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The Great Bible 1539



11:1Fayth is a sure confydence of thynges, whych are hoped for, & a certayntie of thynges whych are not sene.
11:2For by it the elders obtayned a good reporte.
11:3Thorowe fayth we vnderstande, that the worlde was ordeyned by the worde of God, and that thinges whych are sene, were made of thynges whych were not sene.
11:4By fayth Abel offered vnto God a more plenteous sacryfyce then Cayn: by whych he obteyned witnes that he was ryghteous, God testyfyinge of his gyftes: by whych also he beyng deed, yet speaketh.
11:5By fayth was Enoch translated, that he shulde not se deeth: nether was he founde: for god had taken him awaye. For a fore he was taken awaye, he obteyned a good reporte, that he pleased God:
11:6but without fayth it can not be that anye man shuld please him. For he that commeth to God, must beleue that God is, & that he is a rewarder of them that seke hym.
11:7By fayth Noe beynge warned of God, eschued the thynges which were as yet not sene, and prepared the arke to the sauynge of hys housholde, thorow the whych arke, he condempned the worlde, and became heyre of the ryghtewesnes which is accordyng to fayth.
11:8By fayth Abraham, when he was called obeyed, to go out into a place, which he shuld afterwarde receaue to inheritaunce: & he went out, not knowing whether he shuld go.
11:9By fayth he remoued into the lande of promes, as into a straunge countre, whan he had dwelt in tabernacles: & so dyd Isaac & Iacob heyres wt hym of the same promes.
11:10For he loked for a cytie hauyng a foundacyon, whose buylder and maker is God.
11:11Thorow fayth Sara also receaued strength to conceaue and be with chylde, and was delyuered of a childe when she was past age, because she iudged him faythful which had promysed.
11:12And therfore sprange ther of one (euen of one whych was as good as deed) so many in multitude as are the starres of the skye, & as the sond, that which is by the see shore, innumerable.
11:13These all dyed accordinge to fayth, whan they had not receaued the promises: but sawe them a farre of, and beleued them, & saluted them, and confessed, that they were straungers and pilgrems on the erthe.
11:14For they that saye soch thynges, declare, that they seke a countre.
11:15Also yf they had bene myndfull of the countre, from whence they came out, they had leasure to haue returned agayne:
11:16but now they desyre a better (that is to saye) a heauenly. Wherfore God himselfe is not ashamed to be called theyr God for he hath prepared for them a citye.
11:17By fayth Abraham offered vp Isaac, when he was proued, and he offered him beyng his only begotten sonne, in whom he had receaued the promyses.
11:18And to hym it was sayde, in Isaac shal thy seed be called:
11:19for he consydered, that God was able to rayse vp agayne from deeth. Therfore, receaued he him also for an ensample of the resurreccion.
11:20By fayth did Isaac blesse Iacob and Esau, concernyng thynges to come.
11:21By fayth Iacob when he was a dying, blessed both the sonnes of Ioseph, & bowed him selfe towarde the toppe of hys scepter.
11:22By fayth Ioseph when he dyed, remembred the departing of the children of Israel, & gaue commaundement of hys bones.
11:23By fayth Moses when he was borne was hyd thre monethes of his father & mother because they sawe he was a proper childe, nether feared they the kynges commaundement.
11:24By fayth Moses when he was great, refused to be called the sonne of Pharaos daughter,
11:25& chose rather to suffre aduersitie wyth the people of God, then to enioye the pleasures of synne for a ceason,
11:26and estemed the rebuke of Christ greater riches then the treasures of Egypt. For he had respect vnto the rewarde.
11:27By fayth he forsoke Egipt & feared not the fearcenes of the king. For he endured, euen as though he had sene him which is inuisible.
11:28Thorow fayth he ordeyned the passeouer and that effusyon of bloud, lest he that destroyed the fyrst borne, shulde touch them.
11:29By fayth they passed thorow the reed see as by drye lande: which when the Egypcyans had assayed to do, they were drowned.
11:30By fayth the walles of Iericho fell downe after they were compassed about seuen dayes.
11:31By fayth that harlot Raab perisshed not wt them that were disobedient, when she had receaued the spyes to lodgyng peaseably.
11:32And what shall I more saye: for the tyme wyll be to short for me to tell of Gedon, of Barach, & of Sampson, & of Iephthae, of Dauid also & Samuel, & of the Prophetes:
11:33Which thorow faith subdued kingdomes wrought righteousnes: obteyned the promyses: stopped the mouthes of lyons:
11:34quenched that violence of fyre: escaped the edge of the swearde: out of weaknesse, were made stronge: waxed valient in fyght: turned to flight the armyes of the alientes
11:35the wemen receaued theyr deed raysed to lyfe agayne. Other were racked, & wolde not be delyuered, that they myght inheret a better resurrection.
11:36Agayne, other were tried wt mockynges & scourginges moreouer, wt bondes & presonment:
11:37were stoned, were hewen asunder, were tempted, were slayne wt swearde, walked vp & downe in shepe skynnes, and goates skynnes, being destitute, troubled & vexed:
11:38which men that worlde was not worthy of: they wandred in wildernesses: & in mountaynes, and in dennes, and caues of erth.
11:39And these all thorow faith obtained good reporte, & receaued not the promes,
11:40because God had prouided a better thing for vs, that they wt out vs shuld not be made parfecte.
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."