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The Great Bible 1539



2:1If ther be therfore eny consolacyon in Christ, yf ther be eny comforte of loue, yf ther by eny fellishyppe of the sprete, yf ther be eny compassion and mercy:
2:2full fyll ye my ioye, that ye be lyke mynded, hauinge one loue, beynge of one accorde, and of one mynde,
2:3that nothinge be done thorowe stryfe or of vayne glory, but in mekenes of mynde, let euery man esteme another better then hym selfe.
2:4Loke not ye euery man on hys awne thinges, but euery man on the thinges that are other mens.
2:5Let the same mynde be in you, that was also in Christ Iesu:
2:6which whan he was in the shape of God, thought it no robbery to be equall with God
2:7Neuerthelesse he made hym selfe of no reputacion, takynge on hym the shape of a seruaunte, and became lyke vnto men,
2:8and was founde in his apparell as a man. He humbled him selfe, and became obedient vnto the deeth, euen the deeth of the crosse.
2:9Wherfore, God also hath exalted him on hye, and geuen him a name which is aboue all names:
2:10that in the name of Iesus euery knee shulde bowe, both of thinges in heauen and thynges in erth and thynges vnder the erth,
2:11and that all tonges shulde confesse, that Iesus Christ is the Lorde, vnto the prayse of God the father.
2:12Wherfore (my dearly beloued) as ye haue alwayes obeyed, not when I was present onely, but nowe moche more in myne absence, euen so worcke out youre awne saluacion with feare and tremblyng.
2:13For it is God, which worketh in you, both the wyll and also the dede, euen of good wyll.
2:14Do all thynge with out murmuringe, & dysputynge,
2:15that ye maye be soche as no man came complayne on: and vnfayned sonnes of God without rebuke, in the myddes of a croked and peruerse nacyon: amonge whom se that ye shyne as lyghtes in the worlde,
2:16holdynge faste the worde of lyfe, that I maye reioyce in the daye of Chryst, howe that I haue not runne in vayne, nether haue laboured in vayne.
2:17Yee and though I be offered vp vpon the offeringe & sacrifyce of youre fayth: I reioyce and reioyce with you all.
2:18For the same cause also do ye reioyce, and reioyce with me.
2:19I trust in the Lorde Iesus, for to sende Timotheus shortly vnto you, that I also maye be of good comforte, when I knowe what case ye stande in.
2:20For I haue no man that is so lyke mynded to me, which with so pure affeccyon wyll care for youre matters.
2:21For all other seke theyr awne, and not the thynges which are Iesus Christes.
2:22ye knowe the proffe of hym, howe that as a sonne with the father, so hath he with me bestowed hys seruice in the Gospell.
2:23Hym therfore I hope to sende, assone as I knowe howe it wyll go with me.
2:24I trust in the Lord, that I also my selfe shall come shortly.
2:25But I supposed it necessary to sende brother Epaphroditus vnto you, my companion in laboure and felowe souldier, youre Apostell, which also ministreth vnto me at nede.
2:26For he longed after you all, and was full of heuynes, because that ye had hearde saye, that he had bene sycke.
2:27And no doute he was sicke, in somoch that he was nye vnto deeth. But God had mercy on him: and not on him onely, but on me also, lest I shulde haue sorowe vpon sorowe.
2:28I sent hym therfore the more diligently: that when ye se hym, ye maye reioyce agayne, and that I maye be the lesse sorowfull.
2:29Receaue him therfore in the Lorde with all gladnes, and make moche of soche:
2:30because that for the worke of Chryst he went so farre, that he was nye vnto deeth, and regarded not hys lyfe: to fullfyll that, which was lackynge on youre parte to warde 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."