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Geneva Bible 1560/1599



15:1Then came downe certaine from Iudea, and taught the brethren, saying, Except ye be circumcised after the maner of Moses, ye cannot be saued.
15:2And when there was great dissension, and disputation by Paul and Barnabas against them, they ordeyned that Paul and Barnabas, and certaine other of them, should goe vp to Hierusalem vnto the Apostles and Elders about this question.
15:3Thus being brought forth by ye Church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conuersion of the Gentiles, and they brought great ioy vnto all the brethren.
15:4And when they were come to Hierusalem, they were receiued of the Church, and of the Apostles and Elders, and they declared what things God had done by them.
15:5But said they, certaine of the sect of the Pharises, which did beleeue, rose vp, saying, that it was needefull to circumcise them, and to commaund them to keepe the lawe of Moses.
15:6Then the Apostles and Elders came together to looke to this matter.
15:7And when there had bene great disputation, Peter rose vp, and said vnto them, Ye men and brethren, ye know that a good while ago, among vs God chose out me, that the Gentiles by my mouth should heare the worde of the Gospel, and beleeue.
15:8And God which knoweth the heartes, bare them witnesse, in giuing vnto them ye holy Ghost euen as he did vnto vs.
15:9And he put no difference betweene vs and them, after that by faith he had purified their heartes.
15:10Nowe therefore, why tempt ye God, to lay a yoke on the disciples neckes, which neither our fathers, nor we were able to beare?
15:11But we beleeue, through the grace of the Lord Iesus Christ to be saued, euen as they doe.
15:12Then all the multitude kept silence, and heard Barnabas and Paul, which told what signes and wonders God had done among the Gentiles by them.
15:13And when they helde their peace, Iames answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken vnto me.
15:14Simeon hath declared, howe God first did visite the Gentiles, to take of them a people vnto his Name.
15:15And to this agree the woordes of the Prophets, as it is written,
15:16After this I will returne, and will builde againe the tabernacle of Dauid, which is fallen downe, and the ruines thereof will I build againe, and I will set it vp,
15:17That the residue of men might seeke after the Lord, and all the Gentiles vpon whom my Name is called, saith the Lord which doeth all these things.
15:18From the beginning of the worlde, God knoweth all his workes.
15:19Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them of the Gentiles that are turned to God,
15:20But that we send vnto them, that they abstaine themselues from filthinesse of idoles, and fornication, and that that is strangled, and from blood.
15:21For Moses of olde time hath in euery citie them that preache him, seeing he is read in the Synagogues euery Sabbath day.
15:22Then it seemed good to the Apostles and Elders with the whole Church, to sende chosen men of their owne companie to Antiochia with Paul and Barnabas: to wit, Iudas whose surname was Barsabas and Silas, which were chiefe men among the brethren,
15:23And wrote letters by them after this maner, THE APOSTLES, and the Elders, and the brethren, vnto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antiochia, and in Syria, and in Cilicia, send greeting.
15:24Forasmuch as we haue heard, that certaine which went out from vs, haue troubled you with wordes, and cumbred your mindes, saying, Ye must be circumcised and keepe the Lawe: to whom we gaue no such commandement,
15:25It seemed therefore good to vs, when we were come together with one accord, to send chosen men vnto you, with our beloued Barnabas and Paul,
15:26Men that haue giuen vp their liues for the Name of our Lord Iesus Christ.
15:27We haue therefore sent Iudas and Silas, which shall also tell you ye same things by mouth.
15:28For it seemed good to the holy Ghost, and to vs, to lay no more burden vpon you, then these necessary things,
15:29That is, that ye abstaine from things offered to idoles, and blood, and that that is strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keepe your selues, ye shall doe well. Fare ye well.
15:30Nowe when they were departed, they came to Antiochia, and after that they had assembled the multitude, they deliuered the Epistle.
15:31And when they had read it, they reioyced for the consolation.
15:32And Iudas and Silas being Prophets, exhorted the brethren with many wordes, and strengthened them.
15:33And after they had taried there a space, they were let goe in peace of the brethren vnto the Apostles.
15:34Notwithstanding Silas thought good to abide there still.
15:35Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antiochia, teaching and preaching with many other, the worde of the Lord.
15:36But after certaine dayes, Paul said vnto Barnabas, Let vs returne, and visite our brethren in euery citie, where we haue preached the worde of the Lord, and see how they doe.
15:37And Barnabas counselled to take with them Iohn, called Marke.
15:38But Paul thought it not meete to take him vnto their companie, which departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the worke.
15:39Then were they so stirred, that they departed asunder one from the other, so that Barnabas tooke Marke, and sailed vnto Cyprus.
15:40And Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended of the brethren vnto the grace of God.
15:41And he went through Syria and Cilicia, stablishing the Churches.
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.