DAVAR DISTINCTION: FULL BIBLE

 

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness…” 2 Timothy 3:16.

Here at Davar, when we obtain rights to record a translation of Scripture from various Bible societies and sources, we have the choice to record parts of the Bible, or the whole of the Bible.

While many translation and recording agencies choose to first record and translate sections of Scripture like the New Testament, or more specifically the Book of John, we believe that the Gospel narrative, while definitely more clearly presented in the New Testament, is at work, and has been at work, throughout the Old Testament as well, starting before the foundations of the world, when the earth was formless and void, through the rise and destruction of Israel, and climaxing finally at the long promised and awaited birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Word become flesh.

The Book of John may offer a very clear presentation of the Gospel, and is an excellent tool for people who have never before heard of the saving work of Jesus Christ, but with access to the entire narrative of Scripture and the work of the Holy Spirit stirring in the hearts of those who read it, the beauty of the Gospel and God’s work in and through His people is more clearly seen for what it is: the glorious culmination of a world waiting for their Savior. The God of the Old Testament is the same God that was present in the New Testament and is still at work today. We come to know Him better through His word and work throughout all of history, starting at the very beginning. Without the Old Testament, people hearing the Word of God could not hear of the prophecies put forth in the book of Isaiah, promising that the people walking in darkness will see a great light, or nor could they pray with David in the book of Psalms, or feel the same desperation and need of a Savior that Israel felt after their continued failure to follow the law in the book of Nehemiah. We cannot fully appreciate what the incarnation of Christ means without starting at the beginning. Through all of Scripture, not only parts, we feel the weight of our need of Him, and only Him.

The Word of God has been given to us to teach us about the King of the universe and Savior of the lost. May we hold the entirety of Scripture as our utmost authority and joy.

We at Davar desire to provide the full counsel of Scripture to people of every tribe, tongue, and nation, as a resource to pastors and missionaries for evangelism, discipleship, and growth. Only 1% of all spoken languages have the Full Bible in audio format, and we desire for each individual to have access to the Word of God in their own language. Help us take the full Bible, with all of its wisdom, counsel, and glory, in audio format to the nations.