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King James Bible 1611

 

   

29:1Then Iacob went on his iourney, and came into the land of the people of the East.
29:2And he looked, and behold, a well in the field, and loe, there were three flocks of sheepe lying by it: for out of that wel they watered the flocks: and a great stone was vpon the welles mouth.
29:3And thither were all the flockes gathered, and they rolled the stone from the wels mouth, & watered the sheepe, and put the stone againe vpon the wels mouth in his place.
29:4And Iacob said vnto them, My brethren, whence be ye? and they saide, Of Haran are we.
29:5And he said vnto them, Know ye Laban the sonne of Nahor? And they sayde, We knowe him.
29:6And he said vnto them, Is hee well? and they said, He is well: and behold, Rachel his daughter commeth with the sheepe.
29:7And hee said, Loe, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattell should be gathered together: water yee the sheepe, and goe and feed them.
29:8And they said, We cannot, vntill all the flockes bee gathered together, and till they rolle the stone from the welles mouth: then wee water the sheepe.
29:9And while hee yet spake with them, Rachel came with her fathers sheepe: for she kept them.
29:10And it came to passe, when Iacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mothers brother, and the sheepe of Laban his mothers brother; that Iacob went neere, and rolled the stone from the wels mouth, and watered the flocke of Laban his mothers brother.
29:11And Iacob kissed Rachel, and lifted vp his voyce, and wept.
29:12And Iacob told Rachel, that hee was her fathers brother, and that hee was Rebekahs sonne: and she ranne, and told her father.
29:13And it came to passe, when Laban heard the tidings of Iacob his sisters sonne, that he ranne to meete him, and imbraced him, and kissed him, & brought him to his house: and hee tolde Laban all these things.
29:14And Laban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and my flesh: and he abode with him the space of a moneth.
29:15And Laban said vnto Iacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serue me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be?
29:16And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the yonger was Rachel.
29:17Leah was tender eyed: but Rachel was beautiful and well fauoured.
29:18And Iacob loued Rachel, and said, I will serue thee seuen yeeres for Rachel thy yonger daughter.
29:19And Laban said, It is better that I giue her to thee, then that I should giue her to another man: abide with mee.
29:20And Iacob serued seuen yeeres for Rachel: and they seemed vnto him but a few dayes, for the loue hee had to her.
29:21And Iacob said vnto Laban, Giue me my wife (for my dayes are fulfilled) that I may goe in vnto her.
29:22And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.
29:23And it came to passe in the euening, that he tooke Leah his daughter, and brought her to him, and he went in vnto her.
29:24And Laban gaue vnto his daughter Leah, Zilpah his mayde, for a handmayd.
29:25And it came to passe, that in the morning, behold it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done vnto mee? did not I serue with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?
29:26And Laban said, It must not be so done in our countrey, to giue the yonger, before the first borne.
29:27Fulfill her weeke, and wee will giue thee this also, for the seruice which thou shalt serue with mee, yet seuen other yeeres.
29:28And Iacob did so, and fulfilled her weeke: and he gaue him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29:29And Laban gaue to Rachel his daughter, Bilhah his handmayd, to be her mayd.
29:30And hee went in also vnto Rachel, and he loued also Rachel more then Leah, and serued with him yet seuen other yeeres.
29:31And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, hee opened her wombe: but Rachel was barren.
29:32And Leah conceiued and bare a sonne, and shee called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely, the LORD hath looked vpon my affliction; now therefore my husband will loue me.
29:33And shee conceiued againe, and bare a sonne, and saide, Because the LORD hath heard that I was hated, hee hath therefore giuen mee this sonne also, and she called his name Simeon.
29:34And shee conceiued againe, and bare a sonne, and said, Now this time will my husband be ioyned vnto me, because I haue borne him three sonnes: therefore was his name called Leui.
29:35And shee conceiued againe, and bare a sonne: and she said, Now wil I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Iudah, and left bearing.
King James Bible 1611

King James Bible 1611

The commissioning of the King James Bible took place at a conference at the Hampton Court Palace in London England in 1604. When King James came to the throne he wanted unity and stability in the church and state, but was well aware that the diversity of his constituents had to be considered. There were the Papists who longed for the English church to return to the Roman Catholic fold and the Latin Vulgate. There were Puritans, loyal to the crown but wanting even more distance from Rome. The Puritans used the Geneva Bible which contained footnotes that the king regarded as seditious. The Traditionalists made up of Bishops of the Anglican Church wanted to retain the Bishops Bible.

The king commissioned a new English translation to be made by over fifty scholars representing the Puritans and Traditionalists. They took into consideration: the Tyndale New Testament, the Matthews Bible, the Great Bible and the Geneva Bible. The great revision of the Bible had begun. From 1605 to 1606 the scholars engaged in private research. From 1607 to 1609 the work was assembled. In 1610 the work went to press, and in 1611 the first of the huge (16 inch tall) pulpit folios known today as "The 1611 King James Bible" came off the printing press.