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The Great Bible 1539



15:1We whych are stronge ought to beare the fraylnes of them, whych are weake, and not to stonde in oure awne consaytes.
15:2Let euery man please hys neyghbour vnto hys welth and edifyinge.
15:3For Christ pleased not him selfe: but as it is written. The rebukes of them which rebuked the, fell on me.
15:4Whatsoeuer thinges are written afore tyme, they are written for our learnynge, that we thorow pacience and comforte of the scriptures, myght haue hope.
15:5The God of pacyence and consolacyon, graunt you, to be lyke mynded one towardes another, after the ensample of Chryst Iesu:
15:6that ye all agreynge together maye wyth one mouth prayse God the father of oure Lorde Iesus Chryst.
15:7Wherfore, receaue ye one another, as Chryst receaued vs, to the prayse of God.
15:8And thys I saye, that Iesus Chryst was a mynister of the circumcisyon for the trueth of God, to conferme the promyses made vnto the fathers:
15:9that the gentyls myght prayse God for hys mercy, as it is wrytten. For this cause I will prayse the amonge the gentyls, and synge vnto thy name.
15:10And agayne he sayth: reioyse ye gentyles wyth hys people.
15:11And agayne, prayse the Lorde all ye gentyls, and laude hym all ye nacyons together.
15:12And agayne Esay sayth: ther shalbe the rote of Iesie, and he that shall ryse to raygne ouer the gentyls: in hym shall the gentyls trust.
15:13The God of hope fyll you wyth all ioye and peace in beleuyng: that ye maye be ryche in hope, thorow the power of the holy ghost.
15:14I my selfe am full certifyed of you (my brethren) that ye also are full of goodnes, & fylled with all knowledge, willinge to exhorte one another.
15:15Neuerthelesse (brethren) I haue some what more boldly wrytten vnto you, partely to put you in remembraunce, thorow the grace that is geuen me of God,
15:16that I shuld be the minister of Iesu Christ amonge the Gentyls, & shuld minyster the Gospell of God, that the offeryng of the gentyls myght be acceptable, & sanctified by the holy ghost.
15:17I haue therfore wherof I maye reioyse thorow Chryst Iesu, in those thinges which pertayne to God.
15:18For I dare not speake of eny of those thynges, whych Chryst hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentyls obedient, with worde and dede,
15:19in myghty sygnes & wonders, by the power of the sprete of God: so that from Ierusalem & the coastes rounde aboute vnto Illyrycum, I haue fylled all countres with the Gospell of Christ.
15:20So haue I enforsed my selfe to preache the Gospell, not where Chryst was named, lest I shulde haue bylt on another mannes foundacyon:
15:21but as it is written. To whom he was not spoken of, they shall se: & they that hearde not, shall vnderstande.
15:22For this cause I haue bene ofte let that I could not come vnto you:
15:23but nowe, seynge I haue nomore to do in these countrees, and also haue bene desyrous many yeares to come vnto you,
15:24whensoeuer I take my iorney into spayne, I wyll come to you. For I trust to se you in my iorney, and to be brought on my waye thither warde by you, after that I haue somwhat enioyed your acquaintaunce.
15:25Now go I vnto Ierusalem, and minister vnto the saynctes.
15:26For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certayne distribucyon vpon the poore saynctes, whych are at Ierusalem.
15:27It hath pleased them verely, and their detters are they. For yf the Gentyls be made partetakers of their spirituall thynges, their dutie is to minyster vnto them in bodyly thinges.
15:28When I haue performed this, and haue brought them this frute sealed, I wyll come backe agayne by you into Spayne.
15:29I am sure that when I come vnto you I shall come with aboundaunce of the blessynge of the Gospell of Chryst.
15:30I beseche you brethren for oure Lord Iesus Christes sake, and for the loue of the sprete, that ye helpe me in my busynes with youre prayers to God for me,
15:31that I maye be delyuered from them which beleue not in Iewry: & that this my seruice, which I haue to do at Ierusalem, maye be accepted of the saynctes,
15:32that I maye come vnto you with ioye, by the will of God, and maye with you be refresshed.
15:33The God of peace be wyth you all. Amen.
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."