William Tyndale’s Marginal Notes

I am pleased to say that space allows me to include a few of William Tyndale’s marginal notes from his second edition of the New Testament – the quote at the bottom of the Contents page being his note by Romans 14:23. Although Tyndale was a classical scholar and master of numerous languages, nevertheless his writings evidently show that he was a man regenerated and taught of the Spirit in experience; a teaching altogether ‘other’ than that of natural learning, for it comes by the revelation of Jesus Christ, by the grace of God, Gal. 1:12-16. To the spiritual reader Tyndale’s works carry the savour of life unto life.


Luke 17:10 – In works may no faith be put, for by them no man is justified before God, but by Christ’s blood only.

Romans 5:14-15 – Adam’s disobedience damned us all ere we ourselves wrought evil. And Christ’s obedience saveth us all ere we ourselves work any good.

Galatians 2:16 – Deeds of the law justify not, but faith justifieth. The law uttereth my sin and damnation, and maketh me flee to Christ for mercy and life. As the law roared unto me that I was damned for my sins, so faith certifieth me that I am forgiven and shall live through Christ.

Colossians 2:14 – The law is our handwriting in that the conscience setteth to her seal, subscribeth and consenteth that the law is just and we sinners, which law concerning damnation is taken away through faith in Christ.

Hebrews 11:1 – Faith and trust in Christ only, is the life and quietness of the conscience, and not trust in works, how holy soever they appear.

James 2:24 – Now if any that is not merciful believeth to have mercy of God, he deceiveth himself, because he hath not God’s word for him. For God’s promise pertaineth to the merciful only, and true mercy is therefore known by her deeds.



William Tyndale’s New Testament is published by Wordsworth Editions Limited in their ‘Wordsworth Classics of World Literature’ series – 2002.

William Tyndale’s The Obedience of a Christian Man is published by Penguin Booksin their ‘Penguin Classics’ series – 2000.