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Matthew's Bible 1537



20:1And Abraham departed thence toward the southcontrie & dwelled betwene Cades and Sur and soiourned in Gerar.
20:2And Abraham sayde of Sara hys wyfe that she was hys syster. Than Abimelech kyng of Gerar sent and set Sara away.
20:3And God came to Abimelech by nyght in a dreame & sayd vnto him: Se, thou art but a dead man for the womans sake whych thou haste taken awaye, for she is a mans wyfe.
20:4But Abimelech had not yet come nye her, & therfore sayde: Lorde wylt thou sley ryghtewes people?
20:5sayde not he vnto me, that she was hys syster? yea and sayde not she herself that he was her brother? wyth a pure herte and innocent handes haue I done thys.
20:6And God sayde vnto hym in a dreame. I wot it wel that thou dyddest it in the purenesse of thy herte. And therfore I kepte the that thou shouldest not synne agaynst me, nether suffred I the to come nygh her.
20:7Nowe therfore delyuer the man his wyfe agayne, for he is a Prophete. And let him pray for the that thou mayst lyue. But and yf thou delyuer her not agayn, be sure that thou shalt dye the deth, wyth al that thou hast.
20:8Than Abimelech rose vp be tymes in the mornyng and called al his seruauntes, & told all these thynges in their eares, and the men were sore afrayde.
20:9And Abimelech called Abraham and sayd vnto him: What hast thou done vnto us, & what haue I offended the, that thou shouldest brynge on me and on my kingdome so great a synne? thou hast done dedes vnto me that ought not to be done.
20:10And Abimelech sayde moreouer vnto Abraham: What sawest thou that moued the to do thys thynge?
20:11And Abraham answered: I thought that peraduenture the feare of God was not in thys place, & that they shulde sley me for my wyfes sake:
20:12yet in very dede she is my syster, the doughter of my father, but not of my mother: and became my wife.
20:13And after god caused me to wandre out of my fathers house, I sayd vnto her: This kyndnesse shalt thou shewe vnto me in all places where we come, that thou saye of me, howe that I am thy brother.
20:14Than toke Abimelech shepe and oxen, men seruauntes & wemen seruauntes & gaue them vnto Abraham, & delyuered hym Sara hys wyfe agayn.
20:15And Abimelech sayde: beholde the land lyeth before the, dwel where it pleaseth the best.
20:16And vnto Sara he sayde: Se I haue geuen thy brother a thousand peeces of siluer, behold this thing shal be a couering to thyne eyes & vnto al that are wyth the and vnto all men an excuse.
20:17And so Abraham prayd vnto God, & god healed Abimelech and his wyfe and his maydens, so that they bare chyldren.
20:18For the lord had closed to, all the matryces of the house of Abimelech, because of Sara Abrahams wyfe.
Matthew's Bible 1537

Matthew's Bible 1537

The Matthew Bible, also known as Matthew's Version, was first published in 1537 by John Rogers, under the pseudonym "Thomas Matthew". It combined the New Testament of William Tyndale, and as much of the Old Testament as he had been able to translate before being captured and put to death, with the translations of Myles Coverdale as to the balance of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha, except the Apocryphal Prayer of Manasses. It is thus a vital link in the main sequence of English Bible translations.