Who is My Neighbor?

Good Samaritan – Luke 10:25-37 (Tyndale NT, 1526)

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One of my favorite Bible passages. Jesus’ conversation with a “certain lawyer” has important lessons for us all.

ORIGINAL SPELLING

25 And marke / A Certayne Lawere stode vp / and tempted hym sayinge: Master what shall I do / to inheret eternall lyfe? 26 He sayd vnto him: What ys written in the lawe? Howe redest thou? 27 And he answered and sayde: Thou shalt love thy lorde god / wyth all thy hert / and wyth all thy soule / and with all thy strengthe / and with all thy mynde: and thy neghbour as thy sylfe. 28 And he sayde vnto hym: Thou hast answered right. This do and thou shalt live. 29 He willynge to iustifie hym silfe / sayde vnto Iesus: Who ys then my neghbour?

30 Iesus answered and sayde: A certayne man descended from Jerusalem into Jericho / And fell into the hondes off theves / whych robbed hym off his rayment and wonded hym and departed levynge hym halfe deed. 31 And yt chaunsed that there cam a certayne preste that same waye / and sawe hym / and passed by. 32 And lyke wyse a levite / when he was come neye to the place / went and loked on him and passed by. 33 Then a certayne Samaritane / as he iornyed / cam neye vnto hym and beheld hym / and had compassion on hym 34 and cam to hym / and bounde vppe hys wondes / and poured in wyne and oyle / and layed him on his beaste / and brought hym unto a commen hostry / and drest him. 35 And on the morowe when he departed / he toke out two pence / and gave them to the host and said vnto him. Take care of him / and whatsoever thou spendest above this / when I come agayne I will recompence the. 36 Which nowe off these thre / thynkest thou was neghbour vnto him that fell into the theves hondes? 37 And he answered: he that shewed mercy on hym. Then sayde Iesus vnto hym. Goo and do thou lyke wyse.

MODERN SPELLING

25 And mark / A certain lawyer stood up / and tempted him saying: Master what shall I do / to inherit eternal life? 26 He said unto him: What is written in the law? How readest thou? 27 And he answered and said: Thou shalt love thy lord God / with all thy heart / and with all thy soul / and with all thy strength / and with all thy mind: and thy neighbor as thyself. 28 And he said unto him: Thou hast answered right. This do and thou shalt live. 29 He willing to justify himself / said unto Jesus: Who is then my neighbor?

30 Jesus answered and said: A certain man descended from Jerusalem into Jericho / And fell into the hands of thieves / which robbed him of his raiment and wounded him and departed leaving him half dead. 31 And it chanced that there came a certain priest that same way / and saw him / and passed by. 32 And likewise a Levite / when he was come nigh to the place / went and looked on him and passed by. 33 Then a certain Samaritan / as he journeyed / came nigh unto him and beheld him / and had compassion on him 34 and came to him / and bound up his wounds / and poured in wine and oil/ and laid him on his beast / and brought him unto a common hostry / and drest him. 35 And on the morrow when he departed / he took out two pence / and gave them to the host and said unto him. Take care of him / and whatsoever thou spendest above this / when I come again I will recompense thee. 36 Which now of these three / thinkest thou was neighbor unto him that fell into the thieves hands? 37 And he answered: he that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him. Go and do thou likewise.

I hope I am not the only one who enjoys reading these passages in both the original and modern spelling. I am constantly amazed that an English Bible from nearly 500 years ago is still very readable. Sometime soon I hope to show you a side by side comparison of the Wycliffe Bible of the 1380’s (written in Middle English) with the Tyndale Bible (written in Early Modern English). Reading in the original spelling is also a reminder to me of the translator, William Tyndale, who died a cruel death to bring us the Word of God in English.

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