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Matthew's Bible 1537



32:1Beholde, the kynge shal gouerne after the rule of ryghtuousnes, & the princes shal rule according to the balaunce of equyte.
32:2He shalbe vnto men as a defence for the wynde, & as a refuge for the tempeste, like as a riuer of water in a thurstye place, and the shadowe of a great rocke in a drye land.
32:3The eyes of the seynge shall not be dymme, & the eares of them that heare, shall take dylygente hede.
32:4The herte of the vnwyse, shall attayne to knowledge, & the vnparfyte tung shal speake playnely and distinctely.
32:5Then shal the nygard be no more called gentle, nor the churle liberal.
32:6But the churle wyll be churlyshly mynded, & his hert wil worcke euil & playe the Ipocrite, & ymagyn abhominacyons against God, to make the hungry leane, & to withhold drincke from the thurstie.
32:7These are the perlous weapons of the couetous, these be hys shamefull councels: that he maye begyle the poore with disceatfull workes, yea euen there as he shuld geue sentence with the poore.
32:8But the lyberall person ymagyneth honest thynges, and commeth vp with honestye.
32:9Vp (ye ryche and ydell cytyes) harken vnto my voyce. Ye carelesse cytyes, marke my wordes.
32:10After yeares & dayes shal ye be broughte in feare, O ye carelesse cytyes. For Harueste shalbe oute, and the grape gatherynge shall not come.
32:11O ye ryche ydell cytyes ye that feare no parell, ye shalbe abashed and remoued, when ye se the barennesse, the nakednesse and preparynge to warre.
32:12Ye shall knocke vpon youre brestes, because of the pleasaunte felde, and because of the frutefull vyneyarde.
32:13My peoples felde shall brynge thornes & thystels for in euerye house is voluptuousnes, and in the cytyes, wylfulnes.
32:14The palaces also shalbe broken, and the greatly occupied cities desolate. The towers and bulworkes shalbe become deunes for euermore, the pleasure of Mules shalbe turned to pasture for shepe:
32:15vnto the tyme that the spryte be poured vpon vs from aboue. Then shall the wyldernesse be a fruteful felde and the plenteous felde shalbe rekened for a wodde.
32:16Then shall equyte dwell in the deserte, and rightuousnesse in a fruteful land.
32:17And the rewarde of ryghtuousnesse shalbe peace, and her frute reste and quyetnesse for euer.
32:18And my people shall dwell in the ynnes of peace, in my tabernacle and pleasure where there is ynough in them all.
32:19And when the hayle falleth, it shal fal in the wodde and in the cytie.
32:20O how happy shall ye be, when ye shall safely sowe youre sede besyde all waters and dryue thyther the fete of youre oxen and asses.
Matthew's Bible 1537

Matthew's Bible 1537

The Matthew Bible, also known as Matthew's Version, was first published in 1537 by John Rogers, under the pseudonym "Thomas Matthew". It combined the New Testament of William Tyndale, and as much of the Old Testament as he had been able to translate before being captured and put to death, with the translations of Myles Coverdale as to the balance of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha, except the Apocryphal Prayer of Manasses. It is thus a vital link in the main sequence of English Bible translations.