Bible Translations

It is difficult to assess the number of languages in the world, partly because of the blurred lines between languages and dialects and partly because some may be spoken by only a few hundred people. The number is probably between six and seven thousand, and about half of these (the less-spoken languages) still have no part of the Scriptures.

Of the languages that account for the majority of the world’s population, 648 have the entire Bible a further 1,432 have the New Testament and an additional 1,145 have Scripture portions and selections. Work on Bible translation around the world is progressing faster than ever.