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The Great Bible 1539



9:1Euen lyke as in tyme past, it hath bene well sene, that the lande of Zabulon and the lande of Nephtaly (where thorow the see waye goeth ouer Iordane into the lande of Galilee) was at the fyrst in lytle trouble: but afterwarde sore vexed.
9:2The people that walke in darckenes haue sene a greate lyght. As for them that dwell in the lande of the Shadowe of death, vpon them hath the lyght shyned.
9:3Thou hast multyplyed the people, & not increased theyr ioye. They reioyse before the, euen as men make mery in haruest, and as men that haue gotten the victory, when they deale the spoyle.
9:4For thou hast broken the yocke of the peoples burthen: the staff of hys shoulder and the rod of hys oppressoure, as in the dayes of Madian.
9:5And trulie euery batayll that the warryoure accomplissheth, is done wt confused noyse & defylinge ther garmentes wt bloude: But this batayle shall be wt burnynge & consumynge of fyre.
9:6For vnto vs a chylde is borne, & vnto vs a sonne is geuen. Upon hys shoulder doth the kyngdome lye, and he is called wt hys awne name: wonderfull. The geuer of councell, the myghtye God, the euerlasting father, the prince of peace,
9:7he shall make no ende to encrease the kyngdome & peace, & shall syt vpon the seate of Dauid & in his kyngdome, to set vp the same, & to stablish it wt equyte and ryghteousnesse, from hence forth for euermore. Thys shall the gelousy of the Lorde of Hostes brynge to passe.
9:8The Lorde sent a worde into Iacob, the same is come into Israel.
9:9And all the people of Ephraim shall knowe, and they that dwell in Samaria, that can saye with pryde and hye stomackes, on this maner.
9:10The tyle worcke is fallen downe, but we will buylde it wt squared stones. The Molbery tymbre is broken, but we shall sett it vp agayne with Cedre.
9:11Neuertheles, the Lord shall prepare Razin the enemye agaynst them, and so ordre theyr aduersaryes,
9:12that the Sirians shall laye holde vpon them before, and the Philistynes behynde, and so deuoure Israel with open mouth. After all thys is not the wrath of the Lorde ceassed, but yet hys hande stretched oute styll.
9:13For the people turneth not vnto hym that chastyseth them, nether do they seke the Lorde of Hostes.
9:14Therfore hath the Lorde roted oute of Israel both head and tayle, braunche and twigge in one daye.
9:15By the head, is vnderstande the Senatoure and honorable man, and by the tayle the Prophet that preached lyes.
9:16For all they which enfourme the people that they be in a ryght case, soch be disceauers. Soch as men thyncke also to be perfecte among these, are but cast awayes.
9:17Therfore shall the Lorde haue no pleasure in theyr yonge men, nether fauoure theyr fatherlesse & wydowes. For they are all together ypocrytes and wycked, and all theyr mouthes speake foly. After all thys is not the Lordes wrath ceassed, but yet hys hande is stretched out styll.
9:18For vngodlynesse burneth, as a fyre in the bryers and thornes. And as it were out of a fyre in a wood or a rede bush, so ascendeth the smoke of theyr pryde.
9:19For cause of the wrath of the Lorde of Hostes, is the lande full of darckenesse, and the people be consumed, as it were with fyre, no man doth spare his brother,
9:20but he robbyth on the ryght hand: & doth famishe, he eateth on the lefte hande, and he shall not haue ynough. Euery man shall eate the flesh of his awne arme.
9:21Manasses shall eate Ephraim, and Ephraim. Manasses, and they both shall eate Iuda. After all thys is not the Lordes wrath ceassed, but yet is hys hande stretched out styll.
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."