“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?
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