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To the moft High and Mighty Prince, fA MES, by the grace of God, King of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c.
The Tranflators of the Bible wifh Grace, Mercy, and Peace, through Fefus Christ our Lord.
Reat and manifold were the bleffings (most dread Sovereign) which Almighty God, the Father of all mercies, bestowed upon us the people of England, when first he sent your Majefiies Royal perfon to rule and reign over us. For whereas it was the expectation of many, who wished not well unto our Sion, that upon the setting of that bright Occidental Star, Queen Elizabeth of most happy memory, fome thick and palpable clouds of darkness would so have overfbidowed this land, that men should have been in doubt which way they were to walk, and that it should hardly be known, who was to direct the unfettled State: the appear ance of your Majefty, as of the Sun in his ftrength, inftantly difpelled thofe Suppofed and furmifed mifts, and gave unto all that were well-affected, exceeding cause of comfort, especially when we beheld the government eftablished in your Highness, and hopeful feed, by an undoubted Title, and this also accompanied with peace and tranquil lity at home and abroad.
But amongst all our joys there was no one that more filled our hearts, than the bleffed continuance of the preaching of Gods facred Word amongst us which is that ineftima; ble treafure, which excelleth all the riches of the earth, because the fruit thereof extendeth it felf, not only to the time spent in this tranfitory world, but directeth and difpofeth men unto that eternal happiness which is above in heaven.
Then not to fuffer this to fall to the ground, but rather to take it up, and to continue it in that state wherein the famous Predeceffor of your Highness did leave it: Nay, to go forward with the confidence and refolution of a man in maintaining the truth of Chrift, and propagating it far and near, is that which hath fo bound and firmly knit the hearts of all your Majefties loyal and religious people unto you, that your very name is precious among them, their eye doth behold you with comfort, and they bless you in their hearts, as that fanctified perfon, who under God, is the immediate author of their true happiness. And this their contentment doth not diminish or decay, but every day increaseth and taketh ftrength, when they obferve that the zeal of your Majefty towards the house of God, doth not flack or go backward, but is more and more kindled, manifesting it felf abroad in the furthest parts of Chriftendom, by writing in defence of the truth, which hath gi ven fuch a blow unto that Man of fin, as will not be healed) and every day at home, by religious and learned difcourfe, by frequenting the house of God, by hearing the Word preached, by cherifbing the Teachers thereof, by caring for the Church as a moft render and loving nurfing Father.
There are infinite arguments of this right Chriftian and religious affection in your Majefty : but none is more forcible to declare it to others, than the vehement and perpetuated defire of the accomplishing and publishing of this Wark, which now with all humility we prefent unto your Majefly. For when your Highness had once out of deep judg ment apprehended how convenient it was, that out of the original facred tongues, together with comparing of the labours, both in our own and other foreign languages, of many worthy men who went before us, there should be one more exact Tranflation of the holy Scrip tures into the English tongue; your Majesty did never defift tourge and to excite those to whom it was commended, that the Work might be haftned, and that the business might be expedited in so decent a manner, as a matter of fuch Importance might justly require.
And now at last by the mercy of God, and the continuance of our Labours, it being brought unto fuch a conclufion, as that we have great hope that the Church of England ball reap good fruit thereby; we hold it our duty to offer it to your Majefty, not only as to our King and Sovereign, but as to the principal Mover and Author of the work: Humbly craving of your moft Sacred Majefty, that fince things of this quality have ever been fubject to the cenfures of ill-meaning and difcontexted per
The Epiftle Dedicatory.
Faus, it may receive Approbation and Patronage from Je learned and judicious a Prince as your Highness is, whofe allowance and acceptance of our labours, shall more honour and encourage us, than all the calumniations and hard interpretations of other men feall difmay us. So that, if on the one fide we shall be traduced by Popish perfons at home or abroad, who therefore will malign us, because we are poor inftruments to make Gods holy truth to be yet more and more known unto the people, whom they lefire still to keep in ignorance and darkness or if on the other fide, we shall be ma igned by Self concerted brethren, who run their own ways, and give liking unto nothing but what is framed by themselves, and hammered on their anvil; we may reft fecure, Supported within by the truth and innocency of a good confcience, having walked the ways of fimplicity and integrity, as before the Lord; and fuftained with out, by the powerful protection of your Majefties grace and favour, which will ever give countenance to honeft and Chriftian endeavours, against bitter cenfures, and uncharitable imputations.
The Lord of heaven and earth bless your Majefty with many and happy days, that as his heavenly hand hath enriched your Highness with many fingular and extraordinary graces so you may be the wonder of the world in this latter age, for happiness and true felicity, to the honour of that great God, and the good of his Church, through Fefus Christ our Lord and only Saviour.
The names and order of all the Books of the Old and New Teftament, with the num ber of their Chapters.
The First Book of MOSES, called GENESIS.
leffer light to rule the night: he made the ftars alfo.
The creation of heaven and earth, &c. 26 Of man in the image of God. 29 The appointment of food."
N the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form and vold, and darkness was upon the face of the deep and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the
3 And God faid, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God faw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darknefs he called Night: and the evening and the morning were the firft day.
And God faid, Let there be a firmáment in the midft of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament, from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was fo.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven: and the evening and the morning were the fecond day.
9And God faid, Let the waters 7 under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry-land appear: and it was fo.
10 And God called the dry-land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God faw that it was good.
11 And God faid, Let the earth bring forth grafs, the herb yielding feed, and the fruit-tree yielding fruit after his kind, whofe feed is in it felf, upon the earth: and it was fo.
17 And God fet them in the firmament of the heaven, to give light upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darknefs; and God faw that it was good. 19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
20 And God faid, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind and God faw that it was good.
22 And God bleffed them, faying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the feas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
12 And the earth brought forth grafs, and herb yielding feed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whofe feed was in it felf, after his kind: and God faw that it was good.
13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
14 And God faid, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven, to divide the day from the night and let them be for figns, and for fealons, and for days, and years.
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven, to give light upon the earth; and it was fo.
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the
23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
24 And God faid, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle and creeping thing and beaft of the earth after his kind: and it was fo.
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepech upon the earth after his kind: and God faw that it was good.
26 And God faid, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the fea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female created he them.
28 And God bleffed them, and God faid unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and fubdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the fea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29 And God faid, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing feed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding feed: to you it fhall be for meat.
30 And to every beaft of the earth, and to every foul of the air, and to e
Adam nameth the creatures.
15 And the LORD God cook the man, and put him into the garden of Eden, to drefs it and to keep it.
The first Labbath.
thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat and it was fo.
31 And God faw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the fixth day. CHA P. II.
The firft fabbath. 8 The planting of Eden. 17 The tree of knowledge. 19, 20 The creatures named. 21 Woman made, and marriage inftituted.
Has the heavens and the earth were
Thithed, and all the heft of them.
2. And on the feventh day God ended his work which he had made: and he refted on the feventh day from all his work which he had made.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and fan&tified it: because that in it he had refted from all his work, which God created and made.
4 Thefe are the generations of the heavens and of the earth, when they were created; in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
3 And every plant of the field, before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field, before it grew: for the LORD God had not caufed it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
6 But there went up a mift from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
And the LORD God formed man of the duft of the ground, and breathed into his noftrils the breath of life; and man became a living foul.
8 And the LORD God planted a garden caft ward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleafant to the fight, and good for food: the tree of life alfo in the midst of the
garden, and the tree of knowledge of
good and evil.
10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
11 The name of the firft is Pifon :! that is it which compaffeth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold.
12 And the gold of that land is good there is bdellium and the onyx-ftone.
13 And the name of the fecond river is Gihon: the fame is it that compaf feth the whole land of Ethiopia.
14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goedh toward the caft of Affyria, And the fourth
16 And the LORD God commanded the man, faying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayft freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou fhalt furely die.
18 And the LORD God faid, It is not good that the man fhould be alone: I will make him an help meet for him.
19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beaft of the field, and every fowl of the air, and brought them unto Adam to fee what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beaft of the field: but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
21 And the LORD God caufed a deep fleep to fall upon Adam, and he flept: and he took one of his ribs, and clofed up the flefh inftead thereof.
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam faid, This is now bone of my bones, and fleth of my fiefh: the fhall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man.
24 Therefore fhall a man leave his father and his mother, and fhall cleave unto his wife and they fhall be one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not afhamed. CHA P. III.
1 The ferpent deceiveth Eve. 6 Mans fall 15 The promised feed. 16 Mans punif ment, 22 and lofs of paradife. more than
any beaft of the field which the
LORD God had made: and he faid unto the woman, Yea, hath God faid, Ye fhall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman faid unto the fer pent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midft of the garden, God hath faid, Ye fhall not eat of it, neither fhall ye touch it, left ye die.
4 And the ferpent faid unto the wo man, Ye fhall not furely die.
5 For God doth know, that in the day ye cat thereof, then your eyes fhall be