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The Great Bible 1539



4:1And the chyldren of Israel beganne agayne to do wickedly in the syght of the Lord, when Ahud was dead.
4:2And the Lord solde them into the hande of Iabin kyng of Canaan, that raygned in Hazor, whose captayne of warre was called Sisara, which dwelt in Haroseth of the gentiles.
4:3And the children of Israel cryed vnto the Lorde: for he had nyne hundred charrettes of yron, & twentie yeres he troubled the children of Israel very sore.
4:4And Debora a Prophetysse, the wyfe of Lapidoth Iudged Israel the same tyme,
4:5& the same Debora dwelt vnder a paulme tree betwene Ramath and Bethell, in mounte Ephraim. And the children of Israel came vp to her for iudgement.
4:6And she sent & called Barak the sonne of Abinoam, out of Kedes Nephthalim, and sayde vnto him. Hath not the Lord God of Israel commaunded the, to leade wt faire wordes men to mounte Thabor, and take with the ten thousande men, of the children of Nephthalim & of the children of Zabulon?
4:7And I will bryng vnto the to the ryuer kyson, Sisara, the Captayne of warre vnto Iabin, wt his charettes, & his people, and will delyuer him into thyne handes.
4:8And Barak sayde vnto her: yf thou wylt go wt me, I will go: But & yf thou wilt not come with me, I will not goo:
4:9She sayde: I will suerlye go with the, but this iourney that thou takest, shall not be for thyne honoure, for the Lord shall sell Sisara into the hande of a woman. Debora went with Barak to kedes.
4:10And Barak called Zabulon & Nephthalim to kedes, & led after hym ten thousande men: and Debora went vp with him.
4:11But Haber the kenite (which was of the chyldren of Hobab the father in lawe of Moses) remoued from the other kenytes, & pytched hys tente vntyll the playne of Zaanaim, whych is by kedes.
4:12And they shewed Sisara, that Barak the sonne of Abinoam was gone vp to mount Thabor.
4:13And Sisara gathered together all his charettes, euen .ix. hundred charettes of yron, & all the people that were wt him from of Haroseth of the gentyles, vnto the ryuer of kyson.
4:14And Debora sayde vnto Barak: vp, for this is the daye in which the Lorde hath delyuered Sisara into thyne hande: Is not the Lorde gone out before the? And so Barak went downe from mount Thabor, & ten thousande men after him.
4:15But the Lorde destroyed Sisara and all his charettes, & all his hoste with the edge of the swerde, before Barak: so that Sisara lyghted downe of his charett, & fled awaye on hys fete.
4:16But Barak folowed after the charettes and after the hoste, euen vnto Haroseth of the gentyles. And all the hoste of Sisara fell vpon the edge of the swerde, and there was not a man leafte.
4:17How be it Sisara fled awaye on his fete to the tent of Iael the wyfe of Haber the kenite: for there was peace betwene Iabin the kyng of Hazor, & the housholde of Haber the kenite.
4:18And Iael went out to mete Sisara, and sayde vnto him: turne in my lord, turne into me, feare not. And whan he had turned in vnto her into her tent, she couered hym with a mantell.
4:19And he sayd vnto her, geue me a lyttel water to drynk, for I am thirstye. And she opened a bottell of mylke, & gaue hym drynck, & couered him.
4:20And agayne he sayde vnto her: stande in the dore of the tente, and whan any man doth come and enquere of the, whether there be any man here, thou shalt saye: naye.
4:21Then Iael Habers wyfe toke a nayle of the tente, & an hammer in her hand, & went softlye vnto hym, and smote the nayle into the temples of his head, and fastened it into the ground, for he slombered sore, and was weery: And so he dyed.
4:22And Beholde, as Barak folowed after Sisara, Iael came out to mete him, & sayde vnto him: come, & I wyll shew the the man, whom thou sekest. And when he came into her tente: Beholde, Sisara laye deed, & the nayle was in his temples.
4:23And so God brought Iaben the kyng of Canaan into subieccyon that daye before the chyldren of Israel.
4:24And the hande of the children of Israel prospered, & preuayled agaynst Iaben the kyng of Canaan, vntill they had brought him to naught.
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."