TODAY'S THEME:The Beauty of Tyndale
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William Tyndale (pronounced Tin-dyl)

William Tyndale ( c. 1494-1536) made an enormous contribution to
England's Protestant Reformation and all of Christianity with his translation of
the Bible into English. Educated at Oxford, then Cambridge, his work laid the
foundation for virtually every subsequent English version. Armed with mastery
of Hebrew, Latin, Greek, Spanish, French, Italian, German as well as English,
he was able to translate the text working directly from the
Hebrew and the Greek versions.

It is significant to note that his translations provided lyrical language
for some of the most cherished and most often quoted passages in the
Bible. Below are just a few of them: First is the passage from the original
Tyndale Bible; Second, the same passage taken from the King james
Version, which borrowed heavily from Tyndale's translation. In fact, some
scholars believe that up to 90 % of the New Testament in the King James
Bible is taken nearly verbatim from the Tyndale Bible.


Book of Matthew
Chapter 5

13 ye are ye salt of the erthe: but and yf ye salt have lost hir saltnes
what can be salted ther with? It is thence forthe good for nothynge
but to be cast oute and to be troade vnder fote of men.

14 Ye are ye light of the worlde. A cite yt is set on an hill cannot be hid


"You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost
its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out
and trampled underfoot as worthless."

"You are the light of the world --
like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden."

Matthew 5: 13-14
King James Version

Unfortunately for Tyndale, It was a dangerous time to attempt an English
translation of the Bible. In 1524, under the reign of Henry VIII, it was treason-
ous even to be in possession of such a translation. Tyndale fled England
for Germany, where he could safely pursue his goal of making the reading
of the Bible acceessible to all Englishmen. The first edition of his Bible
was published in 1526, creating an uproar in England.

Book of Matthew
Chapter 7

1 Iudge not that ye be not iudged.
2 For as ye iudge so shall ye be iudged. And wt what mesure ye mete
wt the same shall it be mesured to you agayne.
3 Why seist thou a moote in thy brothers eye and perceavest
not the beame yt ys yn thyne awne eye.

From the Tyndale Bible


Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye
judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it
shall be measured to you again.

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye,
but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Matthew 7: 1-3
King James Version

In 1535 King Henry VIII had Tyndale arrested near Brussels and condemned
to death. First strangled, he was then burned at the stake. It is said his last words
were, "Lord, open the King of England's eyes." Indeed, after the King broke with
the Church in Rome in 1537, he allowed the English Bible to be distributed

Tyndale's New Testament, once smuggled into England inside bales of wool and sacks
of flour, has been described by the British Library as "the most important printed
book in the English language." Only two complete copies survive today.

Book of Genesis
Chapter 1

1 In the begynnynge God created heaven and erth.

2 The erth was voyde and emptie ad darcknesse
was vpon the depe and the spirite of god moved vpon the water

3 Than God sayd: let there be lyghte and there was lyghte.

From the Tyndale Bible


In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness
was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God
moved upon the face of the waters.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Genesis 1: 1-4
King James Version

And now, the Last Word:

For in him we lyve move and have oure beynge as certayne of youre awne Poetes sayde. For we are also his generacion.

For in him we live, and move, and have our being;
as certain also of your own poets have said,
For we are also his offspring.

Acts 17: 28
Tyndale Bible; King James Version

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Bonus quote:
Only those who look with the eyes of children
can lose themselves in the object of their wonder.

Eberhard Arnold (1883-1935)
German Christian writer


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The Tyndale Bible;
The King James Bible


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