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Cranmer, book i, chap. xv.) That copies in our days. The title is as this " restraint" was excessive, follows: and amounted almost to appihilation, is well known, and is indeed proved by the great rarity* of water, Earl of Pembroke, Dr. Gifford,

Mr. Tutet. The copy now before me

was Mr. Gulston's, and afterwards the * Dr. Cotton, in bis very accurate late Sir M. M. Sykes. It was purchased 6 List of Editions of the Bible,” notices at the sale of his library by Messrs. Ri. copies in the British Museum, Lambeth, vingtons' and Cochran, in wliose possesBodleian, St. Paul's, Christ-Church, Baliol sion it now remains. College, All Sonl's College, Earl of Bridge

THE BYBLE
Which is all the Holy Scrip-
ture : In whych are contayned the
Olde and Newe Testament truly
and purely translated into En-

glysh by Thomas

Matthew

Essaye I.
Hearcken to ye heauens and
thou earth geaue eare : for the

Lorde Speaketh,

M. D. XXXVII.

Set forth with the Kinges most gracyous lycēse f.

I am, Sir,

Your most obedient Servant,

J. H.

May 21, 1824.

* « The undertakers and printers were Grafton and Whitchurch, who printed it at Hamburgh (a). The corrector was John Rogers, a learned divine, afterwards a Canon of St. Paul's, in King Edward's time, and the first martyr in the next reign. The translator was Williain Tyndal, another learned martyr, with the help of Miles Coverdale, after Bishop of Exeter. But before all this second edition was finished, Tyndal was taken and put to death for his religion, in Flanders, in the year 1536. And his name then growing into ignominy, as one burnt for an heretic, they thought it might prejudice the book, if he should be named for the translator thereof; and so they used a feigned name, calling it Thomas Matthew's Bible ; though Tyndal, before his death, had finished all but the Apocrypha, which was translated by Rogers above said, who added also some marginal notes.” -(Strype's Cranmer, book i, chap. xv.)

(a)" Wanly thought it more probable, that it was printed at Paris. Though it is very plain, that the Types are German: and, very probably it was printed where the Peiiateuch and Practice of Prelates were printed, viz, at Marborch, or Malborow, which I take to be a misprint for either Marpurg in Hessia, or Marbeck in the Duchy of Wittemburg, where Rogers was superintendent, and from thence sometimes called Rogers' Bible.”--(Lewis' Hist, of Transl. pp. 107-8.

† This « Liceuse" was procured by Cromwell, at the pressing instances of Arch

Deutero. vi.
1 Timo. ii.
Genesis, xvii.
Exod. Iv.
Genesis, i.
Psal. i.
Exodi, iij.
Jeremy, ix.
Roma, ix.
Esar, litij.
Jeremy, X

The summe and content of all the holy Scripture, both of the olde

and newe testament. Fyrst the holy wrytynges of the Byble teache us, that ther is one God, almyghtye, that bath nether begynnynge ner endyng : which of his awne goodnes dyd create all thynges : of whom all thynges proceade, and we. out whom ther is nothynge: which is rightwes & mercyful: and which worketh all things in all after his will: of whom it may not be demanded wherfore he doth this or that.

Genesis, i.
Sapien. ij.
Roma. V.

Ephe. ij.

Cenesis, iij.
xii. xvi. xxviij.
Lorej

Then that this verye God dyd create Adam the fyrst man after his awne Image and simylitude, and did ordeyne and appoynte hym Lorde of all the creatures in the earth. Which Adam by the enuy of the deuell, dysobeying the commandment of his maker, dyd fyrst syune, and brought synne in to this worlde, soch and so greate, that we whych be sprong of hym after the fleshe, are subdued unto synne, deeth, and damnacyon, brought under the youck & tyrannye of the deuell.

And further that Christ Jesus his sonne was promesed of God the father, to be a savour to this Adam, Abrahā, Isaac, Iacob, Dauid & the other fathers: whych shulde delyuer them from their synnes and tyrannye of the deuell, that with a quyck & lyuyng faith wolde beleue this promes, and trust to this Jesus Christ, hopyng to haue this delyueraunce of and by hym. And truly thys promes, is verye oft rehearced in the bokes of the olde testament, yee & the olde testament is thys promes: as it is called the newe, which teacheth that this promes is fulfylled.

And that in the meane ceason whyle the fathers loked for saluacyon and delyueraunce promesed, because mannes nature is soche that he not only cannot, but also will not confesse hym self to be a synner, and specially goch a synner that hath neade of the sauying health promesed, the lawe was geuen wher throughe men myght know synne, and that they are syuners : when they se yt. they do none of the thynges that the lawe commaundeth, with so gladde and wyllyng a mynde as God requyreth : but rather agaynst their wylles, withoute affeccyon, & as thoughe they were constrayned with the feare of that hell

bishop Cranmer, who thus writes, to thank him for his interest. « These shall be to give you most hearty thanks, that any heart can think, and that in the name of them, which favour God's word, for your diligence at this time in procirring the king's highness to set forth the said God's word, and his Gospel, by his Grace's authority. For the which act, not only the King's Majesty, but also you, shall have a perpetual laud and memory of all them that be now, or hereafter shall be, God's faithful people, and the favourers of his word. And this deed you shall hear of at the great day, when all things shall be opened and made manifest.' For our Saviour Christ saith in the said Gospel, that whosoever shrinketh from him and his word, and is abashed to profess and set it forth before men in this world, he will refuse him at that day : and contrary, whosoever constantly doth profess him and his word, and studieth to set that forward in this world, Christ will declare the same at the last day before his Father and all his angels, and take upon him the defence of those men.”

which the lawe threatneth, sayenge: Curssed be he that maynteyneth not all the wordes of this lawe to kepe them. And yt. this lawe was geuen, to thyntent that synne & the malyce of menes hert being therby the better knowē, men shulde the moare feruently thryst the commyoge of Chryst, whych shulde redeame them from their synnes: As it was fygured unto the Jewes by many ceremonyes, hostes, and sacrifices : which were ordeyned of God, not to thyntent to take awaye synnes, but to shew & declare yt, they shulde be put awaye by fayth in ye saluació promesed thorou Chryst, and which now are put awaye by the commynge of that Christ, which is the verye hoste of the father that taketh awaye

all

synne. Last of all by the bokes of the new Testamēt, we are taught, that

ye Christ whych was promesed & shadowed in the olde Testament, is sent of ye Father, at soch tyme as he had deter. myned wyth hymselfe, at soche tyme (I saye) as all wyckednes floryshed. And that he was sent not for any mans good workes (for they all were synners) but to thyntent that he wolde truly shewe the aboundant ryches of his grace, 'which he had promesed.

In the newe testament therfore it is most euydently declared, that Jesus Christ the true lambe & hoste, is come to thyntent to reconcyle us to the father, paying on the crosse the punyshment due unto our synnes : and to delyuer us from the bondage of the deuel (unto whom we serued through synne) and to make us the sonnes of God, syth he hath geuē us the true peace and tranquyllytie of conscience, that we no longer do feare the paynes of hell: which feare is put awaye by ye fayth, confydence & assuraunce, that the father geueth us drawing us unto his sonne. For that fayth is the gyft of God, wherby we beleue that Christ is come in to this worlde to saue synners: which is of so great pyth that they which have it, desyre to performe all ye duties of loue to all men, after the example of Christ. For fayth ones receaued God geueth hys holy ghost, wherwith he tokeneth and marcketh all that beleue: which is the pledge and earnest that we shal suerly possesse euerlastyinge lyfe, and that geneth wytnesse unto our sprete, and grafteth this fayth in us, that we be the sonnes of God: pouring therwyth ye loue in to our hertes which Paul descrybeth and setteth oute to the corynthians. By that faith and confydence in Christ which by loue is myghtye in operacyon, and that sheweth itselfe thorow the workes of loue, sterryng men therto, by that (I saye) we are Justyfied: that is, by that fayth, Christes father (which is become oures also thoreu that Chryst our brother) connteth * us for ryghtwes & for his sonnes : imputynge not our synnes unto us, thorou his grace. To conclude, he came to thyntent that we beyng cleansed from our synges, and sanctyfied unto God the father : yt is, halowed unto the use of the father to exercyse good worckes, renyinge & forsaking the workes of the flesh, shulde frely serue him in rightwesnes & holynes all oure lyfe longe: thorou good

I cor. Lijj.

* Counteth.

worckes which God hath ordeyned to thyntent that we shulde walcke in them, declarying our selves therby to be suerly called unto thys grace: which worckes who soeuer hath not, declareth that he hath not fayth in Christ. Unto whom we must come, & folow hym with a chearful hert, that he maye instruct & teache us, for he is our inaster, meake & humble of hert: he is oure example of whom we must learne the rule of good lyuying : further he is our prest, hye bishop, and onely mediator: which now sytteth on the ryght hand of God the father, is our aduocate, & prayeth euer for us: which wyll undoubted obtayne what soeuer we desyre, ether of hym, or of hys father in his name: if we beleve that he wyl do it when we requere it : For so hath lie promesed. Let us therfore not doute, although we soine tyme synne, wh a confydēce to come unto hyun, and with a lyuying & undoutyng fayth, that we shal obtayne mercye. For therfore came he to thyntent to saue synners : nether requereth he any thing moare of us, then to come unto him wyth oute feare.

This is that Christ Jesus, which after he hath kylled the manne of synne with the breath of his mouth, shall syt in hys mayestye and Judge all men, geuyng unto euery one the worckes of hys bodye, accordynge to that he hath done, whether it be good or badde : And that shall saye unto them that shalbe on his ryght hande. Come ye blessed chyldren of my father, inheret ye the kyngedome prepared for you from the begynnynge of the worlde: And unto them that shalbe on hys left hand, Departe from me ye cursed, in to euerlastinge fyre: which is prepared for the deuell and bis aungels. Then shal the ende come & he shal delyuer up ye kingdome to God the father.

To thyntent that we shulde knowe thys, by the goodnes of God worckynge by his holy sprete, are the holy wrytynges of the Byble geuen us : That we shulde knowe (I saye) and beleue that there is one God, and Jesus Chryst whom he hath sent : and that in beleuyng we shulde baue euerlastynge lyfe thorow his name.

Another foundacyon then this can no man laye. And saynt Paul desyreth that he be holden a curssed which preacheth any other fayth and saluacyon, then onely by Jesus Christ: yee al thoughe it were an angel of hequē. For of hym, and thorou hym, and forhym, are all thynges: to whom, wyth the father and the holy ghost, be honour and glorye for euer moare. Amen.

To the Editor of the Remembrancer. mediator - between God and man Sir,

should be most nearly allied to both. The following Analysis of Barrow's 3dly, We infer from this doctrine, two Sermons on the Incarnation is how grateful we should be towards

God, how humble, patient, chariat your service.

Yours, J. K.

table; bow watchful over the dig

nity of our now exalted nature, how From the Angel's words, " that full of comfort and joy, as at the which is conce ed in her is of the birth of our Prince, as at the pubHoly Ghost.” The preacher con- lishing of our victory, as at the desiders three persons concerned in claration of our peace, as at the rethe mystery,

-our Saviour, the Holy covery of our liberty, as at the comSpirit, and the Virgin Mary. ing of our best friend, as at the re

1. Our Saviour was God, and be- ceiving the highest honor, as at the came man, altogether God and man marriage of Heaven and Earth, as in all points, save sinfulness. These at the rising of the sun of rightetwo points are proved from Scrip- ousness, as at the world's nativity, ture. Of this mystery may be which we celebrate annexed to that considered, 1st, the manner; 2ndly, of our Lord. the reason ; 3dly, the practical ap- II. In this are considered the part plication and influence on ourselves. which the Holy Spirit and the bless1st of the manner--We cannot other- ed Virgin Mary took in our Lord's wise than by negation determine, incarnation, the fact of his generanor otherwise than by comparisou tion by the Holy Spirit clearly set explain it. Thus we may say ne- forth, nor ever contradicted by his gatively, that it was without confu- personal enemies ; then are to be sion or change, without division, or considered, I. The manner of which separation of the two natures: and this only may be said, that it ought comparatively, that as the reason- not to be debased in our minds by able soul and flesh is one man, so ideas of material generation. II. God and man is one Christ. 2ndly, The reason, Ist, for shewing our of the reason-The reason of the Lord's divinity; 2nd, in conformity fact was the mercy of God for our to the usual agency of the Spirit in redemption; the reason of the man- the peyalela Oc8; 3d, to sanctify our ner, as it is beyond our entire com- Lord in his high office; 4th, to sancprehension, so doth it yet appear to tify him for a spotless sacrifice; 5th, us in many things. It was requisite to sanctify the human nature for its our Saviour should be God, that conjunction with God; 6th, to exthe mercy of God might be more emply us and admonish us of our abundantly set forth; tifat his sa- own regeneration. III. The infercrifice might have full merit for our ence is what admiration and gratiredemption; that his doctrine and tude are due to the blessed Trinity example might have the highest au- thus concurring for our Salvation. thority; and because so high an II. Our Saviour was born of the honour might not be given to any Virgin Mary, as much as any child creature. It was requisite that he is born of its mother, including conshould be man, that he might atone ception, nourishment, and delivery. for the sins of men ; that he might He was born of a woman so as to become our High Priest, and Inter- have not merely a resemblance but cessor ; tbat his doctrine and exam. a relation to our nature, that so by ple might be more intelligible and his obedience we might be made imitable, that his judgment might righteous; and that as from a woman be more tolerable, and he " came our fall, so from a woman screen us from the insupportable should be our rising again. 2. He presence of God.”—Finally, it was was born of a virgin : for so it was requisite, that he, who was to be prophesied, so it was needful to shew

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