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The Great Bible 1539



16:1Sarai Abrams wyfe bare hym no Chyldren. But she had an hande mayde an Egypcyan, Hagar by name.
16:2And Sarai sayde vnto Abram Beholde the Lorde hath restrayned me, that I can not bere. I praye the go in vnto my mayde, perauenture I maye be edifyed by her. And Abram obeyed the voyce of Sarai
16:3And Sarai Abrams wyfe toke Hagar hyr mayde the Egyptian (after Abram had dwelled .x. yere in the lande of Canaan) and gaue her to hyr husbande Abram to be hys wyfe.
16:4Which whan he wente in vnto Agar, she conceaued. And when she sawe that she had conceyued, hyr mastresse was despysed in hyr eyes.
16:5And Sarai sayde vnto Abram: Thou dost me wronge: I haue geuen my mayde into thy bosome. Whych seynge that she hath conceaued, I am despysed in hyr eyes, the Lorde iudge betwene the and me.
16:6But Abram sayde to Sarai: beholde, thy mayde is in thy hande, do with hyr as it pleaseth the. And whan Sarai fared foule wyth her, she fled from the face of her.
16:7And the Angell of the Lorde founde her besyde a fountayne of water in the wyldernes: euen by the well that is in the waye to Sur.
16:8And he sayde: Hagar Sarais mayde, whence camest thou and whether wilt thou goo? She sayde: I flee from the face of my mastresse Sarai.
16:9And the angell of the Lorde sayde vnto her: returne to thy mastresse againe, & submytte thy selfe vnder her handes.
16:10And agayne, the angell of the Lorde sayde vnto her: In encreasinge I wyll encrease thy seed and it shall not be nombred for multitude.
16:11And the Lordes angell sayde vnto her, se, thou art with chylde and shalt bere a sonne, and shalt call hys name Ismael: because the Lorde hath herde thy tribulacyon.
16:12He also will be a wylde man, and hys hande will be agaynst euery man, and euery mans hande agaynst him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
16:13And she called the name of the Lorde that spake vnto her: thou God lokest on me, for she sayde: haue I not sene here the backe partes of hym that seeth me?
16:14Wherfore the well was called, the well of him that lyueth & seeth me. And it is betwene Cades and Bared.
16:15And Hagar bare Abram a sonne, and Abram called his sonnes name which Hagar bare vnto him. Ismael
16:16And Abram was .lxxxvj. yere olde, when Hagar bare him Ismael.
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."