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Newly Translated out of the Original Tongues :
And with the former
Diligently COMPARED and RevisED.
By his Majesties Special Command.
Appointed to be Read in CHURCHES.
Printed in the Year
To the most High and Mighty Prince, JAMES, by the
Grace of GOD, King of Great Britain, France, and Ire
land, Defender of the Faith, &c. The Translators of the BIBLE wish Grace, Mercy, and Peace, through Jesus-Christ our Lord
Reat and manifold were the Blessings (most dread Sovereign which Almighty God, the Father of alt Mercies, bestowed upon us the People of England when first he sent Tour 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 få 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, exu ceeding Cause of Comfort, especially when we beheld the Government established in Tour Highness, and Your hopeful Seed, by an undoubted Title
, and this also accompanied with Peace and Tranquility at Home and Abroad.
But amongst all our Joys there was no one that more filled our Hearts, than the blessed Continuance of the Preaching of God's sacred Word amongst us; which is that inestima. ble Treasure, which excelleth all thé Riches of the Earth, because the Fruit thereof extendeth it felf, not only to the Time spent in this transitory World, but directeth and difpofeth. 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 Predeceffor of Tour 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 bath so bound and
firmly knit the Hearts of all Your Majesty's Loyal and Religious People unto Tou, that Tour very Name is Precious among them, their Eye doth behold You with Comfort, and they bless Tou in their Hearts, as that sanctified 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 Strength, when they observe that the Zeal of Tour Majesty towards the House of God, doth noth stack or go backward, but is more and more kindled, manifefting it self, Abroad in the farthej? 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 Heated) and every Day at Home, by Religious 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 á moft tender and loving nursing Father.
There are infinite Arguments of this right Christian and Religious Affection in Tour Majesty: but none is more Forcible to declare it to others, than the vehement and perpetuated Defire of the accomplishing and publishing of this Work,which now with all Humility we prefent unto Your Majesty. For when Tour Highness bad Once out of deep Fudgment apprehended how convenient it was that out of the Original Sacred Tongües, 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 Tour Majesty did never defit to Urge and to Excite those to whom it was commended, that I work might be Haftned, and that the Business might
- Expeaitea in jo aecent a wanner, as a matter of Juch Importance might
juftly Require, And now at last, by the Mercy of God, and the Continuance of our Labours, it being brought unto fuch a Conclusion; 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 Tour Majesty, not only as to our King and Sovereign, but as to the Principal "Mover and Author of the Work: Humbly craving of Tour moft Sacred Majesty, that since Things of this Quality have ever been subject to the Censures of ill-meaning and discontented Persons, it may receive Approbation and Patronage from fo Learned and Judicious a. Prince as Your Highness is, ze hose Allowance and Acceptance of our Labours, Thall more Honour and Encourage us, than all the Calumniations, and hard Interpretations of other Men shall dismay us. Só that, if on the one Side we shall be Traduced by Popish Perfons at Home or Abroad, who therefore will Malign us, because we are poor Instruments to make Gods Holy Truth to be yet more and more known unto the People
, whom they“defire still to keep in Ignorance and Darkness: or if on the other Side, we shall be Maligned by self-conceited 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 fecure, 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 Tour Majesty's Grace and Favour, which will ever give Countenance to Honest and Christian Endeavours, àgainst bitter Censures, and uncharitable Imputations. as his Heavenly Hand hath enriched Your Highness with
many and happy Days, that 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.
44 zum i lysputes I Thę Names and Order of all the Books of the Old and New Testament, with the
Number of their Chapters. I t:.''
36, Daniel Al GFnelis hath Chapters
2' 10 Amosi: 21 Indigo 43 | Obadiah cis list. 2:
و دل بوده و
: اور :
53. II. Chronicles.
10 | Hosea
150 | Jonah
52 Haggai ps, 25 Lamentations
19 The Idol Bel and the Dragon**s3 16 Ecclesiasticus
51 The Prayer of Manasseh..
6, To the Hebrews
u 16 Philippians
4 The Epistle of James 24 Colossians
1. Peter 21 I. Thessalonians
5 II., Peter 28, II: Thessalonians
I. John ... 16 1. Timothy
6 II. John 16 II. Timothy
4 III. John 3 | Jude
Gul 6 Pluilmon
1 UMULIAI 43