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To the most High and Mighty Prince, J A M E S, by the grace of God, King of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, Defender of_the Faich^ Cc.
The Trcmjlators of the Bible wljh Grace, Mercyy and Peace, through Jesiu Christ our Lord.
GKeat and manifold were the blessings (most dread Sovereign) which Almighty God, the Father of all mercies, bestowed upon us the people of England, when first he sent Your Majesties Royal Person to rule and reign -over ut. 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 Elizaberh of most happy memory, some thick and palpable clouds of darkness would so have overfoidowcd this land, that men should have been in doubt which way they were to walk; and that it should hardly be known, who was lo direB the unsettled Slate : the appear*ore of your Majesty, as of the Sun in his strength, instantly dispelled those supposed and surmised mills, and gave unto all that were well-affeEted, exceeding cause of comfort, especially when tec beheld the government established in ymr Highness, and your \hopeful feed, by an undoubted Title, and this also accompanied withfeace OWL Jrmrjttil\lity at home and abroad. ...
I But amongst all our joys there was no one that more silled our hearts, than theblessed \continuance of the preaching of God's sacred Word among us ; which is that inestintaWe treasure, which .exceUeth all the rtchesof the earth, because the fruit thereof extend\eih it self, not only to the time spent in this transitory world, but direlicih and disposeth men unto thattternal happiness which is above in heaven. .~ I f
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 Christy "and propagating it far and near, is that which hath so bound and firmly knit the hearts its 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, M that sandified 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 takelh strength, when they observe that the Sf.ol of your Majesty towards the house of God, dothnot flacker go backward, but is more and more kindled, manifesting it self abroad in the farthest parts o/Chriftcndom, by writing in defense of the truth, (mhichhath given such a blow unto that Manes sin, as will not be healed J 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 at a most tender | and loving nursing Father..
j There are infinite arguments of this right Christian and religious ajfcflien'ih your ■ Majesty : bet none is more forcible to declare it to others, than the vehement and per\ pttuated desire of the accomplishing and publijhhg of this work, which now, with all humility we present unto Your Majesty. For when Your Highness had once out ofdeep judgement apprehended how convenient it was, that out of the original sacred tongues, together \with comparing of the labours, both itreur own and other foreign languages, of fftany wor
thymen who went before us, there should be one more ex'aEt Translations'the holy Scrip, litres into the English tongue; your Majesty did never desist to urge and to excite those \ to whom it was commended, that the Work might bebastneof, and that thebusinejs mi*iit be expedited in so decent-it manner, as a matter of such Importance might justly re quire.
And now at last by the mercy if God, and the continuance of our labours, it being brought unto such a conclusion, as that we have great hope that the Cmrch of , England shall reap good fruit thereby j we hold it our duty to offer it to your Majesty, i not only as la our King and Sovereign, but as to the principal Mover and Amber t 'j. the work •" Humbly craving of your most Sacred Majesty, that since things of this UV^rO I*" net bun fubjtd to the censuses of ill-mcining opd discontented pe
% The First Book of M o s g s, called GEN ES IS,
1 The creation ef heaven and earth
, Sec. 9 The
26 Of man in the image of God
2 And the earth was without form and void, and darkness w<w upon die face of the deep : and the Spirit cf God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light and there was light.
4 And God saw d:e light, that ft vat good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
'J And God called the light Day,and the darkness he called Night: and the eveniing and the morning were the first day.
t ^ And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 And God made die firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament, from the w aters which were above the firmament : and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven: and the evening and the morning were the' second day.
9 ^ And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together 1 unto one place, and let die dry-land appear : and it was so.
jo And God called the dry-land Earth, and the gathering together of the waterscalledhe Seas :and God saw that it Km good.
1 j And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit-tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed it in it self, upon die earth : and it was sola And the earth brought forth grafs, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed vat in it self, after his kind : and God saw that<< nat good.
13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
■ 14 \ And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven, to divide the day from die night: and ilet them be sot signs, and sot seasons, and
for lights in the
ifor days, and years. I 15 And let diem
.firmament of the heaven, to"give light
upon the earth: and it was so. 16 And God made two great lights; "~ht to rule the dajr> ant! the
lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17 And God set them in die firmament of the heaven, to give light upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the nighr, and to divide the ligntfrom the darkness; an4 God saw that it wo good.
19 And die evening and the morning were the fourth day.
20 And God said. Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that movedi, which the waters brought forth abund antly after theit kind, and every winged fowl after his kind : and God saw that it vai good.
22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
13 And die evening and die morning were the fifth day.
24.^ And GoJ said, Lettheearth brin? forth the living creatute after his kind, cattle and creeping thing andbeastofthe earth after his kind : and it was so.
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle afret dieir kind, and every diiag da: cteepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it vat good.
2« ^ And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of me air, and over die cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creep eth upon the earth.
17 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created ht him: male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, He fruitful, and multiply and replenish die earth, and subdue it and have dominion over die fish of du sea, and over the fowl of the air, ant over every living thing that moveth up on the earth.
19 % And God said,Behold,I have givci you every herb bearing seed, which » up on the face of all the earth, and ever tree, in the which it the fruit of a tte yielding seed : tti you it shall be for mea 30 And to every beast of the earth, an WCYCry foul of eke air, .ajjd to cvei
JhdSjnSiiib. Genesis. iihirig chat crcepeth "-upon die earth, wherein there is life, / have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. ! ?i And God saw every thing that he liad made, and behold, it was very good, find the evening and the morning were he sixdi dav.
"C H A. P. .II. , The first sabbath. %The plantingoj Eden. 17 The tree as knowledge. Ij, 10 The creatures named. 21 Woman made, and marriage instituted.
Hus the heavens and the earth were _ finished, and all the host of them.
i And on the seventh day God ended iis work which he had made : and he ested on the seventh day from all his
ork which he had made. ; And God blessed the seventh day, rd sanctified it; because chat in it he ad rested from all his work, which od created and made. 4 f These are the generations of the eavens and of the earth, when they were reared ; in the day that the Lord God ade the earth and the heavens, ■J And every plant of the field, before r was in che earth, and every herb of the leld, before it grew: for the Lord God ad not caused ic to rain upon die earth, nd there was not a man to till the ground.
6 But there went up a mist from the arch, and watered the whole face of die
7 And the Lord God formed man »/) the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breach of life; and man became a living foul.
8 f And the Lord God planted a garden east-ward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
9 And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree chat is pleasant to the sight, and good for food: the tree ot life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
to And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
ii The name of the first is Pison thac is it which compasseeh che whole Sand of Havilah, where there is gold,
12 And the gold ol that land is good: (here is bdellium and the onyx-stone.
i j And che name of the second rivei »'i Gihon : che fame is it that compasseeh the whole land of Ethiopia.
14 And the name os the third rivet ■'. Hiddekel: chat is ic which goeeh' lv.'ard che east of Aslyciai And the. sol -lYCTIi-EunhiatCs,
~~Adam namelh the creatures.
1 j And che Lord GocRooITthe man, and put him into thegarden of Eden, to dress it and ro keep it.
itf And che Lord God commanded che man, faying, Of every tree of che garden thou mayst freely eat:
17 But of the tree of che knowledge of good and evil, thou (halt not cat of it -. for in che day that chou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die.
18 f And che Lord God said, It is not good that che nun (hould be alone: I will make him an help meet for him.
19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air, and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever 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 beast of the field: but for Adam there was not found an help meet sot him.
at And che Lord God caused a deep deep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof.'
j 2 And the rib, which che Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unco the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my (bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because (he wai taken out of man.
24 Therefore (hall a man leave his father and his mother, and (hall cleave unto his wife : and they (hall be one flesh.
25 And they were both^ naked, the man and his wife, and were hot ashamed.
CHAP. HI. I The serpent, deciiveth Eve. 6 Mani fall, 15 The premised feed, if Mans punifir mentf 11 and less as paradise.
Owtheserpcntwasmore subtil thai . any beast of che field which cH ToRD God had made: and he (aid unre the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shal not eat of every tree of rhe garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit os the^rec os the garden •: •
J But of the fruit of the tree whish 1 in the midst of the "garden, God had (aid, Ye (has) not eat of it, neicher slial ye touch ic, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent (aid unto the \yo man, Ye (hall not surely die.
5 For God doth know, that in the da yc eat thereof, chenyouc eyes shall t