set a certain benchmark to reach and then stop reading. Thank you, Crossway, for all your wonderful work and creativity in providing your brothers and sisters with the Word!

    Comment by John Veazey — October 19, 2013 @ 10:39 am

  491. My apologies! I forgot to include my city and state.

    John Veazey
    Baton Rouge, LA

    Comment by John Veazey — October 19, 2013 @ 10:51 am

  492. My ideal Bible is a Bible made with the materials that they used to use 40 years ago. The pages were very thin, not you didn’t see through them. The leathers also seemed to be better. Plus some of them had gold edges but we’re also tinted with red. An ESV with that type of binding and reasonably priced would be ideal.

    Comment by Sal Puma — October 19, 2013 @ 11:54 am

  493. I would like to see a high quality leather hardback copy of the ESV. I received a copy of the ESV Commemorative Edition and have grown to love it. I appreciate the durability and uniqueness of a hardback.

    Arlington Heights, IL

    Comment by Bing — October 19, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

  494. My ideal Bible would be goatskin (multiple color options), smythe sewn, moderately wide (1.5″ max) margins, ecumenical creeds in the back, Reformation confessions (INCLUDING the Three Forms of Unity), single column, paragraph style.

    Comment by Jeff Windt — October 19, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

  495. My ideal Bible:

    -Single Column

    -Wide Margins

    -Paper with minimal bleeding

    -New books start on a new page

    -As light and thin as possible

    Teaneck, NJ

    Comment by Benjamin Miller — October 19, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

  496. Greenville, SC

    Comment by Jeff Windt — October 19, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

  497. My ideal Bible would be made with quality materials and a sewn binding, but it would not be so “nice” that I would be afraid to use it or carry it with me to church. I do enjoy the uncluttered reading experience that the Legacy affords, but I also find that I often like to have good cross references and a good concordance (and maps!) when studying and following sermons. I find that I don’t really make use of the ribbons or the presentation pages.

    Granada Hills, California

    Comment by Michael Lim — October 19, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

  498. My ideal Bible would get the fundamentals right in the same way that Everyman’s Library does: smooth, creamy, opaque paper; lay-flat sewn binding; full buckram cloth-covered hard covers; simple, classical typographic choices.

    Comment by Bradley Weidemann — October 19, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

  499. My ideal would be something like the new Personal Reference Bible but with maps and a premium calfskin binding:
    1. Single Column
    2. Cross References in center column
    3. Text Notes at bottom
    4. Margins wide enough for note taking
    5. Concordance
    6. Maps

    Comment by Matthew George — October 19, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

  500. A PB&J Sandwich! PAPER that is smooth and thick enough so highlighting and notes don’t bleed through. A BINDING that is sewn so it is sturdy and lays flat when open. And a “JUST RIGHT” font that is clear and easy to read. Then sandwich between a gorgeous leather cover. :-)

    Comment by Judy Ward — October 19, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

  501. Oops…Crestview, FL.

    Comment by Judy Ward — October 19, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

  502. My ideal Bible would naturally have to be very durable. I’d want to buy it and have it last for years of use. I’d also want it to feel nice in the hand, so calfskin or goatskin leather binding would probably be my choice.

    As to the text block, I’d just want a single column ESV translation with no annoying references or fancy “features” to get in the way of reading.

    Now where I tend to differ from the norm as to what’s wanted in a Bible, is that I’d want no ribbons. I’d also want no writing AT ALL on the out side of the Bible. I don’t want ESV, Holy Bible, or anything written on it. Not on any side. Why? Because I want the book to be so well made, so lovingly crafted, that just by merely looking at it, you automatically go: “That’s a special, important book. That is a book worthy of carrying God’s word.”

    Perhaps a nice, intricate cross design in Gold similar to the Crossway thinline Bibles. I mean just because I don’t want any words on it doesn’t mean I want it to look boring. Just Holy looking. If that makes any sense at all.

    Anyway, that’s my ideal Bible. Probably’ll never be made.

    I live in Munising, Michigan.

    Comment by Jeffrey Gennick — October 19, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

  503. My ideal Bible:

    -has consistency of imprint throughout (black text everywhere, no pages of lighter grey text)

    -has main text font size of about 9pt

    -has single column main text

    -has cross references on the inside margin or omitted completely

    -has minimal text ghosting

    -has line matching

    -has opaque paper, white or off-white ok

    -has a generous inner margin so text does not curl down into the gutter (or let the cross references be placed in the inner margin so that the main text is in full view)

    -has thickness between 1.25 and 2.25 inches thick (I don’t like thinline Bibles)

    -has dimensions of 5-6 inches wide by 7-8 inches tall when closed

    -has a premium leather cover that is firm and durable, not floppy; goatskin or calfskin over hardcover is best

    -has a Smyth sewn text block

    -opens flat at Genesis as well as Revelation

    -has raised hubs/ribs on spine

    -has the spine printing CENTERED and STRAIGHT and SHARP; not smudged, smeared, blurry, or overflowing the stamped characters

    -has art gilt page edges (red under gold or blue under silver)

    -has 2 ribbon markers 5/16″ wide

    -has NO quality defects such as miss-cut pages, curling page edges when Bible is open, head bands not centered on the text block, extra glue from ribbons or headbands on the page edges, major spots or scratches on page edges, text block sewn too tightly so that wavy pages result,gaps between the cover and spine when Bible is closed (or let the gaps be consistent and regular between top and bottom)

    My two favorite Bibles are the Cambridge Clarion in Calf split leather and Crossway Personal Reference Bibles.

    To summarize/approximate what my ideal Bible would be is to take the ESV Cambridge Clarion and put the references on the inside margin like the Crossway PRB and adhere to all the details I’ve listed.

    My ideal Bible: an excellent reading experience in use, and a work of art that draws the owner back to reading when not in use.

    Comment by Fred Converse — October 19, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

  504. Oh, yeah — I’m from Birch Run, Michigan.

    Comment by Fred Converse — October 19, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

  505. My ideal reading Bible would be bound in leather, small enough to fit comforably in one hand, and it would a single-column edition with minimal references. Ideally, it was be bound well enough to last for a couple decades of daily reading.

    My ideal study Bible would also be single-column with wide enough margains for scripture references and plenty of space to write my own notes.

    Mark, Fargo ND

    Comment by Mark — October 19, 2013 @ 7:34 pm

  506. My ideal Bible is going to gave a high quality leather cover, be an ESV translation, single column, wide margins and pages on which the text on the backing page doesn’t bleed through. For me being able to see the faint text from the backing page is the most frustrating aspect of most Bible.

    Comment by Michael Erb — October 19, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

  507. Oak Ridge, Tennessee

    An ideal Bible for me is one that is read. Which means it is easy to read using a comfortable font- not too small, not too large. My Bible is my sword, I carry it everywhere so it must be manageable in size and weight. It must open and lay flat. Wide margins are desired for copious notes. A clean layout is preferred as is a simple cover. My Bible is my compass and road map it must be durable to withstand the journey. Most of all it must be a trusted and accurate translation.

    Comment by David Brown — October 19, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

  508. MY ideal Bible would be the one you producted for the 400 anniversity of the KJV the one with leather over boards. I think that is the best Bible i have seen and read from. It will last a long time with great helps. It can be used for preaching and studying and just reading from the best Bible translation.(ESV Bible version).

    Comment by Michael Smith — October 19, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

  509. My ideal bible would have the ESV text, wide margins, single-column, calf-skin, and the highest quality paper–yet it would remain relatively thin. The font would be elegant and neither microscopic nor huge…and the paper chosen would have minimal bleed through–as I love to underline, etc. with gel-ink pens.

    I really hope I win :)

    I live in Escondido, California.

    Comment by Tim Spivey — October 19, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

  510. My ideal Bible needs to be portable enough to carry with me. A single column column format is at the top of the list of must haves, as it provides a more natural reading experience for both prose and poetry (thanks to Mark Bertrand for helping find the wonder of this format!). The text block and binding should open relatively flat, but still provide enough firmnes to read with one hand. As for cover material, I love the grain of goatskin, but I wouldn’t want it as limp as some goatskin Bibles feel. For example, the Cambridge Clarion ESV in goatskin is so limp that it is sometimes hard to hold straight! I’d like dark brown goatskin with three multicolored ribbons. I love the idea of no clutter from cross references, but in practice I find cross references too useful to do without, so I would like to see them included (whether on outer or inner margin doesn’t matter too much to me). Other important features? Line matching, art gilt edges (red under gold), and words of Christ in black (sorry, but I think red letters can create a “canon within a canon” mentality too easily). Bottom line: I’d like something the size of the Cambridge Pitt Minion paired with the inner format of the Cambridge Clarion or the ESV Heritage but with cross references included. And I don’t believe I’m alone in this!

    -Jeff from Willmar, MN

    Comment by Jeff Mellema — October 19, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

  511. My ideal Bible would be a tweaked two column, cross-referenced style. I’ll explain. I would place the cross references near the gutter of the page. I would have the text in the “middle” of the page, and on the outside edge of the page I would have a very generous margin for notes. The second column that is usually found in a two column Bible would in fact be that blank note taking column. I personally enjoy e verse-by-verse system for taking notes, because I find it easier to know what notes coincide with a specific verse. However, if this was the format of the Bible, I would probably be okay with paragraphed text, so that the text is not broken up, and feel that the ample room for notes would accommodate this style of note taking. I also prefer my Bibles to not contain “headers” on what a text is about. For my note taking Bibles I prefer the KJV, since this is what most resources, such as Strong’s, are coded to. While I find concordances, maps, and the like, helpful in studies, since they are not the word of God I prefer if they were not in a Bible. The text block is the most important feature of the Bible to me, as the other features could always be re-done by a rebinding service.

    I am from Rochester, Minnesota.

    Comment by Caitlin Christenson — October 19, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

  512. My ideal bible:

    ESV 2011 text

    Single column

    Small and faint light-gray superscript verse number and footnote indicators in the text

    Prose set in one big column of text, with no paragraph breaks at all except for between chapters

    Poetry set in the typical ESV single column poetry formatting

    Size 11 font

    No section headings or subheadings

    Footnotes in smaller and different font at bottom of pages

    No cross references

    Very narrow margins except on the binding side of the page

    Thick, opaque paper

    Thumb indexed

    No ribbon

    Genuine Leather (or hardback in single column journaling bible style)

    Include concordance, but with no line breaks at all, so that it would be much shorter than a normal concordance (concordance in smaller font)

    Include maps at the back, but only on the same kind of paper as the rest of the bible paper

    A few pages for notes at the back, but only on the same kind of paper as the rest of the bible

    5″ by 8″

    No more than 1400 pages (if it would be more than that, break it into two volumes) :o)

    No dedication page

    No reading plan

    Line matching

    Elon, NC

    Comment by Preston Sockwell — October 19, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

  513. The Heritage and Cambridge come closest. I like how the Heritage is cheaper and doesn’t have references on the outside. I wouldn’t mind references in the inner edges though. That would also reduce the number of words per line, which is a bonus. The Heritage is close! Also I don’t like section headings, but that’s just wishful thinking! Also, I love ribs on the spine!!
    Seattle

    Comment by Al — October 19, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

  514. I would love BLACK calf or goat skin for the Crossway Legacy Bible.

    Comment by M. Karis — October 20, 2013 @ 3:48 am

  515. I never understood why there are so many versions of Gods words, there is one God and his words through the Holy Bible stands as The Holy Word, I collect books simply for there beauty and style, but the Holy Bible surpasses any book in my collection, God Bless.

    Comment by Mark Anthony Del Prado — October 20, 2013 @ 6:33 am

  516. A few things I look for in a Bible:
    1) Quality leather. I like genuine leather, but I prefer something like calfskin due to its durability.
    2) Line spacing. This is helpful for both easy reading and making notes.
    3) Margins. I like a wider margin for making my own notes.
    4) Paper quality. I like to write in my Bible, and a poor paper quality makes that incredibly frustrating.
    And last but not least, it has to be an ESV. Anything in ESV is something I convince myself I need to have.

    Comment by Wes Gay — October 20, 2013 @ 6:52 am

  517. I have the hardcopy ESV Study Bible which has a single column layout. I like this feature very much. An ideal bible for me, not a study bible, would be an ESV version with a single column that does not weigh a too much and has the words of Christ in Red. The only other feature that I need is a large enough font to read easily, whatever font size used in the ESV Study Bible would be perfect for me. Most importantly it has to be the ESV text.

    Comment by Dave Ben — October 20, 2013 @ 7:19 am

  518. I have the hardcopy ESV Study Bible which has a single column layout. I like this feature very much. An ideal bible for me, not a study bible, would be an ESV version with a single column that does not weigh a too much and has the words of Christ in Red. The only other feature that I need is a large enough font to read easily, whatever font size used in the ESV Study Bible would be perfect for me. Most importantly it has to be the ESV text.

    Dave Ben – New Philadelphia PA
    (Sorry forgot to post my town)

    Comment by Dave Ben — October 20, 2013 @ 7:21 am

  519. My ideal bible would be single column with reference notes, generous margins, and, especially, paper that was higher quality to prevent ghosting or bleed through. While this might be a little larger and more expensive, it would be well worth it to me.

    I have an ESV Calfskin Heirloom edition – which would be perfect if it were single column.

    Indianapolis, IN

    Comment by Roger Williams — October 20, 2013 @ 7:34 am

  520. My ideal Bible would be the ESV, with margins that are wide enough for notes, and high-quality paper so the ink doesn’t bleed through. Maps and study notes would be really helpful too.
    Marietta, GA

    Comment by Frances Doyle — October 20, 2013 @ 8:04 am

  521. Oops, forgot to put my state!

    My ideal Bible:
    Single column,
    Left page ESV; Right page greek/hebrew,
    Minimal footnotes only when necessary,
    No cross references (to stay clutter-free),
    4 built in page ribbons,
    Black trutone,
    and built-in coffee dispenser ;D

    Madison, TN

    Comment by Steven — October 20, 2013 @ 8:07 am

  522. My ideal Bible has room for notes in the margin, has a good sized print, and has red letters.

    Paducah, KY

    Comment by Kim Winn — October 20, 2013 @ 8:08 am

  523. Single Column, with note taking area on the sides would be nice.

    R Conrad
    Houston Texas

    Comment by R Conrad — October 20, 2013 @ 8:10 am

  524. One of the things I’ve been running into through my personal bible study has been the sacred significance of geography. An example of this would be the altars Abraham builds and then you see other patriarchs returning to those places. I think we miss a great deal of the theological story by not connecting specific place names with past events. A simple system providing the references for previously mentioned and perhaps variant names of a specific place would be helpful. This might work best as an index but a simple text note would be perfect.
    My second ” perfect” feature would be a typographical indicator that a certain passage is supposed to rhyme in the original language. Perhaps this could be expanded to different text arrangements for different genres of scripture but I would guess that is far too complicated. A simple visual way of noticing that a text is in rhyme would be fantastic. Poultney, VT

    Comment by Brent Merrill — October 20, 2013 @ 8:16 am

  525. Ideally: ESV, single column (been wanting that for years!), Lexicon font, with enough room in the margins to make tons of notes. Lakeland, Florida

    Comment by Jason — October 20, 2013 @ 8:17 am

  526. My ideal Bible would be an ESV with the Apocryphra/Deuterocononical books, black letter edition with the ESV maps and charts in the back. It would have cross references.

    Comment by Bob Price — October 20, 2013 @ 8:20 am

  527. My ideal bible:
    Soft cover that stays open no matter what passage you are in
    2 built in page ribbons
    Black or dark brown cover
    Cross references
    Single Column
    Lake City, FL

    Comment by Ethan Crowder — October 20, 2013 @ 8:21 am

  528. I’ve never had a single-column Bible, but I would put that on my “ideal Bible” list, since it’s less distracting. As well as:
    -words of Christ in red
    -study notes
    -and journaling space.
    Steve Adler
    Round Rock, TX

    Comment by Steve Adler — October 20, 2013 @ 8:24 am

  529. HELLO MY NAME IS TONY HOBBS AND I LIVE IN ELDORADO IL. IF I COULD HAVE A BIBLE MADE I WOULD LIKE TO SEE AT LEAST 2 RIBBON MARKERS. IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE A BIBLE TO READ THAT DIDNT HAVE CHAPTER BREAKS AS WELL.

    Comment by Tony Hobbs — October 20, 2013 @ 8:26 am

  530. Sufficient space in margins for sermon notes, but small enough to carry around as I speak.

    Comment by Joe Gunter — October 20, 2013 @ 8:29 am

  531. Single column, smith sown, serif font, few text intrusions.

    Comment by Jacob — October 20, 2013 @ 8:34 am

  532. I like a easy to read single column bible that does not fall apart in the first year . I read every day and need a strong leather bible that would hold up.
    Brooklyn New York

    Comment by Antonietta — October 20, 2013 @ 8:39 am

  533. My ideal bible would be an ESV Puritan study bible, akin to the Reformation Study Bible, much of it including puritan commentary (including writers as late as Spurgeon), cross-references, and Puritan prayers. It would also be verse style (as opposed to paragraph format).

    Wenatchee, WA

    Comment by Jeff Sandberg — October 20, 2013 @ 9:03 am

  534. Wide margins for notes and calfskin or goatskin leather for durability and long life!

    Comment by Neil Burleson — October 20, 2013 @ 9:04 am

  535. My ideal Bible looks beautiful, is durable, and is comfortable to hold. I prefer cross references and a helpful Concordance in the back.

    Philadelphia, PA

    Comment by G. A. Dietrich — October 20, 2013 @ 9:05 am

  536. My ideal bible would have single column text with words of Christ in red as well as study notes, though probably not as many as in the ESV Study Bible simply to cut down on the weight.

    Comment by Jacob Blair — October 20, 2013 @ 9:13 am

  537. Sturdy pages for writing and highlighting.

    Comment by Derek Thornton — October 20, 2013 @ 9:15 am

  538. My ideal Bible would have ESV text. Single Column, no reference column[s], no footnotes, good quality binding and soft leather cover, high quality maps. At least that is what I want for a preaching, devotional reading Bible. For a study Bible I appreciate the ESV study Bible. Probably would not make too many changes to it.

    Terry Gibson
    Portage, IN

    Comment by Terry Gibson — October 20, 2013 @ 9:18 am

  539. Thank You for running this giveaway. Premium bibles are a generous gift and a beautiful addition to any family treasury.

    I love simplicity. Cross-reference verses in the column have really grown on me. I really enjoy discovering how the bible is interwoven in so many areas.

    I have used the N.I.V. version for most of my life. This is the bible that I grew up with. I recently switched to the ESV because I have been told that the text is pretty accurate. As long as I have room to highlight, underline, or scribble a word or two I am happy.

    Ideal: ESV, single column, premium paper to supplement the premium cover. My name embossed on the front. I plan on passing three premium bibles down to my three children. I have always found that an embossed name makes the item that much more sentimental.

    Steven Press – Highlands Ranch, Colorado

    Comment by Steven Press — October 20, 2013 @ 9:23 am

  540. As a preacher and student of God’s Word, the features that I would desire in an ideal Bible are: 1) Soft cover (as with calfskin) so that it will lay flat, 2) single column for ease of reading (Crossway really turned me on to the value of a single column!), 3) All black text (because ALL Scripture has been breathed out by God, not just the words of Jesus), 4) high quality, acid free, pages for longevity & 5) a minimum of textual notes and headings (there are plenty of resources with these notes, but I find value in limiting the distractions when I come to the text)

    Bishop, CA

    Comment by Brett Newman — October 20, 2013 @ 9:35 am

  541. I like a light weight, easy to carry Bible with a durable spine (no matter how good I treat one the spine always cracks). I’m partial to the Holman version but haven’t used an ESV yet so I’d like to try it out. Our associate pastor prefers ESV.

    LaBelle, FL

    Comment by Aaron Deerey — October 20, 2013 @ 9:37 am

  542. Ideal bible for me would be a leather bible with good study notes and big font because of my near blindness. This bible looks really great though thanks for doing this…. And pick me :)

    Comment by Steven — October 20, 2013 @ 9:39 am

  543. It would have large margins on both sides of the page. Also, double spacing for underlining and make notes. Finally, nice thick paper that will not allow ink/highlighter to bleed through.

    Hampton, NB

    Comment by Bruce Langdon — October 20, 2013 @ 9:47 am

  544. I have owned two personal sized reference Bibles, and am a lover of the single-column format. I look for larger font (not giant size or large print; but standardly used font seems too small at times). I appreciate Bibles that do not appear to be simply glued together. I certainly like leather bibles, those that feel they maintain durability. Black lettered text is preferred. Finally, and most importantly, the text must be a word for word translation that is both comprehensible while faithful to the original text.

    Sharpsburg, Georgia

    Comment by Floyd Jones — October 20, 2013 @ 9:51 am

  545. My ideal Bible is leather-bound, lays totally flat when open, with cross-references next to my single column text. Great concordance and maps in the back. No red letters, please. Oh… And ESV. :)

    St. Louis, Missouri

    Comment by Sarah Newport — October 20, 2013 @ 9:51 am

  546. I like to have a single column, good cross references and a concordance, maps, and margins for notes.
    Surprise, AZ

    Comment by Jonathan Scoggins — October 20, 2013 @ 9:52 am

  547. My ideal Bible would be either the HCSB or NET in a single column, paragraph style format. Wide margins to write notes would be preferred as well. Chapter and verse only, with no subject headings. No cross references.

    Hanford, CA

    Comment by Michael Roe — October 20, 2013 @ 10:00 am

  548. Ideal: single column. Wide margins. Non bleeding paper. Concordance in back. No references needed. Just the Word. Jesus’ Words in red.
    Kevin Mackley
    Westminster, MD

    Comment by Kevin Mackley — October 20, 2013 @ 10:11 am

  549. I don’t know that I could pick one set of features that would make an ideal Bible. I have several different editions, love things about each of them. One feature I haven’t been able to find in an ESV Bible edition yet that I would love see though is one without chapter/verse references. Splitting up the text like that is a recent invention, and while extremely helpful and convenient, it can serve to disrupt the flow of texts that were meant to be read together, particularly in the epistles. Such a feature would be an asset to study, and make extended and flowing reading very convenient! Single Column Bibles help a great deal to that end as well, so I would love to have one like that!

    Madison, WI

    Comment by Tim — October 20, 2013 @ 10:11 am

  550. Ideal bible has life long cover with good binding, single column, wide margins for note taking, cross references, and a good concordance.

    Comment by Timothy Ketcham — October 20, 2013 @ 10:21 am

  551. I need a stronger will to be more in the Word rather than distracted away from it…but sturdier paper to handle notes and highlights would be greatly appreciated in this version!

    Comment by Jody Sneed — October 20, 2013 @ 10:39 am

  552. I need the binding materials to be stout, able to withstand abuse/use. I also do not prefer “red-letter” editions, never have.

    I’m in Orcutt, CA.

    Comment by Trevor Carpenter — October 20, 2013 @ 10:49 am

  553. My ideal Bible would be a single column, ESV translation, with premium leather/binding, and multiple page marker ribbons. The index cards that I use to mark secondary references while preaching look more than a little slapdash.

    Derek
    Louisville, KY

    Comment by Derek Riley — October 20, 2013 @ 11:02 am

  554. Ideal Bible: Will have a good leather or tru tone cover with a good binding that will hold up through much use. Single column, easy to read font, wide margin for note taking, non bleeding paper, cross references, and a good concordance with maps.

    Sioux Falls, SD

    Comment by Timothy Ketcham — October 20, 2013 @ 11:07 am

  555. Thin and easy to take wherever I go with readable typeset.
    Vancouver, WA

    Comment by Gordy Murphy — October 20, 2013 @ 11:07 am

  556. I prefer a simple ESV Bible that is durable and with a solid leather binding. I want it to be easy to hold open with one hand. I like having book descriptions and helpful information at the beginnings of each book, but without interruption while reading.

    Comment by Ben Mordecai — October 20, 2013 @ 11:18 am

  557. I like the single column format, a margin wide enough to jot a thought and not too heavy to hold comfortably while reading. This is a version I could read as much as I want and lay it down like a book without the feeling the pressure of somehow failing because I didn’t STUDY!! I would love to read for just the pure pleasure of God’s Word.

    House Springs, Missouri

    Comment by Connie Blanchard — October 20, 2013 @ 11:26 am

  558. For me the ideal bible is leather bound so it lays flat and is manageable enough in size to be held in the hands comfortably!

    Knoxville, TN

    Comment by Chris Goebel — October 20, 2013 @ 11:42 am

  559. Timothy Harris
    Findlay, OH 45840

    My ideal Bible would include:
    1. Single column
    2. Ruled lines in extra-wide margins that match up with each line of Bible text
    3. 8–10 pt. Lexicon No. 1 typeface
    4. Line-Matching
    5. Silver page edges
    6. Black calfskin leather exterior
    7. Three ribbon markers
    8. Smith-sewn binding
    9. Color maps in back
    10. 36 GSM Thincoat Plus paper
    11. Perfect page design
    12. Cross-references and footnotes

    I’d also like study notes from the following:

    Genesis: Derek Kidner
    Exodus: Michael P.V. Barrett
    Leviticus: J. Gordon Wenham
    Numbers: Iain Duguid
    Deuteronomy: John Currid
    Joshua: Marten Woudstra
    Judges: George Schwab
    Ruth: Robert Hubbard
    1 Samuel: Richard Phillips
    2 Samuel: David Tsumura
    1 Kings: Dale Ralph Davis
    2 Kings: Philip Graham Ryken
    1 Chronicles: Richard Pratt
    2 Chronicles: Raymond Dillard
    Ezra: Tiberius Rata
    Nehemiah: Charles Fensham
    Esther: Joyce Baldwin
    Job: Derek Thomas
    Psalms: Mark Futato
    Proverbs: Tremper Longman
    Ecclesiastes: Charles Bridges
    Song of Solomon: Iain D. Campbell
    Isaiah: John Oswalt
    Jeremiah: Kevin Vanhoozer
    Lamentations: John Mackay
    Ezekiel: Daniel Block
    Daniel: Stuart Olyott
    Hosea: Thomas McComiskey
    Joel: Douglas Stuart
    Amos: Jeffrey Niehaus
    Obadiah: Leslie Allen
    Jonah: T. Desmond Alexander
    Micah: Bruce Waltke
    Nahum: David Baker
    Habakkuk: O. Palmer Robertson
    Zephaniah: J. Alec Motyer
    Haggai: Ralph Smith
    Zechariah: Bryan Gregory
    Malachi: Pieter Verhoef
    Matthew: R.T. France
    Mark: James R. Edwards
    Luke: Leon Morris
    John: D.A. Carson
    Acts: Eckhard Schnabel
    Romans: Douglas Moo
    1 Corinthians: Gordon Fee
    2 Corinthians: Paul Barnett
    Galatians: J.V. Fesko
    Ephesians: Peter T. O’Brien
    Philippians: D. Marty Lloyd-Jones
    Colossians: Sinclair Ferguson
    1 Thessalonians: Charles Wanamaker
    2 Thessalonians: Gene Green
    1 Timothy: Andreas Köstenberger
    2 Timothy: Philip Towner
    Titus: William Mounce
    Philemon: James D.G. Dunn
    Hebrews: John Owen
    James: Thomas Manton
    1 Peter: Edmund Clowney
    2 Peter: Thomas Schreiner
    1 John: F.F. Bruce
    2 John: Colin Kruse
    3 John: Simon Kistemaker
    Jude: Richard Bauckham
    Revelation: G.K. Beale

    Comment by Timothy Harris — October 20, 2013 @ 11:44 am

  560. Black letter, green cover, Celtic cross embossed cover, Wide margin

    HAYWARD, CA

    Comment by Shawn Doud — October 20, 2013 @ 11:59 am

  561. My ideal Bible would have a real leather cover, Jesus’ words in red, Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical books, and a large Lexicon font. :)

    Comment by James Rhodes — October 20, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

  562. I am a HUGE fan of the single column Bible! I do a lot of writing so having wide margins…and even a little bit more line spacing is great! Cross references are a must, and the one thing that I have never been able to find in a Bible are multiple bookmark ribbons…I have so many studies going on that it would be nice to be able to mark more than one! I live in Lakwood, Colorado!

    Comment by Eric Schram — October 20, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

  563. ESV,Single Column,Black Letter, 9-10pt font,
    premium leather, 3 ribbons,quality paper with little or no ghosting.

    Michael Nangle
    Myrtle Beach, SC

    Comment by Michael Nangle — October 20, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

  564. Ideal: since column, wide margins for note-taking. Cross-references too.
    Stephanie Firman
    Waterford, MI

    Comment by Stephanie Firman — October 20, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

  565. My ideal Bible would include cross-references in one column, a list of references to the text in church-historical writings in the other column, and wide margins for notes.

    Kevin White
    St. Louis, MO

    Comment by Kevin White — October 20, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

  566. Single column, paragraph format. Wide margins and large print.

    Comment by Staci Eastin — October 20, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

  567. Ideal: single column, black letter with cross references, footnotes and book introductions. I enjoy Bibles that are not as long but are more thick instead.

    Comment by N.Downey — October 20, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

  568. For the comment above, Lynchburg, VA

    Comment by N.Downey — October 20, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

  569. Single Column and Large Font a plus for easy study and reading. Wide Margin or references…not both. Words of Christ in Red OK but not as important as maybe trying something new like highlighting all text that points to Christ. Concordance a must. List of Proper Names. Overcasting of text block. Black or Gray…Goatskin or Lambskin Cover offered for maximum flexibility and art-gilting (preferably blue-under-silver) and of course….ESV text.

    Landon Younce
    Integrity Church
    Greenville, NC

    Comment by Landon Younce — October 20, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

  570. I would prefer wide margins for a single column bible and cross references
    Augusta, GA

    Comment by Richard Hill — October 20, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

  571. Single column
    Smaller size
    Wider margins
    I live in Los Fresnos TX

    Comment by Weston Root — October 20, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

  572. Ideal: Single column journaling bible with cross reference.
    I like all of God’s word the same color.

    Altus, Oklahoma

    Comment by Justin Cook — October 20, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

  573. I currently use the personal size reference bible and love it. Moving between my ESV study bible and day to day use bible is much easier with the same single column format. My role as a campus minister means that I have a mobile office for the most part and m bible gets a lot of use. Having a better quality bible, such as calfskin, would allow me to extend the life of my bible. The new ESV Single Column heritage Bible would be a perfect bible for me and my ministry on campus.

    Comment by Jeff Highfield — October 20, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

  574. My ideal bible: ESV version, calfskin (a blue-grey color), something that closes it nicely (like a snap-like button or leather cord), single column with journaling space, non bleeding paper, a ribbon to hold my place, personal size (not too bulky) and short introductions to every book!

    Denise Astuto :)
    North Bergen, NJ 07047

    Comment by Denise — October 20, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

  575. I have been using the ESV for 10 years now. My ideal copy would be single-column, goatskin, 4 thick ribbons, at least 10pt font in a compact or thinline edition. I’m not sure those last two are possible coterminously. : )

    Comment by Daniel Doss — October 20, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

  576. My ideal Bible would be double-spaced with wide margins and have every other sheet blank for extended notes and reflections.

    Comment by Jennifer Guo — October 20, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

  577. I like softer, premium leather and pages that I can’t see through. Single column sounds great.

    Louisville, Ky

    Comment by JD — October 20, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

  578. I appreciate single column and black-letter editions, with a few key cross-references and simple, brief book introductions. Having a Bible in a handy size for easy portability is always a plus.

    Comment by Dennis Toll — October 20, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

  579. I prefer almost large print (not large, just right), single column, no red letter, and LOTS of cross refrences.
    Oh, and ESV…

    Comment by Mark Phillippo — October 20, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

  580. ideal bible, 9 point text, good leather, single column, words of Christ in red.

    Comment by Neil Martin — October 20, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

  581. I would like single column printed on paper that you can’t see through with plenty of room for notes and questions. Also, I wouldn’t mind having one without any chapter and verse numbers in the text and only the bare minimum of notes. Something that looks and feels as good as any piece of classic literature.

    Comment by Jonny Weaver — October 20, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

  582. Ps I am from St Cloud MN

    Comment by Jonny Weaver — October 20, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

  583. Ideal Bible – Study notes, Gospel Transformation Notes, and sermon notes from Piper, Begg, and Keller. Including native app with evernote compatibility (or syncs with online ESV resources).

    Lafayette, La

    Comment by Stuart Amidon — October 20, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

  584. I would like it to have the red text for the words of Christ.

    I also love the font/print that you use for the Study Bible. Very easy to read and a contemporary feel.

    Sherrill Neese
    Millersville, MD

    Comment by Sherrill Neese — October 20, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

  585. I like a slightly large print. Also an area for notes is great. Single column is like most other books.

    Comment by Lisa Malmberg — October 20, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

  586. Forgot…from Denver, NC

    Comment by Lisa Malmberg — October 20, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

  587. I absolutely love preaching with a single column Bible. The spacing is perfect for maintaining my place while making good eye contact with the congregation. In January I’m preaching through the book of Galatians, and would love to use your ESV Heritage Bible.

    Lexington, VA

    Comment by Michael Wilburn — October 20, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

  588. The Verse-by-Verse layout is best because it allows me to mirror more bible reading my e-devices and helps me to remember verses better.

    Comment by Michael Wurtz — October 20, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

  589. Easily carried, single column, ESV with a calfskin cover.

    watertown, Wi

    Comment by Austin — October 20, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

  590. I like a Bible similar to the Single Column Legacy Bible: single column, wide margins, neat extra-textual section divisions. I do like a few cross-references, probably more than are in the Single Column Legacy, but less than are in a typical study bible (otherwise I find I end up doing too much cross-referencing, not enough reading!). Saint Charles, Missouri.

    Comment by Rob French — October 20, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

  591. My ideal Bible would be a fresh translation based on the most recent manuscript discoveries, following the general translation method of the NASB. I prefer to have “the LORD” consistently translated as “Yahweh”, no chapter or verse markings, no subject headings, and no red letters.

    Greenville, SC

    Comment by Ben H — October 20, 2013 @ 5:24 pm

  592. I am a college student and I already read enought textbooks, but I loved reading my single column bible before I lost it, it’s so easy to read!
    A great Bible for me would be a single column Bible with a leather cover, red letters, cross references and a little concordance in the back!

    Comment by Luke Hemken — October 20, 2013 @ 5:25 pm

  593. I prefer small, thin, opaque paper, very flexible, 9pt type. Good luck!

    Comment by Chris — October 20, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

  594. I am new to ESv, it appears many on these comments would find that unique. Thus, my intention, after listening to friend’s speak favorably of the version, would be to obtain one. If it as wonderful as I have been lead to believe, then a binding which is beautiful males perfect sense.
    Thus, my comment/entry into this drawing.
    Thank you.
    James

    Comment by Jim — October 20, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

  595. My perfect bible would have quality ivory color paper with a crisp, black font, 9-10pt. Single column with no subject headings, cross ref on outside edge of page, 4 ribbon markers and blank pages for notes instead of mini-concordance. Smyth-sewn binding with a leather covered hardback cover.
    Let me know when it ships! ;>

    Comment by Jeff Larson — October 20, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

  596. Forgot, Winfield, IL

    Comment by Jeff Larson — October 20, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

  597. My ideal Bible is single column, calfskin-leather hardcover, cross references.

    Casco, Maine

    Comment by joshua O — October 20, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

  598. I love reading from a single colume like my ESV Study bible, but carring it around just for reference is a hasle, so I’ve always carryed my other thinline esv. I find great for reference, but a little nice medium size bible with a single column or double column with space in the middle has been lacking by many bible carriers for sometime now.

    Comment by Tiffany Morrison — October 20, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

  599. My ideal Bible would be a keyword study Bible that had both the English wording with the Hebrew and Greek texts.

    Comment by David — October 20, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

  600. My ideal Bible has easy to read text and the text is not too condensed. Greenville, IN

    Comment by Eric — October 20, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

  601. My ideal Bible would be a single column, deluxe leather, with at least three ribbons and double spaced for notes.

    Grand Praire, TX

    Comment by Rex Gray — October 20, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

  602. My ideal Bible would have cross-references and footnotes, red lettering referencing Christ, and enough space for adding notes! Thank you!

    Shelby Township, MI

    Comment by Megan — October 20, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

  603. I would like to see an ESV/KJV parallel bible. I would love the single column. I’m in Marked Tree, Arkansas.

    Comment by Andy Price — October 20, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

  604. I love leather cover, single column, 1 ribbon, no red letters, and large print.
    Thanks for the offer. LOVE the ESV! Thanks for the new addition of the Gospel Transformation Bible BTW.

    Comment by Adam C — October 20, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

  605. The print would be large enough to read without being a large print version.

    Comment by Liz Lynn — October 20, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

  606. Good leather binding, legible, and ABOVE ALL, faithful to the original languages.

    Comment by R M Hornick — October 20, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

  607. My ideal Bible would be an easier to carry single column ESV in calf skin leather to match my ESV Study Bible.

    New Albany, IN

    Comment by Christopher — October 20, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

  608. My ideal Bible
    1. ESV translation
    2. 10-11 point serif type
    3. Line matching
    4. Excellent binding
    5. Quality paper, no ghosting
    6. 9 x 6 x 1.5 inch
    7. Soft goatskin cover, black, with three red ribbons
    8. Art gilt edges, red under gold
    9. Two color printing with minimal headings etc printed in second color
    10. Chapter, verse and notations moved to center margins with virtually no insertions in the text itself for a clean, uninterrupted reading experience.
    12. Black letter, words of Christ not in red.
    13. Single column.

    Comment by Brad Cunningham — October 20, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

  609. I would like to find a nice, thin, smaller Bible with large margins for note taking. Also, I would like a large section in the back for Prayer notes/answered prayers.

    Comment by Nathaniel Kidd — October 20, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

  610. My ideal Bible would include: a brief introduction on how to read and study the bible; the ESV book introductions; the concise outlines from the ESV Premium Thinlines; the 32 pages of illustrations and maps in the Premium Thinlines, between the Testaments; single column text with inside cross references; and a thematic concordance with the central words/subjects of Scripture systematically outlined rather than merely listed.

    Comment by Jon Burnett — October 20, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

  611. ESV single verse with all references and notes for the scripture on that page at the bottom of that page, a concordance, an index to annotations, and maps optional.
    Spring, Texas

    Comment by Bill Daugherty — October 20, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

  612. My ideal Bible has pages thick enough to highlight and write on, margins wide enough for commentary here and there, a I’m beginning to warm up to the idea of having cross-references considering how valuable they are (though the slight clutter they add to the page makes me unsure).

    Mt. Airy, NC

    Comment by Jonathan — October 20, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

  613. I have enjoyed the ESV since 2001. The accuracy in translation and the readability have made this the best translation of the Bible I have read. A few years ago I purchased a single column and love the way it is laid out. I would like to see a single column red-letter edition with a 9.5 or 10 point font in a standard size. I would like to see extra space on the out side margins for space to make outlines and I would like to see a pronunciation and markings of difficult to pronounce names and places, i.e. Pe-dah’zur (Num 1:10). Keep the footnotes section as you have in all editions with a concordance in the back, a section of the historical confessions and creeds of the faith.

    Comment by John — October 20, 2013 @ 11:23 pm

  614. My ideal Bible:
    Single-column ESV with Apocrypha
    compact and thick – 4×6
    smyth-sown, opens flat
    8-9 point font, black letters, line-matching
    dark brown cowhide cover
    small embossed gold cross on spine and cover
    concordance
    with slipcase
    no book intros, no study notes
    (and a hungry heart to hear God’s voice.)

    Comment by Lloyd Beachy — October 20, 2013 @ 11:36 pm

  615. …make that Smyth-sewn. Sorry!

    Comment by Lloyd Beachy — October 20, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

  616. Last addition: I live in the tiny village of Poole in Southwestern Ontario.

    Comment by Lloyd Beachy — October 20, 2013 @ 11:44 pm

  617. My ideal bible is one that expands on God’s word through explanation in study texts and red-lettered although I recognize when Jesus is speaking, it seems more amplified. I love the new look and ease of reading with the one-column bible. Always a blessing to get a new and trusted version of His word. Thank you.

    Comment by Vikki Berg — October 20, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

  618. Eugene Oregon

    Comment by Vikki Berg — October 20, 2013 @ 11:55 pm

  619. 1. Single Column
    2. 10-point Font
    3. Personal Size
    4. Calfskin
    5. Modern Font
    6. Cross References
    7. Concise Concordance
    8. Plain Cover
    9. No See-through Pages
    10. Concise Word Study Notes (Kittel, Brown, Robertson, Vincent, etc.)

    Comment by Richard Ward — October 21, 2013 @ 12:23 am

  620. I would really want to find a compact bible that is water highly water resistant has pages made of quality paper. A bible shouldn’t be so delicate that it has to stay at home on a shelf. Instead it should travel as well as the timeless truths that it contains.

    — Chase
    Seattle, Washington

    Comment by Chase — October 21, 2013 @ 12:33 am

  621. 1. Double column
    2. 9-10 point font
    3. Goatskin leather
    4. Maps
    5. Black text
    6. Center column references
    7. Thinline

    Louisville, KY

    Comment by Kyle Amyx — October 21, 2013 @ 12:50 am

  622. My ideal would be like the ESV personal reference bible I currently use but with a slightly bigger font and a couple fewer words per line.

    Comment by Steve Brown — October 21, 2013 @ 1:24 am

  623. San Antonio, TX

    Comment by Mark Anthony Del Prado — October 21, 2013 @ 5:06 am

  624. My ideal Bible would need to be computerized, and would include a single column with no red letters, divided into paragraphs (with a line between each paragraphs) and the ability to turn on and off the verse and chapter numbering.

    Comment by Joseph — October 21, 2013 @ 6:51 am

  625. I prefer different settings for different uses, so it’s hard to say what features my “ideal Bible” would have. (1) For quick reference (at conferences, counseling, hospital visits, etc.), I’d love to see a dual column, verse by verse setting by Crossway, like the old, standard KJV Bibles. (2) In a paragraph setting, I do prefer a single column for reading. The Legacy is BEAUTIFUL, but a bit too large for me to carry around, like a book. The Heritage seems ideal.

    Russ Wilson
    Kirkwood, MO

    Comment by Russ Wilson — October 21, 2013 @ 7:18 am

  626. My ideal Bible is made of premium leather, single column text, with all black letters. I have the ESV Reader’s edition Allan Bible and it is nigh perfect!

    Drew Grumbles
    Creedmoor, NC

    Comment by Drew Grumbles — October 21, 2013 @ 7:49 am

  627. ESV. Single column. Large print. Wide margins. Cross-references. Perfect!

    Comment by Chris — October 21, 2013 @ 7:52 am

  628. Ideally – a Bible (size, margins, font size) that works for personal study, reading, and preaching and teaching.

    Providence, RI

    Comment by J.D. — October 21, 2013 @ 8:03 am

  629. My ideal Bible would be an ESV Bible with cross-references and margins large enough to write notes in, but not too large to make the Bible huge. I like a 6″ x 7-8″ and around 2-2.5″ thickness.
    Bowling Green, KY

    Comment by Tim Stover — October 21, 2013 @ 8:15 am

  630. My ideal Bible would be very similar to the Single Column Legacy Bible but would include cross references at the bottom of the page, a larger concordance, at least 3 ribbons and bound in a soft and luxurious goatskin.

    Dunn, North Carolina

    Comment by Terry Bass — October 21, 2013 @ 8:40 am

  631. My ideal bible would have wide margins for notes, the single column setup, and a good set of study bible notes. I Also am fond of calf skin :)

    Comment by Ken Baker — October 21, 2013 @ 9:09 am

  632. Forgot to include my town and state – Hudson, Florida.

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    Previous Message:

    My ideal bible would have wide margins for notes, the single column setup, and a good set of study bible notes. I Also am fond of calf skin :)

    Comment by Ken Baker — October 21, 2013 @ 9:11 am

  633. I’d like to see a single column hardback similar in size to the Message Remix

    Comment by Nathan — October 21, 2013 @ 10:39 am

  634. I really love the thin line Bibles that print the words of Christ in red! They are a nice, manageable size, making it easy to curl up on the couch to read. Franklin, WV

    Comment by Elizabeth — October 21, 2013 @ 10:53 am

  635. I think the most important thing is semi-compact and great quality paper(no see through please), and smyth sewn. Gulfport, MS

    Comment by Chris OKeefe — October 21, 2013 @ 11:09 am

  636. The ideal Bible includes:

    Calf Skin
    Thin Line
    Single Column
    Maps
    Book Introductions
    Cross References
    List of major doctrines and brief summary

    Ringgold, GA

    Comment by Josh Tennant — October 21, 2013 @ 11:33 am

  637. My ideal Bible would have paper that is MUCH more opaque than is currently in use. The biggest hindrance to reading the Bible is tiring eyes caused by “background noise” of text bleed through. A single column hand-sized design with references on the outside of the pages, a good concordance and 15-24 pages of note paper in the back. The cover should be soft to the touch but not overly floppy – so it has a bit of stiffness when holding it in one hand. Except for the paper, the Cambridge Clarion is very close in features and size to my ideal Bible. Anything like that in the works??

    Comment by Greg Terry — October 21, 2013 @ 11:58 am

  638. My ideal Bible would be difficult to make.

    I want a compact, single-column (ESV of course!) that also includes confessions, a good minister’s manual, and the Valley of Vision.

    The word, theology, devotion, and ministry all in one little package – that would be a dream come true.

    Comment by John — October 21, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

  639. My ideal Bible would be difficult to make.

    I want a compact, single-column (ESV of course!) that also includes confessions, a good minister’s manual, and the Valley of Vision.

    The word, theology, devotion, and ministry all in one little package – that would be a dream come true.

    Dallas, Georgia

    Comment by John — October 21, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

  640. My ideal Bible is simply one that will survive the week-in and week-out use of pastoral ministry and preaching. I want one that I can underline and make small notes in and yet still not be so big and bulky as to make it uncomfortable and unpractical to carry around. I haven’t decided if I like my cross-references parallel to the text, in the middle, or below, though I think I am leaning toward below.

    Winterville, Georgia

    Comment by Greg Rentz — October 21, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

  641. My ideal bible:

    1. ESV Translation
    2. Single Column 10-11 font
    3. Wide margins–references in margin (like Clarion), footnotes with translation notes and variants.
    4. Paragraph format, black letter text with blue verse numbers (i have red-green color blindness, red and black not a good combo for me)
    5. 4 wide gold ribbon markers
    6. Hardcover, antique brown goatskin
    7. Maps printed on same paper as bible. No glossy card stock!!!
    8. Linen or cotton paper, slightly ivory–I don’t mind a thicker bible. It should feel nice when I turn the page.
    9. Red “Holy Bible” label on spine. Raised ridges on spine.
    10. Art gilt pages that are dull, not shiny.
    11. Lined pages for notes in the back.

    Comment by John Rhodes — October 21, 2013 @ 7:51 pm

  642. Hi Brad- I am looking for a bible very similar to what you’ve described (except for #9 & 10). Have you found anything like this…or close?

    Comment by Bonnie — June 10, 2014 @ 3:12 pm

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