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Matthew's Bible 1537



32:1But Iacob went forth on his iourney. And the angels of God came & met hym.
32:2And when Iacob sawe them, he said, thys is Gods hoost: & called the name of that same place, Mahanaim.
32:3Iacob sent messengers before him to Esau hys brother, vnto the land of Seir, and the fyeld of Edom
32:4And he commaunded theym sayinge: see that ye speake after thys maner to my Lord Esau: thy seruaunte Iacob sayeth thus. I haue soiourned and bene a straunger wyth Laban vnto thys time,
32:5and haue gotten oxen, asses, and shepe, menseruauntes & womenseruauntes, & haue sent to shew it my Lord, that I may finde grace in thy sight.
32:6And the messengers came againe to Iacob sayinge: we came vnto thi brother Esau, & he commeth agaynst the & .iiij. hundred men wyth him.
32:7Then was Iacob greatly afrayed, & wyste not whych way to turne him selfe, and deuided the people that was wyth hym, and the shepe, oxen, & camels, into .ij. companyes,
32:8& sayd: If Esau come to the one part & smite it the other maye saue it selfe.
32:9And Iacob said: O god of mi father Abraham, & God of my father Isaac: Lord whiche saydest vnto me, returne vnto thy countrye & to thy kynred, & I wyll do all well with the.
32:10I am not worthy of the leaste of all the mercies & trueth whyche thou hast shewed vnto thy seruaunt. For wyth my stafe came I ouer thys Iordane, & now haue I goten two droues.
32:11Deliuer me from the handes of my brother Esau: for I feare hym: least he wyll come and smyte the mother wyth the chyldren.
32:12Thou saydest that thou wouldest surely do me good, and wouldest make my sede as the sande of the sea, whyche canne not be numbred for multitude.
32:13And he taried ther that same nyghte, and toke of that which came to hand a present, vnto Esau hys brother
32:14.ij. hundred she gootes, and .xx. he gootes: .ij. hundred shepe, and .xx. rammes:
32:15thyrtye mylch camels wyth their coltes .xl. kyne, and .x. bulles .xx. she asses, & .x. foles,
32:16and deliuered theym vnto hys seruauntes, euery droue by them selues, & said vnto theim, go forth before me & put a space betwyxte euerye droue.
32:17And he commaunded the formest sayinge. When Esau mi brother meteth the & axeth the sayinge: whose seruaunte arte thou and whither goest thou, and whose are these that go before the:
32:18thou shalte say they be thy seruaunt Iacobs, and are a present sent vnto my Lorde Esau, and beholde he him selfe commeth after vs.
32:19And so commaunded he the second, & euen so the thyrd, & likewise al that folowed the droues sayinge, of this maner se that ye speake vnto Esau saying when ye mete hym,
32:20& said moreouer. Behold thy seruaunt Iacob cometh after vs, for he said. I wyl pease his wrath wt the present that goth before me, and afterward I wil se hym my selfe, so peraduenture he wil receiue me to grace.
32:21So wente the present before hym and he taried all that nyght in the tent,
32:22and rose vp the same night and toke hys two wyues, and his two maydens and hys .xi. sonnes, and went ouer the fourd Iabok.
32:23And he toke them and sent them ouer the ryuer, and sente ouer that he had,
32:24& taried behind hym selfe alone. And ther wresteled a man wyth him vnto the breaking of the day.
32:25And when he sawe that he could not preuayle agaynste hym, he smote hym vnder the thye, & the senowe of Iacobs thye shranke as he wrestled with him
32:26And he said: let me goo, for the day breaketh. And he said: I wyll not lette the go, excepte thou blesse me.
32:27And he sayd vnto hym: what is thy name? He answered: Iacob.
32:28And he said: thou shalt be called Iacob no more, but Israel. For thou hast wresteled with God and hast preuayled.
32:29And Iacob asked hym sayinge, tell me thy name. And he said, wherfore doest thou aske after my name? & he blessed hym there.
32:30And Iacob called the name of that place Pheniel for I haue sene God face to face, & yet is my life reserued.
32:31And as he went ouer Pheniel the sonne rose vpon him, & he halted vpon his thye:
32:32wherfore the children of Israell eate not of the senow that shranke vnder the thye, vnto thys daye: bicause that he smote Iacob vnder the thye in the senowe that shroncke.
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.