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Coverdale Bible 1535



45:1When ye deuyde the lode by the lott, ye shal put asyde one parte for the LORDE, to be holy from other londes: namely, xxv M meteroddes longe, and x M brode. This shalbe holy, as wyde as it is rounde aboute.
45:2Of this parte there shal be longe vnto the Sanctuary v C meteroddes in all the foure corners, and l cubites wyde rounde aboute to the suburbes.
45:3And from this meausre, namely of xxv M metteroddes longe, and x M brode, thou shalt measure, wherin the Sanctuary and the holiest of all maye stonde.
45:4The resydue of that holy grounde shall be the prestes, which do seruyce in the Sanctuary of the LORDE, and go in before the LORDE to serue him, that they maye haue rowme to dwell in.
45:5As for the Sanctuary, it shal stonde for it self: and to the Leuites the serue in that house, there shalbe geuen xx habitacions, of the xxv M legth & x M bredth:
45:6ye shal geue also vnto the cite a possessio of v M meteroddes brode, & xxv M longe, besyde the parte of ye Sanctuary: that shal be for the whole house of Israel.
45:7Vpon both the sydes of the Sanctuarys parte, & by the cite, there shalbe geuen vnto the prynce, what so euer lyeth ouer agaynst the cite, as farre as reacheth westwarde and eastwarde: which shalbe as longe as one parte, fro ye west vnto ye east.
45:8This shalbe his owne lode in Israel, that my princes be no more chargeable vnto my people. And soch as remayneth yet ouer in the londe, shalbe geuen to the house of Israel acordinge to their trybes.
45:9Thus saieth the LORDE God: O ye princes, ye haue now oppressed and destroyed ynough: now leaue of, handle now acordinge to the thinge, that is equall and laufull: and thrust out my people nomore, sayeth ye LORDE God.
45:10Ye shal haue a true weight, a true Epha, & a true Bat.
45:11The Epha & the Bat shalbe a like. One Bat shal coteyne ye teth parte of an Homer, and so shal one Epha do: their measure shalbe after ye Homer.
45:12One Sycle maketh xx. Geras. So xx. Sycles, and xxv. & xv. Sycles make a pounde.
45:13This is the Heaue offrynge, that ye shal geue to be heaued: namely, the xvj. parte of an Epha, out of an Homer of wheat: and the xvj. parte of an Epha, out of an Homer of barlie.
45:14The oyle shalbe measured with the Bat: euen the x. parte of one Bat out of a Cor. Ten Battes make one Homer: for one Homer maketh ten Battes.
45:15And one labe from two hundreth shepe out of the pasture of Israel, for a meatoffrynge, burntoffrynge and healthoffrynge, to recocile them, sayeth the LORDE God.
45:16All the people of the londe shal geue this heaue offrynge with a frewil.
45:17Agayne, it shal be the prynces parte to offre burntoffrynges, meatoffrynges and drynkoffrynges vnto the LORDE, in the holy dayes, new Moones, Sabbathes, and in all the hye feastes of the house of Israel. The synoffrynge, meatofferynge, brentofferynge & healthoffringe shal he geue, to recocile the house of Israel.
45:18Thus sayeth ye LORDE God: The first daye of the first moneth thou shalt take a yoge bullocke without blemysh, and clense the Sanctuary.
45:19So the prest shal take of the bloude of ye synoffrynge, and sprenkle it vpon the postes of the house, and vpon the foure corners of the aulter, with the dorepostes of the ynnermer courte.
45:20And thus shalt thou do also the seuenth daye of ye moneth (for soch as haue synned of ignoraunce, or beynge disceaued) to reconcile the house withall.
45:21Vpon ye xiiij. daye of the first moneth ye shal kepe Easter. Seue dayes shal the feast contynue, wherin there shal no sower ner leueded bred be eate.
45:22Vpon the same daye shal ye prynce geue for himself and all the people of the londe, a bullocke for a synoffringe.
45:23And in the feast of the seuen dayes he shal offre euery daye a bullocke & a ram, that are with out blemysh, for a burntoffrynge vnto the LORDE: & an he gaote daylie for a synoffrynge.
45:24For the meatoffrynges he shall geue euer an Epha to a bullocke, an Epha to a ram, & an Hin of oyle to an Epha.
45:25Vpon ye xv. daye of the seuenth moneth, he shal kepe the seuen dayes holy one after another, eue as the other vij. dayes: with the synoffrynge, burntoffringe, meatoffrynge, and with the oyle.
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.