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The Great Bible 1539



20:1And Abraham departed thence towarde the south contrey, and dwelled betwene Cades & Sur, and soiorned in Gerar.
20:2And Abraham sayde of Sara hys wyfe: she is my syster. And Abimelech kynge of Gerar sent & fett Sara awaye.
20:3But God came to Abimelech in a dreame in the nyght and sayde to hym: Se, thou shalt dye for the womans sake which thou hast taken awaye, for she is a mans wyfe.
20:4But Abimelech had not yet come nye her, & he sayde: Lorde wylt thou sley ryghtewes people?
20:5sayde not he vnto me, she is my syster? yee, & sayde not she herselfe: he is my brother? with a pure herte and innocent handes haue I done this.
20:6And God sayde vnto him by a dreame: I wot it well that thou dydest it in the purenesse of thy herte. I kepte the also that thou shuldest not sinne agaynst me, & therfore suffred I the not to touch her.
20:7Nowe therfore delyuer the man his wyfe agayne, for he is a prophete. And he shall praye for the that thou mayst lyue. But and yf thou delyuer her not agayne, be sure that thou shalt dye the deth, both thou, and all that thou hast.
20:8Therfore Abimelech rysynge vp betymes in the mornynge called all his seruauntes, & tolde all these sayinges in their eares, and the men were sore afrayde.
20:9And Abimelech called Abraham & sayde vnto hym: What hast thou done vnto vs & what haue I offended the that thou hast brought on me and on my kyngdome so great a synne? thou hast done dedes vnto me that ought not to be done.
20:10And Abimelech sayde vnto Abraham: What sawest thou that thou hast done this thynge?
20:11Abraham answered. For I sayde: surely the feare of God is not in thys place, & they shall sley me for my wyfes sake:
20:12yet in very dede she is my syster, for she is the daughter of my father: though she be not the daughter of my mother: and she became my wyfe.
20:13And after, God caused me to wandre, out of my fathers house, I sayde vnto her: Thys kyndnesse shalt thou shewe vnto me in all places where we come, that thou saye of me, he is my brother.
20:14Than toke Abimelech shepe and oxen, men seruauntes & wemen seruauntes & gaue them vnto Abraham, and delyuered hym Sara his wyfe agayne.
20:15And Abimelech sayde: beholde, my lande lyeth before the, dwell where it pleaseth the best.
20:16But vnto Sara he sayde: Se, I haue geuen thy brother a thousande peces of syluer, beholde, it shall be a couerynge of thyne eyes vnto all that are wt the & thus with all was she reproued.
20:17And so Abraham prayed vnto God, and God healed Abimelech and his wyfe and his maydens, & they bare chyldren.
20:18For the Lorde had closed to, all the matryces of the house of Abymelech: because of Abrahams wyfe.
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."