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o the most High and Mighty Prince, JAMES, by the Grace of GOD, King

of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, Defender of the

Faith, &c. he 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 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 Darkness would fo have overshadowed 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 dised those supposed and

surmised Mists, and gave unto all that were well affected, exding Cause of Comfort, especially when we beheld the Government establised in Tour ghness, and Tour hopeful Seed, by an undoubted Title, and this alfo 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 tendeth 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 ta 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 Majesty'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 fantified Person, who under God is the immediate Author of their true Tappiness. And this their Contentment doth not diminish or decay, but every Day ineafeth and taketh Strength, when they observe that the Zeal of Tour Majesty towards ce House of God, doth noth lack or go backward, but is more and more kindled, manisting it felf, Abroad in the farthefi Parts of Christendom, by Writing in Defence of Ee Truth, (which hath given such a Blow unto that Man of Sin, as will not be Healed) nd

every Day at Home, by Religious and Learned Discourse, by frequenting the House God, bearing the Word Preached, by cherishing the Teachers thereof, by caring

as a most tender and loving nursing Father. There are infinite Arguments of this right

Chriftian and Religious Affection in Tour Majesty: but none is more

Forcible to declare it to others, than the vehement and perpecuared Defire of the accomplishing and publishing of this Work;which now with all Hamility e prefent unto Tour Majesty. For when Your Highness had Once

out of deep Fudgment prebended how convenient it was that out of the Original Sacred Tongues,

together with umparing of the Labours, both in our own and other foreign Languages, of many worthy Jen who went

before us, there should be one more exact Transation of the Holy Scriptures to the English Tongue ; Tour Majesty did never defift to Urge and to Excite those to hom it was commended, that the Work might be Haftnects and that the Business mighe

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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 Frait 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 fo 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 sball dismay us. So 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 desire 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, a-
gainst bitter Cenfures, and uncharitable Imputations.

The Lord of Heaven 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; fo 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.
I The Names and Order of all the Books of the Old and New Testament, with the

Number of their Chapters.
Genefis hath Chapters

36. Daniel 40 Ezra

10 Hosea Leviticus 27 Nehemiah

13 Joel Numbers 36 | Esther

10 Amos Deuteronomy 34 | Job

42 | Obadiah Joshua 24 | Pfalms

150 Jonah Judges


31 Micah Ruth 4 Ecclefiaftes

12 | Nahum I. Samuel 31 The Song of Solomon

8 Habakkuk II. Samuel 24 | Isaiah

66 Zephaniah 1. Kings 22 Jeremiah

52 Haggai 11. Kings 25 Lamentations

s Zechariah 1. Chronicles 29 'Ezekiel

48 Malachi

The Books called Apocrypha.
1. Esdras hath Chapters
9 , Wisdom

19 , The Idol Bel and the Dragon
16 Ecclesiasticus

5: The Prayer of Manafleh. Tobit

14 Baruch with the Epistle of Jeremiah 61, Maccabees Judith 16 The Song of the 3 Children.

II. Maccabees The rest of Esther

6 / The Story of Susanna

The Books of the New Testament. Atthew hath Chapters 28 Ephesians

6, To the Hebrews Mark 16 Philippians

4 The Epistle of James Luke 24 Colonians

4 1. Peter 21 I. Thessalonians

5 II. Peter The Acts 28 II. Thesalonians

3 I. John The Epistle to the Romans 16 I. Timothy

6 II. John 1. Corinthians 16 II. Timothy

4 III. John II. Corinthians

3 Jude Galatians 6 Philemon




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13 Titus


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