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Bishops Bible 1568



20:1And Abraham departed thence towarde the south countrey, & dwelled betweene Cades and Sur, and soiourned in Gerar
20:2And Abraham sayde of Sara his wyfe, she is my syster: And Abimelech kyng of Gerar sent, and fet Sara away
20:3But God came to Abimelech by night in a dreame, and saide to hym: See, thou art but a dead man for the womans sake whiche thou hast taken away, for she is a mans wyfe
20:4But Abimelech had not yet touched her: and he sayde, Lorde wylt thou slay ryghteous people
20:5Saide not he vnto me, she is my sister? yea and she her selfe sayde, he is my brother: with a single heart, and innocent handes haue I done this
20:6And God sayde vnto him in a dreame: I wote well that thou dyddest it in the singlenesse of thy heart: I kept thee also that thou shuldest not sinne against me, and therefore suffred I thee not to touche her
20:7Nowe therefore delyuer the man his wyfe agayne, for he is a prophete, and he shall pray for thee, that thou mayest lyue: But and yf thou delyuer her not agayne, be sure that thou shalt dye the death, both thou and all that thou hast
20:8Therefore, Abimelech rysyng vp betimes in the mornyng, called all his seruauntes, and tolde all these sayinges in their eares: and the men were sore afrayde
20:9Then Abimelech called Abraham, & sayde vnto hym: What hast thou done vnto vs? & what haue I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me & on my kingdome so great a sinne? thou hast done deedes vnto me that ought not to be done
20:10And Abimelech saide vnto Abraham: what sawest thou that thou hast done this thyng
20:11Abraha aunswered: For I thought thus surely the feare of God is not in this place, and they shal slaye me for my wyues sake
20:12Yet in very deede she is my sister, for she is ye daughter of my father, though she be not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wyfe
20:13And after God caused me to wander out of my fathers house, I sayde vnto her: this kyndnesse shalt thou shewe vnto me, in all places where we come, that thou say of me, he is my brother
20:14Then toke Abimelech sheepe and oxen, men seruauntes and women seruauntes, & gaue them vnto Abraham, and delyuered hym Sara his wyfe agayne
20:15And Abimelech sayde: beholde my lande lyeth before thee, dwell where it pleaseth thee best
20:16But vnto Sara he saide: See I haue geuen thy brother a thousand peeces of syluer: beholde, it is as a coueryng of thyne eyes vnto all that are with thee, and to all other: and thus she was reproued
20:17And so Abraham prayed vnto God, & God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maydens, & they bare chyldren
20:18For the Lorde had closed vp all the wombes of the house of Abimelech, because of Abrahams wyfe
Bishops Bible 1568

Bishops Bible 1568

The Bishops' Bible was produced under the authority of the established Church of England in 1568. It was substantially revised in 1572, and the 1602 edition was prescribed as the base text for the King James Bible completed in 1611. The thorough Calvinism of the Geneva Bible offended the Church of England, to which almost all of its bishops subscribed. They associated Calvinism with Presbyterianism, which sought to replace government of the church by bishops with government by lay elders. However, they were aware that the Great Bible of 1539 , which was the only version then legally authorized for use in Anglican worship, was severely deficient, in that much of the Old Testament and Apocrypha was translated from the Latin Vulgate, rather than from the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. In an attempt to replace the objectionable Geneva translation, they circulated one of their own, which became known as the Bishops' Bible.