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The Great Bible 1539



4:1I Testifye therfore before God, & before the Lord Iesu Christ, which shall iudge the quicke and deed at hys apearinge in hys kyngdom,
4:2preache thou the worde, be feruent, in season & oute of season. Improue, rebuke, exhorte wt all longe sufferynge and doctryne.
4:3For the tyme will come, when they shall not suffer wholsome doctryne: but after their awne lustes shall they (whose eares ytche) gett them an heepe of teachers,
4:4and shall withdrawe their eares from the trueth, and shalbe turned vnto fables.
4:5But watche thou in all thynges, suffre affliccyons, do the worke thorowlye of an Euangelist, fulfyll thyne offyce vnto the vtmost.
4:6For I am nowe ready to be offered, and the tyme of my departynge, is at hande.
4:7I haue fought a good fyght, I haue fulfylled my course, I haue kept the fayth.
4:8From hence forth ther is layde vp for me a crowne of ryghtewesnes, which the Lorde (that is a ryghteous iudge) shall geue me at that daye: not to me onely, but vnto all them also that loue his comminge.
4:9Do thy dyligence that thou mayest come shortly vnto me.
4:10For Demas hath forsaken me, and loueth thys present worlde, and is departed vnto Thessalonica. Crescens is gone to Galacia, Tytus vnto Dalmacia.
4:11Onely Lucas is with me. Take Marke, and bringe him with the, for he is proffitable vnto me for the minystracyon.
4:12And Tychycus haue I sent to Ephesus.
4:13The cloke that I lefte at Troada with Carpus, (when thou commest) bringe with the, and the bokes, but specially the partchement.
4:14Alexander the coppersmyth dyd me moch euyll: the Lorde rewarde hym accordynge to hys dedes,
4:15of whom be thou ware also. For he hath greatly wythstande oure wordes.
4:16At my fyrst answerynge, no man assisted me, but all forsoke me. I praye God, that it maye not be layde to their charges:
4:17Not wythstandynge the Lorde, assysted me, and strengthed me, that by me the preachynge shulde be fulfylled to the vtmost, and that all the Gentyls shulde heare. And I was delyuered out of the mouth of the lyon.
4:18And the Lorde shall delyuer me from all euyll doynge, and shall kepe me vnto hys heuenly kyngdom. To whom be prayse for euer and euer. Amen.
4:19Salute Prisea and Aquila & the housholde of Onesiphorus,
4:20Erastus abode at Corinthum. Trophunus haue I lefte at Myletum sycke.
4:21Do thy diligence, that thou mayest come before winter. Eubolus gretith the, and so doth Pudens, and Lynus, Claudia, and all the brethren.
4:22The Lorde Iesus Christ be with thy sprete. Grace be with you: 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."