Jehovah’s Witnesses released the New World Translation in 33 languages in 2020—the most in any year since releasing their first translation in 1950. As of December 31, 2020, the New World Translation is published in 195 languages.
One of many milestones in their 2020 translation work was reached on February 15, when Geoffrey Jackson, a member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses, announced the completion of the first complete Bible in American Sign Language.
Speaking at the Witnesses’ release event in Florida, Mr. Jackson said, “As far as we know, Jehovah’s Witnesses are the first organization or group of persons to release the complete Bible in ASL.
And probably that means it’s the first complete Bible in sign language in the world (and) in the history of mankind.” The New World Translation is currently available in whole or in part in nine Nigerian languages.
There is an ongoing effort to translate and distribute these Bibles in many more languages free of charge in Nigeria. Besides hard copies, the jw.org website and the JW Library app make our digital publications available without charge or advertisements in all the languages available.
Jehovah’s Witnesses plan to release the Bible, in whole or in part, in 36 more languages in 2021.