The ESV Bible Blog has a “scoop” of which Crossway seems proud:
A few people have asked what happens to the damaged books and Bibles we have in our warehouse. Answer: We typically give them away to ministries who use them for evangelism. Donations help support this ministry.
(I have removed the link under “Donations” which goes straight to a page asking for money.)
So, it seems, Crossway considers it praiseworthy and a matter of self-congratulation to promote the use of damaged Bibles in evangelism, presumably for giving to non-Christians, whereas their perfect products are sold mainly to Christians. Isn’t there something back to front here? Shouldn’t we be showing our love for the world by giving our better Bibles to outsiders? After all, God did not send damaged stock to the world, but his own perfect, sinless and spotless Son.
My own suggestion would be to sell the damaged stock at reduced prices to poor Christians, and use the proceeds to fund giving undamaged Bibles to non-Christians. Also I would not give ESV to non-Christians because it is clearly not a suitable translation for those not used to church language – but I hardly expect Crossway to agree with me on that point.
I would have commented about this on the ESV blog itself, but as usual their comments are closed, so I have to use a more public forum.