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The Great Bible 1539



19:1It fortuned that whyll Apollo was at Corinthum, Paul passed thorowe the vpper coastes, and came to Ephesus, and founde certayne dysciples,
19:2and sayde vnto them haue ye receaued the holy ghost, sence ye beleued? And they sayde vnto hym: no, we haue not hearde whether ther be eny holy ghost or no.
19:3And he sayde vnto them. wherwith were ye then baptysed? And they sayde: with Iohns baptyme.
19:4Then sayde Paul: Iohn verely baptysed with the baptim of repentaunce, sayinge vnto the people that they shulde beleue on hym, which shuld come after him: that is on Christ Iesus.
19:5When they hearde thys, they were baptysed in the name of the Lorde Iesu.
19:6And whan Paul layde hys handes vpon them. the holy ghost came on them, and they spake with tonges, and prophesyed,
19:7and all the men were aboute twelue.
19:8And he went into the synagoge, and behaued hym selfe boldely for the space of thre monethes, disputinge and geuinge them exhortacions of the kyngdome of God.
19:9When dyuers wexed hard herted and beleued not, but spake euyll of the waye (and that before the multitude) he departed from them, and seperated the disciples. And he disputed dayly in the scole of one called Tyranus.
19:10And this contynued by the space of two yeares: so that all they which dwelt in Asia, heard the worde of the Lorde Iesu, both Iewes and Grekes.
19:11And God wrought speciall myracles by the handes of Paul:
19:12so that from his body, were brought vnto the sicke, napkins & partelettes, & the diseases departed from them, and the euyll spretes went out of them.
19:13Then certayne of the vagabunde Iewes exorcistes, toke vpon them to call ouer them (which had euyll spretes) the name of the Lorde Iesus, sayinge: We adiure you by Iesu, whom Paul preacheth.
19:14And ther were seuen sonnes of one Sceua a Iew and chefe of the prestes which dyd so.
19:15And the euyll sprete answered and sayd: Iesus I knowe, & Paul I knowe: but who are ye?
19:16And the man in whom the euyll sprete was, ranne on them, and ouercame them, and preuayled agaynst them so that they fledd out of that house naked and wounded.
19:17And this was knowen to all the Iewes and Grekes also, which dwelt at Ephesus, & feare came on them all, & the name of the Lorde Iesus was magnyfyed.
19:18And many that beleued, cam, and confessed and shewed their worckes.
19:19Many of them which vsed curious craftes, brought their bokes, and burned them before all men, and they counted the pryce of them, and founde it fyfty thousand syluerlynges.
19:20So mightely grewe the word of God, and preuayled.
19:21After these thynges were ended, Paul purposed in the sprete (whan he had passed ouer Macedonia and Achaia) to go to Ierusalem, saying: After I haue bene there, I must also se Rome.
19:22So sent he into Macedonia two of them that ministred vnto hym, euen Timotheus & Erastus: but he hym selfe remayned in Asia for a season.
19:23The same tyme ther arose no lytell a do aboute that waye.
19:24For a certayne man named Demetrius, a syluersmyth (which made syluer shrynes for Diana) was not a lytell beneficiall vnto the craftesmen.
19:25Whom he called together with the workemen of lyke occupacion, and sayd: Syrs, ye knowe that by this crafte we haue aduauntage.
19:26Moreouer, ye se & heare that not alone at Ephesus, but allmost thorowe out all Asia, thys Paul hath persuaded & turned awaye moche people sayinge, that they be not goddes which are made with handes.
19:27So that not only this oure crafte cometh into parell to be set at nought: but also that the temple of the greate Goddesse Diana shulde be despysed, & her magnificence shulde be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshyppeth.
19:28When they hearde these sayinges, they were full of wrathe, & cryed out, sayinge. Greate is Diana of the Ephesians.
19:29And al the cytie was on a rore, and they russhed into the comen hall with one assent, & caught Gaius and Aristarcus, men of Macedonia, Pauls companions.
19:30When Paul wolde haue entred in vnto the people, the dysciples suffred hym not.
19:31But certayne of the chefe of Asia (which were his frendes) sent vnto him, desyrynge him, that he wolde not preace into the comen hall.
19:32Some therfore cryed one thyng and some another, & the congregacion was all out of quiete, & the moare parte knewe not wherfore they were come together.
19:33Some of the company drue forth Alexander, the Iewes thrustynge hym forwardes. Alexander: beckened with the hande, and wolde haue geuen the people an answer.
19:34When they knewe that he was a Iewe, ther arose a shoute almost for the space of two houres, of all men, cryinge: greate is Diana of the Ephesyans.
19:35When the towne clarcke had ceased the people, he sayde: ye men of Ephesus, what man is it that knoweth not how that the cytie of the Ephesyans is a worshypper of the great goddesse Diana, of the ymage which cam from heauen.
19:36Seinge then that no man sayth here agaynst, ye ought to be content, and to do nothynge rashly:
19:37for ye haue brought hyther these men: which are nether robbers of churches, not yet despisers of youre goddesse
19:38Wherfore, yf Demetrius and the craftes men which are with hym, haue a matter agaynst eny man, the lawe is open, and ther are rulers, let them accuse one another.
19:39But yf ye goo aboute eny other thynge, it shall be determined in a lawfull congregacyon.
19:40For we are in ieopardy to be accused of thys dayes vproure, for as moche as ther is no cause, wherby we maye geue a rekenynge of thys concourse of people.
19:41And when he had thus spoken, he let the congregacion departe.
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."