Young’s Literal Translation Bible for Kindle

Kindle Bible (Young’s Literal Translation)

Kindle Bible (Young's Literal Translation)

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This is a Kindle edition of the translation of the Bible into English made by Robert Young (1822-1888), which was first published in 1862 (a revised edition appeared in 1888).  As the name implies, the Literal Translation is a strictly literal translation of the original Hebrew and Greek texts.  In the introduction Young describes his translation philosophy as follows,

There are two modes of translation which may be adopted in rendering into our own language the writings of an ancient author; the one is, to bring him before us in such a manner as that we may regard him as our own; the other, to transport ourselves, on the contrary, over to him, adopting his situation, modes of speaking, thinking, acting, — peculiarities of age and race, air, gesture, voice, etc. Each of these plans has its advantages, but the latter is incomparably the better of the two, being suited — not for the ever-varying modes of thinking and acting of the men of the fifth, or the tenth, or the fifteenth, or some other century, but — for all ages alike. All attempts to make Moses or Paul act, or speak, or reason, as if they were Englishmen of the nineteenth century, must inevitably tend to change the translator into a paraphrast or a commentator, characters which, however useful, stand altogether apart from that of him, who, with a work before him in one language, seeks only to transfer it into another.

In prosecuting the plan thus adopted, a literal translation was indispensable. No other kind of rendering could place the reader in the position contemplated, side by side with the writer — prepared to think as he does, to see as he sees, to reason, to feel, to weep, and to exult along with him. His very conception of time, even in the minor accidents of the grammatical past, present, future, are to become our own. If he speaks of an event, as now passing, we are not, on the logical ground of its having in reality already transpired, to translate his present as if it were a past; or if, on the other hand, his imagination pictures the future as if even at this moment present, we are not translators but expounders, and that of a tame description, if we take the liberty to convert his time, and tense — the grammatical expression of his time — into our own.

Features of this version of the YLT Bible:

  • Direct Verse Jump and Direct Verse Jump 2, two revolutionary new methods to open the exact verse you need in mere seconds (see below)
  • two other ways to navigate between books and chapters: (i) using a hyperlinked table of contents; and (ii) pressing the joystick right or left to move between books and chapters of the Bible.
  • easy to determine where you are in the Bible
  • as any Kindle book, the YLT Bible is searchable; however, when you first install the file please wait for the Kindle to index the whole Bible (most of the time about 10 minutes; however, sometimes up to 8-10 hours). The file is large and it takes a long time to index. For this reason, the DVJ navigation method will be available only after the book has been indexed.

Direct Verse Jump: a new navigation method using the search functionality:

In this version, all you need to do is type an abbreviated book name (see the table of contents for the complete list), then period, then chapter number, period again, and then verse number and finally press “enter” twice (you need not wait for the Kindle to display the search results) and you will be looking at that particular verse in seconds. If you need to open the first verse of any chapter then the verse number is not necessary. Do not forget periods and use only the abbreviations that are listed in the table of contents.

For example, if you wish to select open John 3:16, you should type “jn.3.16” and click twice on “enter”.

Note that you should put the chapter number even for books that have only one chapter. For example, the Epistle from Jude verse 5 would translate to “jud.1.5” and a double click.

Direct Verse Jump 2: an alternative way to jump to any verse:

While reading your OSNOVA Bible, press “Menu”, then select “Index” and type the same DVJ abbreviation as described above for the passage you want with the only difference that instead of periods use spaces (for example “jn 3 16”).

NOTE: Many features of this publication will not work on Kindle 1, software Kindles such as Kindles for PC, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry or Android. This edition is not TTS(text-to-speech)-friendly due to the way TTS works on the Kindle.

If you have any questions or concerns at all about this (or any other of my publications), please email me at



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2 responses to “Young’s Literal Translation Bible for Kindle

  1. Alan Green

    Hello, wondered if you have any desire toward developing any bible versions for the Nook Color. Also, would your direct version jump work on a rooted Nook Color using a kindle app. Thank you.

    • Honestly, I have not looked into this. I do not have Nook or Nook Color. My version rely heavily on the use of the keyboard. The lack of a hardware keyboard in Nooks would probably make direct verse jump not practicable. Right now I am considering whether to buy a Nook and try.

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