Bible Translation Quotes

What others have said about Bible Translations:

  • Original [1611] King James Preface

    It is necessary to have translations in a readiness...We desire that the Scripture may speak like itself, as in the language of Canaan, that it may be understood even of the very vulgar.

    - Original [1611] King James Preface
  • Original [1611] King James Preface

    Translation it is that openeth the window, to let in the light; that breaketh the shell, that we may eat the kernel; that putteth aside the curtain, that we may look into the most Holy place; that removeth the cover of the well, that we may come by the water.

    - Original [1611] King James Preface
  • Charles H. Spurgeon

    God’s original is that which we accept as infallible; but yet there are translations which are evidently accurate, for the Lord’s own Spirit has made them unutterably dear to his saints.

    - Charles H. Spurgeon
  • Original [1611] King James Preface

    Blessed be they, and most honoured be their name, that break the ice, and giveth onset upon that which helpeth forward to the saving of souls. What can be more available than to deliver God’s book unto God’s people in a tongue which they understand?

    - Original [1611] King James Preface
  • Original [1611] King James Preface

    No cause therefore why the word translated should be denied to be the word, or forbidden to be current, notwithstanding that some imperfections and blemishes may be noted in the setting forth of it.

    - Original [1611] King James Preface
  • C. S. Lewis

    The truth is that if we are to have translation at all we must have periodical re-translation. There is no such thing as translating a book into another language once and for all, for a language is a changing thing. We ought therefore to welcome all new translations

    - C. S. Lewis
  • Original [1611] King James Preface

    They that are wise, had rather have their judgments at liberty in differences of readings, than to be captivated to one, when it may be the other.

    - Original [1611] King James Preface
  • Original [1611] King James Preface

    If we will not be superstitious, may use the same liberty in our English versions out of Hebrew and Greek, for that copy or store that he hath given us.

    - Original [1611] King James Preface
  • A. W. Tozer

    The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.

    - A. W. Tozer
  • Original [1611] King James Preface

    We affirm and avow, that the very meanest translation of the Bible in English, set forth by men of our profession...containeth the Word of God, nay, is the Word of God...No cause therefore why the Word translated should be denied to be the Word.

    - Original [1611] King James Preface
  • Original [1611] King James Preface

    He removeth the scales from our eyes, the vail from our hearts, opening our wits that we may understand his word, enlarging our hearts, yea correcting our affections, that we may love it to the end.

    - Original [1611] King James Preface
  • R. A. Torrey

    By the Bible I do not mean any particular English version of the Scriptures - the Authorized Version, Revised, or any other version - but the Scriptures as originally given. All versions are a substantially accurate rendition of the Hebrew and Aramaic.

    - R. A. Torrey
  • Original [1611] King James Preface

    Others have laboured, and you may enter into their labours; O receive not so great things in vain, O despise not so great salvation!

    - Original [1611] King James Preface

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Where It All Began

It was many years ago now that I discovered the world of Bible Translations. I began searching for, and also buying, many different second-hand versions. The collection grew very quickly. To further this, I began searching the internet for a site that listed every English Translation. I was amazed to learn that many sites listed less than one hundred different versions. I already knew though there were many more than this. Looking through the many different sites it became apparent that the lists varied a lot. There wasn't in fact any one main list I could use. So in 2009 I started my own.

A New Chapter Begins

In my research I found sites that had many freely available scanned old versions. Over many months of research my list grew by the hundreds. Keeping track and sorting through the many versions I was finding became difficult. To this end I started adding links alongside each translation to the site I found them in. This was so I would then be able to find the page again if I needed to. This though became an even more valuable exercise when I was finding different scanned versions I wouldn't have otherwise found.

In 2010 the list began really taking shape. I then had an idea that other people could benefit from this as well. The best way I felt I could do this was to start my own site. However I had no experience in creating web sites. I didn't know where to begin? With help and encouragement from a friend I started with a very simple blog site. This Bible Translation website that you see here is the transformation of that original simple site that began many years ago.

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