13 November 2013

“There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differeth from another star in glory.”
1 Corinthians 15:41

That translation is from the Miles Coverdale Bible, also known as the Great English Bible. It predates the King James (1535), and I think it can’t be beat for sheer poetry.

It has phrases like “Thy property is always to have mercy” and “be the people never so unpatient … be the earth never so unquiet.”

I read it before bed from a devotional built around the 1662 version of The Book of Common Prayer. It has great phrases like “And there is no health in us” and “Lord, we pray thee that thy grace may always prevent and follow us” and “for, Lord, thou know’st us frail.”

There are days that all I do is kneel by my bed at the end of the day and read these exquisite phrases.


  1. What beautiful language! I’m going to have to get myself this version.

  2. Sounds like the perfect antidote to days of discouragement. I know those days, too, for very different reasons, but I know them. Today was one. I am so tired of watching these old women struggle. So tired.