The Word Of God Stands Forever

WIILIAM TYNDALE (1492-1536)Image
On this day (6th of October) in 1536, William Tyndale was burned at the stake. His crime: Translating the Bible into English for the ‘common men’ to read.
Tyndale became convinced that every person should be able to read the Bible, and he committed himself to translate the Bible from the original Greek and Hebrew sources. When government officials tried to stop him, he fled to the European continent. There he continued his work, smuggling his books and tracts into England wrapped in bales of wool or cloth or hidden in sacks of flour. Eventually he translated the entire New Testament, as well as parts of the Old Testament.
But in 1535 he was betrayed and imprisoned. Ultimately he was sentenced to death, but even in prison he continued to translate the Old Testament. As he was taken to be executed, Tyndale spoke these last words: “Oh Lord, open the King of England’s eyes.”
Just two years later, King James VIII, who agreed to his death, approved the translation and publication of the Bible known as King James Version. Much of that is taken directly from Tyndale’s translation.
Men have shed their blood for us to read the Bible!
‘The grass withers and the flowers fall but the Word of the Lord stands forever’ (1Pet 1:24, 25)

One comment on “The Word Of God Stands Forever

  1. Jemine Leigh says:

    This is so good. Such a good reminder that the bible is our treasure, our love notes from God. It is humbling to see what others have done that we might freely have access to our bibles. I thank God for men and women that stood for the sake of Christ that we might have victory today.

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