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To the Most High and Mighty Prince,
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, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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 directeth 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 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 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 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 ill-meaning and discontented 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 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 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.
The Names and Order of all the Books of the OLD and NEW TESTAMENT,
with the Number of their Chapters.
Genesis hath Chapters
The Books of the Old TESTAMENT.
Hosea - 27 Nehemiah
- 13 | Joel - 36 Esther
- 10 | Amos - 34 | Job
42 Obadiah - 24 Psalms
- 150 | Jonah 21 Proverbs
- 31 Micah 4 | Ecclesiastes
- 12 Nahum The Song of Solomon
· S Habakkuk - 24 | Isaiah
- 66 | Zephaniah - 22 Jeremiah
- 52 Haggai - 25 | Lamentations
- 5 Zechariah - 29 | Ezekiel
48 | Malachi
- 12 · 14
3 9 1 4 17 3 3 3 2 14
The Books of the New TESTAMENT. Matthew hath Chapters - 28 - Ephesians hath Chapters 6 | To the Hebrews hath Chapters 13 Mark - 16 Philippians
4 The Epistle of James
5 Luke - 24 | Colossians
4 | I. Peter John - 21 I. Thessalonians
5 | II. Peter
3 The Acts of the Apostles - 28 II. Thessalonians
3 I. John The Epistle to the Romans - 16 1. Timothy
6 II. John I. Corinthians - 16 II. Timothy
4 | III. John
1 II. Corinthians 13 Titus 3 Jude
1 Galatians 6 Philemon
h Chap 8. 17.
5.1. & 9.6.
31 And "God saw every thing that he had made, n Ecclus. 17 And God set them in the firmament of the hea-HUS the heavens and the earth were finished, and a Exod
2 a And on the seventh day God ended his work Deuter THE FIRST BOOK OF MOSES,
Year before the
Creat. from Tis
19 And the evening and the morning were the Befors
g 2 ESO made fruitful. 14 The creation of the sun, moon, and abundantly the || moving creature that hath + life, & 47. istars: 20 of fish and fowl; 24 of beasts and cattle; 26 of and fowl ihal may ly acove the earth in the topen || or,
creepirze man in the image of God. 29 The appointment of food. firmament of heaven.
+ Heb. N a the beginning God created the heaven and 21 And God created great whales, and every living the earth.
creature thai moveth, which the waters brought forth treb 2 And the earth was without form, and void ; abundantly after their kind, and every winged fowl face o
the firand darkness was upon the face of the deep: and after his kind: and God saw that it was good. the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 22 And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful, of hea
5 | And God said, Let there be light: and there and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let nec b2 Cor. was light.
fowl multiply in the earth. 4. And God saw the light, that it was good: and 23 And the evening and the morning were the 9. 1. 4. Hcb. God divided the light from the darkness.
fifth day: 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness 24 | And God said, Let the earth bring forth the liand be he called Night. † And the evening and the morning ving creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, tween the were the first day.
and beast of the earth after his kind : and it was so. 6 9 And God said, “Let there be a + firmament in 25 And God made the beast of the earth after his + Hel. the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that And the from the waters.
creepeth upon the earth after his kind : and God saw evening
7 And God made the firmament, and divided that it was good. the morn- the waters which were under the firmament from 26 And God said, Let us make man in our iChaping was, the waters which were above the firmament: and it image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion
over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, Wisu. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over
1 Corin, Jerem: the evening and the morning were the second day. every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
9 T And God said, Let the waters under the hea 27 So God created man in his own image; in the EphesHeb ven be gathered together unto one place, and let the image of God created he him; k male and female Colos. dry land appear: and it was so.
created he them,
k Matth. d Job
10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the 28 And God blessed them; and God said unto 19. 4. Psalms gathering together of the waters called he Seas : and them, 'Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the 1 Chap. 33. 7. & God saw that it was good.
earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the 9. 1. 11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth † grass, fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over
+ IIcb. the herb yielding seed; and the fruit-tree yielding fruit every living thing that to moveth upon the earth.
creepetk, after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: 29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every and it was so.
herb + bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the + Heb.
fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon
green herb for meat: and it was so.
the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, the morning were the sixth day. + Heb. and for days, and years:
CHAP. II. between 15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of 1 The first sabbath. 4 The manner of the creation. the day the heaven to give light upon the earth : and it was so. 8 The planting of the garden of Eden, 10 and the river
16 And God made two great lights ; the greater thercof. 15 Man placed in Eden, and the tree of lenownight.
light + to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the ledge only forbidden. 18 The naming of the creatures. for the night: he made the stars also.
21 The mcking of woman, and the institution of marriage. rule of the day.
ven to give light upon the earth, &c.
all the host of them.
and to divide the light from the darkness : and God which he had made ; and he rested on the seventh day Hey
& 51. 15. expansion.
136. 6. + Heb. tender grass.