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6:1What shall we say then? Shall we continue still in sinne, that grace may abounde? God forbid.
6:2Howe shall we, that are dead to sinne, liue yet therein?
6:3Knowe ye not, that all we which haue bene baptized into Iesus Christ, haue bene baptized into his death?
6:4We are buried then with him by baptisme into his death, that like as Christ was raysed vp from the dead to the glorie of the Father, so we also should walke in newnesse of life.
6:5For if we be planted with him to the similitude of his death, euen so shall we be to the similitude of his resurrection,
6:6Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sinne might be destroied, that henceforth we should not serue sinne.
6:7For he that is dead, is freed from sinne.
6:8Wherefore, if we bee dead with Christ, we beleeue that we shall liue also with him,
6:9Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead, dieth no more: death hath no more dominion ouer him.
6:10For in that hee died, hee died once to sinne but in that he liueth, he liueth to God.
6:11Likewise thinke ye also, that ye are dead to sin, but are aliue to God in Iesus Christ our Lord.
6:12Let not sinne reigne therefore in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in ye lusts therof:
6:13Neither giue ye your members, as weapons of vnrighteousnes vnto sinne: but giue your selues vnto God, as they that are aliue from the dead, and giue your members as weapons of righteousnesse vnto God.
6:14For sinne shall not haue dominion ouer you: for ye are not vnder ye Lawe, but vnder grace.
6:15What then? shall we sinne, because we are not vnder the Law, but vnder grace? God forbid.
6:16Knowe ye not, that to whomsoeuer yee giue your selues as seruats to obey, his seruants ye are to whom ye obey, whether it be of sinne vnto death, or of obedience vnto righteousnesse?
6:17But God be thanked, that ye haue beene the seruants of sinne, but yee haue obeyed from the heart vnto the forme of the doctrine, wherunto ye were deliuered.
6:18Being then made free from sinne, yee are made the seruants of righteousnesse.
6:19I speake after the maner of man, because of the infirmitie of your flesh: for as yee haue giuen your members seruants to vncleannes and to iniquitie, to commit iniquitie, so now giue your mebers seruants vnto righteousnesse in holinesse.
6:20For when ye were the seruants of sinne, ye were freed from righteousnesse.
6:21What fruit had ye then in those things, whereof ye are nowe ashamed? For the ende of those things is death.
6:22But now being freed from sinne, and made seruants vnto God, ye haue your fruit in holines, and the end, euerlasting life.
6:23For the wages of sinne is death: but the gift of God is eternall life, through Iesus Christ our Lord.
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.