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Matthew's Bible 1537



2:1And it chaunced in those dayes: that there wente out a commaundemente from Auguste the Emperour, that al the worlde should be taxed.
2:2And this taxynge was the fyrste, and executed when Syrenius was lieftenaunt in Siria.
2:3And euerye man wente into his owne citye to be taxed.
2:4And Ioseph also ascended from Galyle: out of a cytye called Nazareth, into Iury: vnto the citye of Dauid which is called Bethleem, because he was of the house and lynage of Dauid,
2:5to be taxed with Marye his spoused wyfe whiche was with childe.
2:6And it fortuned whyle they were there, her tyme was come that she shoulde be deliuered.
2:7And she brought forth her first begotten sonne, and wrapped him in swadlynge clothes, and layed him in a maunger, because ther was no roume for them within the ynne.
2:8And there were in the same region shepherdes abydinge in the fyelde, and watchinge theyr flocke by night.
2:9And lo: the aungel of the Lord stode harde by them, and the brightnes of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afrayed.
2:10But the aungel sayde vnto them: Be not afrayed. For beholde, I bringe you tydinges of greate ioye that shall come to al the people:
2:11for vnto you is borne this day in the citye of Dauid, a sauioure whiche is Christe the Lorde.
2:12And take this for a sygne: ye shall fynde the chylde swadled and layed in a maunger.
2:13And strayght waye there was with the aungel a multitude of heauenly souldiours, laudinge God and sayinge:
2:14Glory to God on hye, and peace on the earth: and vnto men reioysynge.
2:15And it fortuned, assone as the aungels were gone awaye from them into heauen, the shepherdes sayed one to another: let vs go euen vnto Bethleem & se this thing that is happened which the Lorde hath shewed vnto vs.
2:16And they came with haste: and founde Mary and Ioseph and the babe layed in a maunger.
2:17And when they had sene it, they published abroade the sayinge which was tolde them of that chylde.
2:18And all that heard it, wondered at those thinges whiche were tolde them of the shepherdes.
2:19But Mary kept all those sayinges, and pondered them in her herte.
2:20And the shepherdes retourned, praisynge and lauding God for all that they had hearde and sene, euen as it was tolde vnto them.
2:21And when the eyght daye was come, that the chylde shoulde be circuncysed, his name was called Iesus, which was named of the aungell before he was conceyued in the wombe.
2:22And when the tyme of their puryfycacion (after the lawe of Moyses) was come, they brought him to Ierusalem, to presente hym to the Lorde
2:23(as it is wryttem in the lawe of the Lorde: euerye male that fyrst openeth the mattrix, shall be called holye to the Lord)
2:24and to offer (as it is sayde in the lawe of the Lorde) a payre of turtel doues or two yonge pygyons.
2:25And beholde ther was a man in Hierusalem whose name was Symeon. And the same man was iuste and feared God, and longed for the consolacion of Israel and the holye ghost was in him.
2:26And an aunswere was geuen him of the holye ghost, that he shoulde not se death, before he had sene the Lordes Christe.
2:27And he came by inspiration into the tempell. And when the father and mother broughte in the childe Iesus, to do for him after the custome of the lawe,
2:28then toke he him vp in hys armes and sayed.
2:29Lorde. Nowe lettest thou thy seruaunt departe in peace, accordinge to thy promes.
2:30For mine eyes haue sene the sauiour sent from the.
2:31Which thou hast prepare before the face of all people.
2:32A lyght to lighten the gentils and the glorye of thy people Israel.
2:33And his father and mother meruayled at those thinges which were spoken of him.
2:34And Symon blessed them, & sayd vnto Mary his mother: beholde, this chylde shalbe the fal and resurrection of manye in Israel, & sygne which shalbe spoken againste.
2:35And moreouer the swearde shall pearce thy soule, that the thoughtes of manye hertes maye be opened.
2:36And ther was a prophetesse, one Anna the doughter of Phanuell of the trybe of Aser which was of a great age, and had liued with her housbande .vij. yeares from her virginitie.
2:37And she had bene a weddowe aboute .iiij. score and .iiij. yeares, which went neuer out of the temple, but serued God with fastinge and prayer night & daye.
2:38And the same came forth that same houre and praysed the Lorde and spake of him to all that loked for redempcion in Ierusalem.
2:39And assone as they had perfourmed al thynges accordynge to the lawe of the Lorde they retourned into Galyle to their owne cytye Nazareth.
2:40And the chylde grewe & waxed stronge in spyryte, and was fylled wyth wisdome, & the grace of God was with him.
2:41And his father and mother went to Hierusalem euerye yeare at the feaste of easter.
2:42And when he was .xij. yeare olde, they went vp to Ierusalem after the custome of the feaste.
2:43And when they had fulfilled the dayes, as they returned home, the chylde Iesus bode styll in Ierusalem vnknowinge to his father and mother.
2:44For they supposed he had bene in the company, and therfore came a dayes iorneye and sought him amonge their kinsfolke and acquaintaunce.
2:45And when thei founde him not, they went backe againe to Ierusalem, & sought hym.
2:46And it fortuned after thre dayes that they founde him in the tempell, syttynge in the middes of the doctours, both hearynge them and posynge them.
2:47And all that hearde him, meruaylled at his wit and aunswers.
2:48And when they sawe him, they were astonyed. And his mother sayde vnto him: sonne, why hast thou thus dealt with vs? Beholde thy father and I haue sought the, sorowing.
2:49And he sayed vnto them: howe is it that ye sought me? Wyst ye not that I must go about my fathers busynes?
2:50And they vnderstode not the sayinge that he spake to them.
2:51And he went with them, and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them: But his mother kepte al these sayinges in her herte.
2:52And Iesus increased in wisdome and age, and in fauoure with God and man.
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.