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Coverdale Bible 1535



36:1Thou sonne of man, prophecie vpon the mountaynes of Israel, & speake: Heare the worde of the LORDE, o ye mountaynes of Israel:
36:2Thus saieth the LORDE God: Because yor enemie hath sayde vpon you: A ha, ye hie euerlastynge places are now become ours:
36:3prophecy therfore, & speake: thus saieth ye LORDE God: Seinge ye be waisted & trode downe on euery syde, & become a possession vnto ye resydue of ye Getiles, which haue brought you in to mes mouthes & vnto an euel name amonge ye people:
36:4Therfore, heare the worde of the LORDE God, o ye mountaynes of Israel: Thus saieth the LORDE God vnto the mountaynes and hilles, valleys & dales, to the voyde wildernesses & desolate cities, which are spoyled, and had in derision on euery syde, amonge the resydue of the Heithe:
36:5Yee eue thus saieth the LORDE God: In the fyre of my gelousy haue I taken a deuyce, agaynst the resydue of the Getiles, and agaynst all Edom: which haue take in my lode vnto theselues for a possession: which also reioysed fro their whole herte wt a despiteful stomacke, to waist it, and to spoyle it.
36:6Prophecy therfore vpon the londe of Israel, speake vnto ye mountaynes and hilles, to valleys and dales, thus saieth the LORDE God: Beholde, this haue I deuysed in my gelousy and terrible wrath: For so moch as ye haue suffred reprofe of the Heithen,
36:7therfore thus saieth the LORDE God: I haue sworne, that the Gentiles which lye aboute you, shal beare youre confucion them selues.
36:8And as for you (o mountaynes of Israel) ye shall shute out youre braunches, and bringe forth youre frute to my people of Israel, for it is harde by, that it wil come.
36:9Beholde, I come vnto you, and vnto you will I turne me, that ye maye be tylled and sowen.
36:10I wil sende you moch people, which shalbe all of the house of Israel: the cities shalbe inhabited, and ye decayed places shalbe repayred againe.
36:11I wil prouyde you with moch people and catell, which shal increase & bringe frute. I wil restore you also to youre olde estate, and shewe you more kindnes the euer ye had before: wherby ye shal knowe, yt I am the LORDE.
36:12Yee people wil I sende vnto you (o my folke of Israel (which shal haue the in possession, and thou shalt be their inheritaunce, so that thou shalt nomore be without them.
36:13Agayne, thus saieth the LORDE God: For so moch as they saye vnto you: thou art an eater vp of men, and a waister of thy people:
36:14therfore thou shalt eate no mo men, nether destroye thy people eny more, saieth the LORDE God.
36:15And I wil not suffre the, for to heare thine owne confucion amonge the Gentiles from hensforth. Thou shalt not beare the reprofe of the nacions, ner cast out thine owne people enymore, saieth the LORDE God.
36:16Morouer, the worde of the LORDE came vnto me, sayenge:
36:17O thou sonne of ma, when the house of Israel dwelt vpon their owne grounde, they defyled them selues with their owne wayes & ymaginacions: so that in my sight their waye was like the vnclennesse of a menstruous woman.
36:18Wherfore I poured my wrothfull displeasure vpon them, because of the bloude that they had shed in the londe, & because of their Idols, wherwith they had defyled them selues.
36:19I scatred them also amonge the Heithen, so that they were strowed aboute in the lodes. Acordinge to their wayes & after their owne inuencions, so dyd I punysh them.
36:20Now when they were gone vnto the Heithen, and come in amonge them, they dishonoured my holy name: so that it was sayde of them: Are these the people of God, & must go out of their owne londe?
36:21Then spared I my holy name, which ye house of Israel had dishonoured amonge the Gentiles, to whom they came.
36:22Therfore tell ye house of Israel: Thus saieth the LORDE God: I do not this for yor sakes (O house of Israel) but for my holy names sake, which ye dishonoured amoge the Heithen, when ye came to them.
36:23Therfore, I wil halowe my greate name agayne, which amonge the Getiles is euel spoken of: for ye youre selues haue dishououred it amoge them. And the Gentiles shal knowe, that I am the LORDE, when I am honoured in you before their eyes, saieth ye LORDE God.
36:24As for you, I wil take you from amonge the Heithen, and gather you together out of all countrees, and bringe you agayne in to youre owne londe.
36:25Then will I poure cleare water vpon you, & ye shalbe clene: Yee from all youre vnclennesse and from all yor Idols shal I clense you.
36:26A new herte also wil I geue you, and a new sprete wil I put in to you: As for that stony hert, I will take it out of youre body, and geue you a fle?shy herte.
36:27I wil geue you my sprete amonge you, and cause you to walke in my commaundemetes, to kepe my lawes, and to fulfill them.
36:28And so ye shall dwell in the londe, that I gaue to yor forefathers, & ye shal be my people, and I wil be youre God.
36:29I wil helpe you out of all youre vnclenesse, I wil call for the corne, and wil increase it, and wil let you haue no honger.
36:30I will multiplie the frutes of the trees and ye increase of the felde for you, so that ye shal beare no more reprofe of honger amoge the Heithe.
36:31Then shal ye remebre yor owne wicked wayes, and youre ymaginacios, which were not good: so that ye shal take displeasure at youre owne selues, by reason of youre synnes and abhominacions.
36:32But I wil not do this for youre sakes (saieth the LORDE God) be ye sure of it. Therfore (o ye house of Israel) be ashamed of youre synnes.
36:33Morouer, thus saieth the LORDE God: what tyme as I shal clese you from all youre offences, then wil I make the cities to be occupied agayne, and wil repayre the places that be decayed.
36:34The desolate londe shalbe buylded agayne, which afore tyme laye waist, in the sight of all them, that wete by.
36:35Then shal it be sayde: This waist lode is become like a garden of pleasure, and the voyde, desolate and broke downe cities, are now stronge, and fensed agayne.
36:36Then the residue of the Heithen that lye rounde aboute you, shal knowe, that I am the LORDE, which repayre that was broken downe, and plante agayne, that was made waist. Euen I the LORDE haue spoken it, & wil do it in dede.
36:37Thus saieth the LORDE God: I wil yet once be founde agayne of ye house of Israel, & do this for them: I shal increase them as a flocke of men.
36:38Like as the holy flocke and the flocke of Ierusalem are in the hie solempne feastes: so shal also the wilde waisted cities be fylled with flockes of men: and they shal knowe, that I am the LORDE.
Coverdale Bible 1535

Coverdale Bible 1535

The Coverdale Bible, compiled by Myles Coverdale and published in 1535, was the first complete English translation of the Bible to contain both the Old and New Testament and translated from the original Hebrew and Greek. The later editions (folio and quarto) published in 1539 were the first complete Bibles printed in England. The 1539 folio edition carried the royal license and was, therefore, the first officially approved Bible translation in English.

Tyndale never had the satisfaction of completing his English Bible; but during his imprisonment, he may have learned that a complete translation, based largely upon his own, had actually been produced. The credit for this achievement, the first complete printed English Bible, is due to Miles Coverdale (1488-1569), afterward bishop of Exeter (1551-1553).

The details of its production are obscure. Coverdale met Tyndale in Hamburg, Germany in 1529, and is said to have assisted him in the translation of the Pentateuch. His own work was done under the patronage of Oliver Cromwell, who was anxious for the publication of an English Bible; and it was no doubt forwarded by the action of Convocation, which, under Archbishop Cranmer's leading, had petitioned in 1534 for the undertaking of such a work.

Coverdale's Bible was probably printed by Froschover in Zurich, Switzerland and was published at the end of 1535, with a dedication to Henry VIII. By this time, the conditions were more favorable to a Protestant Bible than they had been in 1525. Henry had finally broken with the Pope and had committed himself to the principle of an English Bible. Coverdale's work was accordingly tolerated by authority, and when the second edition of it appeared in 1537 (printed by an English printer, Nycolson of Southwark), it bore on its title-page the words, "Set forth with the King's most gracious license." In licensing Coverdale's translation, King Henry probably did not know how far he was sanctioning the work of Tyndale, which he had previously condemned.

In the New Testament, in particular, Tyndale's version is the basis of Coverdale's, and to a somewhat less extent this is also the case in the Pentateuch and Jonah; but Coverdale revised the work of his predecessor with the help of the Zurich German Bible of Zwingli and others (1524-1529), a Latin version by Pagninus, the Vulgate, and Luther. In his preface, he explicitly disclaims originality as a translator, and there is no sign that he made any noticeable use of the Greek and Hebrew; but he used the available Latin, German, and English versions with judgment. In the parts of the Old Testament which Tyndale had not published he appears to have translated mainly from the Zurich Bible. [Coverdale's Bible of 1535 was reprinted by Bagster, 1838.]

In one respect Coverdale's Bible was groundbreaking, namely, in the arrangement of the books of the. It is to Tyndale's example, no doubt, that the action of Coverdale is due. His Bible is divided into six parts -- (1) Pentateuch; (2) Joshua -- Esther; (3) Job -- "Solomon's Balettes" (i.e. Canticles); (4) Prophets; (5) "Apocrypha, the books and treatises which among the fathers of old are not reckoned to be of like authority with the other books of the Bible, neither are they found in the canon of the Hebrew"; (6) the New Testament. This represents the view generally taken by the Reformers, both in Germany and in England, and so far as concerns the English Bible, Coverdale's example was decisive.