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The Great Bible 1539



48:1After these deades it happened, that a messaunger sayde vnto Ioseph: thy father is sycke. And he toke wt him his .ii. sonnes, Manasses & Ephraim.
48:2Then was it sayd vnto Iacob: beholde, thy sonne Ioseph commeth vnto the. And Israel toke his strength vnto hym, & satt vp on the bedd,
48:3& Iacob sayde vnto Ioseph: God allmyghtie apeared vnto me at Lus in the lande of Canaan, & blessed me,
48:4& sayde vnto me: beholde, I wyll make the growe, & wyll multiplye the, & wyll make a great nombre of people of the, and wyll geue thys land vnto thy seed after the vnto an euerlastyng possessyon.
48:5And now thy .ii. sonnes Manasses & Ephraim which were borne vnto the in the lande of Egypte, before I came to the in to Egypte, are myne: euen as Ruben & Symeon are myne.
48:6And the children which thou hast gotten after them, shalbe thyne awne: & shalbe called after the names of theyr brethren in theyr enheritaunce.
48:7And whan I came from Mesopotamia, Rahel dyed vpon my hand in the lande of Canaan, by the waye: when ther was but a feldes brede to come vnto Ephrat. And I buryed her there in the waye to Ephrat. The same is Bethlehem.
48:8And Israel behelde Iosephs sonnes and sayde: what are these?
48:9Ioseph sayd vnto his father: they are my sonnes which God hathe geuen me here. And he sayde: oh, brynge them to me, & let me blesse them.
48:10And the eyes of Israel were dymme for age, so that he coulde not well see. And he broughte them to hym, and he kyssed them and embraced them.
48:11And Israel sayde vnto Ioseph: I had not thought to haue sene thy face, and yet loo, God hath shewed it me and also thy seed.
48:12And Ioseph toke them awaye from his lappe, & worshypped on the grounde before hym.
48:13Than toke Ioseph them both: Ephraim with his ryghte hande towarde Israels left hande, & Manasses wt hys left hande, towarde Israels ryghte hande, & brought them vnto hym.
48:14And Israel stretched out hys ryghte hande & layde it vpon Ephraims heade which was the yonger, & hys lyfte hande vpon Manasses heed, gydinge hys handes wysely, for Manasses was the elder.
48:15And he blessed Ioseph & sayde: God, before whome my fathers Abraham & Isahac dyd walke, God whych hath fedd me all my lyfe longe vnto thys daye,
48:16And the angell whych hath delyuered me from all euyll, blesse these laddes: & let my name be named in them, & the name of my fathers Abraham & Isahac, & that they maye growe into a multitude in the myddes of the erth.
48:17When Ioseph sawe that hys father layde hys ryghte hande vpon the heade of Ephraim, it displeased him. And he lyfte vp his fathers hande, to haue remoued it from Ephraims heade vnto Manasses heade,
48:18& Ioseph sayde vnto hys father: Not so my father, for thys is the eldest. Put thy ryght hande vpon hys heade.
48:19And hys father wolde not, but sayde: I knowe it well my sonne, I knowe it well. He shalbe also a people & shalbe great. But hys yonger brother shalbe greatter than he, and hys seed shall be full of people.
48:20And he blessed them that daye and sayde: In the let Israel blesse & saye: God make the as Ephraim and as Manasses. And sett Ephraim before Manasses.
48:21And Israel sayde vnto Ioseph: beholde, I dye. And God shalbe wyth you and brynge you agayne vnto the lande of youre fathers.
48:22Moreouer I haue geuen vnto the, a porcyon of lande aboue thy brethren, which I gatt out of the hande of the Amorite in my swerde and in my bowe.
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."