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The Great Bible 1539

 

   

26:1Agrippa sayde vnto Paul: thou art permytted to speake for thy selfe. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for hym selfe.
26:2I thinke my self happy king Agrippa, because I shall answere this daye before the, of all the thinges wherof, I am accused of the Iewes:
26:3namely, because thou arte experte in all customes and questions, which are among the Iewes. Wherfore I beseche the, to heare me paciently.
26:4My lyuynge that I haue lead of a chylde (which was at the fyrst among myne awne nacion at Ierusalem) knowe all the Iewes,
26:5which knewe me from the begynnynge, yf they wolde testyfye. For after the moost straytest secte of our religion, I lyued a pharisey.
26:6And now I stande and am iudged for the hope of the promes made of God vnto oure father:
26:7vnto which promes our twelue tribes (instantly seruyng God daye & night) hope to come. For which hopes sake, kynge Agrippa, I am accused of the Iewes.
26:8Why shulde it be thought a thynge incredyble vnto you, that God shulde rayse agayne the deed?
26:9I also verely thought in my selfe, that I ought to do many contrary thynges, cleane agaynst the name of Iesus of Nazareth:
26:10which thynge I also dyd in Ierusalem. And many of the saynctes dyd I shut vp in preson, and had receaued auctorite of the hye Prestes. And when they were put to deeth. I gaue the sentence.
26:11And I punisshed them ofte in euery synagoge, and compelled them to blaspheme: and was yet more mad vpon them, and persecuted them, euen vnto straunge cyties.
26:12About which thinges as I went to Damasco wyth auctorite and licence of the hye Prestes,
26:13euen at myddaye. (O kyng) I sawe in the waye a lyght from heauen aboue the bryghtnes of the sonne shyne rounde about me, and them whych iorneyed wyth me.
26:14When we were all fallen to the erthe, I heard a voyce speakynge vnto me, & saying in the Hebrue tonge: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is harde for the to kicke agaynst the prickes.
26:15And I sayd: Who art thou Lorde? And he sayde: I am Iesus whom thou persecutest,
26:16but ryse and stand vp on thy fete. For I haue appeared vnto the for thys purpose, to make the a minister and a witnes both of those thynges whych thou hast sene, & of those thynges in the which I will appeare vnto the,
26:17delyueringe the from the people, and from the gentyls, vnto whom now I sende the,
26:18to open their eyes, that they maye be turned from darckness to light, and from the power of Satan vnto God, that they maye receaue forgeuenes of synnes, and inheritaunce amonge them whych are sanctified by fayth that is toward me.
26:19Wherfore (O kynge Agryppa) I was not disobedient vnto the heauenly visyon:
26:20but shewed fyrst vnto them of Damasco, and at Ierusalem, and thorow out all the coastes of Iewry, and then to the gentyls, that they shuld repent, and turne to God, and do soch workes as become them that repent.
26:21For thys cause the Iewes caught me in the temple, and went about to kyll me.
26:22Seyng therfore that I haue obtained helpe of God: I contynew vnto thys daye, wytnessinge bothe to small & to great, saying none other thynges, then those whych the prophetes and Moses dyd saye shuld come:
26:23that Christ shulde soffer, and that he shulde be the fyrst that shuld ryse from deth, and shuld shew lyght vnto the people, and to the gentyls.
26:24As he thus spake for hym selfe: Festus sayde with a loude voyce: Paul, thou art besyde thy selfe. Moch learnynge doth make the madd.
26:25And Paul sayde: I am not mad (most deare Festus) but speake forth the wordes of trueth and sobernes.
26:26For the kynge knoweth of these thynges, before whom also I speake frely: nether thynke I that eny of these thynges are hydden from him. For thys thynge was not done in a corner.
26:27Kynge Agrippa beleuest thou the Prophetes? I wote well that thou beleuest.
26:28Agrippa sayde vnto Paul: Sumwhat thou bryngest me in mynde for to become Chrysten.
26:29And Paul sayde? I wolde to God that not onely thou: but also all that heare me to daye were, not somwhat onely, but all together, soch as I am, except these bondes.
26:30And when he had thus spoken, the kynge rose vp, and the debite, and Bernice, and they that sate with them,
26:31And when they were gone aparte, they talked betwene them selues, sayinge. Thys man doeth nothyng worthy of deeth, or of bondes.
26:32Then sayde Agrippa vnto Festus. Thys man myght haue bene let loose, yf he had not appealed vnto Cesar.
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."