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The Translators of the Bible wish Grace, Mercy, and Peace,

through JESUS CHRIST our Lord.

God, the Father of all mercies, bestowed upon us the people of England, when first he sent Your Majesty's Royal Person 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, some thick and palpable clouds of darkness would so have overshadowed 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 unsettled State; the appearance of Your Majesty, as of the Sun in his strength, instantly dispelled those supposed and surmised mists, and gave unto all that were well affected exceeding cause of comfort; especially when we beheld the Government established in Your Highness, and Your hopeful Seed, by an undoubted Title, and this also accompanied with peace and tranquillity at home and abroad.

But among all our joys, there was no one that more filled our hearts, than the blessed continuance of the preaching of God's sacred Word among us; which is that inestimable treasure, which excelleth all the riches of the earth; because the fruit thereof extendeth itself, not only to the time spent in this transitory world, but di. recteth and disposeth men unto that eternal happiness which is above in heaven.

Then not to suffer this to fall to the ground, but rather to take it up, and to continue it in that state, wherein the famous Predecessor of Your Highness did leave it: nay, to go forward with the confidence and resolution of a Man in maintaining the truth of Christ, and propagating it far and near, is that which hath so bound and firmly knit the hearts of all Your Majesty's loyal and religious people unto You, that your very name is precious among them: their eye doth behold You with com fort, and they bless You in their hearts, as that sanctified Person, 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 strength, when they observe, that the zeal of Your Majesty toward the house of God doth not slack or go backward, but is more and more kindled, manifesting itself abroad in the farthest parts of Christendom, by writing in defence of the Truth, (which hath given such a blow unto that man of 'sin, as will not be healed,) and every day at home, by reli. gious and learned discourse, by frequenting the house of God, by hearing the Word preached, by cherishing the Teachers thereof, by caring for the Church, as a most tender and loving nursing Father.

There are infinite arguments of this right christian and religious affection in Your Majesty; but none is more forcible to declare it to others than the vehement and perpetuated desire of accomplishing and publishing of this work, which now with all humility, we present unto Your Majesty. For when Your Highness had once out of deep judgment apprehended how convenient it was, that out of the Original Sacred 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 Translation of the holy Scriptures into the English Tongue ; Your Majesty did never desist to urge and to excite those to whom it was commended, that the work might be hastened, and that the business might be expedited in so decent a manner, as a matter of such importance might justly require.

And now at last, by, the mercy of God, and the continuance of our labours, it being brought unto such a conclusion, as that we have great hopes that the Church of England shall reap good fruit thereby; we hold it our duty to offer it to Your Majesty, not only as to our King and Sovereign, but as to the principal Mover and Author of the work : humbly craving of Your most Sacred Majesty, that since things of this quality have ever been subject to the censures of illmeaning and discontented THE EPISTLE DEDICATORY. persons, it may receive approbation and patronage from so learned and judicious a Prince as Your Highness is, whose allowance and acceptance of our labours shall more honour and encourage us, than all the calumniations and hard interpretations of other men shall dismay us. So that if, on the one side, we shall be traduced by Popish Persons at home or abroad, who therefore will malign us, because we are poor instruments to make God's holy Truth to be yet more and more known unto the people, whom they desire still to keep in ignorance and darkness ; or if, on the other side, we shall be maligned by selfconceited Brethren, who run their own ways, and give liking unto nothing, but what is framed by themselves, and hammered on their anvil; we may rest secure, supported within by the truth and 'innocency of a good conscience, having walked the ways of simplicity and integrity, as before the Lord; and sustained without by the powerful protection of Your Majesty's grace and favour, which will ever give countenance to honest and christian endeavours against bitter censures and uncharitable imputations.

The Lord of heaven and earth bless Your Majesty with many and happy days, that, as his heavenly hand hath enriched Your Highness with many singular 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 Jesus Christ our Lord and only Saviour.

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IN the

beginning God created the hea- the night, and to divide the light from the


lesser light to rule the night: he made 1 The creation of heaven and earth, 3 of the light, 6 the stars also. of the firmament, 9 of the earth separated from the vatera, 11 and made fruitful, 14 of the sun, moon,

17 And God set them in the firmament and stars, 20 of fish and fowl, 24 of beasts and cat of the

heaven to give light upon the earth, tle, of man in the image of God. 29 Also the appointment of food.

18 And to rule over the day and over N ven and the earth.

it wus good. 2 And the earth was without form, and 19 And the evening and the morning void; and darkness was upon the face of were the fourth day. the deep. And the Spirit of God moved 20 And God said, Let the waters bring upon the face of the waters.

forth abundantly the moving creature 3 And God said, Let there be light: that hath life, and fowl that may fly and there was light.

above the earth in the open firmament 4 And God saw the light, that it was of heaven. good: and God divided the light from 21 And God created great whales, and the darkness.

every living creature that moveth, which 5 And God called the light Day, and the the waters brought forth abundantly, darkness he called Night. And the even after their kind, and every winged fowi ing and the morning were the first day. after his kind : and God saw that it was

69 And God said, Let there be a fir- good. mament in the midst of the waters, and 22 And God blessed them, saying, Be let it divide the waters from the waters. fruitful, and multiply, and fill the wa

7 And God made the firmament, and ters in the seas, and let fowl multiply divided the waters which were under the in the earth. firmament from the waters which were 23 And the evening and the morning above the firmament: and it was so. were the fifth day.

8 And God called the firmament Hea- 24 1 And God said, Let the earth bring ren. And the evening and the morning forth the living creature after his kind, were the second day.

cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of 99 And God said, Let the waters un- the earth after his kind : and it was so. der the heaven be gathered together unto 25 And God made the beast of the one place, and let the dry land appear: earth after his kind, and cattle after and it was so.

their kind, and every thing that creep10 And God called the dry land Earth; eth upon the earth after his kind : and and the gathering together of the waters God saw that it was good. called he Seas: and God saw that it was 26 1 And God said, Let us make man good.

in our image, after our likeness : and let 11 And God said, Let the earth bring them have dominion over the fish of the forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and sea, and over the fowl of the air, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his over the cattle, and over all the earth, kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the and over every creeping thing that creepearth: and it was so.

eth upon the earth. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, 27 So God created man in his own and herb yielding seed after his kind, image, in the image of God created he and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed him; male and female created he them. was in itself, after his kind: and God 28 And God blessed them, and God saw that it was good.

said unto them, Be fruitful, and mul13 And the evening and the morning tiply, and replenish the earth, and subwere the third day:

due it: and have dominion over the fish 14 And God said, Let there be lights of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, in the firmament of the heaven to divide and over every living thing that moveth the day from the night; and let them be upon the earth. for signs, and for seasons,

and for days, 29 ( And God said, Behold, I have

given you every herb bearing seed, which 15 And let them be for lights in the is upon the face of all the earth, and firmament of the heaven to give light every tree, in the which is the fruit of upon the earth: and it was so.

a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be 16 And God made two great lights ; | for meat. the greater light to rule the day, and the 30 And to every beast of the earth, and


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