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The Great Bible 1539



41:1And it fortuned after two yeres, that Pharao dreamed, and beholde, he stode by a ryuers syde,
41:2& there came out of the ryuer seuen goodly kyne and fatt flesshed, and fedd in a medowe,
41:3& .vij. other kyne came vp after them out of the ryuer, euel fauored and leane flesshed, and stode by the other kyne vpon the brynke of the ryuer.
41:4And the euyll fauored and leane flesshed kyne dyd eate vp the seuen well fauored and fatt kyne: and Pharao awoke.
41:5And he slepte agayne and dreamed the seconde tyme. And beholde, seuen eares of corne grewe vpon one stalke, rancke and goodly.
41:6And agayne, seuen thynne eares blasted wyth the east wynde, sprange vp after them:
41:7and the seuen thynne eares deuowred the seuen rancke and full eares. And Pharao a waked: and se, it was a dreame.
41:8And when the mornynge came, his sprete was troubled. And he sent and called for all the sothesayers of Egypte, and all the wyse men therof, and Pharao tolde them hys dreame: but there was none of them that coulde interpretate it vnto Pharao.
41:9Than spake the chefe buttelar vnto Pharao sayinge: I do remembre my fawtes thys daye.
41:10Pharao beynge angrie wyth hys seruauntes, put in warde in the chefe Stewardes house both me & the chefe baker.
41:11And we dreamed both of vs in one nyght, and eche mannes dreame of a sondrye interpretacyon.
41:12And there was wyth vs a yonge man, an Hebrue borne, seruaunte vnto the chefe Stewarde. To whom whan we tolde them, he declared oure dreames to vs accordynge to ether of oure dreames.
41:13And as he declared them vnto vs, euen so it came to passe. For he restored me to myne offyce agayne, & hanged hym.
41:14Pharao sent therfore and called Ioseph. And they brought hym hastely out of preson. And he shaued hym selfe and chaunged hys rayment, and came in to Pharao.
41:15And Pharao sayde vnto Ioseph: I haue sene a dreame, and no man can interpretate it, and I haue hearde saye of the, that as soone as thou hearest a dreame, thou canst interpretate it.
41:16Ioseph answered Pharao, sayinge: Not I, but God shall geue Pharao an answere of peace.
41:17And Pharao sayde vnto Ioseph: in my dreame me thought I stode by a ryuers syde,
41:18and there came out of the ryuer seuen fatt flesshed, and well fauored kyne, & fedd in the medowe.
41:19And the seuen other kyne came vp after them, poore and very euell fauored and leane flesshed: such as I neuer sawe in all the lande of Egypte,
41:20they were so euell fauored. And the seuen leane & euell fauored kyne dyd eate vp the fyrst .vii. fatt kyne.
41:21And when they had eaten them vp, a man coulde not perceaue that they had eaten them: but they were still as euell fauored as they were at the begynnynge. And I awoke.
41:22And I sawe agayne in my dreame & beholde, .vii. eares sprange out of one stalk, full and fayre,
41:23and .vij. other eares agayne, wythered, thynne and blasted with the east wynde, sprange vp after them.
41:24And the thynne eares deuowred the .vij. good eares. And I haue tolde it vnto the soth sayers, but there was no man that coulde tell, what it meaneth.
41:25And Ioseph answered Pharao: both Pharaos dreames are one. And God hath shewed Pharao what he is aboute to do.
41:26The .vij. good kyne are .vij. yeares: and the .vij. good eares are seuen yeares also, and it is but one dreame.
41:27Lykewyse, the .vii. thynne and euell fauored kyne that came out after them, are .vii. yeares: and the .vii. emptye and blasted eares shalbe .vii. yeares of hunger.
41:28Thys whych I haue sayde vnto Pharao, is it that God is aboute to do, and sheweth it vnto Pharao.
41:29Beholde there come .vii. yeare of great plenteousnes through out all the lande of Egypte.
41:30And agayne there shall aryse after them .vii. yeares of hunger. And all the plenteousnes shalbe forgoten in the lande of Egypte: And the hunger shall consume the lande:
41:31nether shall the plenteousnes be knowen in the lande. by reason of that hunger that shall come after, for it shalbe exceadinge great.
41:32And as concernynge that the dreame was doubled vnto Pharao the seconde tyme, beholde, the thynge is certaynly prepared of God, & God wyll shortly brynge it to passe.
41:33Nowe therfore, let Pharao prouyde for a man of vnderstondynge and wysdome, and sett hym ouer the lande of Egypte.
41:34And let Pharao do thys also, that he make offycers ouer the lande, and take vp the fyfte parte of the lande of Egypte in the .vii. plenteous yeares,
41:35and let them gather all the foode of these good yeres that come, and lay vp corne vnder the hande of Pharao, that there maye be foode in the cyties,
41:36and there let them kepe it: that there maye be foode in stoore in the lande, agaynst the seuen yeares of hunger whych shall come in the lande of Egypte, that the lande peryshe not thorowe hunger.
41:37And the sayinge pleased Pharao and all hys seruauntes.
41:38Then sayde Pharao vnto hys seruauntes: where shall we fynde soch a man as thys is, in whom is the sprete of God?
41:39And Pharao sayde vnto Ioseph: for as moche as God hath shewed the all thys, there is no man of vnderstondynge or of wysdome lyke vnto the.
41:40Thou therfore shalt be ouer my house, and accordynge to thy worde shall all my people be ruled, only in the kynges seate wyll I be aboue the.
41:41And Pharao sayde agayne vnto Ioseph: beholde, I haue sett the ouer all the lande of Egypte.
41:42And he toke of hys rynge from hys hande, and put it vpon Iosephs hande, and arayed hym in cloth of raynes, and put a golden cheyne aboute hys necke,
41:43and sett hym vpon the best charett that he had, saue one. And they cryed before hym: Bowe the knee, and Pharao made hym ruler ouer all the lande of Egypte.
41:44And Pharao sayde vnto Ioseph: I am Pharao, wythout the shall no man lyfte vp hys hande or fote in all the lande of Egypte.
41:45And he called Iosephs name Zaphnath Paena. And he gaue hym to wyfe Asnath the daughter of Putiphar preast of On. Than went Ioseph abrode in the lande of Egypte.
41:46And he was thyrtye yeare olde when he stode before Pharao kynge of Egypte. And Ioseph departynge from the presence of Pharao, went thorowe out all the lande of Egypte.
41:47And in the seuen plenteous yeares they made sheues
41:48and gathered vp all the foode of the seuen plenteous yeares which were in the lande of Egypte, and layed vp the same in the cyties. The foode of the feldes that grewe rownde aboute euery cyte, layed he vp in the same.
41:49And Ioseph layde vp corne in stoore, lyke vnto the sande of the see, in multitude out of mesure, vntyll he left nombrynge: For it was wythout nombre.
41:50And vnto Ioseph were borne two sonnes (before the yeares of hunger came) whych Asnath the daughter of Putiphar preast of On, bare vnto hym.
41:51And Ioseph called the name of the fyrst sonne Manasse, for God (sayde he) hath made me forgett all my laboure and all my fathers housholde.
41:52The name of the seconde called he Ephraim, for God (sayd he) hath caused me to growe in the lande of my trouble.
41:53And when the seuen yeares of plenteousnes that was in the lande of Egypte were ended,
41:54then came the seuen yeares of derth accordyng as Ioseph had sayde. And the derth was in all landes: but in all the lande of Egypte was there yet foode.
41:55And when the lande of Egypt also began to hunger, the people cryed to Pharao for bread. And Pharao sayde vnto all the Egypcyans, goo vnto Ioseph, and what he sayth to you, that doo.
41:56And the derth was thorow out all the land. And Ioseph opened all that was in the cyties, and solde vnto the Egypcyans. For the hunger waxed sore in the lande of Egypte.
41:57And all countrees came to Egypte to Ioseph for to bye corne: because that the hunger was so sore in all landes.
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."