What thynge (thing) is youre (your) lyfe (life)?

“What thing is your life?” is an important question we all need to consider. The New Testament book of James gives us a sobering answer to this question. The Bible text of James 4:13-17 is pictured below from the 1534 William Tyndale New Testament. I have supplied the caption of this Bible text in both the original 16th-century spelling and in modern-spelling.

James 4:13-17 from 1534 Tyndale New Testament

Caption of pictured text in ORIGINAL 16th-century spelling:
“Go to now ye that saye: to daye and to morow let vs go into soche a citie and continue there a yeare and bye and sell / and wynne:
and yet can not tell what shall happen to morowe. For what thynge is youre lyfe? It is even a vapoure that apereth for a lytell tyme / and then vanyssheth awaye:
For that ye ought to saye: yf the lorde will and yf we live / let vs do this or that.
But nowe ye reioyce in youre bostinges. All soche reioysynge is evyll.
Therfore to him that knoweth how to do good/ and doth it not/ to him it is synne.”

Caption of pictured text in MODERN-spelling:
“Go to now ye that say: today and tomorrow let us go into suche a city and continue there a year and buy and sell, and win:
and yet cannot tell what shall happen tomorrow. For what thing is your life?

It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away:
For that ye ought to say: if the lord will and if we live, let us do this or that.
But now ye rejoice in your boastings. All such rejoicing is evil.
Therefore to him that knoweth how to do good, and doth it not, to him it is sin.”

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE…

We have published a new book about William Tyndale’s translation of the Old Testament prophet, Jonah.

The title of the book is: William Tyndale’s JONAH: A modern-spelling edition of the 1531 translation with facsimile of Tyndale’s 16th century original.
The book is available in two formats: 1) Paperback and 2) Audiobook

The paperback is 44 pages. Click this link to learn more.

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Book Cover (William Tyndale’s JONAH: A modern-spelling edition of the 1531 translation with facsimile of Tyndale’s 16th century original)

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If any lack Wisdom … Ask of God…


Comments: Instead of the King James Bible’s translation of “and upbraideth not,” in James 1:5, Tyndale’s translation reads: “and casteth no man in the teeth.” In my opinion, Tyndale’s translation is more understandable in this instance. It helps me see more clearly that God is eager to give wisdom to those who ask Him in faith.

James 1:1-6

1:1 James, the servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, sendeth greeting to the 12 tribes which are scattered here and there. 1:2 My brethren, count it exceeding joy when ye fall into divers temptations, 1:3 forasmuch as ye know how that the trying of your faith bringeth patience: 1:4 and let patience have her perfect work that ye may be perfect and sound lacking nothing. 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God which giveth to all men indifferently and casteth no man in the teeth: and it shall be given him. 1:6 But let him ask in faith and waver not. (From the 1534 Tyndale New Testament)
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We are excited to announce…

We have published a new book about William Tyndale’s translation of the Old Testament prophet, Jonah.

The title of the book is: William Tyndale’s JONAH: A modern-spelling edition of the 1531 translation with facsimile of Tyndale’s 16th century original.
The book is available in two formats: 1) Paperback and 2) Audiobook

The paperback is 44 pages. Click this link to learn more.

Tyndale-Jonah-paperbk-book-Nov-4-2020
Book Cover (William Tyndale’s JONAH: A modern-spelling edition of the 1531 translation with facsimile of Tyndale’s 16th century original)

For a limited time, twenty five (25) people may get the ENTIRE audiobook for FREE. Click this link to learn more. No credit card is required. We hope you will take advantage of this limited time offer!

Tyndale’s Work Lives On…

The 1408 Constitutions of Oxford made it illegal to translate the Scriptures into English. Therefore, William Tyndale fled England to work in exile.

By 1526, he had translated and published the entire New Testament. His 1526 New Testament was an outlawed book which had to be smuggled into England.

He also translated and published the Pentateuch (Five Books of Moses) in 1530 and the prophet, Jonah in 1531.

Tyndale was executed in 1536 but his work lives on.

We are excited to announce…

We have published a new book about William Tyndale’s translation of the Old Testament prophet, Jonah.

The title of the book is: William Tyndale’s JONAH: A modern-spelling edition of the 1531 translation with facsimile of Tyndale’s 16th century original.
The book is available in two formats: 1) Paperback and 2) Audiobook

The paperback is 44 pages. Click this link to learn more.

Tyndale-Jonah-paperbk-book-Nov-4-2020
Book Cover (William Tyndale’s JONAH: A modern-spelling edition of the 1531 translation with facsimile of Tyndale’s 16th century original)

For a limited time, twenty five (25) people may get the ENTIRE audiobook for FREE. Click this link to learn more. No credit card is required. We hope you will take advantage of this limited time offer!

Our new book on Tyndale’s Jonah is available

We are very excited to announce that we have published a new book about William Tyndale’s translation of the Old Testament prophet, Jonah. The title of the book is: William Tyndale’s JONAH: A modern-spelling edition of the 1531 translation with facsimile of Tyndale’s 16th century original. The book is available in two formats: 1) Paperback and 2) Audiobook
The paperback is 44 pages. It costs $7.99. Click this link to learn more.
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For a limited time, twenty five (25) people may get the ENTIRE audiobook for FREE. Click this link to learn more. No credit card is required. We hope you will take advantage of this limited time offer!

The audiobook is nearly 11 minutes long. It costs $3.99 (if you miss the limited time offer to get it FREE). You may listen to the Prologue and Jonah, Chapter 1 for FREE even when the limited time offer has ended. Click this link to learn more about purchasing the audiobook for $3.99.
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The paperback book gives you three (3) unique views of Tyndale’s Jonah, which he published in 1531.
View 1: A modern-spelling edition of Tyndale’s Bible text of Jonah.
View 2: A facsimile of the 16th-century Bible text of Jonah as published by Tyndale in 1531.
View 3: A transcription of the facsimile in modern typeface but with the original 16th-century spelling.

Tyndale’s translation of Jonah (discovered in 1861) was nearly lost to posterity. In 1863, English Bible scholar, Francis Fry published a book containing a facsimile of this rare work from Tyndale. Fry’s 1863 publication is the source for View 2 of Tyndale’s Jonah found in the paperback book.

There is something sobering in seeing this facsimile. One gets to glimpse — via Francis Fry’s lithographs — the very text of Jonah which Tyndale received from his 16th-century print shop. Tyndale was putting his life in danger to bring the Bible in English to his countrymen.

If any of you decide to buy either version of the book (paperback or audiobook) and enjoy it, we would really appreciate if you let others know about it, so they can enjoy it, too. We would appreciate your feedback in our comments section, as well!

Thanks!

02 Daily Verse / 1534 Tyndale NT / Beatitudes (Matt 5:1-16)

Today’s Bible Verse is from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 5, verses 1 to 16. These verses are some of the most widely known verses in the New Testament, and rightly so, since this is the beginning of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

The verses below (Matthew 5:10-12) may have been especially poignant to William Tyndale since he was persecuted and slandered by the English government and church authorities and would eventually be killed in October 1536 for the work he was doing.

5:10 “Blessed are they which suffer persecution for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 5:11 Blessed are ye when men revile you and persecute you and shall falsely say all manner of evil sayings against you for my sake. 5:12 Rejoice and be glad for great is your reward in heaven. For so persecuted they the Prophets which were before your days.”

Original Spelling of these verses is below.

When he sawe the people he went up into a mountayne and when he was set his disciples came to hym and he opened hys mouthe and taught them sayinge:

Blessed are the poure in sprete: for theirs is the kyngdome of heven.
Blessed are they that morne: for they shalbe comforted.
Blessed are the meke: for they shall inheret the erth.
Blessed are they which honger and thurst for rightewesnes: for they shalbe filled.
Blessed are the mercifull: for they shall obteyne mercy.
Blessed are the pure in herte: for they shall se God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shalbe called the chyldren of God.

Blessed are they which suffre persecucion for rightwesnes sake: for theirs ys the kyngdome of heuen.
Blessed are ye when men revyle you and persecute you and shall falsly say all manner of yvell saynges agaynst you for my sake.
Reioyce and be glad for greate is youre rewarde in heven. For so persecuted they the Prophetes which were before youre dayes.

Ye are ye salt of the erthe: but and yf the salt have lost hir saltnes
what can be salted ther with? It is thence forthe good for nothynge but to be cast oute and to be troaden under fote of men.

Ye are the light of the worlde. A cite yt (that) is set on an hill cannot be hid nether do men lyght a candell and put it under a busshell but on a candelstick and it lighteth all that are in the house.

Let youre light so shyne before men yt (that) they maye se youre good workes and glorify youre father which is in heven.

Modern Spelling of these verses is below.

When he saw the people he went up into a mountain and when he was set his disciples came to him and he opened his mouth and taught them saying:

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they which suffer persecution for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye when men revile you and persecute you and shall falsely say all manner of evil sayings against you for my sake.
Rejoice and be glad for great is your reward in heaven. For so persecuted they the Prophets which were before your days.

Ye are ye salt of the earth: but and if the salt have lost her saltiness what can be salted therewith? It is thence forth good for nothing but to be cast out and to be trodden under foot of men.

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid  neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel but on a candlestick and it lighteth all that are in the house.

Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven.

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