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Matthew's Bible 1537



1:1These are the names of the chyldrene of Israel, whiche came to Eypte with Iacob, euery man wyth hys houshold:
1:2Ruben, Simeon, Leui, Iuda,
1:3Isachar, Zabulon, Beniamyn,
1:4Dan, Nephtali, Gad, and Aser.
1:5All these soules that came out of the loynes of Iacob were .lxx. and Ioseph was in Egypte all ready.
1:6When Ioseph was deade and all hys brethren, and all that generation:
1:7the chyldren of Israell grewe, encreased multiplied, & waxed exceadyng myghtye: so that the land was full of them.
1:8Then there rose vp a new kyng in Egipt whyche knewe not Iosephe.
1:9And he sayed vnto hys folke: beholde, the people of the chyldren of Israell are moo and myghtyer then wee.
1:10Come on, lette vs playe wyselye wyth theym: least they multiplye, and then (if there chaunce anye warre) they ioyne theym selues vnto oure enimyes and lighte agaynste vs, and so gette theym oute of the Lande.
1:11And he sette taskemasters ouer theim, to kepe them vnder wyth burthens. And they buylte vnto Pharao treasure cityes: Phyton, and Rameses.
1:12But the more they vexed theym, the more they multiplyed and grew: so that they abhorred the chyldren of Israell.
1:13And the Egyptians helde the chyldren of Israell in bondage wythoute mercye,
1:14and made theyr lyues bytter, vnto theym, wyth cruell laboure in clay and brycke, and all maner worcke in the fyeldes, and in all maner of seruice, whyche they caused theim to worcke cruellye.
1:15And the Kynge of Egypte sayed vnto the mydwyues of the Ebrues women, of which the ones name was Sephora, and the other Phua:
1:16when ye do the offyce of a mydwyfe to the women of the Hebrues, and see in the byrthe tyme that it is a boye, kyl it. But if it be a mayed, lette it lyue.
1:17Notwythstanding the mydwyues feared God, and dyd not as the Kynge of Egpt commaunded them: but saued the men chyldren.
1:18Then the Kynge of Egypte called for the mydwiues and said vnto them: why haue ye delt on thys maner and haue saued the men-children?
1:19And the midwiues answerd Pharao, that the Hebrues women were not as the women of Egipte: but were sturdy women, and were deliuered yer the midwyues came at them.
1:20And God therfore dealte wel to the mydwyues. And the people multiplyed and waxed very myghty.
1:21And bycause the mydwyues feared God, he made them houses.
1:22Then Pharao charged al his people saying Al the men children that are borne, cast into the ryuer, and saue the mayd children alyue.
Matthew's Bible 1537

Matthew's Bible 1537

The Matthew Bible, also known as Matthew's Version, was first published in 1537 by John Rogers, under the pseudonym "Thomas Matthew". It combined the New Testament of William Tyndale, and as much of the Old Testament as he had been able to translate before being captured and put to death, with the translations of Myles Coverdale as to the balance of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha, except the Apocryphal Prayer of Manasses. It is thus a vital link in the main sequence of English Bible translations.