God, thank you for the hundreds
of Bible translations that are available to me,
and for their forerunners throughout history,
who have made
your precious Word
understandable and accessible, often at great personal cost.
Thank you for the 72 Jewish elders recruited by Ptolemy II
who translated the Old Testament from Hebrew into Greek.
Thank you for William Tyndale,
who gave his life to “write down the revelation and make it plain” (Habakkuk 2:2).
Thank you for the 47 scholars who transformed the Textus Receptus
into the beauty and majesty of the King James Version.
Thank you for Moffatt and Phillips,
for Ken Taylor and Eugene Peterson,
for the 32 scholars who gave us the NASB,
and the more than 100 scholars who produced the NIV.
Thank you for the efforts of more than 90 scholars
that went into the New Living Translation,
and that of the scores of scholars and advisors
who produced the English Standard Version.
May my appreciation and obedience to your Word
honor their efforts,
and yours in inspiring them.
May my life translate Scripture
into a language those around me can read,
in Jesus’ name, amen.