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The Great Bible 1539



10:1There was a certen man in Cesarea called Cornelius, a captayn of the soudyers of Italy,
10:2a deuote man, & one that feared God with all hys housholde, which gaue moch almes to the people, and prayde God all waye.
10:3The same sawe by a vision euidently (about the ninth houre of the daye) an angel of God commynge into him, and sayinge vnto him: Cornelius?
10:4When he loked on hym, he was afrayde, and sayd: what is it Lorde? He sayde vnto him: Thy prayers & thy almeses are come vp into remembraunce before God.
10:5And now sende men to Ioppa, & call for one Symon, whose syrname is Peter.
10:6He lodgeth wt one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the see syde. He shall tell the, what thou oughtest to do.
10:7And when the angell which spake vnto hym, was departed, he called two of hys housholde seruauntes, and a deuoute soudier of them that wayted on him,
10:8and tolde them all the matter, and sent them to Ioppa.
10:9On the morowe as they went on their iorney, and drewe ny vnto the cytie, Peter went vp vpon the toppe of the house to praye, about the syxt houre.
10:10And when he wexed an hongred, he wolde haue eaten. But whyle they made ready, he fell into a traunce,
10:11and sawe, heauen opened, and a certen vessell come downe vnto hym, as it had bene a great shete, knyt at the foure corners, and was let downe to the earth,
10:12wherin were all maner of fourfoted beastes of the earth, & vermen and wormes & foules of the ayer.
10:13And ther came a voyce to him, rise Peter, kyl & eate.
10:14But Peter sayd: not so Lorde, for I haue neuer eaten eny thinge that is commen or vncleane.
10:15And the voyce spake vnto him agayne the second tyme: what God hath clensed, that call not thou commen.
10:16This was done threse, and the vessell was receaued vp agayne into heauen.
10:17Whyle Peter also mused in him self what thys visyon (which he had sene) meant: beholde, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made inquirance for Simons house, and stode before the dore:
10:18and called out one, and asked whether Simon which was syrnamed Peter were lodged there.
10:19Whyle Peter thought on the visyon, the sprete sayd vnto him: behold, men seke the:
10:20aryse therfore, and get the downe, & go with them, & dowte not for I haue sent them.
10:21Peter went downe to the men which were sent vnto hym from Cornelius and sayd: Behold, I am he whom ye seke, what is the cause wherfore ye are come?
10:22They sayd: Cornelius the captayne a iust man, and one that feareth God, & of good reporte amonge all the people of the Iewes, was warned by an holy angell to sende for the into his house, & to heare wordes of the.
10:23Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morowe, Peter went awaye with them, and certayn brethren from Ioppa accompanyed hym.
10:24And the thyrde daye entred they into Cesarea. And Cornelius wayted for them, and had called togeather hys kynsmen, and speciall frendes.
10:25And as it chaunsed Peter to come in, Cornelius mete hym, and fell downe at hys fete, & worshypped hym.
10:26But Peter toke hym vp, sayinge: stande vp, I my selfe also am a man.
10:27And as he talked with him, he came in, and founde many that were come together.
10:28And he sayde vnto them: Ye knowe how that it is a vnlawful thinge for a man that is a Iewe, to company or come vnto an alient: but God hath shewed me, that I shulde not call any man commen or vncleane:
10:29therfore came I vnto you without delaye, assone as I was sent for. I aske therfore, for what intent haue ye sent for me.
10:30And Cornelius sayd: This daye now .iiij. dayes about this houre, I sat fasting, and at the nynthe houre I prayde in my house: and behold, a man stode before me in bryght clothynge,
10:31and sayde: Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thyne almes dedes are had in remembraunce in the syght of God.
10:32Sende men therfore to go to Ioppa, and call for Symon, whose syrname is Peter. He is lodged in the house of one Symon a tanner by the see syde: which assone as he is come, shall speake vnto the.
10:33Then sent I for the immediatly, & thou hast well downe, that thou art come. Nowe therfore are we all here present before God, to heare all thinges that are commaunded vnto the of God.
10:34Then Peter opened his mouth, and sayde: Of a treuth I perceaue that there is no respect of persones with God,
10:35but in all people, he that feareth hym, and worketh ryghtewesnes, is accepted with him.
10:36Ye knowe the preachynge that God sent vnto the children of Israel, preachyng peace by Iesu Christ, which is Lord ouer all thynges.
10:37Which preachynge was publisshed thorowout all Iewry (and began in Galile, after the baptyme which Iohn preached)
10:38how God anoynted Iesus of Nazareth wt the holy ghost, and with power. Which Iesus went about doynge good, and healynge all that were oppressed of the deuyll, for God was with him.
10:39And we are witnes of all thinges which he dyd in the lande of the Iewes and at Ierusalem: whom they slewe, and hanged on tre.
10:40Him God raysed vp the thyrd daye, & shewed him openly,
10:41not to all the people, but vnto vs witnesses (chosen before of God for the same intent) which dyd eate & dryncke wt him, after he arose from deeth.
10:42And he commaunded vs to preach vnto the people, and to testify that it is he, which was ordened of God to be the iudge of quycke and deed.
10:43To hym geue all the prophetes witnes, that thorowe hys name whosoeuer beleueth in him, shall receaue remissyon of synnes.
10:44Whyle Peter yet spake these wordes, the holy ghost fell on all them which heard the preachyng.
10:45And they of the circumcisyon which beleued, were astonnied, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentils also was shed out the gyft of the holy ghost.
10:46For they hearde them speake with tonges, & magnify God. Then answered Peter:
10:47can eny man forbyd water, that these shuld not be baptysed, which haue receaued the holy ghost as well as we?
10:48And he commaunded them to be baptysed in the name of the Lord. Then prayd they him, to tary a few dayes.
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."