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Coverdale Bible 1535



12:1There were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, in so moch that they trode one another: Then beganne he, and sayde first vnto his disciples: Bewarre of the leuen of the Pharises, which is ypocrisye.
12:2But there is nothinge hyd, that shal not be discouered: nether secrete, that shal not be knowne.
12:3Therfore whatsoeuer ye haue spoke in darknesse, that same shal be herde in light: and that ye haue spoken in to the eare in the chabers, shalbe preached vpon the house toppes.
12:4But I saye vnto you my frendes: Be not afrayed of them that kyll the body, and after that haue nomore that they can do.
12:5But I wil shewe you, whom ye shal feare. Feare him, which after he hath kylled, hath power also to cast in to hell: Yee I saye vnto you: Feare him.
12:6Are not fyue sparowes bought for two farthinges? Yet is not one of them forgotten before God.
12:7The very hayres of youre heade also are nombred euery one. Feare not therfore, for ye are better then many sparowes.
12:8I saye vnto you: Who so euer knowlegeth me before men, him shal the sonne of ma also knowlege before the angels of God:
12:9But he that denyeth me before men, shalbe denyed before the angels of God.
12:10And who so euer speaketh a worde agaynst the sonne of man, it shalbe forgeuen him: But who so blasphemeth the holy goost, it shal not be forgeuen him.
12:11Whan they brynge you in to their synagoges, and to the rulers & officers, take ye no thought, how or what ye shal answere, or what ye shal speake:
12:12for the holy goost shal teach you in the same houre, what ye ought to saye.
12:13But one of the people sayde vnto him: Master, byd my brother deuyde the enheritaunce with me.
12:14Neuertheles he sayde vnto him: Man, who hath set me to be a iudge or heretage parter ouer you?
12:15And he sayde vnto them: Take hede, and bewarre of couetousnesse, for no man lyueth therof, that he hath abundaunce of goodes.
12:16And he tolde them a symilitude, and sayde: There was a riche man, whose felde had brought forth frutes plenteously,
12:17and he thought in himself, and sayde: What shal I do? I haue nothinge wher in to gather my frutes.
12:18And he sayde: This wil I do, I wil breake downe my barnes, & buylde greater, and therin wil I gather all myne increace, & my goodes,
12:19& wil saye vnto my soule: Soule, thou hast moch goodes layed vp in stoare for many yeares, take now thine ease, eate, drinke, and be mery.
12:20But God sayde vnto him: Thou foole, this night shal they requyre thy soule from the, and whose shal it be that thou hast prepared?
12:21Thus goeth it with him yt gathereth treasure for himself, and is not riche in God.
12:22But he sayde vnto his disciples: Therfore I saye vnto you: Take ye no thought for youre life, what ye shal eate: nether for youre body, what ye shal put on.
12:23The life is more then meate, and the body more then raymet.
12:24Consydre the rauens, they nether sowe ner reape, they haue also nether stoare house ner barne, and yet God fedeth them. But how moch better are ye then the foules?
12:25Which of you (though he toke thought therfore) coulde put one cubyte vnto his stature?
12:26Seinge then ye be not able to do that which is least, why take ye thought for the other?
12:27Considre the lilies vpo the felde, how they growe: they laboure not, they spynne not. But I saye vnto you: that euen Salomen in all his royalte was not clothed like one of these.
12:28Wherfore yf God so cloth the grasse, yt is to daye in ye felde, and tomorow shalbe cast in to the fornace, how moch more shal he clothe you, o ye of litle faith?
12:29Axe not ye therfore what ye shal eate, or what ye shal drynke, and clymme not vp an hye:
12:30The Heithen in the worlde seke after all soch thinges.
12:31But seke ye the kyngdome of God, and all these shal be mynistred vnto you.
12:32Feare not thou litle flocke, for it is youre fathers pleasure to geue you the kyngdome.
12:33Sell that ye haue, and geue almesse. Make you bagges, which waxe not olde: euen a treasure that neuer fayleth in heauen, where no thefe commeth, and no moth corruppeth:
12:34for where youre treasure is, there wil youre hert be also.
12:35Let youre loynes be gerded aboute, and youre lightes burnynge,
12:36and be ye like vnto men that wayte for their lorde, agaynst he returne from the mariage, that whan he cometh & knocketh, they maye straight waye open vnto him.
12:37Blessed are those seruauntes, whom the LORDE (whan he cometh) shal fynde wakynge. Verely I saye vnto you: He shal gyrde vp him self, and make them syt downe at the table, and shal go by them, and mynister vnto them.
12:38And yf he come in the seconde watch, and in the thirde watch, and fynde them so, blessed are those seruauntes.
12:39But be sure of this, that yf the good man of the house knewe, what houre the thefe wolde come, he wolde surely watch, and not suffre his house to be broken vp.
12:40Therfore be ye ready also, for at an houre whan ye thynke not, shal the sonne of man come.
12:41But Peter sayde vnto him: LORDE, tellest thou this symilitude vnto vs, or to all men also?
12:42The LORDE sayde: How greate a thinge is a faithfull and wyse stewarde, whom his lorde setteth ouer his houssholde, to geue the their dewtye in due season?
12:43Blessed is that seruaunt, whom his lorde (whan he cometh) shal fynde so doynge.
12:44Verely I saye vnto you: he shal set him ouer all his goodes.
12:45But yf the same seruaut shal saye in his hert: Tush, it wil be longe or my lorde come, and shal begynne to smyte ye seruauntes and maydens, yee & to eate and drynke,& to be dronke:
12:46the same seruauntes lorde shal come in a daye whan he loketh not for him, and in an houre that he is not aware of, & shal hew him in peces, and geue him his rewarde with the vnbeleuers.
12:47The seruaunt that knewe his lordes wil and prepared not himself, nether dyd acordinge to his will, shal be beaten with many strypes:
12:48But he that knewe it not, and yet dyd thinges worthy of strypes, shal be beaten with few strypes. For loke vnto whom moch is geuen, of him shal moch be sought: and loke to whom moch is commytted, of him shal moch be requyred.
12:49I am come to kyndle fyre vpo earth, and what wolde I rather, the that it were kyndled allready.
12:50Notwithstodinge I must first be baptised with a baptyme, and how am I payned tyll it be ended?
12:51Thynke ye, that I am come to brynge peace vpon earth? I tell you nay, but rather debate.
12:52For from hence forth there shal be at varyauce in one house: thre agaynst two, and two agaynst thre.
12:53The father shal be deuyded agaynst ye sonne, and the sonne agaynst the father: the mother agaynst the doughter, & the doughter agaynst the mother: the mother in lawe agaynst hir doughter in lawe, and ye doughter in lawe agaynst hir mother in lawe.
12:54And he sayde vnto the people: Whan ye se a cloude ryse out of ye west, straight waye ye saye: there cometh a shower, and so it is:
12:55and whan ye se the southwynde blowe, ye saye: It wil be hote, and it commeth so to passe.
12:56O ye ypocrytes, ye can discerne the fashion of the skye and of the earth: Why can ye not discerne this tyme also?
12:57Yee and why iugde ye not of youre selues, what is right?
12:58Whyle thou goest with thine aduersary vnto the Prynce, geue diligece by the waye, that thou mayest be quyte of him, lest he brynge the before the iudge, and the iudge delyuer the to the iaylar, and the iaylar cast the in to preson.
12:59I tell the, thou shalt uot come out thence, tyll thou paye the vttemost myte.
Coverdale Bible 1535

Coverdale Bible 1535

The Coverdale Bible, compiled by Myles Coverdale and published in 1535, was the first complete English translation of the Bible to contain both the Old and New Testament and translated from the original Hebrew and Greek. The later editions (folio and quarto) published in 1539 were the first complete Bibles printed in England. The 1539 folio edition carried the royal license and was, therefore, the first officially approved Bible translation in English.

Tyndale never had the satisfaction of completing his English Bible; but during his imprisonment, he may have learned that a complete translation, based largely upon his own, had actually been produced. The credit for this achievement, the first complete printed English Bible, is due to Miles Coverdale (1488-1569), afterward bishop of Exeter (1551-1553).

The details of its production are obscure. Coverdale met Tyndale in Hamburg, Germany in 1529, and is said to have assisted him in the translation of the Pentateuch. His own work was done under the patronage of Oliver Cromwell, who was anxious for the publication of an English Bible; and it was no doubt forwarded by the action of Convocation, which, under Archbishop Cranmer's leading, had petitioned in 1534 for the undertaking of such a work.

Coverdale's Bible was probably printed by Froschover in Zurich, Switzerland and was published at the end of 1535, with a dedication to Henry VIII. By this time, the conditions were more favorable to a Protestant Bible than they had been in 1525. Henry had finally broken with the Pope and had committed himself to the principle of an English Bible. Coverdale's work was accordingly tolerated by authority, and when the second edition of it appeared in 1537 (printed by an English printer, Nycolson of Southwark), it bore on its title-page the words, "Set forth with the King's most gracious license." In licensing Coverdale's translation, King Henry probably did not know how far he was sanctioning the work of Tyndale, which he had previously condemned.

In the New Testament, in particular, Tyndale's version is the basis of Coverdale's, and to a somewhat less extent this is also the case in the Pentateuch and Jonah; but Coverdale revised the work of his predecessor with the help of the Zurich German Bible of Zwingli and others (1524-1529), a Latin version by Pagninus, the Vulgate, and Luther. In his preface, he explicitly disclaims originality as a translator, and there is no sign that he made any noticeable use of the Greek and Hebrew; but he used the available Latin, German, and English versions with judgment. In the parts of the Old Testament which Tyndale had not published he appears to have translated mainly from the Zurich Bible. [Coverdale's Bible of 1535 was reprinted by Bagster, 1838.]

In one respect Coverdale's Bible was groundbreaking, namely, in the arrangement of the books of the. It is to Tyndale's example, no doubt, that the action of Coverdale is due. His Bible is divided into six parts -- (1) Pentateuch; (2) Joshua -- Esther; (3) Job -- "Solomon's Balettes" (i.e. Canticles); (4) Prophets; (5) "Apocrypha, the books and treatises which among the fathers of old are not reckoned to be of like authority with the other books of the Bible, neither are they found in the canon of the Hebrew"; (6) the New Testament. This represents the view generally taken by the Reformers, both in Germany and in England, and so far as concerns the English Bible, Coverdale's example was decisive.