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Geneva Bible 1560

 

   

3:1What is then the preferment of the Iewe? or what is the profite of circumcision?
3:2Much euery maner of way: for chiefly, because vnto them were of credite committed the oracles of God.
3:3For what, though some did not beleeue? shall their vnbeliefe make the faith of God without effect?
3:4God forbid: yea, let God be true, and euery man a lyar, as it is written, That thou mightest be iustified in thy words, and ouercome, when thou art iudged.
3:5Now if our vnrighteousnes comend the righteousnes of God, what shall we say? Is God vnrighteous which punisheth? (I speake as a man.)
3:6God forbid: els how shall God iudge ye world?
3:7For if the veritie of God hath more abounded through my lye vnto his glorie, why am I yet condemned as a sinner?
3:8And (as we are blamed, and as some affirme, that we say) why doe we not euil, that good may come thereof? whose damnation is iust.
3:9What then? are we more excellent? No, in no wise: for we haue alreadie prooued, that all, both Iewes and Gentiles are vnder sinne,
3:10As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one.
3:11There is none that vnderstandeth: there is none that seeketh God.
3:12They haue all gone out of the way: they haue bene made altogether vnprofitable: there is none that doeth good, no not one.
3:13Their throte is an open sepulchre: they haue vsed their tongues to deceit: the poyson of aspes is vnder their lippes.
3:14Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitternesse.
3:15Their feete are swift to shead blood.
3:16Destruction and calamity are in their waies,
3:17And ye way of peace they haue not knowen.
3:18The feare of God is not before their eies.
3:19Now we know that whatsoeuer ye Lawe saieth, it saieth it to them which are vnder ye Law, that euery mouth may bee stopped, and all the world be subiect to the iudgement of God.
3:20Therefore by the woorkes of the Lawe shall no flesh be iustified in his sight: for by the Lawe commeth the knowledge of sinne.
3:21But nowe is the righteousnesse, of God made manifest without the Lawe, hauing witnes of the Lawe and of the Prophets,
3:22To wit, the righteousnesse of God by the faith of Iesus Christ, vnto all, and vpon all that beleeue.
3:23For there is no difference: for all haue sinned, and are depriued of the glorie of God,
3:24And are iustified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Iesus,
3:25Whom God hath set forth to be a reconciliation through faith in his blood to declare his righteousnes, by the forgiuenesse of the sinnes that are passed,
3:26Through the patience of God, to shewe at this time his righteousnesse, that hee might be iust, and a iustifier of him which is of the faith of Iesus.
3:27Where is then the reioycing? It is excluded. By what Lawe? of woorkes? Nay: but by the Lawe of faith.
3:28Therefore we conclude, that a man is iustified by faith, without the workes of the Lawe.
3:29God, is he the God of the Iewes onely, and not of the Gentiles also? Yes, euen of the Gentiles also.
3:30For it is one God, who shall iustifie circumcision of faith, and vncircumcision through faith.
3:31Doe we then make the Lawe of none effect through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the Lawe.
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.