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The Great Bible 1539



14:1At that tyme Herode the Tetrarcha heard of the fame of Iesu,
14:2& sayde vnto his seruauntes: this is Iohn the Baptist. He is rysen from the deed, & therfore are miracles wrought by him.
14:3For Herode had taken Iohn, & bound him, & put him in preson because of Herodias, his brother Philips wyfe.
14:4For Iohn sayd vnto him: it is not lawfull for thou to haue her.
14:5And when he wolde haue put hym to deeth, he feared the people, because they counted him as a prophet.
14:6But when Herodes byrth daye was kepte, the daughter of Herodias daunsed before them, & pleased Herode.
14:7Wherfore he promysed with an othe, that he wolde geue her whatsoeuer she wolde aske.
14:8And she beynge instructe of her mother before, sayde: geue me here Iohn Baptistes heed in a platter.
14:9And the kynge was sory. Neuerthelesse, for the othes sake, & them which sate also at the table, he commaunded it to be geuen her:
14:10& sent tourmentours, & behedded Iohn in the preson
14:11and his heed was brought in a platter & geuen to that damsell, and she brought it to her mother.
14:12And his disciples came & toke vp hys body, and buried it: went, and tolde Iesus.
14:13When Iesus hearde of it, he departed thence in a shyppe vnto a desert place, out of the waye. And when the people had harde therof, they folowed him on fote and left the cyties.
14:14And Iesus went forth, & sawe moch people, and was moued with mercy toward them, and he healed of them those that were sycke.
14:15And when the euen drewe on, his disciples came to him, saying: this is a deserte place, & the houre is now past, let the people departe, that they maye go into the townes, and bye them vytaylles.
14:16But Iesus sayde vnto them. They haue no nede to go awaye. Geue ye them to eate.
14:17They saye vnto him: we haue here but .v. loues and two fysshes.
14:18He sayde: brynge them hyther to me.
14:19And he commaunded the people to syt downe on the grasse, & he toke the .v. loues & the .ij. fysshes, and lyft vp hys eyes toward heauen & blessed. And whan he had broken them, he gaue the loaues to hys disciples, & his discyples gaue them to the people.
14:20And they dyd all eate, and were suffysed. And they gathered vp (of the fragmentes that remayned.) .xij. basketesfull.
14:21And they that dyd eate, were aboute .v.M. men, besyde wemen and chyldren.
14:22And streyght waye Iesus made his disciples to get vp into a shippe, and to goo before him vnto the other syde whill he sent the people awaye.
14:23And when the people were sent awaye, he went vp into a mountayne to praye alone. And when night was come, he was there him selfe alone.
14:24But the shippe was now in the myddes of the see, & was toost wyth waues, for it was a contrary wynde.
14:25And in the fourth watche of the nyght, Iesus went vnto them walkynge on the see.
14:26And when the disciples sawe hym walkynge on the see, they were troubled, sayinge: it is some sprite, & they cryed out for feare.
14:27But streyght waye, Iesus spake vnto them, sayinge: be of good cheare, it is I, be not afrayed.
14:28Peter answered hym, and sayde: Lorde, yf it be thou, byd me come vnto the on the water.
14:29And he sayde, come. And when Peter was come doune out of the shippe, he walked on the water, to go to Iesus.
14:30But when he sawe a myghty wynde, he was afrayed. And when he beganne to syncke, he cryed sayinge: lorde saue me.
14:31And immediatly Iesus stretched forth his hand, & caught him, & sayd vnto him: O thou of lytell fayth, wherfore dyddest thou dout?
14:32And whan they were come into the shyppe, the wynde ceased.
14:33Then they that were in the shyppe, came and worshypped hym, sayinge: of a truthe thou art the sonne of God.
14:34And when they were gone ouer they came into the lande of Genesareth.
14:35And when the men of the place had knowledge of him, they sent out messaungers into all that countre rounde about the coast & brought vnto him all that were sycke,
14:36& besought hym, that they myght touche the hemme of his vesture only. And as many as touched it were made safe.
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."