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The Great Bible 1539



5:1When he sawe the people, he went vp into a mountayne, and when he was sett, hys discyples came to him:
5:2and after that he had opened hys mouth, he taught them, sayinge:
5:3Blessed are the poore in sprete, for theyrs is the kyngdome of heauen.
5:4Blessed are they that mourne, for they shall receaue comfort.
5:5Blessed are the meke: for they shall receaue the enheritaunce of the earth.
5:6Blessed are they which honger and thyrst after ryghteousnes: for they shalbe satisfyed.
5:7Blessed are the mercyful: for they shall obteyne mercy.
5:8Blessed are the pure in herte: for they shall se God.
5:9Blessed are the peace makers: for they shalbe called the children of God.
5:10Blessed are they which suffre persecucyon for righteousnes sake: for theirs is the kingdome of heauen.
5:11Blessed are ye, when men reuyle you, and persecute you, and shall falesy say all maner of euyll sayinge against you, for my sake.
5:12Reioyse & be glad for greate is your rewarde in heuen. For so persecuted they the prophetes, which were before you.
5:13Ye are the salt of the earth: But yf the salt haue lost the saltnes, what shalbe seasoned therwith? It is thence forth good for nothynge, but to be cast out, and to be troaden downe of men.
5:14Ye are the light of the world. A cytie that is set on an hyll cannot be hyd,
5:15nether do men lyght a candell, and put it vnder a busshell, but on a candelstyck, and it geueth light vnto all that are in the house.
5:16Let your light so shyne before men. That they maye se your good worckes, & gloryfy your father, which is in heauen.
5:17Thynke not that I am come to destroye the lawe, or the prophetes: no, I am not come to destroye, but to fulfyll.
5:18For truely I saye vnto you: tyll heauen and earth passe, one iott or one tytle of the lawe shal not scape, tyll all be fulfylled.
5:19Whosoeuer therfore breaketh one of these leest commaundementes, and teacheth men so, he shalbe called the leest in the kyngdome of heauen. But whosoeuer doeth and teacheth, the same shalbe called greate in the kyngdome of heauen.
5:20For I saye vnto you: except your righteousnesse exceade the ryghteousnesse of the Scribes and Pharises, ye cannot entre into the kyngdome of heauen.
5:21Ye haue heard that it was sayd vnto them of the olde tyme. Thou shalt no kyll: whosoeuer killeth, shalbe in daunger of iudgement.
5:22But I say vnto you: that whosoeuer is angrye with hys brother (vnaduysedly) shalbe in daunger of iudgement. And whosoeuer saye vnto hys brother Racha, shalbe in daunger of a councell. But whosoeuer sayeth thou foole, shalbe in daunger of hell fyre.
5:23Therfore, yf thou offrest thy gyfte at the aulter, and there remembrest that thy brother hath ought agaynst the:
5:24leaue ther thyne offringe before the aulter & go thy waye fyrst, and be reconcyled to thy brother, and then come, and offre thy gyfte.
5:25Agree with thyne aduersary quycklye whyles thou art in the waye with him, lest at any tyme the aduersary deliuer the to the iudge, and the iudge delyuer the to the mynister, and then thou be cast into preson.
5:26Uerely, I say vnto the: thou shalt not come out thence, tyll thou haue payed the vtmost farthynge.
5:27Ye haue herde that it was sayd vnto them of olde tyme. Thou shall no committ aduoutrye.
5:28But I say vnto you that whosoeuer loketh on another mans wyfe to lust after her, hath commytted aduoutrye with her all ready in hys hert.
5:29Yf thy ryght eye hynder the, plucke hym out, and cast hym from the. For better it is vnto the, that one of thy membres perysshe, then that thy whole body shuld be cast into hell.
5:30And yf thy ryght hande hynder the, cutt hym of, and cast hym from the. For better it is vnto the, that one of thy membres perysshe, then that all thy body shulde be cast into hell.
5:31It is sayd, whosoeuer putteth awaye his wyfe, lett hym geue her a letter of the deuorcement.
5:32But I say vnto you: that whosoeuer doth put awaye his wyfe (excepte it be for fornycacyon) causeth her to breake matrymony. And whosoeuer maryeth her that is deuorsed commiteth aduoutrye.
5:33Agayne, ye haue hearde how it was sayd to them of olde tyme: thou shalt not forsweare thy selfe, but shalt perfourme vnto the Lorde those thinges that thou swearest.
5:34But I say vnto you: sweare not at all: nether by heauen, for it is Goddes seate,
5:35nor by the earth, for it is his fote stole: nether by Ierusalem, for it is the cytie of the great king:
5:36nether shalt thou sweare by thy heed, because thou canst not make one heare whyte or blacke.
5:37But your communicacyon shalbe, ye, ye, nay, nay: For whatsoeuer is added more then these, it commeth of euyll.
5:38Ye haue hearde that it is sayd: an eye for an eye: and a toth for a toth.
5:39But I saye vnto you, that ye resist not euell. But whosoeuer geue the a blowe on the ryght cheke, turne to hym the other also.
5:40And yf eny man wyll sue the at the law, and take awaye thy coate, let him haue thy clooke also.
5:41And whosoeuer wyll compell the to go a myle, go with him twayne.
5:42Geue to him that asketh the, and from hym that wolde borowe, turne not thou awaye.
5:43Ye haue heard that it is sayde, thou shalt loue thyne neyghbour, and hate thyne enemy.
5:44But I saye vnto you: loue your enemyes. Blesse them that curse you. Do good to them that hate you. Praye for them which hurt you and persecute you,
5:45that ye maye be the children of your father which is in heauen: for he maketh his sonne to aryse on the euell, & on the good, & sendeth rayne on the iust & on the vniust.
5:46For yf ye loue them which loue you: what reward haue ye? Do not the publycans also euen the same?
5:47And yf ye make moche of your brethren only, what singuler thinge do ye? Do not also the publicans lykewise?
5:48ye shall therfore be perfecte, euen as your father which is in heauen is perfecte.
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."