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The Great Bible 1539



4:1As they spake vnto the people, the prestes and the rulars of the temple, and the Saduces, came vpon them,
4:2takyng it greuously, that they taught the people, and preached in Iesus the resurreccyon from deeth.
4:3And they layde handes on them, and put them in holde vntyll the nexte daye: for it was now euentyde.
4:4Howbeit many of them which hearde the wordes beleued, and the nombre of the men was aboute fyue thousande.
4:5And it chaunsed on the morow, that their rulars and elders and Scribes,
4:6(and Annas the chefe Prest, and Cayphas, and Iohn, and Alexander, & as many as were of the kynred of the hye Prestes) gathered together at Ierusalem.
4:7And whan they had set them before them they asked by what power, or in what name haue ye done this?
4:8Then Peter full of the holy goost sayde vnto them ye rulars of the people, and elders of Israel,
4:9yf we this daye be examined of the good dede that we haue done to the sycke man by what meanes he is made whoale:
4:10be it knowen vnto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Iesus Chryst of Nazareth, whom ye crucyfyed, whom God raysed agayne from deeth: euen by him doth this man stande here present before you whoale.
4:11This is the stone which was cast asyde of you buylders, which is become the chefe of the corner.
4:12Nether is there saluacyon in eny other. For amonge men vnder heauen there is geuen none other name, wherin we must be saued.
4:13When they sawe the boldnes of Peter and Iohn, and vnderstode that they were vnlerned and laye men, they marueyled, and they knewe them, that they had bene with Iesu:
4:14and beholdynge also the man (which was healed) standynge with them, they coulde not saye agaynst it:
4:15but commaunded them to go asyde out of the counsell, and counceled amonge them selues,
4:16sayinge: what shall we do to these men? For a manifest sygne is done by them, and is openly knowen to all them that dwell in Ierusalem, and we cannot denye it.
4:17But that it be noysed no farther amonge the people, let vs threaten and charge them, that they speake hence forth to no man in thys name.
4:18And they called them, and commaunded them, that in no wyse they shulde speake ner teach in the name of Iesu.
4:19But Peter & Iohn answered and sayde vnto them: whether it be ryght in the sight of God, to herken vnto you more then to God, iudge ye.
4:20For we cannot but speake, that which we haue sene & heard.
4:21So threatened they them, and let them go, and founde nothynge howe to punysshe them, because of the people. For all men praysed God because of that which was done:
4:22for the man was aboue fourty yeare olde, on whom thys myracle of healynge was shewed.
4:23Assone as they were let go, they came to theyr felowes, and shewed all that the hye Prestes and elders had sayde.
4:24And when they hearde that, they lyfte vp their voyces to God with one accorde, and sayde: Lorde, thou art God, which hast made heauen and erth, the see, & all that in them is,
4:25which by the mouth of thy seruaunt Dauid hast sayd: Why dyd the hethen rage, and the people ymagen vayne thynges?
4:26The kynges of the erth stode vp, and the rulars came together, agaynst the Lorde and agaynst hys anoynted.
4:27For of a trueth, agaynst thy holy chylde Iesus (whom thou hast anoynted) both Herode and also Poncius Pylate, which the Gentyls and the people of Israel, gathered them selues together
4:28for to do whatsoeuer thy hande and thy counsell determyned before to be done.
4:29And now Lorde, beholde their threatenynges, and graunte vnto thy seruauntes, that with all confydence they maye speake thy worde.
4:30So that thou stretche forth thyne hande, that healynge and sygnes and wonders be done by the name of thy holy chylde Iesus.
4:31And assone as they had prayed the place moued where they were assembled together and they were all fylled with the holy Goost, and they spake the worde of God boldely.
4:32And the multitude of them that beleued, were of one hert, & of one soule. Neyther sayde anye of them, that ought of the thynges which he possessed, was hys awne: but they had all thinges commen.
4:33And with greate power gaue the Apostles wytnes of the resurrecyon of the Lord Iesu. And great grace was with them all.
4:34Nether was ther eny among them, that lacked. For as many as were possessers of landes or houses, solde them, and brought the pryce of the thinges that were solde,
4:35and layed it downe at the Apostles fete: And distribucion was made vnto euery man accordynge as he had nede.
4:36And Ioses, which was also called of the Apostles, Barnabas (that is to saye, the sonne of consolacyon) beynge a Leuite, and of the countre of Cypers
4:37whan he had lande, solde it, and layde the pryce downe at the Apostles fete.
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."