Beautiful

In 1526, William Tyndale introduced the first English translation of the New Testament to be put in print. Along with his remarkable translation (of which many of his terms and phrases in translation still remain today in the KJV, the NKJV, and, not to mention – in our everyday language) were the introductions as such words asscapegoat, atonement, and beautiful.

Tyndale was widely thought a heretic for his translating the most Holy Word of God from the Latin (actually Tyndale relied heavily on the Greek and Hebrew) to the language of the common people (English).His invention of new words and poetic phrases sickened the scholars of his day. They found the word beautiful to be of the most offensive of his trendy new words. Tyndale used this word, meaning, “full of beauty”, to describe the God of the Bible most affectionately.

Tyndale defined the gospel, thus; “Evangelion (that we call the gospel) is a Greek word and signifieth good, merry, glad and joyful tidings, that maketh a man’s heart glad and maketh him sing, dance, and leap for joy. . .” . It’s with this great conviction that William Tyndale left to us the Word of God written in our common tongue – that we might indeed, leap for joy!

In October of 1536, Tyndale would be kidnapped, tried, convicted, and thus, strangled to death. Afterward, his corpse would be burned at the stake. The price of your Bible. The price of a word – beautiful.

How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,

“Your God reigns!”
-Isaiah 52:7

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