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OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS:
TRANSLATED OUT OF THE ORIGINAL TONGUES: AND WITH THE FORMER
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BY THE GRACE OF GOD,
KING OF GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE, AND IRELAND,
DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, &c
The Translators of the Bible wish Grace, Mercy, and Peace,
GREAT and manifold were the blessings, most dread Sovereign, which Almighty God, the j Father of all mercies, bestowed upon us the people of England, when first he sent i 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 tins transitory world, but directeth and disposeth men i 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 I it in that state, wherein the famous Predecessor of Your Highness did leave it: nay, to go coo l 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 comfort, 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 j that man of sin, as will not be healed,) and every day at home, by religious and learned < discourse, by frequenting the house of God, by hearing the Word preached, by cherishing the 1 Teachers thereof, by caring for the Church, as a most tender and loving nursing Father. I
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 re 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 j shall reap good fruit thereby; we hold it our duty to offer it to Your Majesty, not only as'