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the most High and Mighty Prince, JAMES, by the Grace of GOD, King of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. Translators of the BIBLE wish Grace, Mercy, and Peace, through Jesus-Christ our Lord.
Reat 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 fent Tour Majesty's Royal Person to Rule and Reign
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 Darkness would so have oversadowed this Land, that Men should have been in Doubt ich Way they were to walk, and that it should hardly be known who was to direct the ettled State:the Appearance of Your Majesty, as of the Sun in his Strength, instantly dis"ed those supposed and surmised Mists, and gave unto all that were well affected, exding Cause of Comfort, especially when we beheld the Government established in Tour ghness, and Your hopeful Seed, by an undoubted Title, and this also accompanied with ace and Tranquility at Home and Abroad. But amongst all our joys there was no one that more filled our Hearts, than the blessed atinuance of the Preaching of God's sacred Word amongst us; which is that inestima
Treasure, which excelleth all the Riches of the Earth, because the Fruit thereof Eendeth it self
, not only to the Time spent in this transitory World, but directeth and poseth 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 in that State
, wherein the famous Predecessor of Tour Highness did leave it: nay, to forward with the Confidence and Resolution of a Man in maintaining the Truth of Christ, nd propagating it far and near, is that which hath so bound and firmly knit the Hearts
all Tour Majestý's Loyal and Religious People unto Tou, that Tour very Name is PreFous among
them, their Eye doth behold Tou with Comfort, and they bless Tou in their Learts, as that fančtified Perfon, who under God is the immediate Author of their true appiness. And this their Contentment doth not diminish or decay, but every Day ineaseth and taketh Strength, when they observe that the Zeal of Tour Majesty towards be House of God, doth noth sack or go backward, but is more and more kindled, manifting it self, Abroad in the farthej7_Parts of Christendom, by Writing in Defence of be Truth, (which hath given
such a Blow unto that Man of Sin, as will not be Healed) every Day at Home, by Religious and Learned Discourse, by frequenting the House f 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 Affe&tion in Tour Majesty : but none is more Forcible to declare it to others, than the vehement and perpecuated Desire of the accomplishing and publishing of this Work,which now with all Humility se present unto Tour Majesty. For when Tour Highness had Once out of deep Judgment Epprehended how convenient
it was that out of the Original Sacred Tongües, together with comparing of the Labours, both in our own and other foreign Languages, of many worthy len who went before us, there should be one more exact Translation of the Holy Scriptures to the English Íongue ; Tour Majesty did never defift to Urge and to Excite those to whom it was commended, that the Work might be Haliness and that the Business mighe
be Expedited in fo 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 Hope, 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 Tour 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 Tour Highness is, whore 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. that, if on the one Side we shall be Traduced by Popis Persons at Home or Abroad, who therefore will Malign us, because we are poor Instruments to make Gods Holy Truth to be get more and more known unto the People, whom they defire 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 Tour Majesty's Grace and Favour, which will ever give Countenance to Honest and Christian Endeavours, against bitter Cenfures, and uncharitable Imputations.
The Lord of Heaven and Earth bless your Majesty with many and happy Days, that
Number of their Chapters.
Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy phun Judges Ruth I. Samuel II. Samuel I. Kings 11. Kings 1, Chronicles
7 3 3 3
10 Hofea 27 Nchemiah
13 Joel 36 Esther
10 Amos 34 Job
42 Obadiah 24 | Psalms
150 Jonah Proverbs
31 Micah 4 Ecclesiastes
12 | Nahum 31 The Song of Solomon
8 Habakkuk 24 | Isaiah
60 Zephaniah Jeremiah
52 Haggai 25 Lamentations
19 , The Idol Bel and the Dragon
51 The Prayer of Manasseh.
6 I, Maccabees 16 The Song of the 3 Children.
II. Maccabees 6/ The Story of Susanna