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Geneva Bible 1560

 

   

8:1In those dayes, when there was a very great multitude, and had nothing to eate, Iesus called his disciples to him, and said vnto them,
8:2I haue compassion on the multitude, because they haue nowe continued with mee three dayes, and haue nothing to eate.
8:3And if I sende them away fasting to their owne houses, they woulde faint by the way: for some of them came from farre.
8:4Then his disciples answered him, Whence can a man satisfie these with bread here in the wildernes?
8:5And hee asked them, Howe many loaues haue ye? And they said, Seuen.
8:6Then he commanded the multitude to sit downe on the grounde: and hee tooke the seuen loaues, and gaue thankes, brake them, and gaue to his disciples to set before them, and they did set them before the people.
8:7They had also a few small fishes: and when he had giuen thankes, he commanded them also to be set before them.
8:8So they did eate, and were sufficed, and they tooke vp of the broken meate that was left, seuen baskets full.
8:9(And they that had eaten, were about foure thousand) so he sent them away.
8:10And anon he entred into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha.
8:11And the Pharises came foorth, and began to dispute with him, seeking of him a signe from heauen, and tempting him.
8:12Then hee sighed deepely in his spirit, and saide, Why doeth this generation seeke a signe? Verely I say vnto you, a signe shall not be giuen vnto this generation.
8:13So he left them, and went into the ship againe, and departed to the other side.
8:14And they had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the shippe with them, but one loafe.
8:15And he charged them, saying, Take heede, and beware of the leauen of the Pharises, and of the leauen of Herod.
8:16And they reasoned among themselues, saying, It is, because we haue no bread.
8:17And when Iesus knew it, he said vnto them, Why reason you thus, because ye haue no bread? perceiue ye not yet, neither vnderstande? haue ye your hearts yet hardened?
8:18Haue yee eyes, and see not? and haue yee eares, and heare not? and doe ye not remember?
8:19When I brake the fiue loaues among fiue thousand, how many baskets full of broken meate tooke ye vp? They said vnto him, Twelue.
8:20And when I brake seuen among foure thousande, howe many baskets of the leauings of broken meate tooke ye vp? And they said, Seuen.
8:21Then he saide vnto them, Howe is it that ye vnderstand not?
8:22And hee came to Bethsaida, and they brought a blinde man vnto him, and desired him to touch him.
8:23Then he tooke the blinde by the hand, and ledde him out of the towne, and spat in his eyes, and put his handes vpon him, and asked him, if he sawe ought.
8:24And he looked vp, and said, I see men: for I see them walking like trees.
8:25After that, he put his hands againe vpon his eyes, and made him looke againe. And hee was restored to his sight, and sawe euery man a farre off clearely.
8:26And hee sent him home to his house, saying, Neither goe into the towne, nor tell it to any in the towne.
8:27And Iesus went out, and his disciples into the townes of Cesarea Philippi. And by the way hee asked his disciples, saying vnto them, Whome doe men say that I am?
8:28And they answered, Some say, Iohn Baptist: and some, Elias: and some, one of the Prophets.
8:29And he said vnto them, But whome say ye that I am? Then Peter answered, and saide vnto him, Thou art that Christ.
8:30And he sharpely charged them, that concerning him they should tell no man.
8:31Then hee began to teache them that the Sonne of man must suffer many things, and should be reproued of the Elders, and of the hie Priestes, and of the Scribes, and be slaine, and within three dayes rise againe.
8:32And he spake that thing boldly. Then Peter tooke him aside, and began to rebuke him.
8:33Then he turned backe, and looked on his disciples, and rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behinde me, Satan: for thou vnderstandest not the things that are of God, but the things that are of men.
8:34And hee called the people vnto him with his disciples, and saide vnto them, Whosoeuer will follow me, let him forsake himselfe, and take vp his crosse, and follow me.
8:35For whosoeuer will saue his life, shall lose it: but whosoeuer shall lose his life for my sake and the Gospels, he shall saue it.
8:36For what shall it profite a man, though he should winne the whole world, if he lose his soule?
8:37Or what exchange shall a man giue for his soule?
8:38For whosoeuer shall be ashamed of mee, and of my wordes among this adulterous and sinfull generation, of him shall the Sonne of man be ashamed also, when he commeth in the glorie of his Father with the holy Angels.
Geneva Bible 1560

Geneva Bible 1560

The Geneva Bible is one of the most influential and historically significant translations of the Bible into English, preceding the King James translation by 51 years. It was the primary Bible of 16th century Protestantism and was the Bible used by William Shakespeare, Oliver Cromwell, John Knox, John Donne, and John Bunyan. The language of the Geneva Bible was more forceful and vigorous and because of this, most readers strongly preferred this version at the time.

The Geneva Bible was produced by a group of English scholars who, fleeing from the reign of Queen Mary, had found refuge in Switzerland. During the reign of Queen Mary, no Bibles were printed in England, the English Bible was no longer used in churches and English Bibles already in churches were removed and burned. Mary was determined to return Britain to Roman Catholicism.

The first English Protestant to die during Mary's turbulent reign was John Rogers in 1555, who had been the editor of the Matthews Bible. At this time, hundreds of Protestants left England and headed for Geneva, a city which under the leadership of Calvin, had become the intellectual and spiritual capital of European Protestants.

One of these exiles was William Whittingham, a fellow of Christ Church at Oxford University, who had been a diplomat, a courtier, was much traveled and skilled in many languages including Greek and Hebrew. He eventually succeeded John Knox as the minister of the English congregation in Geneva. Whittingham went on to publish the 1560 Geneva Bible.

This version is significant because, it came with a variety of scriptural study guides and aids, which included verse citations that allow the reader to cross-reference one verse with numerous relevant verses in the rest of the Bible, introductions to each book of the Bible that acted to summarize all of the material that each book would cover, maps, tables, woodcut illustrations, indices, as well as other included features, all of which would eventually lead to the reputation of the Geneva Bible as history's very first study Bible.