What does the Bible mean to you?

For thousands of years, the life-changing power of God’s Word has been transforming people’s hearts, influencing communities across generations — and changing the world in the process. No matter what shifting circumstances we may face, the Bible always offers hope and clarity.

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:11

YouVersion is excited to join with Wycliffe, American Bible Society, Camino Global and others as part of the #WhyBible movement. #WhyBible exists to encourage discussion about why the Bible matters, and to show that God’s inspired Word continues to be living, active, and relevant in our lives today — and that it will be for generations to come. Here’s what one YouVersion community member told us the Bible has meant to them:

œ“I decided to get the Bible App to listen to what God has to say about my struggles. Now that I’ve downloaded the app, my time on social media has decreased, and my time reading God’™s Word and experiencing His presence has increased. The Bible really changed my life for the better.

— Bible App user

What about you? What’s your story? How has God’s Word changed your life for the better? That’s what #WhyBible is all about.

Here’s how you can join in the #WhyBible movement:

  • Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, for special #WhyBible Verse Images that we’ll post on select days in September. (A Verse Image is a free, shareable piece of Bible art. You can also make your own Verse Images in the Bible App.)
  • On Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, share a Verse Image of a passage that has meant a lot to you. (Make sure you use the hashtag #WhyBible on any platform that allow hashtags.)
  • Text, email, or message a friend a link to download the Bible App.
  • Share your story.

    Let us know how the Bible App has affected your life. Has YouVersion helped you read, listen to, or understand the Bible more? In what way? We’d love to hear from you.

    To learn more about #WhyBible, and to see how others are participating around the world, visit why.bible.

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The Last Arrow

The Last Arrow
Erwin Raphael McManus and WaterBrook Multnomah, 5 days

In this devotional based on his book, Mosaic pastor and iconoclast Erwin McManus inspires you to begin pursuing your dreams now, to prepare yourself for opportunities in advance, and to pour everything you have into living your present life fully.

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School Meditations

School Meditations
Abide, 5 days

Listen to these short audio devotionals with your child each day before school, and draw closer to God together, as kids lead you through prayer and meditation on such topics as overcoming fear, the value of hard work, self-image at school, and more.

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Banning Liebscher and WaterBrook Multnomah, 21 days

Drawing on biblical examples from the life of David, these short devotionals from Banning Liebscher (founder and pastor of Jesus Culture) help you put down roots — through prayer, service and community — and then gradually spread them into the solid foundation of a strong, enduring faith.

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Called to Create

Called to Create
Jordan Raynor and Baker Books, 5 days

Featuring daily Bible readings and excerpts from his book, entrepreneur and best-selling author Jordan Raynor shares true stories about the lives of Casper ten Boom, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Arthur Guinness, showing how they used their gifts to glorify God, love others, and make disciples — and inspiring you to do the same.

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i am n

i am n
The Voice of the Martyrs and David C Cook, 7 days

Scripture readings and dramatic stories will inspire you daily to pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ, as excerpts from the book i am n give you a glimpse into the everyday lives of people all over the world who are being actively persecuted for their faith.

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Hidden Prophets of the Bible

Hidden Prophets of the Bible
Michael Williams, PhD, 4 days

Take a revealing journey with Bible translation and interpretation expert Michael Williams, Ph.D., as he shares significant messages about Jesus and the gospel from the books of Hosea through Obadiah (four of the Old Testament “Minor Prophets”).

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Marian Jordan Ellis, 4 days

Devotional thoughts drawn from the book will equip you with inspiration and practical tools that will help you “win life” — by standing strong in your faith, in your convictions, and in your trust in the God who never fails.

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Lead Like Jesus: 21 Days of Leadership

Lead Like Jesus: 21 Days of Leadership
Ken Blanchard and Lead Like Jesus, 21 days

Each day a short devotional, a passage of Scripture, and a prayer present you with immediately actionable, biblically-based principles that can help you develop into a more effective leader.

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Didn’t find what you were looking for?

Whether you call them Bible Plans, Reading Plans, or Devotionals, we offer Plans that cover a broad range of interests, including many in categories you may not have tried yet. Struggling with stress? Looking for wisdom for your relationships? Need a dose of hope or inspiration? Our Discover feature makes it easy and fun to find just the right Plan for the season of life you’re in!

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Now Your Children Can Experience the Bible App for Kids in Ukrainian!

Bible App for Kids

Today, together with our partner OneHope, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Bible App for Kids in Ukrainian. Now, more children than ever have the opportunity to enjoy a Bible experience all their own.

Switching between languages is easy, right in the app’s Settings:

  1. Make sure you’ve updated your app to the most current release.
  2. Open the app and tap the gear icon ) to open Settings.
  3. Tap Language and select the one you want.

The audio will now play in that language, and any text will appear in that language, too!

Please help us celebrate this great news!


About the Bible App for Kids

Developed in partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids is from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App. Designed to give children a delight-filled Bible experience all their own, the Bible App for Kids has already been installed on over 17 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 29 languages — now including Ukrainian!

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Announcing Streaks: Get the Bible habit you’ve always wanted


Oh, how I love your teachings!
I talk about them all the time.

Psalm 119:97

The Bible is God’s Word to us, the spiritual food that we need to live each day with love, wisdom, and purpose. That’s why today we’re thrilled to announce Streaks. We designed Streaks specifically to help you build your habit of connecting with God through His Word.

Streaks on Home View

The strongest habit starts small.

Whether you’re refreshing your existing Bible habit, or building a brand new one from scratch, consistency is key. Streaks show you how many days in a row you’ve opened the Bible App, right at the top of your Home feed.1

Streaks Milestone

Streaks help you take it one day at a time.

Streaks encourage you with push notifications: short, gentle reminders to connect that help you build momentum over time. And along the way, each time you reach a new milestone — such as engaging with God’s Word for 7 days in a row or beating your previous record — Streaks reward your accomplishments with special, mini-celebrations.

Current Streak

It’s just three simple steps:

  1. Update your app. (Now is good.)
  2. Connect today. (Just open the app.)
  3. Come back tomorrow. (Repeat Step 2.)

That’s it! Once you have our latest release, every day you open the Bible App, you’ll be building a Streak… which means you’ll be building your habit. Read or listen to Scripture. Enjoy today’s selection for one of your Bible Plans. Watch a Bible App Video, such as “What is the Bible?” or “Matthew 5:1-16” (the Sermon on the Mount) or “Bread of Life.” Find Friends in the Bible App and grow your Bible community.

Update Now

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1 Streaks require a network connection, and that you be signed in to your YouVersion account.

This is it: Your chance to be a part of Bible history.


For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” …But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him?

Romans 10:13-14

A few months ago, we introduced you to the #BibleForEveryone challenge,1 inviting you to join us in the historical move of God already underway: helping visionary ministries get God’s Word translated for the billion-plus people who still don’t have it. English speakers can select from 50 different versions in the Bible App, but did you know…?

Thousands of the world’s active languages still don’t even have a complete New Testament.

Some languages have portions of Scripture, maybe a chapter or two of the Bible, but many still have no Scripture at all. Translating the Bible into a new language used to require decades. But today, by collaborating on new processes, innovating with new technologies, and sharing resources, visionary Bible translation organizations have drastically reduced that cycle — in many cases to just a few years.

Now, the world is about to change.

Last year, Bible translators from around the globe set the shared goal of translating at least the New Testament for 99.9% of the world’s population by the year 2033. Just think about what that means. Consider one of the last things Jesus said to his disciples after his resurrection, just before he ascended into heaven:

“Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.…”

Mark 16:15

Don’t miss out.

If Bible translators reach their goal, not only will that command be possible, but it will be fulfilled within our lifetimes. What will happen when every person on earth has the same opportunity to experience the life-changing power of God’s Word that we already enjoy? Become a part of the Bible history taking place right now, and let’s find out!

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We’re in.

At YouVersion, we believe that with your help, we can see Bible translation accelerated even further. We’re already working closely with Bible translation partners to identify high-impact projects that translators could complete quickly with just a little more funding. Life.Church is in, too: committing to match up to $1 million of all contributions the worldwide YouVersion community makes toward Bible translation over the next four years.2

Are you in?

Thanks to the generosity of those who supported our first project, very soon, almost 75,000 people in Zambia will be enjoying the book of Acts in their native language…for the first time ever. Today, we’re announcing our next project:

Help the Kinga people of Tanzania complete their New Testament by the end of 2017.

About 140,000 Kinga people live in Tanzania. The Kinga are primarily subsistence farmers, growing potatoes, wheat, peas and maize. Many Kinga identify as Christian, and they enjoy reading and listening to Scripture in church and hearing it read on the radio. Unfortunately, although a Kinga translation of the New Testament was first printed in 1961, that version is no longer available. In addition, the Kinga language has changed so much since that publication that most Kinga people today would struggle to read it.

They’ve already started.

The Kinga are working now with Bible translation ministries to create their own complete, easy-to-read New Testament, expected to be ready before the end of this year. This modern version will be stored online, so it will always be available, now and to future generations, in smartphone, web, and print formats. You can help them finish:

Give Now

Let’s wipe out Bible poverty together.

In the coming months, we’ll continue sharing with you about the other projects for which we’ll be matching funds, and we’ll update you on each project’s progress. Get in now on this worldwide move of God. Pray and ask Him to continue accelerating the work of translating His Word into every language. Ask Him to prepare the hearts of those who will be hearing about Him for the first time. And give.

Then one day, you’ll have the great joy of standing before God’s throne and seeing some of the very people that your gift helped bring there:

After this I looked, and there in front of me was a multitude that no one could count, people from every tribe and every nation.

Revelation 7:9a


1 Refer to original blog post: “History is being made, right now. Be a part of it.”

2 All contributions received through the #BibleForEveryone campaign will be used exclusively for the purpose of Bible translation. Life.Church is contributing $1 million over the next four years. During calendar year 2017, Life.Church is contributing $250,000, spread across four different, high-impact translation projects. As each project is completed, any remaining funds are then applied toward the next translation project, as selected by YouVersion and its partners. (See original blog post for full details.)