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The Great Bible 1539



32:1But Iacob went forth on his iourney. And the Angels of God came, & met hym.
32:2And when Iacob sawe them, he said thys is Goddes hoost: & called the name of that same place Mahanaim.
32:3And Iacob sente messengers before him to Esau his brother, vnto the land of Seir & the felde of Edom.
32:4And he commaunded them sayinge. Thus shall ye speake to my Lord Esau: thy seruaunte Iacob sayth thus: I haue sogeorned & bene a straunger wyth Laban vnto thys tym
32:5and haue oxen, asses & shepe men seruauntes and wemenseruauntes, and haue sent to shewe it my Lorde, that I may fynde grace in thy syghte.
32:6And the messengers came agayne to Iacob saying: we came vnto thy brother Esau, and he commeth agaynst the & hath .iiii. hundreth men wt hym.
32:7But Iacob was greatly afrayed, and wyst not whych waye to turne hym selfe, and deuyded the people that was wyth hym & the shepe, & oxen & camels, into .ii. companyes:
32:8& sayd: If Esau come to the one parte & smyte it, the other shall saue it selfe.
32:9And Iacob sayde agayne: O God of my father Abraham; & God of my father Isahac: Lorde whych saydest vnto me returne vnto thy countre and to thy kynred, & I wyll do all well wyth the.
32:10I am not worthy of the leaste of all the mercyes and truthe whych thou hast shewed vnto thy seruaunte. For wyth my staf came I ouer thys Iordane, & now haue I gotten .ii. droues.
32:11Delyuer me from the handes of my brother Esau: for I feare hym: lest he wyll come and smyte the mother wyth the chyldren.
32:12Thou saydest: I wyll surely do the good, & make thy seed as the sande of the see, which can not be nombred for multytude.
32:13And he taryed there that same nyghte, & toke of that whych came to hande, a present, for Esau hys brother
32:14.ii. hundred she goates & .xx. he goates .ii. hundred shepe and .xx. rammes:
32:15thyrtye mylch camels wyth theyr coltes .xl. kyne, & .x. bulles .xx. she asses & ten foles:
32:16and delyuered them into the hande of hys seruaunes euery droue by them selues, and sayde vnto hys seruauntes: go forth before me, and put a space betwyxte, droue, & droue.
32:17And he commaunded the formost sayinge. If Esau my brother mete the and aske the sayinge: whose art thou, and whyther goest thou: & whose are these that goo before the?
32:18thou shalt saye, they be thy seruaunte Iacobs, and it is a present sent vnto my Lord Esau, and beholde, he hym selfe commeth after vs:
32:19And so commaunded he the seconde, and the thyrde, and all that folowed the droues sayinge of thys maner se that ye speake vnto Esau when ye mete hym
32:20and saye moreouer: thy seruaunte Iacob also commeth after vs, for he sayde: I wyll pease his wrath with the present that goeth before me, and afterward I wyll see hym my selfe, yf peraduenture he wyll receaue me to grace:
32:21So went the present before hym and he taryed all that nyght in the company, and rose vp the same nyghte,
32:22and toke hys two wyues and hys two maydens, and hys eleuen sonnes, and went ouer the foorde Iabok
32:23And he toke them and sent them ouer the ryuer, and sent ouer that he had,
32:24and taried behinde hym selfe alone. And there wrastled a man wyth hym vnto the breakynge of the daye.
32:25And when he sawe that he coulde not preuayle against hym, he smote hym vnder the thye, and the senowe of Iacobs thye shranke, as he wrastled wyth hym.
32:26And he sayde: let me goo, for the daye breaketh. Which answered: I wyll not let the goo, excepte thou blesse me.
32:27And he sayde vnto hym: what is thy name? He answered: Iacob.
32:28He sayde: thou shalt be called Iacob nomore, but Israell. For as a prynce hast thou wrastled wyth God: and wyth man, and hast preuayled.
32:29And Iacob asked hym sayinge: tell me thy name. And he sayde, wherfore dost thou so aske after my name? and he blessed hym there.
32:30And Iacob called the name of the place Pheniel, for I haue sene God face to face, & my lyfe is preserued.
32:31And as he went ouer Pheniel, the sonne rose vpon hym, and he halted vpon hys thye.
32:32And therfore is it that the chyldren of Israell eate not of the senow that shranke in that place of the thye, vnto thys daye: because that he touched the place of Iacobs thye in the senow that shroncke.
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."