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The Great Bible 1539



1:1Paul and Tymothe the seruauntes of Iesu Chryst. To all the saynctes in Chryst Iesu, which are at Philippos with the Bisshops and Deacons.
1:2Grace be vnto you and peace from God oure father, and from the Lorde Iesus Chryst.
1:3I thanke my God with all remembraunce of you
1:4all wayes in all my prayers for you, and praye with gladnes:
1:5because ye are come into the fellowshyppe of the Gospell from the fyrst daye vnto nowe
1:6and am suerly certyfyed of thys, that he, which hath begonne a good worke in you, shall perfourme it vntyll the daye of Iesus Chryst,
1:7as it becommeth me, so iudge I of you all, because I haue you in my herte: for asmoche as ye all are companyons of grace with me, euen in my bondes, and in the defendynge and stablisshynge of the Gospell.
1:8For God is my recorde, howe greatly I longe after you all, from the very herte rote in Iesus Chryst.
1:9And thys I praye, that youre loue maye increase yet more and more in knowledge, and in all vnderstandynge,
1:10that ye maye accepte the thynges that are most excellent, that ye maye be pure, and soche, as offende no man vntyll the daye of Christ:
1:11beynge fylled with the frute of ryghtewesnes, which cometh by Iesus Christ vnto the glory and prayse of God.
1:12I wolde ye shulde vnderstonde (brethren) that the thynges which happened vnto me, chaunced vnto the greate furtheraunce of the Gospell:
1:13So that my bandes in Christ, are manifeste thorowe out all the iudgement hall and in all other places:
1:14In so moche that many of the brethren in the Lorde beynge encoraged thorowe my bandes, dare more boldly speake the worde without feare.
1:15Some preache Chryst of enuie and stryfe, and some of good wyll,
1:16The one parte preache Chryst of stryfe and not syncerely, supposynge to adde more aduersytie to my bandes.
1:17Agayne the other parte preache of loue, because they knowe, that I am set to defende the Gospell.
1:18What then? So that Chryst be preached anye maner of waye, whether it be by occasyon, or of true meaninge, I am glad therof, ye and wyll be glad.
1:19For I knowe, that this shall chaunce to my saluacyon, thorowe youre prayer and ministrynge of the sprete of Iesu Chryst
1:20accordinge to my expectacion, and hope, that in nothinge I shalbe ashamed: but that wyth all boldnesse, (as all wayes euen so nowe also) Christ shall be magnifyed in my body, whether it be thorowe lyfe, or thorowe deeth.
1:21For Christ is to me lyfe, and deeth is to me auauntage.
1:22If it chaunce me to lyue in the flesshe, that thinge is to me frutefull for the worcke, and what I shall chose I wote not.
1:23For I am constrayned of these two thinges. I desyre to be loosed, & to be wt Christ which is moche & far better.
1:24Neuerthelesse, to abyde in the flesshe is more nedfull for you,
1:25And thys am I sure of, that I shall abyde, and continue with you all, for youre furtheraunce and ioye of youre fayth,
1:26that youre reioysinge maye be the more aboundant thorowe Iesus Christ in me, by my commynge to you agayne.
1:27Onely let youre conuersacyon be, as it be commeth the Gospell of Christ: that whether I come & se you, or els be absent, I maye yet heare of youre condicyon, that ye contynue in one sprete, and in one soule, labourynge as we do, to mayntayne the fayth of the Gospell,
1:28and in nothinge fearynge youre aduersaryes, which is to them a cause of perdicyon, but to you of saluacyon, & that of God:
1:29for vnto you it is geuen for Chryst, that not onely ye shulde beleue on hym: but also that ye shulde suffre for hys sake,
1:30hauynge euen soche a fyght, as ye sawe in me, and nowe heare of me.
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."