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The Great Bible 1539



11:1And it fortuned, that when Iabin kyng of Hazor had hearde those thinges: he sent to Iobab kynge of Madon, & to the kyng of Simron, and to the kynge of Achsaph,
11:2and vnto the kynges that are by northe in the mountaynes, & playnes toward the southesyde of Ceneroth, and in the lowe countreys, & in the borders of Dor westward
11:3and vnto the Cananytes bothe by Easte & weste, & vnto the Amorites, Hethites, Pheresites, and Iebusites in the mountaynes: & vnto the Heuites that were vnder Hermon in the lande of Mizpa:
11:4And they came out and all their hostes with them, a multytude of folke, euen as the sande that is on the see shore in a greate nombre with horsses & charettes exceding manye.
11:5And all these kynges mett together, and came, and pytched together at the waters of Merom, for to fight agaynst Israell.
11:6And the Lorde sayde vnto Iosua: be not afrayde at the presence of them: for tomorowe aboute this tyme will I delyuer then all slayne before Israell: thou shalt hough their horsses, & burne their charettes with fire.
11:7And so Iosua came and all the men of warre with hym agaynst them by the waters of Merom, & sodenlye fell vpon them.
11:8And the Lorde delyuered them into the hande of Israell: and they smote them, and chased them vnto great Sidon, & vnto the whott waters, and vnto the valeye of Mizpa which is Eastwarde: and smote them vntyll they had none remaynyng of them.
11:9And Iosua dyd vnto them, as the Lorde bad hym: he houghed their horsses, and burnt their charettes with fyer.
11:10And Iosua at that tyme turned backe, & toke Hazor, & smote the kyng therof with the swerde. And Hazor before tyme was the head of all those kingdomes.
11:11And they smote all the soules that were therin with the edge of the swerde, vtterlye destroying all: & nothing that breathed, was let remayne. And he burnt Hazor wt fyer.
11:12And all the cyties of those kynges, and all the kynges of them, dyd Iosua take, and smote them wyth the edge of the swerde, and vtterlye destroyed them as Moses the seruaunt of the Lorde commaunded.
11:13But Israell burnt none of the cyties that stode styll in their strength, saue Hazor onlye that Iosua burnt,
11:14And all the spoyle of the sayde cyties and the catell, the children of Israel caught vnto them selues. But the men onlye they smote with the edge of the swerde vntill they had destroyed them nether left they ought that had breath.
11:15As the Lorde commaunded Moses hys seruaunt, so dyd Moses commaunde Iosua, and euen so dyd Iosua so that he mynysshed no worde, of all that the Lorde commaunded Moses.
11:16And so Iosua toke all the lande, the hylles and all the southe contreye, and all the lande of Gosan, and the lowe contrey, and the playne, and the mountayne of Israell, & the lowe countrey of the same,
11:17euen from the mounte of partyng, that gothe vp to Seir vnto the playne of Gad in the valeye of Libanon, vnder mounte Hermon. And all the kynges of the same he toke, & smote them, and slewe them.
11:18Iosua made warre longe tyme wt those kynges:
11:19nether was there anye citie that made peace with the children of Israell, saue those Hethites that enhabited Gibeon, and therfore all other they toke wyth battell,
11:20for it came of the Lorde, wich dyd harden theyr hartes, that they shulde come agaynst Israell in battell: & that they shulde destroye them vtterlye, and shewe them no mercy, but to bryng them to naught, As the Lord commaunded Moses.
11:21And that same ceason came Iosua, and destroyed the Enakites out of the mountaynes: Namely, out of Hebron, Dabir, Anab, and out of all the mountaynes of Iuda, and out of all the mountaynes of Israell. And Iosua destroyed them vtterlye with their cities.
11:22There was not one Enakite leafte in the lande of the chyldren of Israell, only in Asah Geth, and Asdod, there remayned of them.
11:23And Iosua toke the whole lande, according to all that the Lord sayd vnto Moses, and Iosua gaue it for a possessyon vnto Israel according to their partes and trybes: & the lande rested from warre.
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."