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Matthew's Bible 1537



33:1Iacob lift vp hys eyes & sawe hys brother Esau come, & wyth hym .iiij. hundred men. And he deuided the chyldren vnto Lea and vnto Rahell, and vnto the two maydens.
33:2And he put the maydens and theyr chyldren formost, & Lea & hir children after, & Rahell & Iosephe hindermost.
33:3And he went before them & fell on the ground .vij. times, vntyll he came vnto hys brother.
33:4Esau ranne to mete hym & enbraced hym and fell on his necke & kissed hym, and they wepte.
33:5And he lyfte vp hys eyes & sawe the wyues & theyr chyldren, & said: what are these which thou there hast? And he sayd they are the children which god hath geuen thy seruaunt
33:6Then came the maydens forthe, & dyd theyr obeysaunce.
33:7Lea also & hir chyldren came and dyd theyr obeysaunce. And laste of all came Ioseph & Rahel and dyd theyr obeysaunce.
33:8And he sayed: what meanest thou wt all the drooues which I mette. And he answered: to fynd grace in the syghte of my Lorde.
33:9And Esau saied: I haue inough my brother, kepe that thou hast vnto thy selfe.
33:10Iacob answered: Oh naye, but if I haue founde grace in thy syght, receyue my presente of my hande: for I haue sene thy face as though I had sene the face of god:
33:11wherfore receiue me to grace & take my blessinge that I haue brought the, for god hath geuen it me. And I haue inough of al thinges. And so he compelled him to take it.
33:12And he sayd: let vs take our iourney, and goo, and I wyll go in thy company.
33:13And he said vnto him: my lord knoweth that I haue tender children, ewes, & kine with yong, vnder myne hand, whych if men shoulde ouerdriue but euen one day, the whole flocke wold dye.
33:14Let my Lord therfore go before his seruaunte, and I wyl dryue fayre and softly, accordyng as the cattell that goth before me, & the chyldren, be able to endure: vntyll I come to my Lord vnto Seir.
33:15And Esau said: let me yet leaue some of my folke with the. And he sayed: what neadeth it? let me find grace in the syght of my Lord.
33:16So Esau wente his waye agayne that same daye vnto Seyr.
33:17And Iacob toke hys iourney toward Sucoth, and built him a house, and made boothes for hys catell: wherof the name of the place is called Sucoth.
33:18And Iacob came peasably into the cytye of Sichem in the Lande of Canaan, after that he was come from Messopotamia, & pytched before the citye,
33:19& bought a percel of ground wher he pytched hys tent, of the chyldren of Hemor Sichems father, for an hundred lambes.
33:20And he made ther an aulter, & there called vpon the myghty God of Israel.
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.