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Matthew's Bible 1537



26:1Agrippa sayd vnto Paule: thou art permitted to speake for thy selfe, Then Paule stretched forthe the hand, and aunswered for him selfe,
26:2I thinke my selfe happye kynge Agrippa, because I shall aunswere this day before the, of all thinges wherof I am accused of the Iewes,
26:3namely because thou art exparte in all customes and questions, which are amonge the Iewes. Wherfore I beseche the to heare me paciently.
26:4My liuinge of a childe, whiche was at the fyrst amonge myne owne nacion at Ierusalem, knowe all the Iewes,
26:5whyche knew me from the beginninge if they woulde testyfye it. For after the most strayteste secte of oure laye, lyued I a phariseye,
26:6and now I stand, & am iudged for the hope of the promis made of God vnto our fathers
26:7vnto whyche promys our .xij. trybes instantlye, seruynge God daie and nighte hope to come. For whiche hopes sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Iewes.
26:8Why should it be thought a thinge vncredible vnto you, that God shoulde raise agayne the dead?
26:9I also verely thought in my selfe, that I ought to do manie contrarye thinges, clene agaynste the name of Nazareth,
26:10which thinge I also dyd in Ierusalem. Where manye of the sainctes I shut vp in prison, and had receiued authorite of the hye priestes. And when they were put to death, I gaue the sentence.
26:11And I punyshed them ofte, in euerye synagoge, and compelled them to blaspheme, and was yet more madde vpon them, and persecuted them euen vnto straunge cities.
26:12Aboute which thinges as I wente to Damasco with authoryte and licence of the hye priestes,
26:13euen at mydday (O king) I saw in the way alyght from heauen, aboue the bryghtnes of the sunne, shyne rounde aboute me, and them whyche iorneyed wyth me.
26:14When we were all fallen to the earth: I heard a voice speakinge vnto me, and saiynge in the Hebrue tonge: Saul Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for the to kicke against the pricke.
26:15And I said. Who art thou Lorde? And he sayd: I am Iesus whom thou persecutest,
26:16but ryse and stand vp on thy fete. For I haue appeared vnto the for this purpose, to make the a minister, and a wytnes both of those thinges, whiche thou hast sene, and of those thinges in the which I wil appeare
26:17vnto the deliuering the from the people, and from the gentils, vnto whiche nowe I sende the,
26:18to open theyr eyes, that they myght turne from darckenes to lyght, and from the power of Satan vnto God: that they maye receiue forgeuenes of synnes, and inheritaunce amonge them whyche are sanctyfyed by fayth in me.
26:19Wherfore kynge Agrippa I was not disobedient vnto the heauenly vision:
26:20but shewed fyrst vnto them of Damasco, and at Hierusalem and through out all the coastes of Iewry, and to the gentyls, that they should repent, & tourne to God, and do the ryght workes of repentaunce.
26:21For this cause the Iewes caught me in the temple, and went aboute to kyll me.
26:22Neuerthelesse I obtained helpe of God, and continue vnto this daye wytnessinge both to smal and to great, saiyng none other thinges, then those which the prophetes and Moyses dyd saye shoulde come
26:23that Christe shoulde suffer, and that he shoulde be the fyrste, that shoulde ryse from death, and shoulde shewe lyghte vnto the people, and to the gentyls.
26:24As he thus aunswered for him selfe, Festus saied with a loude voyce. Paul, thou art besides thy selfe. Muche learninge hath made the mad.
26:25And Paul saied: I am not mad, most deare Festus, but speake the wordes of trueth & sobernes.
26:26The kinge knoweth of these thinges, before whom I speake frelye, neither thinke I that anye of these thinges are hydden from hym. For this thinge was not done in a corner.
26:27Kinge Agrippa beleuest thou the prophetes? I wote well thou beleuest.
26:28Agrippa saied to Paule: Some what thou bringest me in mynd for to become a Christian,
26:29And Paul sayde: I would to God that not onlye thou: but also all that heare me to daye, were not some what onelye but altogether suche as I am, excepte these bondes.
26:30And when he had thus spoken: the kynge rose vp, and the debitie, and Bernice and they that sate with them.
26:31And when they were gone aparte: they talketh betwene them selues saiyng. Thys man doth nothinge worthy of death, nor of bondes.
26:32Then sayde Agrippa vnto Festus: Thys man might haue bene loused if he had not appealed vnto Cesar.
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.