William Tyndale could speak seven languages and was proficient in Hebrew and Greek. He was a priest whose intellectual gifts and disciplined life could have taken him a long way in the church–had he not had on compulsion: to teach English men and women the good news of justification by faith…
This, in fact, became Tyndale’s life passion, aptly summed up in the words of his mentor, Erasmus: “Christ desires his mysteries to be published abroad as widely as possible. I would that [the Gospels and the epistles of Paul] were translated into all languages, of all Christian people, and that they might be read and known.”
It would be a passion, though, for which Tyndale would pay dearly.
131 Christians Everyone Should Know, p. 348-349