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Matthew's Bible 1537



1:1Paule and Tymotheus the seruauntes of Iesu Christe. To all the sainctes in Christe Iesu, which are at Philippos, wyth the Bishops and Deacons.
1:2Grace be wyth you and peace from God oure father, and from the Lorde Iesus Christe.
1:3I thanke my God wyth all remembraunce of you,
1:4all wayes in al my prayers for you, and praye wyth gladnes,
1:5because of the fellowshyppe, whyche ye haue in the Gospell from the fyrste daye vnto nowe:
1:6and am surelye certifyed of this, that he whyche began a good worke in you, shall go forth wyth it vntyll the daye of Iesus Christe,
1:7as it becommeth me so to iudge of you al, because I haue you in my herte, and haue you also euerye one companions of grace wyth me, euen in my boundes as I defende and stablishe the Gospel.
1:8For God beareth me recorde howe greatlye I longe after you all from the very herte rote in Iesus Christe.
1:9And this I praye, that youre loue maye increase more and more in knowledge, and in al fealinge,
1:10that ye myght accepte thinges moste excellent, that ye might be pure and such as should hurte no mannes conscience, vntyll the daye of Christe,
1:11fylled with the fruites of rightuousnes, which fruites come by Iesus Christ vnto the glory and laude of God.
1:12I woulde ye vnderstode brethren that my busines is happened vnto the greater furtheringe of the Gospel.
1:13So that my boundes in Christe are manifeste thorowe out al the iudgement hal and in al other places:
1:14In so much that many of the brethren in the Lorde are boldened thorowe my boundes, & dare more largely speake the worde without feare.
1:15Some there are whiche preache Christ of enuie and stryfe, and some of good wyll.
1:16The one parte preacheth Christe of strife and not purelye supposinge to adde more aduersitye to my boundes.
1:17The other parte of loue, because they se that I am set to defende the Gospell.
1:18What then? So, that Christe be preached al maner wayes, whether it be by occasion, or of true meaninge, I therin ioye: ye & will ioye.
1:19For I knowe that this shall chaunce to my saluacion, thorowe your prayer and mynystringe of the spyryte of Iesu Christe,
1:20as I hertely loke for and hope that in nothinge I shalbe ashamed, but that wyth all confydence as alwayes in tymes paste, euen so nowe Christe shall be magnyfyed in my bodye, whether it be thorowe lyfe, or else death.
1:21For Christe is to me lyfe, and death is to me auauntage.
1:22Yf it chaunce me to lyue in the fleshe, that is to me frutefull for to worke, and what to chose
1:23I wote not. I am constrayned of two thinges: I desire to be lowsed and to be wyth Christe, whiche thinge is best of all.
1:24Neuerthelesse to abyde in the fleshe is more nedeful for you.
1:25And thys am I sure of that I shall abyde, and wyth you all continue for the furtheraunce and ioye of your faith,
1:26that ye may more aboundantly reioyce in Iesus Christe thorowe me, by my comminge to you again.
1:27Onlye let your conuersation be as it becommeth the Gospell of Christ, that whether I come and se you, or els be absent, I maye yet heare of you, that ye continue in one spyrite, and in one soule, labouring as we do, to mayntayne the fayth of the Gospell,
1:28and in nothing fearing your aduersaries: whiche is to them a token of perdicion, and to you of saluation, and that of God.
1:29For vnto you it is geuen, that not onely ye should beleue on Christ, but also suffre for his sake,
1:30and haue euen the same fyght, whiche ye sawe me haue and now heare of me.
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.