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The Great Bible 1539



3:1But the serpent was sotyller then euery beast of the felde, which the Lorde God made. And he sayde vnto the woman: yee, hath the Lorde God sayde: ye shall not eat of euery tre of the garden?
3:2And the woman sayde vnto the serpent: we eate of the frute of the tre of the garden:
3:3but as for the frute of the tre which is in the middes of the garden, God hath sayde: ye shall not eate of it, nether shal ye touche it, lest happly ye dye.
3:4And the serpent sayde vnto the woman: ye shall not dye the death:
3:5but God doth knowe, that the same daye that ye eat therof, your eyes shalbe opened, & ye shalbe euen as goddes, knowing good and euyll.
3:6And so the woman (seyng that the same tre was good to eate, and lusty to the eyes, & that the same tre was pleasaunt to get wisdome) toke of the frute therof, and dyd eate: and gaue vnto her husband beynge with her, which dyd eate also.
3:7And the eyes of them both were opened: and they knewe that they were naked, & they sowed fygge leaues together, and made them selues aperns.
3:8And they heard the voyce of the Lord God walkynge in the garden in the coole of the daye. And Adam & his wyfe hyd them selues from the presence of the Lorde God among the trees of the garden.
3:9And the Lorde God called Adam, and sayd vnto hym: where art thou?
3:10which sayde: I hearde thy voyce in the garden, & was afrayed, because I was naked, & hyd my selfe.
3:11And he sayde: Who tolde the, that thou wast naked? hast thou not eaten of the same tre, concernynge the which I commaunded the, that thou shuldest not eate of it?
3:12And Adam sayd: The woman, whom thou gauest to be wyth me, she gaue me of the tree, and I dyd eate.
3:13And the Lorde God sayde vnto the woman: Why hast thou done this? And the woman sayde: yonder serpent begyled me, and I dyd eate.
3:14And the Lorde God sayde vnto the serpent: because thou hast done this, thou art curssed aboue all catell, and aboue euery beast of the felde. Upon thy belly shalt thou go, & dust shalt thou eate all the dayes, of thy lyfe.
3:15I will also put enemytie betwene the & the woman, betwene thy sede and hyr sede: The same shall treade downe thy head, and thou shalt treade vpon hys hele.
3:16But vnto the woman he sayde: In multiplienge wyll I multiplye thy sorowe & thy conceyuynge: In sorowe shalt thou brynge furth chyldren, & thy lust shall pertayne to thy husbande, & he shall haue the rule of the.
3:17Unto Adam he sayde: Because thou hast herkened vnto the voyce of thy wyfe, & hast eaten of the tree (concernynge the which I commaunded the, sayinge: Thou shalt not eate of it) cursed is the ground for thy sake. In sorowe shalt thou eate of it all the dayes of thy lyfe.
3:18Thorne also & thystle shall it cause to growe vnto the, & thou shalt eate the herbe of the felde.
3:19In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eate bread, tyll thou be turned agayne into the grounde, for out of it was thou taken, in asmuch as thou art dust, & into dust shalt thou be turned agayne.
3:20And Adam called his wyues name Heua, because she was the mother of all lyuinge.
3:21Unto the same Adam also & to hys wyfe dyd the Lorde God make lethren garmentes, & clothed them.
3:22And the Lorde God sayde: Beholde, yonder man hath bene euen as one of vs, that he myght knowe good and euell. And nowe lest happly he put furth hys hande, and take also of the tree of lyfe, and eate, & lyue for euer.
3:23And the Lorde God sent them furth from the garden of Eden, to dresse the grounde that he was taken out of.
3:24And so he droue out man, & at the east syde of the garden of Eden, he set Cherubins, & the glysterynge flame of a shakynge swerde, to kepe the waye of the tre of lyfe.
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."