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The Great Bible 1539



17:1As they made their iourney thorowe Amphipolis: and Appolonia, they cam to Thessalonica, where was a Synagoge of the Iewes.
17:2And Paul (as hys maner was) went in vnto them, and thre Saboth dayes declared out of the scrypture vnto them, openynge
17:3& allegyng, that Christ must nedes haue suffred, and ryse agayne from deeth, and that thys Iesus was Christ, whom (sayde he) I preach to you.
17:4And some of them beleued, and cam and companyed with Paul & Sylas, and of the deuote. Grekes a greate multitude, and of the chefe wemen, not a feawe.
17:5But the Iewes which beleued not, had indignacion and toke vnto them euyll men, which were vagabundes, and gathered a company, and set all the cytie on a roare, & made assaute vnto the house of Iason, & sought to brynge them out to the people.
17:6And when they founde them not they drue Iason, & certayne brethren vnto the heades of the cytie, cryinge: these that trouble the worlde, are come hyther also,
17:7whom Iason hath receaued preuely. And these all do contrary to the decrees of Cesar, affirmynge another kynge, one Iesus.
17:8And they troubled the people, & the officers of the cytie, when they hearde these thinges.
17:9And when they were sufficiently answered of Iason, and of the other, they let them go.
17:10And the brethren immediatly sent awaye Paul and Sylas by nyghte vnto Berrea. Which when they were come thyther, they entred into the Synagoge of the Iewes.
17:11These were the noblest of byrth amonge them of Thessalonia, which receaued the word with all dilygence of mynde, and searched the scryptures dayly, whether those thynges were euen so.
17:12And many of them beleued: also of worshypfull wemen which were Grekes, and of men not a feawe.
17:13When the Iewes of Thessalonia had knowledge, that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berrea: they came, and moued the people there.
17:14And then immediatly the brethren sent awaye Paul, to go as it were to the see: but Sylas and Timotheus abode there styll
17:15And they that gyded Paul, brought him vnto Athens, & receaued a commaundement vnto Sylas & Timotheus, for to come to hym wt spede, & came their waye.
17:16Whil Paul wayted for them at Athens, his sprete was moued in him, whan he sawe the cytie geuen to worshippynge of ymages.
17:17Then disputed he in the synagoge with the Iewes, and with the deuoute personnes: and in the market dayly with them that came vnto him by chaunce.
17:18Certayne Philosophers of the Epicures and of the Stoyckes, disputed with hym. And some ther were which sayde: what will thys babler saye? Other sayde: he semeth to be a tydynges brynger of newe deuyls, because he preacheth vnto them Iesus & the resurreccion.
17:19And they toke him, & brought him into Marce strete, saying: maye we not knowe what thys newe doctryne wherof thou speakest, is?
17:20For thou bryngest straunge tydynges to oure eares. We wold knowe therfore, what these thinges meane.
17:21For all the Athenians and straugers which were there, gaue them selues to nothing els, but ether to tell, or to heare some newe thynge.
17:22Paul stode in the myddes of Marce strete, & sayde: ye men of Athens, I perceaue that in all thinges ye are to supersticyous.
17:23For as I passed by, and behelde the maner how ye worshyp youre goddes, I founde an aulter wherin was writen: vnto the vnknowen God. Whom ye then ignorantly worshyppe, hym shew I vnto you.
17:24God that made the worlde and all that are in it (seing that he is Lorde of heauen and earth) dwelleth not in tempels made with handes,
17:25nether is worshipped with mennes handes, as though he neded of eny thynge, seinge he hym selfe geueth lyfe and breth to all men euery where,
17:26& hath made of one bloude all nacions of men, for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath assigned before, how longe tyme, & also the endes of their inhabitacyon,
17:27that they shuld seke God, yf they myght fele and fynde him, though he be not farre from euery one of vs.
17:28For in hym we lyue, moue, and haue oure beinge, as certayne of youre awne Poetes sayde: For we are also his generacion,
17:29For as moch then as we are the generacyon of God, we ought not to thinke that the Godhead is lyke vnto golde, syluer or stone, grauen by crafte and ymaginacyon of man.
17:30And the tyme of this ignoraunce God regarded not. But now biddeth all men euery where repen
17:31because he hath appoynted a daye, in the which he will iudge the world wt ryghte wesnes, by that man by whom he hath appoynted, & hath offered fayth to all men, after that he had raysed him from deeth.
17:32When they hearde of the resurreccion from deeth, some mocked, and other sayd: we wyll heare the agayne of thys matter.
17:33So Paul departed from amonge them.
17:34Howbeit certayne men claue vnto hym and beleued: amonge the which was Dyonysyus a senatour, and a woman named Damaris, and other with them.
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."