UPDATED: Originally posted on May 12, 2018 under a different title. Also, a video has been added which contains the audio for this particular passage of scripture (Revelation 21:1-5). The audio was been generated using text-to-speech software. Hope you enjoy!
Please keep in mind, no English Bible had verse numbers until the 1557 Geneva New Testament.
Also, spelling was phonetic and not fixed. Therefore, you may see the same word spelled more than one way — even on the same page.
The spelling of words has changed greatly since 1526, but if you sound out words, you can often figure out the modern day equivalent.
Printers used many abbreviations to get the most words on the printed page.
Lastly, the word “God” is often not capitalized.
Here are these verses in the original spelling of 1526. Below that will be an enlarged image of this portion of scripture from Tyndale’s 1526 New Testament.
Revelation: Chapter 21:1-5
And I sawe a newe heven/ and a newe erth for the fyrst heven/ and the fyrst erth/ were vanysshed awaye and there was no more see.
And I Jhon sawe that holy cite newe Jerusalem come doune from God oute of heven prepared as a bryde garnysshed for hyr husband.
And I herde a grett voyce from the trone/ sayinge: beholde/ the tabernacle off God is with men/ and he wyll dwell with them. And they shalbe his people/ and God him sylffe shalbe with them and be their god.
And God shall wyppe awaye all teares from their eyes. And there shalbe nomore deeth/ nether sorowe/ nether cryinge/ nether shall there be eny more payne/ for the olde thynges are gone.
And he that sate apon the seate/ sayde: Behold I make all thyngs newe. And he sayde vnto me: wryte/ for these wordes are faythfull and true
This 1526 New Testament was printed in Worms, Germany. The 1408 Constitutions of Oxford made it illegal to translate the Bible into the mother tongue. Therefore, Tyndale left England around 1524 to do his work in Germany and other places in Europe, such as Antwerp.
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