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The Great Bible 1539



28:1And when they were scaped, then they knewe, that: the yle was called Milete.
28:2And the straungers shewed vs no lytell kyndnes: for they kyndled a fyre, and receaued vs euery one, because of the present rayne, & because of the colde.
28:3And when Paul had gathered a bondell of styckes, and layde them on the fyre, ther came a vyper out of the heat, & caught hym by the hande.
28:4When the straungers sawe the beast hange on hys hande, they sayde amonge them selues: no doute thys man is a mortherer: Whom (though he haue escaped the see) yet vengeaunce suffreth not to lyue.
28:5And he shouke of the vyper into the fyre, and felt no harme.
28:6Howbeit they wayted when he shulde haue swolne, or fallen downe deed sodenly. But after they had loked a greate whyle, and sawe no harme come to hym, they chaunged theyr myndes, and sayde that he was a God.
28:7In the same quarters were londes of the chefe man of the yle (whose name was Publius) whych receaued vs, & lodged vs thre dayes courteously.
28:8And it fortuned that the father of Publius laye sycke of a feuer, and of a bloudy flixe. To whom paul entred in and prayde, and layde hys handes on hym & healeth him.
28:9So, when this was done, other also whych had dyseases in the yle, cam and were healed:
28:10whych also dyd vs great honoure. And when we departed, they laded vs wt soch thynges as were necessary.
28:11After thre monethes we departed in a ship of Alexandry, whych had wyntred in the yle, whose badge was Castor & Pollux.
28:12And when we came to Cyracusa, we taryed there thre dayes.
28:13And from thence we fet a compasse, and came to Regium. And after one daye the south wynde blewe, and we came the nexte daye to Putiolus:
28:14where we founde brethren, and were desyred to tary wyth them seuen dayes, and so came we to Rome.
28:15And from thence, when the brethren hearde of vs, they came to mete vs at Apiphorum, and at the thre tauernes. When Paul sawe them, he thancked God, and wexed bolde.
28:16And when we came to Rome, the vndercaptayne delyuered the presoners to the chefe captayne of the host: but Paul was suffred to dwell by hym selfe wyth a soudyer that kept hym.
28:17And after thre dayes, Paul called the chefe of the Iewes together. And when they were come, he sayde vnto them: Men and brethren, though, I haue committed nothing agaynst the people or lawes of the Elders yet was I delyuered presoner from Ierusalem into the handes of the Romayns.
28:18Whych when they had examined me, wolde haue let me go, because ther was no cause of death in me.
28:19But when the Iewes spake contrary, I was constrayned to appeale vnto cesar: not that I had ought to accuse my people of.
28:20For thys cause then haue I called for you, euen to se you, and to speake wyth you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bounde wt this cheyne.
28:21And they sayde vnto hym: we nether receaued lettres out of Iewry pertayninge vnto the nether eny of the brethren that came shewed or spake eny harme of the.
28:22But we wyll heare of the what thou thynckest. For as concernyng thys secte, we knowe that euery where it is spoken agaynst.
28:23And when they had appoynted him a daye, ther came many to hym into hys lodgyng. To whom he expounded and testifyed the kyngdom of God and preached vnto them of Iesus: both out of the lawe of Moses and out of the Prophetes, euen from morninge to nyght.
28:24And some beleued the thynges whych were spoken, and some beleued not.
28:25And when they agreed not amonge them selues, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one worde: well spake the holy ghost by Esay the prophet vnto oure fathers,
28:26saying: Go vnto thys people, and saye: wyth youre eares shall ye heare, and shall not vnderstande: and wyth youre eyes shall ye se, & not perceaue.
28:27For the hert of thys people is wexed grosse, and wyth their eares haue they had no lust to heare, and their eyes haue they closed: lest they shulde se wyth their eyes, & heare wyth their eares, and vnderstande with their hertes, and shuld be conuerted, and I shuld heale them.
28:28Be it knowen therfore vnto you, that thys saluacyon of God is sent to the gentyls, and they shall heare it.
28:29And when he had sayde these wordes, the Iewes departed from him and had greate despycions amonge them selues.
28:30And Paul dwelt two yeares full in hys lodgynge, and receaued all that cam in vnto hym,
28:31preachinge the kyngdome of God, and teachynge those thynges whych concerne the Lorde Iesus wyth all confydence, no man forbyddyng hym.
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."