07 January 2019
Simte is a Kuki-Chin language, spoken primarily by the Simte people in Northeastern India, who are concentrated in Manipur and adjacent areas of Mizoram and Assam. The Simte language spoken in Manipur has partial mutual intelligibility with the other Kukish languages of the area, including Thadou, Hmar, Vaiphei, Paite, Kom and Gangte. Of these languages the Society has active projects in Simte, Thadou, Vaiphei and Kom and a potential project in Gangte. We are thankful for the considerable thirst among these people groups to have a faithful Bible based on the Hebrew Masoretic and Greek Received Texts, using the medium of the Authorised (King James) Version.
The Simte Bible Revision Committee has been striving for around eleven years to revise the Bible published by the Society in 1992. The Simte language is still developing, and in some instances the original Bible translators didn’t have a full grasp of the English language employed in the Authorised Version. We are indebted to the Simte Bible Revision Committee, especially to their lead reviser, for their persevering diligence to see this project through to completion. It is a joy to report that the editorial department have now finished their extensive checking of the revised Simte Bible, and have been able to recommend that the Society’s General Committee approves it for publication.
God willing, the editorial department can soon begin preparing the print-ready files. We look to the Lord to provide the necessary resources to publish the Simte Bible in the coming year. ‘O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever’ (1 Chronicles 16.34).