Galatians 6:1- Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.

How? Aren’t there some places we shouldn’t go to try to get a sinner back on the right track?  How can we be sure not to fall into the same sin as the one we are trying to restore?

Where does the word sin come from and what does it mean?

When the King James Version of the Bible was written in the very early 1600’s, the English language as we know it today was still in its early stages of development. Think Shakespeare as this was during his time.

Romeo, Romeo. Wherefore aren’t thou Romeo?

archeryThe word “sin” was used to describe the idea of man breaking one of God’s commandments and in the original King James it was actually spelled SYNN. The commandments were the things God demanded that we shoot for. They were our moral target and the word Synn was actually an archery term. One of the major sports of the day was shooting arrows with a bow at a distant target. The shooters would stand at a line and a target was placed some good distance away. The shooters could not see the target very well so someone was placed near enough to the target to see the results but not so close as to be in harm’s way. As each arrow flew, if that arrow missed the mark, the spotter would turn and yell “SYNN!” toward the shooter and the onlookers. So the word SYNN was adopted to describe this word for missing God’s target

There was actually a husband and wife team that toured the country attending various archery events around England during this time period. She was the spotter and he was the archer. During one contest, he was doing very poorly and she started to really aggravate him with her calls and it didn’t help matters that there was quite a crowd gathered for this event. She would yell:

You Synneth…AGAIN!. Thou ist quite the SYNNER today. Canst thou doing nothing but SYNN? SYNN!! SYNN!! SYNN!

This appeared to flummox the man to no great end and his performance grew worse. Finally he shot an arrow so far off course that it flew right towards his wife and pierced her in the heart. With one last blood curdling scream she screamed:


As she breathed her last, the husband turned to the startled crowd and yelled: Behold!! On that particular shot, I SYNNETH NOT!!

Seriously! It could’ve happened!!!


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