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Geneva Bible 1560

 

   

6:1Brethren, if a man be suddenly taken in any offence, ye which are spirituall, restore such one with the spirit of meekenes, considering thy selfe, least thou also be tempted.
6:2Beare ye one anothers burden, and so fulfill the Lawe of Christ.
6:3For if any man seeme to himselfe, that he is somewhat, when he is nothing, hee deceiueth himselfe in his imagination.
6:4But let euery man prooue his owne worke: and then shall he haue reioycing in himselfe onely and not in another.
6:5For euery man shall beare his owne burden.
6:6Let him that is taught in the worde, make him that hath taught him, partaker of all his goods.
6:7Be not deceiued: God is not mocked: for whatsoeuer a man soweth, that shall hee also reape.
6:8For hee that soweth to his flesh, shall of the flesh reape corruption: but hee that soweth to the spirit, shall of the spirit reape life euerlasting.
6:9Let vs not therefore be weary of well doing: for in due season we shall reape, if we faint not.
6:10While we haue therefore time, let vs doe good vnto all men, but specially vnto them, which are of the housholde of faith.
6:11Ye see how large a letter I haue written vnto you with mine owne hand.
6:12As many as desire to make a faire shewe in the flesh, they constraine you to be circumcised, onely because they would not suffer persecution for the crosse of Christ.
6:13For they themselues which are circumcised keepe not the law, but desire to haue you circumcised, that they might reioyce in your flesh.
6:14But God forbid that I should reioyce, but in ye crosse of our Lord Iesus Christ, whereby the world is crucified vnto me, and I vnto ye world.
6:15For in Christ Iesus neither circumcision auaileth any thing, nor vncircumcision, but a newe creature.
6:16And as many as walke according to this rule, peace shalbe vpon them, and mercie, and vpon the Israel of God.
6:17From henceforth let no man put me to busines: for I beare in my body the markes of the Lord Iesus.
6:18Brethren, the grace of our Lord Iesus Christ be with your spirit, Amen.
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.