Bible (Bishops')/Genesis

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Chapter 1[edit]

1 In the beginnyng GOD created ye heauen and the earth.

2And the earth was without fourme, and was voyde: & darknes [was] vpon the face of the deepe, and the spirite of God moued vpon the face of the waters.

3And God sayde, let there be light: and there was light.

4And God sawe the lyght that it was good: and God deuided the lyght from the darknes.

5And God called the light day, and the darknes night: and the euenyng & the mornyng were the first day.

6And God said: let there be a firmament betwene the waters, and let it make a diuision betwene waters and waters.

7And God made the firmament, and set the diuision betwene the waters which [were] vnder the firmament, and the waters that [were] aboue the firmament: and it was so.

8And God called the firmament the heauen: and the euenyng and the mornyng were the seconde day.

9And God saide: let the waters vnder the heauen be gathered together into one place, and let the drye lande appeare: and it was so.

10And God called the drie lande ye earth, and the gatheryng together of waters called he the seas: and God sawe that it was good.

11And God sayde: let the earth bryng foorth [both] budde and hearbe apt to seede, and fruitfull trees yeeldyng fruite after his kynde, which hath seede in it selfe vpon the earth: and it was so.

12And the earth brought forth [both] bud and hearbe apt to seede after his kynde, and tree yeeldyng fruite, whiche hath seede in it selfe, after his kynde.

13And God sawe that it was good. And the euenyng and the mornyng were the thirde day.

14And God sayde: let there be lyghtes in the firmament of the heauen, that they may deuide the day and the nyght, and let them be for signes, & seasons, and for dayes, and yeres. 15And let them be for lyghtes in the firmament of the heauen, that they maye geue light vpo the earth: and it was so.

16And God made two great lyghtes: a greater lyght to rule the day, and a lesse lyght to rule the nyght, and [he made] starres also.

17And God set them in the firmament of the heauen, to shyne vpon the earth,

18And to rule the day and nyght, and to make difference betweene the lyght and the darknesse: and God saw that it was good.

19And the euenyng and the mornyng were the fourth day.

20And God sayde: let the waters bryng foorth mouyng creature that hath lyfe, and foule that may flee vpon the earth in the open firmament of heauen.

21And God created great whales, and euery lyuyng & mouing creature, which the waters brought foorth after theyr kynde, & euery fethered foule after their kynde: and God saw that it was good.

22And God blessed them, saying: Be fruiteful, and multiplie, and fyll the waters of the sea, and let foule multiplie in the earth.

23And the euenyng and mornyng were the fift day.

24And God sayde: let the earth bryng foorth lyuyng creature after his kynde, cattell, worme, and beastes of the earth after his kynde: and it was so.

25God made the beast of the earth after his kynde, and cattell after his kynde, and euery thyng that creepeth vpon the earth after his kynde: and God sawe that it was good.

26God saide: let vs make man in our image, after our lykenesse, and let them haue rule of the fisshe of the sea, & of the foule of the ayre, and of cattell, & of all the earth, and of euery creepyng thyng that creepeth vpon the earth.

27So God created man in his owne image, in the image of God created he him, male and female created he them.

28And God blessed them, and God sayde vnto them: be fruitefull, & multiplie, and replenishe the earth, & subdue it, and haue dominion of the fisshe of the sea, and foule of the ayre, & of euery lyuing thing that moueth vpon the earth.

29And God sayde: beholde, I haue geuen you euery hearbe bearing seede, which is in the vpper face of all ye earth, and euery tree in the which is the fruite of a tree bearing seede, [that] they may be meate vnto you:

30To euery beast of the earth also, and to euery birde of the aire, and to euery such thing that creepeth vpon ye earth, which doth liue, I haue geuen euery greene hearbe for meate: and it was so.

31And God sawe euery thyng that he had made: and beholde, it was exceedyng good. And the euenyng & the mornyng were the sixth day.

Chapter 2[edit]

1The heauens also & the earth were finisshed, & all the hoast of them.

2And in the seuenth day God ended his worke whiche he had made. And the seueth day he rested from all his worke which he had made.

3And God blessed the seuenth daye, & sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his worke whiche God ordeyned to make.

4These are the generations of the heauens and of the earth when they were created, in the day when the Lord God made the earth and the heauens.

5And euery plant of the fielde before it was in the earth, and euery hearbe of the fielde before it grewe. For the Lord God had not [yet] caused it to rayne vppon the earth, neither [was there] a man to tyll the grounde.

6But there went vp a miste from the earth, & watered the whole face of the grounde.

7The Lorde God also dyd shape man, [euen] dust fro of the grounde, & breathed into his nosethrylles the breath of lyfe, and man was a lyuyng soule.

8And the Lord God planted a garden eastwarde in Eden, and there he put the man whom he had shapen.

9Moreouer, out of the grounde made the Lorde God to growe euery tree, that was fayre to syght, and pleasaunt to eate: The tree of lyfe in the myddest of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and euyll.

10And out of Eden there went foorth a flood to water the garden, and from thence it was deuided, and became into foure heades.

11The name of ye first is Pison, the same is it that compasseth the whole lande of Hauilah, where there is golde:

12And the golde of the lande is very good. There is also Bdellium, and the Onix stone.

13The name of the seconde riuer is Gyhon: the same is it that compasseth the whole lande of Ethiopia.

14The name of ye thirde ryuer is Hidekel, & it goeth toward the east side of Assiria: & the fourth ryuer is Euphrates.

15And the Lord God toke the man, and put hym in the garden of Eden, that he myght worke it, and kepe it.

16And the Lorde God commaunded the man, saying: eating, thou shalt eate of euery tree of the garden:

17But as touching the tree of knowlege of good and euyll thou shalt not eate of it: For in what daye so euer thou eatest therof, thou shalt dye the death.

18And the Lord God sayde: It is not good yt the man should be alone, I wyll make hym an helpe lyke vnto hym.

18And so out of the grounde the Lorde God had shapen euery beast of the field, and euery foule of the ayre, and brought it vnto man, that he myght see howe he woulde call it. For lykewyse as man hym selfe named euery lyuyng thyng, euen so was the name therof.

20And the man gaue names to all cattell, and foule of the ayre, & euery beast of the fielde: but for man founde he not an helpe lyke vnto hym.

21The Lord God caused a deepe sleepe to fall vpon Adam, and he slept, and he toke one of his ribbes, and closed vp the place with fleshe in steade therof.

22And the ribbe which the lord god had taken from man, made he a woman, & brought her vnto the man.

23And man saide: this is nowe bone of my bones, and fleshe of my fleshe, she shalbe called woman, because she was taken out of man.

24For this cause shall man leaue his father and his mother, and shalbe ioyned with his wyfe: and they shall become one fleshe.

25And they were both naked the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Chapter 3[edit]

1And the serpent was suttiller then euery beast of the fielde which ye lord God hadde made, and he sayde vnto the woman: yea, hath God saide, ye shall not eate of euery tree of the garden.

2And the woman sayde vnto the serpent: We eate of ye fruite of the trees of the garden.

3But as for the fruite of the tree which is in the myddes of the garden, God hath sayde, ye shall not eate of it, neither shal ye touche of it, lest peraduenture ye dye.

4And the serpent sayde vnto the woman: ye shall not dye the death.

5For God doth knowe, that the same day that ye eate therof, your eyes shall be opened, and ye shalbe eue as gods, knowyng good and euyll.

6And so the woman, seing that the same tree was good to eate of, and pleasaunt to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, toke of the fruite therof, and dyd eate, and gaue also vnto her husbande beyng with her, and he dyd eate.

7Then the eyes of them both were opened, and they knewe that they were naked, and they sowed fygge leaues together, & made them selues apernes.

8And they heard the voyce of the Lord God, walkyng in the garden in ye coole of the day: and Adam and his wyfe hyd themselues from the presence of the lord God amongst ye trees of the garden.

9And the Lorde called Adam, & sayde vnto hym: where art thou?

10Which sayde: I hearde thy voyce in the garden, and was afrayde because I was naked, and hyd my selfe.

11And he sayde: Who tolde thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou not eaten of the same tree, concernyng the which I commaunded thee that thou shouldest not eate of it?

12And Adam said: The woman whom thou gauest [to be] with me, she gaue me of the tree, and I dyd eate.

13And the Lord God sayd vnto the woman: Why hast thou done this? And the woman sayde: the serpent begyled me, and I dyd eate.

14And the lord god said vnto ye serpent: Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed aboue all cattel, and aboue euery beast of the fielde: vpon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eate all the dayes of thy lyfe.

15I wyll also put enmitie betweene thee & the woman, betweene thy seede and her seede: and it shall treade downe thy head, and thou shalt treade vpon his heele.

16But vnto the woman he sayde: I wyll very much multiplie thy sorowe, and thy griefes of chylde bearyng, In sorowe shalt thou bring foorth children: thy desire [shalbe] to thy husbande, and he shall haue the rule of thee.

17Unto Adam he sayde: Because thou hast hearkened vnto the voyce of thy wyfe, and hast eaten of the tree concernyng the whiche I commaunded thee, saying, thou shalt not eate of it, cursed is the grounde for thy sake, in sorowe shalt thou eate of it all the dayes of thy lyfe.

18Thorne also and thistle shall it bryng foorth to thee, and thou shalt eate the hearbe of the fielde.

19In the sweatte of thy face shalt thou eate thy breade, tyll thou be turned agayne into the ground, for out of it wast thou taken: For dust thou art, and into dust shalt thou be turned agayne.

20And Adam called his wyfes name Heua, because she was the mother of all lyuyng.

21Unto Adam also and to his wyfe dyd the Lorde God make garments of skynnes, and he put them on.

22And the Lorde God sayde: Beholde, the man is become as one of vs, in knowing good and euyll: And now lest peraduenture he put foorth his hande, and take also of the tree of lyfe and eate, and lyue for euer. 23Therefore the Lorde God sent hym foorth fro the garden of Eden, to worke the grounde whence he was taken.

24And so he droue out man, and at the east side of the garde of Eden he set Cherubins, and a fierie two edged sworde, to kepe the way of the tree of lyfe.

Chapter 4[edit]

1And Adam knewe Heua his wyfe, who conceauing bare Cain, saying: I haue gotten a man of the Lorde.

2And she proceading, brought foorth his brother Habel, and Habel was a keper of sheepe, but Cain was a tyller of the grounde.

3And in processe of dayes it came to passe, that Cain brought of the fruite of the grounde, an oblation vnto ye lorde:

4Habel also brought of the firstlynges of his sheepe, & of the fatte thereof: and the Lorde had respect vnto Habel, and to his oblation.

5But vnto Cain and to his offeryng he had no respect: for the whiche cause Cain was exceedyng wroth, and his countenaunce abated.

6And the Lorde saide vnto Cain: why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenaunce abated?

7If thou do well, shalt thou not receaue? and yf thou doest not well, lyeth not thy sinne at the doores? Also vnto thee shall his desire be, and thou shalt haue dominion ouer hym.

8And Cain talked with Habel his brother: and it came to passe when they were in the fielde, Cain rose vp agaynst Habel his brother, & slewe him.

9And the Lorde said vnto Cain: where is Habel thy brother? Which sayde I wote not: Am I my brothers keper?

10And he sayde: What hast thou done? the voyce of thy brothers blood cryeth vnto me out of the grounde.

11And nowe art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receaue thy brothers blood from thy hande. . 12If thou tyll the grounde, she shall not yeelde vnto thee her strength. A fugitiue and a vacabound shalt thou be in the earth.

13And Cain sayde vnto the Lord: My iniquitie is more then that it may be forgeuen.

14Beholde, thou hast cast me out this day from the vpper face of the earth, & from thy face shall I be hyd, fugitiue also and a vacabounde shall I be in the earth: and it shall come to passe, that euery one that fyndeth me shal slay me.

15And the Lorde said vnto him: Uerely whosoeuer slayeth Cain, he shalbe punished seuen folde. And the Lorde set a marke vpon Cain, lest any man fyndyng hym shoulde kyll hym.

16And Cain went out from the presence of the Lorde, & dwelt in the lande of Nod, eastwarde from Eden.

17Cain also knewe his wyfe, whiche conceaued and bare Henoch, and buyldyng a citie, he called the name of the same citie after the name of his sonne Henoch.

18Unto ye same Henoch was borne Irad: Irad begat Mehuiael, Mehuiael begat Methusael, Methusael begat Lamech.

19And Lamech toke vnto hym two wyues, the name of the one was Ada, and the name of the other was Sella.

20And Ada bare Iabel, which was the father of such as dwel in the tentes, and of such as haue cattell.

21His brothers name was Iubal, which was the father of such as handle Harpe and Organ.

22And Sella also bare Thubalcain, which wrought cunnyngly euery craft of brasse and of iron, the sister of Thubalcain was Noema.

23And Lamech saide vnto his wiues Ada and Sella: Heare my voyce ye wyues of Lamech, hearken vnto my speache: for I haue slayne a man to the woundyng of my selfe, & a young man to myne owne punishment.

24If Cain shalbe auenged seuen folde, truely Lamech seuentie tymes & seuen tymes.

25Adam knewe his wyfe agayne, and she bare a sonne, and called his name Seth: For God [sayde she] hath appoynted me another seede in steade of Habel whom Cain slewe.

26And vnto the same Seth also there was borne a sonne, and he called his name Enos: then began men to make inuocation in the name of the Lorde.

Chapter 5[edit]

1This is the booke of the generations of Ada. In the day that God created man, in the lykenesse of God made he hym.

2Male and female created he them, and blessed them, and called their name Adam in the daye of their creation.

3And Adam lyued an hundreth and thirtie yeres, and begate a sonne in his owne lykenesse, after his image, & called his name Seth.

4Al the dayes of Adam after he had begotten Seth, were eyght hudreth yeres, and he begat sonnes and daughters.

5And all the dayes that Adam lyued were nine hundreth and thirtie yeres, and he dyed.

6Seth lyued an hundreth & fyue yeres, and begat Enos.

7And Seth lyued after he begat Enos eyght hundreth and seuen yeres, and begat sonnes and daughters.

8And all the dayes of Seth were nine hundreth & twelue yeres, and he dyed.

9Enos lyued ninetie yeres, and begate Kenan.

10And Enos lyued after he begate Kenan eyght hundreth & fiftie yeres, and begate sonnes and daughters.

11And all the dayes of Enos were nine hundreth & fyue yeres, and he dyed.

12Kenan lyued seuentie yeres, and begate Mahalaleel.

13And Kenan liued after he begate Mahalaleel eyght hudreth & fourtie yeres, and begate sonnes and daughters.

14And all the dayes of Kenan were nine hundreth and ten yeres, and he dyed.

15Mahalaleel liued sixtie and fiue yeres, and begate Iered.

16And againe Mahalaleel liued after he begate Iered eyght hundreth & thirtie yeres, and begate sonnes & daughters.

17And al the dayes of Mahalaleel, were eyght hundreth ninetie and fiue yeres, and he dyed.

18Iered lyued an hundreth sixtie & two yeres, and he begate Henoch.

19And Iered liued after he begat Henoch, eyght hundreth yeres, & begate sonnes and daughters.

20And all the dayes of Iered were nine hundreth sixtie and two yeres, & he died.

21Henoch lyued sixtie and fiue yeres, & begate Methuselah.

22And Henoch walked with God after he begate Methuselah three hundreth yeres, and begate sonnes & daughters.

23And al ye dayes of Henoch were three hundreth sixtie and fiue yeres.

24And Henoch walked with God: and he was no more seene, for God toke him away.

25Methuselah also lyued an hundreth eyghtie and seue yeres, and begate Lamech.

26And agayne Methusalah lyued after he begat Lamech seue hundreth eightie and two yeres, and begate sonnes and daughters.

27And all the dayes of Methuselah were nine hundreth sixtie & nine yeres, and he dyed.

28Lamech liued an hundreth eyghtie & two yeres, and begate a sonne,

29And called his name Noah, saying: This same shall comfort vs as concerning our worke, & sorowe of our handes about the earth, which God cursed.

30And Lamech lyued after he begat Noah, fiue hudreth ninetie & fiue yeres, and begate sonnes and daughters.

31And all the dayes of Lamech were seuen hundreth seuentie and seue yeres, and he dyed.

32Noah was fiue hundreth yere olde, & Noah begate Sem, Ham, & Iapheth.

Chapter 6[edit]

1And it came to passe, that when men began to be multiplied in the vpper face of the earth, there were daughters borne vnto the:

2And the sonnes of God also sawe the daughters of men that they were fayre, & they toke them wyues, such as theyliked, from among them all.

3And the Lorde sayde: My spirite shall not alwayes stryue with man, because he is fleshe: yet his dayes shalbe an hundreth and twentie yeres.

4But there were Giantes in those dayes in ye earth: yea & after that the sonnes of God came vnto the daughters of me, and hadde begotten chyldren of them, the same became myghtie men of the worlde, and men of renowme.

5But God sawe that the malice of man was great in the earth, and all the imagination of the thoughtes of his heart [was] only euyll euery day.

6And it repented the Lord that he had made man vpon the earth, & he was touched with sorowe in his heart.

7And the Lorde sayde: I wyll from the vpper face of the earth, destroy man whom I haue created, from man vnto cattell, vnto worme, and vnto foules of the ayre: For it repenteth me that I haue made them.

8But Noah founde grace in the eyes of the Lorde.

9These are the generations of Noah: Noah [was] a iust man, and perfect in his generations: And Noah walked with God.

10Noah begat three sonnes, Sem, Ham, and Iapheth.

11The earth also was corrupt before God, and the same earth was fylled with crueltie.

12And God loked vpon the earth, and beholde it was corrupt: for all fleshe had corrupt his way vpon earth.

13And God sayd vnto Noah: the ende of all fleshe is come before me, for the earth is fylled with crueltie through them, and beholde I wyl destroy them with the earth.

14Make thee an Arke of Pine trees: Habitations shalt thou make in the arke, and shalt pitch it within and with out with pitche.

15And of this fashion shalt thou make it: The length of the arke [shalbe] three hundreth cubites, the breadth of it fiftie cubites, & the height of it thirtie cubites.

16A wyndowe shalt thou make in the arke, and in a cubite shalt thou finishe it aboue: but the doore of the arke shalt thou set in the syde therof. With three loftes one aboue another shalt thou make it.

17And beholde, I, euen I do bryng a fludde of waters vpon the earth, to destroy all fleshe wherin is the breath of lyfe vnder heauen, and euery thyng that is in the earth shall perishe.

18With thee also wyll I make my couenaunt: and thou shalt come into the arke, thou and thy sonnes, thy wife, and thy sonnes wyues with thee.

19And of euery lyuyng thyng of all fleshe, a payre of euery one shalt thou bryng into the arke to kepe them alyue with thee, they shalbe male & female.

20Of fethered foules also after their kinde, and of all cattell after their kinde: of euery worme of the earth after his kynde, two of euery one shall come vnto thee, to kepe [them] alyue.

21And take thou with thee of all meate that is eaten, and thou shalt lay it vp with thee, that it may be meate for thee and them.

22Noah therfore dyd according vnto all that God commaunded hym [euen] so dyd he.

Chapter 7[edit]

1And the Lord said vnto Noah: come thou and al thy house into ye arke: for thee haue I seen ryghteous before me in this generation.

2Of euery cleane beast thou shalt take with thee seuen and seuen, the male and his female, but of vncleane cattell two, the male and his female.

3Of foules also of the ayre seuen and seuen, the male and the female, to kepe seede alyue vpon the face of all the whole earth.

4For after seuen dayes, I wyl rayne vpon the earth fourtie dayes and fourtie nightes: & all substaunce that I haue made, wyll I destroy from the vpper face of the earth.

5Noah therfore did according vnto all that God commaunded him. 6And Noah was sixe hundreth yere olde, when the fluddes of water came vpon the earth.

7And Noah came, and his sonnes, and his wyfe, and his sonnes wyues with him to the arke, because of the waters of the fludde.

8Of cleane beastes, and of vncleane beastes, and of foules, and of euery such as creepeth vpon the earth,

9There came two & two vnto Noah vnto the arke, the male and the female, as God had commaunded Noah.

10And so it came to passe after seuen dayes, that the waters of the flud were vpon the earth.

11In the sixe hundreth yere of Noahs lyfe, in the seconde moneth, the seuenteene day of ye moneth, in the same day were all the fountaynes of the great deepe broken vp, and the wyndowes of heauen were opened.

12And the rayne was vpon the earth fourtie dayes and fourtie nightes.

13In the selfe same day, entred Noah, and Sem, and Ham, and Iapheth the sonnes of Noah, and Noahs wyfe, and the three wiues of his sonnes with the into the arke.

14They, and euery beast after his kinde, and al the cattel after their kinde, yea, and euery worme that creepeth vpon the grounde after his kinde, and euerye byrde after his kinde, and euery fleeyng and fethered foule.

15And they came vnto Noah into the arke, two and two, of all fleshe wherein is the breath of lyfe.

16And they entryng in, came male and female of all fleshe, as God had commaunded him: and God shut hym in rounde about.

17And the fludde came fourtie dayes vpon the earth, and the waters were increased, and bare vp the arke, whiche was lyft vp aboue the earth.

18The waters also waxed strong, and were encreased exceedyngly vpon the earth: and so the arke went vpon the vpper face of the waters.

19And the waters preuayled exceedingly vpon the earth, and al the high hilles that are vnder the whole heauen, were couered.

20Fyfteene cubites vpward did the waters preuayle, so that the mountaynes were couered.

21And all fleshe perished, that moued vpon the earth, in foule, in cattell, in beast, and in euery worme that creepeth vpon the earth, yea, and euery man also.

22So that all that had the breath of lyfe in his nostrilles throughout all that was on the drye lande, dyed.

23And euery substaunce was destroyed that remayned and that was in the vpper part of the grounde, both man and cattell, and worme, and the foule of the heauen, they were euen destroyed from of the earth, and Noah onlye remayned aliue, and they that were with him in the arke.

24But the water preuayled vpon the earth, a hundreth and fiftie dayes.

Chapter 8[edit]

1And God remebred Noah and euery beast, and all the cattell that was with hym in the arke: and God made a wynde to passe vpon the earth, and the waters ceassed.

2The fountaynes also of the deepe, and the windowes of heauen were stopped, and the rayne from heauen was restrayned.

3And the waters from the earth returned, goyng and comming agayne: and after the ende of the hundreth and fiftith day, the waters were abated.

4And in the seuen moneth, in the seuenteenth day of ye moneth, the arke rested vpon the mountaynes of Armenia.

5And the waters were goyng and decreasing vntyll the tenth moneth: In the tenth moneth, and in the first day of the same moneth, were the toppes of the mountaynes seene.

6And after the ende of the fourtith day, it came to passe [that] Noah opened the wyndowe of the arke which he had made,

7And he sent foorth a Rauen, whiche went out, goyng foorth, and returnyng, vntyll the waters were dryed vp vpon the earth.

8And agayne he sent foort a Doue from him, that he myght see yf the waters were abated from the vpper face of the grounde.

9And the Doue founde no rest for the sole of her foote, and she returned vnto him into the arke, for the waters [were] in the vpper face of the whole earth, Then he put foorth his hande, & tooke her, and pulled her to him into the arke.

10And he abode yet other seuen dayes, and agayne he sent foorth the Doue out of the arke:

11And the Doue came to hym in the euentide, and loe, in her mouth was an Oliue leafe that she had pluct, wherby Noah dyd knowe that the waters were abated vpon the earth.

12And he abode yet other seuen dayes, and sent foorth the Doue, whiche returned not vnto him any more.

13And it came to passe, in the sixe hundreth and one yere, in ye first moneth, the first [day] of the moneth, the waters were dryed vp from the earth, and Noah remoued the coueryng of the arke, and looked, and beholde, the vpper face of the grounde was dryed vp.

14And in the seconde moneth, in the seuen and twentie day of the moneth was the earth dryed.

15And God spake vnto Noah, saying:

16Go foorth of the arke, thou, and thy wife, thy sonnes, and thy sonnes wiues with thee.

17And bryng foorth with thee euery beast that is with thee, of all fleshe, both foule and cattell, and euery worme that crepeth vpon the earth, that they may breede in the earth, and bring foorth fruite, and multiplie vpon earth.

18And so Noah came foorth, and his sonnes, his wyfe, and his sonnes wiues with hym:

19Euery beast also, and euery worme, euery foule, and whatsoeuer crepeth vpon the earth after their kyndes, went out of the arke.

20And Noah builded an aulter vnto ye Lorde, and tooke of euery cleane beast, and of euery cleane foule, & offred burnt offering on the aulter

21And the Lorde smelled a sweete [or quiet] sauour, and the Lord sayde in his heart: I wyll not hencefoorth curse the grounde any more for mans sake, for the imagination of mans heart is euyll [euen] from his youth: neyther wyll I smyte any more euery thyng lyuyng, as I haue done.

22Yet therefore shall not sowyng tyme and haruest, colde and heate, sommer and wynter, day and nyght, ceasse all the dayes of the earth.

Chapter 9[edit]

1And god blessed Noah, and his sonnes, & saide vnto them, be fruitfull and multiplie, and replenishe the earth.

2The feare of you, & the dread of you, shalbe vpon euery beast of the earth, and vpon euery foule of the ayre, vpon al that moueth vpon the earth, and vpon all the fishes of the sea, into your hande are they deliuered.

3Euery thyng that moueth it selfe, and that liueth, shall be meate for you, euen as the greene hearbe haue I geue you all thinges.

4But flesh in the life therof [which is] the blood therof, shall ye not eate

5And surely your blood of your lyues wyl I require: at the hande of euery beast wyll I require it, and at the hand of man, at the hande of mans brother wyll I require the life of man.

6Who so sheddeth mans blood, by man shall his blood be shed, for in the image of God made he man.

7But be fruitefull, and multiplie you, breede in the earth, and increase therein.

8God spake also vnto Noah, & to his sonnes with hym, saying:

9Beholde, I, euen I establishe my couenaunt with you, and with your seede after you:

10And with euery liuing creature that is with you, in foule, in cattell, in euery beast of the earth whiche is with you, of all that go out of the arke, whatsoeuer liuing thyng of the earth it be.

11And my couenaunt I make with you, that from hencefoorth euery fleshe be not rooted out with the waters of a fludde, neither shall there be a fludde to destroy the earth any more.

12And God sayde: this is the token of the couenaut which I make betweene me and you, and euery lyuyng creature that is with you, for euer.

13I do set my bowe in the cloude, and it shall be for a token betweene me and the earth.

14And it shall come to passe, that when I bryng a cloude vpon the earth, the bowe also shalbe seene in ye same cloude.

15And I wyll thinke vpon my couenaunt whiche is betweene me and you, and euery liuing creature in all fleshe: and it shall no more come to passe, that waters make a fludde to destroy all fleshe.

16And the bowe shalbe in the cloude, and I wyll loke vpon it, that I may thinke vpon the euerlasting couenaunt, betweene god and euery liuing creature in all fleshe that is vpon the earth.

17And God sayd vnto Noah, This is the token of the couenaunt which I haue made betweene me and all fleshe that is vpon earth.

18The sonnes of Noah goyng foorth of the arke, were Sem, Ham, & Iapheth: and Ham is the father of Chanaan.

19These are the three sonnes of Noah, & of them was the whole earth ouerspread.

20Noah also began to be an husbandman, and planted a vineyarde.

21And he drynkyng of the wyne, was dronken, and vncouered within his tent.

22And Ham the father of Chanaan, seeyng the nakednesse of his father, tolde his two brethren without.

23And Sem and Iapheth takyng a garment, layde it vpon their shoulders, and commyng backwarde, couered the nakednesse of their father, namely their faces beyng turned away, lest they should see their fathers nakednesse.

24And Noah awoke from his wine, and knewe what his younger sonne had done vnto him.

25And he sayde: cursed be Chanaan, a seruaunt of seruauntes shall he be vnto his brethren.

26He sayde moreouer: blessed be the Lord God of Sem, and Chanaan shalbe his seruaunt.

27God shall enlarge Iapheth: and he shall dwell in the tentes of Sem, and Chanaan shalbe his seruaunt.

28Noah liued after the fludde three hundred and fiftie yeres.

29And all the dayes of Noah, were nine hundred and fiftie yeres, and he dyed.

Chapter 10[edit]

1These are the generations of the sonnes of Noah, Sem, Ham, and Iapheth: and vnto them were chyldren borne after the fludde.

2The children of Iapheth: Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Iauan, and Thubal, Mesech, and Thiras.

3The children of Gomer: Askenas, and Ripath, and Thogarma.

4The children of Iauan: Elisa, & Tharsis, Kitthim, and Donanim.

5Of these were the Iles of the gentiles deuided in their landes, euery one after his tongue, and after his kinrede, in their nations.

6The children of Ham, Chus: and Mizraim, and Phut, and Chanaan.

7And the children of Chus: Seba, and Hauilah, and Sabthah, and Raamah, and Sabtheca.

8The children of Raamah: Seba, and Dedan, Chus also begat Nimrod.

9The same began to be mightie in the earth, for he was a mightie hunter before the Lorde: Wherfore it is sayde, Euen as Nimrod the mightie hunter before the Lorde.

10The begynnyng of his kingdome was Babel, and Erech, & Arab, and Calueh, in the lande of Sinar.

11Out of that lande came Assur, and builded Niniue, and the citie Rehoboth, and Calah,

12Resen also betweene Niniue & Chalah, and it is a great citie.

13Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Nephthuim,

14Pathrusim also, and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philisthiim) & Capthorim.

15Chanaan begat Sidon his first borne sonne, and Heth,

16And Iebusi, and Emori, and Girgasi,

17And Hiui also, and Arki, and Sini,

18And Aruadi, and Semari, and Hamathi: and afterwarde were the kinredes of the Chanaanites spread abrode.

19The border of the Chanaanites was from Sidon as thou commest to Gerar vnto Azah, and as thou goest vnto Sodoma and Gomorra, and Adama, and Seboim, euen vnto Lesa.

20These are the children of Ham in their kinredes, in their tongues, countreys, and in their nations

21Unto Sem also the father of all the children of Heber, and elder brother of Iapheth, there were chyldren borne.

22The chyldren of Sem: Elam, and Assur, Arpharad, and Lud, and Aram.

23The chyldren of Aram: Us, and Hul, Gether, and Mas.

24Arphaxad begat Selah, and Selah begat Heber.

25Unto Heber also were borne two sonnes: the name of the one was Peleg, for in his dayes was the earth deuided, and his brothers name was Iactan.

26Iactan begat Almodad, and Saleph, Hazarmaueth, and Ierah,

27And Hadoram, and Uzal, and Dicla,

28Obal also, and Abimael, and Seba,

29And Ophir, and Hauilah, and Iobab, all these were the chyldren of Iactan.

30And their dwelling was from Mesa, as thou goest vnto Sapher, a mount of the east.

31These are the chyldren of Sem after their kinredes and tongues, in their landes and nations.

32And so these are the kinredes of the chyldren of Noah after their generations in their peoples: and of these were the nations deuided in the earth after the flood.

Chapter 11[edit]

1And all the whole earth was of one language and lyke speache.

2And when they went foorth from the east, they founde a playne in the lande of Sinar, and there they abode.

3And one sayd to another: Come, let vs prepare brycke, and burne them in the fire. And they had brycke for stones, and slyme had they in steade of morter.

4And they sayd: Go to, let vs buylde vs a citie and a towre, whose toppe may reache vnto heauen, and let vs make vs a name, lest peraduenture we be scattered abrode into the vpper face of the whole earth.

5But the Lorde came downe to see the citie and towre whiche the chyldren of men buylded.

6And the Lorde sayd: Beholde, the people is one, and they haue all one language, and this they begin to do: neither is there any let to them from all those thinges whiche they haue imagined to do.

7Come on, let vs go downe, and there confounde their language, that euerye one perceaue not his neighbours speache.

8And so the Lorde scattered them from that place into the vpper face of all the earth, and they left of to buylde that citie.

9And therfore is the name of it called Babel, because the Lord dyd there confounde the language of all the earth: and from thence dyd the Lorde scatter them abrode vpon the face of all the earth.

10These are the generations of Sem: Sem was an hundreth yere old, and begat Arphaxad two yeres after the flood.

11And Sem liued after he begat Arphaxad fiue hundreth yeres, and begat sonnes and daughters.

12Arphaxad liued fiue and thirtie yeres, and begat Selah.

13And Arphaxad liued after he begat Selah, foure hundreth and three yeres: and begat sonnes and daughters.

14Selah liued thirtie yeres, and begat Heber.

15And Selah liued after he begat Heber, foure hundreth and three yeres, and begat sonnes and daughters.

16And Heber liued thirtie and foure yeres, and begat Peleg.

17And Heber liued after he begat Peleg, foure hundreth and thirtie yeres: and begat sonnes and daughters.

18And Peleg liued thirtie yeres, and begat Reu.

19And Peleg lyued after he begat Reu two hundreth and nyne yeres: and begat sonnes and daughters.

20And Reu liued two and thirtie yeres, and begat Serug.

21And Reu lyued after he begat Serug two hundreth and seuen yeres: and begat sonnes and daughters.

22>And Serug liued thirtie yere, and begat Nachor.

23And Serug liued after he begat Nachor, two hundreth yeres: and begat sonnes and daughters.

24And Nachor lyued nyne and twentie yeres, and begat Tarah.

25And Nachor liued after he begat Tarah an hundreth and nineteene yeres: and begat sonnes and daughters.

26Tarah liued seuentie yeres, and begat Abram, Nachor, and Haran.

27These are the generations of Tarah: Tarah begat Abram, Nachor, and Haran: Haron begat Lot.

28And Haran dyed in the presence of his father Tarah, in the lande of his natiuitie, euen in Ur of the Chaldees.

29Abram & Nachor toke them wiues: the name of Abrams wife [was] Sarai, and the name of Nachors wyfe, [was] Milcha, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcha, & the father of Iischa.

30But Sarai was baren, and had no chylde.

31And Tarah toke Abram his sonne, and Lot the sonne of Haran his sonnes sonne, and Sarai his daughter in lawe his sonne Abrams wyfe, and they departed together from Ur of the Chaldees, that they myght go into the land of Chanaan: and they came vnto Haran, and dwelt there.

32And the dayes of Tarah, were two hundreth and fiue yeres, and Tarah died in Haran.

Chapter 12[edit]

1And the Lord had sayde vnto Abram: get thee out of thy coutrey, and out of thy nation, and from thy fathers house, vnto a lande that I wyll shewe thee:

2And I will make of thee a great people, and wyll blesse thee, and make thy name great, that thou shalt be [euen] a blessyng.

3I wyll also blesse them that blesse thee, and curse the that curseth thee: and in thee shall all kinredes of the earth be blessed.

4And so Abram departed, euen as the Lorde had spoken vnto hym, and Lot went with him: and Abram was seuentie and fiue yeres old when he departed out of Haran.

5And Abram toke Sarai his wyfe, and Lot his brothers sonne, & all their substaunce that they had in possession, and the soules that they had begotten in Haran, and they departed, that they might come into the lande of Chanaan: and into the lande of Chanaan they came.

6Abram passed through the lande, vnto the place of Sichem, vnto the plaine of Moreh. And the Chanaanite [was] then in the lande.

7And the Lorde appearyng vnto Abram, sayd, Unto thy seede wyl I geue this lande: And there buylded he an aulter vnto the Lorde whiche appeared vnto hym.

8And remouyng thence vnto a mountayne that was eastwarde from Bethel, he pitched his tent, hauyng Bethel on the west syde, & Hai on the east: and there he buyldyng an aulter vnto the Lorde, dyd call vpon the name of the Lorde.

9And Abram toke his iourney, goyng and iourneying towarde the south.

10[And] the there was a famine in that lande, and therfore went Abram downe into Egypt, that he myght soiourne there, for there was a greeuons famine in the lande.

11And when he was come neare to enter into Egypt, he sayde vnto Sarai his wife: beholde, I knowe that thou art a fayre woman to loke vpon:

12Therfore shall it come to passe, that when the Egyptians see thee, they shall say, she is his wyfe, and they wyll kyll me, but they wyll saue thee aliue:

13Say I pray thee, that thou art my sister, that I may fare well for thy sake, and that my soule may liue through thy occasion.

14And so when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians behelde the woman, for she was very fayre.

15The princes also of Pharao sawe her, and comended her before Pharao, and the woman was taken into Pharaos house.

16And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheepe and oxen, and he asses, menseruauntes, & maydeseruauntes, she asses and camelles.

17But the Lorde plagued Pharao and his house with great plagues, because of Sarai Abrams wyfe.

18And Pharao callyng Abram, sayde: why hast thou done this vnto me?

19Why diddest thou not tel me, that she was thy wyfe? why saydest thou, she is my sister? and so I might haue taken her to be my wyfe? Nowe therfore beholde, there is thy wyfe, take her, and go thy way.

20And Pharao gaue his men commaundement concerning him: and they conuayed him foorth, and his wyfe, and all that he had.

Chapter 13[edit]

1And so Abram gat hym vp out of Egypt, he and his wife, and al that he had, and Lot with hym, toward the South.

2And Abram was very ryche in cattell, in siluer, and in golde.

3And he went foorth on his iourney, from the south towarde Bethel, vnto the place where his tent had ben at the begynnyng, betwene Bethel and Hai:

4Euen vnto the place of the aulter whiche he had made there at the first, and there Abram called on the name of the Lorde.

5Lot also whiche went with Abram, had sheepe, cattell, and tentes.

6And the lande was not able to beare them, that they might dwell together: for theyr substaunce was great, so that they coulde not dwell together.

7And there fell a stryfe betwene the heardmen of Abrams cattell, and the heardmen of Lottes cattell: Moreouer, the Chanaanites, and Pherisites dwelled at that tyme in the lande.

8Then sayde Abram vnto Lot: let there be no strife I pray thee betweene thee and me, and betweene my heardmen and thyne, for we be brethren.

9Is not the whole lande before thee? Seperate thy selfe I pray thee from me: yf thou wilt take the left hande, I wyll go to the ryght: or yf thou depart to the ryght hande, I wyll go to the left.

10And so Lot lyftyng vp his eyes, behelde all the countrey of Iordane, whiche was well watred euery where before the Lorde destroyed Sodome and Gomorrh, euen as the garden of the Lorde, lyke the lande of Egypt as thou commest vnto Soar.

11Then Lot chose all the playne of Iordane, and toke his iourney from the east, and so departed the one [brother] from the other.

12Abram dwelled in the lande of Chanaan, and Lot abode in the cities of the playne, and pitched his tent vntill Sodome.

13But the men of Sodome [were] wicked, and exceedyng sinners agaynst the Lorde.

14And the Lorde saide vnto Abram, after that Lot was departed fro hym: Lyft vp thyne eyes nowe, and loke fro the place where thou art, northwarde, southward, eastwarde, and westward:

15For all the lande whiche thou seest, wyll I geue vnto thee, and to thy seede for euer.

16And I wyl make thy seede as the dust of the earth: so that yf a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seede also be numbred.

17Arise, and walke about in the lande, after the length of it, & after the breadth of it: for I wyll geue it vnto thee.

18Then Abram taking downe his tent, came and dwelled in the playne of Mamre, which is in Hebron, & buylded there an aulter vnto the Lorde.

Chapter 14[edit]

1And it came to passe in the dayes of Amraphel kyng of Sinar, Arioch kyng of Elasar, Chodorlaomer kyng of Elam, and Thidai kyng of the nations:

2[These] made warre with Bera kyng of Sodome, and with Birsa kyng of Gomorrhe, and with Sinab kyng of Adma, and with Semeber kyng of Seboiim, and with the kyng of Bela, the same is Soar.

3All these were ioyned together in the vale of Siddim, where [nowe] the salt sea is.

4For twelue yere were they subiecte to kyng Chodorlaomer, and in the thirteenth yere rebelled.

5And in the fourteenth yere came Chodorlaomer and the kynges that were with hym, and smote the Giauntes in Astaroth-carnaim, and the Lusimes in Ham, and the Emims in the playne of Cariathaim.

6And the Horites in their mount Seir, vnto the playne of Paran, which bordereth vpon the wyldernesse.

7And they returnyng, came to En-mispat, which is Cades, and smote all the countrey of the Amalecites, and also the Amorites that dwelt in Hazezon-thamar.

8And there went out the kyng of Sodome, and the kyng of Gomorrhe, and the kyng of Adma, and the kyng of Seboiim, and the kyng of Bela, whiche is Soar.

9And they ioyned battell with them in the vale of Siddim: that is to saye, with Chodorlaomer the kyng of Elam, and with Thidal kyng of nations, and with Amraphel kyng of Sinar, and with Arioch kyng of Elasar, foure kynges agaynst fyue.

10And the vale of Siddim was full of slyme pyttes: and the kynges of Sodome and Gomorrhe fledde, and fell there, and they that remayned, fledde to the mountayne.

11And they takyng all the goodes of Sodome and Gomorrhe, and all their vittayles, went their way.

12And they caryed awaye Lot also Abrams brothers sonne, & his goodes, (for he dwelled in Sodome) and departed.

13And there came one that had escaped, and tolde Abram the Hebrewe, whiche dwelled in the playne of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eschol, and brother of Aner, whiche were confederate with Abram.

14When Abram hearde that his brother was taken, he armed his exercised [seruauntes] whiche were borne in his owne house, three hundreth & eyghteen, and folowed on them vntyll Dan.

15And he and his seruauntes were parted [in companies] agaynst the by nyght, and smote them, and pursued them vnto Hoba, which lyeth on the left hand of Damascus.

16And recouered all the goodes, and also brought agayne his brother Lot, & his goodes, the wome also, & the people.

17After that he returned agayne from the slaughter of Chodorlaomer, and of the kynges that were with hym, came the kyng of Sodome foorth to meete hym in the valey Sauch, which is the kynges dale.

18And Melchisedech kyng of Salem brought foorth breade and wine: & he [was] the priest of the most highest God,

19And blessed hym, saying: Blessed be Abram vnto the hygh God possessour of heauen and earth.

20And blessed [be] the high God, which hath deliuered thyne enemies vnto thy hande: and Abram gaue him tithes of all.

21And the kyng of Sodome sayde vnto Abram: geue me the soules, and take the goodes to thy selfe.

22And Abram aunswered the kyng of Sodome: I haue lyft vp my hande vnto the Lord the hye God, possessour of heauen and earth,

23That I wyll not take of all that is thyne so muche as a threede or shoe latchet, lest thou shouldest saye, I haue made Abram ryche:

24Saue onlye that which the young men haue eaten, and the portions of the men which went with Aner, Eschol, & Mamre, which shal take their portios.

Chapter 15[edit]

1After these thynges, the worde of the Lorde came vnto Abram in a vision, saying: feare not Abram I am thy shielde [and] thy exceedyng great rewarde.

2And Abram sayde: Lorde God what wylt thou geue me when I go chyldelesse, the chylde of the stewardship of my house is this Eleazer of Damasco?

3And Abram saide: See, to me thou hast geuen no seede: lo [borne] in my house is myne heire.

4And beholde, the worde of the Lorde came vnto hym, saying, he shall not be thine heire: but one that shall come out of thine own bowels shalbe thine heire.

5And he brought hym out, and sayde: loke vp vnto heauen, and tell the starres, if thou be able to number them. And he sayde vnto hym: euen so shall thy seede be.

6And [Abram] beleued the Lord, & that counted he to hym for righteousnesse.

7And agayne he saide vnto him: I am the Lorde that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to geue thee this lande, & that thou myghtest inherite it.

8And he sayde: Lorde God wherby shall I knowe that I shall inherite it?

9He aunswered vnto hym: Take an Heyfer of three yere olde, & a she Goate of three yere olde, and a three yere olde Ramme, a turtle Doue also, & a young Pigeon.

10He toke therefore all these vnto hym, and deuided them in the middes, and layde euery peece one ouer agaynst another: but the birdes deuided he not.

11And when the foules fell on the carkases, Abram droue them away.

12And whe the sunne was downe, there fell a deepe sleepe vpon Abram: and lo, an horrour of great darknesse fell vpon hym.

13And he sayde vnto Abram: Knowe this of a suertie, that thy seede shalbe a straunger in a lande that is not theirs, and shall serue them, and they shall entreate them euyll foure hundreth yeres.

14But the nation whom they shall serue wyll I iudge: and afterward shall they come out with great substaunce.

15And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace, and shalt be buried in a good olde age.

16But in the fourth generation they shal come hyther agayne: for the wickednesse of the Amorites is not yet full.

17And so it was, that when the sonne went downe, and it was twylyght, beholde a smokyng furnesse and a fire brande goyng betweene the said peeces.

18In that same day the Lorde made a couenaunt with Abram, saying: vnto thy seede haue I geuen this lande, fro the ryuer of Egypt, euen vnto the great ryuer, the ryuer of Euphrates.

19The Kenites and the Kenizites, and the Cadmonites,

20And the Hethites, and the Perizites, and the Giauntes,

21The Amorites also, and the Chanaanites, and Girgasites, & the Iebusites.

Chapter 16[edit]

1Sarai Abrams wyfe bare hym no chyldren: but she had an handemayde an Egyptian, Hagar by name.

2And Sarai sayde vnto Abram: beholde, nowe the Lorde hath restrayned me, that I can not beare, I pray thee go in to my mayde, it may be that I may be builded by her: and Abram obeyed the voyce of Sarai.

3And Sarai Abrams wyfe toke Hagar her mayde the Egyptian, after Abram hadde dwelled ten yeres in the lande of Chanaan, and gaue her to her husbande Abram to be his wyfe.

4And he went in vnto Hagar, and she conceaued. And when she sawe that she had conceaued, her mistresse was despised in her eyes.

5And Sarai sayde vnto Abram: there is wrong done vnto me by thee: I haue geuen my mayde into thy bosome, whiche seyng that she hath conceaued, I am despised in her eyes, the Lorde be iudge betweene thee & me.

6But Abram sayde to Sarai: beholde thy mayde is in thy hande, do with her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fledde from the face of her.

7And the angel of the Lord founde her beside a fountain in ye wildernes, [euen] by the well that is in the way to Sur,

8And he said: Hagar Sarais mayde, whence camest thou? and whither wylt thou go? She sayde: I flee fro the face of my mistresse Sarai.

9And the angell of the Lorde sayde vnto her: Returne to thy mistresse agayne, and submit thy selfe vnder her handes.

10And agayne the angell of the Lord sayde vnto her: I wyll multiplie thy seede in such sort, that it shal not be numbred for multitude.

11And the Lordes angell said vnto her: See, thou art with chylde, and shalt beare a sonne, and shalt cal his name Ismael: because the Lorde hath hearde thy tribulation.

12He also wyll be a wylde man, and his hande wyll be agaynst euery man, and euery mans hande against hym: and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.

13And she called the name of the Lorde that spake vnto her, Thou God lokest on me: for she sayde, haue I not also heare loked after hym that seeth mee?

14Wherfore ye well was called the well of hym that lyueth and seeth me: and it is betweene Cades and Bared.

15And Hagar bare Abram a sonne, and Abram called his sonnes name which Hagar bare vnto hym, Ismael.

16And Abram was foure score and sixe yeres olde, when Hagar bare Ismael to hym.

Chapter 17[edit]

1When Abram was ninetie yere olde and nine, the Lorde appeared to hym, and sayde vnto hym: I am the almightie God, walke before me, and be thou perfect.

2And I wyll make my couenaunt betweene me and thee, and wyll multiplie thee exceedyngly.

3And Abram fell on his face, & God talked with hym, saying:

4It is I, behold my couenaut [is] with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

5Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shalbe called Abraham: for a father of many nations haue I made thee.

6I wyll make thee exceedyng fruitefull, and wyll make nations of thee, yea and kynges shall spryng out of thee.

7Moreouer I wyll make my couenaunt betweene me and thee, & thy seede after thee, in their generations, by an euerlasting couenaut, yt I may be God vnto thee, and to thy seede after thee.

8And I wyll geue vnto thee and to thy seede after thee, the lande wherein thou art a strauger [euen] al the lande of Chanaan, for an euerlastyng possession, and wyll be their God.

9And God said agayne vnto Abraham: thou shalt kepe my couenaunt therfore, both thou & thy seede after thee in their generations.

10This is my couenaunt which ye shall kepe betweene me & you, and thy seede after thee: euery man chylde among you shalbe circumcised.

11Ye shal circumcise the fleshe of your foreskyn, and it shalbe a token of the couenaunt betwixt me and you.

12And euery man chylde of eyght dayes olde shalbe circumcised amongst you in your generations, both he that is borne in thy house, as he that is bought with money of any straunger, whiche is not of thy seede.

13He that is borne in thy house, and he also that is bought with money, must needes be circumcised: & my couenaut shalbe in your fleshe for an euerlastyng couenaunt.

14And the vncircumcised manchylde, in whose fleshe the foreskyn is not circumcised, that soule shalbe cut of from his people, because he hath broken my couenaunt.

15And God sayde vnto Abraham: Sarai thy wyfe shalt thou not call Sarai, but Sara [shall] her name be.

16And I wyll blesse her, and geue thee a sonne of her: yea, I wyll blesse her, and she shalbe [a mother] of nations, yea & kynges of people shall sprynge of her.

17But Abraham fell vppon his face, and laughed, and sayde in his heart: shall a chylde be borne vnto hym that is an hundreth yere olde? And shall Sara that is ninetie yere olde beare?

18And Abraham sayde vnto God: O that Ismael myght lyue in thy syght.

19Unto who God sayd: Sara thy wife shall beare thee a sonne in deede, & thou shalt call his name Isahac: and I wyll establishe my couenaunt with hym for an euerlastyng couenaunt [and] with his seede after hym.

20And as concernyng Ismael also I haue hearde thee: for I haue blessed him, and wyll make him fruitefull, and wyl multiplie him excedingly: Twelue princes shall he beget, and I wyll make a great nation of hym.

21But my couenaunt wyl I make with Isahac whiche Sara shall beare vnto thee, euen this tyme twelue moneth.

22And he left of talkyng with hym, and departed vp from Abraham.

23Abraham toke Ismael his sonne, and such as were borne in his house, & al that was bought with money, as many as were men chyldren, whiche were amongst the men of Abrahams house, & circumcised the fleshe of their foreskinne euen in the selfe same day, as God had sayde vnto hym.

24Abraham also hym selfe was ninetie yere olde and nine when the fleshe of his foreskynne was circumcised.

25Ismael his sonne was thirtie yere old when he was circumcised in the fleshe of his foreskynne.

26The selfe same day was Abraham circumcised and Ismael his sonne.

27And all the men of his house, borne in his house, or bought with money of straungers were circumcised with him.

Chapter 18[edit]

1And the Lorde appeared vnto hym in the playne of Mamre, and he sate in his tent doore in the heate of the day.

2And he lift vp his eyes and loked, and loe, three men stoode by hym: And when he sawe them, he ranne to meete them from the tent doore, and bowed hym selfe towarde the grounde,

3And sayde: Lorde, yf I haue nowe founde fauour in thy sight, passe not away I praye thee from thy seruaunt.

4Let a litle water, I pray you, be fet, and washe your feete, and refreshe your selues vnder the tree.

5And I wyll fet a morsell of bread to comfort your heartes withall, and then shall you go your wayes: for euen therefore are ye come to your seruaunt. And they sayde: do euen so as thou hast sayde.

6And Abraham went apace into the tent vnto Sara, & sayde: Make redy at once three peckes of fine meale, kneade [it] and make cakes vpon the hearth.

7And Abraham runnyng vnto his beastes, fet a calfe tender and good, and gaue it vnto a young man, and he hasted to make it redy at once.

8And he toke butter and mylke, and the calfe which he had prepared, and set it before them, and stoode hym selfe by them vnder the tree: & they dyd eate.

9And they sayde vnto hym: where is Sara thy wife? He aunswered, behold, in the tent.

10And he sayde: I wyll certaynely returne vnto thee according to the time of lyfe: and lo, Sara thy wyfe shall haue a sonne. That heard Sara in the tent doore, which was behynde hym.

11Abraham and Sara were both olde, and well stryken in age: and it ceassed to be with Sara after the maner as it is with women.

12Therefore Sara laughed within her selfe, saying: Nowe I am waxed olde shal I geue my selfe to lust, and my Lorde olde also?

13And God said vnto Abraham: wherfore dyd Sara laugh, saying, shall I of a suertie beare a chylde, which am olde?

14Is any thing vnpossible to God? Accordyng to the tyme appoynted wyll I returne vnto thee [euen] according to the time of life: & Sara [shall] haue a sonne.

15The Sara denied it, saying: I laughed not: for she was afrayde. And he sayde: it is not so, but thou laughedst.

16And the men rysyng vp from thence, loked toward Sodome: and Abraham went with them to bryng them on the way.

17And the Lorde sayde: shall I hyde from Abraham that thing which I do.

18Seyng that Abraham shall surely be a great and a myghtie nation, and all the nations of the earth shalbe blessed in hym?

19I knowe this also, that he wyll commaunde his chyldren and his householde after him, that they kepe the way of the Lord, and to do iustice and iudgement, that the Lorde may bryng vppon Abraha that he hath spoken vnto him.

20And the lorde saide: because the crye of Sodome and Gomorrhe is great, and because their sinne is exceding greeuous:

21I wyll go downe nowe, and see whether they haue done altogether accordyng to that crye whiche is come vnto me: and yf not, I wyll knowe.

22And the men departed thence, & went to Sodomeward: but Abraham stoode yet before the Lorde.

23And Abraham drewe neare, and said: Wylt thou also destroye the righteous with the wicked?

24If there be fiftie ryghteous within the citie, wylt thou destroye and not spare the place for the sake of fiftie ryghteous that are therein?

25That be farre from thee that thou shouldest do after this maner, and slaye the ryghteous with the wicked, & that the ryghteous should be as the wicked, that be farre from thee: Shall not the iudge of all the worlde do accordyng to ryght?

26And the Lorde sayde: If I fynde in Sodome fiftie ryghteous within the citie, I wyll spare all the place for their sakes.

27And Abraham aunsweryng, sayde: beholde I haue taken vppon me to speake vnto the Lorde, whiche am but dust and asshes.

28If there shall lacke fiue of fiftie ryghteous, wylt thou destroy all the citie for [lacke] of fiue? And he saide: If I fynde there fourtie and fiue I wyl not destroy them.

29And he proceaded to speake vnto hym agayne, and sayde: What yf there shall be fourtie founde there? He aunswered: I wyll not do it for fourties sake.

30He sayde vnto hym agayne: O let not my lord be angry that I speake: What yf there shall thirtie be founde there? And he sayde: I wyll do nothyng yf I fynde thirtie there.

31He sayde agayne: O see I haue taken vppon me to speake nowe also vnto my Lord: What if there shalbe twentie founde there? He aunswered, I wyll not destroy [them] for twenties sake.

32And he sayde: O let not my Lorde be angry, and I wyll speake yet but this once: What if ten shalbe found there? He aunswered, I wil not destroy [them] for tennes sake.

33And the Lorde went his way assoone as he had left communyng with Abraham, and Abraham [also] turned vnto his place.

Chapter 19[edit]

1And there came two angels to Sodome at euen, and Lot sate at the gate of Sodome: and Lot seing [them] rose vp to meete them, and he bowed hym selfe with his face towarde the grounde.

2And he sayde: Oh my Lordes, turne in I praye you, into your seruauntes house, and tary all nyght, and washe your feete, and ye shall ryse vp early to go in your wayes. Whiche sayde, nay: but we wyll byde in the streates all nyght.

3And he preassed vpon them exceedinglye: and they returnyng in vnto hym, entred into his house, & he made them a feast, and did bake vnleuened bread, and they did eate.

4And before they went to rest, the men of the citie [euen] the men of Sodome compassed the house rounde about, both olde and young, all people fro [all] quarters.

5And they callyng vnto Lot, sayde vnto hym: Where are the men whiche came in to thee this nyght? bryng them out vnto vs, that we may knowe them.

6And Lot went out at the doore vnto them, and shut the doores after hym.

7And sayde: Nay, for Gods sake brethren, do not [so] wickedly.

8Behold, I haue two daughters whiche haue knowen no man, them wyll I bryng out nowe vnto you, and do with them as it [seemeth] good in your eyes: only vnto these men do nothyng, for therefore came they vnder the shadowe of my roofe.

9And they sayde, stande backe: And they said agayne, he came in as one to soiourne, and wyll he be nowe a iudge? we wyll surely deale worse with thee then with them. And they preassed sore vpon the man [euen] Lot, and came to breake vp the doore.

10But the men put foorth their hande, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the doore.

11And the men that were at the doore of the house they smoke with blyndenesse both small and great, so that they were weryed in sekyng the doore.

12And the men sayde vnto Lot: Hast thou here any besides? sonne in lawe, and thy sonnes, and thy daughters, and whatsoeuer thou hast in the citie, bryng them out of this place:

13For we wyl destroy this place, because the crye of them is great before the face of God: for the Lorde hath sent vs to destroy it.

14And Lot went out, and spake vnto his sonnes in lawe which maried his daughters, saying: Stande vp, get ye out of this place, for the Lorde wyll ouerthrowe this citie. But he seemed as though he had mocked, vnto his sonnes in lawe.

15And when the mornyng arose, the angels caused Lot to speede him, saying: Stande vp, take thy wyfe, and thy two daughters which be at hande, lest thou perishe in the sinne of the citie.

16And as he prolonged the tyme, the men caught both him, his wife, and his two daughters by the handes, the Lorde beyng mercyfull vnto hym: and they brought hym foorth, and set hym without the citie.

17And when he had brought them out, he sayde: Saue thy selfe, and loke not behynde thee, neither tary thou in all this playne [countrey] Saue thy selfe in the mountaine, lest thou perishe.

18And Lot sayde vnto them: Oh not so my Lordes.

19Beholde thy seruaunt hath founde grace in thy syght, and thou hast magnified thy mercy which thou hast shewed vnto me in sauyng my lyfe: Beholde I can not be saued in the mountayne, lest some harme fall vppon me, and I dye.

20Beholde here is a citie by to flee vnto, euen yonder litle one: Oh let me escape thyther: Is it not a litle one, and my soule shall lyue?

21And he sayde to hym: See, I haue receaued thy request as concernyng this thing, that I wyll not ouerthrowe this citie for the whiche thou hast spoken.

22Haste thee, and be saued there: for I can do nothyng tyl thou be come thyther, and therfore the name of the citie is Soar.

23And the sonne was nowe rysen vpon the earth, and Lot was entred into Soar.

24Then the Lorde rayned vpon Sodome and Gomorrhe brymstone and fire, from the Lorde out of heauen:

25And ouerthrewe those cities, and all that plaine region, and all that dwelled in the cities, and that that grewe vpon the earth.

26But Lots wyfe folowyng him, loked behynde her, & was turned into a piller of salt.

27Abraham rysyng vp early, gote hym to the place where he stoode before the presence of God, and loked towarde Sodome and Gomorrhe, and towarde all the lande of that playne countrey,

28And behelde, and lo the smoke of the countrey arose, as the smoke of a furnesse.

29And it came to passe, that when God destroyed the cities of that region, he thought vpon Abraham, and sent Lot out from the middest of the ouerthrow, when he ouerthrewe the cities, in one of the whiche Lot dwelled.

30And Lot departed out of Soar, and dwelled in the mountayne with his two daughters: for he feared to tary in Soar, but dwelled in a caue, he and his two daughters.

31And the elder said vnto the younger: our father is olde, and there is not a man in the earth to come in vnto vs after the maner of all the worlde.

32Come, let vs geue our father wine to drynke, and lye with hym, that we may saue seede of our father.

33And so they gaue their father wine to drinke that night: and the elder daughter went and lay with her father, and he perceaued it not neither when she laye downe, neyther when she rose vp.

34And on the morowe the elder sayde vnto the younger: beholde, yesternight lay I with my father: let vs make hym drynke wyne this nyght also, & go thou and lye with hym, that thou mayest rayse vp seede of our father. And they made their father drynke wyne that nyght also.

35And the younger arose, and laye with hym: & he perceaued it not, neither whe she lay downe, neither whe she rose vp.

36Thus were both the daughters of Lot with chylde by their father.

37And the elder bare a sonne, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites vnto this day.

38And the younger bare a sonne also, & called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the chyldren of Ammon vnto this day.

Chapter 20[edit]

1And Abraham departed thence towarde the south countrey, & dwelled betweene Cades and Sur, and soiourned in Gerar.

2And Abraham sayde of Sara his wyfe, she is my syster: And Abimelech kyng of Gerar sent, and fet Sara away.

3But God came to Abimelech by night in a dreame, and saide to hym: See, thou art but a dead man for the womans sake whiche thou hast taken away, for she is a mans wyfe.

4But Abimelech had not yet touched her: and he sayde, Lorde wylt thou slay ryghteous people?

5Saide not he vnto me, she is my sister? yea and she her selfe sayde, he is my brother: with a single heart, and innocent handes haue I done this.

6And God sayde vnto him in a dreame: I wote well that thou dyddest it in the singlenesse of thy heart: I kept thee also that thou shuldest not sinne against me, and therefore suffred I thee not to touche her.

7Nowe therefore delyuer the man his wyfe agayne, for he is a prophete, and he shall pray for thee, that thou mayest lyue: But and yf thou delyuer her not agayne, be sure that thou shalt dye the death, [both thou] and all that thou hast.

8Therefore, Abimelech rysyng vp betimes in the mornyng, called all his seruauntes, and tolde all these sayinges in their eares: and the men were sore afrayde.

9Then Abimelech called Abraham, & sayde vnto hym: What hast thou done vnto vs? & what haue I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me & on my kingdome [so] great a sinne? thou hast done deedes vnto me that ought not to be done.

10And Abimelech saide vnto Abraham: what sawest thou that thou hast done this thyng?

11Abraham aunswered: For I thought [thus] surely the feare of God is not in this place, and they shal slaye me for my wyues sake.

12Yet in very deede she is my sister, for she is ye daughter of my father, though she be not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wyfe.

13And after God caused me to wander out of my fathers house, I sayde vnto her: this kyndnesse shalt thou shewe vnto me, in all places where we come, that thou say of me, he is my brother.

14Then toke Abimelech sheepe and oxen, men seruauntes and women seruauntes, & gaue [them] vnto Abraham, and delyuered hym Sara his wyfe agayne.

15And Abimelech sayde: beholde my lande lyeth before thee, dwell where it pleaseth thee best.

16But vnto Sara he saide: See I haue geuen thy brother a thousand peeces of syluer: beholde, it is as a coueryng of thyne eyes vnto all that are with thee, and to all [other:] and thus she was reproued.

17And so Abraham prayed vnto God, & God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maydens, & they bare chyldren.

18For the Lorde had closed vp all the wombes of the house of Abimelech, because of Abrahams wyfe.

Chapter 21[edit]

1The Lord visited Sara as he had promised, and did vnto her accordyng as he had spoke.

2For Sara conceaued, and bare Abraham a sonne in his olde age, euen the same season whiche the Lorde had appoynted.

3And Abraham called his sonnes name that was borne vnto him, whiche Sara bare hym, Isahac.

4And Abraham circumcised his sonne Isahac, when he was eyght dayes olde, as God commaunded him.

5And Abraham was an hundreth yere olde, when his sonne Isahac was borne vnto him.

6But Sara sayde: God hath made me to reioyce, so that all that heare, wyll ioy with me.

7She sayd also: who would haue sayde vnto Abraham, that Sara shoulde haue geuen chyldren sucke? for I haue borne [him] a sonne in his olde age.

8The chylde grewe, and was weaned, and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isahac was weaned.

9Sara saw also the sonne of Hagar the Egyptian, whiche she had borne vnto Abraham, [to be] a mocker.

10Wherfore she sayd vnto Abraham: cast out this bond woman, & her sonne: for the sonne of this bonde woman, shal not be heyre with my sonne Isahac.

11And this saying was very greeuous in Abrahams sight, because of his sonne.

12And God sayde vnto Abraham, let it not be greeuous in thy sight, because of the lad and of thy bonde woman: In al that Sara hath said vnto thee, heare her voyce, for in Isahac shall thy seede be called.

13Moreouer, of the sonne of the bonde woman wyll I make a nation, because he is thy seede.

14And so Abraham rose vp early in the mornyng, and tooke bread, and a bottel of water, and gaue it vnto Hagar, puttyng it on her shoulder, and the lad also, and sent her away: who departing, wandered vp and downe in the wildernesse of Beer seba.

15And the water was spent in the bottell, and she cast the lad vnder some one of the trees:

16And went, and sate on the other syde a great way, as it were a bowe shote of: for she sayd, I wyll not see the death of the chylde. And she sitting downe on the other side, lyft vp her voyce & wept.

17And God hearde the voyce of the lad, and the angell of God called to Hagar out of heauen, and said vnto her, what ayleth thee Hagar? feare not: for God hath hearde the voyce of the lad where he lyeth.

18Aryse and lyft vp the lad, and take him in thyne hande, for I wyll make of hym a great people.

19And God opened her eyes, and she sawe a well of water, and she went and filled the bottell with water, and gaue the lad drinke.

20And God was with the lad, and he grewe, and dwelt in the wyldernesse, and became a principall archer.

21And he dwelt in the wyldernesse of Paran, and his mother got hym a wyfe out of the lande of Egypt.

22And at the same season, Abimelech and Phicol his chiefe captayne spake vnto Abraham, saying, God [is] with thee in all that thou doest:

23And nowe therefore, sweare vnto me euen here by God, that thou wylt not hurt me, nor my chyldren, nor my chyldrens children: but that thou shalt deale with me and the countrey where thou hast ben a straunger, accordyng vnto the kyndnesse that I haue shewed thee.

24And Abraham saide, I will sweare.

25And Abraham rebuked Abimelech for a wel of water, which Abimeleches seruauntes had violently taken away.

26And Abimelech said, I wote not who hath done this thing: also thou toldest me not, neyther hearde I [of it] but this day.

27And Abraham toke sheepe and Oxen, and gaue them vnto Abimelech: & they made both of them a leage together.

28And Abraham set seuen ewe lambes by them selues.

29And Abimelech sayd vnto Abraham: what meane these seuen ewe lambes whiche thou hast set by them selues?

30He aunswered: for these seuen ewe lambes shalt thou take of my hande, that they may be a wytnesse vnto me, that I haue digged this well.

31Wherefore the place is called Beer seba, because that there they sware both of them.

32Thus made they a leage together at Beer seba: and Abimelech and Phicol his chiefe captayne rose vp, and turned agayne into the lande of the Philistines.

33And Abraham planted a wood in Beer seba, and called there on the name of the Lorde the euerlasting God.

34And Abraham soiourned in the Philistines lande a long season.

Chapter 22[edit]

1After these sayinges, god did tempt Abraham, and sayde vnto him Abraham. Which answered, here I am.

2And he saide: take thy sonne, thyne onlye sonne Isahac whom thou louest, & get thee vnto the lande Moriah, and offer him there for a burnt offering vpon one of the mountaines which I wyl shewe thee.

3Then Abraham rose vp early in the mornyng, and sadled his Asse, and toke two of his young men with hym, and Isahac his sonne, and cloue wood for the burnt offering, and rose vp, and got hym to the place whiche God had appointed hym.

4The thirde day Abraham lyft vp his eyes, and sawe the place a farre of:

5And sayde vnto his young men, byde here with the Asse, I and the lad will go yonder & worship, and come agayne to you.

6And Abraham toke the wood of the burnt offeryng, and layde it vpon Isahac his sonne: but he him selfe toke fire in his hande and a knyfe, and they went both of them together.

7Then spake Isahac vnto Abraham his father, and sayd, my father. And he aunswered, here am I, my sonne. He sayde, see here is fyre and wood, but where is the beast for burnt sacrifice?

8Abraham aunswered: My God wyll prouide a beast for burnt sacrifice: and so they went both together.

9And when they came to ye place which God had shewed him, Abraham buylt an aulter there, and dressed the wood, and bound Isahac his sonne, and layde him on the aulter aboue vpo the wood.

10And Abraham stretchyng foorth his hande, toke the knyfe to haue killed his sonne.

11And the angell of the Lord called vnto him from heauen, saying: Abraham, Abraham. And he sayd, here [am] I:

12And he sayde: lay not thy hande vpon the chylde, neyther do any thyng vnto hym, for nowe I knowe that thou fearest God, & hast for my sake not spared [yea] thine onlye sonne.

13And Abraham lifting vp his eyes, looked: and beholde, behynde [hym] there was a Ramme caught by the hornes in a thicket: and Abraham went & tooke the Ramme, and offered hym vp for a burnt offering in the steade of his sonne.

14And Abraham called ye name of the place, the Lorde wyll see. As it is sayde this day, in the mounte will the Lorde be seene.

15And the angell of the Lorde cryed vnto Abraham from heauen the seconde tyme,

16And sayd: by my selfe haue I sworne, sayeth the Lorde, because thou hast done this thyng, and hast not spared yea thyne onlye sonne,

17That in blessing I wyll blesse thee, and in multiplying I wyll multiplie thy seede as the starres of heauen, and as the sande which is vpon the sea side, and thy seede shall possesse the gates of his enemies.

18And in thy seede shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because thou hast hearde my voyce.

19So turned Abraham againe vnto his young men: and they rose vp, and went together to Beer seba, and Abraham dwelt at Beer seba.

20And after these thynges, one tolde Abraham, saying: beholde Milcha, she hath also borne chyldren vnto thy brother Nachor,

21Hus his eldest sonne, and Buz his brother, and Camuel the father of the Syrians,

22And Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Iidlaph, and Bethuel.

23And Bethuel begat Rebecca. These eyght did Milcha beare to Nachor Abrahams brother.

24And his concubine called Reumah, she bare also Tebah, & Gaham, Thahas, and Maacha.

Chapter 23[edit]

1Sara was an hudreth and seuen and twentie yere olde (so long liued she.)

2And Sara dyed in Ciriath arba, the same is Hebron, in the lande of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourne for Sara, and to weepe for her.

3And Abraham stoode vp fro the sight of his corse, and talked with the sonnes of Heth, saying:

4I am a straunger and a foriner amongest you: geue me a possession to bury in with you, that I may bury my corse out of my sight.

5And the chyldren of Heth aunswered Abraham, saying vnto hym:

6Heare vs my Lorde, thou art a prince of God amongest vs, in the chiefest of our sepulchres bury thy dead: none of vs shall forbyd thee his sepulchre, but thou mayest bury thy dead [therin.]

7Abraham stoode vp and bowed hym selfe before the people of the lande, that is, the chyldren of Heth.

8And he communed with them, saying: If it be your mynde that I shal bury my dead out of my sight, heare me, and speake for me to Ephron the sonne of Sohar,

9That he may geue me the caue of Machpelah, whiche he hath in the ende of his fielde: but for as much money as it is worth shall he geue it me, for a possession to bury in amongest you.

10For Ephron dwelleth amongest the chyldren of Heth and Ephron the Hethite aunswered Abraham in the audience of the chyldren of Heth, and of all that went in at the gates of his citie, saying:

11Not so my Lord, heare me: the fielde geue I thee, and the caue that therin is geue I thee also, in the presence of the sonnes of my people geue I it thee, burye thy dead.

12And Abraham bowed him selfe before the people of the lande.

13And spake vnto Ephron in the audience of the people of the countrey, saying: yf thou wylt [geue it] then I pray thee heare me, I wyll geue syluer for the fielde, take it of me, and I will bury my dead therin.

14Ephron aunswered Abraham, saying vnto hym:

15My Lord, hearken vnto me, the lande is worth foure hundred sicles of siluer, what is that betwixt thee and me? bury therfore thy dead.

16And Abraham hearkened vnto Ephron, and wayed him the siluer which he had sayde in the aundience of the sonnes of Heth, euen foure hundred syluer sicles of currant money amongest marchauntes.

17And the fielde of Ephron in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, eue the fielde and the caue that was therein, and all the trees that were in the fielde, and that were in al the borders rounde about, was made sure

18Unto Abraham for a possession in the sight of the chyldren of Heth, before all that went in at the gates of the citie.

19After this dyd Abraham bury Sara his wyfe in the double caue of the fielde that lyeth before Mamre, the same is Hebron in the land of Chanaan.

20And so both the fielde & the caue that is therein, was made vnto Abraham a sure possession to bury in, by the sonnes of Heth.

Chapter 24[edit]

1And Abraham was old & stricken in dayes, and the Lorde had blessed Abraham in all thinges.

2And Abraham saide vnto his eldest seruaut of his house, whiche had the rule ouer all that he had: put thy hande vnder my thigh:

3And I wyll make thee sweare by the Lorde God of heauen, and God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wyfe vnto my sonne of the daughters of the Chanaanites, amongest which I dwel:

4But thou shalt go vnto my countrey, and to my kinred, and take a wife vnto my sonne Isahac.

5But the seruaunt sayd vnto hym: peraduenture the woman wyll not agree to come with me vnto this lande, shall I bryng thy sonne againe vnto the land whiche thou cammest out of?

6To whom Abraham aunswered: beware that thou bring not my sonne thyther agayne.

7The Lorde God of heauen whiche toke me from my fathers house, & from the land of my kinred, and which spake vnto me, and that sware vnto me, saying, vnto thy seede wyll I geue this lande: he shall sende his angell before thee, and thou shalt take a wyfe vnto my sonne from thence.

8Neuerthelesse, if the woman wyl not folowe thee, then shalt thou be cleare from this my othe: onlye bring not my sonne thyther agayne.

9And the seruaunt put his hand vnder the thigh of Abraham his maister, and sware to hym as concernyng yt matter.

10And the seruaunt toke ten Camelles of the Camelles of his maister, & departed (& had of al maner of goods of his maister with him) and so he arose & went to Mesopotamia, vnto ye citie of Nachor.

11And made his Camelles to lye downe without the citie by a welles side of water at euen, about the time that women come out to drawe water.

12And he saide: Lord God of my maister Abraham, I pray thee sende me good speede this day, and shewe mercy vnto my maister Abraham.

13Lo, I stande here by the well of water, and the daughters of the me of this citie come out to drawe water:

14Nowe let the damsel to whom I say, stoupe downe thy pitcher I pray thee, that I may drinke: If she say also, drinke, and I wyll geue thy Camelles drinke also: let the same be she that thou hast ordeyned for thy seruaunt Isahac, and thereby shall I knowe that thou hast shewed mercy on my maister.

15And it came to passe yer he had lefte speakyng, beholde, Rebecca came out, the daughter of Bethuel, sonne to Milcha, the wyfe of Nachor Abrahams brother, and her pytcher vpon her shoulder:

16The damsel was very fayre to looke vpon, and yet a mayde, and vnknowen of man: and she went downe to the wel, and filled her pitcher, and came vp.

17And the seruaunt runnyng to meete her, sayde: let me I pray thee drinke a litle water of thy pitcher.

18And she sayd: drinke my Lorde. And she hasted, and let downe her pytcher vpon her arme, and gaue him drinke.

19And when she had geuen him drinke, she sayde: I wyll drawe water for thy Camelles also, vntyl they haue dronke ynough.

20And she poured out her pytcher into the trough hastyly, and ranne agayne vnto the well to draw [water] and drew for all his Camelles.

21And the man wondred at her, but held his peace, to witte whether the Lorde had made his iourney prosperous, or not.

22And as the Camelles had left drinking, the man tooke a golden earring of halfe a sickle wayght, and two bracelettes for her handes, of ten sickles wayght of golde,

23And sayde: whose daughter art thou? tell me I pray thee: is there rowme in thy fathers house for vs to lodge in?

24She aunswered hym: I am the daughter of Bethuel the sonne of Milcha whiche she bare vnto Nachor.

25And said moreouer vnto him, we haue litter and prouender ynough, and also rowme to lodge in.

26And the man bowed hymselfe, and worshipped the Lorde,

27And sayde: blessed be the Lorde God of my maister Abraham, whiche hath not left destitute my maister of his mercye and trueth: for when I was on my iourney, the Lorde brought me to my maisters brothers house.

28And the damsell ranne, and told them of her mothers house these thinges.

29And Rebecca had a brother called Laban: and he ranne out vnto the man, [euen] to the well.

30For assoone as he had seene the earerynges, and the bracelettes in his sisters hande, and hearde the wordes of Rebecca his sister, saying, thus sayde the man vnto me: he went out vnto the man, and lo, he stoode with the Camelles by the well syde,

31And he sayde: come thou blessed of the Lord, wherfore standest thou without? I haue dressed the house, & rowme for thy Camelles.

32And then the ma came into the house, and he vnharnessed the Camelles, and brought lytter and prouender for the Camelles, and water to wash his feete, & the mens feete that were with him.

33And there was set meate before hym to eate: but he sayd, I wyll not eate vntyll I haue sayde myne arande. And he sayd: say on.

34And he sayde: I am Abrahams seruaunt,

35And God blessed my maister merueylously, that he is become great, and hath geuen him sheepe and oxen, siluer and golde, men seruauntes, and maydeseruauntes, camelles and asses.

36And Sara my maisters wyfe bare hym a sonne when she was olde, and vnto him hath he geue all that he hath.

37And my maister made me sweare, saying: thou shalt not take a wyfe to my sonne amongest the daughters of the Chanaanites, in whose lande I dwell:

38But thou shalt go vnto my fathers house, and to my kinred, and take a wife vnto my sonne.

39And I sayde vnto my maister: peraduenture the woman wyll not folowe me.

40And he answered me: the Lord before whom I walke, wyll sende his angell with thee, and prosper thy iourney, and thou shalt take a wyfe for my sonne of my kinred, and of my fathers house.

41Then shalt thou be free from this othe [made] to me, when thou commest to my kinred: and yf they geue not thee [one] thou shalt be free from this othe [made] to me.

42And so I came this day vnto the wel, and sayde: O Lorde the God of my maister Abraham, if it be so nowe that thou makest my iourney whiche I go prosperous,

43Beholde, I stande by the well of water: and when a virgin commeth foorth to drawe water, and I say to her, Geue me [I pray thee] a little water of thy pitcher to drinke:

44And she say to me, Drinke thou, and I wyll also drawe for thy Camelles: let the same be the woman whom the Lorde hath prepared for my maisters sonne.

45And before I had made an ende of speakyng in myne heart, beholde, Rebecca came foorth, and her pitcher on her shoulder, and she went downe vnto the well, and drewe water, and I sayde vnto her, Geue me drinke I pray thee.

46And she made haste, and toke downe her pitcher from her [shoulder] and said: Drinke, and I wyll geue thy Camelles drinke also. So I dranke, and she gaue the Camelles drinke also.

47And I asked her, saying: whose daughter art thou? She answered: the daughter of Bethuel Nachors sonne, whom Milcha bare vnto hym: and I put the earring vpon her face, and the bracelettes vpon her handes.

48And I bowed my selfe, and worshipped the Lorde, and blessed the Lorde God of my maister Abraham, whiche had brought me the ryght way, to take my maisters brothers daughter vnto his sonne.

49Nowe also if [he] wyll consent to deale mercyfully and truely with my maister, tel me: and if not, tel me also, that I may turne me to the ryght hande, or to the left.

50Then aunswered Laban and Bethuel, saying: This saying is proceeded euen of the Lorde, we can not therefore say vnto thee eyther good or bad.

51Beholde, Rebecca [is] before thee, take her, and go, that she may be thy maisters sonnes wife, euen as god hath sayde.

52And when Abrahams seruaunt heard theyr wordes, he worshipped the Lord, bowyng hym selfe towarde the earth.

53And the seruaunt toke foorth iewelles of syluer, and iewelles of golde, and rayment, and gaue them to Rebecca: and to her brother, and to her mother he gaue costly gyftes

54And they did eate and drinke, both he and the men that were with hym, and taried all night: and when they rose vp in the mornyng, he said: let me depart vnto my maister.

55Her brother and her mother aunswered: let the damsell abyde with vs, and it be but euen ten dayes, and then shall she go.

56He sayde vnto them: hynder me not, beholde, the Lorde hath prospered my iourney, sende me away therefore, that I may go to my maister.

57And they sayde: we wyll call the damsell, and enquire at her mouth.

58And they called foorth Rebecca, and sayde vnto her: wylt thou go with this man? And she aunswered, I wyll go.

59So they let Rebecca theyr sister go, and her nurse, & Abrahams seruaunt, and his men.

60And they blessed Rebecca, and sayde vnto her: thou art our sister, growe into thousande thousandes, and thy seede possesse the gate of his enemies.

61And Rebecca arose and her damselles, and gat them vp vpon the Camelles, and folowed the man: and the seruaunt toke Rebecca, and went his waye.

62And Isahac was commyng from the waye of the well of the lyuyng and seeyng me: for he dwelt in the South countrey.

63And Isahac was gone out to pray in the fielde at the euentide, and he lift vp his eyes, and saw the Camelles commyng.

64And Rebecca lyft vp her eyes, & when she sawe Isahac, she lyghted of the Camell,

65(For she said vnto the seruaunt: what man is this, that commeth walkyng against vs in the fielde? And the seruaunt sayd, it is my maister): therfore she toke her vayle and couered her.

66And the seruaunt tolde Isahac all thinges that he had done.

67And Isahac brought her into his mother Saraes tent, and toke Rebecca, and she became his wife, and he loued her: and so Isahac receaued comfort after his mother.

Chapter 25[edit]

1Abraham proceeded further, and toke hym another wyfe, called Cetura.

2Whiche bare hym Zimram, and Iocsan, and Medan, and Midian, and Iesbac, and Suah.

3Iocsan begat Seba and Dedan, and the sonnes of Dedan were Assurim, and Letusim, and Leummim.

4And the sonnes of Midian, Ephah, & Epher, & Hanoch, & Abida, & Eldaah: all these were the children of Cetura.

5And Abraham gaue al his goodes vnto Isahac:

6But vnto the sonnes of the concubines whiche Abraham had, he gaue gyftes, and sent them away from Isahac his sonne (whyle he yet lyued) eastwarde vnto the east countrey.

7And these are the dayes of the yeres of Abrahams lyfe which he liued, an hundred threscore and fifteene yeres.

8And then Abraham waxyng away, dyed in a lustie age, beyng an olde man, when he had liued ynough, and was gathered to his people.

9And his sonnes Isahac and Ismael buryed hym in the double caue in the fielde of Ephron sonne of Soar the Hethite, before Mamre.

10Whiche fielde Abraham bought of the sonnes of Heth: there was Abraham buryed, and Sara his wyfe.

11And it came to passe after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his sonne Isahac, and Isahac dwelled by the well of liuing and seeing me.

12These are the generations of Ismael Abrahams sonne, whiche Hagar the Egyptian Saraes handmayde bare vnto Abraham.

13{And these are the names of the sonnes of Ismael, accordyng to the names of their kindred: the eldest sonne of Ismael, Nabaioth, and Cedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,

14And Misma, and Duma, and Massa, Hadar, and Thema,

15Ietur, Naphis, and Cedina.

16These are the sonnes of Ismael, and these are their names by theyr townes and castles, twelue princes of their housholdes.

17And these are the yeres of the lyfe of Ismael, an hundred and thirtie and seuen yere: and he waxing away, dyed, and was layed vnto his people.

18And they dwelled from Hauilah vnto Sur, that is by the border of Egypt as thou goest toward Assur, and he died in the presence of all his brethren.

19And these are the generations of Isahac, Abrahams sonne: Abraham begat Isahac.

20And Isahac was fourtie yere olde when he toke Rebecca to wyfe, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Mesopotamia, and sister to Laban the Syrian.

21And Isahac made intercession vnto the Lorde for his wyfe, because she was barren: and the Lord was intreated of hym, and Rebecca his wyfe conceaued.

22And the childre stroue together within her wombe: therfore she said, if [it be] so, why am I thus? wherefore she went to aske the Lorde.

23And the Lorde sayde vnto her: there are two maner of people in thy wombe, and two nations shalbe deuided out of thy bowelles, and the one nation shalbe mightier then the other, and the elder shalbe seruaunt vnto the younger.

24Therefore when her tyme was come to be deliuered, behold, there were two twynnes in her wombe.

25And he that came out fyrst, was red, and he was all ouer as it were a hearie garment, and they called his name Esau.

26And after hym came his brother out, and his hande holdyng Esau by the heele, and his name was called Iacob: and Isahac was threscore yere olde when they were borne.

27And the boyes grewe, and Esau became a cunnyng hunter, and a wylde man: but Iacob was a perfect man, and dwelled in tentes.

28Isahac loued Esau, because he dyd eate of his venison, but Rebecca loued Iacob.

29Iacob sodde pottage, and Esau came from the fielde, and was fayntie:

30And Esau sayd to Iacob: feede me I pray thee, with that same red pottage, for I am fayntie: and therfore was his name called Edom.

31And Iacob saide: sell me this day thy byrth ryght.

32Esau sayde: lo, I am at the poynt to dye, and what profite shall this byrthryght do me?

33Iacob aunswered: sweare to me then this day. And he sware to him, & solde his byrthryght vnto Iacob.

34Then Iacob gaue Esau bread and pottage of ryse, and he dyd eate and drinke, and rose vp, and went his way: and Esau little regarded his byrthright.

Chapter 26[edit]

1And there fell a famine in the land, besides the first that was in the dayes of Abraham: And Isahac went vnto Abimelech, king of the Philistines, vnto Gerar.

2And the Lorde appeared vnto hym, and sayde: Go not downe into Egypt, [but] abyde in the lande whiche I shall shewe vnto thee.

3Soiourne in this lande, and I wyl be with thee, and wyll blesse thee: for vnto thee and vnto thy seede I wyll geue all these countreys, and I wyll perfourme the othe whiche I sware vnto Abraham thy father.

4And wyl make thy seede to multiplie as the starres of heauen, and wyll geue vnto thy seede al these countreys: and in thy seede shall all the nations of the earth be blessed:

5Because that Abraham hearkened vnto my voyce, & kept my ordinaunce, my commaundementes, my statutes, and my lawes.

6And Isahac dwelled in Gerar.

7And the men of the place asked [him] of his wyfe. And he sayde, she is my sister: for he feared to say, she is my wyfe, lest the men of the place shoulde haue kylled hym, because of Rebecca, whiche was beautifull to the eye.

8And after he had ben there a long time, Abimelech king of the Philistines loked out at a windowe, & sawe Isahac sportyng with Rebecca his wyfe.

9And Abimelech called Isahac, and said: beholde, she is of a suretie thy wife, and why saydest thou, she is my sister? To whom Isahac aunswered: because I thought that I might peraduenture haue dyed for her sake.

10Abimelech said: why hast thou done this vnto vs? one of the people myght lyghtly haue lyne by thy wyfe, and so shouldest thou haue brought sinne vpon vs.

11And so Abimelech charged al his people, saying: He that toucheth this man or his wyfe, shall dye the death.

12Then Isahac sowed in that lande, and receaued in the same yere an hundred folde: and the Lorde blessed hym.

13And the man waxed myghtie, & went foorth, and grewe tyll he was exceeding great.

14For he had possessio of sheepe, of oxen, and a myghtie housholde: and therfore the Philistines had enuie at hym.

15For the Philistines stopped and fylled vp with earth all the welles which his seruauntes had digged in his father Abrahams tyme.

16And Abimelech sayde vnto Isahac: Get thee from vs, for thou art mightier then we a great deale.

17Therefore Isahac departed thence, and abode in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.

18And Isahac returning, digged againe the welles of water which they digged in the dayes of Abraham his father, which the Philistines had stopped after the death of Abraham, & named them after the same names by the which his father had named them.

19Isahacs seruauntes digged in the valley, and founde a well of springyng water.

20And the heardmen of Gerar did striue with Isahacs heardmen, saying: the water is ours. Then called he the well contention, because they stroue with hym.

21And they digged another well, and stroue for that also: and he called the name of it enmitie.

22And then he departed thence, & digged another well, for the which they stroue not. Therfore called he it roomth, saying: the Lorde hath made vs nowe roome that we may encrease vpon the earth.

23And he went vp thence to Beer-seba.

24And the Lorde appeared vnto hym the same night, and sayde: I am the God of Abraham thy father, feare not, for I am with thee, and wyl blesse thee and multiple thy seede for my seruaunt Abrahams sake.

25And he builded an aulter there, and called vpon the name of the Lorde, and pitched his tent: and there Isahacs seruauntes dygged a well.

26Then came Abimelech to him from Gerar, and Ahuzath his friende, and Phicol the captaine of his armie.

27And Isahac sayde vnto them: wherfore come ye to me, seyng ye hate me, and haue put me away from you?

28Whiche aunswered: We sawe most certainly that the Lord was with thee, and we sayde: let there be nowe an oth betwixt vs, euen betwixt vs and thee, and let vs make a league with thee:

29That thou shouldest do vs no hurt, as we haue not touched thee, and as we haue done vnto thee nothyng but good, & sent thee away in peace: for thou art nowe the blessed of the Lorde.

30And he made them a feast, and they dyd eate and drynke.

31And they rose vp betymes in the mornyng, and sware one to another: And Isahac sent them away, and they departed from hym in peace.

32And the same daye Isahacs seruauntes came and tolde hym of a well which they had dygged, and sayde vnto hym, we haue founde water.

33And he called it Sebah: and the name of the citie is called Beer-seba vnto this day.

34Esau was fourtie yere olde, & he toke a wyfe [called] Iudith, the daughter of Beeri an Hethite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon, an Hethite [also.]

35Which were disobedient vnto Isahac and Rebecca.

Chapter 27[edit]

1And it came to passe, that whe Isahac waxed olde, & his eyes were dimme, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest sonne, & saide vnto hym, my sonne? And he sayde vnto hym: here am I.

2And he sayde: Beholde, I am nowe olde, and knowe not the daye of my death.

3Nowe therefore take I pray thee thy weapons, thy quyuer and thy bowe, and get thee to the fielde, that thou mayest take me some venison.

4And make me well tastyng meates, such as I loue, and bryng it to me, that I may eate, that my soule may blesse thee before that I dye.

5But Rebecca hearde when Isahac spake to Esau his sonne: And Esau wet into the fielde to hunt venison, and to bryng it.

6And Rebecca spake vnto Iacob her sonne, saying: Beholde, I haue hearde thy father talkyng with Esau thy brother, and saying:

7Bring me venison, and make me daintie meate, that I may eate, and blesse thee before the Lorde, afore my death.

8Nowe therfore my sonne heare my voyce in that which I comaunde thee.

9Get thee to the flocke, and bryng me thence two good kyddes fro the goates, and I wyll make of them pleasaunt meates for thy father, such as he loueth.

10And thou shalt bryng it to thy father that he may eate, and that he may blesse thee before his death.

11Then said Iacob to Rebecca his mother: Beholde, Esau my brother is a heary man, and I am smoothe:

12My father shall peraduenture feele mee, and I shall seeme vnto hym as though I went about to begyle hym, and so shall I bryng a curse vpon me, and not a blessyng.

13And his mother sayde vnto him, Upon me be the curse my sonne: only heare my voyce, and go and fetche me them.

14And [Iacob] went, and fet them, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made pleasaunt meate, such as she knewe his father loued.

15And Rebecca fet goodly rayment of her eldest sonne Esau, whiche were in the house with her, and put them vpon Iacob her younger sonne:

16And she put the skynnes of the kiddes vpon his handes, and vpon the smoothe of his necke.

17And she put that pleasaunt meate and bread, whiche she had prepared, in the hande of her sonne Iacob.

18When he came to his father, he sayde: my father? And he aunswered, here am I: who art thou, my sonne?

19And Iacob sayde vnto his father: I am Esau thy eldest sonne, I haue done accordyng as thou baddest me: aryse I pray thee, syt, and eate of my venison, that thy soule may blesse me.

20And Isahac said vnto his sonne: how commeth it that thou hast founde it so quickly my sonne? He aunswered: the lorde thy God brought it to my handes.

21Then sayde Isahac vnto Iacob: Come neare, and I wyll feele thee my sonne, whether thou be my very sonne Esau, or not.

22Then went Iacob to Isahac his father, and he felt hym, and sayde: The voyce is Iacobs voyce, but the handes are the handes of Esau.

23And he knewe him not, because his handes were heary as his brother Esaus handes: and so he blessed hym.

24And he asked him: art thou my sonne Esau? And he sayde: that I am.

25Then sayde he: Bryng me, & let me eate of my sonnes venison, that my soule may blesse thee. And he brought hym, and he ate: and he brought hym wine also, and he dranke.

26And his father Isahac said vnto him: Come neare, and kysse me, my sonne.

27And he went vnto him, & kyssed him, and he smelled the sauour of his rayment, and blessed hym, & saide: See, the smell of my sonne, is as the smell of a fielde which the Lorde hath blessed.

28God geue thee of the deawe of heauen, and of the fatnesse of the earth, and plentie of corne and wine.

29People be thy seruauntes, and nations bowe to thee: be lorde ouer thy brethren, and thy mothers children stowpe with reuerence vnto thee: cursed be he that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.

30Assoone as Isahac had made an ende of blessyng Iacob, & Iacob was scarse gone out from the presence of Isahac his father, then came Esau his brother from his huntyng.

31And he also had made a pleasaunt meate, and brought it vnto his father, and saide vnto his father: let my father aryse, and eate of his sonnes venison, that thy soule may blesse me.

32Then his father Isahac sayde vnto hym: who art thou? He aunswered: I am thy sonne, thy first borne Esau.

33And Isahac was greatly astonied out of measure, and sayde: which [is he] and where [is he] then that hath hunted venison and brought it me, and I haue eaten of al before thou camest? and haue blessed hym, yea & he shalbe blessed.

34When Esau hearde the wordes of his father, he cryed aloude & bitterly, aboue measure, and sayde vnto his father: blesse me, I also am [thy sonne] O my father.<

35Who aunswered. Thy brother came with subtiltie, and hath taken awaye thy blessyng.

36And he said agayne: Is not he rightly named Iacob? for he hath vndermyned me nowe two tymes. [First] he toke away my birthright: and see, nowe hath he taken away my blessyng also. And he sayde: hast thou kept neuer a blessyng for me?

37Isahac aunswered, and sayde vnto Esau: Beholde, I haue made hym thy Lorde, & all his brethren haue I made his seruauntes: Moreouer, with corne and wine haue I stablished him, what shall I do vnto thee nowe my sonne?

38And Esau sayde vnto his father: hast thou but that one blessyng my father? blesse me, I am also [thy sonne] O my father. So lyfted vp Esau his voyce, and wept.

39Then Isahac his father aunswered, and sayde vnto hym: beholde, thy dwellyng place shalbe the fatnesse of the earth, and of the deawe of heauen from aboue.

40And through thy sworde shalt thou liue, and shalt be thy brothers seruaunt: and it shal come to passe, that thou shalt get the maisterie, & thou shalt loose his yoke from of thy necke.

41And Esau hated Iacob, because of the blessyng that his father blessed hym withall. And Esau sayde in his heart: The dayes of sorowyng for my father are at hande, then wyll I slaye my brother Iacob.

42And these wordes of Esau her elder sonne were tolde to Rebecca: And she sent, & called Iacob her younger sonne, & saide vnto him: Beholde, thy brother Esau as touchyng thee doth comforte hym selfe [full purposyng] to kyll thee.

43Nowe therefore my sonne heare my voyce: make thee redy, and flee to Laban my brother at Haran,

44And tary with him awhyle vntyl thy brothers fiercenesse be swaged,

45And vntyll thy brothers wrath turne away from thee, & he forget the thinges which thou hast done to hym: then wyll I sende and fet thee away from thence: why should I be desolate of you both in one day?

46And Rebecca spake to Isahac: I am weery of my lyfe for the daughters of Heth. Yf Iacob take a wyfe of the daughters of Heth, such as these [which are] of the daughters of the lande, what good shall my lyfe do me?

Chapter 28[edit]

1And so Isahac called Iacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and sayde vnto hym: See thou take not a wyfe of the daughters of Chanaan:

2Arise, and get thee to Mesopotamia, to the house of Bethuel thy mothers father, and there take thee a wyfe of the daughters of Laban thy mothers brother.

3And God almyghtie blesse thee, and make thee to encrease, & multiplie thee, that thou mayest be a number of people:

4And geue the blessing of Abraham vnto thee, and to thy seede with thee, that thou mayest receaue to inherite ye lande wherein thou art a straunger, whiche God gaue vnto Abraham.

5Thus Isahac sent foorth Iacob: and he went towarde Mesopotamia, vnto Laban, sonne of Bethuel the Syrian, and brother to Rebecca Iacob and Esaus mother.

6When Esau sawe that Isahac had blessed Iacob, and sent hym to Mesopotamia to fet hym a wyfe from thence, and that as he blessed him, he gaue him a charge, saying, thou shalt not take a wyfe of the daughters of Chanaan:

7And that Iacob had obeyed his father and mother, and was gone to Mesopotamia:

8And Esau seyng also that the daughters of Chanaan pleased not Isahac his father:

9Then went Esau vnto Ismael, and toke vnto the wyues [which he had] Mahalah the daughter of Ismael Abrahams sonne, the sister of Nebaioth to be his wyfe.

10Iacob departed from Beer-seba, and went towarde Haran.

11And he came vnto a certayne place, & taryed there all night, because the sunne was downe: and toke of the stones of the place, and put vnder his head, and layde hym downe in the same place to sleepe.

12And he dreamed, and beholde there stoode a lather vpo the earth, and the toppe of it reached vp to heauen: and see, the angels of God went vp & downe vpon it.

13Yea, and God from aboue leaned vpon it, and sayde: I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isahac, the land which thou sleepest vpon, wyll I geue thee and thy seede.

14And thy seede shalbe as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spreade abrode to the west, to the east, to the north, and to the south: and in thee, and in thy seede, shall all the kynredes of the earth be blessed.

15And see, I am with thee, and wyll be thy keper in all [places] whyther thou goest, and wyll bryng thee agayne into this lande: For I wyl not leaue thee, vntyll I haue made good that whiche I haue promised thee.

16When Iacob was awaked out of his sleepe, he sayde: Surely the Lorde is in this place, and I knewe it not.

17And he was a frayde, and saide: howe dreadefull is this place? it is none other but euen the house of God, & it is the gate of heauen.

18And Iacob rose vp early in the mornyng, and toke the stone that he hadde layed vnder his head, and pitched it vpon an ende, and powred oyle in the toppe of it.

19And he called the name of the place Bethel: but the name of the citie was called Luz, before tyme.

20And Iacob vowed a vowe, saying: Yf God wyll be with me, and wyll kepe me in this iourney in which I go, and wyll geue me bread to eate, and clothes to put on:

21So that I come agayne vnto my fathers house in saftie: then shal the Lord be my God.

22And this stone whiche I haue set vp on an ende, shalbe Gods house: and of all that thou shalt geue me, I wyl surely geue the tenth vnto thee.

Chapter 29[edit]

1Then Iacob went on his iourney, & came into the lande of the people of the east.

2And [as] he loked about, beholde, there was a wel in the field, and loe, three flockes of sheepe lay there by, for at that well were the flockes watered: and there was a great stone vpon the well mouth.

3And thyther were all the flockes brought, and they roulled the stone fro the welles mouth, & watred the sheepe, & put the stone agayne vpon the welles mouth vnto his place.

4And Iacob saide vnto them: My brethren, whence be ye? And they sayde: of Haran are we.

5And he sayde vnto them: Knowe ye Laban the sonne of Nachor? They sayde: we knowe hym.

6And he sayde vnto them: is he in good health? And they sayde: he is in good health, and beholde his daughter Rachel commeth with the sheepe.

7And he sayde: loe [it is] yet a great whyle to nyght, neither is it tyme that the cattell should be gathered together: water ye the sheepe, and go and feede [them.]

8And they sayde: we may not vntyll all the flockes be brought together, and tyl they roule the stone from the welles mouth, and so we water our sheepe.

9Whyle he yet talked with them, Rachel came with her fathers sheepe: for she kept them.

10Assoone as Iacob sawe Rachel the daughter of Laban his mothers brother, & the sheepe of Laban his mothers brother, Iacob went & rouled the stone from the welles mouth, & watered the flocke of Laban his mothers brother.

11And Iacob kyssed Rachel, and lift vp his voyce and wept.

12And Iacob tolde Rachel that he was her fathers brother, and that he was Rebeccaes sonne: Therefore ranne she and tolde her father.

13And when Laban hearde certaynely tell of Iacob his sisters sonne, he ranne to meete hym, and imbraced hym, and kyssed hym, and brought hym to his house: And he tolde Laban all these thynges.

14To whom Laban sayde: Well, thou art my bone & my fleshe. And he abode with hym the space of a moneth.

15And Laban said vnto Iacob: Though thou be my brother, shouldest thou therfore serue me for naught? Tell me what shall thy wages be?

16Laban had two daughters, the elder called Lea, and the younger Rachel.

17Lea was tender eyed: but Rachel was beautifull and well fauoured.

18And Iacob loued Rachel, and sayde: I wyll serue thee seuen yere for Rachel thy younger daughter.

19Laban aunswered: It is better that I geue her [vnto] thee, then that I shoulde geue her to another man: abide with me.

20And Iacob serued seuen yere for Rachel: and they seemed vnto hym but a fewe dayes, for the loue he hadde to her.

21And Iacob said vnto Laban: geue [me] my wife that I may lye with her, for my dayes are fulfylled.

22Then Laban gathered together all the men of that place, and made a feast.

23And when euen was come, he toke Lea his daughter, and brought her to hym, and he went in to her.

24And Laban gaue vnto his daughter Lea Zilpha his mayde [to be] her seruaunt.

25And when the mornyng was come, beholde it was Lea. Then sayde he to Laban: Wherefore hast thou played thus with me? dyd not I serue thee for Rachel? wherfore then hast thou begyled me?

26Laban aunswered: It is not the maner of this place, to marry ye younger before the first borne.

27Passe out this weeke, & then we wyll geue thee this also for the seruice whiche thou shalt serue me yet seuen yeres more.

28And Iacob dyd euen so, and passed out the weeke: and then he gaue hym Rachel his daughter to wyfe also.

29And Laban gaue to Rachel his daughter Bilha his handmayde, to be her seruaunt.

30So lay he by Rachel also, and loued Rachel more then Lea, and serued hym yet seuen yeres more.

31When the Lorde sawe that Lea was despised, he made her fruitfull, and Rachel remayned baren.

32And Lea conceaued and bare a sonne, and she called his name Ruben: for she sayde, the Lord hath loked vpon my tribulation: nowe therfore my husband wyll loue me.

33And she conceaued agayne, and bare a sonne, & sayde: The Lorde hath hearde that I am despised, and hath therefore geuen me this [sonne] also: and she called his name Simeon.

34And she conceaued yet, & bare a sonne, and sayde: Nowe this once wyll my husbande kepe me company, because I haue borne him three sonnes: and therfore was his name called Leui.

35And she conceaued yet agayne, and bare hym a sonne, saying: Nowe wyll I prayse the Lorde. Therefore she called his name Iuda, & left bearyng.

Chapter 30[edit]

1Rachel when she sawe that she bare Iacob no children, she enuied her sister, and sayde vnto Iacob: Geue me children, or els I am but dead.

2And Iacobs anger was kyndled agaynst Rachel, and sayde: Am I in Gods steade, whiche kepeth from thee the fruite of thy wombe?

3Then she sayde: Here is my mayde Bilha, go in vnto her, & she shall beare vpon my knees, that I also may haue chyldren by her.

4And she gaue him Bilha her handmayde to wyfe: and Iacob went in vnto her.

5And Bilha conceaued, and bare Iacob a sonne.

6Then saide Rachel: God hath geuen sentence on my side, and hath also heard my voyce, and hath geuen me a sonne: therfore called she hym Dan.

7And Bilha Rachels seruant conceaued againe, & bare Iacob another sonne.

8And Rachel said: With godly wrastlynges haue I wrastled with my sister, & haue gotten the vpper hande: and she called his name Nephthali.

9When Lea sawe that she had left bearyng chyldren she toke Zilpha her mayde, and gaue her Iacob to wyfe.

10And Zilpha Leas mayde bare Iacob a sonne.

11Then sayde Lea, Good lucke: and called his name Gad.

12And Zilpha Leas seruaunt bare Iacob an other sonne.

13Then saide Lea: happy am I, for the daughters wyll call me blessed: and called his name Aser.

14And Ruben went out in the dayes of the wheate haruest, & founde Mandragoras in the fielde, and brought them vnto his mother Lea. Then said Rachel to Lea: Geue me I praye thee of thy sonnes Mandragoras.

15To whom Lea aunswered: Is it not enough that thou hast taken away my husband, but wouldest take away my sonnes Mandragoras also? Then saide Rachel: well, let hym sleepe with thee this night for thy sonnes Mandragoras.

16And Iacob came from the fielde at euen, and Lea went out to meete hym, and sayde: thou shalt come in to me, for I haue bought thee in deede with my sonne Mandragoras. And he slept with her that same nyght.

17And God hearde Lea, that she conceaued, and bare Iacob the fift sonne.

18Then sayde Lea: God hath geuen me a rewarde, because I gaue my mayden to my husbande: and she called him Isachar.

19And Lea conceaued yet agayne, and bare Iacob the sixt sonne.

20And Lea sayde: God hath endued me with a good dowrie, nowe wyll my husbande dwell with me, because I haue borne hym sixe sonnes: and called his name Zabulon.

21After that, she bare a daughter, and called her name Dina.

22And God remembred Rachel, & God hearde her, and made her fruitefull,

23So that she conceaued & bare a sonne: and sayde, God hath taken awaye my rebuke.

24And she called his name Ioseph, saying: the Lorde geue me yet another sonne.

25Assoone as Rachel had borne Ioseph, Iacob sayde to Laban: Send me away, that I maye go vnto my owne place, and to my countrey.

26Geue me my wyues and my chyldren for whom I haue serued thee, and let me go: for thou knowest what seruice I haue done thee.

27To whom Laban aunswered: I pray thee, yf I haue founde fauour in thy syght [tary]: for I haue proued that the Lorde blessed me for thy sake.

28Also he sayde: Appoynt what thy rewarde shalbe, and I wyll geue [it thee.]

29But he saide vnto him: Thou knowest what seruice I haue done thee, and in what takyng thy cattell haue ben vnder me:

30For that litle which thou haddest before I came, is nowe increased into a multitude, and the Lord hath blessed thee through my trauell: but nowe when shall I make prouision for myne owne house also?

31And he sayde: What shall I then geue thee? And Iacob aunswered, Thou shalt geue me nothyng at all: yf thou wylt do this thyng for me, then wyll I turne agayne, feede thy sheepe, and kepe them.

32I wyll go about all thy flockes this day, and seperate from them all the cattell that are spotted & of diuers colours: and all the blacke among the sheepe, & the partie & spotted amongst the kiddes [the same] shalbe my rewarde.

33So shall my ryghteousnes aunswere for me in time to come: for it shal come for my rewarde before thy face. And euery one that is not specked and partie amongst the goates, & blacke amongst the sheepe, let it be compted theft in me.

34And Laban sayde: go to, would God it myght be accordyng to thy saying.

35Therfore he toke out the same day the hee goates that were ryngstraked and of diuers colours, & all the shee goates that were spotted and coloured, and all that had whyte in them, & all the blacke amongst the sheepe, and put them in the kepyng of his sonnes.

36And set three dayes iourney betwixte himselfe and Iacob: and so Iacob kept the rest of Labans sheepe.

37Iacob toke roddes of greene populer, hasell, and chesse nut trees, and pilled whyte strakes in them, and made the whyte appeare in the roddes.

38And put the roddes which he had pilled, [euen] before the sheepe, in the gutters and watryng throughes when the sheepe came to drynke, that they should conceaue when they came to drynke.

39And the sheepe conceaued before the roddes, & brought foorth lambes ryngstraked, spotted, and partie.

40And Iacob did seperate these lambes, and turned the faces of the sheepe whiche were in the flocke of Laban, towarde these ryngstraked, and al maner of blacke: and so put his owne flockes by them selues, and put them not with Labans cattell.

41And in euery conceauyng tyme of the stronger cattel, Iacob layed the roddes before the eyes of the cattell in the gutters, namely that they myght conceaue before the roddes.

42But when the cattell were feeble, he put them not in: and so the feebler were Labans, and the stronger Iacobs

43And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattell, and mayde seruauntes, and man seruauntes, and camels, and asses.

Chapter 31[edit]

1And he heard the wordes of Labans sonnes saying, Iacob hath take away all that was our fathers, and of our fathers [goodes] hath he gotten all his glorie.

2And Iacob behelde the countenaunce of Laban, and beholde, it was not towardes hym as it was wont to be.

3And the Lorde sayde vnto Iacob: turne agayne into the lande of thy fathers, and to thy kynrede, and I wyll be with thee.

4Therfore Iacob sent, & called Rachel and Lea to the fielde vnto his flocke,

5And sayde vnto them: I see your fathers countenauce that it is not toward me as it was wont to be: but the God of my father hath ben with me.

6And ye knowe howe I haue serued your father to the best of my power.

7But your father hath deceaued me, and chaunged my wages ten tymes: but God suffred hym not to hurt me.

8When he sayde, the spotted shalbe thy wages: then al the sheepe bare spotted. And when he sayd, the ringstraked shalbe thy rewarde: then bare all the sheepe ringstraked.

9Thus hath God taken away the increase of your fathers flocke, and geuen it to me.

10But in rammyng tyme, I lifted vp myne eyes, and sawe in a dreame, and beholde, the Rammes leaped vpon the sheepe that were ringstraked, spotted, and partie.

11And the angell of God spake vnto me in a dreame, saying: Iacob? And I aunswered: here am I.

12And he sayd: lift vp nowe thyne eyes, and see all the Rammes leapyng vpon the sheepe that are ringstraked, spotted, and partie: for I haue seene all that Laban doth vnto thee.

13I am the God of Bethel, where thou annoyntedst the stone set vp on an ende, and where thou vowedst a vowe vnto me: nowe therefore aryse, and get thee out of this countrey, and returne vnto the lande where thou wast borne.

14Then aunswered Rachel, and Lea, and said vnto him: haue we had as yet any portion or inheritaunce in our fathers house?

15Doth not he count vs euen as straungers? for he hath solde vs, & hath quite deuoured also our money.

16Therfore all the ryches whiche God hath taken from our father, that is ours and our chyldrens: nowe then whatsoeuer God hath sayde vnto thee, that do.

17Then Iacob rose vp, & set his sonnes and wyues vp vpon camelles:

18And caryed away all his flockes, and all his substaunce whiche he had procured, the increase of his cattell which he had gotten in Mesopotamia, for to go to Isahac his father vnto the lande of Chanaan.

19But Laban was gone to sheare his sheepe: and Rachel had stolen her fathers images.

20And Iacob stale away the heart of Laban the Syrian, in that he tolde him not that he fled.

21So fled he, and all that he had, and made hym selfe redy, and passed ouer the ryuer, and set his face strayght towarde the mounte Gilead.

22Upon the thirde day after, was it told Laban that Iacob fled.

23Then he toke his brethren with him, and folowed after him seuen daies iourney, & ouertoke him at the mounte Gilead.

24And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dreame by nyght, and sayd vnto him: take heede that thou speake not to Iacob ought saue good.

25And Laban ouertoke Iacob, and Iacob had pitched his tent in the mounte: And Laban with his brethren, pitched also vpon the mounte Gilead.

26And Laban said to Iacob: what hast thou done? for thou hast stollen away my heart, and caryed away my daughters as though they had ben taken captiue with the sworde.

27Wherfore wentest thou away secretly vnknowen to me, and dyddest not tell me, that I myght haue let thee go thy way with mirth and songues, with tymbrell and harpe?

28And hast not suffred me to kysse my chyldren and my daughters? thou wast a foole nowe in so doyng.

{verse|31|29}}For it is in my hand through God to do you hurt: But the God of your father spake vnto me yesternight, saying: Take heede that thou speake not to Iacob ought saue good.

30And nowe though thou wouldest nedes be gone away, because thou sore longest after thy fathers house, yet wherfore hast thou stollen my gods?

31Iacob aunswered and sayde to Laban: because I was afrayde, & thought that peraduenture thou wouldest take away thy daughters from me.

32But with whomsoeuer thou findest thy gods, let hym dye. Here before our brethren, seeke that thyne is by me, and take it to thee: But Iacob wyst not that Rachel had stolen them.

33Then went Laban into Iacobs tent, and into Leas tent, and into the two maydseruaunts tentes: but found them not. Then went he out of Leas tent, and entred into Rachels tent:

34And Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camelles strawe, & sate downe vpon them: And Laban tossed vp all ye tent, but found them not.

35Then sayde she to her father: my Lord, be not angry that I can not ryse vp before thee, for the custome of women is come vpon me. So searched he, but founde not those images.

36And Iacob was wroth, and chode with Laban. Iacob also aunswered and sayd to him: what haue I trespassed? or what haue I offended thee, that thou doest sore pursue after me?

37Thou hast tossed vp all my stuffe, and what hast thou founde of all thy householde stuffe? put it here before thy brethren and my brethren, that they may iudge betwixt vs both.

38Behold, this twentie yere haue I ben with thee, thy sheepe and thy goates haue not ben barren, and the rammes of thy flocke haue I not eaten.

39Whatsoeuer was torne [of beastes] I brought it not vnto thee, but made it good my selfe: of my hande diddest thou require it that was stolen by day or nyght.

40I was in suche case, that by day the heate consumed me, and the frost by nyght, and my slepe departed from mine eyes.

41Thus haue I ben twentie yere in thy house, and serued thee fourteene yeres for thy two daughters, and sixe yere for thy sheepe, and thou hast chaunged my rewarde ten tymes.

42And except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the feare of Isahac had ben with me, surely thou haddest sent me away nowe all emptie: but God behelde my tribulation and the labour of my handes, and rebuked [thee] yesternyght.

43And Laban aunswered and sayd vnto Iacob: these daughters are my daughters, and these chyldren are my chyldren, & these sheepe are my sheepe, and all that thou seest is myne: and what can I do this day vnto these my daughters, or vnto their children which they haue borne?

44Nowe therfore come on, and let vs make a league I and thou, which may be a wytnesse betwene me and thee.

45Then toke Iacob a stone, and set it vp on ende.

46And Iacob sayde vnto his brethren: gather stones. And they toke stones, and made an heape: and they dyd eate there vpon the heape.

47And Laban called it Iegar Sahadutha: but Iacob called it Galeed.

48Then saide Laban: this heape is witnesse betwene thee and me this day, therfore it is called Galeed,

49And Mispah: for he said, the Lord loke betwene thee and me when we are departed one from another,

50If thou shalt vexe my daughters, or shalt take other wyues beside my daughters: here is no man with vs, beholde, God [is] wytnesse betwixt me and thee.

51And Laban sayde moreouer to Iacob: beholde this heape, and this stone set vp on ende, whiche I haue layde betwixt me and thee,

52This heape be witnesse, and also this stone set vp on ende, that I wyll not come ouer this heape to thee, and thou shalt not come ouer this heape and this stone set vp on ende vnto me, to do any harme.

53The God of Abraham, and the God of Nachor, and the God of theyr father, be iudge betwixt vs. And Iacob sware by the feare of his father Isahac.

54Then Iacob dyd sacrifice vpon the mounte, and called his brethren to eate bread: and they did eate bread, and taryed all nyght in the hyll.

55And early in the mornyng Laban rose vp, and kyssed his sonnes and his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban departyng, went into his place agayne.

Chapter 32[edit]

1But Iacob went foorth on his iourney, and the angelles of God came and met him.

2And when Iacob saw them, he sayde: this is gods hoste, & called the name of the same place, Mahanaim.

3And Iacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother, vnto the lande of Seir, the fielde of Edom:

4And he commaunded them, saying: Thus shall ye speake to my Lorde Esau, thy seruaunt Iacob sayeth thus: I haue ben a straunger with Laban, and haue stayed there vnto this time.

5And haue oxen, asses, and sheepe, menseruauntes, and womenseruauntes: and haue sent to shewe [it] my Lord, that I may finde grace in thy sight.

6And the messengers came agayne to Iacob, saying: we came to thy brother Esau, and he commeth to meete thee, and hath foure hundred men with him.

7But Iacob was greatly afrayde, and wist not whiche way to turne him selfe: and deuided the people that was with him, and the sheepe, and oxen, and camelles, into two companies:

8And sayd, if Esau come to the one part and smite it, the other shall saue it selfe.

9And Iacob said agayne: O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isahac, Lorde whiche saydest vnto me, returne vnto thy countrey, and to thy kindred, & I will do well with thee:

10I am not worthy of the least of all the mercyes and trueth whiche thou hast shewed vnto thy seruaunt: for with my staffe came I ouer this Iordane, & nowe haue I gotten two companies.

11Deliuer me from the hand of my brother Esau, for I feare hym, lest he wyll come and smyte me, [yea] the mother with the chyldren.

12Thou saydest, I wyll surely do thee good, and make thy seede as the sande of the sea, whiche can not be numbred for multitude.

13And he taryed there that same nyght, and toke of that whiche came to hande, a present for Esau his brother:

14Two hundred shee gotes, and twentie hee gotes, two hundred sheepe, & twentie rammes,

15Thirtie milche camelles with theyr coltes, fourtie kine, and ten bulles, twentie shee asses, and ten foales:

16And deliuered them into the handes of his seruauntes, euery droue by them selues, and sayde vnto his seruauntes: go foorth before me, and put a space betwixt droue and droue.

17And he commaunded the formost, saying: If Esau my brother meete thee, and aske thee, saying, whose art thou? and whyther goest thou? and whose are these [that go] before thee?

18Thou shalt say, they be thy seruaunt Iacobs, and it is a present sent vnto my Lorde Esau, and beholde, he him selfe commeth after vs.

19And so commaunded he the seconde, and the thirde, and all that folowed the droues, saying: on this maner see that you speake vnto Esau when ye meete hym.

20And say moreouer: beholde, thy seruaunt Iacob also commeth after vs: for he sayde, I wyll appeace his wrath with the present that goeth before me, and afterward I will see him my selfe, peraduenture he wyll receaue me to grace.

21So went the present before hym: and he taryed al that night in the company.<

22And he rose vp the same nyght, and toke his two wyues, & his two maydeseruauntes, and his eleuen sonnes, and went ouer the forde Iaboc.

23And he toke them, and sent them ouer the ryuer, and sent ouer that he had.

24And Iacob was left hym selfe alone: and there wrasteled a man with hym, vnto the breakyng of the day.

25And when he sawe that he coulde not preuayle agaynst hym, he smote hym vpon the hucklebone of his thigh, and the hucklebone of Iacobs thigh loosed out of ioynt as he wrastled with him.

26And he said: let me go, for the day breaketh. Whiche aunswered: I will not let thee go, except thou blesse me.

27And he sayde vnto hym: what is thy name? He aunswered: Iacob.

28He sayde: thy name shalbe called no more Iacob, but Israel: For as a prince hast thou wrasteled with God, and with men, and hast preuayled.

29And Iacob asked him, saying: tell me thy name. And he sayde: wherefore doest thou aske after my name? And he blessed hym there.

30And Iacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I haue seene God face to face, and my life is preserued.

31And as he went ouer Peniel, the sunne rose vpon hym, and he halted vpon his thigh.

32And therefore it is that the chyldren of Israel eate not of the sinnowe that shranke in that place of the thigh, vnto this day: because that he touched the hucklebone of Iacobs thigh, about the sinnowe that shranke.

Chapter 33[edit]

1Iacob lyftyng vp his eyes, looked, and beholde Esau came, hauyng with hym foure hundred men: and he deuided the childre vnto Lea, and vnto Rachel, and vnto the two handmaydens.

2And he put the handmaydens & theyr chyldren formost, and Lea and her children after, and Rachel and Ioseph hindermost.

3And he went before them, and bowed him selfe to the grounde seuen tymes, vntill he came to his brother.

4Esau ranne to meete hym, and imbraced him, and fel on his necke, and kissed him, and they wept.

5And he lyft vp his eyes, and sawe the women & the children, and said: whence hast thou these? And he aunswered: they are the children which god hath geuen thy seruaunt.

6Then came the handmaydens foorth, and their chyldren, and dyd their obeysaunce.

7Lea also with her children, came and dyd their obeysaunce? And last of all came Ioseph and Rachel, and dyd theyr obeysaunce.

8And he sayde: what is all the droue whiche I met? He aunswered: that I may finde grace in the sight of my lorde.

9And Esau saide: I haue inough my brother, kepe that thou hast vnto thy selfe.

10And Iacob answered: Nay I pray thee, but if I haue founde grace in thy sight, receaue I pray thee my present of my hande: for I haue seene thy face, as though I had seene the face of God, and so thou hast receaued me to grace.

11Oh take my blessyng that is brought thee: for God hath had mercy on me, and I haue inough. And so he compelled him, and he toke it,

12And he saide: let vs take our iourney, and go, I wyll go before thee.

13Iacob aunswered him: my lord, thou knowest that the chyldren are tender, and the small and great cattell with young vnder my handes, which if men should ouerdryue but euen one day, all the flocke wyll dye.

14Oh let my Lorde go before his seruaunt, and I wyll dryue fayre and softly, according as the cattell that goeth before me, and the chyldren be able to endure, vntill I come vnto my Lord vnto Seir.

15And Esau sayd: I will leaue some of my folke with thee. And he aunswered: what needeth it? I shall finde grace in the sight of my Lorde.

16So Esau went his way agayne that same day vnto Seir.

17And Iacob toke his iourney towarde Suchoth, and buylt him an house, and made boothes for his cattell: and therefore is it, that the name of the place is called Suchoth.

18And Iacob came to Sale, a citie of Sichem, whiche is in the lande of Chanaan, after that he was come from Mesopotamia, and pitched before the citie.

19And bought a parcell of grounde, where he pitched his tent, of the chyldren of Hemor Sichems father, for an hundreth peeces of money.

20And he made there an aulter, and called it, the mightie God of Israel.

Chapter 34[edit]

1Dina the daughter of Lea, whiche she bare vnto Iacob, went out to see the daughters of the lande.

2Whom whe Sichem the sonne of Hemor the Heuite Lorde of the countrey sawe, he toke her, & lay with her, and forced her.

3And his heart laye vnto Dina the daughter of Iacob, and he loued that damsell, and spake kyndly vnto her.

4And Sichem spake vnto his father Hemor, saying: get me this mayden vnto my wyfe.

5And Iacob heard that he had defiled Dina his daughter, (his sonnes beyng with their cattell in the fielde and Iacob helde his peace vntill they were come.

6And Hemor the father of Sichem, went out vnto Iacob to common with hym.

7And when the sonnes of Iacob (comming out of the fielde) hearde it, it greeued them, and they were not a little wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel, in that he had lien with Iacobs daughter, which thing ought not to be done.

8And Hemor communed with them, saying: the soule of my sonne Sichem, longeth for your daughter, I pray you geue her him to wyfe.

9And make maryages with vs, and geue your daughters vnto vs, and take our daughters vnto you.

10And ye shall dwell with vs, and the lande shalbe before you: dwell, and do your busines therein, and haue possessions therin.

11And Sichem said, vnto her father and vnto her brethren: let me finde grace in your eyes, and whatsoeuer ye appoint me, that wyll I geue.

12Aske freely of me both dowry and gyftes, and I wyll geue accordyng as ye say vnto me, so that ye geue me the damsell to wyfe.

13But the sonnes of Iacob aunswered to Sichem and Hemor his father, talking amongest themselues deceiptfully, because he had defiled Diua their sister.

14And they sayde vnto them: we can not do this thing, that we shoulde geue our sister to one that is vncircumcised, for that were an abomination vnto vs.

15But in this will we consent vnto you: if ye wyll be as we be, & all the males amongest you be circumcised:

16Then wyll we geue our daughters vnto you, and take your daughters to vs, and will dwell with you, and be one people.

17But and if ye wyll not hearken vnto vs to be circumcised, then wyll we take our daughter, and go our wayes.

18Theyr wordes pleased Hemor, and Sichem his sonne.

19And the young man deferde not for to do the thing, because he had a lust to Iacobs daughter: he was also most set by, of all that was in his fathers house.

20Then Hemor and Sichem his sonne went vnto the gate of their citie, and communed with the men of their citie, saying:

21These men lyue peaceably among vs, and dwell in the lande, and do theyr occupation therein: and beholde, the lande is large inough for them, we will take their daughters to wiues, & geue them our daughters.

22Only herein will they consent vnto vs for to dwell with vs, and to be one people: if all the males that are among vs be circumcised, as they are circumcised?

23Shall not their goodes and their substaunce, and all their cattell be ours? let vs only consent vnto them, and they will dwell with vs.

24And vnto Hemor & Sichem his sonne, hearkened all that went out at the gate of his citie: and all the males were circumcised, whatsoeuer went out at the gate of his citie.

25And the thirde day, whyles they were sore, two of the sonnes of Iacob, Simeon & Leui Dinas brethren, toke eyther of them his sworde, and went into the citie boldely, and slue all that was male,

26And slue also Hemor and Sithem his sonne with the edge of the sworde, and toke Dina out of Sichems house, and went theyr way.

27And the sonnes of Iacob commyng vpon the dead, spoyled the citie, because they had defiled their sister.

28And toke their sheepe, oxen, and their asses, and whatsoeuer was in the citie, and also in the fieldes.

29And all their goodes, and all their children, and their wiues, toke they captiue, and made hauocke of all that was in the house.

30But Iacob sayde to Simeon & Leui: ye haue troubled me, and made me to be abhorred of the inhabitours of the land of the Chanaanite and the Pherezite: and I beyng fewe in number, they shall gather the selues together against me, and slay me, and so shall I and my house be destroyed.

31And they aunswered: shoulde he deale with our sister, as with an harlot?

Chapter 35[edit]

1And God sayd vnto Iacob: aryse, and get thee vp to Bethel, and dwell there, and make there an aulter vnto God that appeared vnto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.

2Then sayde Iacob vnto his householde, and to all that were with hym: put away the straunge gods that are among you, and be cleane, and chaunge your garmentes.

3For we wyll aryse and go vp to Bethel, and I wyll make an aulter there vnto God, whiche hearde me in the day of my affliction, and was with me in the way whiche I went.

4And they gaue vnto Iacob all the straunge gods whiche they had in their hand, and al their earinges which were in theyr eares, and Iacob hyd them vnder an oke whiche was by Sichem.

5And when they departed, the feare of God fel vpon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue the sonnes of Iacob.

6So came Iacob to Luz, whiche is in the lande of Chanaan (the same is Bethel) he and all the people that was with him.

7And he builded there an aulter, and called the place, the God of Bethel, because that god appeared vnto him there when he fled fro the face of his brother.

8But Debora Rebeccas nurse died, and was buryed beneath Bethel vnder an oke: and the name of it was called, the oke of lamentation.

9And God appeared vnto Iacob agayne, after he came out of Mesopotamia, and blessed him.

10And God sayd vnto him: thy name is Iacob, notwithstanding thou shalt be no more called Iacob, but Israel shalbe thy name: & he called his name Israel.

11And God sayd vnto him: I am God almightie, be fruitefull and multiplie: a nation, and a multitude of nations shall spring of thee, yea and kinges shall come out of thy loynes.

12And the lande which I gaue Abraham and Isahac, wil I geue vnto thee, and vnto thy seede after thee wyll I geue that lande also.

13And so God departed from him, in the place where he had talked with him.

14And Iacob set vp on ende in the place where he talked with him [euen] a stone set he vp on ende, & powred drinke offering theron, & powred also oyle theron.

15And Iacob called the name of the place where God spake with hym, Bethel.

16And they departed from Bethel: and when he was but a fielde breadth from Ephrath, Rachel began to trauell, and in trauayling, she was in perill:

17And as she was in paynes of her labour, the midwife saide vnto her: feare not, for this sonne is thyne also.

18Then as her soule was a departing (for she died) she called his name Benoni, but his father called hym Beniamin.

19And thus died Rachel, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, whiche is Bethlehem.

20And Iacob set vp a stone on ende vpon her graue: whiche is called Rachels grauestone vnto this day.

21And Israel went thence, and pitched his tent beyonde the towre of Eder.

22And as Israel dwelt in that land, Ruben went and lay with Bilha his fathers concubine: And it came to Israels eare. The sonnes of Iacob were twelue in number.

23The sonnes of Lea: Ruben Iacobs first borne sonne, and Simeon, & Leui, and Iuda, and Isachar, and Zabulon.

24The sonnes of Rachel: Ioseph and Beniamin.

25And the sonnes of Bilha Rachels handmayde: Dan and Nephthali.

26And the sonnes of Zilpha Leas handmayde: Gad and Aser: These are the sonnes of Iacob which were borne him in Mesopotamia.

27And so Iacob came vnto Isahac his father to Mamre, vnto Ciriath-arba, whiche is Hebron, where Abraham and Isahac dwelt.

28And the dayes of Isahac were an hundred and fourescore yeres.

29And Isahac decayed away, and dyed, and was layde vnto his people, beyng olde and full of dayes: and his sonnes Esau and Iacob buryed him.

Chapter 36[edit]

1These are the generations of Esau, the same is Edom.

2Esau toke his wiues of ye daughters of Chanaan: Ada ye daughter of Ebon an Hethite, and Aholibama the daughter of Ana, the daughter of Sibeon an Heuite,

3And Basemath Ismaels daughter, and sister of Nebaioth.

4And Ada bore vnto Esau Eliphas: and Basemath bare Rehuel.

5And Aholibama bare Iehus, and Ialam, and Corah. These are the sonnes of Esau, whiche were borne hym in the lande of Chanaan.

6And Esau toke his wyues, and his sonnes and daughters, and al the soules of his house, his goods, and all his cattell, and al his substaunce which he had got in the lande of Chanaan, and went into a countrey away from the face of his brother Iacob.

7For theyr ryches was much, and they coulde not dwell together: and the land wherein they were straungers coulde not receaue them, because of theyr possessions.

8Thus dwelt Esau in mounte Seir, the same Esau, is Edom.

9These are the generations of Esau, father of the Edomites in mount Seir.

10And these are the names of Esaus sonnes: Eliphas the sonne of Ada, the wyfe of Esau, and Rehuel the sonne of Basemath the wife of Esau.

11And the sonnes of Eliphas, were Theman, Omar, Sepho, and Gatham, and Cenaz.

12And Thimna was concubine to Eliphas Esaus sonne, and bare vnto Eliphas Amalec: and these be the sonnes of Ada Esaus wife.

13And these are the sonnes of Rehuel: Nahath, and Zerah, Samma, and Mizza: these were ye sonnes of Basemath Esaus wyfe.

14And these were the sonnes of Aholibama the daughter of Ana, daughter of Sebeon Esaus wife: and she bare vnto Esau, Iehus, and Ialam and Corah.

15These were dukes of the sonnes of Esau. The children of Eliphas the first borne sonne of Esau were these.

16Duke Theman, duke Omar, duke Sepho, duke Cenaz, and duke Corah, duke Gatham, & duke Amalec: these are the dukes that came of Eliphas in the lande of Edom, and these were the sonnes of Ada.

17These also are the children of Rehuel Esaus sonne: duke Nahath, duke Serah, duke Samma, duke Mizza. These are the dukes that came of Rehuel, in the lande of Edom: and these are the sonnes of Basemath Esaus wyfe.

18These were the chyldren of Aholibama Esaus wyfe: duke Iehus, duke Ialam, duke Corah: these dukes came of Aholibama the daughter of Ana Esaus wyfe.

19These are the chyldren of Esau, and these are the dukes of them, whiche Esau is Edom.

20These are the chyldren of Seir the Horite, the inhabitauntes of the lande, Lotan, and Sobal, & Sebeon, & Ana,

21And Dison, and Eser, and Disan: these are the dukes of the Horites the chyldren of Seir in the lande of Edom.

22 And the chyldren of Lotan, were Hori, and Hemam: and Lotans sister [was called] Thimna.

23The chyldren of Sobal were these: Aluan, and Manahath, and Ebal, Sepho, and Onam.

24These are the chyldren of Sebeon, both Aia and Ana: this was that Ana that founde mules in the wyldernesse as she fedde her father Sebeons asses.

25The chyldren of Ana were these: Dison, & Aholibama the daughter of Ana.

26These are the chyldren of Dison: Hemdan, and Esban, and Iethran, and Cheran.

27The chyldren of Eser are these: Bilhan, and Saauan, and Acan.

28The chyldren of Disan also are these: Us and Aran.

29These are the dukes that came of the Horites: duke Laton, duke Sobal, duke Sebeon, duke Ana,

30Duke Dison, duke Eser, duke Disan: these be the dukes that came of Hori, after theyr dukedoms in the lande of Seir.

31These are the kinges that raigned in the lande of Edom, before there raigned any king vpon the chyldren of Israel.

32Bela the sonne of Beor raigned in Edom: and the name of his citie was Dinhabah.

33And when Bela dyed, Iobab the sonne of Serah out of Bosra, raigned in his steade.

34When Iobab also was dead, Husam of the lande of Temani, raigned in his steade.

35And after the death of Husam, Hadad the sonne of Bedad, which slew the Madianites in the field of the Moabites, raigned in his steade: & the name of his citie was Auith.

36When Hadad was dead, Samlah of Masrecah raigned in his steade.

37When Samlah was dead, Saul of the ryuer of Rehoboth raigned in his steade.

38When Saul was dead, Baal-hanan the sonne of Achbor raigned in his steade.

39And after the death of Baal-hanan the sonne of Achbor, Hadar raigned in his steade: and ye name of his citie was Pau, & his wyfes name Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab.

40These are the names of the dukes that came of Esau, accordyng to their kinredes, places, & names: duke Timna, duke Aluah, duke Ietheth.

41Duke Aholibamah, duke Elah, duke Pinon,

42Duke Cenaz, duke Theman, duke Mibsar,

43Duke Magdiel, duke Iran. These be the dukes of Edom, accordyng to their habitations in the lande of their possessions. This Esau is the father of the Edomites.

Chapter 37[edit]

1Iacob dwelt in the land wherin his father was long a straunger, euen in ye lande of Chanaan.

2These are ye generations of Iacob: when Ioseph was seuenteen yeres olde, he kept sheepe with his brethren, and the ladde was with ye sonnes of Bilha, and with the sonnes of Zilpha, his fathers wyues. And Ioseph brought vnto his father their euyll report.

3But Israel loued Ioseph more then all his chyldren, because he begate hym in his olde age: and he made hym a coate of many colours.

4And when his brethren saw that their father loued hym more then all his brethren, they hated hym, and coulde not speake peaceably vnto hym.

5Moreouer, when Ioseph had dreamed a dreame, he tolde it his brethren, which hated hym yet the more.

6And he said vnto them: Heare I pray you this dreame which I haue dreamed.

7Beholde, we were byndyng sheaues in the fielde: and lo, my sheafe arose and stoode vpright, & beholde, your sheaues stoode rounde about, and made obeysaunce to my sheafe.

8To whom his brethren sayde: Shalt thou be a kyng in deede on vs? or shalt thou in deede haue dominion ouer vs? And they hated hym yet the more, because of his dreames and of his wordes.

9And he dreamed yet another dreame, and tolde it his brethren, saying: behold I haue had one dreame more, and beholde, the sunne, and the moone, & 11 starres made obeysaunce to me.

10And when he had tolde it to his father and his brethren, his father rebuked hym, and sayde vnto him: What is this dreame that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren in deede come to bowe to thee?

11And his brethren enuied hym: but his father noted the saying.

12His brethren also went to kepe his fathers cattell in Sichem.

13And Israel sayde vnto Ioseph: do not thy brethren kepe in Sichem? come, and I wyll sende thee to them.

14He aunswered: here am I. And he sayde vnto hym: Go [I praye thee] see whether it be well with thy brethren and the cattell, and bryng me worde agayne. And so he sent hym out of the vale of Hebron, & he came to Sichem.

15And a certayne man founde hym, and beholde he was wandryng out of his waye in the fielde, and the man asked hym: what sekest thou?

16He aunswered: I seke my brethren, tell me I praye thee where they kepe [cattell]

17And the man sayde, They are departed hence: for I haue hearde them say, let vs go vnto Dothan. Thus went Ioseph after his brethren, and founde them in Dothan.

18And when they sawe hym a farre of, before he came at them, they toke councell agaynst hym for to slea hym.

19For one sayde to another: behold, this notable dreamer commeth.

20Come nowe therefore and let vs slaye hym, and cast hym into some pit, and we wyll say, some naughtie beast hath deuoured hym: and we shall see what wyll come of his dreames.

21When Ruben hearde that, he ryd hym out of their handes, and sayde: let vs not kyll hym.

22And Ruben sayde moreouer vnto the: shed no blood [but] cast hym into this pit that is in the wyldernesse, and laye no hande vppon hym: [this he sayde] namely that he myght ryd hym out of their handes, and delyuer hym to his father agayne.

23And when Ioseph was come vnto his brethren, they strypt hym out of his coate, his partie coloured coate that was vpon hym.

24And they toke hym, and cast hym into an emptie pit, wherein was no water.

25And they sate them downe to eate bread: and as they lyft vp their eyes and loked about, and behold there came a company of Ismaelites from Gilead, and their camelles laden with spicerie, bawlme, and mirrhe, and were goyng downe ta cary it to Egypt.

26And Iuda sayde vnto his brethren: What auayleth it yf we slay our brother, and kepe his blood secrete?

27Come on, and let vs sell hym to the Ismaelites, and let not our hande be vpon him: for he is our brother and our fleshe. And his brethren were content.

28Then as the Madianites marchaunt men passed by, they drewe and lyft Ioseph out of the pit, and solde him vnto the Ismaelites for twentie peeces of syluer. And they brought Ioseph into Egypt.

29Then Ruben came agayne vnto the pit, and beholde, Ioseph [was] not in the pit: then he rent his clothes,

30And went agayne vnto his brethren, saying: the lad is not [yonder] wo is me, whyther shall I go?

31And they toke Iosephes coate, and kylled a kyd, and dipped the coate in the blood.

32And they sent that partie coloured coate, and caused it to be brought vnto their father, and sayde: This haue we founde, see whether it be thy sonnes coate, or no.

33And he knewe it, saying: It is my sonnes coate, a naughtie beast hath deuoured hym, Ioseph is without doubt rent in peeces.

34And Iacob rent his clothes, & put sackcloth about his loynes, and mourned for his sonne a long season.

35But all his sonnes & all his daughters rose vp to comfort hym: neuerthelesse he woulde not be comforted, but sayde, I wyll go downe into the graue vnto my sonne, mournyng: And thus his father wept for hym.

36And the Madianites solde hym in Egypt vnto Putiphar, chiefe officer of Pharaos, and his chiefe stewarde.

Chapter 38[edit]

1About that tyme Iudas went downe from his brethren, and gate him to a man called Hirah of Adulam.

2And there he saw ye daughter of a man called Sua, a Chanaanite: and he toke her, and went in to her.

3And she conceaued, and bare a sonne, and called his name Er.

4And she conceaued agayne, and bare a sonne, and called hym Onan.

5And she conceaued agayne, and bare yet a sonne, whom she called Selah: & he was at Chezib whe she bare him.

6And Iudas gaue Er his first borne sonne a wyfe, whose name was Thamar.

7And Er Iudas first borne sonne was wicked in the syght of the Lorde, and the Lorde slewe hym.

8And Iudas sayde vnto Onan: Go in to thy brothers wyfe, and marrie her, that thou mayest stirre vp seede vnto thy brother.

9And when Onan perceaued that the seede shoulde not be his, therfore when he wet in to his brothers wyfe, he spylled it on the grounde, & gaue not seede vnto his brother.

10And the thyng which he dyd, displeased the Lorde: wherfore he slewe hym also.

11Then sayde Iudas to Thamar his daughter in lawe: Remayne a wydowe at thy fathers house, tyll Selah my sonne be growen. (For he sayde, lest peraduenture he dye also as his brethren dyd.) And Thamar went & dwelt in her fathers house.

12And in processe of tyme, the daughter of Sua Iudas wyfe dyed: Then Iudas when he had left mournyng, went vnto his sheepe shearers to Thinmath, he and his friende Hirah of Adulam.

13And one tolde Thamar, saying: beholde, thy father in lawe goeth vp to Thimnath to sheare his sheepe.

14And she put her widowes garmentes of from her, and couered her with a vayle, and disguysed her selfe, and sate her downe in an open place, whiche is by the way syde to Thimnath, for because that she sawe Selah was growen, and she was not geuen vnto hym to wyfe.

15When Iuda sawe her, he thought it had ben an harlot, because she had couered her face.

16And he turned to her vnto the way, & sayde, Come I praye thee, let me lye with thee. (For he knewe not that it was his daughter in law.) And she answered: What wylt thou geue me for to lye with thee?

17Then sayde he: I wyll sende thee a kyd from the flocke. She sayde: Then geue me a pledge tyll thou sende it.

18He sayde: What pledge shall I geue thee? She sayde: Thy signet, thy bracelet, and thy staffe that is in thyne hande. And he gaue it her, and laye by her: and she was with chylde by hym.

19And she gate her vp, and went, and put her vayle from her, and put on her wydowes rayment.

20And Iudas sent the kyd by his friende Adulam, for to receaue his pledge againe from the womans hand: but he founde her not.

21Then asked he the men of the same place, saying: where is the harlot that sate openly by ye wayes syde? They aunswered: There is no harlot here.

22He came therfore to Iuda againe, and sayde vnto hym, I can not fynde her: and also the men of the place sayde, that there was no harlot there.

23And Iuda sayde: Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed: beholde, I sent the kyd, & thou hast not found her.

24And it came to passe, after three monethes one tolde Iuda, saying: Thamar thy daughter in lawe hath played the harlot, and with playing the harlot is become great with chylde. And Iuda sayde: Bryng her foorth, that she may be brent.

25And when they brought her foorth, she sent to her father in lawe, saying: By the man vnto whom these thynges [pertaine] am I with chylde: And saide also, Loke I pray thee whose are these, this seale, and this bracelet, and this staffe.

26And Iuda acknowledged them, and saide: She hath ben more righteous then I, because I gaue her not Selah my sonne. And he lay with her no more.

27But when the tyme was come that she shoulde be deliuered, beholde there was two twynnes in her wombe.

28And when she trauayled, the [one] put out his hande, & the mydwyfe toke & bounde a red [threede] about it, saying: this is come out first.

29And he plucked his hand backe againe, and beholde, his brother came out. And she sayde: Wherefore hast thou rent a rent vppon thee? and called his name Phares.

30Afterward came out his brother, that had the red threede about his hande: and his name was called Zarah.

Chapter 39[edit]

1Ioseph was brought vnto Egypt, and Putiphar, a Lorde of Pharaos, and his chiefe stewarde, an Egyptian, bought hym of the Ismaelites, whiche had brought hym thyther.

2And God was with Ioseph, and he became a luckie man, continuyng in the house of his maister the Egyptian.

3And his maister saw that God was with hym, and that God made all that he dyd to prosper in his hande.

4And Ioseph founde grace in his maisters syght, and serued hym: And he made hym ouerseer of his house, & put all that he had in his hande.

5And it came to passe from the tyme that he had made hym ouerseer of his house, and ouer all that he had, the Lorde blessed the Egyptians house for Iosephes sake: and the blessyng of the Lorde was vpon all that he had in the house and in the fielde.

6And therfore he left all that he had in Iosephes hande: and he knewe nothyng with hym, saue onlye the breade which he dyd eate. And Ioseph was a goodly person, and a well fauoured.

7And after this, his maisters wyfe cast her eyes vpon Ioseph, and saide: [come] lye with me.

8But he refused, and sayde vnto his maisters wyfe: Beholde, my maister woteth not what he hath in the house with me, and hath committed all that he hath to my hande.

9There is no man greater in the house then I, neither hath he kept any thyng from me but only thee, because thou art his wyfe: how then can I do euen this so great a wickednes, & sinne against God?

10And after this maner spake she to Ioseph day by day: but he hearkened not vnto her to sleepe neare her, or to be in her company.

11And on a certaine conuenient day, Ioseph entred into the house to do his businesse, and there was none of the housholde by, in the house.

12Then she caught him by the garment, saying: lye with me. And he left his garment in her hande, and fledde, and got hym out.

13And when she sawe that he had lefte his garment in her hande, and was fled out:

14She called vnto the men of her house, and tolde them, saying: See, he hath brought in an Hebrue vnto vs, to do vs shame: for he came in to me to haue lyen with me, and I began to crie with a loude voyce:

15And when he hearde that I lyft vp my voyce and cryed, he left his garment with me, & fled away, and got hym out.

16And she layed vp his garment by her, vntyll her Lorde came home.

17And she tolde him with these wordes, saying: This Hebrue seruaunt whiche thou hast brought vnto vs, came vnto me to do me shame.

18But assoone as I lyft vp my voyce and cryed, he left his garment with me, and fledde out.

19When his maister hearde the wordes of his wyfe whiche she tolde hym, saying, after this maner dyd thy seruaunt to me: he waxed wroth.

20And Iosephes maister toke hym, and put hym in pryson, euen into the place where the kynges prysoners laye bounde: and there continued he in prison.

21But the Lord was with Ioseph, and shewed hym mercie, and got hym fauour in the sight of the lord of the prison.

22And the keper of the prison committed to Iosephes hande all the prisoners that were in the prison house, and what so euer was done there, that dyd he.

23And the keper of the prison loked vnto nothyng that was vnder his hande, seyng that the Lord was with hym: For whatsoeuer he dyd, the Lorde made it to prosper.

Chapter 40[edit]

1And it came to passe after these thynges, that the butler of ye king of Egypt and his baker, had offended their lorde the kyng of Egypt.

2And Pharao was angry agaynst his two officers, agaynst the chiefe butler and the chiefe baker.

3And put them in warde in his chiefe stewardes house, euen in the prison and place where Ioseph was bounde.

4And the chiefe steward gaue Ioseph a charge with them, & he serued them: and they continued a season in warde.

5And they dreamed eyther of them in one night, both the butler and the baker of the kyng of Egypt, whiche were bounde in the pryson house, eyther of them his dreame, & eche mans dreame of a sundry interpretation.

6When Ioseph came in vnto them in the mornyng, and loked vpon them, beholde they were sadde.

7And he asked Pharaos chiefe officers that were with hym in his maisters warde, saying: Wherfore loke ye so sadlye to day?

8They aunswered him: We haue dreamed a dreame, and haue no man to declare it. And Ioseph sayde vnto them: do not interpretinges belong to God? tell me I pray you.

9And the chiefe butler tolde his dreame to Ioseph, and saide vnto him: In my dreame, me thought there stoode a vine before me,

10And in the vine [were] three braunches, and it was as though it budded, & her blossomes shot foorth: and the clusters therof brought foorth rype grapes.

11And I had Pharaos cup in my hand, and toke of the grapes and pressed them in Pharaos cuppe, and deliuered Pharaos cuppe into his hande.

12And Ioseph sayde vnto hym, this is the interpretatio of it. The three braunches are three dayes.

13For within three dayes shall Pharao lyft vp thine head, and restore thee into thine office agayne, and thou shalt deliuer Pharaos cup into his hande after the olde maner when thou wast his butler.

14But thynke on me when thou art in good case, and shewe mercy [I praye thee] vnto me, and make mention of me to Pharao, & bring me out of this house:

15For I was priuily by stealth taken away out of the lande of the Hebrewes: and here also haue I done nothyng at all wherfore they shoulde haue put me into this dungeon.

16When the chiefe baker sawe that the interpretatio was good, he sayd vnto Ioseph: me thought also in my dreame that I had three whyte wycker baskettes on my head,

17And in the vppermost basket there was of all maner bake meates for Pharao, and the birdes dyd eate them out of the basket that was vpon my head.

18And Ioseph aunswered and saide: this is the interpretation thereof. The three baskettes, are three dayes:

19For within three dayes shall Pharao take thy head from thee, and shall hang thee on a tree, and the birdes shall eate thy fleshe from of thee.

20And it came to passe the thirde day, which was Pharaos birth day, that he made a feast vnto all his seruauntes: and he lyfted vp the head of the chiefe butler, and of the chiefe baker among his seruauntes:

21And restored the chiefe butler vnto his butlership agayne, whiche also reached the cuppe into Pharaos hande.

22But he hanged the chiefe baker, euen as Ioseph had interpreted vnto him.

23Neither dyd the chiefe butler remember Ioseph, but forgat hym.

Chapter 41[edit]

1And after two yeres Pharao dreamed, and beholde, he thought that he stoode by a ryuers syde.

2And there came out of the ryuer seuen goodly kyne, and fat fleshed, and fedde in a medowe.

3And seuen other kyne came vp after them out of the ryuer, euyll fauoured, and leane fleshed, & stoode by the other kyne vpon the brynke of the ryuer.

4And the euyll fauoured & leane fleshed kyne dyd eate vp the seuen well fauoured and fat kyne: and Pharao awoke.

5And he slept agayne, and dreamed the seconde tyme: and beholde, seuen eares of corne grewe vppon one stalke, ranke and goodly.

6And agayne, seuen thinne eares, blasted with the east winde sprang vp after them.

7And the seuen thinne eares deuoured the seuen ranke & full eares. And Pharao awaked, and see [it was] a dreame.

8And when the mornyng came, his spirite was troubled, and he sent and called for all the southsayers of Egypt, and all the wyse men thereof: and Pharao tolde them his dreame, but there was none of them that coulde interprete it vnto Pharao.

9The spake the chiefe butler vnto Pharao, saying: I do remember my faultes this day:

10Pharao beyng angry with his seruauntes, put in warde in the chiefe stewardes house both me, and the chiefe baker.

11And we dreamed both of vs in one nyght, and eche mans dreame of a sundry interpretation.

12And there was with vs a young man, an Hebrue borne, seruaunt vnto the chiefe stewarde: to whom when we tolde them, he declared our dreames to vs, accordyng to eyther of our dreames.

13And as he declared them to vs, euen so it came to passe: For he restored me to myne office agayne, and hanged hym.

14Pharao sent therfore and called Ioseph: and they brought him hastyly out of the dungeon. And he shaued himselfe and chaunged his rayment, and came vnto Pharao.

15And Pharao sayde vnto Ioseph: I haue dreamed a dreame, & no man can interprete it: & I haue heard say of thee that assoone as thou hearest a dreame, thou canst interprete it.

16Ioseph aunswered Pharao, saying: Not I, but God shall geue Pharao an aunswere of peace.

17And Pharao sayde vnto Ioseph: In my dreame me thought I stoode by a ryuers syde,

18And there came out of the ryuer seuen fat flesshed and well fauoured kyne, and fedde in a medowe.

19And then seuen other kyne came out after them, poore, and very yll fauoured and leane flesshed, such as I neuer saw in all the lande of Egypt, they were so yll fauoured.

20And the seuen leane and yll fauoured kyne, did eate vp the first seuen fat kine:

21And when they had eaten them vp, a man coulde not perceaue that they had eaten them, but they were styll yll fauoured as they were at the begynnyng: and I awoke.

22And I saw againe in my dreame, and beholde, seuen eares sprang out of one stalke, full and fayre.

23And beholde, seuen eares agayne withered, thinne, and blasted with the east wynde, sprang vp after them.

24And the thinne eares deuoured the seuen good eares: and I haue tolde the southsayers, but there was no man that coulde tell what it meaneth.

25And Ioseph aunswered Pharao: [both] Pharaos dreames are one, God hath shewed Pharao what he is about to do.

26The seuen good kyne, are seuen yeres, and the seuen good eares are seue yeres also: and it is but one dreame.

27Lykewyse the seuen thinne and euyll fauoured kine that came vp after them, are seuen yeres, and the seuen emptie & blasted eares with the east wynde, shalbe seuen yeres of famine.

28This worde which I haue sayde vnto Pharao, is it that God is about to do, and sheweth it vnto Pharao.

29Beholde there come seuen yeres of great plenteousnes throughout all the lande of Egypt.

30And agayne, there shall aryse after them seuen yeres of famine, and all the plenteousnes shalbe forgotten in the lande of Egypt: and the famine shall consume the lande.

31Neither shall the plenteousnes be knowen in the lande, by reason of that famine that [shall come] after: for it shalbe exceedyng great.

32And as concernyng that the dreame was doubled vnto Pharao the seconde tyme: beholde, the thyng is certainly prepared of God, and God wyll shortly bryng it to passe.

33Nowe therfore let Pharao prouide for a man of vnderstandyng, and wisedome, & set him ouer the land of Egypt.

34And let Pharao do this also, that he make officers ouer the lande, & take vp the fift part of the inheritaunce in ye land of Egypt in the seuen plenteous yeres.

35And let them gather all the foode of these good yeres that come: and laye vp corne vnder the hande of Pharao, and let them kepe foode in the cities.

36And so shall that foode be for store in the lande agaynst the seuen yeres of famine, which shall come in the lande of Egypt, that ye lande perishe not through famine.

37And the saying seemed good in ye eyes of Pharao, and in the eyes of all his seruauntes.

38Then saide Pharao vnto his seruauntes: May there be founde a man suche as this is, in whom the spirite of God is?

39And Pharao saide vnto Ioseph: Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is no man of vnderstandyng or of wisedome lyke vnto thee.

40Thou therfore shalt be ouer my house, and accordyng to thy worde shall all my people be ruled: only in the [kynges] seate wyll I be aboue thee.

41And Pharao sayde agayne vnto Ioseph: beholde, I haue set thee ouer all the lande of Egypt.

42And Pharao toke of his ryng from his hande, and put it vpon Iosephes hande: & arayed him in cloth of raynes, & put a golden cheyne about his necke.

43And set hym vpon the best charet he had saue one: and they cried before him, tender father, and made hym ruler ouer all the lande of Egypt.

44And moreouer Pharao said vnto Ioseph: I am Pharao, and without thee shal no man lyft vp his hande or foote in all the lande of Egypt.

45And Pharao called Iosephes name Zaphnath Paaneach, & he gaue hym to wyfe Asnath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. Then went Ioseph ouer the lande of Egypt.

46(And he was thirtie yere olde when he stoode before Pharao king of Egypt) And Ioseph departyng from the presence of Pharao, went throughout all the lande of Egypt.

47And in the seuen plenteous yeres, the earth brought foorth great store for to lay vp.

48And he gathered vp all the foode of the seuen plenteous yeres which were in the lande of Egypt, and layed vp the foode in the cities: the foode of the fieldes that grew rounde about euery citie, layed he vp in the same.

49And Ioseph layed vp corne in store lyke vnto the sande of the sea, in multitude out of measure, vntyll he left numbryng: for it was without number.

50And vnto Ioseph were borne two sonnes before the yeres of famine came: which Asnath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On, bare vnto hym.

51And Ioseph called the name of the first sonne, Manasse: for God [sayde he] hath made me forget al my labour, and all my fathers housholde.

52The name of the seconde called he Ephraim, for God [sayd he] hath caused me to be fruitefull in the lande of my trouble.

53And when the seuen yeres of plenteousnesse that was in the land of Egypt, were ended,

54Then came the seuen yeres of dearth, according as Ioseph had sayde, and the dearth was in all landes: but in all the lande of Egypt, was there yet foode.

55And when the lande of Egypt also began to hunger, the people cryed to Pharao for bread. And Pharao sayde vnto al the Egyptians, go vnto Ioseph: and what he sayeth to you, that do.

56And the dearth was throughout all the lande: and Ioseph opened all the barnes wherein was corne, and solde vnto the Egyptians: for the famine waxed sore in the lande of Egypt.

57And all countreys came into Egypt to Ioseph, for to bye [corne] because that the famine was so sore in all landes.

Chapter 42[edit]

1And Iacob seing that there was corne in Egypt, sayde vnto his sonnes: why gape ye one vpon another?

2And he said: behold, I haue hearde that there is corne in Egypt: get you downe thyther, and bye vs corne from thence, that we may liue, and not dye.

3So went Iosephes ten brethren downe to bye corne in Egypt.

4But Beniamin Iosephes brother, woulde not Iacob sende with his other brethren: for he saide, lest peraduenture destruction come vpon hym.

5And the sonnes of Irael came to bye corne among other that came: for there was dearth in the lande of Chanaan.

6And Ioseph was gouernour in the lande, and solde to all the people of the lande. And Iosephes brethren came and bowed them selues with theyr faces downe to the grounde before him.

7When Ioseph sawe his brethren, he knewe them, and made hym selfe straunge vnto them, & spake roughly vnto them, saying: Whence come ye? They aunswered, out of the lande of Chanaan to bye vitayle.

8And Ioseph knewe his brethren, but they knewe not him.

9And Ioseph remembred his dreames whiche he dreamed of them, and sayde vnto them: ye are spyes, and to see where the lande is weake, is your commyng.

10And they sayde vnto hym: nay my Lord, but to bye vitayle thy seruauntes are come.

11We are all one mans sonnes, and meane truely, and thy seruauntes are no spyes.

12And he sayde vnto them agayne: nay but euen to see where the lande is weake, is your comming.

13And they said: we thy seruauntes are twelue brethren, the sonnes of one man in the lande of Chanaan, and beholde, the youngest is this day with our father, & one, no man woteth where he is.

14And Ioseph saide vnto them: that is it that I spake vnto you when I sayd, ye are spyes.

15Hereby ye shalbe proued: [by] the lyfe of Pharao, ye shall not go hence, except your youngest brother come hither.

16Sende out one of you, whiche may fet your brother, and ye shalbe kept in pryson, that your wordes may be proued whether there be any trueth in you: or els [by] the lyfe of Pharao, ye are but spyes.

17And he put them altogether in warde three dayes.

18And Ioseph said vnto them the thirde day: this do & liue, [for] I feare God.

19If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bonde in the house of your pryson: and go ye, carry corne to put away the famine from your housholde.

20But bryng your youngest brother vnto me, and so shal your wordes be tryed true, and ye shall not dye: & they dyd so.

21And one sayde to another: we haue veryly sinned agaynst our brother, in that we sawe the anguishe of his soule, when he besought vs, and we woulde not heare him: and therfore is this trouble come vpon vs.

22And Ruben aunswered them, saying: sayd I not vnto you, that you shoulde not sinne against the lad, and ye would not heare? and see, nowe his blood is required.

23They were not aware that Ioseph vnderstoode them: for he spake vnto them by an interpreter.

24And he turned from them and wept: and turned to them agayne, and communed with them, and toke out Simeon from amongest them, and bounde him before theyr eyes.

25And Ioseph commaunded to fill their sackes with corne, & to put euery mans money in his sacke, and to geue them vitayle to spende by the way? and thus dyd he vnto them.

26And they laded theyr asses with the corne, and departed thence.

27And as one of them opened his sacke for to geue his asse prouender in the Inne, he espied his money, for it was in his sackes mouth.

28And he said vnto his brethren, my money is restored me agayne, for lo, it is euen in my sacke. And their heart fayled them, and they were astonyed, and sayd one to another, why hath God dealt thus with vs?

29And they came vnto Iacob their father, vnto the lande of Chanaan, & tolde him all that befell vnto them, saying:

30The man, euen the Lord of the lande, spake roughly to vs, and toke vs for spyes of the countrey.

31And we sayd vnto him: we meane truely, we neuer were spyes.

32We be twelue brethren, sonnes of our father: one is away, and the youngest is this day with our father in the lande of Chanaan.

33And the Lorde of the countrey sayde agayne vnto vs, Hereby shall I know that ye meane truely: leaue one of your brethren here with me, and take [foode] to put away the famine fro your householdes, and get you away.

34And bring your youngest brother vnto me, that I may knowe that you are no spyes, but meane truely: so wyll I deliuer you your brother, and ye shall occupie in the lande.

35And as they emptied theyr sackes, beholde, euery mans bundell of money was in his sacke: And when both they and their father sawe the bundelles of money, they were afrayde.

36And Iacob theyr father sayde vnto them: Me haue ye robbed of my children, Ioseph is away, and Simeon is away, & ye will take Beniamin away: all these thinges are agaynst me.

37Ruben said vnto his father: slay my two sonnes, yf I bring hym not to thee agayne: deliuer him to my hande, and I will bring him to thee agayne.

38And he said: My sonne shall not go downe with you, for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if destruction come vpon hym by the way whiche ye go, ye shall bring my gray head with sorowe vnto the graue.

Chapter 43[edit]

1And the dearth was great in the lande.

2And it came to passe when they had eaten vp the corne which they had brought out of the lande of Egypt, theyr father sayde vnto them: go agayne [and] bye vs a litle foode.

3Iuda aunswered him, and sayd, The man did solemply protest vnto vs saying: ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.

4If thou wylt sende our brother with vs, we wyll go downe, and bye thee foode.

5But yf thou wylt not sende hym, we wyll not go downe: for the man sayde vnto vs, ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.

6And Israel sayd: wherefore dealt ye so cruelly with me, as to tell the man that ye had yet a brother?

7They aunswered, The man asked vs straytely of our [state] and of our kinrede, saying: Is your father yet aliue? haue ye [not another] brother? And we tolde hym accordyng to the tenour of these wordes: Could we by any meane knowe, that he would say, bryng your brother downe with you?

8The said Iuda vnto Israel his father: send the lad with me, that we may arise and go, and that we may liue, & not dye, yea both we & thou, & also our meany.

9I wylbe suretie for hym, of my handes shalt thou require hym: yf I bryng hym not to thee agayne, and set him before thine eyes, then let me beare the blame for euer.

10Truely except we had made this tarying, by this we had returned the seconde tyme.

11And their father Israel sayde vnto them: if it must nedes be so, nowe then do thus. Take of the best fruites of the lande in your vesselles, and bryng ye man a present, a curtsie of bawme, and a curtsie of hony, spyces and mirre, nuttes and almondes.

12And take double money in your hande, & the money that was brought agayne in your sackes, take it agayne with you, peraduenture it was some ouersight.

13Take also your brother with you, and arise and go agayne vnto the man.

14And God almightie geue you mercye in the sight of the man, that he may deliuer you your other brother, & [this] Beniamin: and thus I am as one that is quite robbed of his chyldren.

15Thus toke they the present, and twyse so muche more money in their hande, with Beniamin, and rose vp, and went downe to Egypt, & stode before Ioseph.

16When Ioseph sawe Beniamin with them, he sayd to the ruler of his house: bryng these men home, and slay, and make redy, for these men shall dyne with me at noone.

17And the man did as Ioseph bad, and brought them into Iosephes house.

18When the men were brought into Iosephes house, they were afrayde, and said: because of the money that came in our sackes mouthes at the first tyme, are we brought in, that he may seeke occasion agaynst vs, and violently lay handes vpon vs, to bryng vs in bondage, and our asses also.

19Therefore came they to the man that was the ruler ouer Iosephes house, and communed with him at the doore of the house,

20And sayde: oh sir, we came downe hyther at the fyrst tyme to bye foode.

21And as we came to an Inne, we opened our sackes, and behold, euery mans money was in the mouth of his sacke, [euen] our money in ful wayght, and we haue brought it againe in our hande.

22And other money haue we brought also in our handes to bye foode: but we can not tell who put our money in our sackes.

23And he sayd: peace be vnto you, feare not: your God, and the God of your father, hath geuen you that treasure in your sackes: I had your money. And he brought Simeon out to them.

24And the man led them into Iosephes house, and gaue them water to washe their feete, & gaue their asses prouender.

25And they made redy their present agaynst Ioseph came at noone: for they hearde [say] that they should eate bread there.

26When Ioseph came home, they brought the present into the house to hym, whiche was in their handes, and bowed them selues to the grounde before him.

27And he asked them of their welfare, and sayd: Is your father, that old man whiche ye tolde me of, in good health? and is he yet aliue?

28They aunswered: Thy seruaunt our father is in good health, & is yet alyue. And they bowing them selues, made theyr obeysaunce.

29And he lifting vp his eyes, behelde his brother Beniamin his mothers sonne, and sayd: is this your younger brother of whom ye spake vnto me? And he said: God be mercyfull vnto thee my sonne.

30And Ioseph made haste (for his heart did melt vpon his brother) and sought [where] to weepe, and entred into his chaumber and wept there.

31And he washed his face, and came out, and refrayned hym selfe, and sayde: set bread on the table.

32And they prepared for hym by hym selfe, and for them by them selues, and for the Egyptians which dyd eate with him, by them selues, because the Egyptians may not eate bread with the Hebrewes: for that is an abhomination to the Egyptians.

33And they satte before hym the first borne, according to his age, & the youngest according to his youth: and the men merueyled among them selues.

34And he sent rewardes vnto them from before him selfe: but Beniamins part was fiue times so muche as any of theirs: and they dronke, and were made mery with him.

Chapter 44[edit]

1And he commaunded the ruler of his house, saying: fill the mens sackes with foode, as much as they can cary, & put euery mans mony in his sackesmouth:

2And put my cup, my siluer cup in the sackes mouth of the youngest, and his corne money also. And he did according to the worde that Ioseph had saide.

3And in the morning assoone as it was lyght, the men were let go, they, and their asses.

4And when they were out of the citie, and not yet farre away, Ioseph sayde vnto the ruler of his house: vp, and folowe after the men, & when thou doest ouertake them, thou shalt say vnto them: wherfore haue ye rewarded euyl for good?

5Is not that the cuppe in the whiche my Lord drinketh? and for the which he consulteth with the propheciers? Ye haue euill done that ye haue done.

6And when he ouertoke them, he sayd the same wordes vnto them.

7And they aunswered him: wherfore sayeth my Lorde suche wordes? God forbid that thy seruauntes should do so.

8Beholde the money which we founde in our sackes mouthes, we brought agayne vnto thee, out of the land of Chanaan: howe then shoulde we steale out of thy Lordes house eyther siluer or golde?

9With whomsoeuer of thy seruauntes it be founde, let him dye, and we also wyll be my Lordes bondmen.

10And he said, Nowe also let it be according vnto your wordes: he with whom it is founde, shalbe my seruaunt, and ye shalbe blamelesse.

11And at once euery man toke downe his sacke to the ground, and euery man opened his sacke.

12And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest: and the cuppe was founde in Beniamins sacke.

13Then they rent theyr clothes, and laded euery ma his asse, and went againe vnto the citie.

14And Iuda and his brethren came to Iosephes house (for he [was] yet there) and they fell before him on the ground.

15And Ioseph sayde vnto them: what deede is this that ye haue done? Wote ye not that suche a man as I do consult with propheciers?

16Then saide Iuda: what shall we say vnto my lorde? What shall we speake? or howe shall we cleare our selues? God hath founde out the wickednes of thy seruauntes: beholde, we are my lordes seruauntes, both we, yea, and he also with whom the cup is founde.

17And he aunswered, God forbid that I shoulde do so: but the man with who the cup is found, he shalbe my seruaunt, and get ye hence vp in peace vnto your father.

18Then Iuda went vnto him, and said: Oh my lorde, let thy seruaunt [I pray thee] speake a worde in my lordes eares, and be not inflamed with wrath agaynst thy seruaunt, for thou art euen as Pharao.

19My lorde asked his seruauntes, saying: haue ye a father, or a brother?

20And we aunswered my lorde: we haue a father that is olde, and a young lad, which he begat in his age: and the brother of the sayd lad is dead, and he is all that is left of his mother, and his father loueth him.

21And thou saidest vnto thy seruauntes: bryng him vnto me, that I may set my eyes vpon him.

22And we aunswered my Lorde, that the lad could not go from his father, for if he shoulde leaue his father, he were but dead.

23Then saydest thou vnto thy seruauntes: except your youngest brother come with you, loke that ye see my face no more.

24And when we came vnto thy seruaunt our father, we shewed hym the wordes of my Lorde.

25And our father sayde vnto vs: go agayne, and bye vs a litle foode.

26And we aunswered, we can not go downe: neuerthelesse, if our youngest brother be with vs, then wyll we go downe, for we may not see the mans face, except our youngest brother be with vs.

27And thy seruaunt our father sayd vnto vs: ye knowe that my wyfe bare me two sonnes.

28And the one went out from me, and I sayd, of a suretie he is torne in peeces, and I sawe him not since.

29And if ye take this also away from me, and destruction come vnto him, ye shall bryng my gray head with sorowe vnto the graue.

30Nowe therefore when I come to thy seruaunt my father, and the lad be not with vs (seing that his life hangeth by the laddes life.)

31Then shall it come to passe, that assoone as he seeth that the lad is not come, he wyll dye: so shall we thy seruauntes bryng the gray head of thy seruaunt our father with sorowe vnto the graue.

32For I thy seruaunt became suretie for the lad before my father, and saide: If I bryng hym not vnto thee agayne, I shal beare the blame vnto my father all my lyfe long.

33Nowe therefore I pray thee, let me thy seruaunt byde here for the lad, and be my lordes bondman, and let the lad go vp with his brethren.

34For howe can I go vp to my father, if the ladde be not with me? vnlesse I woulde see the wretchednesse that shall come on my father.

Chapter 45[edit]

1Ioseph coulde no longer refrayne before all the that stoode by hym, wherefore he cryed: cause euery man to auoyde. And there remayned no man with him, whyle Ioseph vttered hym selfe vnto his brethren.

2And he wept aloude, and the Egyptians, and the house of Pharao heard.

3And Ioseph sayde vnto his brethren: I am Ioseph, doth my father yet lyue? And his brethren could not aunswere him, they were so abashed at his presence.

4And Ioseph sayde vnto his brethren, come neare to me I pray you. And they came neare. And he said, I am Ioseph your brother who ye solde into Egypt.

5Nowe therefore be not greeued herewith, neither let it seeme a cruel thing in your eyes, that ye solde me hyther: for God did sende me before you to preserue lyfe.

6For this is the seconde yere of dearth in the lande, and fiue more are behinde, in the whiche there shall neyther be earyng nor haruest.

7Wherfore God sent me before you, to preserue you a posteritie in the earth, and to saue your liues by a great deliueraunce.

8So nowe, it was not ye that sent me hyther, but God whiche hath made me a father to Pharao, and lorde of all his house, and ruler throughout all the lande of Egypt.

9Haste you, and go vp to my father, and tell him: thus saieth thy sonne Ioseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt, come downe therfore vnto me, tary not.

10And thou shalt dwell in the land of Gosen and be a neyghbour vnto me, thou, & thy chyldren, and thy chyldrens children, thy sheepe, and thy beastes, and all that thou hast.

11And there wyll I prouide thee sustenaunce (for there remaine yet fiue yeres of dearth) lest thou and thy housholde, & all that thou hast come to pouertie.

12And beholde your eyes do see, and the eyes also of my brother Beniamin, that mine own mouth speaketh vnto you.

13Therfore tell my father of all my glorie in Egypt, and of all that you haue seene, and make hast, and bryng my father hyther.

14And he fel on his brother Beniamins necke, and wept: and Beniamin wept on his necke.

15Moreouer he kissed al his brethren, and wept vpon them: and after that, his brethren talked with him.

16And the fame [thereof] was hearde in Pharaos house, so that they sayde: Iosephes brethre are come. And it pleased Pharao well, and all his seruauntes.

17And Pharao spake vnto Ioseph: say vnto thy brethren, this do ye: lade your beastes, and go [and] returne vnto the lande of Chanaan:

18Take your father, and your housesholdes, and come vnto me, and I wyll geue you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eate the fat of the lande.

19And thou also shalt comaunde [them] this do ye: take charets with you out of the lande of Egypt for your chyldren, and for your wyues, and bryng your father, and come.

20Also regarde not your stuffe, for the good of all the lande of Egypt is yours.

21And the children of Israel dyd euen so: and Ioseph gaue them charettes, accordyng to the commaundement of Pharao, and gaue them vitayle also to spende by the way.

22And he gaue vnto eche of the chaunge of raiment: but vnto Beniamin he gaue three hundred peeces of siluer, and fiue chaunge of rayment.

23And vnto his father he sent after the same maner ten asses laden with good out of Egypt, and ten she asses laden with corne, & bread, and meate, for his father by the way.

24So sent he his brethren away, and they departed: and he sayd vnto them, see that ye fall to no stryfe on the way.

25They departed therfore from Egypt, and came into the lande of Chanaan, vnto Iacob theyr father.

26And tolde him, saying: Ioseph is yet aliue, and is gouernour ouer al the land of Egypt. And Iacobs heart wauered, for he beleued them not.

27And they tolde hym all the wordes of Ioseph, whiche he had said vnto them: And when he sawe the charets whiche Ioseph had sent to cary him, the spirite of Iacob their father reuiued.

28And Israel saide: [I haue] inough, that Ioseph my sonne is yet alyue: I will go, and see him, yer that I dye.

Chapter 46[edit]

1Israel toke his iourney with all that he had, and came to Beer seba, and offred offeringes vnto the God of his father Isahac.

2And God spake vnto Israel in a vision by nyght, saying: Iacab, Iacob? And he aunswered: here am I.

3And he sayde: I am God, the God of thy father, feare not to go downe into Egypt: for I wyll there make of thee a great people.

4I wyll go downe with thee into Egypt: and I wyll surely make thee come vp agayne, and Ioseph shall put his hande vpon thyne eyes.

5And Iacob rose vp from Beer-seba: and the sonnes of Israel caryed Iacob their father, and their childre, and their wyues, in the charettes whiche Pharao had sent to cary him.

6And they toke their cattell, and the goodes whiche they had gotten in the lande of Chanaan, & came into Egypt, both Icob and all his seede with him,

7His sonnes, & his sonnes sonnes with him, his daughters, and his sonnes daughters, and all his seede brought he with him into Egypt.

8These are the names of the chyldren of Israel which came into Egypt, [both] Iacob and his sonnes. Ruben Iacobs first borne.

9The children of Ruben: Hanoch, and Phallu, Hesron, and Charnu.

10The children of Simeon: Iemuel, & Iamin, and Ohad, and Iachin, and Sohar, and Saul the sonne of a Chanaanitishe woman.

11The chyldren of Leui: Gerson, Cehath, and Merari.

12The children of Iuda: Er, & Onan, Selah, & Phares, and Zarah: but Er and Onan dyed in the lande of Chanaan. The children of Phares also were Hesron and Hamul.

13And the children of Isachar: Thola, Puuah, and Iob, and Simron.

14The chyldren of Zabulon: Sered, and Elon, and Iahelel.

15These be the children of Lea, whiche she bare vnto Iacob in Mesopotamia, with his daughter Dina. All the soules of his sonnes and daughters, [make] thirtie and three.

16The children of Gad: Siphion, and Haggi, Suni, and Esbon, Eri, & Arodi, and Areli.

17The children of Aser: Imnah, and Iisuah, and Iisui, and Beriah, and Serah their sister. And the chyldren of Beriah: Heber, and Malchiel.

18These are the sonnes of Zilpha, who Laban gaue to Lea his daughter: and these she bare vnto Iacob, [euen] sixteene soules.

19The chyldren of Rachel Iacobs wife: Ioseph and Beniamin.

20And vnto Ioseph in the lande of Egypt, were borne Manasses, and Ephraim, which Asenath the daughter of Potipera priest of On bare vnto him.

21The children of Beniamin: Bela, and Becher, and Asbel, Gera, & Naaman, Ehi, and Ros, Muppim, and Huppim, and Arde.

22These are the chyldren of Rachel which she bare vnto Iacob, foureteene soules altogether.

23And the children of Dan: Husim.

24The children of Naphthali: Iahseel, and Guni, Ieser, and Sillem.

25These are the sonnes of Bilha, which Laban gaue vnto Rachel his daughter, and she bare these vnto Iacob altogether seuen soules.

26And so the soules that came with Iacob into Egypt, whiche came out of his loynes, besides Iacobs sonnes wyues, were altogether threscore & sixe soules.

27And the sonnes of Ioseph whiche were borne hym in Egypt, were two soules: so that all the soules of the house of Iacob whiche came into Egypt, [were] threscore and ten.]

28And he sent Iuda before hym vnto Ioseph, to direct his face vnto Gosen, and they came into the lande of Gosen.

29And Ioseph made redy his charet, and went vp to meete Israel his father vnto Gosen, and presented him self vnto him, and he fell on his necke, and wept on his necke a good whyle.

30And Israel sayd vnto Ioseph: nowe am I content to dye, insomuche as I haue seene thy face, and because thou art yet aliue.

31And Ioseph sayde vnto his brethren, and vnto his fathers house: I wyll go vp, and shewe Pharao, and tell him: my brethren, and my fathers house, whiche were in the lande of Chanaan, are come vnto me.

32And they are shepheardes, for theyr trade hath ben to feede cattell: and they haue brought theyr sheepe and theyr cattell, and all that they haue.

33And if that Pharao call you, and aske you, what your occupation is?

34Ye shal annswere: thy seruauntes haue ben occupied about cattell from our childhood vnto this tyme, we and our fathers: that ye may dwell in the lande of Gosen. For euery one that kepeth cattell, is an abhomination vnto the Egyptians.

Chapter 47[edit]

1Ioseph came therfore & tolde Pharao, and said: My father & my brethre, theyr sheepe, and theyr cattell, and all that they haue, are come out of ye lande of Chanaan: and beholde, they are in the lande of Gosen.

2And Ioseph toke of the company of his brethren [euen] fiue men, and presented them vnto Pharao.

3And Pharao sayd vnto his brethren: what is your occupation? And they aunswered Pharao: thy seruauntes are kepers of cattell, both we, and also our fathers.

4They said moreouer vnto Pharao, for to soiourne in the land are we come, for thy seruaunts haue no pasture for their cattell, so sore is the famishment in the lande of Chanaan: Nowe therefore let thy seruauntes dwell in the lande of Gosen.

5And Pharao sayde vnto Ioseph: thy father & thy brethre are come vnto thee.

6The lande of Egypt is before thee: In the best place of the lande make both thy father and thy brethren dwell, eue in the land of Gosen let them dwel. Moreouer, if thou knowest any man of actiuitie amongest them, make them rulers ouer my [cattell].

7And Ioseph brought in Iacob his father, and set hym before Pharao: and Iacob blessed Pharao.

8And Pharao said vnto Iacob: howe olde art thou?

9Iacob sayd vnto Pharao, The dayes of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirtie yeres: Fewe and euill haue the dayes of my life ben, and haue not attayned vnto the yeres of ye lyfe of my fathers, in the dayes of theyr pilgrimage.

10And Iacob blessed Pharao, and went out of his presence.

11And Ioseph prepared dwellinges for his father, and his brethren, and gaue them possessions in the lande of Egypt, in the best of the land, euen the land of Rameses, as Pharao had comaunded.

12And Ioseph made prouision for his father and his brethren, and all his fathers housholde with bread: euen to the mouthes of the young chyldren.

13There was no bread in all the lande, for the dearth was exceedyng sore, so that the lande of Egypt, and the land of Chanaan were famished by reason of the dearth.

14And Ioseph brought together all the money that was founde in the lande of Egypt and of Chanaan, for the corne which they bought: and he layed vp the money in Pharaos house.

15When money fayled in the lande of Egypt and of Chanaan, all the Egyptians came vnto Ioseph, and saide, Geue vs bread: wherefore suffrest thou vs to dye before thee whe our money is spent?

16Then sayde Ioseph, Bryng your cattell: and I wyll geue you for your cattell yf money fayle.

17And they brought their cattell vnto Ioseph: and Ioseph gaue them bread for horses and sheepe, and oxen, & asses, and fedde them with bread for all their cattell that yere.

18But when that yere was ended, they came vnto hym the next yere, and sayde vnto hym: We wyl not hyde it from my lorde, howe that our money is spent: my lorde also had our heardes of cattel, nether is ther ought left in ye sight of my lorde but euen our bodies & our landes.

19Wherefore lettest thou vs dye before thine eyes, both we and our lande? bye vs and our land for bread, and both we and our lande wyll be bounde vnto Pharao: onlye geue vs seede, that we may lyue, and not dye, & that the lande go not to waste.

20And so Ioseph bought all the lande of Egypt for Pharao: For the Egyptians solde euery man his possessions, because the dearth was so sore vpon them: and so the lande became Pharaos.

21And he caused the people to moue from citie to citie, fro one syde of Egypt into the other.

22Only the lande of the priestes bought he not: for the priestes had a portion assigned them of Pharao, and dyd eate their portio which Pharao gaue them: wherfore they solde not their landes.

23Then Ioseph sayde vnto the folke: beholde, I haue bought you this daye and your lande for Pharao: Lo, here is seede for you, & ye shall sowe the land.

24And of the increase you shall geue the fyfth part vnto Pharao, and foure partes shalbe your owne for seede of the fielde, and for you & them of your householdes, and for your chyldren to eate.

25And they aunswered: Thou hast saued our lyues, let vs fynde grace in the syght of my lorde, and we wylbe Pharaos seruauntes.

26And Ioseph made it a lawe ouer the lande of Egypt vnto this daye, that Pharao shoulde haue the fyft part, except ye lande of the priestes only, which was not Pharaos.

27And Israel dwelt in Egypt, euen in they countrey of Gosen, and they had their possessions therin, and grewe and multiplied exceedyngly.

28Moreouer Iacob lyued in the lande of Egypt seuenteene yeres, so that ye whole age of Iacob was an hundred and fourtie and seuen yeres.

29When the tyme drewe nye that Israel must dye, he sent for his sonne Ioseph and sayde vnto him: If I haue founde grace in thy syght, oh put thy hande vnder my thygh, and deale mercifully and truly with me, that thou bury me not in Egypt.

30But I shall sleepe with my fathers, and thou shalt cary me out of Egypt, & bury me in their buryall. And he aunswered: I wyll do as thou hast sayde.

31And he sayde: Sweare vnto me. And he sware vnto him. And Israel worshipped towarde the beddes head.

Chapter 48[edit]

1After these deedes, one tolde Ioseph: beholde, thy father is sicke. And he toke with hym his two sonnes, Manasses and Ephraim.

2Then this message was declared vnto Iacob: beholde, thy sonne Ioseph cometh vnto thee. And Israel toke his strength vnto hym, and sate vpon the bedde.

3And Iacob sayd vnto Ioseph: God almyghtie appeared vnto me at Luz in the lande of Chanaan, and blessed me, and sayde vnto me:

4Beholde, I wyll make thee fruiteful, and cause thee to multiplie, and wyll make a great number of people of thee, and wyll geue this lande vnto thy seede after thee vnto an euerlastyng possession.

5And nowe thy two sonnes Manasses and Ephraim, whiche were borne vnto thee in the land of Egypt before I came vnto thee into Egypt, are myne, euen as Ruben and Simeon are mine.

6And the children which thou hast gotten after them, shalbe thyne owne, and shalbe called after the names of their brethren in their inheritaunce.

7And when I came from Mesopotamia, Rachel dyed vpon my hande in the land of Chanaan, by the way, when there was but a fieldes breadth to come vnto Ephratha: and I buried her there in the waye to Ephratha, the same is Beth-lehem.

8And Israel beheld Iosephes sonnes, and sayde: What are these?

9Ioseph sayde vnto his father: They are my sonnes whiche God hath geuen me here. And he sayde: Oh bring them to me, and let me blesse them.

10(And the eyes of Israel were dymme for age, so that he coulde not [well] see) And he brought them to hym, and he kyssed them, and imbraced them.

11And Israel sayde vnto Ioseph, I had not thought to haue seene thy face: and yet loe, God hath shewed me also thy seede.

12And Ioseph toke them away fro his lappe, and he bowed hym selfe with his face towarde the earth.

13Then toke Ioseph them both, Ephraim with his ryght hande towarde Israels left hande, and Manasses with his left hande towarde Israels ryght hande, and brought them vnto hym.

14And Israel stretched out his ryght hande, and layed it vppon Ephraims head, which was the younger: and his left hande vpon Manasses head, guydyng his hande wyttyngly, for Manasses was the first borne.

15And he blessed Ioseph, and sayde: God in whose syght my fathers Abraham & Isahac dyd walke, God which hath fedde me al my lyfe long vnto this day,

16And the angell which hath deliuered me from al euyl, blesse these laddes, and let my name be named in them, and the name of my fathers Abraham & Isahac, & that they may growe into a multitude in the middes of the earth.

17When Ioseph sawe that his father layed his ryght hande vpon the head of Ephraim, it displeased hym: and he lift vp his fathers hande, to haue remoued it from Ephraims head vnto Manasses head.

18And Ioseph sayde vnto his father, Not so my father, for this is the first borne: put thy right hande vpon his head.

19And his father would not, but sayde: I knowe it well my sonne, I knowe it well, he shalbe also a people, and shalbe great: But his younger brother shalbe greater then he, and his seede shall become a great people.

20And he blessed them that day, & saide: In thee let Israel blesse & saye, God make thee as Ephraim, & as Manasses. And he set Ephraim before Manasses.

21And Israel said vnto Ioseph: behold I dye, & God shalbe with you, & bryng you againe vnto ye land of your fathers.

22Moreouer, I haue geuen vnto thee a portion of lande aboue thy brethren, which I gat out of the hand of the Amorite in my sworde, and in my bowe.

Chapter 49[edit]

1And Iacob called for his sonnes, and sayde: Come together, that I may tell you what shall come on you in the last dayes.

2Gather ye together, & heare ye sonnes of Iacob, hearken vnto Israel your father.

3Ruben my first borne, thou art my myght, & the beginning of my strength, the noblenesse of dignitie, and the noblenesse of power.

4Unstable as water, thou shalt not be the chiefest, because thou wentest vp to thy fathers bedde: for then defiledst thou my couche with goyng vp.

5Simeon and Leui brethren, are cruell instrumentes in their habitations.

6O my soule, come not thou into their secretes, neither into their congregations let mine honour be vnited: for in their wrath they slewe a man, and in their selfe wyll, they dygge downe a wall.

7Cursed be their wrath, for it was shamelesse, and their fiercenesse, for it was cruell: I wyll deuide them in Iacob, and scatter them in Israel.

8Iuda, thou art he whom thy brethren shall prayse: Thy hande shalbe in the necke of thine enemies, thy fathers children shall stowpe before thee.

9Iuda is a lions whelpe: fro thy spoyle my sonne thou art come on hye. He layed him downe, and couched himselfe as a lion, and as a lionesse: who wyll stirre hym vp?

10The scepter shal not depart from Iuda, and a law geuer from betweene his feete, vntyll Silo come: And vnto hym shall the gatheryng of the people be.

11He shall bynde his foale vnto ye vine, and his asses colt vnto the braunche: He wasshed his garment in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes.

12His eyes [shalbe] redde with wine, and his teeth whyte with mylke.

13Zabulon shall dwell besyde the hauen of the sea, & nye the haue of shippes, his border shalbe vnto Sidon.

14Isachar [is] a strong asse, couchyng hym downe betweene two burthens.

15And sawe that rest was good, and the lande that it was pleasaunt: and bowed his shoulder to beare, and became a seruaunt vnto tribute.

16Dan shall iudge his people, and one of the tribes of Israel.

17Dan shalbe a serpent in the way, an adder in the path, bytyng ye horse heeles, and his ryder fell backewarde.

18I haue wayted for thy saluation O Lorde.

19Gad, an hoast of men shall ouercome hym: but he shall ouercome [him] at the last.

20Out of the fat [lande] of Aser shalbe his bread, and he shall geue pleasures for a kyng.

21Nephthalim is a hynde sent for a present geuyng goodly wordes.

22Ioseph is lyke a floryshyng bough, a bough floryshyng by a well syde [whose] small boughes ran vpon the wall.

23The archers haue greeuously prouoked hym, and shot him through with dartes, they haue hated him to his hinderaunce.

24But his bowe abode fast, and the armes of his handes were made strong by the handes of the myghtie God of Iacob: Out of him shal come an heardman, a stone in Israel.

25From thy fathers God which hath helped thee, and from the almyghtie which hath blessed thee with blessinges from heauen aboue, with blessynges of the deepe that lyeth vnder, & with blessynges of the brestes and of the wombe.

26The blessynges of thy fathers shall be stronger then the blessinges of my elders: vnto the vtmost of the hylles of the worlde, they shalbe on the head of Ioseph, and on the toppe of the head of hym that was seperate from his brethren.

27Beniamin shall rauishe as a wolfe: In the mornyng he shall deuour the pray, and at nyght he shall deuide the spoyle.

28All these are the twelue tribes of Israel: and this their father spake vnto them, and blessed them, euery one of them blessed he with a seueral blessing.

29And he charged them, and sayde vnto them: When I shalbe gathered vnto my people, bury me with my fathers in the caue that is in the field of Ephron the Hethite,

30In the caue that is in the fielde of Machpelah, which is before Mamre in the lande of Chanaan, which Abraham bought with the fielde of Ephron the Hethite for a possession to bury in.

31Where as were buried Abraham and Sara his wyfe, and where as were buried Isahac and Rebecca his wife: & there I buried Lea.

32The fielde and the caue that is therin was bought of the chyldren of Heth.

33And when Iacob had made an ende of commaundyng all that he would vnto his sonnes, he plucked vp his feete vnto the bedde, and dyed: and was put vnto his people.

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1And Ioseph fell vpon his fathers face, and wept vpon him, and kyssed hym.

2And Ioseph comaunded his seruauntes the phisitians to imbawme his father. And the phisitians enbawmed Israel.

3And fourtie dayes were continued (for so long doth the imbawmyng last) and the Egyptians mourned for him thre score and ten dayes.

4And when the dayes of mournyng were ended, Ioseph spake vnto ye house of Pharao, saying: If I haue founde fauour in your eyes, speake I pray you in the eares of Pharao, saying:

5My father made me sweare, & sayde, Lo I dye, bury me in the graue which I haue made me in the lande of Chanaan. Nowe therfore let me go vp I pray thee, and bury my father, and then wyl I come agayne.

6And Pharao sayde: Go vp, and bury thy father, accordyng as he made thee sweare.

7And Ioseph went vp to bury his father, and with hym went all the seruautes of Pharao that were the elders of his house, and all the elders of the lande of Egypt:

8And all the house of Ioseph and his brethren, and his fathers house: onlye their chyldren, and their sheepe, & their cattell, left they behynde in the lande of Gosen.

9And there went with hym also charrettes and horsemen: and it was an exceedyng great companie.

10And they came to the corne floore of Atad, which is beyonde Iordane, and there they made a great and exceedyng sore lamentation: and he mourned for his father seuen dayes.

11And when the inhabiters of the lande [euen] the Chananites, sawe the mournyng in the corne floore of Atad, they sayde: This is a great mournyng vnto the Egyptians. Wherefore the name of the place is called, The mournyng of the Egyptians, & it is beyond Iordane.

12And his sonnes dyd vnto hym accordyng as he had commaunded them.

13For his sonnes caryed hym into the lande of Chanaan, & buryed hym in the caue of the fielde Machpelah, whiche fielde Abraham bought to be a place to bury in of Ephron the Hethite, before Mamre.

14And Ioseph returned into Egypt agayne, he and his brethren, and all that went vp with hym to bury his father, assoone as he had buryed hym.

15And when Iosephes brethren sawe that their father was dead, they saide: Ioseph may peraduenture hate vs, & rewarde vs againe all the euyll whiche we dyd vnto hym.

16And they dyd sende a message vnto Ioseph, saying: Thy father dyd commaunde before he dyed, saying:

17This wyse shall ye say vnto Ioseph, Forgeue [I pray thee] the trespasse of thy brethren, and their sinne: for they rewarded thee euyll. And nowe we praye thee forgeue the trespasse of the seruauntes of the God of thy father. And Ioseph wept when they spake vnto hym.

18Also his brethren came vnto hym, and fell flat before his face, saying: beholde, we be thy seruauntes.

19To whom Ioseph sayde: Feare not, am I God?

20Ye thought euil against me, but God turned it vnto good, to bryng to passe as it is this day, and to saue muche people alyue.

21Feare not therefore, nowe I wyll noryshe you and your chyldren. And he comforted them, and spake kyndly vnto them.

22Ioseph dwelt in Egypt, he and his fathers house: and Ioseph lyued an hundred and ten yeres.

23And Ioseph sawe Ephraims children euen vnto the thirde generation: and vnto Machir the sonne of Manasses, were chyldren borne on Iosephes knees.

24And Ioseph sayde vnto his brethren, I dye, & God wyll surely visite you, and bryng you out of this lande, vnto the lande whiche he sware vnto Abraham, Isahac, and Iacob.

25And Ioseph toke an othe of the chyldren of Israel, saying: God wyll not fayle but visite you, and ye shall cary my bones hence.

26And so Ioseph dyed when he was an hundred and ten yeres olde: And they imbawmed hym with spyces, puttyng hym in a chest in Egypt.