Today, I wanted to encourage my wonderful Arab brother in the Lord with some scripture, he speaks English well, but limited English reading and writing ability, I thought I’d offer him a passage in his main language of Arabic, even though I don’t speak any Arabic.
Using the excellent The Word bible study software, I thought I’d show you what I did.
Firstly, The Word’s layout may seem a bit confusing to anyone not used to it, there is a lot of material on the screen, as there is study tools that line up with which bit you are studying, don’t panic, here is a little guide:-
A. These columns show different translations of the bible in different languages, I’m starting with the ‘Net’ translation to find a familiar phrase in English
B. I want to find Jeremiah 33 : 3 ‘Call on me in prayer and I will answer you. I will show you great and mysterious things which you still do not know about’
C. If you want to hide everything else on the screen, click on this square for ‘full screen’ mode.
I’m going to switch to a different language bible, one that I don’t speak.
Don’t forget when highlighting text, languages like Hebrew, Arabic and Persian are right-to-left languages.
I’m going to highlight this text here, and hit control C to copy it…
I’ve copied this into Abi word here so I can print it later.
To double check I have the right passage, I put in this in Google translator, its the right one, but its obviously not translated quite right!!!!
You can also use the two other bible programs included like BP Bible or the Bibles of the World here. Many languages have been included.
Have fun, and take some time to disciple those, they don’t have to have English as their first language for you to bless them!!
May the Lord bless you and keep you – Yosef.