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The Great Bible 1539



9:1And it fortuned that when all the kynges that dwell on thys syde Iordan in the hilles and valeys, and alonge by all the coastes of the great see, ouer agaynst Libanon (Namely the Hethites, the Amorites, the Cananites, the Pheresites, the Heuites, and the Iebusytes) herd therof,
9:2they gathered them selues together, to fyght agaynst Iosua and agaynst Israell with one accorde.
9:3And the enhabitoures of Gibeon heard what Iosua had done vnto Iericho, and to Hai:
9:4And they did worke wylylye, & went, and made them selues ambasadoures, and toke olde sackes vpon their Asses, and wyne bottelles olde, and rent and worne,
9:5and olde clouted shoes vpon their fete, and their rayment was olde, and all their prouysion of bread was dyred vp, and hored,
9:6And they came vnto Iosua into the hoste, to Gilgall, and sayde vnto him and vnto all the men of Israell: we be come from a farre contreye, and now make ye agrement with vs.
9:7And the men of Israell sayde vnto the Heuite: paraduenture thou dwellest amonge vs, and then howe can I make peace wyth the?
9:8And they sayde vnto Iosua: we are thy seruauntes. And Iosua sayde vnto them agayne: what are ye? and whence come ye?
9:9They answered him: From a verye farre contrye thy seruauntes are come, for the name of the Lorde thy God: for we haue heard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypte,
9:10and all that he dyd to the two kynges of the Amorites that were beyonde Iordan, Sehon kynge of Hesbon, and Og kyng of Basan, which was at Astharoth.
9:11Wherfore oure elders and all the enhabytoures of oure contrey spake to vs, sayinge: take vitayles wt you to serue by the waye, & go mete them, and saye vnto them: we are youre seruauntes. And now make ye a couenant of peace with vs.
9:12Thys oure foode of bread, we toke with vs oute of oure houses whotte, the daye we departed to come vnto you. And now behold, it is dyred vp, and hored.
9:13And these bottelles of wyne which we filled, were newe: and se, they be rent. And these oure garmentes and shoes are worne for oldnesse, by the reason of the exceadyng long Iourneye.
9:14And the men toke of their vitayles, and counceled not with the mouthe of the Lord.
9:15And Iosua made peace wyth them, and made a couenaunt with them, that they shulde be suffred to lyue: & the Lordes of the congregacyon sware vnto them.
9:16And it fortuned, that thre dayes after they had made peace wyth them, they hearde that they were their neyboures, & that they dwelte amonge them.
9:17And the chyldren of Israel toke their Iourney, and came vnto their cyties the thyrde daye: and their cyties were Gibeon, & Caphira, Beeroth and kariat Iarim.
9:18And the children of Israell slewe them not, because the Lordes of the congregacyon had sworne vnto them by the Lorde God of Israell. And all the multitude murmured against the Lordes.
9:19But all the Lordes sayde vnto all the congregacyon: we haue sworne vnto them by the Lord God of Israel, & therfore we maye not hurte them.
9:20But this we wyll do to them: We will lett them lyue, lest wrath be vpon vs, because of the othe which we sware vnto them.
9:21And the Lordes sayd vnto them agayne: Let them lyue, and hewe wodd, and drawe water vnto all the congregacion, and they did as the Lordes sayde vnto them.
9:22And Iosua sent for them, & talked wyth them, and sayde: wherfore haue ye begyled vs, sayeng: We dwell farre from you, whan ye dwell amonge vs?
9:23and now are you curssed, & there shall not cease to be of you, bond men and hewers of wodd & drawers of water for the house of my God.
9:24And they aunswered Iosua and sayde: it was tolde thy seruauntes, how that the Lord thy God had commaunded his seruaunt Moses to geue you all the lande, and to destroye all the enhabytoures therof oute of youre syght, & therfore we were exceadyng sore afrayed for oure lyues at the presence of you, & haue done this thinge,
9:25& beholde we are in thine hande, as it semeth good & ryght in thyne eyes to do vnto vs, so do.
9:26And euen so dyd he vnto them, and ridde them oute of the hande of the children of Israel, and they slewe them not.
9:27And Iosua made them that same daye hewers of wodd, & drawers of water for the congregacyon and for the aulter of God vnto thys daye, in the place which God shulde chose.
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."