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The Great Bible 1539



3:1For lo, the Lorde God of Hostes doth take awaye from Ierusalem and Iuda, all possessions & power al meat and dryncke,
3:2the captayne and the soudyar, the iudge and prophete, the wyse and the aged man,
3:3the prince of fyftie yeare olde, and the honorable: the Senatours, and men of vnderstandynge: the master of craftes and oratours.
3:4And I shall geue them children to be theyr princes, & babes shall haue the rule of you.
3:5The people also shalbe pylled and polled, and one shall euer be doynge violence and wronge to another. The boye shall presume agaynst the elder, and the vyle persone agaynst the honorable.
3:6Yee, one shall take a frende of hys awne kynred by the bosome, and saye: thou hast clothynge, thou shalt be our head, for thou mayest kepe vs from thys fall & parell.
3:7Then shall he sweare & saye I cannot helpe you. Moreouer, there is nether meate ner clothyng in my house, make me no ruler of the people.
3:8For Ierusalem is ouerthrowne & Iuda must fall to the grownde, because that both theyr wordes & councels are agaynst the Lorde, to prouoke the presence of hys magesty vnto anger.
3:9The chaungynge of theyr countenaunce bewrayeth them, yee, they declare theyr awne synnes, them selues, as the Sodomites, & hyde them not. Wo be vnto theyr soules for they haue retourned euyll vnto them selues.
3:10Byd the ryghteous do well, for they shall enioye the frutes of theyr studies.
3:11But wo be to the vngodly and vnryghteous, for they shalbe rewarded after theyr worckes.
3:12Children are extorcioners of my people, and wemen haue rule of them. O my people, those that call the blessed deceaue the, and depraue the waye of thy fotesteppes.
3:13The Lorde is rysen vp to commen of the matter, and standeth vp (I saye) to geue iudgement of the people.
3:14The Lorde shall come forth to reason with the Senatours and prynces of hys people. It is ye that haue burnt vp my vyneyarde, the extorcyon done to the poore is in your houses.
3:15Wherfore do ye oppresse my people, & marre the faces of the poore? sayeth the Lorde God of hostes.
3:16Moreouer, thus sayth the lord: Seing the daughters of Sion are be come so proude, and come in wt stretched out neckes and with vayne wanton eyes: seynge they come in tryppyng so nycely with theyr fete:
3:17Therfore shall the Lorde shaue the heades of the daughters of Sion, and shal discouer theyr shame.
3:18In that daye shall the Lord take awaye the gorgiousnes of theyr apparell, and spanges, cheynes, partelettes,
3:19and colarres, bracelettes and hooues,
3:20the goodly floured, wyde and brodered rayment, brooches, and headbandes,
3:21rynges and garlandes,
3:22holy daye clothes and vales, kerchefes and pinnes,
3:23glasses and cypresses, bonettes and taches.
3:24And in steade of good smell, there shalbe stynck amonge them. And for theyr gyrdles there shalbe lowse bandes. And for well sett heare there shalbe baldenesse. In steade of a stomacher, a sack cloth, and for theyr bewty witherdnesse, and sonne burnyng.
3:25Youre housbandes and myghtie men shall perysh with the swerde in batayle.
3:26At that tyme shal theyr gates mourne and complayne, and they shall sytt as desolate folck vpon the earth.
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."