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Geneva Bible 1560/1599



4:1And as they spake vnto the people, the Priestes and the Captaine of the Temple, and the Sadduces came vpon them,
4:2Taking it grieuously that they taught the people, and preached in Iesus Name the resurrection from the dead.
4:3And they layde handes on them, and put them in holde, vntill the next day: for it was now euentide.
4:4Howbeit, many of them which heard the word, beleeued, and the number of the men was about fiue thousand.
4:5And it came to passe on the morow, that their rulers, and Elders, and Scribes, were gathered together at Hierusalem,
4:6And Annas the chiefe Priest, and Caiaphas, and Iohn, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the hie Priestes.
4:7And whe they had set them before them, they asked, By what power, or in what Name haue ye done this?
4:8Then Peter ful of the holy Ghost, said vnto them, Ye rulers of the people, and Elders of Israel,
4:9For as much as we this day are examined of the good deede done to the impotent man, to wit, by what meanes he is made whole,
4:10Be it knowen vnto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye haue crucified, whome God raised againe from the dead, euen by him doth this man stand here before you, whole.
4:11This is the stone cast aside of you builders which is become the head of the corner.
4:12Neither is there saluation in any other: for among men there is giuen none other Name vnder heauen, whereby we must be saued.
4:13Now when they sawe the boldnes of Peter and Iohn, and vnderstoode that they were vnlearned men and without knowledge, they marueiled, and knew them, that they had bin with Iesus:
4:14And beholding also the man which was healed standing with them, they had nothing to say against it.
4:15Then they commanded them to goe aside out of the Council, and conferred among themselues,
4:16Saying, What shall we doe to these men? for surely a manifest signe is done by them, and it is openly knowen to all them that dwell in Hierusalem: and we cannot denie it.
4:17But that it be noysed no farther among the people, let vs threaten and charge them, that they speake hencefoorth to no man in this Name.
4:18So they called them, and commanded them, that in no wise they should speake or teach in the Name of Iesus.
4:19But Peter and Iohn answered vnto them, and said, Whether it be right in the sight of God, to obey you rather then God, iudge ye.
4:20For we cannot but speake the things which we haue seene and heard.
4:21So they threatened them, and let them goe, and found nothing how to punish them, because of the people: for all men praised God for that which was done.
4:22For the man was aboue fourtie yeeres olde, on whome this miracle of healing was shewed.
4:23Then assoone as they were let goe, they came to their fellowes, and shewed all that the hie Priestes and Elders had said vnto them.
4:24And when they heard it, they lift vp their voyces to God with one accord, and said, O Lord, thou art the God which hast made the heaue, and the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them,
4:25Which by the mouth of thy seruant Dauid hast saide, Why did the Gentiles rage, and the people imagine vaine things?
4:26The Kings of the earth assembled, and the rulers came together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
4:27For doutlesse, against thine holy Sonne Iesus, whome thou haddest anoynted, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel gathered themselues together,
4:28To doe whatsoeuer thine hand, and thy counsell had determined before to be done.
4:29And nowe, O Lord, beholde their threatnings, and graunt vnto thy seruants with all boldnesse to speake thy word,
4:30So that thou stretch forth thine hand, that healing, and signes, and wonders may be done by the Name of thine holy Sonne Iesus.
4:31And when as they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together, and they were all filled with the holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God boldely.
4:32And the multitude of them that beleeued, were of one heart, and of one soule: neither any of them said, that any thing of that which he possessed, was his owne, but they had all thinges common.
4:33And with great power gaue the Apostles witnes of the resurrection of the Lord Iesus: and great grace was vpon them all.
4:34Neither was there any among them, that lacked: for as many as were possessours of landes or houses, solde them, and brought the price of the things that were solde,
4:35And layde it downe at the Apostles feete, and it was distributed vnto euery man, according as he had neede.
4:36Also Ioses which was called of the Apostles, Barnabas (that is by interpretation the sonne of consolation) being a Leuite, and of the countrey of Cyprus,
4:37Where as he had land, solde it, and brought the money, and laid it downe at the Apostles feete.
Geneva Bible 1560/1599

Geneva Bible 1560/1599

The Geneva Bible is one of the most influential and historically significant translations of the Bible into English, preceding the King James translation by 51 years. It was the primary Bible of 16th century Protestantism and was the Bible used by William Shakespeare, Oliver Cromwell, John Knox, John Donne, and John Bunyan. The language of the Geneva Bible was more forceful and vigorous and because of this, most readers strongly preferred this version at the time.

The Geneva Bible was produced by a group of English scholars who, fleeing from the reign of Queen Mary, had found refuge in Switzerland. During the reign of Queen Mary, no Bibles were printed in England, the English Bible was no longer used in churches and English Bibles already in churches were removed and burned. Mary was determined to return Britain to Roman Catholicism.

The first English Protestant to die during Mary's turbulent reign was John Rogers in 1555, who had been the editor of the Matthews Bible. At this time, hundreds of Protestants left England and headed for Geneva, a city which under the leadership of Calvin, had become the intellectual and spiritual capital of European Protestants.

One of these exiles was William Whittingham, a fellow of Christ Church at Oxford University, who had been a diplomat, a courtier, was much traveled and skilled in many languages including Greek and Hebrew. He eventually succeeded John Knox as the minister of the English congregation in Geneva. Whittingham went on to publish the 1560 Geneva Bible.

This version is significant because, it came with a variety of scriptural study guides and aids, which included verse citations that allow the reader to cross-reference one verse with numerous relevant verses in the rest of the Bible, introductions to each book of the Bible that acted to summarize all of the material that each book would cover, maps, tables, woodcut illustrations, indices, as well as other included features, all of which would eventually lead to the reputation of the Geneva Bible as history's very first study Bible.