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TO THE MOST HIGH AND MIGHTY PRINCE
BY THE GRACE OF GOD,
DEFENDER OF THE PAITH, &c.
through JESUS CHRIST our Lord,
GREAT and manifold were the blessings, most drcad Sovereign, which Almighty God, the Father of all mercies, bestowed upon us the people of England, when first he sent Your Ma. jesty'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 Lond, that men should have been in douðl 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 slrength, instantly dispelled those supposed and surmised mists, and gave unto ull that were well affected exceeding cause of comfort; especially when we beheld the Government established in Your Highness, and Your hopefal Seed, by an undoubted Title, and this also accompanied with peace and tranquillity at home and abroad.
Bul 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 trea. sure, 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 fail 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 halh sn 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 doch 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 takech 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 hindled, manifesting itself abrond in the farthese 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 lender and loving nursing Father.
There are infinite arguments of this right Christian and religious affection in Your Majesly; but none is more forcible to declare it to others than the velvement 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 eract 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 espedited in se decent a manner, as a matter of such imporiance might justly require.
And now at last, by die mercy of God, and the continuance of ost labours, is bang brought unto such a conclusion, as that we have great hopes that the Church of England
THE EPISTLE DEDICATORY. 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 censure of illmeaning 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 calumnintions 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, rho 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 hy selfconceited Brethren, who run their own ways, and give liking unto nothing, but what is framed by themselves, and hammered on their unvil ; we may rest secure, supported within by the truth and innocency of a good conscience, had. ing'walked the ways of simplicity and integrity, as before the Lord; and sustained without by the powersul protection of Your Majesty's grace and farour, which will ever give countenance to honest and Christian endeavours against bitter censuras and uncharitable impulations. *The Lord of hearen 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 Books of the New Testament.
6 To the Hebrews Mark. 16 Philippians
Epistle of James Luke.
4 1. Peter John
5 II. Peter. The Acts
28 11. Thessalonians SI. John Epistle to the Romans 16 1. Timothy
6 II, John 1. Corinthians.
III. John 11. Corinthians .... 13
3 Jude Galatians. 6 } Philemon ...
The First Book of MOSES, called GENESIS.
20 And God said, Let the waters bring 1 The Creation of Heaven and Earlh, 26 of hath life, and fowl that may Ay above the
forth abundantly the moving creature that Man in the Image of God. 29 The Appoint. earth in the open firmament of heaven. ment of Food.
21 And God created great wliales, and Inde beginning God created the heaven every living creature that moveth, which the earth.
the waters brought forth abundantly, after 2 And the earth was without form, and their kind, and every winged fowl after his void ; and darkness was upon the face of kind: and God saw that it was good. the deep: and the Spirit of God moved 22 And God blessed them, saying, Be upon the face of the waters.
fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters s And God said, Let there be light : and in the seas; and let fowl multiply in the there was light.
carth, 4 And God saw the light, that it was 23 And the evening and the morning were good : and God divided the light from the the fifth day. darkness.
24 And God said, Let the earth bring 5 And God called the light Day, and the forth the living, creature after his kind, darkness he called Night. And the even. cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the ing and the morning were the first day. earth after his kind : and it was so.
ở And God said, Let there be a firma. 25 And God made the beast of the earth ment in the midst of the waters, and let it after his kind, and cattle after their kind, divide the waters from the waters.
and every thing that creepeth upon the 7 And God made the firmament, and earth after his kind : and God saw that it divided the waters which were under the was good. firmament from the waters which were 26 And God said, Let us make man in above the firmament: and it was so. our image, after our likeness; and let them
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. have dominion over the fish of the sea, And the evening and the morning were the and over the fowl of the air, and over the second day.
calile, and over all the earth, and over 9 And God said, Let the waters under every creeping thing that creepeth upon the heaven be gathered together unto one the earth. place, and let the dry land appear: and it 27 So God created man in his own image;
in the inage of God created he him; male 10 And God called the dry land Earth; and female created he them. and the gatherings together of the waters 28 And God blessed them; and God said called he Seas : and God saw that it was unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and good.
replenish the earth, and subdue it; and 11 And God said, Let the earth bring have dominion over the fish of the sea, forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the and over the fowl of the air, and over fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, every living thing that moveth upon the whose seed is in itself, upon the earth : and earth. it was so.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given 12 And the earth brought forth grass, you every herb bearing seed, which is upon and herb yielding seed after his kind, and ihe face of all the earth, and every tree, the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding itself, after his kind : and God saw that it seed; to you it shall be for meat. was good.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and 13°And the evening and the morning were to every fowl of the air, and to every thing the third day:
that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there 14 And God said, Let there be lights in is life, I have given every green herb for the firmament of the heaven, to divide the meat : and it was so. day from the night; and let them be for 31 And God saw every thing that he had signs, and for seasons, and for days, and made, and, behold, it was very good. And years :
the evening and the morning were the sixtla 15 And let them be for lights in the fr. day. mament of the heaven, to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
CHAP. II. 16 And God made two great lights; the
1 The first Saobath. 8 The Garden of Eden. greater light to rule the day, and the lesser 16 The Tree of Knowledge. 19 The Crealight to rule the night: he made the stars tures named. 21 Woman made, and Maralso.
riage instituted. the heaven, to give light upon the earth, , , of were
finished, and all the host of them. 18 And to rule over the day and over the 2 And on the seventh day God ended his night, and to divide the light from the work which he had made; and he rested darkness; and God saw that it was good. on the seventh day from all his work which
19 And thc evening and the morning were he had made. the fourth day.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and
& But there went up a mist from the earth, NW, the serpent was more subtle than
The garden of Eden.
Man's miserable fuli. sanctified it; because that in it he had 94 Therefore shall a man leave his father rested from all his work which God created and his inother, and shall cleave unto his and made.
wife; and they shall be oue flesh. 4 These are the generations of the hea- 25 And they were both naked, the man vens and of the earth when they were cre- and his wife, and were not ashamed. Ated, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
CHAP. III. 5 And every plant of the field before it i The Serpene deceiveth Eve. 6 Man's Fall. was in the earth, and every herb of the held before it grew. for the LORD God had
15 The promised Seed. 16 The Punishment not caused it to rain upon the earth, and
of Mankind. 22 Their Loss of Paradise. there was not a man to till the ground.
any least of the field which the LORD and watered the whole face of the ground. God had made. And he said unto the wo
7 And the LORD God formed man of the man, Yca, nath God said, Ye shall not eat dust of the ground, and breathed into his of every tree of the garden? vostrils the breath of life; and man became 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, a living soul.
We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the 8 And the LORD God planted a garden garden: eastward in Eden; and there he put the 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is man whom he had forined.
in the midst of the garden, God hath said, 9 And out of the ground made the Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye Lord God to grow every tree that is touch it, lest ye die. pleasant to the sight and good for food; 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, the tree of life also in the midst of the Ye shall not surely die : garden, and the tree of knowledge of good 5 For God dotli know, that, in the day and evil.
ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be 10 And a river went out of Eden to water opened; and ye shall be as gods, knowing the garden; and from thence it was parted, good and evil. and became into four heads.
6 And when the woman saw that the 11 The name of the first is Pison: that tree was good for food, and that it was is it which coinpasseth the whole land of pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be deHavvan, where there is gold;
sired to make one wise, she look of the fruit 12 And the gold of that land is good: thereof, and did eat; and gave also unto there is bdellium and the onyx-stone. her husband with her, and he did eat.
13 And the name of the second river is 7 And the eyes of them both were openGilon: the same is it that compasseth the ed, and they knew that they were naked : whole land of Ethiopia.
and they sewed fig-leaves together, and 14 And the name of the third river is made themselves aprons. Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward 8 And they heard the voice of the LORD the east of Assyria. And the lourth river is God walking in the garden in the cool Euphrates.
of the day : and Auam and his wife 15 And the LORD God took the man, hid themselves from the presence of the and put himn into the garden of Eden, to Lord God, amongst the trees of the dress it, and to keep it.
garden. 16 And the LORD God commanded the 9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, man, saying, of every tree of the garden and said unto him, Where art thou? thou mayest freely eat;
10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the 17 Bui of tlie tree of the knowledge of garden, and I was afraid, because I was good and evil, thou shalt mot eat of it: for naked; and I hid myself. in the day that thou eatest thereof thou ji And he said, Who told thee that thou shalt surely die.
unst naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, 18 I And the LORD God said, it is not whereof I cominanded thee that thou good that the man should be alone; I will shouldest not eat? make him an help meet for him.
12 And the man said, The woman, whom 19 And out of the ground the Lord God thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of formed every heast of the field, and every the tree, and I did eat. fowl of the air; and brought them into 13 And the LORD God said unto the Adain to see what he would call them: and woman, What is this that thou hast done? wliatsoever Adain called every living crea- And the woman said, The serpent beguiled ture, that was the name thereof.
me, and I did eat. 20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, 14 And the LORD God said unto the ser. and to the fowl of the air, and to every pent, Because thou hast done this, thou beast of the field : but for Adam there was art cursed above all cattle, and above every not found an help meet for him.
beast of the field : upon thy belly shalt 21 And the LORD God caused a deep thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the sleep to tall upon Adam, and he slept; and days of thy life: he took one of his ribs, and closed up the i5 And I will put enmity between thee fesh instead thereof:
and the woman, and between thy sced and 29 And the rib, which the LORD God her secd: it shall bruise thy head, and had taken from man, made he a woman, *hou shalt bruise his heel. and brought her into the man.
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly 93 And Adam said, This is now bone of multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; my bores, and flesh of my flesh: she shall in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children be called Woman, because she was taken and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and cut of Man.
be shall rule over thee.