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Geneva Bible 1560/1599



22:1Then Iesus answered, and spake vnto them againe in parables, saying,
22:2The kingdome of heauen is like vnto a certaine King which maried his sonne,
22:3And sent foorth his seruants, to call them that were bidde to the wedding, but they woulde not come.
22:4Againe hee sent foorth other seruants, saying. Tell them which are bidden, Beholde, I haue prepared my dinner: mine oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all thinges are readie: come vnto the mariage.
22:5But they made light of it, and went their wayes, one to his farme, and another about his marchandise.
22:6And the remnant tooke his seruants, and intreated them sharpely, and slewe them.
22:7But when the King heard it, he was wroth, and sent foorth his warriers, and destroyed those murtherers, and burnt vp their citie.
22:8Then saide hee to his seruants, Truely the wedding is prepared: but they which were bidden, were not worthy.
22:9Go ye therefore out into the high wayes, and as many as ye finde, bid them to the mariage.
22:10So those seruantes went out into the hie wayes, and gathered together all that euer they found, both good and bad: so the wedding was furnished with ghestes.
22:11Then the King came in, to see the ghestes, and sawe there a man which had not on a wedding garment.
22:12And he sayd vnto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither, and hast not on a wedding garment? And he was speachlesse.
22:13Then sayd the King to the seruants, Binde him hand and foote: take him away, and cast him into vtter darkenes: there shalbe weeping and gnashing of teeth.
22:14For many are called, but fewe chosen.
22:15Then went the Pharises and tooke counsell how they might tangle him in talke.
22:16And they sent vnto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we knowe that thou art true, and teachest the way of God truely, neither carest for any man: for thou considerest not the person of men.
22:17Tell vs therefore, how thinkest thou? Is it lawfull to giue tribute vnto Cesar, or not?
22:18But Iesus perceiued their wickednes, and sayd, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?
22:19Shewe me the tribute money. And they brought him a peny.
22:20And he sayde vnto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
22:21They sayd vnto him, Cesars. Then sayd he vnto them, Giue therefore to Cesar, the things which are Cesars, and giue vnto God, those things which are Gods.
22:22And when they heard it, they marueiled, and left him, and went their way.
22:23The same day the Sadduces came to him (which say that there is no resurrection) and asked him,
22:24Saying, Master, Moses sayd, If a man die, hauing no children, his brother shall marie his wife by the right of alliance, and raise vp seede vnto his brother.
22:25Nowe there were with vs seuen brethren, and the first maried a wife, and deceased: and hauing none yssue, left his wife vnto his brother.
22:26Likewise also the second, and the third, vnto the seuenth.
22:27And last of all the woman died also.
22:28Therefore in the resurrection, whose wife shall she be of the seuen? for all had her.
22:29Then Iesus answered, and sayd vnto them, Ye are deceiued, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God.
22:30For in the resurrection they neither marie wiues, nor wiues are bestowed in mariage, but are as the Angels of God in heauen.
22:31And concerning the resurrection of the dead, haue ye not read what is spoken vuto you of God, saying,
22:32I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Iacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the liuing.
22:33And when the multitude heard it, they were astonied at his doctrine.
22:34But when the Pharises had heard, that he had put the Sadduces to silence, they assembled together.
22:35And one of them, which was an expounder of the Lawe, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
22:36Master, which is ye great commandement in the Lawe?
22:37Iesus sayd to him, Thou shalt loue the Lord thy God with all thine heart, with all thy soule, and with all thy minde.
22:38This is the first and the great commandement.
22:39And the second is like vnto this, Thou shalt loue thy neighbour as thy selfe.
22:40On these two commandements hangeth the whole Lawe, and the Prophets.
22:41While the Pharises were gathered together, Iesus asked them,
22:42Saying, What thinke ye of Christ? whose sonne is he? They sayd vnto him, Dauids.
22:43He sayd vnto them, How then doeth Dauid in spirit call him Lord, saying,
22:44The Lord sayd to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footestoole?
22:45If then Dauid call him Lord, howe is he his sonne?
22:46And none could answere him a worde, neither durst any from that day foorth aske him any moe questions.
Geneva Bible 1560/1599

Geneva Bible 1560/1599

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.