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To the moft High and Mighty Prince, JA ME S, by the grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c.

The Tranflators of the Bible with Grace, Mercy, and Peace, through Jefus Christ our Lord.


Reat and manifold were the bleffings (most dread Sovereign) which Almighty God, the Father of all mercies, bestowed upon us the people of England, when firft he sent your Majefies 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 setting of that bright Occidental Star, Queen Elizabeth of most happy memory, fome thick and palpable clouds of darkness would so have overfbidowed 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 unfettled State: the appears ance of your Majefly, as of the Sun in his ftrength, inftantly difpelled thofe fuppofed and furmifed mifts, and gave unto all that were well-affected, exceeding cause of com fort, especially when we beheld the government eftablished in your Highness, and your hopeful feed, 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 Gods facred_Word amongst 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 directeih and dispoSeth 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 Chrißt, and propagating it far and near, is that which hath fo bound and firmly knit the hearts of all your Majefties 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 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 increaseth and taketh ftrength, when they obferve that the zeal of your Majesty towards the house of God, doth not flack or go backward, but is more and more kindled, manifefting it felf abroad in the furthest parts of Chriftendom, by writing in defence of the truth, which hath given fuch a blow unto that Man of fin, as will not be healed) and every day at home, by religious and learned dilcourfe, by frequenting the house of God, by hearing the Word preached, by cherifbing 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 your 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 bumility we prefent unto your Majefly. For when your Highness had once out of deep judgment apprehended how convenient it was, that out of the original facred 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 Scrip tures into the English tongue; your Majesty did never defift tourge and to excite those to whom it was commended, that the Work might be haftned, and that the business might be expedited in fo decent a manner, as a matter of fuch 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 ball reap good fruit thereby we hold it our duty to offer it to your Majefty, not only as to our King and Sovereign, but as to the principal Mover and Author of the work: Humbly craving of your moft Sacred Majesty, that fince things of this quality have ever been subject to the cenfures of ill-meaning and discontexted"


honour ana

Courage us

er men feall difmay us. So that, if on the one fide we shall be traduced by Popif s at home or abroad, who therefore will malign us, because we are poor inftruments e Gods holy truth to be yet more and more known unto the people, whom they fill to keep in ignorance and darkness or if on the other fide, we shall be ma by Self concerted brethren, who run their own ways, and give liking unto nobut what is framed by themselves, and hammered on their anvil we may cure, fupported within by the truth and innocency of a good confcience, having the ways of fimplicity and integrity, as before the Lord; and fuftained with y the powerful protection of your Majefties grace and favour, which will ever untenance to honeft and Chriftian endeavours, against bitter cenfures, and unble imputations.

Lord of heaven and earth blefs your Majefty with many and happy days, that eavenly hand hath enriched your Highness with many fingular and extraordinary 5. So you may be the wonder of the world in this latter age, for happiness and licity, to the honour of that great God, and the good of his Church, through Feist our Lord and only Saviour.

names and order of all the Books of the Old and New Teftament, with the mumber of their Chapters.

nefis hath Chapters 50 II. Chronicles

36 Daniel

10 Hofea




40 Ezra


27 Nehemiah


36 Efther


34 Job


24 Pfalms

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21 Proverbs



4 Ecclefiaftes

31 The fong of Solomon


24 Ifaiah

22 Jeremiah


25 Lamentations


29 Ezekiel

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The First Book of MOSES, called GENESIS.


leffer light to rule the night: he made 1 The creation of heaven and earth, &c. the ftars alfo. 26 Of man in the image of God. 29 The appointment of food."

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2 And the earth was without

upon the face of the deep and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the


3 And God faid, Let there be light: and there was light.

4 And God faw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night: and the evening and the morning were the firft day.

17 And God fet them in the firmament of the heaven, to give light upon the earth,

18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the

were the fourth day.
19 And the evening and the morning

bring forth abundantly the moving crea-
20 And God faid, Let the waters
ture that hath life, and fowl that may
fly above the earth in the open firma-
ment of heaven.

21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly after their kind, and every winged fowl after And God faid, Let there be a fir- his kind and God faw that it was good. máment in the midft of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.fruitful, and multiply, and fill the wa22 And God bleffed them, faying, Be 7 And God made the firmament, and ters in the feas, and let fowl multiply in divided the waters which were under the the earth. firmament, from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was fo.

8 And God called the firmament Heaven: and the evening and the morning were the fecond day.

23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

forth the living creature after his kind, 24 And God faid, Let the earth bring earth after his kind: and it was fo. cattle and creeping thing and beaft of the

9And God faid, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together 25 And God made the beaft of the unto one place, and let the dry-land ap-earth after his kind, and cattle after pear: and it was fo. their kind, and every thing that creepech upon the earth after his kind: and God faw that it was good.

10 And God called the dry-land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God faw that it was good.

11 And God faid, Let the earth bring forth grafs, the herb yielding feed, and the fruit-tree yielding fruit after his kind, whofe feed is in it felf, upon the earth and it was fo.

12 And the earth brought forth grafs, and herb yielding feed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whofe feed was in it felf, after his kind: and God faw that it was good.

13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

14 And God faid, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven, to divide the day from the night and let them be for figns, and for feafons, and for days, and years.

15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven, to give light upon the earth; and it was fo.

16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the

26 And God faid, Let us make man them have dominion over the fifh of the in our image, after our likeness: and let fea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female created he them.

28 And God bleffed them, and God faid unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and fubdue it: and have dominion over the fifh of the fea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

29 And God faid,Behold, I have given on the face of all the earth, and every you every herb bearing feed, which is uptree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding feed: to you it fhall be for meat.

to every foul of the air, and to e

30 And to every beaft of the earth, and

And od law every thing that ne made, and behold, it was very good. the evening and the morning were ixth day. CHA P. II.

e firft fabbath. 8 The planting of Eden. The tree of knowledge. 19, 20 The atures named. 21 Woman made, and arriage inftituted.

Has the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the hoft of them. And on the feventh day God ended wwork which he had made: and he d on the feventh day from all his x which he had made.

And God bleffed the feventh day, fanctified it because that in it he refted from all his work, which created and made.

Thefe are the generations of the ens and of the earth, when they were zed; in the day that the LORD God e the earth and the heavens, And every plant of the field, before as in the earth, and every herb of the - before it grew: for the LORD God not caused it to rain upon the earth, there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mift from the , and watered the whole face of the nd. And the LORD God formed man of luft of the ground, and breathed inis noftrils the breath of life; and became a living foul.

And the LORD God planted a en caft-ward in Eden; and there he heman whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the God to grow every tree that is ant to the fight, and good for food: ree of life alfo in the midst of the

en, and the tree of knowledge

I and evil.


And a river went out of Eden to r the garden; and from thence it was ed, and became into four heads. The name of the first is Pifon : is it which compaffeth the whole of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good e is bdellium and the onyx-ftone.

And the name of the second river)

10 And

the man, faying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayft freely eat:

17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not cat of it: for in the day that thou eateft thereof, thou fhalt furely die.

18 And the LORD God faid, It is not good that the man fhould be alone: I will make him an help meet for him.

19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beaft of the field, and every fowl of the air, and brought them unto Adam to fee what he would call them: and whatfoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beaft of the field: but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

21 And the LORD God caufed a deep fleep to fall upon Adam, and he flept: and he took one of his ribs, and clofed up the flefh inftead thereof.

22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

23 And Adam faid, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my fiefh: the fhall be called Woman, because fhe was taken out of man.


24 Therefore fhall a man leave his father and his mother, and fhall cleave unto his wife and they shall be one flesh. 25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not afhamed. CHAP. III.

1 The ferpent deceiveth Eve. 6 Mans fall. 15 The promised feed. 16 Mans punifo ment, 22 and lofs of paradife.

any beaft of the field which the

Ow the ferpent was more fubtil than

LORD God had made: and he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God faid, Ye fhall not eat of every tree of the garden?

2 And the woman faid unto the ser pent, We may eat of the fruit of the frees of the garden:

3 But of the fruit of the tree which i in the midst of the garden, God hath Gid. Ye shall not ear of ir neither Chall

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