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The Great Bible 1539



3:1And Iosua rose erlye: and they remoued from Settim, & came to Iordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there, before they went ouer.
3:2And after thre dayes it fortuned, that the officers went thorow out the hoste,
3:3and commaunded the people sayinge: when ye se the arcke of the testament of the Lord youre God, & the preastes that are Leuites bearing it: ye shall departe from youre place, & go after it.
3:4So yet that there shall be a space betwene you & it, aboute a two thousande cubites by measure. And ye shal not come nye vnto it, that ye maye knowe the waye, by which ye must go: for ye haue not gone this waye in tymes past
3:5And Iosua sayd vnto the people: Sanctifie youre selues, for tomorowe the Lorde shall do wonders amonge you.
3:6And Iosua spake vnto the preastes, saying: Take vp the arcke of the couenaunt: & go before the people. And they toke vp the arcke of the testament, and went before the people.
3:7And the Lorde sayde vnto Iosua: this daye will I begynne to magnifie the, in the syght of all Israel, that they maye knowe how that as I was with Moses so wyll I be with the.
3:8And thou shalt commaunde the preastes that beare the arcke of the couenaunt saying: when ye are come to the edge of the waters of Iordan, ye shall stande still in it.
3:9And Iosua sayde vnto the children of Israel: come hither, & heare the wordes of the Lord youre God.
3:10And Iosua sayde, Herbye ye shall knowe that the liuyng God is among you, & that he will wythout fayle cast out before you, the Cananites, & the Hethites, the Heuites, the Pheresites, the Gergesites, the Amorites, & the Iebusites.
3:11Beholde, the arcke of the apointment of the Lord of all the worlde goeth before you into Iordan.
3:12Now therfore take from amonge you twelue men out of the tribes of Israel, out of euery tribe a man.
3:13And as sone as the sooles of the fete of the preasts (that beare the arcke of the Lord the Gouernour of all the world) tread in the waters of Iordan, the waters of Iordan shall be deuided: & the waters that come from aboue, shall stande still vpon an heape.
3:14And it fortuned, that when the people were departed from their tentes to goo ouer Iordan, the preastes bearyng the arcke of the appointment, went before the people.
3:15And as sone as they that bare the arcke came vnto Iordan, & the fete of the preastes that bare the arcke were dipped in the brym of the water (For Iordan vseth to fill all hys banckes all the tyme of haruest)
3:16the waters also that came downe from aboue, did ryse vp vpon an heape and departed farre from Adam, that was besyde Zarthan, And the waters that were beneth to ward the see of the wildernes, fell awaye & departed into the salt see, and the people went ryght ouer agaynst Iericho,
3:17And the preastes that bare the arcke of the appointement of the Lorde, stoode drye within Iordane ready prepared, & all the Israelites went ouer thorow the drye, vntill all the people were gone cleane ouer thorow Iordan,
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."