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Coverdale Bible 1535



4:1But as they spake to ye people, there came vnto the the prestes and the rulers of the teple, and the Saduces,
4:2who it greued yt they taught the people, & preached in Iesu ye resurreccion fro the deed
4:3and they layed handes vpon them, and put the in holde tyll the morow: for it was now euentyde.
4:4Howbeit many of the which herde the worde, beleued, and the nombre of ye men was aboute fyue thousande.
4:5And it chaunced on ye morow, that their rulers and Elders and scrybes
4:6(as Annas ye hye prest and Caiphas, and Ihon & Alexander, and as many as were of the hye prestes kynred) gathered them selues together at Ierusalem,
4:7and set them before them, and axed them: By what auctorite, Or in what name haue ye done this?
4:8Peter full of the holy goost, sayde vnto them: Ye rulers of the people, and ye Elders of Israel,
4:9Yf we this daye be examyned concernynge this good dede vpon the sicke ma, by what meanes he is made whole,
4:10be it knowne then vnto you and to all the people of Israel, that in ye name of Iesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, who God hath raysed vp from the deed, stodeth this man here before you whole.
4:11This is the stone refused of you buylders, which is become the heade corner stone,
4:12nether is there saluacion in eny other: Ner yet also is there geue vnto me eny other name, wherin we must be saued.
4:13They sawe the boldnesse of Peter & Ihon and marueyled, for they were sure yt they were vnlerned men and laye people. And they knewe the also, that they were wt Iesu.
4:14As for the man yt was made whole, they sawe hi stodinge by the, & coulde not saye agaynst it.
4:15Then comaunded they the to stode asyde out of ye councell, & comened amoge the selues,
4:16& saide: What shal we do to these me? for a manyfest token is done by them, and is openly knowne vnto the that dwell at Ierusalem, and we can not denye it.
4:17But that it breake out no farther amoge the people, let vs threate them earnestly, that hence forth they speake of this name vnto noman.
4:18And they called them, and comaunded the, that in eny wyse they shulde not speake ner teache in the name of Iesu.
4:19But Peter & Ihon answered, and sayde vnto the: Iudge ye youre selues, whether it be right before God, that we shulde be more obedient vnto you, then vnto God.
4:20We can not chose, but speake that we haue sene & herde.
4:21But they threatened them, and let them go, and founde nothinge how to punyshe them because of ye people: for they all praysed God because of that, which was done.
4:22For the man, vpon whom this token of health was done, was aboue fourtye yeare olde.
4:23And whan they were let go, they came to their folowes, and tolde them what ye hye prestes and Elders sayde vnto them.
4:24Wha they herde that, they lifte vp their voyce wt one acorde vnto God, and sayde: LORDE, thou that art the God which made heauen and earth, and the see, and all that therin is thou
4:25that by the mouth of Dauid thy seruaut hast sayde: Why do the Heythe rage? and ye people ymagin vayne thinges?
4:26The kynges of the earth stonde vp, and the prynces haue gathered them selues together agaynst ye LORDE, and agaynst his. Christ.
4:27Of a trueth agaynst thy holy childe Iesus, whom thou hast anoynted, both Herode & Pontius Pilate with the Heythen and people of Israel, haue gathered the selues together,
4:28to do what soeuer thy hande and thy councell determyned before to be done.
4:29And now LORDE, beholde their threatenynges, and graunte vnto thy seruauntes with all stedfast boldnesse to speake thy worde:
4:30and stretch out thine hande, that healinge and tokes and wonders maye be done by the name of thy holy childe Iesus.
4:31And wha they had prayed, the place moued where they were gathered together, & they were all fylled with ye holy goost, & spake the worde of God boldly.
4:32The multitude of them that beleued, were of one hert and of one soule. Also none of them sayde of his goodes, that they were his awne, but had all thinges comen.
4:33And with greate power gaue the Apostles witnesse of the resurreccion of the LORDE Iesu, and greate grace was with them all.
4:34Nether was there eny amonge them that lacked. For as many as were possessers of londes or houses, solde the and brought ye money of the goodes that were solde,
4:35and layed it at the Apostles fete. And distribucion was made vnto euery ma, acordinge as he had nede.
4:36Ioses which was also called of ye Apostles, Barnabas (that is to saye, the sonne of consolacion) a Leuite, of the countre of Cypers,
4:37had londe, and solde it, & brought the money, and layed it at the Apostles fete.
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.