“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.
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.”
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