The Bible has already been translated into hundreds of different languages, but now those who speak fluent emoji can read scripture.
The Emoji Bible, which features all 66 books of the King James version of the holy text, has officially gone on sale on the iTunes store.
“A great and fun way to share the gospel,” the description reads. “Explore all 66 books chronicling the the stories of Abraham, Noah and Jesus like never before!”
The creator of the new edition said in an interview with The Guardian that the idea for adding the popular texting icons was based on a forward-facing approach to one of the most popular books in history.
“I thought if we fast forwarded 100 years in the future, an emoji bible would exist,” said the person, who chose to remain anonymous. “So I thought it’d be fun to try to make it… I wanted to make it similar to how you might text or tweet a bible verse, by shrinking the total character count.”
This was probably inevitable. After all, the august Oxford English Dictionaries legitimized emojis with 2015’s “Word of the Year” choice.
Here are a couple of examples from the Twitter account of the company that did the translation:
The Bible… translated w/ Emojis! pic.twitter.com/3OsT7Nr8iD
— Bible Emoji (@BibleEmoji) May 29, 2016
— Bible Emoji (@BibleEmoji) March 29, 2016
Hey, anything that gets the kids, um, “reading” the Bible is good, right? There doesn’t seem to be anything offensive but, this being the Age of the Permanently Aggrieved, some took to social media to complain.
Thus far it is only available on iBooks. However, there is a Bible Emoji Translator that let’s you enter your favorite verse and see the emoji version (sometimes it just gives the text abbreviations).