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The Great Bible 1539



12:1And the Lorde sayd vnto Abram: Get the out of thy countrey, & out of thy nacyon, and from thy fathers house, vnto a londe that I wyll shewe the.
12:2And I wyll make of the a greate people, and wyll blesse the, & make thy name greate, that thou mayest be euen a blessynge.
12:3I wyll also blesse them that blesse the, & cursse suche as curseth the, & in the shall all the kynreds of the erth be blessed.
12:4And so Abram departed euen as the Lorde spake vnto him, & Lot wente wyth hym. And Abram was seuentye & fyue yeares olde, whan he departed out of Haram.
12:5And Abram toke Sarai his wife & Lot his brothers sonne, & all theyr substaunce that they had in possessyon, & the soules that they had begotten in Haran. And they departed, that they myght come in to the londe of Chanaan,
12:6and in to the londe of Chanaan they came. Abram passed thorowe the londe vnto the place of Sichem, & vnto the playne of Moreh: And the Cananite was then in the londe.
12:7And the Lorde apearynge vnto Abram: sayd: Unto thy sede wyll I geue this londe. And there buylded he an altare vnto the lorde, euen where he had appeared vnto hym.
12:8And remouynge thence vnto a mountayne that was eastwarde from bethel, he pitched his tent, hauynge Bethel on the west syde, & Hai on the east. And he buyldynge an altare vnto the Lorde, dyd call on the name of the Lorde.
12:9And Abram wente furth goinge and departynge towarde the south.
12:10But there was a derth in that londe, and therfore wente Abram downe in to Egypte, that he myght soiourne there, for there was a sore derth in the londe.
12:11And it happened whan he was come nere to entre in to Egypte, he sayde vnto Sarai hys wyfe: Beholde, I knowe, that thou art a fayre woman to loke vpon.
12:12Therfore shall it come to passe that whan the Egypcyans se the, they shall saye: She is hys wyfe. And they shall kyll me, but they shall saue the alyue.
12:13Saye (I praye the) that thou art my syster, that I maye fare well for thy sake, and that my soule maye lyue thorowe thy occasyon.
12:14And so it happened, whan Abram was come in to Egypte, the Egyptians behelde the woman, for she was very fayre.
12:15The prynces also of Pharao sawe her, and commended her before Pharao, and the woman was taken into Pharaos house.
12:16And he truly intreated Abram well for her sake, and he had shepe & oxen and he asses, men seruauntes and mayde seruauntes, she asses & camels.
12:17And the Lorde smote Pharao and hys house with greate plages because of Sarai Abrams wyfe.
12:18And Pharao callinge Abram, sayde Why hast thou done thys vnto me? Why dyddest thou not tell me, that she was thy wyfe?
12:19Nowe therfore beholde, there is thy wyfe, take her, and go thy waye:
12:20And Pharao gaue the men commaundement concernynge him and they conuayed him furth, and his wyfe, and all that he had.
The Great Bible 1539

The Great Bible 1539

The Great Bible of 1539 was the first authorized edition of the Bible in English, authorized by King Henry VIII of England to be read aloud in the church services of the Church of England. The Great Bible was prepared by Myles Coverdale, working under commission of Thomas, Lord Cromwell, Secretary to Henry VIII and Vicar General. In 1538, Cromwell directed the clergy to provide "one book of the bible of the largest volume in English, and the same set up in some convenient place within the said church that ye have care of, whereas your parishioners may most commodiously resort to the same and read it."