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The Great Bible 1539



21:1And whan it chaunced that we had launched forth, and were departed from them, we came with a strayght course vnto Choon and the daye folowynge vnto the Rhodes, and from thence vnto Patara.
21:2And whan we had gotten a shyppe that wolde sayle vnto Phenyces, we went aborde into it, and set forth.
21:3But whan Ciprus beganne to appeare vnto vs, we lefte it on the lefte hande, and sayled vnto Siria, and cam vnto Tyre. For there the shyppe vnladed the burthen.
21:4And when we had founde brethren, we taryed there .vij. dayes. And they tolde Paul thorowe the sprete that he shuld not go vp to Ierusalem.
21:5And when the dayes were ended we departed and went oure waye, and they all brought vs on oure waye, with wyues and chyldren, tyll we were come out of the cytie. And we kneled downe in the shore and prayde.
21:6And when we had taken oure leaue one of another, we toke shippe, & they returned home agayne:
21:7When we had full ended the course from Tyre, we went downe to Ptolomaida, & saluted the brethren, & abode with them one daye
21:8The nexte daye, we that were of Pauls company departed, and came vnto Cesarea. And we entred into the house of Philip the Euangelist, which was one of the seuen, & abode wt hym.
21:9The same man had fower daughters virgens, which dyd prophesy.
21:10And as we taryed there a good mayny of dayes, there cam a certaine prophet from Iurie, named Agabus.
21:11When he was come vnto vs, he toke Pauls gerdell, & bounde his fete & handes, & sayd: Thus sayth the holy ghost so shal the Iewes at Ierusalem bynde the man that oweth this gerdell, and shall delyuer hym into the handes of the Gentyls.
21:12When we hearde this, both we and other which were of the same place, besought him that he wolde not go vp to Ierusalem.
21:13Then Paul answered, & sayde: what do ye wepynge & veryng myne herte? I am ready, not to be bounde onely, but also to dye at Ierusalem for the name of the Lorde Iesu.
21:14When we coulde not turne hys mynde, we ceased, sayinge the wyll of the Lord be fulfylled.
21:15After those dayes we toke vp oure burthens, & went vp to Ierusalem.
21:16Ther went with vs also certayne of the discyples of Cesarea, and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus an olde discyple, with whom we shulde lodge.
21:17And when we were come to Ierusalem, the brethren receaued vs gladly.
21:18And on the morow, Paul went in with vs vnto Iames. And all the elders came together.
21:19And when he had saluted them, he tolde by order all thynges, that God had wrought amonge the gentyls by his ministracyon.
21:20And when they hearde it, they glorifyed the Lorde, and sayde vnto him: Thou seest brother, how many thousande Iewes ther are which beleue, and they are all ernest folowers ouer the lawe.
21:21And they are informed of the, that thou teachest all the Iewes which are amonge the gentyls, to forsake Moses: and sayst, that they ought not to circuncise theyr chyldren, nether to lyue after the customes.
21:22What is it therfore? The multytude must nedes come together: For they shall heare that thou arte come.
21:23Do therfore this, that we saye to the. We haue .iiij. men, which haue a vowe on them.
21:24Them take, & purifie thy selfe with them, and do cost on them, that they maye shaue their heades: and all shall knowe, that those thynges which they haue hearde concernyng the, are nothyng: but that thou thy selfe also walkest and kepest the lawe.
21:25But as touchynge the gentyls which beleue we haue written and concluded, that they obserue no soche thyng: saue onely that they kepe them selues from thynges offred to ydoles, and from bloude, and from strangled, and from fornicacyon.
21:26Then the nexte daye Paul toke the men, and puryfyed hym selfe with them and entred into the temple, declarynge that he obserued the dayes of the purificacyon, vntyll that an offeryng shuld be offered for euery one of them.
21:27And whan the seuen dayes were nowe almost ended, that Ieues which were of Asia (when they sawe hym in the temple) moued all the people, and layde handes on him,
21:28crying: men of Israell, helpe. This is the man, that teacheth all men euery where agaynst the people and the lawe, and thys place. He hath also brought Grekes into the temple, and hath polluted thys holy place.
21:29For they had sene with hym one in the cytie. Trophinus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.
21:30And all the cytie was moued, and the people swarmed together. And they toke Paul and drue him out of the temple, and forth with, the dores were shut.
21:31As they went about to kyll him, tidinges came vnto the hye captayne of the soudyers, that all Ierusalem was moued.
21:32Which immediatly toke soudiers and vndercaptaynes, and ranne downe vnto them. When they sawe the vpper captayne and the soudiers: they lefte smytinge of Paul.
21:33Then the captayne cam neare and toke hym, and commaunded hym to be bounde with two chaynes, and demaunded what he was, and what he had done.
21:34And some cryed one thinge, some another amonge the people. And when he coulde not knowe the certayntie for the rage, he commaunded him to be caryed into the castle.
21:35And when he cam vnto a stayre, it fortuned that he was borne of the soudiers for the violence of the people.
21:36For the multitude of the people folowed after, cryinge: awaye with hym.
21:37And whan Paul beganne to be caryed into the castle, he sayde vnto the hye Captayne: maye I speake vnto the? Which sayde: Canst thou speake Greke?
21:38Art not thou that Egypcyan, which before these dayes madest an vproure, and leddest out into the wildernes: .iiij. thousande men that were motherers?
21:39But Paul sayde: I am a man which am a Iewe of Tharsus a cytie in Cycill, a Cytesin of no vyle citie, I beseche the soffre me to speake vnto the people.
21:40And when he had geuen him lycence, Paul stode on the steppes, and beckened with the hande vnto the people: and whan there was made a greate sylence he spake vnto them in the Hebrue tonge, sayinge.
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."