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Since God first chose men and inspired them to write down His words, the message of the Bible has spread to many places in the world. Much good work has already been done in many languages, but there is still much work to be done. Could you imagine growing up or living in a land with no Bible? How would you learn about God? How would you learn the correct answers to the most important questions in life, like why am I here? Why is there death and suffering in the world? And what will happen to me after I die? In each land and culture in the world, people attempt to answer these questions, but if they don’t have the Bible available to them, then they come up many false answers. Some people believe that they just die and there is no afterlife. Others believe they re-incarnate into some other person or creature. Others believe the dead become evil spirits that hurt other people.
There are many many different beliefs out there in the world, but only one Truth. That Truth is found in the Bible alone, which is why it is so important to translate the Bible for all people. A clear translation of the Bible will communicate God’s message to people anywhere in the world, and in any language! The message of the Bible is a message of hope and everlasting life in paradise with one’s Creator and Savior, and that is a message all men need to hear!
Now translating the Bible is a big job that takes many years to finish. I have been translating for about five years, and I have another three or four years to go (Lord willing, of course!) until I finish the New Testament. There are many steps to doing a good translation, and it involves a whole team of workers. For our team, that means we need a main translator, a co-translator, and coworkers in the native language.
The main translator must be fluent in the language, and he must have a very good understanding of the grammar and discourse patterns of the target language. He then must take the meaning of the passages in the Bible and transfer those to the target language.
Here are the 10 steps that I take to translate every verse of the Bible.
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