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Coverdale Bible 1535



27:1And Moses with ye Elders of Israel, commaunded the people, & sayde: Kepe all the commaundementes which I commaunde you this daye.
27:2And what time as ye go ouer Iordane, in to the londe yt ye LORDE thy God shal geue the, thou shalt set vp greate stones, and playster them with playster,
27:3and wryte vpon them all the wordes of this lawe: (whan thou art come ouer) yt thou mayest come in to the londe, which the LORDE thy God shall geue the, a londe yt floweth with milke and hony, as ye LORDE God of thy fathers hath promysed the.
27:4Now whan ye go ouer Iordane, ye shall set vp these stones (wherof I comaunde you this daye) vpon mount Eball, and playster them with playster:
27:5and there shalt thou buylde vnto the LORDE thy God an altare of stone, whervpon thou shalt lifte no yron.
27:6Of whole stones shalt thou builde this altare vnto the LORDE thy God, and offre burntofferinges theron vnto the LORDE thy God:
27:7and thou shalt offre healthofferinges, and eate there, and reioyse before the LORDE thy God:
27:8and vpon the stones thou shalt wryte all the wordes of this lawe manyfestly and well.
27:9And Moses with the prestes and Leuites spake vnto all Israel, and sayde: Take hede and heare O Israel: This daye art thou become the people of the LORDE thy God,
27:10that thou mayest be obedient vnto the voyce of the LORDE thy God, and do acordinge vnto all his commaundementes and ordinaunces, which I comaunde the this daye.
27:11And Moses charged the people the same daye, and sayde:
27:12These shal stonde vpon mount Grisim to blesse the people, whan ye are gone ouer Iordane: Simeon, Leui, Iuda, Isachar, Ioseph, and Ben Iamin.
27:13And these shal stonde vpon mount Eball to curse: Ruben, Gad, Asser, Zabulon, Dan & Nephtali.
27:14And the Leuites shal begynne, and saye vnto euery man of Israel, wt a loude voyce:
27:15Cursed be he, that maketh eny carued Idoll or molten ymage (an abhominacion of the LORDE, a worke of the handes of ye craftesman) and putteth it in a secrete place. And all the people shal answere and saye, Amen.
27:16Cursed be he, that curseth his father and mother. And all the people shall saye, Amen.
27:17Cursed be he, yt remoueth his neghbours mark. And all the people shal saye, Amen.
27:18Cursed be he, that maketh a blynde man go out of his waye. And all the people shal saye, Amen.
27:19Cursed be he, that wresteth ye righte of ye straunger, of the fatherlesse, & wedowe. And all the people shal saye, Amen.
27:20Cursed be he, that lyeth with his fathers wife, to vncouer his fathers couerynge. And all the people shal saye, Amen.
27:21Cursed be he, yt lyeth wt eny maner beest. And all the people shal saye, Amen.
27:22Cursed be he, yt lyeth wt his sister, which is the doughter of his father or of his mother. And all the people shal saye, Amen.
27:23Cursed be he, yt lyeth with his mother in lawe. And all the people shal saye, Amen.
27:24Cursed be he that slayeth his neghboure secretly. And all the people shal saye, Amen.
27:25Cursed be he, that receaueth giftes to slaye the soule of innocent bloude. And all the people shal saye, Amen.
27:26Cursed be he, that contynueth not in all ye wordes of this lawe, to do them. And all ye people shal saye, Amen.
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.