Did you know that Jamaica now has its own Bible?

About the Bible in the Jamaican language

After many years the Bible in the Jamaican language was launched in December 2012, coinciding with Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence from Britain. This translation, done by Jamaicans for Jamaicans everywhere celebrates our language and reveals God in a way that all Jamaicans can understand and appreciate. The Jamaican language is rich, dynamic and colourful and what better way is there for communicating the depth of God's Word to the Jamaican people at home and abroad. Also, this Bible represents the largest body of work in our language that exists anywhere in the world. The product of many years of work the effort was made possible through the kindness of partner agencies and the financial support of agencies such as The Seed Company, The American Bible Society and the British and Foreign Bible Society.


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The challenge with appreciating our own language

Many Jamaicans are so confused and embarrassed about their own language that they are not able to differentiate between speaking English and speaking Jamaican. This is simply one of the challenges we face in getting persons to accept the fact that the Jamaican language is a real language and not simply a "bad" or "broken" form of English. It has is own grammar, vocabulary, style and everything else that makes a language a language. Even as we celebrate and rejoice in things Jamaican, we need to also celebrate one of the qualities that make us distinctly Jamaican; that is, "Jamaican a fi w oun langwij ." Let us also bear in mind that celebrating and speaking Jamaican does not mean that reading and writing English (or Spanish, French and any other language) is not important. All are important.

More about us

Your prayers and support for our work are greatly appreciated. If you would like to find out more about Bible Society of the West Indies and our Bible for speakers of Jamaican please click here:

You can also find out more about Bible Societies and the work they are doing in the Caribbean by visiting the following websites:


An opportunity for you to be involved

So many of our young people are abused, confused. They feel abandoned and need your help. The Bible Society wants to offer them hope and encouragement inspired by the Scriptures. When you purchase a copy of our Jamaican New Testament in the Jamaican Language, 10% of your payment will go towards having Bible Studies in a Children's home using the Jamaican language. These children need your help and support to inspire and challenge them to fulfill their potential and recognize their dignity and worth as God has intended. Thank you for your support.

1Nou, az fi unu pikni, unu bilang tu di Laad, so unu fi du wa unu mada an faada tel unu fi du. Du it, kaaz a di rait sitn dat, an a dat Gad waahn unu fi du. 2It rait dong iina Gad wod se, “Rispek unu faada an unu mada.” (Da ruul ya, a di fos ruul fram Gad we av wan pramis tai tu it). 3“Ef unu du dat, evriting ago aarait wid unu an Gad wi mek unu liv api pan di ort fi wan lang lang taim.”

Read Luuk 18:15-17 in the Jameikan Nyuu Testiment

Im uPiipl did a kyari dem biebi go a Jiizas fi im toch dem. Jiizas speshal falara dem si wa a gwaan an staat tel aaf di piipl dem an ron dem. 16Bot Jiizas tel dem fi kom wen im se, “Mek di likl pikni dem kom tu mi. No tap dem, kaaz Gad kindom a fi piipl we komiin laik dem likl pikni ya. 17Mi tel unu dis ya, an a chuu mi a taak, enibadi we no chos iina Gad an fala im laik wan likl pikni naa go kyan go iina Gad kindom.”

The ancestors and birth of Jesus

The ancestors of Jesus

(Luke 3.23-38)

1Jesus Christ came from the family of King David and also from the family of Abraham. And this is a list of his ancestors.

2-6aFrom Abraham to King David, his ancestors were:

Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah and his brothers (Judah's sons were Perez and Zerah, and their mother was Tamar), Hezron;

Ram, Amminadab, Nahshon, Salmon, Boaz (his mother was Rahab), Obed (his mother was Ruth), Jesse, and King David.

6b-11From David to the time of the exile in Babylonia, the ancestors of Jesus were:

David, Solomon (his mother had been Uriah's wife), Rehoboam, Abijah, Asa, Jehoshaphat, Jehoram;

Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, Manasseh, Amon, Josiah, and Jehoiachin and his brothers.

12-16From the exile to the birth of Jesus, his ancestors were:

Jehoiachin, Shealtiel, Zerubbabel, Abiud, Eliakim, Azor, Zadok, Achim;

Eliud, Eleazar, Matthan, Jacob, and Joseph, the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus, who is called the Messiah.

17There were fourteen generations from Abraham to David. There were also fourteen from David to the exile in Babylonia and fourteen more to the birth of the Messiah.

The birth of Jesus

(Luke 2.1-7)

18This is how Jesus Christ was born. A young woman named Mary was engaged to Joseph from King David's family. But before they were married, she learnt that she was going to have a baby by God's Holy Spirit.

19Joseph was a good man and did not want to embarrass Mary in front of everyone. So he decided to call off the wedding quietly.

20While Joseph was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel said, “Joseph, the baby that Mary will have is from the Holy Spirit. Go ahead and marry her.

Matthew 1:1 - Matthew 1:20

Contact Us

Bible Society of the Wes Indies

24 Hagley Park Plaza
Kingston 10
P.O. Box 146
Tel: 8769262772
E-mail: biblehouse@biblesocietywi.org
Website: www.biblesocietywi.org