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The OLD and NEW
Newly Tranflated out of the Original Tongues:
And with the former
Diligently COMPARED and REVISED.
By his Majefties Special Command.
Appointed to be Read in CHURCHES.
Printed in the Year
To the moft High and Mighty Prince, JAMES, 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 Jefus-Christ our Lord.
Reat and manifold were the Bleffings (moft dread Sovereign which Almighty God, the Father of all Mercies, bestowed upon us the People of England when first he fent Tour Majesty's 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 fetting of that Bright Occidental Star Queen Elizabeth, of most happy Memory, fome thick and palpable Clouds of Darkness would fo have overshadowed this Land, that Men fhould 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 Appearance of Tour Majesty, as of the Sun in his Strength, inftantly dif pelled thofe fuppofed and furmifed Mifts, and gave unto all that were well affected, exceeding Caufe of Comfort, especially when we beheld the Government established in Your Highness, and Tour hopeful Seed, by an undoubted Title, and this alfo accompanied with Peace and Tranquility at Home and Abroad.
But among ft all our Foys there was no one that more filled our Hearts, than the bleed Continuance of the Preaching of God's facred Word among ft us; which is that ineftimable 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 Tour Majesty's Loyal and Religious People unto You, that Your very Name is Precious among them, their Eye doth behold You with Comfort, and they blefs Tou 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 increafeth and taketh Strength, when they obferve that the Zeal of Tour Majesty towards the House of God, doth noth flack or go backward, but is more and more kindled, manifefting it felf, Abroad in the fartheft Parts of Christendom, by Writing in Defence of the Truth, (which hath given fuch a Blow unto that Man of Sin, as will not be Heated) and every Day at Home, by Religious and Learned Difcourfe, by frequenting the Houfe of God, by bearing the Word Preached, by cherishing the Teachers thereof, by caring for the Church, as a moft tender and loving nurfing Father.
There are infinite Arguments of this right Chriftian and Religious Affection in Tour Majefty: 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 Majefty. For when Tour 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 Tranflation of the Holy Scriptures into the English Tongue Tour Majefty did never defift to Urge and to Excite thofe to whom it was Commended, that the Work might be Haftned, and that the Business might
ve Expedited in jo decent a Manner, as a matter of Juch 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 fhall 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 Your most Sacred Majefty, that fince Things of this Quality have ever been fubject to the Cenfures of ill-meaning and difcontented Perfons, it may receive Approbation and Patronage from fo Learned and Judicious a Prince as Tour Highness is, whofe Allowance and Acceptance of our Labours, fhall more Honour and Encourage us, than all the Calumniations and hard Interpretations of other Men fhall difmay us. So 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 Inftruments to make Gods Holy Truth to be vet 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 felf-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 reft fecure, Supported within by the Truth and Innocency of a good Confcience, 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 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 Tour 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 Jefus Christ our Lord and only Saviour. ai dai i slamiq quif. In meres to
The Names and Order of all the Books of the Old and New Teftament, with the
Number of their Chapters.
53, II. Chronicles.
3 The Song of Solomon
19 The Idol Bel and the Dragon
6 I. Maccabees
6 To the Hebrews
The Epiftle of James.
5 II., Peter