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The Great Bible 1539



15:1After these thynges were done, the worde of the Lorde came vnto Abram in a vysyon sayinge, Feare not Abram, I am thy defence, and thy rewarde shall be exceadynge great.
15:2And Abram sayde: Lorde God what wilt thou geue me whan I go chyldlesse, and the chylde of the stewardship of my house is thys Eleazar of Damasco?
15:3And Abram sayde: Se, to me hast thou geuen no seed: lo, a lad borne in my house is myne heyre.
15:4And beholde, the worde of the Lorde came vnto hym sayinge: He shall not be thyne heyre, but one that shall come out of thyne awne body shalbe thyne heyre.
15:5And he brought him out & sayde: loke vp vnto heauen, and tell the starres, yf thou be able to nombre them. And he sayde vnto him Euen so shall thy seed be.
15:6And Abram beleued the Lorde, and that counted he to hym for ryghtewesnes.
15:7And agayne he sayde vnto hym: I am the Lorde that brought the out of Ur of the Caldees to geue the thys lande, and that thou myghtest possesse it.
15:8And he sayde: Lorde God, wherby shall I knowe that I shall possesse it?
15:9He answered vnto hym: Take an heyffer of thre yere olde, and a she goate of thre yere olde, and a thre yere olde ram, a turtyll doue also and a yonge pigeon.
15:10He toke therfore all these vnto him, & deuyded them in the myddes, and layde euery pece, one agaynst another. But the foules deuyded he not.
15:11And whan the byrdes fell on the carcases, Abram droue them awaye.
15:12And when the sunne was downe, ther fell a slomber vpon Abram. And loo, a darke and great feare fell vpon hym.
15:13And he sayde vnto Abram: knowe thys of a suertye, that thy seed shalbe a straunger in a lande that perteyneth not vnto them. And shall serue them, & they shall entreate them euell .iiij. hundred yeares.
15:14But the nacyon whom they shall serue, wyll I iudge. And afterwarde shall they come out with great substaunce.
15:15And thou shalt goo vnto thy fathers in peace, and shalt be buryed in a good olde age:
15:16But in the fourth generacyon they shall come hyther againe, for the wickednesse of the Amorites ys not yet full.
15:17And it came to passe that whan the sonne went downe, there was a dark cloude: beholde, ther was a smoking furnesse, & a fyre brande goinge betwene the sayde peces.
15:18In that same daye the Lorde made a couenaunte wt Abram sayinge: vnto thy seed haue I geuen thys lande, from the ryuer of Egypt, euen vnto the great ryuer the ryuer of Euphrates,
15:19the kenytes, the kenyzites, and the Cadmonites,
15:20the Hethites, and the Pherezites, and the gyauntes,
15:21the Amorytes also, & the Canaanites, the Gergesytes and the Iebusytes.
The Great Bible 1539

The Great Bible 1539

The Great Bible of 1539 was the first authorized edition of the Bible in English, authorized by King Henry VIII of England to be read aloud in the church services of the Church of England. The Great Bible was prepared by Myles Coverdale, working under commission of Thomas, Lord Cromwell, Secretary to Henry VIII and Vicar General. In 1538, Cromwell directed the clergy to provide "one book of the bible of the largest volume in English, and the same set up in some convenient place within the said church that ye have care of, whereas your parishioners may most commodiously resort to the same and read it."