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The Great Bible 1539



6:1In those dayes (whan the nomber of the discyples grewe) there arose a grudge amonge the Grekes against the Hebrues, because their weddowes were despysed in the dayly ministracyon.
6:2Then the twelue called the multitude of the disciples together and sayde, it is not mete, that we shuld leaue the worde of God: and serue tables.
6:3Wherfore brethren, loke ye out amonge you seuen men of honeste report, and full of the holy ghost and wisdom, to whom we maye committe this busynes.
6:4But we wyll geue oure selues continually to prayer, and to the ministracyon of the worde.
6:5And the sayinge pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Steuen a man full of faith and of the holy ghost, and Philip, and Procorus, and Nichanor, and Timon, and Permenas, and Nicolas a conuert of Antioche.
6:6These they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they layde theyr handes on them.
6:7And the word of God encreased, and the nomber of the disciples multiplyed in Ierusalem greatly, and a greate companye of the prestes were obedient to the fayth.
6:8And Steuen, full of fayth and power, dyd great wondres and miracles amonge the people.
6:9Then ther arose certen of the Synagoges, which is called the Synagoge of the Libertynes and Sirenytes, and of Alexandria, and of Celicia, and of Asia, disputynge with Steuen.
6:10And they coulde not resyste the wisdome, & the sprete, which spake.
6:11Then sent they in men, which sayde: we haue hearde hym speake blasphemous wordes against Moses, and agaynst God.
6:12And they moued the people and the elders and the scribes: and came vpon him and caught hym,
6:13and brought him to the councell, and brought forth false witnesse, which sayde: Thys man ceaseth not to speake blasphemous wordes against this holy place and the lawe:
6:14for we heard him saye: this Iesus of Nazareth shal destroye this place, and shal chaunge the ordinaunces, which Moses gaue vs.
6:15And all that sate in the counsell, loked stedfastly on him, and sawe his face as it had bene the face of an aungell.
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."