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The Great Bible 1539



30:1Rahel whan she sawe that she bare Iacob no chyldren, she enuyed hyr syster, and sayde vnto Iacob: Geue me children, or els I am but deed.
30:2And Iacob was wrooth wt Rahel sayig: Am I in Goddes stead, which kepeth from the the frute of thy wombe?
30:3Then she sayd: here is my mayde Bilha, go in vnto her, & she shall beare vpon my lappe, that I maye be encreased by her.
30:4And she gaue hym Bilha hyr handmayde to wyfe.
30:5And Iacob went in vnto her, and Bilha conceaued & bare Iacob a sonne.
30:6Than sayde Rahel. God hath geuen sentence on my syde, and hath also hearde my voyce, and hath geuen me a sonne. Therfore called she hym Dan.
30:7And Bilha Rahels mayde conceaued agayne, and bare Iacob another sonne.
30:8And Rahel sayde: wyth Godly wrestlynges haue I wrestled wyth my syster, and haue gotten the vpper hande. And she called hys name: Nepthali.
30:9When Lea sawe that she had left bearinge, she toke Silpha hyr mayde, and gaue her Iacob to wyfe.
30:10And Silpha Leas mayde bare Iacob a sonne.
30:11Than sayde Lea: Good lucke: and called hys name Gad.
30:12And Silpha Leas mayd bare Iacob another sonne.
30:13Than sayde Lea: happy am I, for the daughters wyll call me blessed. And called hys name Asser.
30:14And Ruben went out in the dayes of the whet haruest and founde mandragoras in the feldes, and brought them vnto hys mother Lea. Than sayd Rahel to Lea: geue me of thy sonnes mandragoras.
30:15To whom Lea answered: Is it not ynough that thou hast taken awaye my housbande, but woldest take awaye my sonnes mandragoras also? Than sayde Rahel: well, let hym slepe wt the thys nyghte, for thy sonnes mandragoras.
30:16And Iacob came from the feldes at euen, and Lea went out to mete hym, and sayde: come into me, for I haue bought the wyth my sonnes mandragoras. And he slepte wyth her that nyghte.
30:17And God herde Lea, that she conceaued & bare vnto Iacob the .v. sonne.
30:18Than sayde Lea. God hath geuen me a rewarde, because I gaue my mayden to my housbande, & she called hym Isachar.
30:19And Lea conceaued yet agayne, & bare Iacob the .vi. sonne.
30:20And Lea sayd: God hath endewed me wt a good dowrye. Nowe wyll my husbande dwell wyth me, because I haue borne hym .vi. sonnes: & called his name Zabulon.
30:21After that she bare a daughter, and called hyr name Dina.
30:22And God remembred Rahel, hearde her, and made her frutefull:
30:23so that she conceaued & bare a sonne, & sayd: God hath taken awaye my rebuke.
30:24And she called hys name Ioseph, sayinge: The Lorde geue me yet a nother sonne.
30:25As soone as Rahel had borne Ioseph, Iacob sayde to Laban: Sende me awaye that I maye go vnto my awne place and contrey,
30:26geue me my wyues and my children for whom I haue serued the, and let me goo: for thou knowest what seruyce I haue done the.
30:27To whom Laban answered: yf I haue founde fauoure in thy syght (for I suppose that the Lord hath blessed me for thy sake)
30:28appoynte what thy rewarde shall be, and I wyll geue it the.
30:29But he sayde vnto hym: thou knowest what seruyce I haue done the, and in what takynge thy catell haue bene vnder me:
30:30For it was but lytle that thou haddest before I came, and nowe it is encreased into a multitude, and the Lorde hath blessed the for my sake. But nowe when shall I make prouisyon for myne awne house also?
30:31And he sayde: what shall I then geue the? And Iacob answered: thou shalt geue me nothynge at all, yf thou wylt do thys one thynge for me: and then wyll I turne agayne, and fede thy shepe and kepe them.
30:32I wyll go aboute all thy shepe thys daye, and separate from them all the shepe that are spotted and of dyuers coloures, and all blacke shepe amonge the lambes, & the partye, and the spotted amonge the kyddes: and the same shalbe my rewarde.
30:33So shall my ryghtwesnes answere for me to morowe, and shall come for my rewarde before thy face, and euery one that is not speckled and partye amonge the goates and blacke amonge the shepe, the same shalbe theft wyth me.
30:34And Laban sayde: Go to, wolde God it myght be accordynge to thy sayeng.
30:35Therfore he toke out that same daie the he goates that were partye and of dyuerse coloures, and all the she gootes that were spotted and partye coloured, and all that had whyte in them, and all the blacke amonge the shepe, and put them in the kepynge of hys sonnes,
30:36& set thre dayes iourney betwyxte hym selfe and Iacob. And so Iacob kepte the rest of Labans shepe.
30:37Iacob toke roddes of grene popular, hasell & of chestnut trees, & pylled whyte strakes in them, & made the whyte apere in the roddes.
30:38And put the roddes whyche he had pylled, euen before the shepe, in the gutters & watrynge troughes when the shepe came to dryncke: that they shulde conceaue when they came to dryncke.
30:39And the shepe conceaued before the roddes, & brought forth lambes straked, spotted and partye.
30:40And Iacob parted the lambes & turned the faces of the shepe towarde spotted thynges, and towarde all maner of blacke, that was amonge the shepe of Laban: Namely, puttynge hys awne flockes by them selfe, & not puttynge them wyth Labans shepe.
30:41And it fortuned that in euery rammynge tyme of the stronger shepe, Iacob layed the roddes before the eyes of the shepe in the gutters: namely, that he myght make them conceaue before the roddes.
30:42But when the shepe were feble, he put them not in. And so the febler were Labans, and the stronger Iacobs.
30:43And the man increaced exceadyngly, and had a great flocke, mayde seruauntes and man seruauntes, camels and asses.
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."