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Contemporary English Version [CEV] Now Available Offline

Today we’re adding to the growing list of offline Bible versions with the Contemporary English Version of the Bible. Now, anyone can enjoy the CEV, even when they are out of network coverage. We’re excited for this addition to the offline lineup because it means the list is gaining a version that’s focused on cross-generational Bible engagement. The American Bible Society describes the CEV as being “easily read by grade schoolers” and marked by “uncompromising simplicity.”

This “uncompromising simplicity” also helps second-language English speakers read the Bible in English more easily. With our passion for reaching internationally with the Bible, that’s a highly valuable trait for a Bible version to have. Plus, with the popularity of offline Bible usage in other countries, the addition of the CEV to this list is a perfect match.

It’s only by the continued partnership with the American Bible Society that we’re able to make this Bible version available offline. So if you get the chance, leave a comment to let them know how thankful you are.

Good News Translation [GNT] Now Available Offline

Wow, the list of offline Bible versions for iPhone, iPad, and Android is growing fast! Today we’re announcing the addition of the Good News Translation to that list and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Also known as the Good News Bible, and formerly named Today’s English Version, the addition of the GNT to the growing list of offline Bible versions is, indeed, good news.

We appreciate the partnership of the American Bible Society in making this offer possible. Their commitment to the vision of increased Bible engagement around the world is helping YouVersion reach millions with God’s Word.

Have you had a chance to add any new offline Bible versions to your phone this week? If not, take a few minutes and grab one now. You’ll be glad you did the next time you’re without network coverage!

English Standard Version [ESV] Now Available Offline

After a week full of big news (like offline Bible versions on Android), we’re excited to announce that the ESV Bible is now available for offline download on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android devices!

The English Standard Version is a long-time favorite of YouVersion users and now you can read it anytime–whether you have a data connection or not. Grab your phone and download it!

Imagine the possibilities of having the ESV offline on your mobile device. Perhaps you’re on the subway or right in the middle of one of those cellular “dead zones.” You’ve been a fan of the ESV for ages and you love the way it digs out the meaning of the text, so when you get into a conversation with a friend about some saddening news article, you can pull out your phone, pull up an encouraging verse in the ESV, and share it with them right there.

We’re thankful to Crossway for allowing us to make the ESV available for offline download to our amazing community of users. Want to see why so many of you like the ESV? Learn more about it: http://www.esv.org/

Holman Christian Standard Bible [HCSB] Now Available Offline for iPhone/iPad and Android

One of the most popular English versions of the Bible is available for offline download right now! We’re excited to announce that you can add the Holman Christian Standard Bible to your offline translations in the Bible App until January 31, 2011. That means that you can have access to the HCSB even if your phone isn’t connected to the Internet or your data provider.

A huge thanks goes out to the generous folks at Broadman & Holman for making this possible. We appreciate their partnership and generosity in providing offline access to Scripture through the addition of the HCSB, allowing even more people to spend time in God’s Word no matter where they are. You can learn more about HCSB at HCSB.org and see the new HCSB Study Bible at MyStudyBible.com.

Don’t wait, download it now and you’ll have the HCSB in the palm of your hands, even when you’re outside of your network coverage or in airplane mode. Need a refresher on downloading an offline version? It’s easy.

How to Download the HCSB

For iPhone or iPod Touch, go to More, then Settings, then Offline Translations. You’ll see a long list with HCSB among the English versions. Select the HCSB and tap Download.

For iPad, tap the Settings icon in the top bar, then tap Offline Translations. You’ll see a long list with HCSB among the English versions. Select the HCSB and tap Download.

For Android, tap the top bar when in the Bible reader, then tap the top right box with the version shortcode. This will show you a list of all Bible versions. Scroll down to the HCSB and tap the download icon on the right edge.

Bible21: Nejnovější český překlad Bible

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Jsme velmi nadšeni z rostoucí nabídky překladů Bible na YouVersion, a náš nejnovější přírůstek, Bible21, přináší skvělé možnosti pro česky mluvící komunitu.

Nárůst světového čtení Bible
Zatímco český překlad Bible už je na YouVersion dostupný už delší dobu, chtěli jsme do naší nabídky přidat moderní překlad. Bible21 je přesně tím – umožňuje snadné čtení Písma. Toto je součást našeho neustálého úsilí poskytovat nejlepší a nejaktuálnější překlady Bible ve všech jazycích na světě.

Kde málokdo zná Krista
Naše partnerství s Biblionem, který nám dodává překlad Bible21, oslovuje Českou republiku, kde většina populace je ateistická. Tento článek z roku 2006 dobře vystihuje současnou náboženskou situaci v srdci Evropy.

Naší čeští přátelé mohou začít číst překlad Bible21 na YouVersion.com a na jejich mobilních zařízeních už dnes.

Bible21: The Newest Czech Bible Translation

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We’re pretty excited about the growing list of Bible translations available on YouVersion, and the latest brings a great option for the Czech-speaking community: Bible21.

An Increase in International Engagement with the Bible
While a Czech translation of the Bible has been available on YouVersion for some time, we’ve wanted to offer an updated translation in the Czech common language. Bible21 is exactly that, and helps make Scripture more accessible. It’s part of our continuing effort to provide the best, most up-to-date Bible translations in every language on earth.

Where Few Know Christ
Our partnership with Biblion to provide the Bible21 translation reaches out to the Czech Republic, a nation with a largely atheist population. This article from 2006 does an excellent job of explaining the current religious temperature in the heart of Europe.

Our Czech friends can start reading the Bible21 translation on YouVersion.com or in your Bible app today.

Thank You Early-Adopter Organizations!

Introducing Norsk Bibel 88/07: A New Norwegian Bible Translation

We’re excited to announce the recent addition of the Norsk Bibel 88/07 to the growing list of YouVersion Bible translations. The Norsk Bibel 88/07 is an extremely popular Norwegian translation of the Bible and we’re thankful to the Norsk Bibel AS for their generosity in providing this translation to the Norwegian speaking members of the YouVersion community around the world.

What makes this announcement even more exciting is that it comes right on the heels of the completion of the localization of the YouVersion.com interface into the Norwegian language. We’ve been able to accomplish this push to reach the Norwegian speaking community with the help of Norea Mediemisjon, who was instrumental in translating the web interface and also helped solidify the relationship with Norsk Bibel AS.

We hope our Norwegian speaking friends will enjoy this new addition! Keep an eye out for further developments as we work towards enabling people around the world to engage the Bible their native language.

Lifeway & YouVersion Partner to Help Thousands of Churches

From Bible publishers to foreign media organizations, many first-rate organizations have teamed up with YouVersion as we work together to help millions engage with the Bible in new ways. We’re pleased to announce another strategic partnership, as YouVersion becomes a part of Lifeway’s Digital Church initiative.

Digital Church is a collection of web-based services endorsed by LifeWay Christian Resources to help churches and ministries to become more efficient and effective growing their church and the Kingdom. By recommending trusted solutions, LifeWay allows churches to focus on leveraging technology for ministry.

We’re honored to be included in LifeWay’s Digital Church initiative and look forward to equipping even more churches with the innovative Scripture engagement tools offered by YouVersion. In addition to YouVesion’s online and mobile Bible, churches can take advantage of YouVersion Live for mobile interaction during events like church services, youth events, and more.

We’re excited about this partnership and the great relationship between YouVersion and Lifeway. We know that God will use this connection for great things in His Kingdom.

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