Every person who wants to know what the Bible says should be able to find out.

But they can’t. At least, not yet…

If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you already have the Bible in your language. (We hope so.) You may even have several versions to choose from. But have you ever wondered what your life might be like without the Bible? Think about how God’s Word speaks to you when you read it. What if the Bible were available in your language… but you couldn’t see? Or you didn’t know how to read? It’s estimated that 285 million people worldwide are visually impaired,1 and that 775 million adults (~17%) cannot read or write.2 How will they discover all that God wants to say to them through His Word?

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Bible societies are bringing God’s
Word to everyone. You can help.

In just the last three months, generous Bible society partners have introduced 25 new audio versions to the Bible App, offering new opportunities to connect with the Bible, for people who may never have had it before. Half of the world’s population now has a mobile subscription (up from just one in five 10 years ago).3 Anywhere a mobile device can go, God’s Word can be there. This freedom changes lives:

“I am totally blind. The Bible App is invaluable! I can read the Bible anywhere, anytime. Now I can truly study the Bible. As my husband has some difficulty with reading, this app is also invaluable to him!”
—Bible App User from Australia

As liberating as audio Bibles are, they’re just a small part of all that Bible societies are doing to change the world. During that same three months, they introduced 23 new Bible texts to the Bible App. Together, these contributions represent 38 new languages! (The full list is below.)

The day is coming when every person on earth will have the opportunity to experience God’s Word, because passionate people have dedicated their lives to bringing this vision to life. Of the 7,000 languages in active use today, the complete Bible has been translated into 550, and the New Testament into 1,300.4  While many language groups remain to be done, Bible societies are translating for the largest groups first. In addition, easier travel and new communication technologies have exponentially increased their capacity.

Don’t miss your chance to take
part in what God is doing in the world.

Your contribution to bringing God’s Word to Myanmar could transform a child’s life:


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(That’s thanaka on her face, a traditional cosmetic paste made from tree bark.5)

In Southeast Asia, where this girl lives, more than 32 million people speak Myanmar (Burmese), mostly within their country’s borders. Still classified as “unreached” by the Gospel, most of Myanmar’s population is Buddhist. Although some projections estimate that as much as 9% of Myanmar’s people might be Christians, it’s difficult to know for certain.6 People who profess any religion other than Buddhism are socially ostracized, and often violently persecuted. For these reasons, most Christ followers in Myanmar keep their faith secret.7

But their story is just beginning. In recent elections, the people of Myanmar united to overthrow years of government corruption and violence. Now mobile service providers are introducing technology there designed to advance health care, and even to help people conduct financial transactions.8 When these positive changes began sweeping across the nation, Global Bible Initiative was ready, bringing their New Testament Myanmar Standard Bible to Myanmar’s Bible App users. Now, thanks to their work, even if Christians in Myanmar can’t share their faith openly—yet—they can still remain connected to God’s Word.


Aided by new technologies, Bible societies now have the chance to bring God’s Word to every person in the world, no matter where they live, what language they speak—or even what physical challenges they face. An opportunity like this has never existed before in human history. And we get to be here. You get to be here. You were made for such a time as this.

Now that you know,
what will you do?

Join us. Click below and learn what our Bible society partners are doing. Find one whose vision inspires you—and commit to support them. All of creation is waiting in eager expectation to see what we will do.9

American Bible Society American Bible Society
Wycliffe Wycliffe
Global Bible Initiative Global Bible Initiative
Biblica Biblica
Viorel Silion Viorel Silion
Bulgarian Bible Society (BBS at UBS.org) Bulgarian Bible Society (BBS at UBS.org)
Bible Society in Guinea-Conakry Bible Society in Guinea-Conakry
The Bible Society of Ghana (BSG at UBS.org) The Bible Society of Ghana (BSG at UBS.org)
Messianic Jewish Publishers and Resources Messianic Jewish Publishers and Resources
United Bible Societies United Bible Societies


Newest Audio Bibles

The New Testament in Akoose:
Melɛ̌ Mékɔ̄ɔ̄lē
The New Testament in Teso:
Ebaibuli 1961
The New Testament in Awa-Cuaiquer (Ecuador):
Masas Pit Jesucristowa
The New Testament in Awa (Papua New Guinea):
Manikáne O Ehwehne
Today’s New Testament in Balinese:
Today’s Bali Bible
Genesis and the New Testament in Bambam
Today’s New Testament in Batak Karo:
Today’s Batak Karo Bible
Biblia Aymara, Qullan Arunaca:
Central Aymara
The New Testament in Buamu:
Dónbeenì Páaníi Fĩnle Vũahṹ
The New Testament in Galibi Carib:
Asery Tamusi Karetary
The New Testament in Chipaya:
Nuevo Testamento Chipaya
The New Testament in Chiquitano:
Chiquitano New Testament
The New Testament in Denya:
Ŋwɛ Menomenyɛɛ́ Mekɛ́
The New Testament in Ignaciano: New Testament
The New Testament in Ixil (San Juan Cotzal):
Viakʼla Txumbʼal u Tioxh
The New Testament in Jacalteco (Eastern) Popti’:
Nuevo Testamento yin̈ Abxubal
The Revised New Testament in Javanese (Indonesian, formal):
Javanese Bible
The New Testament in Lango (Uganda):
Baibul 1979
The New Testament in Mopán Maya:
Le’ec Ada’ U T’an a Dios a Tumulbene
Today’s New Testament in Nias:
Nias Bible
The New Testament in Quechua (North Bolivian):
Quechua Norte New Testament
The New Testament in Tamang (Eastern):
परमेश्वरला बचन छार कबुल
The New Testament in Tamasheq:
New Testament
The New Testament in Teribe:
Sbö Tjl̈õkwo
The New Testament in Tol:
Dios Tjevele Jupj ‘Üsüs La Qjuisiji Jesucristo Mpes

Newest Versions and Languages

The New Testament in Adioukrou
Asante Twi Bible with Deutero-Canons
Biblia în Versiune Actualizată 2015
Bulgarian Protestant Bible (Revised)
The Complete Jewish Bible (in English)
The Bible in Pennsylvania German
The Bible in Keley-i Kalaha
The New Testament in Komba
The New Testament in Kulina
The New Testament in Kwamera
The Bible in Guinea Kpèlèè
The Bible in Guinea Kpèlèè (DC)
The New Testament in Ladakhi
Matthew, Mark, and Acts in Saliba
Myanmar Standard Bible in Myanmar (Burmese)
Myanmar Standard Bible (Zawgyi) in Myanmar (Burmese)
Portions of the New Testament in Nali
Portions of the New Testament in Nek (Papua New Guinea)
Psalms, Proverbs, and the New Testament in Middle Newar
ses Bible in Songhai de Gao in Koyraboro Senni Songhai
Tagalog Contemporary Bible (Filipino)
The New Testament in Islander Creole (English)
World English Bible British Edition (British English)


Sources:

  1. Visual Impairment and Blindness,” World Health Organization.
  2. Statistics on Literacy,” UNESCO.
  3. Report: GSMA Mobile Economy 2015, Groupe Spéciale Mobile Association.
  4. Why Bible Translation?,” Wycliffe.
  5. Thanaka,” Wikipedia.
  6. Country: Myanmar (Burma),” Joshua Project.
  7. #23 on the World Watch List (of persecuted Christians),” Open Door.
  8. 2.3.1 Mobile Money, [mHealth, and 2.4.1 Connected Women,” GSMA Mobile Economy 2015.
  9. Romans 8:19.

The Bible App for Kids Is Now Available in Traditional Chinese!

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Now for the first time ever, your children can experience the Bible App for Kids in Traditional Chinese! Together with our partner OneHope, we want as many kids as possible to have the opportunity to fall in love with God’s Word in their own heart language. The Bible App for Kids is also available in Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and most recently Turkish.

And, did you know that the Bible App for Kids lets you switch between languages directly inside the app? To get this great feature, just update your Bible App for Kids to the most current version. After you’ve run the update, look under Settings for “Language,” then select from any of fifteen languages. The audio will play in that language, and any text will appear in that language, too!

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About the Bible App for Kids

The Bible App for Kids is the newest app from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App, designed to give children a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. Developed in partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids has already been installed on more than 10 million Apple, Android, and Kindle devices, and it’s always completely free. Kids from all over the world are now enjoying the Bible App for Kids — in Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and now Traditional Chinese!

Get it now

Major Milestone: 50 Million Plans Completed

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Congratulations. You’ve just completed 50 Million Bible Plans.

Not by yourself, of course. But if you’ve completed even one Reading Plan or Devotional in the Bible App, then you’ve contributed to this milestone. More than that, you’re a part of something much bigger: a worldwide movement of people actively seeking God through His Word.

Plans are the most popular Bible App feature. Millions of times every day, people just like you count on Plans to help them make engaging with Scripture a daily priority.

And, thanks to generous content partners, we’re constantly adding new Plans, each one developed to help you explore the Bible from different perspectives, experience it in new ways, and meditate on how its words should shape your life. Here are several that we’d recommend:

Who is this Man?
John Ortberg, 7 days

Adapted from John Ortberg’s bestselling book, this week’s worth of devotions focuses on the person and character of Jesus, and on his impact on the world — and on us.

Mornings with Jesus 2016: 7-Day Devotional
Guideposts, 7 days

Developed to help you draw closer to Jesus, Guideposts compiled this series of devotions from women authors who seek to bring you daily hope, direction, and practical biblical application.

Trusting God’s Process
Brittany Rust, 5 days

Blogger and speaker Brittany Rust helps you find strength and renewal by learning to trust the things that God is doing in your life, even when you face unforeseen circumstances and difficult seasons.

Through devotionals, Scripture, and prayer, discover the biblical perspective and foundations for what work is, what it should mean to us, and how we can honor God with our work.

No Fear: Standing Firm in Your Faith
Tony Perkins, 5 days

Speaker and syndicated radio host Tony Perkins inspires you to live more boldly, sharing stories of both biblical and modern-day heroes, ordinary individuals who chose to fear God rather than people.

Waiting Well
Cheri Strange, 3 days

Through short video devotionals, author and speaker Cheri Strange reveals a biblical strategy that will help you avoid emotional fits of impatience and doubt, even when you have to wait for God’s timing.

Find Your Next Plan

Get the Bible in the Languages of Nigeria

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Thanks to the generosity of visionary Bible society and translation partners, YouVersion is pleased to offer several Bibles in the languages of Nigeria, all available through the Bible App. Just tap any of the buttons below to select a Bible in that language:

Yoruba:
Bíbélì Mímọ́
 

Hausa:
Littafi Mai Tsarki
 

Igbo:
Bible Nso
 

Fulfulde:
Alkawal Kesal Nder Fulfulde Caka Naajeeriya


And, don’t forget to share this Good News with your friends:

 

 


About the Bible App

The Bible App has been installed on more than 220 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,200 Bible versions, in more than 900 languages. And it’s always completely free.

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Featured Plans: Max Lucado, Tony Evans, Casting Crowns, Elevation Worship, and More

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Through daily excerpts from his new book, bestselling author Dr. Tony Evans helps you get to know God — his nature, his character, and his goodness — as you explore some of the many names he has in Scripture.

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In this devotional from Casting Crowns, the GRAMMY- and Dove-Award-winning artists walk you through the biblical meaning and practical application of songs from their new album, A Live Worship Experience.

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From Elevation Church, based out of Charlotte, NC, musicians and church leaders from Elevation Worship share lyrics from seven songs on their latest release, Here as in Heaven, along with the Bible passages that inspired them and how God’s Word can influence our lives.

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Pastor and author Dave Willis shares the “7 Laws of Love” found in Scripture and offers practical advice on how you can put love into action to bring health and healing to your relationships.

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Author Megan Shook Alpha helps you see through the changing whims of what society tells us is beautiful, leading you to a genuine understanding of authentic beauty — and how you can experience it for yourself.

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Pastor and author Max Lucado helps you face each new day with courage and faith, inspiring you with daily reminders that God is with you, and that with him he brings comfort, encouragement, and grace sufficient for the day.

Find Your Next Plan

He is risen!

He is not here;
he has risen, just as he said.
Come and see the place where he lay.

Matthew 28:6 NIV

Today is the day! It’s finally here, Easter Sunday, the day that followers of Christ all over the world celebrate His resurrection. The Son of God who walked among us as a Son of Man was dead, but now He is alive again! The Bible says that Jesus made us holy by sacrificing Himself: one sacrifice for all time (Hebrews 10:5–14).

Celebrate with us!

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Please join us in celebration, and help us spread the Good News: He is risen! Just click on the image above to share it now with your friends.

Introducing Events, the Newest Feature in the Bible App

If you’ve ever used the “Live” tab in the Bible App, then you’ll love the all-new feature we’re introducing today that replaces it. It’s called Events. Here’s what Events will do for you:

Discover

Don’t miss a thing.

The Discover tab helps you find services happening at your church, as well as other special events taking place nearby.

 

Follow-Along

Keep up with the action.

As you attend an Event, you’ll be able to follow along with its main points, Bible references, and more… all from inside the Bible App!

 

Notes

Capture the moment.

When God’s Word begins speaking to you through a message, take notes in your own copy of that Event, saved and synced to your free YouVersion account.

 

Share

Get the Word out.

Share the what, where, and when about an Event to invite your friends to it. Share portions of an Event you’re attending—key points, Bible verses, artwork, and more—to your social networks. Even export the entire contents of an Event, with or without your notes, to apps like Evernote or to your email.

 

Saved-Events

Take church with you.

Save an Event to your YouVersion account (including your notes) so you can study it more deeply later and still have the context. Revisit all your favorite Events whenever you want on your Saved Events tab.

 

Plans

Get it all.

Discover Bible Reading Plans and Devotionals that can help you go further with the messages that resonate with you. Start a new Plan, or save it for later… all from inside an Event.

 


What if my church isn’t using Events?

YouVersion Events is an all-new service, so it’s likely that the leadership at your church hasn’t heard about it yet. Just as with YouVersion Live, Events is a completely free service that we’re happy to provide to churches. If you’d like your church to use Events, click below to let your church leadership know about it.

Tell Your Church About Events
 


How do I get Events?

Events is a free feature in the Bible App. Events is all-new, so you need to make sure that you have the Bible App on your Apple or Android device updated to the latest version.

Update Now
 


Tell your friends about Events!

We hope that you’re connecting with the Bible every day, and that you’re involved in a local church. If you’re actively engaged in biblical community, then you already know how much those relationships can help transform your life. Help other people discover those same connections. Join us in spreading the Word:

 

 


Events: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Events?

Events is a completely free feature inside the YouVersion Bible App that helps you easily connect with church events that you’re attending. Events can also help you discover other church and special events happening nearby. If your church isn’t using Events yet, you can direct your church leadership to bible.com/features/events, where they can sign up for a free YouVersion account to begin creating their own Events. Our free administrative tools for Events make it easy for your church to share key message points, Bible references, artwork, external links, important church news, and more.

 

I don’t see Events in my Bible App. Where is it?

iOS: Events is under the More view (…) on your toolbar, after Videos. Android: Events is in the main menu, under Videos (tap the menu icon at the top left corner). If you don’t see Events, but you see a “Live” tab, then you are running an older version of the Bible App. Please update your Bible App to the latest version by visiting http://bible.com/app.

 

Do I have to update my Bible App to get Events?

Yes. Because Events is an all-new feature, you must update the Bible App to get it. (We recommend that you configure your device to receive automatic updates.)

 

Do I have to have a YouVersion account to use Events?

You can search for and view Events without a YouVersion account. But, if you would like to take notes or save an Event, you must have a YouVersion account. Signing up is simple, and YouVersion accounts are completely free. A YouVersion account gives you access to all of the most powerful features of the Bible App — Bible Plans, Verse Images, Highlights, Notes, and more — synced across all your devices. Visit bible.com/sign-up to get your free account now.

 

Does it cost anything to use Events?

No. The Bible App has always been free, and it always will be. Although Events is an all-new service, it’s an integral part of the Bible App.

 

How can I find an Event?

The Bible App needs access to location services on your device to find Events near you. If you’re looking for a specific Event and you know what it’s called, you can search using part of its title.

 

Do I have to attend an Event to see it in the app?

No. If you know an Event’s title or its location, you can search for it that way. But, the purpose of our Events feature is to help you engage more with Events that you attend.

 

Can I see Events that have already ended?

Yes, if you have saved the Event, or if you have a direct link to it. However, once an event has ended, it will no longer appear in Events search.

Got Plans for Easter?

Find your Easter inspiration.

With Easter just two weeks away, today is a great day to start turning more of your time and attention to the Bible. One of the best ways we know to do that is with Reading Plans and Devotionals in the Bible App. Each day, Bible Plans present you with a brief passage, helping you meditate on God’s Word throughout your day.


Recommended Plans

Our Daily Bread: A New Life Easter Edition

This special series of select Easter devotionals will help you understand God’s love for you with encouragement, comfort, and peace from the Scriptures.

“It is Finished” Was Just the Beginning

Walk through the events of Jesus’ final week on earth, tying the prophecies he fulfilled with the fruit that his life produced for the early church — and for us.

Love to the Uttermost: Holy Week with John Piper

Featuring excerpts from the ministry of pastor and author John Piper, this daily devotional will keep you connected to God’s Word from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.

7 Words from the Cross

As Jesus hung in our place on the cross, the final things he said not only fulfilled the Scriptures that testified about him, his words also revealed his great love for us.

7 Words from the Cross

Drawn from her book, 40 Days of Decrease, Alicia Britt Chole shares how Jesus calls us to abandon the world’s illusions, embrace his kingdom’s reality, and journey toward the cross.

7 Words from the Cross

Drawn from her book, 40 Days of Decrease, Alicia Britt Chole shares how Jesus calls us to abandon the world’s illusions, embrace his kingdom’s reality, and journey toward the cross.

See More Easter Plans


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Watch Easter Videos: Now playing in the Bible App

Bible App Videos help bring the Scriptures to life. And in a special Easter video collection available now, you can see the powerful story of Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection unfold with featured content from LightWorkers Media (A.D., Son of God), Jesus Film Media (The JESUS Film Project®) and The Lumo Project.

Watch Now

Featured Plans: Bob Goff, Kyle Idleman, Perry Noble, Levi Lusko, and more…

Find Your Next Plan

Announcing the Winners from 21-Day Challenge 2016

On February 1, we invited you to join us for this year’s 21-Day Challenge. Users who completed the day’s selections from at least one Bible Plan each day from February 1 through February 21 were entered into a random drawing for our grand prize, a YouVersion Prize Pack including an Amazon Fire tablet! The results are in, and the lucky winner is:

Banji A.

Congratulations, Banji!

(Don’t forget to install the Bible App on your new Fire tablet!) 😉
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Throughout the Challenge, many registered users who tweeted which Plan they were reading with the hashtag #BibleFor21 also won prizes*. Here they are:

Cara P., T-Shirt
Chad J., T-Shirt
Samantha B., Kindle Fire
Ryan C., YouVersion Prize Pack
Jackie E., Kindle Fire
Chynna B., YouVersion Prize Pack
Aaron J., YouVersion Prize Pack
Melissa M., YouVersion Prize Pack
Tim P., YouVersion Prize Pack
Suzanne P., Kindle Fire

Of course, the 21-Day Challenge isn’t about prizes; it’s about spending time every day in God’s Word. So to everyone who completed the 21-Day Challenge this year: way to go! If your special 21-Day Challenge badge hasn’t already appeared on your YouVersion profile, you should see it sometime within the next week.

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Keep your momentum going!

We hope your time in God’s Word during these last three weeks has drawn you closer to Him. And we hope each day helped you get your daily Bible reading habit going. Our statistics from past Challenges are clear: once you establish a daily habit for several weeks, that momentum can carry you forward on a streak of consistent time in the Bible.

And with hundreds of Bible Plans in several languages, your next new favorite Plan is just a couple of clicks away:

 

Find Your Next Plan


* Weekly winners will be contacted through the social media channel where you posted. The grand-prize winner will be contacted through the email address associated with your YouVersion profile. Winners can expect to receive their prizes within the next few weeks. Refer to our original post for full contest rules.


 

About the Bible App

The Bible App has been installed on more than 210 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,200 Bible versions, in more than 900 languages. And it’s always completely free.

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