Ukraine already has four complete translations of the Bible. There are three you can trust but you can’t completely understand, and one you can understand but you can’t completely trust.
The three old translations use language I would call King James Ukrainian. Jesus and the Twelve sound like Robin Hood and the Merry Men. Many of the words in these translations aren’t found in any of my twelve dictionaries, and many Ukrainians don’t even have one.
The new translation you can understand but you can’t trust, because it was largely made with the help of a computer’s translation program. Also, it was translated from the Russian, not from the original languages.
Many Ukrainians can read Russian. But they don’t read Russian Bibles because the old Russian translation is even older than the old Ukrainian versions. There is to my knowledge only one modern Russian version, the Sovremenoye Perevod, and I’ve already found thirty major mistakes just in Genesis. Its best use is as a dictionary to help understand the old Russian Bible. Where they differ, the new one is usually wrong.
We are re-translating the Bible from the original languages so that Ukrainians will have a Bible they can both understand and trust. And when I’m done with the Ukrainian Bible I hope to do the same for the Russians, thanks to the generosity of my sponsors.
If you want 200 million former Soviet citizens to have Bibles that they can trust and understand, and would like to help, there is a way! Some guy said in the Bible, “I am too old to dig, and to beg I am ashamed.” I’m also too old to work with a shovel, but I’m not ashamed at all of begging. Please donate today! My colleagues both need at least a dollar-an-hour raise. One of them sounded like he wanted to quit last year because of the stress of too much work and so little salary that he had to do even more work at home, and it would have torpedoed the project if he had. But Mr. Jim Hildebrand of Columbus, Ohio, personally donated $2400 for him, so he’s still translating.
I’m not sure I can ask Mr. Hildebrand again, and besides my other colleague also needs a raise. Is there anyone else out there with a checkbook? Learn how to donate or view our current list of donors.