Activities of Believers

Jehovah's Witnesses Published a Complete Bible in Uzbek

In 2017, a complete translation of the Bible appeared for the first time in Uzbek, the mother tongue of more than 25 million people. Moreover, almost simultaneously, the release of two Uzbek translations of the Bible, prepared independently of each other, was announced! One of these translations (Muqaddas Kitob – Yangi dunyo tarjimashi) was published by Jehovah's Witnesses. It is printed in Japan and is intended for free distribution to everyone. Also available in electronic format (PDF, 22 MB).

In Russia alone, about 700 Jehovah's Witnesses use the Uzbek Bible in their religious life. Uzbek-speaking communities of Jehovah's Witnesses also exist in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the United States, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Native speakers speak with praise of this new translation of the Bible. For example, the greeting "Peace be with you" found in the Gospels is conveyed in it by the everyday "Assalom alaikum!", which literally means "peace be with you" in Arabic. Thanks to such translation solutions, the new Bible is easy to read and its text reaches the heart.

This 2200-page publication is provided with an extensive research apparatus, including color maps and diagrams, a glossary, a short symphony (concordance), cross-references, explanations and notes. Work on the text took many years. For the first time, the New Testament part of the Bible in Uzbek was published by Jehovah's Witnesses in 2010.