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Coverdale Bible 1535



47:1After this he brought me agayne before the dore of the house: & beholde, there gu?shed out waters from vnder ye postes of the house eastwarde (for the house stode towarde the east) that ranne downe vpo the right syde of the house, which lyeth to the aulter south warde.
47:2The caried he me out to the north dore, and brought me forth there rounde aboute by the vttemost dore, yt turneth eastwarde. Beholde, there came forth the water vpon the right syde.
47:3Now whan the man yt had the meterodde in his honde wente out vnto the east dore, he measured a M. cubites, & the he brought me thorow ye water, eue to the ancles:
47:4so he measured yet a thousande, & brought me thorow ye water agayne vnto the knees: yet measured he a thousande, and brought me thorow the water vnto the loynes.
47:5After this he measured a thousande agayne, then was it soch a ryuer, yt I might not wade thorow it: The water was so depe, that it was nedefull to haue swymmed, for it might not be waded ouer.
47:6And he sayde vnto me: hast thou sene this, o thou sonne of man? and with that, he brought me to the ryuer banck agayne.
47:7Now when I came there, there stode many trees vpon ether syde of the ryuer backe.
47:8Then sayde he vnto me: This water that floweth out towarde the east, and runneth downe in to the playne felde, commeth in to the see: and from the see it runneth out, & maketh the waters whole.
47:9Yee all that liue and moue, where vnto this ryuer commeth, shal recouer. And where this water cometh, there shalbe many fysh. For all that commeth to this water, shall be lusty and whole.
47:10By this riuer shal the fy?shers stonde from Engaddi vnto En Eglaim, & there sprede out their nettes: for there shalbe greate heapes of fysh, like as in the mayne see.
47:11As for his claye and pyttes, they shal not be whole, for why, it shalbe occupide for salt.
47:12By this ryuer vpon both the sydes of the shore, there shall growe all maner of frutefull trees, whose leaues shall not fall of, nether shal their frute perish: but euer be rype at their monethes, for their water runneth out of the Sanctuary. His frute is good to eate, and his leaf profitable for medycine.
47:13Thus sayeth the LORDE God: Let this be the border, wherin ye shall deuyde the londe vnto the xij. trybes of Israel, with the lyne.
47:14Parte it indifferently vnto one as vnto another: of the which lode I swore vnto youre fathers, that it shulde fall to youre enheritaunce.
47:15This is the border of the londe vpon the northsyde, from the mayne see, as men go to Zadada:
47:16namely, Hemath, Berotha, Sabarim: from the borders of Damascus and Hemath vnto Hazar Tichon, that lieth vpon the coastes of Hauera.
47:17Thus the borders fro the see forth, shalbe Hazar Euan, the border of Damascus the north, and the borders of Hemath: that is the north parte.
47:18The east syde shal ye measure from Haueran and Damascus, from Galead and the londe of Israel by Iordane and so forth, from the see coast, that lieth eastwarde: and this is the east parte.
47:19The south syde is, from Thamar forth to the waters of strife vnto Cades, the ryuer, to the mayne see: and that is the south parte.
47:20The west parte: namely the greate see from the borders therof, till a man come vnto Hemath: this is the west parte.
47:21This londe shal ye parte amonge you, acordinge to the trybes of Israel,
47:22and deuyde it to be an heretage for you, and for the straugers that dwel amoge you, and begette children. For ye shal take them amonge the childre of Israell, like as though they were of youre owne housholde and countre, and they shal haue heretage with you amonge the childre of Israel.
47:23Loke in what trybe the straunger dwelleth, in the same trybe shal ye geue him his heretage, saieth the LORDE God.
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.