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Geneva Bible 1560/1599
|This knowe also, that in the last dayes shall come perilous times.
|For men shalbe louers of their owne selues, couetous, boasters, proud, cursed speakers, disobedient to parents, vnthankefull, vnholy,
|Without naturall affection, truce breakers, false accusers, intemperate, fierce, no louers at all of them which are good,
|Traitours, headie, high minded, louers of pleasures more then louers of God,
|Hauing a shewe of godlinesse, but haue denied the power thereof: turne away therefore from such.
|For of this sort are they which creepe into houses, and leade captiue simple women laden with sinnes, and led with diuers lustes,
|Which women are euer learning, and are neuer able to come to the acknowledging of the trueth.
|And as Iannes and Iambres withstoode Moses, so doe these also resist the trueth, men of corrupt mindes, reprobate concerning the faith.
|But they shall preuaile no longer: for their madnesse shalbe euident vnto all men, as theirs also was.
|But thou hast fully knowen my doctrine, maner of liuing, purpose, faith, long suffering, loue, patience,
|Persecutions, and afflictions which came vnto me at Antiochia, at Iconium, and at Lystri, which persecutions I suffered: but from them all the Lord deliuered me.
|Yea, and all that will liue godly in Christ Iesus, shall suffer persecution.
|But the euill men and deceiuers, shall waxe worse and worse, deceiuing, and being deceiued.
|But continue thou in the thinges which thou hast learned, and which are committed vnto thee, knowing of who thou hast learned them:
|And that thou hast knowen the holy Scriptures of a childe, which are able to make thee wise vnto saluation, through the faith which is in Christ Iesus.
|For the whole Scripture is giuen by inspiration of God, and is profitable to teache, to conuince, to correct, and to instruct in righteousnesse,
|That the man of God may be absolute, being made perfect vnto all good workes.
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.