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Geneva Bible 1560

 

   

11:1Now faith is the grounds of things, which are hoped for, and the euidence of things which are not seene.
11:2For by it our elders were well reported of.
11:3Through faith we vnderstand that the world was ordeined by the worde of God, so that the things which we see, are not made of things which did appeare.
11:4By faith Abel offered vnto God a greater sacrifice then Cain, by the which he obtained witnes that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: by the which faith also he being dead, yet speaketh.
11:5By faith was Enoch translated, that he should not see death: neither was he found: for God had translated him: for before he was translated, he was reported of, that he had pleased God.
11:6But without faith it is vnpossible to please him: for he that commeth to God, must beleeue that God is, and that he is a rewarder of them that seeke him.
11:7By faith Noe being warned of God of the things which were as yet not seene, mooued with reuerence, prepared the Arke to the sauing of his housholde, through the which Arke hee condemned the world, and was made heire of the righteousnes, which is by faith.
11:8By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed God, to goe out into a place, which hee should afterward receiue for inheritance, and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
11:9By faith he abode in the land of promise, as in a strange countrey, as one that dwelt in tents with Isaac and Iacob heires with him of the same promise.
11:10For he looked for a citie hauing a foundation, whose builder and maker is God.
11:11Through faith Sara also receiued strength to conceiue seede, and was deliuered of a childe when she was past age, because she iudged him faithfull which had promised.
11:12And therefore sprang there of one, euen of one which was dead, so many as the starres of the skie in multitude, and as the land of the sea shore which is innumerable.
11:13All these died in faith, and receiued not the promises, but sawe them a farre off, and beleeued them, and receiued them thankefully, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
11:14For they that say such things, declare plainely, that they seeke a countrey.
11:15And if they had bene mindfull of that countrey, from whence they came out, they had leasure to haue returned.
11:16But nowe they desire a better, that is an heauenly: wherefore God is not ashamed of them to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a citie.
11:17By faith Abraham offered vp Isaac, when he was tryed, and he that had receiued the promises, offered his onely begotten sonne.
11:18(To whom it was said, In Isaac shall thy seede be called.)
11:19For he considered that God was able to raise him vp euen from the dead: from whence he receiued him also after a sort.
11:20By faith Isaac blessed Iacob and Esau, concerning things to come.
11:21By faith Iacob when he was a dying, blessed both the sonnes of Ioseph, and leaning on the ende of his staffe, worshipped God.
11:22By faith Ioseph when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel, and gaue commandement of his bones.
11:23By faith Moses when he was borne, was hid three moneths of his parents, because they sawe he was a proper childe, neither feared they the kings commandement.
11:24By faith Moses when he was come to age, refused to be called the sonne of Pharaohs daughter,
11:25And chose rather to suffer aduersitie with the people of God, then to enioy the pleasures of sinnes for a season,
11:26Esteeming the rebuke of Christ greater riches then the treasures of Egypt: for he had respect vnto the recompence of the reward.
11:27By faith he forsooke Egypt, and feared not the fiercenes of the king: for he endured, as he that sawe him which is inuisible.
11:28Through faith he ordeined the Passeouer and the effusion of blood, least he that destroyed the first borne, should touche them.
11:29By faith they passed through the red sea as by drie land, which when the Egyptians had assayed to doe, they were swallowed vp.
11:30By faith the walles of Iericho fell downe after they were copassed about seue dayes.
11:31By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them which obeyed not, when she had receiued the spies peaceably.
11:32And what shall I more say? for the time would be too short for me to tell of Gedeon, of Barac, and of Sampson, and of Iephte, also of Dauid, and Samuel, and of the Prophets:
11:33Which through faith subdued kingdomes, wrought righteousnesse, obteined the promises, stopped the mouthes of lions,
11:34Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sworde, of weake were made strong, waxed valiant in battell, turned to flight the armies of the aliants.
11:35The women receiued their dead raised to life: other also were racked, and woulde not be deliuered, that they might receiue a better resurrection.
11:36And others haue bene tryed by mockings and scourgings, yea, moreouer by bondes and prisonment.
11:37They were stoned, they were hewen asunder, they were tempted, they were slaine with the sworde, they wandred vp and downe in sheepes skinnes, and in goates skinnes, being destitute, afflicted, and tormented:
11:38Whom the world was not worthie of: they wandered in wildernesses and mountaines, and dennes, and caues of the earth.
11:39And these all through faith obteined good report, and receiued not the promise,
11:40God prouiding a better thing for vs, that they without vs should not be made perfite.
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.