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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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.

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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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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.

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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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.

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

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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, are you curious about owning a William Tyndale Bible? 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.

English Speakers in Tyndale’s Time (6 million)

When William Tyndale translated and published the New Testament into English in 1526, there were approximately six (6) million native English speakers. It is now estimated there are about 380 million native English speakers and more than 740 million non-native English speakers. This brings the total number of English speakers to over 1 billion.

By Ethnologue rankings, English is ranked at #1 with a total of 1.12 billion speakers. Mandarin Chinese is ranked at #2 with a total of 1.10 billion speakers. (Source: Wikipedia).

The King James Bible is one of the most widely sold books in the world. Therefore, the magnificent Bible translation work which William Tyndale accomplished in the 1500’s is still being read today — since the King James Bible contains about 80% pure Tyndale in the books he was able to translate — before he was executed and burnt at the stake in 1536.

He translated these Bible books: (a) Genesis through 2 Chronicles, and the Book of Jonah in the Old Testament and (b) the entire New Testament.

William Tyndale could never have imagined that his Bible translations would reach so many people. These quotes from Tyndale are found on our About page, but they seem very fitting here, as well:

“If God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy who drives the plough to know more of the scriptures than you do.”

“I perceived how that it was impossible to establish the lay people in any truth except the Scripture were plainly laid before their eyes in their mother tongue.”

“I call God to record against the day we shall appear before our Lord Jesus, that I never altered one syllable of God’s Word against my conscience, nor would do this day, if all that is in earth, whether it be honor, pleasure, or riches, might be given me.”

“Christ is with us until the world’s end. Let his little flock be bold therefore.”

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

Store

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.