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Newly Translated out of the
ORIGINAL TONGUE S;
And with the former
Diligently Compared and Revised.
Excellent Majesty. MDCC XXII.
CUM PRIVIL EG I 0.
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.
REAT and manifold were the Blessings (most dread Sovereign) which Almigisty God, the Father of all Mercies, bestowed upon us the People of England, when first be 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 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 Tour Majesty, as of the Sun ist his Strength, instantly dispelled those fupposed and surmised Mists, and gave unto all that were well affected, exceeding Cause of Comfort, especially when we beheld the Government established in Tour Highness, and Tour hopeful Seed, by an undoubted Title, and this also accompanied with Peace and Tranquillity 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 facred Word among f us; which is that inestimable Treasure, which excelleth all the Riches of the Earth, because the Fruit thereof extendeth it self, not only to the Time spent in this transitory World, but direčteth 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 States 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 Tour 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 you in their Hearts, as that fanétified 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 Tour Majesty towards the House of God, doth not flack or go backward, but is more and more kindled, manifesting it self 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 Tpair Alajesty : but 101e is more forcible to declare it to others, than the vehement and perpetuated Desire of the accomplishing and pub
hing of this Work, which now with all Humility we present unto Tour Majesty. For when Tour Highness had oure out of deep Judgment apprehended how convenient it was, that out of the Original sacrert Tonguer, A 2
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And now at last, by the Mercy of God, and the Continuance of our Labours, it being brought unto such a
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