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The Great Bible 1539



13:1This is the heuy burthen of Babylon, which Esay the sonne of Amos dyd se.
13:2Lyft vp the banner vpon the hye hyl, call vnto them, holde vp youre hande that the Prynces maye go in at the dore.
13:3I haue sent for my debytes & my gyauntes (sayth the Lord) which shall execute wrath, I wyll call for soch, as triumphe in my glory.
13:4There is a noyse of a multytude in the mountaynes, like as of a great people, a russhynge, as though the kyngdomes of the nacions came together. (And the Lord of Hostes, mustreth his armye to bataile.)
13:5They come out of a farre countree, from the ende of heauen: Euen the Lord hym selfe wt the ministers of his wrath, to destroye the whole lande.
13:6Mourne ye, for the daye of the Lord is at hande, and shall come as a destroyer from the almyghtie.
13:7Therfore shall all handes be letten downe, & all mens hertes shal melt awaye,
13:8they shall stande in feare, carefulnesse and sorow shall come vpon them, & they shall haue payne, as a woman that trauayleth with childe. One shall be abasshed of another, and their faces shall burne lyke the flamme of fyre.
13:9Beholde, the daye of the Lord shall come, terrible, ful of indignacion, furoure & wrath to make the lande waste, & to roote out the synners therof.
13:10For the starres & planetes of heauen shal not geue their lyght, the sunne shalbe darkened in the rysynge, and the moone shall not shyne with his lyght.
13:11And I wyll punysh the wyckednesse of the worlde, and the synnes of the vngodly, sayeth the Lorde. The hye stomackes of the proude wyll I take awaye, and wyll laye downe the boastynge of tyrauntes.
13:12I will make a man dearer then fyne golde, and a man to be more worth then a golden wedge of Ophir.
13:13Therfore, I wyll shake the heauen, and the earth shall remoue out of her place: in the wrath of the Lord of hostes, and in the daye of hys fearfull indignacion.
13:14And Babylon shalbe as an hunted or chased doo, and as a shepe that no man taketh vp. Euery man shall turne to hys awne people, and flye eche one into his awne lande.
13:15Who so is founde alone, shalbe shot thorow: And who so gather together, shalbe destroyed with the swerde.
13:16Their chyldren shalbe slayne before their eyes, their houses spoyled, and their wyues rauished.
13:17For lo, I shall brynge vp the Medes agaynst them, which shall not regarde siluer, nor be desirous of gold.
13:18With bowes shall they destroye the yong chidren, & haue no pytie vpon wemen wyth chylde, & their faces shall not spare the chyldren.
13:19And Babylon (that glory of kyngdomes and bewtye of the Caldees honour) shalbe destroyed euen as God destroyed Sodome and Gomorre.
13:20It shall not endure for euer, nether shall there be any more dwellyng there, from generacyon to generacyon. The Arabians shall pytch no tentes there, nether shal the shepheardes make their foldes there any more:
13:21but fearfull wild beastes shall lye there, & the houses shalbe full of greate Dules. Estriches shall dwel there, & Apes shal daunse there
13:22wild cattes shal crye in the palaces, and Dragons shalbe in the pleasaunt houses. And as for Babylons tyme it is at hand, & her dayes shal not be prolonged.
The Great Bible 1539

The Great Bible 1539

The Great Bible of 1539 was the first authorized edition of the Bible in English, authorized by King Henry VIII of England to be read aloud in the church services of the Church of England. The Great Bible was prepared by Myles Coverdale, working under commission of Thomas, Lord Cromwell, Secretary to Henry VIII and Vicar General. In 1538, Cromwell directed the clergy to provide "one book of the bible of the largest volume in English, and the same set up in some convenient place within the said church that ye have care of, whereas your parishioners may most commodiously resort to the same and read it."