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Matthew's Bible 1537



4:1As they spake vnto the people: the Priestes and the Rular of the Temple, and the Saduces came vpon them,
4:2taking it greuouslye that they taughte the people and preached in Iesus the resurreccion frome deathe.
4:3And layed handes on them, and putte them in holde vntyll the nexte daie, for it was nowe euen tyde.
4:4Howe be it, manye of them which hearde the wordes, beleued: and the numbre of the men was about fyue thousande.
4:5And it chaunced on the morowe that theyr rulars, and elders, and scribes,
4:6as Annas the chiefe Prieste, and Cayphas, and Iohn, and Alexander, and as many as were of the hye priestes gathered together at Ierusalem,
4:7and set them before them, & axed: by what power or in what name haue ye done this syrs?
4:8Then Peter full of the holy ghost sayed vnto them: ye rulars of the people, and elders of Israel,
4:9if we thys day are examined of the good dede done to the sicke man by what meanes he is made whole:
4:10be it knowen vnto you all and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Iesus Christe of Nazareth, whom ye crucifyed, and whom God raysed agayne from deathe, euen by hym doth thys man stande here presente before you whole.
4:11This is the stone cast asyde of you builders, which is set in the chiefe place of the corner.
4:12Neither is ther saluacion in any other. Nor yet also is there any other name geuen to men wherin we muste be saued.
4:13When they sawe the boldnes of Peter & Iohn and vnderstode that, they were vnlerned men and lay people, they meruailed, and they knew then that they were with Iesu:
4:14and beholdinge also the man whiche was healed standynge wyth them, they coulde not saye agaynst it.
4:15But they commaunded them to go a syde out of the counsell, and counceled amonge them selues
4:16saiynge: what shall we do to these men? For a manifeste signe is done by them, and is openlye knowen to all them that dwell in Hierusalem, and we can not denie it.
4:17But that it be noised no further among the people, let vs threaten and charge them that they speake henceforth to no man in this name.
4:18And they called them and commaunded them that in no wyse they should speake or teache in the name of Iesu.
4:19But Peter and Iohn aunswered to them and sayd: whether it be ryght in the syght of God to obey you more then God, iudge ye.
4:20For we can not. But speake that whiche we haue sene and heard.
4:21So threatened they them and let them go, and founde nothinge howe to punyshe them, because of the people. For all men lauded God for the myracle which was done,
4:22for the man was aboue fourty yeare olde, on whom thys myracle of healynge was shewed.
4:23Assone as they were let go, they came to their fellowes, and shewed all that the hye priestes and elders had sayed to them.
4:24And when they hearde that, they lifte vp their voices to God with one accorde, and saied: Lorde, thou art God, whiche haste made heauen and earth, the sea and al that in them is,
4:25whiche by the mouth of thy seruaunt Dauid hast said: Why dyd the heathen rage, and the people imagyn vaine thinges.
4:26The kinges of the earth stode vp and the rulers came together, againste Lorde and agaynste his Chryste.
4:27For of a trueth againste thy holy childe Iesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herode and also Poncius Pilate, with the Gentyls & the people of Israel, gathered them selues together,
4:28for to do whatsoeuer thy hande and thy councell determined before to be done.
4:29And nowe Lorde, beholde their threateninges, and graunte vnto thy seruauntes with all confidence to speake thy worde.
4:30So that thou stretche forth thy hande, that healing and signes and wounders be done by the name of thy holye chylde Iesus.
4:31And assone as they had prayed, the place moued where they were assembled together, and they were all filled with the holy ghoste, and they spake the worde of God boldlye.
4:32And the multitude of them that beleued were of one herte, and of one soule. Also none of them said that anye of the thinges whyche he possessed, was his owne: but had all thinges commune.
4:33And with greate power gaue the Apostles wytnes of the resurreccion of the Lorde Iesus. And greate grace was geuen wt them all.
4:34Neyther was there anye amonge them that lacked. For as manie as were possessours of landes and houses, sold them and broughte the price of the thinges, that were solde,
4:35and layed it doune at the Apostles fete. And distribution was made vnto euery man accordinge as he had nede.
4:36And Ioses who was also called of the Apostles Barnabas (that is to say the sonne of consolation) beynge a Leuite, and of the country of Cipers,
4:37had lande, and solde it, and laied the pryce doune at the Apostles fete.
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.