Just over 5.7 billion people around the world – that’s around 80% of the world’s population – now have access to a full Bible in their own language!
Of the 7000+ languages spoken around the world, 700 now have a full Bible in their language.
The landmark milestone was reached in August 2020 and was reported by progress.Bible, which compiles data from Bible translation agencies across the world, including United Bible Societies. And it is Bible Societies around the world who have provided around three quarters of those 700 full Bible translations!
“It is so encouraging to see 700 languages with the full Bible. This is the fruit of generations of sacrifice and generosity. Each Bible translation takes years of hard work and dedication. We give thanks to God for the men and women who have spent so much of their lives bringing God’s Word to their communities and for those who have supported and prayed for that work.”
In fact, in the past five years alone, the United Bible Societies has completed first translations of the full Bible in 50 languages, meaning that over 57 million more people can access the entirety of God’s Word in their mother tongue.
Translation progress is picking up speed – God’s Word is spreading faster than ever!
So what has been the cause of this increase in rate of translations being completed?
However, there is still much work ahead: 1.5 billion people still do not have access to the full Bible in their language. Over the next two decades, our vision at United Bible Societies is to complete 1,200 translations, which will make Scripture accessible to 600 million people.
Moreover, in a year like no other, it is comforting to turn to Gods Word. Our latest appeal is raising vital funds to keep Bible ministry alive and Bible Societies open around the world. Will you help?