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Dutch ( Nederlands ) is a West Germanic language and the native language of the majority of the population of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Suriname, the three member states of the Dutch Language Union.

Philips of Marnix, lord of Saint-Aldegonde (15381598), who was among the leaders of the Dutch War of Independence wrote one of the earliest Bible translations into Dutch. His translation influenced the later Statenvertaling or "States' Bible."

The first official Bible translation into Dutch directly from Greek and Hebrew sources was the Statenvertaling. It was ordered by the States-General at the Synod of Dort in 1618/19, and first published in 1637. Modern language translations are Groot Nieuws Bijbel (GNB), International Bible Society's Het Boek, and the Roman Catholic Willibrordvertaling