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The Great Bible 1539



4:1And it fortuned, that whan the people. were all gone ouer Iordan, the Lorde spake vnto Iosua, sayinge:
4:2Take you twelue men out of the people, out of euery trybe a man. And commaunde you them, sayinge: take you hence out of the myddes of Iordan
4:3(euen out of the place where the preastes stoode in a redynes) twelue stones, which ye shall take awaye with you, and leaue them in the place, where you shal lodge this night.
4:4And Iosua called the twelue men, which he had prepared of the children of Israel, out of euery trybe a man,
4:5and Iosua sayde vnto them: gett you before the arcke of the Lord youre God, euen thorow the myddes of Iordan and take vp euery man of you a stone vpon his shulder, according vnto the nombre of the trybes of the children of Israel,
4:6that this maye be a signe among you. That when youre children aske thier fathers in tyme to come, sayinge: what meane these stones with you?
4:7Ye maye answere them how that the waters of Iordan deuyded at the presence of the arcke of the appoyntement of the Lorde. For whan it went ouer Iordan, the waters of Iordan deuided: And these stones are become a memoriall vnto the children of Israel for euer.
4:8And the children of Israel dyd euen so as Iosua commaunded, and toke vp twelue stones out of the myddes of Iordan, as the Lorde sayde vnto Iosua, accordynge to the nombre of the tribes of the children of Israel, & caryed them awaye with them vnto the place where they lodged, & layed them doune there.
4:9And Iosua set vp twelue stones also in the myddes of Iordan, in the place where the fete of the preastes which bare the arcke of the testament, stode. And there haue they continued vnto this daye.
4:10For the preastes which bare the arcke stode in the myddes of Iordan, vntill all was finisshed that the Lorde commaunded Iosua to saye vnto the people, according to all that Moses charged Iosua. And the people hasted, and went ouer.
4:11It fortuned also, that whan all the people were cleane ouer, the arke of the Lord went ouer also, & the preastes before the people.
4:12And the children of Ruben, & the children of Gad, & halfe the tribe of Manasses went before the children of Israel armed, as Moses charged them.
4:13Euen fourty thousande prepared for warre, went before the Lorde vnto battell, thorow the playne of Iericho.
4:14That daye the Lorde magnified Iosua in the sight of all Israel, and they feared him, as they feared Moses all dayes of his lyfe.
4:15And the Lord spake vnto Iosua, saying:
4:16commaunde the preastes that beare the arcke of witnesse, to come vp out of Iordan.
4:17Iosua therfore commaunded the preastes, saying: Come ye vp out of Iordan,
4:18And when the preastes that bare the arcke of the apoyntment of the Lorde were come vp out of the myddes of Iordan, and as sone as the soales of the preastes fete were set on the drye land, the waters of Iordan retourned agayne vnto their place, & went ouer all their banckes, as they dyd before.
4:19And the people came vp out of Iordan the tenth daye of the fyrst moneth, and pitched in Gilgal, euen in the east border of the cyte Iericho.
4:20And the twelue stones which they toke out of Iordan, did Iosua pitche in Gilgal
4:21And he spake vnto the children of Israel, saying: Yf youre children aske their fathers in tyme to come, & saye: what meane these stones?
4:22ye shal shewe youre children, & saye: Israel came ouer this Iordan on drie land.
4:23For the Lord youre God dryed vp the water of Iordan before you, vntill ye were gone ouer, as the Lorde youre God dyd the red see which he dryed vp before vs, tyll we were gone ouer:
4:24that all the people of the worlde maye knowe the hande of the Lord, how myghtie it is, and that ye might feare the Lord youre God for euer.
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."