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The Worldwide Status of Bible Translation (2013)


...the number of languages spoken in the world today.


...the number of languages without any of the Bible, but with a possible need of a Bible translation to begin.


...the total number of current translation programs around the world*, on behalf of 1.9 billion people.


...the number of those current translation programs that are being facilitated by Wycliffe, SIL, or other partner organizations.


...the number of language groups that have access to the New Testament in their heart language, representing 598 million people.


...the number of language groups that have access to the entire Bible in the language they understand best.


...the number of languages that have some portions of Scripture available in their language (one or more books)

Over 7 billion people

...the population of the world.

180 million

...the number of people who speak the more than 1,900 languages where translation projects have not yet begun.

Although Bible translation is progressing at a more rapid rate today than ever before, an overwhelming amount of work is yet to be done.

*Wycliffe and its partners are involved in 79% of the current translation projects

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