Language barriers still prevent hundreds of millions of people from reading the Bible, a translative authority said this week, with 252 million individuals lacking access to any Christian scripture simply because none of it has been translated into a dialect they can understand.
Wycliffe Bible Translators said in a press release that there remain 3,969 languages “with not even a single verse” of the Bible translated. This is the case even though the number of languages in which the Bible is translated has doubled since 1996, according to one Wycliffe official. He said that Bible translation “requires dedicated, long-term effort” and can often take many years.
In addition to the 252 million without access to any Christian scripture, 1.5 billion people do not have access to a Bible in their preferred language, according to the group. There are currently more than 2,600 active efforts at translating the Bible into new languages.