A New Church translation of the Sacred Scripture

Each word in the Sacred Scripture is like a precious stone given to us by the Lord, each phrase and verse is like a jewel. The words are beautifully arranged to reflect and transmit the light of heaven from within. The more a translation reflects this arrangement and beauty, the more the glory of the Lord can be seen. There are aspects of the Letter of the Word that cannot truly be brought into what is called Standard English, but a translation faithful to the original text in the light of the Heavenly Doctrine can convey to the English reader what the Lord has revealed to man.

It is with this hope that the editors of the Kempton Project offer again a translation of the Sacred Scripture to the New Church. This translation is even more thoroughly and carefully revised, keeping in mind the fullness, holiness and power, by which the Word serves the eternal purpose of conjoining heaven and earth, together with the Lord.

This edition comes in a more comfortable size than the edition that was offered in 2011. This new edition is 1½″ thick and 7″ x 9″, which allows us to keep the large 13 point type that so many have appreciated.

This edition is being published by the Heavenly Doctrine Publishing Foundation.

Cover options

We will be offering this edition with several cover options. All options have the same printed pages inside.
Red cloth cover
The standard binding is a hardcover book with red cloth stamped with the title in gold color. This option is available for $35 plus shipping and tax.
Leather Cover (Potomac bindery)
This option has a rigid leather cover. The cover is red calfskin. The spine is stamped with "The Word" in real gold. The page edges are gilded, and the page corners are rounded. This option is available for $180 plus shipping and tax.
Leather Cover (Fine bindery) (SOLD OUT)
Contact us if you are interested in having us order another batch.
This is a red calfskin cover with real gold stamping. The page edges are gilded, and the page corners are square. This binder does hand stitching of the spine. The volumes have some variation: a few have a different color end-pages, a few have brass corners on the covers, some have a slightly thinner cover. This option is available for $245 plus shipping and tax.
Companion Booklet
Each volume of The Sacred Scripture comes with a copy of the Companion Booklet. If you would like additional copies of the Companion Booklet, you may order them for $4.72 each.
Special orders
If you want a different cover, we may be able to accomodate you. We have uncovered pages printed, ready to be bound and covered.


For shipping to Pennsylvania addresses, we must collect sales tax.

If you pick up the books in Kempton or Bryn Athyn, there is no shipping charge but we must collect sales tax.

For express shipping, shipping outside the United States, or bulk orders, please contact us for more information.

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Heavenly Doctrine Publishing Foundation.

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Contact information:
 Mail:Kempton Project
1050 Mountain Road
Kempton, PA 19529
Make checks payable to:
Heavenly Doctrine Publishing Foundation.

About this Translation

Printed in 2020, this is the second edition of the first English translation of the whole of the Sacred Scripture made in the light of the Heavenly Doctrine.

In 2011 we printed a trial edition as means of getting input from readers, pointing out errors we may have made. The second edition is the result of 29 years of work by the current editors, based on the work of some of the foremost sacred language scholars of the New Church in the past 200 years, notably John Clowes and Louis H. Tafel.

A Companion booklet will be included with each order. It is has undergone significant revision for this edition. It is available for reading here.

We are indebted to all who help this effort, both in the past and in the future. To all of you, many thanks.

Thank you from the Editors: Rev. Stephen Cole, Rev. Andy Heilman, Roy Odhner, Kate Pitcairn, Rev. Lawson Smith, Jennifer Cole, Dandridge Cole