and though I GAVE…

“and though I GAVE my BODY even that I BURNED, and yet had no LOVE, it profiteth me NOTHING” — 1 Corinthians 13:3 (Tyndale NT, 1534)

William Tyndale died in this way in 1536 after being condemned as a heretic. Death by fire was a common form of execution in those days.

Below are the famous beginning verses of 1 Corinthians from William Tyndale’s New Testament of 1534:

1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Though I spake with the tongues of men and angels, and yet had no LOVE, I were even as sounding brass: or as a tinkling cymbal.

And though I could prophesy, and understood all secrets, and all knowledge: yea, if I had all faith so that I could move mountains out of their places, and yet had no LOVE, I were NOTHING.

And though I bestowed all my goods to feed the poor, and though I GAVE my BODY even that I BURNED, and yet had no LOVE, it profiteth me NOTHING.

As Tyndale translated these verses in 1 Corinthians 13, he must have known, death by fire, could be his lot. In spite of this, he endeavored on and brought the Word of God, in English, to his fellow countrymen, who were eager to receive it.

Would we sacrifice so much? Are we eager to receive God’s Word, too?

Thanks for reading. Kind Regards to all who stopped by this small corner of the internet! If you wish, leave a comment or question.


No pressure from me — for anyone — to buy anything.

I am truly encouraged by all who visit here. I hope you learned something about William Tyndale and his work and of course, learned more about God’s Word, too.

However, if you are curious about owning a William Tyndale New Testament? Check out our small Store. Orders are fulfilled by Christianbook Distributors located in Peabody, Massachusetts, USA.

The British Library paid over one million pounds in 1994 for an original copy of the 1526 New Testament. A facsimile (digital photocopy) of this same New Testament is available in our store — for a very reasonable price.

We have items in the store related to William Tyndale and items related to the King James Bible. Some are very inexpensive.

One example, you can rent via streaming the “Man with a Mission” documentary which features Tyndale scholar, David Daniell. It is very low cost, but quite an interesting video.

For full disclosure, I do earn a small advertising fee, if you purchase something.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s