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The Book of Ecclesiastes was translated into Portuguese by Damião de Góis in 1538. The Book of Nehemiah was translated by Dom Pedro II, Emperor of Brazil. For the most part, however, the Bible remained relatively untranslated to Portuguese. Services and Bible readings in the Church were conducted in Latin, which the common people of Portugal and Brazil did not understand.

It was not until 1748 that the first complete version of the Bible was published in Portuguese. This version was translated by João Ferreira de Almeida in 1628.