The Heavenly Footman

A Description of the man that gets to Heaven

Together with the way he runs in, the marks he goes by; also, some directions how to run so as to obtain.

by

John Bunyan

Translated into Modern English

by

Gary J. Hall

“And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said,  Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain;  escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed”  Genesis 19:17.


Translator’s Preface

John Bunyan’s The Heavenly Footman should to be read by this generation of believers. The only obstacle may be with the language that is used in the original work. It is necessary therefore to update the language so that the modern reader can enjoy the important message that Bunyan sought to bring to the church.

This edition came after I read The Heavenly Footman, and desired that the members of my church read it too. The resulting work was more than a translation, for I soon found that it had to be a paraphrase too. I sought to retain as much of Bunyan’s original as possible, but almost immediately I encountered phrases, words, and idioms that did not support the author’s intention if simply translated word for word. In such cases an equivalent phrase, word, or idiom was found. Nevertheless, I have purposely chosen to use the same Bible (KJV) as John Bunyan.

I pray that this small book would encourage, convict, and provoke you as much as it did me.

Gary J. Hall

August 2001

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