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The Great Bible 1539



1:1Paul an apostle of Iesu christ by the wyll of God, and brother Timotheus. Unto the congregacyon of God, which is at Corinthum, with all the saynctes whych are in all Achaia
1:2Grace be wyth you & peace from God oure father, and from the Lorde Iesus Christ.
1:3Blessed be God (the father of oure Lorde Iesus Christ) which is the father of mercy, & the God of all comforte,
1:4whych comforteth vs in all oure tribulacyon, in so moche that we are hable to comforte them whych are in any maner of trouble, with the same comforte, wherwith we oure selues are comforted of God.
1:5For as the affliccyons of Christ are plenteous in vs, euen so is oure consolacyon plenteous by Christ.
1:6Whether we be troubled for youre consolacyon and health, which saluacyon sheweth her power in that ye soffre the same affliccyons, which we also suffre: or whether we be comforted for youre consolacyon and saluacyon:
1:7our hope also is stedfast for you: in as moche as we know, how that as ye are partetakers of the affliccyons, so shall ye be partakers also of the consolacyon.
1:8Brethren, I wolde not haue you ignoraunt of oure trouble, which happened vnto vs in Asia. For we were greued out of measure passing strength, so greatly that we despayred euen of lyfe.
1:9Also we receaued an answer of deeth in oure selues, that we shuld not put oure trust in our selues: but in God, whych rayseth the deed to lyfe,
1:10and whych delyuered vs from so great a deeth: and doth delyuer. On whom we trust, that yet hereafter he wyll delyuer,
1:11by the helpe of youre prayer for vs, that by the meanes of many persones, thankes maye be geuen of many on oure behalfe, for the gyfte geuen vnto vs.
1:12For oure reioysinge is this, euen the testimony of oure conscience, that in synglenes and godly purenes, & not in fleshly wysdom, but by the grace of God, we haue had oure conuersacyon in the world, and most of all to you wardes.
1:13We wryte none other thynges vnto you, then that ye reade & also knowe. Yee, and I trust ye shall fynde vs vnto the ende, euen as ye haue founde vs partly:
1:14for we are youre reioysinge, euen as ye are oures in the daye of the Lord Iesus.
1:15And in this confidence was I mynded fyrst to haue come vnto you, that I myght haue had one pleasure more with you,
1:16and to passe by you into Macedonia, & to haue come agayne out of Macedonia vnto you, and to be led forth of you towarde Iewrye.
1:17Whan I thus wyse was mynded: dyd I vse lyghtnes? Or thynke I carnally those thynges which I thinke? that with me shuld be yee, yee, and naye naye.
1:18God is faythfull: For oure preachyng to you, was not yee & naye.
1:19For Goddes sonne Iesus Christ which was preached amonge you by vs (euen by me and Siluanus and Timotheus) was not yee & naye: but by hym it was yee:
1:20For all the promises of God, by him are yee: and are in him Amen, vnto the lawde of God thorow vs.
1:21For it is God, which stablyssheth vs with you in Christ and stondeth by vs, and hath annoynted vs,
1:22whych hath also sealed vs, and hath geuen the ernest of the sprete in oure hertes.
1:23I call God for a recorde vnto my soule that for to fauer you with all I came not eny more vnto Corynthum.
1:24Not that we be Lordes ouer your fayth: but are helpers of youre ioye. For by fayth ye stande.
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."