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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Bible Reading – Words of Health & Eternal Life

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At the end of 1526 New Testament, William Tyndale has a few brief pages with the heading: “To the Reder.”

Below is a transcription of lines 1 to 14 — first, in the original spelling and next in the modern spelling.

To the Reder.

Give diligence Reder (I exhorte the) that thou come with a pure mynde / and as the scripture sayth with a syngle eye / vnto the wordes of health / and of eternall lyfe: by the which (if we repent and beleve them) we are borne a newe / created a fresshe / and enioye the frutes off the bloud of Christ. Which bloud cryeth not for vengeaunce / as the bloud of Abel: but hath purchased / lyfe / love / faveour / grace / blessynge / and whatsoever is promysed in the scriptures / to them that beleve and obeye God: and stondeth bitwene vs and wrathe / vengeaunce / cursse / and whatsoever the scripture threateneth agaynst the vnbelevers and disobedient / which resist and …

To the Reader.

Give diligence Reader (I exhort thee) that thou come with a pure mind / and as the scripture saith with a single eye / unto the words of health / and of eternal life: by the which (if we repent and believe them) we are born anew / created afresh / and enjoy the fruits of the blood of Christ. Which blood crieth not for vengeance / as the blood of Abel: but hath purchased / life / love / favor / grace / blessing / and whatsoever is promised in the scriptures / to them that believe and obey God: and standeth between us and wrath / vengeance / curse / and whatsoever the scripture threateneth against the unbelievers and disobedient / which resist and …

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Walk in Love even as Christ Loved Us

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A Comparison of Ephesians 5:2 from Tyndale’s 1534 New Testament with three (3) other versions: KJV, NKJV and NIV.

“and walke in love even as Christ loved vs and gave him silfe for vs/ an offerynge and a sacrifyce of a swete saver to god.” (TYN, 1534, Original Spelling)

“and walk in love even as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice of a sweet savour to God.” (TYN, 1534, Modern Spelling)

“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” (KJV)

“And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” (New King James Version)

“and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (NIV)

It is such an important verse. Reading it five (5) times in a row might help it to lodge in my heart today.

As is obvious, even the NIV — translated over 400 years after Tyndale’s 1534 New Testament – is still quite similar.

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Tyndale’s Letter from Prison

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2 Timothy 4:13 (Tyndale New Testament, 1534)

The cloke that I lefte at Troada with Carpus/ when thou commest/ brynge with the/ and the bokes / but specially the partchement.

William Tyndale was arrested in 1535 and spent nearly 500 days in Vilvorde Prison. One letter from him, written in Latin, has survived. The English translation of his letter is below. 2 Timothy 4:13 seemed an appropriate caption. The letter speaks volumes about the terrible conditions which Tyndale endured. It is a moving letter.

I believe, most excellent Sir, that you are not unacquainted with the decision reached concerning me. On which account, I beseech your lordship, even by the Lord Jesus, that if I am to pass the winter here, to urge upon the lord commissary, if he will deign, to send me from my goods in his keeping a warmer cap, for I suffer greatly from cold in the head, being troubled with a continual catarrh, which is aggravated in this prison vault. A warmer coat also, for that which I have is very thin. Also cloth for repairing my leggings. My overcoat is worn out; the shirts also are worn out. He has a woolen shirt of mine, if he will please send it. I have also with him leggings of heavier cloth for overwear. He likewise has warmer nightcaps: I also ask for leave to use a lamp in the evening, for it is tiresome to sit alone in the dark. But above all, I beg and entreat your clemency earnestly to intercede with the lord commissary, that he would deign to allow me the use of my Hebrew Bible, Hebrew Grammar, and Hebrew Lexicon, and that I might employ my time with that study. Thus likewise may you obtain what you most desire, saving that it further the salvation of your soul. But if, before the end of winter, a different decision be reached concerning me, I shall be patient, and submit to the will of God to the glory of the grace of Jesus Christ my Lord, whose spirit may ever direct your heart. Amen.

W. Tyndale

This translation comes from an 1884 book written by Jacob Isidor Mombert: William Tyndale’s Five Books of Moses Called the Pentateuch: Being a Verbatim Reprint of the Edition of M.CCCCC.XXX. (New York and London, 1884), pp. li-lii.

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Revelation 21:1-5 (Tyndale NT, 1526)

UPDATED on May 24, 2018. A video has been added which contains the audio for this passage of scripture. 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

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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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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.

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