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The Great Bible 1539



24:1After fyue dayes, Ananias the hye preste descended with the elders, and with a certayne oratour named Tartullus, which enformed the debite against Paul.
24:2And when Paul was called forth, Tartullus beganne to accuse hym, saying: Seyinge that we lyue in greate quietnes by the meanes of the, and that many good thynges are done vnto thys nacion thorowe thy prouidence.
24:3that alowe we euer and in all places moost noble Felix with all thankes.
24:4Notwithstandynge, that I be not tedious vnto the, I praye the, that thou woldest heare vs of thy curtesy a feaw wordes:
24:5For we haue founde this man a pestilent felowe, and a mouer of debate vnto all the Iewes in the whole world, and a maynteyner of the secte of the Nazarites
24:6which hath also enforsed to pollute the temple. Whom we toke, and wolde haue iudged accordinge to our lawe:
24:7but the hye captayne Lisias came vpon vs, and with great violence toke hym awaye oute of oure handes,
24:8commaundynge hys accusars to come vnto the. Of whom thou mayest (yf thou wilt enquyre) knowe the certenty of all these thinges, wherof we accuse him:
24:9The Iewes lykewyse affermed, sayinge, that these thinges were euen so.
24:10Then Paul (after that the debite hym selfe had beckened vnto hym that he shulde speake) answered: With a moare quiet minde do I answere for my selfe,
24:11for as moche as I vnderstande, that thou hast bene of many yeares a iudge vnto thys people, because that thou mayest knowe, that ther are yet, but twelue dayes sence I went vp to Ierusalem for to worshyppe,
24:12and they nether founde me in the temple disputynge with eny man, ether raysinge vp the people, nether in the Synagoges, nor in the cytie.
24:13Nether can they proue the thynges wherof they accuse me
24:14But thys I confesse vnto the, that after the waye (which they call heresye) so worship I the God of my fathers, beleuynge all thinges which are wrytten in the lawe & the prophetes,
24:15and haue hope towardes God, that the same resurreccion of the deed (which they them selues loke for also) shalbe, both of iust and vniust.
24:16And therfore study I to haue allwaye a cleare conscience toward God, and towarde men.
24:17But after many yeares, I came and brought almes to my people and offerynges
24:18in the which they founde me purifyed in the temple, nether with multitude, nor yet with vnquyetnesse. Howbeit there were certen Iewes out of Asia,
24:19which ought to be here present before the, and accuse me, yf they had ought agaynst me:
24:20or elles lett these same here saye, yf they haue found any euyll doynge in me, whyle I stande here in the councell:
24:21except it be for this one voyce, that I cryed standynge among them. of the resurreccyon from death am I iudged of you thys daye.
24:22When Felix heard these thinges, he deferde them, for he knew very well of that waye, and sayde: when Lysias the captayne is come downe. I will knowe the vtmost of your matter.
24:23And he commaunded an vndercaptayne to kepe Paul, and to let hym haue rest, and that he shuld forbyd none of hys acquayntaunce to minister vnto him, or to come vnto hym.
24:24And after a certayne dayes, whan Felix came with his wyfe Drusilla (which was a Iewesse) he called forth Paul, and hearde hym of the fayth, which is towarde Chris
24:25And as he preached of ryghtewesnes temperaunce, and iudgement to come, Felix trembled, and answered: Go thy waye for thys tyme: whan I haue a conuenient season, I wyll sende for the.
24:26He hoped also, that money shulde haue bene geuen hym of Paul, that he myght loose him: wherfore, he called hym the oftenner and comened with hym.
24:27But after two yeare, Festus Porcius came into Felix rowme. And Felix wyllynge to shewe the Iewes a pleasure, lefte Paul in preson bounde.
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."