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The Great Bible 1539



1:1Paul an Apostle of Iesus Christ, by the wyll of God, accordynge to the promes of lyfe which is in Christ Iesu.
1:2To Timothe hys beloued sonne. Grace mercy and peace from God the father, & from Iesu Christ our Lorde.
1:3I thanke God, whom I serue from myne elders with pure conscience, that without anye ceasynge I make mencyon of the in my prayers nyght and daye,
1:4desyringe to se the, myndefull of thy teares: so that I am fylled with ioye,
1:5when I call to remembraunce the vnfayned fayth that is in the, which dwelt fyrst in thy graundmother Lois, and in thy mother Eunica: & I am assured that it dwelleth in the also.
1:6Wherfore I warne the that thou stere vp the gyfte of God which is in the by the puttynge on of my handes.
1:7For God hath not geuen to vs the sprete of feare: but of power, and of loue, and of sobrenes.
1:8Be not thou therfore ashamed of the testimony of oure Lorde, nether be ashamed of me whych am his presoner: but suffre thou aduersytie with the Gospell, accordynge to the power of God,
1:9which saued vs, and called vs with an holy callynge, not accordynge to oure dedes, but accordynge to his awne purpose & grace, whych was geuen vs thorowe Christ Iesu (before the worlde beganne)
1:10but is nowe declared openly by the appearynge of oure sauyour Iesu Christ whych hath put awaye deeth, and hath brought lyfe and immortalite vnto lyght thorowe the Gospell,
1:11whervnto I am apoynted, a preacher & Apostle, and a teacher of the Gentyls:
1:12for the whych cause I also suffre these thynges. Neuerthelesse, I am not ashamed. For I knowe, and am sure, that he (in whom I haue put my trust) is able to kepe that whych I haue committed to hys kepynge, agaynst that daye.
1:13Se that thou haue the ensample of the holsome wordes, whych thou hast hearde of me with fayth and loue that is in Christ Iesu.
1:14That good thynge, whych was committed to thy kepynge, holde fast thorowe the holy goost, which dwelleth in vs.
1:15This thou knowest, howe that all they which are in Asia, be turned from me: of whych sorte are Phigelus and Hermogenes.
1:16The Lorde geue mercye vnto the housholde of Onesyphorus for he ofte refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chayne:
1:17but when he was at Rome, he sought me out very diligently, & founde me.
1:18The Lorde graunt vnto hym that he maye fynde mercye with the Lorde at that daye. And in howe many thynges he ministred vnto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.
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."