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We are poor Instruments to make God's holy Truth to be yet 29re and more known unto held by self.conceited Erethren, who run thiir own ways, and give liling unto nothing but

har before the Lord ; and Sustained without, by the powerful Protection of your M: To the most High and Mighty Prince, JAMES, by

the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland,

Defender of the Faith, &c.
The Tranla tours of the Bible with Grace, Mercy, and Peace, through Jelus

Christ our Lord.
Reat and manifold were the Blessings (most dread sovereign ) which Almighty God, the
Father of all Mercies, bestowed upon us the People of England, when firkt he sent your
Majesty's Roja! Person Rule and Reign over us. For whereas it the Expectation

of many, who wished not well unto our Sion, that upon the setting of that brisht Occidemal Star Queen Elizabeth, of most happy Memory. Some thick and palpable Clouds of Darkness wald so bave overjhadowed this Land, that men should have been in doubt which way they were 29 palk, and that it should hardly, be known,, who w.u to direct the unlittled State : The Appearance of your Majesty, as of the Sun in his Strength, instantly aijpelled thojc fupposed and surmijed mis

ha gave unto all that were well affcted, exceeding cause of Comfort ; especially when we behela ihe Government established in your Highnes, and your hopeful seed, by an undoubted Title, and cóis also aceompanied with Peace and Tranquility at Home and Abraad.

Byamongst all our Joys there ma no one that more filled our Hearts, than the blessed continua ence of the Preaching of God's Sacred Word amongst ms; which is that ineflimale Treasure, shith excelleth all the Riches of the Earth, because the fruit thereof extendeth ir self, not only se the time bent in this transtory World, but directeth and disposeth Men unto that eternal Harpi.

bich is above in Heaven. Tben 1197 to suffer this to fall to the ground, but rather to take it up, and to continue it in the free, wherein the farnou PredecefTour of your Highneß did leave it : Nay, to go forward with the Corskence exi Resolution of a Man, in maintaining the Truth of Christ, and propagating it for and near, is that which hatb so bound and firmly knit the Hearts of all your ejty Loyal and Religiosas People unto you, that your very Name is precious among them; their Eye doth behold you ai:6 Comfort, and they bless you in their Hearts, as that Santiified Person, who under God is the immediate Author of their true Happines. And this their contentment doth nnt diminish or decay, but every Day increaseth and taketh strength, when they observe that the Zeal of your Majelty towards the Hoxfe of God, doth not fack or go backward, but is more and more ki nalca, manifeing it self

Arond is the furthest parts of Christendom, by Writing in Defence of the Truth ( whitä hath giver * fub 4 Blow unto that Man of sin, as will not be healed) and cvery Day at Home by Religious and

learned Discourse, by Frequenting the House of God, by Hearing the Word Presched, by cherishing Box Teachers thereof, by Caring for the Church, as a most Tender and Loving Nursing Father. There are insnite Arguments of this right Chrisian and Religious Affection in your Majesty,; But 2074 is more forcible to declare it to others, than the vehement and perperuated De fire of the Ais Completing and Publishing of this work, which now

with all Humility we presen: unto your Majeliy. of the Original Sacred Tongues, together with comparing of the Labours, both in our own, and other Foreign Languages, of many worthy Mermho went before us, there should be one more evasi Translam ties of the boy serijtures into the English Tongue pour Majeliy did never

dofit to urje ani to exrise those to whom it was commended, that the work might

be hafined, and that the business Reigt be expedited in jo decent a Manner, as a Master of Such importance might justly require.

And now at last, by the Mercy of God, and the Continuance of our Labours, it being brought unta Fuch a Concluson, as that we haze Brent hope that the Church of England Thall reap good fruit to the principal Mover and Author of the Work Humbly craving of your

moft Sacred Majeliy, et firee things of this Quality have ever been subject to the Cenfures of il-mezning and disc 0% Ented Perfons, it may receive Approbation and Patronage froza lo Lear ied and Judicions a Prince a youHaben ist, whofe Allowance and Aiceptance of our Labours

, hall more Honour and I courage

So So heton all the calumniations and hard interpretations

of other Mentnall dismayos whom they desire fill to keep in lgnorance and Darkness : Or if on the other Gode was in the

, and , ons which will ezer site contenance to Honest and Christian Endeavours, againg Bitter Lord of Heaven and Earth bless your patiely with many and happy Days, that as bis ko Schenriched your Highneß with many fingular and extraordinary Graces ; Yo your

cher in this latrer Ase, for Happineß und irne Felicity, to the honour of

s, and Uncharitable Inuntations.

hus Chrif our Lord and only Sasior.

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