A new audio version of the Gaelic New Testament

New for 2023, a partnership between the Scottish Bible Society, Faith Comes by Hearing and the Gaelic community of Scotland

The principal publisher of Gaelic Scriptures since 1867

The Scottish Bible Society has been the principal publisher
of Gaelic Scriptures for over 150 years

A new translation from Greek into the Gaelic of today

The new translation aims to combine faithfulness to the Greek original with vocabulary in normal use, and clarity with dignity

The new translation

The New Testament was first translated into Scottish Gaelic by Rev James Stuart, minister of Killin, and published in 1767 – barely 20 years after the battle of Culloden. His son John, minister of Luss, was the main translator of the Old Testament, completed in 1801. In recent years, the future of Gaelic in education and public life has received much attention as the language flourishes. However, the gap between everyday Gaelic in common use and the Gaelic in the most recent Bible edition continues to widen.

The new translation aims to combine faithfulness to the Greek original with vocabulary in normal use, and clarity with dignity. The work comes at a time of opportunity in the development of Gaelic. As the translators worked through the New Testament they were very much aware of the importance that this new translation will have for education and for the churches.

Gaelic Bible Resources


Am Bìoball Gàidhlig App

A free Gaelic Scriptures App on your phone or tablet



Online Bible tool with a range of Gaelic versions.


Audio Bible

New for 2023, recorded by the Gaelic community, for the gaelic community

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"The distinction between ‘Bible Gaelic’ and ‘everyday Gaelic’ has become more marked with time, especially among younger Gaelic speakers, who tend to be less familiar with ‘pulpit Gaelic’ than their forebears."

Prof. Donald Meek


Gaelic: There are about 54,000 Gaelic speakers in Scotland, and a further 30,000 have comprehensive skills in Gaelic.


Growth in Gaelic: the fastest growing group is children learning Gaelic at school, or adults learning in community-organised classes.


"We want to make the gospel message as clear today as when it was first written. Therefore we accepted it was time for a new translation from Greek into Gaelic. This fresh translation is aimed at a younger generation."

Elaine Duncan
Chief Executive, The Scottish Bible Society


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