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Matthew's Bible 1537



3:1In those dayes Iohn the Baptist came and preached in the wyldernes of Iury
3:2saying: Repent the kingdome of heauen is at hande.
3:3This is he of whom it is spoken by the prophete Esaye which sayeth: The voice of a cryer in wildernes prepare the Lordes way and make his pathes, strayt.
3:4This Ihon had his garmente of Camels hear & a girdel of a skinne about his loynes. His meate was locustes, & wilde honye.
3:5Then went out to him Ierusalem & all Iurye, & all the region rounde about Iordan,
3:6& were baptised of him in Iorden, confessing their sinnes.
3:7When he sawe many of the Phariseis & of the Saduces come to his baptisme, he sayd vnto them: O generacion of vipers, who hath taught you to fle from the vengaunce to come?
3:8Bringe forth therfore the frutes belonging to repentaunce.
3:9And se that ye once thinke not to saye in your selues, we haue Abraham to our father. For I say vnto you, that God is able of these stones rayse vp children vnto Abraham.
3:10Euen now is the axe put vnto the rote of the trees: so that euerye tre which bringeth not forth good fruit, is hewen doun & cast into the fire.
3:11I baptise you in water in token of repentaunce, but he that cometh after me is mightyer then I, whose shues I am not worthy to beare. He shal baptise you with the holy ghost and with fyre:
3:12which hath also his fan in hys hande, and will purge his floure gather the wheat into his garner, & wyl burne the chaffe with vnquenciable fyre.
3:13Then came Iesus from Galylee to Iordane, vnto Ihon to be baptysed of him.
3:14But Ihon forbad him sayinge: I oughte to be baptysed of the: and commest thou to me?
3:15Iesus answered and sayd to hym: Let it be so nowe. For thus it becometh vs to fulfyll al righteousnes. Then he suffred him.
3:16And Iesus as sone as he was baptysed came straight out of the water. And lo heauen was open ouer him: and Ihon sawe the spirite of God descende like a doue, and light vpon him.
3:17And lo ther came a voice from heauen sayinge. This is my beloued sonne in whom is my delyte.
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.