Latest Bible translation statistics

We believe that God speaks directly to every man, woman and child through the Bible.

But unless people have the Bible in the language they understand best, they cannot read his message of life, hope and salvation. Millions of people still don't have a single verse of Scripture.

Let's take a closer look at the needs.

How many people have access to Scripture in their first language?

*October 2018 Statistics

The full Bible is now available in 683 different languages, giving over 5,714 million people access to Scripture in the language they understand best. The New Testament is available in another 1,534 languages, reaching another 699 million people. Selections and stories are available in a further 1,133 other languages, spoken by 424 million people.

How many languages still need translation?

In addition to over 2,659 active projects worldwide, work may need to be done in a further 2,163 languages.

How many people have no Scripture?

There are an estimated 250 million people without access to any Scripture in the language that speaks to them best and may need some form of Bible translation to begin. At least 1.5 billion people are without the full Bible in their first language.

What is the potential impact of work that's underway?

There is known active translation and/or linguistic development happening in 2,659 languages worldwide. Staff from Wycliffe Global Alliance are currently involved in at least 2,139 of these programmes.

‘If it were necessary to find a single turning point symbolising the movement of Christianity from the North to the South, a good candidate might be the founding of Wycliffe Bible Translators... This organisation has been the most visible promoter of Bible translation in the twentieth century. The translation of the Scriptures, in turn, may be the most enduringly significant feature of the global expansion of Christianity...’
(Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity, Mark A. Noll, Baker Academic, 2000)

Source: These figures are compiled within the Wycliffe Global Alliance.