Women with copies of the first Epie New Testament at its launch in Bayelsa State in southern Nigeria. Photo credit: Benjamin Mordi

As Covid raged, Bible Society translated scriptures for 707 million people

Despite the disruption caused by the pandemic, Bible Societies around the world completed translations of Scripture into 66 languages used by 707 million people in 2020.

This amazing feat was accomplished thanks to the kind giving of Bible Society supporters the world over.

Six language groups received the full Bible for the very first time – five in Africa and the other in the USA, where the Deaf community celebrated the completion of the American Sign Language Bible. 

Juliet Clarkson, who received an Epie New Testament in Nigeria, said, ‘It will make evangelism easier. When we go out to preach to people, they do not understand the English Bible, but now we will be reading the Bible and preaching in the Epie language. The pastor does not need any interpreter any more since he will preach in the language of the people, using the Bible in our language.’

Last August, we reported that the number of languages with the full Bible had topped 700 for the first time.  Now we can reveal that at the start of 2021, the full Bible was available in 704 languages used by 5.7 billion people. More than 70 per cent of these full Bible translations have been provided by Bible Societies.


The generosity of Bible Society supporters is now enabling us to press ahead with a further eight Bible translations in Africa that could bring God’s word to more than six million people.

These people live in mostly rural communities and they do not have the Bible in their own language. They are people often overlooked and on the margins. Many of them faithfully follow Jesus, and long to know him more by being able to read God’s word in their mother tongue.

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