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The Great Bible 1539



3:1This is a true sayinge: If a man desyer the offyce of a Bysshoppe, he desyreth an honest worke.
3:2A Bisshoppe therfore must be blameles, the husbande of one wyfe, dilygent, sober, discrete, a keper of hospitalite: apte to teach:
3:3not geuen to ouer moch wyne, no fyghter, not gredy of fylthye lucre. but gentle, abhorryng fyghtynge, abhorrynge coueteousnes,
3:4one that ruleth well his awne house, one that hath chyldren in subieccyon with all reuerence.
3:5For yf a man cannot rule his awne house, howe shall he care for the congregacyon of God?
3:6He maye not be a yonge scoler, lest he swell and fall into the iudgement of the euyll speaker.
3:7He must also haue a good reporte of them whych are without, lest he fall into rebuke, and snare of the euyll speaker.
3:8Lyke wyse must the mynisters be honest, not double tonged, not geuen vnto moch wyne, nether gredy of fylthy lucre:
3:9but holdynge the mystery of the fayth with a pure conscience.
3:10And let them fyrst be proued, and then let them mynister so, that no man be able to reproue them.
3:11Euen so must theyr wyues be honest, not euyll speakers: but sober and faythfull in all thynges.
3:12Let the Deacons be the husbandes of one wyfe, and such as rule theyr chyldren well, and their awne housholdes.
3:13For they that mynister well, get them selues a good degre and greate lybertye in the fayth, whych is in Christ Iesu.
3:14These thynges write I vnto the trustinge to come shortely vnto the:
3:15but and yf I tarie longe, that then thou mayst yet haue knowledge, howe thou oughtest to behaue thy selfe in the house of God, whych is the congregacyon of the lyuynge God, the pyllar & grounde of trueth.
3:16And without doute great is that mystery of godlynes: God was shewed in the flesshe, was iustifyed in the sprete, was sene amonge the Angels, was preached vnto the gentyls, was beleued on in the worlde, and receaued vp in glory.
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."