King James Version

Creole Study Bible Project

 

Bib KJV Kreyòl

Haiti – 2016-2019

Summary

A – Statement of significance and Impact

B – Objectives

C – Justification of need

D – Comparison with existing similar products

E – Description of Project

F – Qualification of Staff

G – Budget

H – Utilization - Marketing

J – Conclusion

A – Statement of significance and Impact

The purpose of this project is to translate the Bible from the Original King James Version, one of the most trusted and most popular English version. Verse by verse footnotes will also be added which would dramatically expand the readership of the Bible by Haitians. Believers would find in it the unaltered truth that God revealed to humanity as a mean to know Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. Students of religion and theology would find it a trustworthy source for their homework and scriptural research. Lastly, God seekers would find the door to repentance, leading to a better knowledge of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the one and only Mediator between God and men. All would be guided by the Holy Spirit through the straight, narrow, and only way to God.

B – Objectives

We know, as believers, that only the truth can lead to the kingdom of heaven. The revealed truth given in the written Word of God is the only safe instrument able to lead sinners to the Living Word of God, Christ Jesus, the Savior and Lord. In the United States and much of the world, the immensely popular and respected King James Version (KJV) is freely available and in the public domain. It is the chosen text to translate for a truly trustworthy and conservative Creole translation without requiring a license or any fees.

There are 66 books in the KJV, comprised of 1,189 chapters, 31,102 verses, and 788,280 words. The project will begin with translation of the New Testament, which is composed of 27 books, 260 chapters, 7,957 verses, and less than 200,000 words. The New Testament will be completed in two phases.

The Old Testament, which is comprised of 39 books, 929 chapters, and 23,145 verses, will be completed in phases three and four.

C – Justification of need

All believers realize the necessity to be well fed with and by the Word of God. That fact cannot be different for Haitian believers, can it? The majority of them being functional illiterates, how can they receive healthy and trustworthy spiritual nourishment in order to grow daily in a better knowledge of Christ?

Furthermore, Haitians deserve a Bible translation which is free of gross errors. All existing Creole Bibles, for example, give Jesus the title of “Pitit Bondye” which translates to “the Child of God”. This is pure heresy! The Lord Jesus is “the Son of God”, not “the Child of God”. The proper translation is “Pitit Gason Bondye”. The gender of the second person of the Godhead is male, and that is an extremely important fact. Bible in its pure form is the instrument of God's grace upon humankind, and any alteration may cause the leading astray of readers.

In many occasions, the Bib La version (most popularly used version) does the gross and unacceptable error of providing its own interpretations instead of actual translations of passages; and in other cases, it decides to add words or even complete sentences to the original text. This is very disturbing. Words as simple as names of animals that are unfamiliar to Haitians are not translated but explained. Wolf, for example, is translated “bèt nan bwa devoran”- (devouring field beast), or “chen mawon” (wild dog); Leopard is reduced to “tig” (tiger).

Another huge difference with just about all existing Creole Bibles, is the fact that the “Bib KJV Kreyòl” makes neither an attempt to dumb down the reading level, nor to dilute the intellectual force and logic of the truth revealed by the Holy Spirit about the Lord Jesus Christ. That is why the footnotes play such a big role, as they help in clarifying and explaining the context and proper meaning of certain terms.

D – Comparison with existing similar products

- Bib La: This version is by far the most popularly used by church members both in Haiti and in the Diaspora. An estimation of 3.5 to 4 million of this Bible are currently being used. Unfortunately, reading this translation is like looking at a virtual tapestry of God’s Word on the wrong side.

- Bib Kreyòl La: This version by Bibles International is a much better translation of the New Testament. However, it also dilutes some fundamental truths and is filled with errors... for example, the eight “I am” quotes of Jesus in the book of John are completely disregarded in the translation.

- Others: Just about all Haitian Creole Bible translations contain the same errors mentioned above plus their own mistakes.

- The Louis Segond French Bible is the most trusted French version. Quite a few problems can be pointed out in it, but the real issue with the majority of Haitian readers is that they lack proper comprehension of that language.

 

E – Description

1. Translation

The translation of the Original King James Version in Haitian Creole will be done by two translators who have a combined experience of more than fifty years living in the United States, more that forty years as born again Christians, and more than thirty years working in English to Creole translation.

2. Footnotes

Dealing with errors is a very sensitive issue when it comes to the Bible. That’s why this version intends to provide extensive and ample footnotes. Pastor Augereau Armand’s fifty plus years of teachings and studies will be the main source of commentaries; another will be Pastor John McArthur’s Study Bible.


3. Audio Version

Reading is an art; and even more so with Haitian Creole, because proper understanding depends very much on tone and pitch. Our very first audio recording of the Creole Bible was done back in 1998; and it included the books of Genesis and Matthew, on cassettes.















Project: KJV Kreyòl























Phase One










1


2


3


New Testament:


Translation


Verse by verse Footnotes

Audio Reading










1

Matthew



28

Chapters


1071


By Book / Chapter

2

Mark



16

Chapters


678



3

Luke



24

Chapters


1151



4

John



21

Chapters


879



5

Acts



28

Chapters


1006



6

Romains



16

Chapters


433



7

1Corinthians


16

Chapters


437



8

2Corinthians


13

Chapters


256



9

Galates



6

Chapters


149



10

Ephesians


6

Chapters


155



11

Philippians


4

Chapters


104



12

Colossians


4

Chapters


95



13

1Thessalonians


5

Chapters


89



14

2Thessalonians


3

Chapters


47

















190

Chapters


6,550 verses

















Project: KJV Kreyòl














Phase Two


















New Testament:


Translation


Verse by verse Footnotes

Audio Reading




















By Book / Chapter

15

1Timothy



6

Chapters


113



16

2Timothy



4

Chapters


83



17

Titus



3

Chapters


46



18

Philemon


1

Chapters


25



19

Hebrews



13

Chapters


303



20

James



5

Chapters


108



21

1Peter



5

Chapters


105



22

2Peter



3

Chapters


61



23

1John



5

Chapters


105



24

2John



1

Chapters


13



25

3John



1

Chapters


15



26

Jude



1

Chapters


25



27

Revelations


22

Chapters


404



























70

Chapters


1,406 verses






































Project: KJV Kreyòl























Phase Three











1


2


3


Old Testament:


Translation


Verse by verse Footnotes

Audio Reading










1

Genesis



50

Chapters


1533


By Book / Chapter

2

Exodus



40

Chapters


1213



3

Leviticus



27

Chapters


859



4

Numbers



36

Chapters


1289



5

Deuteronomy


34

Chapters


959



6

Joshua



24

Chapters


658



7

Judges



21

Chapters


618



8

Ruth



4

Chapters


85



9

1 Samuel



31

Chapters


810



10

2 Samuel



24

Chapters


695



11

1 Kings



22

Chapters


817



12

2 Kings



25

Chapters


719



13

1 Chronicles


29

Chapters


943



14

2 Chronicles


36

Chapters


821



15

Ezra



10

Chapters


280



16

Nehemiah


13

Chapters


405



17

Esther



16

Chapters


272



18

Job



42

Chapters


1068



19

Psalms



150

Chapters


2526



20

Proverbs



31

Chapters


915



























665

Chapters


17,485 verses



























Project: KJV Kreyòl














Phase Four





















1


2


3


Old Testament:


Translation


Verse by verse Footnotes

Audio Reading




















By Book / Chapter

21

Ecclesiastes


12

Chapters


222



22

Song of Solomon


8

Chapters


117



23

Isaiah



66

Chapters


1291



24

Jeremiah



52

Chapters


1364



25

Lamentations


5

Chapters


154



26

Ezekiel*



48

Chapters


1271



27

Daniel



14

Chapters


530



28

Hosea



14

Chapters


197



29

Joel



4

Chapters


73



30

Amos



9

Chapters


146



31

Obadiah



1

Chapters


21



32

Jonah



4

Chapters


48



33

Micah



7

Chapters


105



34

Nahum



3

Chapters


47



35

Habakkuk


3

Chapters


56



36

Zephaniah


3

Chapters


53



37

Haggai



2

Chapters


38



38

Zechariah


14

Chapters


211



39

Malachi



3

Chapters


55



























272

Chapters


5,999 verses













 

F – Qualification of Staff

Project Director / Senior Translator / Editor

Guy R. Mompoint

Guy R. Mompoint’s interest in working on a better Creole translation of the Bible took birth a long time ago. After reading numerous passages of the Bible in both English and French, then comparing texts between different versions with the Creole translation, it dawned on him that the Creole version was a very dangerous translation! He is among few translators who possess the following combination: 1) as a born-again believer, he holds a correct understanding of the message in the Scriptures; 2) as an English undergraduate student, he enjoys an academically above average fluency in the English language; 3) and as a Haitian who has lived much closer to the peasantry in the past six years, he writes, reads, and speaks Creole in a manner that relates to the people.

Experienced Translator / Manager

Alix Blaise

Alix Blaise brings extensive knowledge in three main areas: 1) as a born-again believer, he correctly understands the essence of the written Word; 2) as a long time Bible student, and preacher, he deals well with issues concerning sound doctrines; 3) as an experienced translator, he enjoys a balanced knowledge of the two languages involved.

G – Budget

Well over thirty books will be completed by the end of the year 2017; yet, OSS Ministry has not received any funding as of this day for the KJV Kreyòl. Our prayers are for the Lord, in His time, by His infinite wisdom to provide for the realization of this project.

 

H – Application

Once published, the Bib KJV Kreyòl can follow a dissemination through means already in use, such as sales of hard and soft covers, CD-ROM, Mp3 downloads on the Internet and other traditional broadcast media.

a. Publication

- Hard and soft covers

1. Churches and Missions

2. Seminars – Conferences – Forums

3. Radio and Television Shows

4. Internet

5. Bookstores

b. Audio Version

- CD’s

- Memory Cards (Phones)

- Downloads via Websites

J – Conclusion

The most important thing in the life of a believer in Christ, and first priority, is to grow spiritually. That means growing in Christ-likeness through the working power of the Holy Spirit. The main instrument used by the Holy Spirit to transform the believer’s heart is the written Word of God. Some place first emphasis upon prayer rather than upon the Word, to them, it should be asked: Which is the more important, what we have to say to God or what He has to say to us? The translation of the Original King James Version in Haitian Creole will provide the means by which believers find the unaltered truth about their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For Seminary and Bible students, it will serve as a trustworthy source for their homework and theological research. Lastly, God seekers would find the door to repentance, leading to a better knowledge of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the one and only Mediator between God and men.

All of us believers recognize the obligation to be well fed with and by the Word of God. Existing Creole versions unfortunately lack the required reliability of the book claiming to be God’s Word. Haitian believers who only speak Creole have lacked a source of healthy spiritual nourishment. The Bib KJV Kreyòl will allow them to draw closer to the Lord in truth, and grow daily in a better knowledge of Christ.

At OSS Ministry, we have, throughout the years, brought the gospel message to the Haitian people; currently, we are wrapping up a nationwide Repentance March that started on the first of January 2014, and should come to a close in accordance with God’s plan. When completed, we would have visited and taken the message of Repentance and Faith in Christ to the 10 departments, 140 Communes, and 570 Communal Sections.

With our King James Version Creole Study Bible, we wish to provide both Haitian believers and seekers with a trustworthy source of truth; as existing Creole versions range from being very poor to extremely dangerous. Bible projects of that sort can cost a lot of money, but we will achieve this for much less.


Thanking you in the matchless name of Our Lord,

 

Guy R. Mompoint

KJV Kreyòl Project Director

Haitian Evangelist

OSS Ministry

www.osshaiti.org

Tel US: 954-607-7464 / Haiti 509-3206-5075