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Bishops Bible 1568



29:1Then Iacob went on his iourney, & came into the lande of the people of the east
29:2And as he loked about, beholde, there was a wel in the field, and loe, three flockes of sheepe lay there by, for at that well were the flockes watered: and there was a great stone vpon the well mouth
29:3And thyther were all the flockes brought, and they roulled the stone fro the welles mouth, & watred the sheepe, & put the stone agayne vpon the welles mouth vnto his place
29:4And Iacob saide vnto them: My brethren, whence be ye? And they sayde: of Haran are we
29:5And he sayde vnto them: Knowe ye Laban the sonne of Nachor? They sayde: we knowe hym
29:6And he sayde vnto them: is he in good health? And they sayde: he is in good health, and beholde his daughter Rachel commeth with the sheepe
29:7And he sayde: loe it is yet a great whyle to nyght, neither is it tyme that the cattell should be gathered together: water ye the sheepe, and go and feede [them.
29:8And they sayde: we may not vntyll all the flockes be brought together, and tyl they roule the stone from the welles mouth, and so we water our sheepe
29:9Whyle he yet talked with them, Rachel came with her fathers sheepe: for she kept them
29:10Assoone as Iacob sawe Rachel the daughter of Laban his mothers brother, & the sheepe of Laban his mothers brother, Iacob went & rouled the stone from the welles mouth, & watered the flocke of Laban his mothers brother
29:11And Iacob kyssed Rachel, and lift vp his voyce and wept
29:12And Iacob tolde Rachel that he was her fathers brother, and that he was Rebeccaes sonne: Therefore ranne she and tolde her father
29:13And when Laban hearde certaynely tell of Iacob his sisters sonne, he ranne to meete hym, and imbraced hym, and kyssed hym, and brought hym to his house: And he tolde Laban all these thynges
29:14To whom Laban sayde: Well, thou art my bone & my fleshe. And he abode with hym the space of a moneth
29:15And Laban said vnto Iacob: Though thou be my brother, shouldest thou therfore serue me for naught? Tell me what shall thy wages be
29:16Laban had two daughters, the elder called Lea, and the younger Rachel
29:17Lea was tender eyed: but Rachel was beautifull and well fauoured
29:18And Iacob loued Rachel, and sayde: I wyll serue thee seuen yere for Rachel thy younger daughter
29:19Laban aunswered: It is better that I geue her vnto thee, then that I shoulde geue her to another man: abide with me
29:20And Iacob serued seuen yere for Rachel: and they seemed vnto hym but a fewe dayes, for the loue he hadde to her
29:21And Iacob said vnto Laban: geue me my wife that I may lye with her, for my dayes are fulfylled
29:22Then Laban gathered together all the men of that place, and made a feast
29:23And when euen was come, he toke Lea his daughter, and brought her to hym, and he went in to her
29:24And Laban gaue vnto his daughter Lea Zilpha his mayde to be her seruaunt
29:25And when the mornyng was come, beholde it was Lea. Then sayde he to Laban: Wherefore hast thou played thus with me? dyd not I serue thee for Rachel? wherfore then hast thou begyled me
29:26Laban aunswered: It is not the maner of this place, to marry ye younger before the first borne
29:27Passe out this weeke, & then we wyll geue thee this also for the seruice whiche thou shalt serue me yet seuen yeres more
29:28And Iacob dyd euen so, and passed out the weeke: and then he gaue hym Rachel his daughter to wyfe also
29:29And Laban gaue to Rachel his daughter Bilha his handmayde, to be her seruaunt
29:30So lay he by Rachel also, and loued Rachel more then Lea, and serued hym yet seuen yeres more
29:31When the Lorde sawe that Lea was despised, he made her fruitfull, and Rachel remayned baren
29:32And Lea conceaued and bare a sonne, and she called his name Ruben: for she sayde, the Lord hath loked vpon my tribulation: nowe therfore my husband wyll loue me
29:33And she conceaued agayne, and bare a sonne, & sayde: The Lorde hath hearde that I am despised, and hath therefore geuen me this sonne also: and she called his name Simeon
29:34And she conceaued yet, & bare a sonne, and sayde: Nowe this once wyll my husbande kepe me company, because I haue borne him three sonnes: and therfore was his name called Leui
29:35And she conceaued yet agayne, and bare hym a sonne, saying: Nowe wyll I prayse the Lorde. Therefore she called his name Iuda, & left bearyng
Bishops Bible 1568

Bishops Bible 1568

The Bishops' Bible was produced under the authority of the established Church of England in 1568. It was substantially revised in 1572, and the 1602 edition was prescribed as the base text for the King James Bible completed in 1611. The thorough Calvinism of the Geneva Bible offended the Church of England, to which almost all of its bishops subscribed. They associated Calvinism with Presbyterianism, which sought to replace government of the church by bishops with government by lay elders. However, they were aware that the Great Bible of 1539 , which was the only version then legally authorized for use in Anglican worship, was severely deficient, in that much of the Old Testament and Apocrypha was translated from the Latin Vulgate, rather than from the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. In an attempt to replace the objectionable Geneva translation, they circulated one of their own, which became known as the Bishops' Bible.