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The Great Bible 1539



33:1Iacob lyftynge vp his eyes, loked, and beholde, Esau came, hauynge with him .iiij. hundred men. And he deuyded the children vnto Lea and vnto Rahel and vnto the .ij. maydens.
33:2And he put the maydens and their chyldren formost, and Lea and hyr chyldren after, and Rahel and Ioseph hyndermost.
33:3And he went before them and fell on the grownde .vij. tymes vntill he came vnto his brother.
33:4Esau came to mete hym and enbraced hym and fell on hys necke and kyssed hym, and they wepte.
33:5And he lyfte vp hys eyes & sawe the wemen, and the chyldren, and sayde: whence hast thou these? And he answered: they are the chyldren whych God hath geuen thy seruaunte.
33:6Than came the maydens forth, & their chyldren, and dyd theyr obeysaunce.
33:7Lea also with hyr chyldren came & dyd theyr obeysaunce. And last of all came Ioseph & Rahel, & dyd theyr obeysaunce.
33:8And he sayde: what is all the droue whych I mett? He answered: that I maye fynde grace in the syghte of my Lorde.
33:9And Esau sayde: I haue ynough my brother, kepe that thou hast vnto thy selfe.
33:10To whom Iacob answered, oh nay, but yf I haue founde grace in thy syghte, receaue my present of my hande: for I haue sene thy face as though I had sene the face of God: And thou hast had a good wyll towarde me.
33:11Oh take my blessynge that is brought the, for God hath had mercy on me. And I haue ynough. And so he compelled hym, and he toke it.
33:12And he sayde: let vs take oure iourney and goo, I wyll goo before the.
33:13Iacob answered him: my Lorde, Thou knowest, that the chyldren are tendre, & the ewes & kyne wyth yonge vnder myne hande, which yf men shulde ouerdryue but euen one daye all the shepe wyll dye.
33:14Oh let my Lorde goo before hys seruaunte, and I wyll dryue fayre and softly, accordynge as the catell that goeth before me and the chyldren be able to endure: vntyll I come to my Lorde vnto Seir.
33:15And Esau sayde: let me yet leaue some of my folke with the. And he answered, what neadeth it? let me fynde grace in the syghte of my Lord.
33:16So Esau went hys waye agayne that same daye vnto Seir.
33:17And Iacob toke hys iourney towarde Sucoth, and buylt hym an house, and made boothes for his catell. And therfore is it, that the name of the place is called Sucoth.
33:18And Iacob came to Salem a cytie of Sichem which is in the lande of Canaan, after that he was come from Mesopotamia, and pytched before the cytie,
33:19and bought a parcell of grounde (were he pytched hys tent) of the chyldren of Hemor Sichems father for an hundred peces of money.
33:20And he made there an aulter, & called vpon the myghtie God of Israel.
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."