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The Great Bible 1539



8:1Saul consented vnto hys death. And at that tyme there was a greate persecucyon agaynst the congregacyon which was at Ierusalem, and they were all scatered abrode thorowout the regyons of Iewry and Samaria, except the apostles.
8:2But deuout men dressed Steuen, and made great lamentacyon ouer hym.
8:3As for Saul he made hauocke of the congregacyon, and entred into euery house, and drew out both men and women, and thrust them into preson.
8:4Therfore, they that were scatered abrode, went euery where preachyng the worde of God.
8:5Then came Philip into a cytie of Samaria, & preached Christ vnto them.
8:6And the people gaue hede vnto those thynges which Philip spake wt one accord, hearyng & seyng the myracles whych he dyd.
8:7For vncleane spretes cryinge with loude voyce, came out of many that were possessed of them. And many taken wt palsyes, & many that halted, were healed.
8:8And ther was great ioye in that cyte.
8:9But ther was a certen man called Symo, which before tyme in the same cytye vsed witchecrafte, and bewitched the people of Samary, saying that he was a man that coulde do great thynges.
8:10Whom they regarded, from the lest to the greatest, sayinge: this man is the power of God, which is called greate.
8:11And him they sett moche by, because that of longe tyme he had bewitched them with sorceries.
8:12But assone as they gaue credence to Philippes preachyng of the kyngdome of God, & of the name of Iesu Christ, they were baptysed both men & wemen.
8:13Then Simon hym selfe beleued also. And whan he was baptised, he continued wt Philip, and wondred, beholding the miracles & sygnes, which were shewed.
8:14When the apostles which were at Ierusalem herd saye, that Samary had receaued the word of God, they sent vnto them Peter & Iohn.
8:15Which whan they were come downe, prayed for them, that they might receaue the holy ghost.
8:16For as yet he was come on no one of them: but they were baptysed onely in the name of Christ Iesu.
8:17Then layd they their handes on them, & they receaued the holy ghos
8:18When Simon sawe that thorow laying on of the apostles handes, the holy ghost was geuen, he offered them money,
8:19saying: geue me also this power, that on whomsoeuer I put the handes, he maye receaue the holy ghost.
8:20But Peter sayd vnto him: thy money perisshe with the, because thou hast thought that the gift of God maye be obteyned with money.
8:21Thou hast nether parte, nor felowshyp in thys busynes. For thy hert is not ryght in the syght of God.
8:22Repente therfore of thys thy wyckednes, & praye God, that the thought of thyne herte maye be forgeuen the.
8:23For I perceaue that thou art full of bitter gall, and wrapped in iniquite.
8:24Then answered Simon & sayde: praye ye to the Lorde for me, that none of these thynges which ye haue spoken, fall on me.
8:25And they when they had testifyed and preached the worde of God, returned towarde Ierusalem, and preached the gospell in many cyties of the Samaritans.
8:26The aungell of the Lorde spake vnto Philip, saying: aryse, & go toward the south vnto the waye that goeth downe from Ierusalem vnto the cyte of Gaza, which is in the desert.
8:27And he arose, & went on. And behold, a man of Ethiopia (a chamberlene, & of greate auctorite with Candace quene of the Ethiopians, & had the rule of al her treasure came to Ierusalem for to worshyp.
8:28And as he returned home agayne syttinge in hys charet, he red Esay the prophete.
8:29Then the sprete sayd vnto Philip: go neare, and ioyne thy self to yonder charet.
8:30And Philip ran to hym, and heard him reade the prophete Esay, and sayd: Understandest thou what thou readest?
8:31And he said: How can I, except I had a gyde? And he desyred Philip, that he wolde come vp, and sytt with hym.
8:32The tenoure of the scripture which he read, was this: He was led as a shepe to be slayne: and lyke a lambe domme before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth.
8:33Because of hys humblenes, he was not estemed. But who shal declare hys generacion? for his lyfe is taken from the earth.
8:34The chamberlayn answered Philip, and sayd: I praye the of whom speaketh the prophete thys? of hym selfe, or of some other man?
8:35Philip opened hys mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached vnto hym Iesus.
8:36And as they went on theyr waye, they cam vnto a certen water, and the chamberlayne said: Se, here is water what doth let me to be baptysed?
8:37Philip sayde vnto him: If thou beleue with all thyne hert, thou mayest. And he answered, and sayde: I beleue that Iesus Christ is the sonne of God.
8:38And he commaunded the charet to stande styll. And they went downe both into the water: both Philip and also the chamberlayn, and he baptysed hym.
8:39And assone as they were come out of the water, the sprete of the Lord caught awaye Philip, and the chamberlayn sawe him nomore. And he went on hys waye reioysinge:
8:40but Philip was founde at Azotus. And he walked thorowout the countre, preaching in all the cyties, tyll he came to Cesarea.
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."