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Geneva Bible 1560/1599



2:1Thou therefore, my sonne, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Iesus.
2:2And what things thou hast heard of me, by many witnesses, ye same deliuer to faithfull men, which shalbe able to teache other also.
2:3Thou therefore suffer affliction as a good souldier of Iesus Christ.
2:4No man that warreth, entangleth himselfe with the affaires of this life, because he woulde please him that hath chosen him to be a souldier.
2:5And if any man also striue for a Masterie, he is not crowned, except he striue as he ought to doe.
2:6The husbandman must labour before he receiue the fruites.
2:7Consider what I say: and the Lord giue thee vnderstanding in all things:
2:8Remember that Iesus Christ, made of the seede of Dauid, was raysed againe from the dead according to my Gospel,
2:9Wherein I suffer trouble as an euill doer, euen vnto bondes: but the worde of God is not bounde.
2:10Therefore I suffer all things, for the elects sake, that they might also obtaine the saluation which is in Christ Iesus, with eternall glorie.
2:11It is a true saying, For if we be dead together with him, we also shall liue together with him.
2:12If we suffer, we shall also reigne together with him: if we denie him, he also will denie vs.
2:13If we beleeue not, yet abideth he faithfull: he cannot denie himselfe.
2:14Of these things put them in remembrance, and protest before the Lord, that they striue not about wordes, which is to no profit, but to the peruerting of the hearers.
2:15Studie to shewe thy selfe approued vnto God, a workeman that needeth not to be ashamed, diuiding the worde of trueth aright.
2:16Stay prophane, and vaine babblings: for they shall encrease vnto more vngodlinesse.
2:17And their worde shall fret as a canker: of which sort is Hymeneus and Philetus,
2:18Which as concerning ye trueth haue erred from the marke, saying that the resurrection is past alreadie, and do destroy the faith of certaine.
2:19But the foundation of God remaineth sure, and hath this seale, The Lord knoweth who are his: and, Let euery one that calleth on the Name of Christ, depart from iniquitie.
2:20Notwithstanding in a great house are not onely vessels of gold and of siluer, but also of wood and of earth, and some for honour, and some vnto dishonour.
2:21If any man therefore purge him selfe from these, he shalbe a vessell vnto honour, sanctified, and meete for the Lord, and prepared vnto euery good worke.
2:22Flee also from the lustes of youth, and follow after righteousnes, faith, loue, and peace, with them that call on the Lord with pure heart,
2:23And put away foolish and vnlearned questions, knowing that they ingender strife.
2:24But the seruant of ye Lord must not striue, but must be gentle toward all men, apt to teache, suffering the euill,
2:25Instructing them with meekenesse that are contrary minded, prouing if God at any time will giue them repentance, that they may acknowledge the trueth,
2:26And come to amendment out of that snare of the deuil, of whom they are taken prisoners, to doe his will.
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.