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The Great Bible 1539



1:1The begynnynge of the Gospell of Iesu Chryst the sonne of God,
1:2as it is written in the Prophetes, behold, I sende my messenger before thy face which shall prepare thy waye before the.
1:3The voyce of a cryer in the wildernes: prepare ye the waye of the Lorde, & make his pathes strayte.
1:4Iohn dyd baptyse in the wyldernes, and preached the baptyme of repentaunce, for the remissyon of synnes.
1:5And all the lande of Iewrie and they of Ierusalem, went out vnto hym, and were all baptised of him in the ryuer Iordan, confessynge their synnes.
1:6Iohn was clothed with camilles herr, and wt a gerdyll of a sayng about hys loynes. And he dyd eate locustes and wilde hony,
1:7and preached sayinge. He that is stronger then I, commeth after me, whose sho latchet I am not worthy to stoupe downe, and vnlose,
1:8I haue baptysed you wyth water: but he shall baptyse you with the holy gost.
1:9And it came to passe in those dayes, that Iesus cam from Nazareth, of Galile: and was baptysed of Iohn in Iordan:
1:10And assone as he was come vp out of the water: he sawe heauen open, & the sprete descendynge vpon him lyke adoue:
1:11And ther came a voyce from heauen. Thou art my deare sonne in whom I delyte.
1:12And immediatly sprete droue him into wildernes:
1:13and he was there in the wyldernes .xl. dayes, and was tempted of Satan, & was with wilde beastes. And the angels minystred vnto hym.
1:14After that Iohn was taken Iesus came into Galile preachinge the Gospell, of the kyngdom of God,
1:15& sayinge. the tyme is come, & the kyngdom of God is at hand repent, and beleue the Gospell.
1:16As he walked by the see of Galile, he sawe Simon & Andrew his brother, castynge nettes into the see, for they were fisshers.
1:17And Iesus sayde vnto them: folowe me, & I will make you to become fysshers of men.
1:18And strayght waye, they forsoke their nettes, and folowed him.
1:19And when he had gone a lytell further thence, he sawe Iames the sonne of Zebede, and Iohn his brother, which also were in the shyppe, mendynge their nettes.
1:20And anone he called them. And they leeft their father Zebede in the shyp wyth the hyred seruauntes, and folowed hym.
1:21And they came into Capernaum: and streyght waye on the Saboth dayes, he entred into the synagoge, & taught.
1:22And they were astonnyed at hys learnynge. For he taught them as one that had auctorite, & not as the Scribes.
1:23And there was in their Sinagoge a man vexed with an vnclene spirite, and he cryed
1:24sayinge: Alas, what haue we to do with the thou Iesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroye vs? I knowe the what thou art euen that holy one of God.
1:25And Iesus rebuked hym sayinge: holde thy peace, and come out of the man.
1:26And whan the vncleane spirite had toarne him, & cryed with a loude voyce, he came out of him.
1:27And they were all amased, in so moch that they demaunded one of another amonge them selues sayinge: what thyng is this? What newe doctrine is thys? For with auctorite commaunded he the foule spirites, and they obeyed hym.
1:28And immediatly his fame spred abroad through out all the region borderinge on Galile.
1:29And forth with, whan they were come out of the Synagoge they entred into the house of Symon and Andrew, wyth Iames and Iohn.
1:30But Simons mother in lawe laye sycke of a feuer. And anone they tell him of her.
1:31And he came, & toke her by the hande: & lifte her vp: & ymediatly the feuer forsoke hyr, & she mynistred vnto them.
1:32And at euen when the sonne was downe, they brought vnto him all that were dyseased, and them that were vexed with deuyls.
1:33And all the cytie was gathred to gether at the dore,
1:34and he healed many that were sycke of dyuers deseases, and cast out many deuyls, & suffred not the deuyls to speake, because they knewe him.
1:35And in the mornynge very early, Iesus (whan he was rysen vp) departed, and went out into a solitary place, and there prayed.
1:36And Symon and they that were with hym, folowed after hym.
1:37And when they had founde him, they saye vnto him: all men seke for the.
1:38And he sayd vnto them: let vs go into the next townes, that I maye preach there also: for therfore am I come.
1:39And he preached in their Synagoges, in all Galile, and cast the deuyls out.
1:40And ther came a leper to him, besechynge hym, and knelyng downe, and sayeng vnto him, yf thou wilt, thou cannest make me cleane.
1:41And Iesus had compassion on hym, & puth forth his hande, touched hym, & sayeth vnto him: I wyll, be thou cleane.
1:42And assone as he had spoken, immediatly the leprosy departed from him,
1:43and he sent him awaye forth with,
1:44and sayeth vnto hym. Se thou saye nothynge to any man: but get the hence, shewe thy selfe to the Preaste, and offer for thy clensinge, those thinges whych Moses commaunded, for a witnesse vnto them.
1:45But he (assone as he was departed) beganne to tell many thinges, and to publyshe the sayenge: in so moch that Iesus coulde nomore openly entre into the cytie, but was with out in desert places. And they came to hym from euery quarter.
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."