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Geneva Bible 1560/1599



31:1And the Lord spake vnto Moses, saying,
31:2Reuenge the children of Israel of the Midianites, and afterwarde shalt thou be gathered vnto thy people.
31:3And Moses spake to the people, saying, Harnesse some of you vnto warre, and let them goe against Midian, to execute the vengeance of the Lord against Midian.
31:4A thousande of euery tribe throughout all the tribes of Israel, shall ye sende to the warre.
31:5So there were taken out of the thousands of Israel, twelue thousande prepared vnto warre, of euery tribe a thousand.
31:6And Moses sent them to the warre, euen a thousand of euery tribe, and sent them with Phinehas the sonne of Eleazar the Priest to the warre: and the holy instruments, that is, the trumpets to blow were in his hand.
31:7And they warred against Midian, as the Lord had commanded Moses, and slue all the males.
31:8They slue also the Kings of Midian among them that were slaine: Eui and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur and Reba fiue kings of Midian, and they slue Balaam the sonne of Beor with the sworde:
31:9But the children of Israel tooke the women of Midian prisoners, and their children, and spoyled all their cattell, and all their flockes, and all their goods.
31:10And they burnt all their cities, wherein they dwelt, and all their villages with fire.
31:11And they tooke all the spoyle and all the pray both of men and beastes.
31:12And they brought the captiues and that which they had taken, and the spoyle vnto Moses and to Eleazar the Priest, and vnto the Congregation of the children of Israel, into ye campe in the playne of Moab, which was by Iorden toward Iericho.
31:13Then Moses and Eleazar the Priest, and all the princes of the Congregation went out of the campe to meete them.
31:14And Moses was angry with the captaines of the hoste, with the captaines ouer thousands, and captaines ouer hundreds, which came from the warre and battel.
31:15And Moses sayde vnto them, What? haue ye saued all the women?
31:16Behold, these caused the children of Israel through the counsell of Balaam to commit a trespasse against the Lord, as concerning Peor, and there came a plague among the Congregation of the Lord.
31:17Now therefore, slay all the males among the children, and kill all the women that haue knowen man by carnall copulation.
31:18But all the women children that haue not knowen carnall copulation, keepe aliue for your selues.
31:19And ye shall remaine without the host seuen dayes, all that haue killed any person, and all that haue touched any dead, and purifie both your selues and your prisoners the third day and the seuenth.
31:20Also ye shall purifie euery garment and all that is made of skins and al worke of goates heare, and all things made of wood.
31:21And Eleazar ye Priest sayd vnto the men of warre, which went to the battel, This is the ordinance of the law which the Lord commanded Moses,
31:22As for gold, and siluer, brasse, yron, tynne, and lead:
31:23Euen all that may abide the fire, yee shall make it goe through the fire, and it shalbe cleane: yet, it shalbe purified with the water of purification: and all that suffereth not the fire, yee shall cause to passe by the water.
31:24Ye shall wash also your clothes the seuenth day, and ye shalbe cleane: and afterward ye shall come into the Hoste.
31:25And the Lord spake vnto Moses, saying,
31:26Take the summe of the praie that was taken, both of persons and of cattell, thou and Eleazar the Priest, and the chiefe fathers of the Congregation.
31:27And deuide the praye betweene the souldiers that went to the warre, and all the Congregation.
31:28And thou shalt take a tribute vnto ye Lord of the men of warre, which went out to battel: one person of fiue hundreth, both of the persons, and of the beeues, and of the asses, and of the sheepe.
31:29Yee shall take it of their halfe and giue it vnto Eleazar the Priest, as an heaue offring of the Lord.
31:30But of the halfe of the children of Israel thou shalt take one, taken out of fiftie, both of the persons, of the beeues, of the asses, and of the sheepe, euen of all the cattel: and thou shalt giue them vnto the Leuites, which haue the charge of the Tabernacle of the Lord.
31:31And Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the Lord had commanded Moses.
31:32And the bootie, to wit, the rest of the praie which the men of warre had spoyled, was sixe hundreth seuentie and fiue thousand sheepe,
31:33And seuentie and two thousand beeues,
31:34And three score and one thousand asses,
31:35And two and thirtie thousande persons in all, of women that had lyen by no man.
31:36And the halfe, to wit, the part of them that went out to warre touching the nomber of sheepe, was three hundreth seuen and thirtie thousand, and fiue hundreth.
31:37And the Lordes tribute of the sheepe was sixe hundreth and seuentie and fiue:
31:38And the beeues were six and thirty thousad, whereof the Lordes tribute was seuentie and two.
31:39And the asses were thirtie thousande and fiue hundreth, whereof the Lordes tribute was three score and one:
31:40And of persons sixtene thousand, whereof the Lordes tribute was two and thirtie persons.
31:41And Moses gaue the tribute of the Lordes offring vnto Eleazar the Priest, as the Lord had commanded Moses.
31:42And of the halfe of the children of Israel, which Moses deuided from the men of warre,
31:43(For the halfe that perteined vnto the Congregation, was three hundreth thirtie and seuen thousand sheepe and fiue hundreth,
31:44And sixe and thirtie thousand beeues,
31:45And thirtie thousand asses, and fiue hudreth,
31:46And sixteene thousande persons)
31:47Moses, I say, tooke of the halfe that perteined vnto the children of Israel, one taken out of fiftie, both of the persons, and of the cattell, and gaue them vnto the Leuites, which haue the charge of the Tabernacle of the Lord, as the Lord had commanded Moses.
31:48Then the captaines which were ouer thousandes of the hoste, the captaines ouer the thousandes, and the captaines ouer the hundreds came vnto Moses:
31:49And saide to Moses, Thy seruants haue taken the summe of the men of warre which are vnder our authoritie, and there lacketh not one man of vs.
31:50We haue therefore brought a present vnto the Lord, what euery man found of iewels of golde, bracelets, and cheines, rings, eare ringes, and ornaments of the legges, to make an atonement for our soules before the Lord.
31:51And Moses and Eleazar the Priest tooke the golde of them, and all wrought iewels,
31:52And all the golde of the offring that they offered vp to the Lord (of the captaines ouer thousands and hundreds) was sixteene thousande seuen hundreth and fiftie shekels,
31:53(For the men of warre had spoyled, euery man for him selfe)
31:54And Moses and Eleazar the Priest tooke the golde of the captaines ouer the thousandes, and ouer the hundreds, and brought it into the Tabernacle of the Congregation, for a memoriall of the children of Israel before the Lord.
Geneva Bible 1560/1599

Geneva Bible 1560/1599

The Geneva Bible is one of the most influential and historically significant translations of the Bible into English, preceding the King James translation by 51 years. It was the primary Bible of 16th century Protestantism and was the Bible used by William Shakespeare, Oliver Cromwell, John Knox, John Donne, and John Bunyan. The language of the Geneva Bible was more forceful and vigorous and because of this, most readers strongly preferred this version at the time.

The Geneva Bible was produced by a group of English scholars who, fleeing from the reign of Queen Mary, had found refuge in Switzerland. During the reign of Queen Mary, no Bibles were printed in England, the English Bible was no longer used in churches and English Bibles already in churches were removed and burned. Mary was determined to return Britain to Roman Catholicism.

The first English Protestant to die during Mary's turbulent reign was John Rogers in 1555, who had been the editor of the Matthews Bible. At this time, hundreds of Protestants left England and headed for Geneva, a city which under the leadership of Calvin, had become the intellectual and spiritual capital of European Protestants.

One of these exiles was William Whittingham, a fellow of Christ Church at Oxford University, who had been a diplomat, a courtier, was much traveled and skilled in many languages including Greek and Hebrew. He eventually succeeded John Knox as the minister of the English congregation in Geneva. Whittingham went on to publish the 1560 Geneva Bible.

This version is significant because, it came with a variety of scriptural study guides and aids, which included verse citations that allow the reader to cross-reference one verse with numerous relevant verses in the rest of the Bible, introductions to each book of the Bible that acted to summarize all of the material that each book would cover, maps, tables, woodcut illustrations, indices, as well as other included features, all of which would eventually lead to the reputation of the Geneva Bible as history's very first study Bible.