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The Great Bible 1539



11:1And the Apostles and brethren that were in Iewry, heard that the heathen had also receaued the word of God.
11:2And when Peter was come vp to Ierusalem. they that were of the circumcision contended against hym,
11:3sayng: Thou wentest into men vncircumcised, and dydest eate with them.
11:4But Peter rehearsed the matter from the begynning, and expounded it by order vnto them, sayinge:
11:5I was in the cytie of Ioppa, praying: and in a traunce, I sawe a visyon, a certen vessel descende, as it had bene a great shete, let downe from heauen by the foure corners, & it came to me.
11:6Into the which when I had fastened myne eyes, I considred, & sawe fourfoted beastes of the earth, and vermen and wormes, and foules of the ayer.
11:7And I heard a voyce saying vnto me: aryse Peter, sley, and eate.
11:8But I sayde: not so Lorde, for nothynge comen or vncleane hath at eny tyme entred into my mouth.
11:9But the voyce answered me agayne from heauen: count not thou those thinges comen, which God hath clensed
11:10And this was done thre tymes. And all were taken vp agayne into heauen.
11:11And beholde, immediatly ther were thre men all ready come vnto the house where I was, sent from Cesarea vnto me.
11:12And the spyrite sayd vnto me, that I shuld go with them, without doutynge. Moreouer, these syxe brethren accompanyed me, and we entred into the mans house.
11:13And he shewed vs, howe he had sene an aungel in his house, which stode and sayd to him: send men to Ioppa, and call for Simon, whose syrname is Peter:
11:14he shall tell the wordes, wherby both thou and all thyne house shalbe saued.
11:15And as I beganne to preach, the holy ghost fell on them, as he dyd on vs at the begynninge.
11:16Then came it to my remembraunce, howe that the Lorde sayd: Iohn baptised wt water, but ye shalbe baptised with the holy ghost.
11:17For asmoch then as God gaue them lyke gyftes, as he dyd vnto vs, when we beleued on the Lord Iesus Chryst: what was I, that I shulde haue withstande God?
11:18When they heard this, they helde theyr peace, and glorifyed God, sayinge: then hath God also to the Gentyls graunted repentaunce vnto lyfe.
11:19They also which were scattred abrode thorow the affliccyon that arose about Steuen, walked thorowout vnto Phenices and Cypers, and Antioche, preachinge the worde to no man, but vnto the Iewes onely
11:20some of them were men of Cypers & Siren: which when they were come to Antioche, spake vnto the Grekes, and preached the Lorde Iesus.
11:21And the hande of the Lorde was with them, & a greate nombre beleued and turned vnto the Lorde.
11:22Tydinges of these thinges came vnto the eares of the congregacyon, which was in Ierusalem. And they sent forth Barnabas, that he shulde go vnto Antioche.
11:23Which when he came, & had sene the grace of God, was glad, & exhorted them all, that with purpose of hert, they wold contynually cleaue vnto the Lord.
11:24For he was a good man, and full of the holy ghost & of faith: and moch people was added vnto the Lorde.
11:25Then departed Barnabas to Tharsus, for to seke Saul.
11:26And when he had founde him, he brought him vnto Antioche. And it chaunsed that a whole yeare they had their conuersacion with the congregacion there, and taught moch people: in so moch, that the discyples of Antioche were the fyrst that were called Christen.
11:27In those dayes came prophetes from the cytie of Ierusalem vnto Antioche.
11:28And there stode vp one of them named Agabus, and sygnifyed by the sprete, that there shuld be greate derth thorow out all the world, which came to passe in the Emperoure Claudius dayes.
11:29Then the disciples euery man accordynge to his abylyte, purposed to sende socour vnto the brethren which dwelt in Iewry.
11:30Which thinge they also dyd, and sent it to the elders by the handes of Barnabas and Saul.
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."