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The Great Bible 1539



50:1And Ioseph fell vpon hys fathers face, and wepte vpon hym, and kyssed hym.
50:2And Ioseph commaunded hys seruauntes the Phisicyons, to embawme hys father, and the Phisicyons embawmed Israel
50:3.xl. dayes longe, for so longe doth the embawmynge last, and the Egyptians bewayled hym .lxx. dayes.
50:4And when the dayes of wepynge were ended, Ioseph spake vnto the house of Pharao sayinge: If I haue founde fauoure in youre eyes, speake in the eares of Pharao sayinge:
50:5my father made me swere & sayde: loo, I dye, burye me in my graue whych I haue made me in the lande of Chanaan. Nowe therfore let me goo and burye my father, and than wyll I come agayne.
50:6And Pharao sayde, goo and burye thy father, accordynge as he made the swere.
50:7And Ioseph went vp to burye hys father, and with hym went all the seruauntes of Pharao that were the elders of his house, and all the elders of the lande of Egypte,
50:8& all the house of Ioseph, and his brethren and hys fathers house, only theyr chyldren and their shepe and their catell lefte they behynde in the land of Gosan.
50:9And there went with him also Charettes and horssmen: & it was an exceadynge great companye.
50:10And they came to the corne floore of Atad whyche is beyonde Jordane, and there they made a great and exceadynge sore lamentacyon. And he mourned for hys father .vij. dayes.
50:11And when the inhabiters of the lande (euen the Cananytes) sawe the mournynge in the corne floore of Atad, they sayde: thys is a greate mournynge vnto the Egyptians. Wherfore the name of the place is called, The mournynge of the Egyptians, and it is beyonde Iordane:
50:12And hys sonnes dyd vnto him accordynge as he had commaunded them.
50:13For hys sonnes caryed him in to the lande of Canaan, and buryed him in the double caue of the felde: which caue Abraham boughte, and the felde also, to be a place to burye in, of Ephron the Hethite before Mamre.
50:14And Ioseph returned in to Eygpte agayne, he and hys brethren (and all that went vp with him to burye hys father,) assone as he had buryed hym.
50:15And when Iosephs brethren sawe that their father was dead, they sayde: Ioseph myghte fortune to hate vs & rewarde vs agayne all the euell which we dyd vnto him.
50:16And they did a commaundement vnto Ioseph sayinge, thy father charged vs before hys deeth sayinge:
50:17Thys wyse shall ye saye vnto Ioseph, forgeue (I praye the) the trespace of thy brethren, and theyr synne: for they rewarded that euell. And nowe (we praye the) forgeue the trespace of the seruauntes of thy fathers God. And Ioseph wept, when they spake vnto hym.
50:18For hys brethren came vnto hym, & fell flat before hys face sayinge: beholde, we be thy seruauntes.
50:19To whom Ioseph sayde feare not. Am I God?
50:20Ye thought euell agaynste me: but God turned it vnto good, to brynge to passe, as it is thys daye, and to saue moch people alyue.
50:21Feare not therfore, Nowe, I wyll noryshe you, and youre chyldren, and he comforted them, & spake kyndly vnto them.
50:22Ioseph dwelt in Egypte he and hys fathers house, and Ioseph lyued an hundred and .x. yere.
50:23And Ioseph sawe Ephraims chyldren, euen vnto the thyrde generacyon. And vnto Machir the sonne of Manasses were chyldren borne, on Ioseph knees.
50:24And Ioseph sayde vnto hys brethren: I dye. And God wyll suerlye vysett you & brynge you out of this lande, vnto the lande whych he sware vnto Abraham, Isaac and Iacob.
50:25And Ioseph toke an ooth of the chyldren of Israel, sayinge: God wyll not fayle but vysett you: and ye shall carye my boones hence.
50:26And so Ioseph dyed, when he was an hundred & .x. yere olde. And they enbawmed hym wyth spices, puttynge him in a chest in Egypte.
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."