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The Great Bible 1539



21:1The Lorde visyted Sara as he had sayde and dyd vnto her accordynge as he had promysed.
21:2For Sara was wyth chylde and bare Abraham a sonne in his olde age, euen the same season which the Lorde had appoynted him.
21:3And Abraham called his sonnes name that was borne vnto hym which Sara bare him, Isahac:
21:4& Abraham circumcysed Isahac his sonne when he was .viii. dayes olde: as God commaunded hym.
21:5And Abraham was an hundred yere olde: when his sonne Isahac was borne vnto hym.
21:6But Sara sayde: God hath made me a laughynge stocke: so that all that heare: wyll laugh at me.
21:7She sayde also: who wolde haue sayd vnto Abraham: that Sara shulde haue geuen chyldren sucke? for I haue borne him a sonne in hys olde age.
21:8The chylde grewe: and was wened: and Abraham made a great feast: the same daye that Isahac was wened.
21:9Sara sawe also the sonne of Hagar the Egyptian (whyche she had borne vnto Abraham) to be a mocker.
21:10Wherfore she sayde vnto Abraham: put awaye this bondemayde & hyr sonne: for the sonne of thys bonde woman shall not be heyre with my sonne Isahac:
21:11& thys sayinge was very greauous in Abrahams syght because of hys sonne.
21:12And God sayde vnto Abraham: let it not be greauous in thy syght, because of the ladd and of thy bondmayde. All that Sara hath sayde vnto the, heare hyr voyce, for in Isahac shall thy seed be called.
21:13Moreouer of the sonne of the bondewoman wyll I make a nacyon: because he is thy seed.
21:14And so Abraham rose vp early in the morninge, and toke bread and a bottell of water, and gaue it vnto Hagar, puttynge it on hyr shulders with the ladd also, & sent her awaye. who departynge, wandred vp and doune in the wyldernes of Beer Seba.
21:15And the water was spent in the bottell, and she cast the lad vnder a bush
21:16and went and satt on the other syde a greate waye, as it were a bowshote of: for she sayde: I will not se the death of the chylde. And she syttynge doune on the other syde, lyfte vp hyr voyce and wepte.
21:17And God herde the voyce of the chylde. And the angell of God called Hagar oute of heauen and sayde vnto her: what ayleth the Hagar? Feare not, for God hath herde the voyce of the childe where he lyeth.
21:18Aryse, and lyfte vp the ladd, and take hym in thy hande, for I wyll make of hym a greate people.
21:19And God opened hyr eyes: and she sawe a well of water. And she went and fylled the bottell with water, and gaue the boye drynke.
21:20And God was wyth the ladd, and he grewe and dwelt in the wyldernesse, and became an archer.
21:21And he dwelt in the wyldernesse of Pharan. And hys mother gatt hym a wyfe out of the lande of Egypte.
21:22And it chaunced the same season, that Abimelech and Phicoll hys chefe captayne spake vnto Abraham sayinge: God is wyth the in all that thou doest.
21:23And nowe therfore swere vnto me euen here by God, that thou wylt not hurt me nor my chyldren, nor my chyldrens chyldren. But that thou shalt deale with me and the contre where thou hast bene a straunger, accordynge vnto the kyndnesse that I haue shewed the.
21:24And Abraham sayd. I wyll swere.
21:25And Abraham rebuked Abimelech for a well of water, which Abimelechs seruauntes had violently taken a waye.
21:26And Abimelech sayde: I wote not who hath done thys thinge. Also thou toldest me not: nether herde I of it, but thys daye.
21:27And Abraham toke shepe and oxen, and gaue them vnto Abimelech. And they made both of them a bonde together.
21:28And Abraham set .vii. ewe lambes by them selues.
21:29And Abimelech sayd vnto Abraham: what meane these .vii. ewe lambes which thou hast set by them selues?
21:30He answered: For these .vii. lambes shalt thou take of my hande, that they maye be a wytnesse vnto me, that I haue dygged thys well.
21:31Wherfore the place is called Beer Seba, because that there they sware both of them.
21:32Thus made they a bonde to gether at Beer Seba. And Abimelech & Phicol his chefe Captayne rose vp, and turned agayne vnto the lande of the Philistines.
21:33And Abraham planted a wodd in Beer Seba, and called there on the name of the Lorde, the euerlastyng God:
21:34and sogeourned in the Philistins lande a longe season.
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."