Simte Bible Project
21 September 2017
Many people have never heard of Simte, unless it has been through the Trinitarian Bible Society. The Simte are one of the so-called hill tribes of north-east India and are mainly concentrated in the southern parts of the Indian state of Manipur. A significant number of Simte are also to be found in the neighbouring areas of Mizoram and Assam. Although the tribe only numbers in the low tens of thousands, many of them are committed professing Christians.
The Simte Bible was first published by the Society in 1992. It was an excellent first edition, but improvements were found to be needed. Therefore for the past ten years the Simte Bible Revision Committee have been revising the 1992 Bible, firstly to ensure it conforms more closely to the original Hebrew and Greek, and secondly to correct and improve the Simte language. An important milestone was recently reached when the final draft work on the Old Testament was completed and the files sent to the Society.
A report from the Simte Bible Revision Committee back in 2015 highlighted the importance of the Bible in shaping their language. It stated: 'we, the Simte, are just in the stage of developing our literature/dialect and grammar as such, the Holy Bible has become more or less our dictionary and grammar book.' This brings home the blessings and benefits that speakers of languages such as English enjoy in that both their language and Bible are long-established.
Please continue to remember all of our Scripture translation and revision projects in your prayers. 'The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever' (Isaiah 40.8).