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Geneva Bible 1560

 

   

15:1We which are strong, ought to beare the infirmities of the weake, and not to please our selues.
15:2Therefore let euery man please his neighbour in that that is good to edification.
15:3For Christ also would not please himselfe, but as it is written, The rebukes of them which rebuke thee, fell on me.
15:4For whatsoeuer things are written aforetime, are writte for our learning, that we through patience, and comfort of the Scriptures might haue hope.
15:5Now the God of patience and consolation giue you that ye be like minded one towards another, according to Christ Iesus,
15:6That ye with one minde, and with one mouth may prayse God, euen the Father of our Lord Iesus Christ.
15:7Wherefore receiue ye one another, as Christ also receiued vs to the glory of God.
15:8Nowe I say, that Iesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision, for the trueth of God, to confirme the promises made vnto the fathers.
15:9And let the Gentiles prayse God, for his mercie, as it is written, For this cause I wil confesse thee among the Gentiles, and sing vnto thy Name.
15:10And againe he saith, Reioyce, ye Gentiles with his people.
15:11And againe, Prayse the Lord, all ye Gentiles, and laude ye him, all people together.
15:12And againe Esaias sayth, There shall be a roote of Iesse, and hee that shall rise to reigne ouer the Gentiles, in him shall the Gentiles trust.
15:13Nowe the God of hope fill you with all ioye, and peace in beleeuing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the holy Ghost.
15:14And I my selfe also am perswaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodnes, and filled with all knowledge, and are able to admonish one another.
15:15Neuerthelesse, brethren, I haue somewhat boldly after a sort written vnto you, as one that putteth you in remembrance, through the grace that is giuen me of God,
15:16That I should be the minister of Iesus Christ toward the Gentiles, ministring the Gospel of God, that the offering vp of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the holy Ghost.
15:17I haue therefore whereof I may reioyce in Christ Iesus in those things which pertaine to God.
15:18For I dare not speake of any thing, which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient in worde and deede,
15:19With the power of signes and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God: so that from Hierusalem, and round about vnto Illyricum, I haue caused to abound the Gospel of Christ.
15:20Yea, so I enforced my selfe to preach the Gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should haue built on another mans foundation.
15:21But as it is written, To whome hee was not spoken of, they shall see him, and they that heard not, shall vnderstand him.
15:22Therefore also I haue bene oft let to come vnto you:
15:23But nowe seeing I haue no more place in these quarters, and also haue bene desirous many yeeres agone to come vnto you,
15:24When I shall take my iourney into Spaine, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my iourney, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, after that I haue bene somewhat filled with your company.
15:25But now go I to Hierusalem, to minister vnto the Saints.
15:26For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia, to make a certaine distribution vnto the poore Saints which are at Hierusalem.
15:27For it hath pleased them, and their detters are they: for if the Gentiles be made partakers of their spirituall things, their duetie is also to minister vnto them in carnall things.
15:28When I haue therefore performed this, and haue sealed them this fruite, I will passe by you into Spaine.
15:29And I knowe when I come, that I shall come to you with abundance of the blessing of the Gospel of Christ.
15:30Also brethren, I beseeche you for our Lord Iesus Christes sake, and for the loue of the spirit, that ye would striue with me by prayers to God for me,
15:31That I may be deliuered from them which are disobedient in Iudea, and that my seruice which I haue to doe at Hierusalem, may be accepted of the Saintes,
15:32That I may come vnto you with ioy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.
15:33Thus the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
Geneva Bible 1560

Geneva Bible 1560

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.