This bible is the CSB version which I fell in love with earlier this year. This translation uses optimal equivalence which is a word for word translation but when that would be confusing or hard to read a more dynamic version is used. The end result being an accurate translation that is simplified and easy to read.
The Spurgeon Bible includes a biography as Spurgeon by Alistair Begg, 20 lost sermons scattered throughout the Bible as well as Spurgeon quotes and illustrations. It also includes book introductions and study notes. It is definitely a Bible to treasure for years to come.
Since the Word of God is the best reason for reading any Bible I want to share with you a familiar passage and the notes included with it.
THE GOOD SHEPHERD
The Lord is my shepherd; I have what I need.
He lets me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters.
He renews my life; he leads me along the right paths for His name’s sake.
Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger;
for you are with me; your rod and your staff – they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord as long as I live.
A sheep is one if the most unwise of creatures. It will go anywhere except in the right direction. It will leave a fat pasture to wander into a barren one. It will find many ways but not the right way. It would wander through a forest and find its way through ravines into the wolf’s jaws but never by its wariness turn away from the wolf. It could wander near his den, but it would not instinctively turn aside from the place of danger. It knows how to go astray, but it does not know how to come home again. Left to itself, it would not know in what pasture to feed in summer or where to retire in winter.
23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd; I have what I need.” No one can trust providence till he distrusts himself; and no one can say, “The Lord is my Shepherd,” until he has given up every idle notion that he can control himself or manage his own interests. Alas, we are, most of us, wise above what is written, and we are too vain to acknowledge the wisdom of God. In our self-esteem we imagine that our reason can rule our purposes, and we never doubt our own power to accomplish our own intentions. And then, by a little maneuvering, we think we can extricate ourselves from our difficulties.