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The Bible has been translated into text message 'speak' by The Bible Society in Australia, in an attempt to enable an easier dissemination of its lessons.

The translation begins "In da Bginnin God cre8d da heavens & da earth", and according to the Society all 31,173 verses can be downloaded free of charge and sent via mobile phone. It confirmed the language of the Bible has not been altered, only the spelling, and said the aim is to introduce the Bible to as many people as possible.

The translation of the Bible into text messages took the son of the Society's scripture director six weeks and follows several previous attempts to make the Bible more accessible. A version of the Bible was launched recently in the UK with claims that it can be read in under two hours, while another Australian version referred to the Virgin Mary as a "pretty special Sheila".

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