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You deserve a Bible that brings God's saving truths to life for today’s world. When you choose the GOD’S WORD Translation (GW), you can trust that the words you read are true to their meaning in the ancient texts. This is the Bible that speaks in today’s English so people of all ages can study and comprehend it. You will hear God’s voice clearly from an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand Bible.

Produced in 1995 by God's Word to the Nations Bible Society, Cleveland, Ohio, the translation team was composed of members of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Their objective was to create a “closest natural equivalence” translation, consciously combining scholarly fidelity with natural English. The grammar is simplified; the style is informal; and sentences are shorter and less complicated than other versions. GOD’S WORD Translation is now published by God’s Word to the Nations Mission Society.


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Copyright © 1995, 2003, 2013, 2014, 2019, 2020 by God’s Word to the Nations Mission Society. All rights reserved.

No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means—for example, electronic, photocopy, recording—without prior written permission of the publisher.

Up to 500 Scripture verses may be quoted in any form (printed, written, visual, electronic, or audio) without written permission, provided that no more than half of any one book of the Bible is quoted, and the verses quoted do not amount to 25% of the text of the product in which they are quoted.

If the quotation is used in a product that is not for sale, the designation—GW—must always appear following each quotation.

If the quotation is used in a product that is for sale, the following copyright notice must be used: Scripture is taken from GOD’S WORD®, © 1995 God’s Word to the Nations. Used by permission of God's Word Mission Society.

For quotations over 500 verses and/or questions about these policies, please email the Permissions Coordinator ( or write to God's Word Mission Society, Attn. Permissions Department, PO Box 400, Orange Park, Florida 32067-0400. You may also contact the Permissions Coordinator through the website:


The mission of God's Word to the Nations is to identify and empower individuals to take GOD’S WORD to the English-speaking people of the world, focusing especially upon those who do not know Jesus as their Savior.

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