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TO THE

Moft High and Mighty PRINCE,

JAMES

By the Grace of GOD, King of

Great Britain, France, and Ireland,

DEFENDER of the FAITH, &C.

The Tranflators of the BIBLE wifh Grace, Mercy, and Peace, through JESUS CHRIST our LORD.

REAT and manifold were the Bleffings (moft dread Sovereign) which Almighty God, the Father of all Mercies, bestowed upon us the People of England, when firft he fent Your Majefty's 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 fo have overshadowed this Land, that Men fhould 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 Appearance of Tour Majefty, as of the Sun in his Strength, inftantly dispelled those fuppofed and furmifed Mifts, and gave unto all that were well affected, exceeding Caufe of Comfort, especially when we beheld the Government established in Tour Highness, and Your hopeful Seed, by an undoubted Title, and this also accompanied with Peace and Tranquillity at Home and Abroad.

But amongst all our Foys there was no one that more filled our Hearts, than the blessed Continuance of the Preaching of God's facred Word among ft 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 directeth and difpofeth 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 Chrift, and propagating it far and near, is that which hath fo bound and firmly knit the hearts of all Tour Majefty's loyal and religious People unto You, that Your very Name is precious among them, their Eye doth behold You with Comfort, and they blefs 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 increafeth and taketh Strength, when they obferve that the Zeal of Your Majesty towards the Houfe of God, doth not flack or go backward, but is more and more kindled, manifefting it felf abroad in the fartheft Parts of Christendom, by writing in Defence of the Truth, (which hath given fuch a Blow unto that Man of Sin, as will not be healed) and every Day at home, by religious and learned Difcourfe, by frequenting the House of God, by hearing the Word preached, by cherifbing the Teachers thereof, by caring for the Church, as a most tender and loving nurfing Father.

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There are infinite Arguments of this right Chriftian and religious Affection in Tour Majesty: but none is forcible to declare it to others, than the vehement and perpetuated Defire of the accomplishing and publibing of this Work, which now with all Humility we prefent unto Your Majefty. For when Tour Highness had once out of deep Fudgment apprehended how convenient it was, that out of the Original facred Tonguer,

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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 Translation of the Holy Scriptures into the English Tongue; Your Majesty did never defift to urge and to excite thofe 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 juftly require.

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And now at last, by the Mercy of God, and the Continuance of our Labours, it being brought unto such a Conclufion, 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 Tour Majefty, 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 Majefty, that fince Things of this Quality have ever been subject to the Cenfures of ill meaning and discontented Perfons, it may receive Approbation and Patronage from fo learned and judicious a Prince as Tour Highness is, whofe Allowance and Acceptance of our Labours, fhall more honour and encourage us, than all the Calumniations and hard Interpretations of other Men fball difmay us. So that, if on the one fide we shall be traduced by Popish Perfons at home or abroad, who therefore will malign us, because we are poor Inftruments to make God's holy Truth to be yet more and more known unto the People, whom they defire ftill to keep in Ignorance and Darkness: or if on the other fide, we shall be maligned by felf-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 reft fecure, fupported within by the Truth and Innocency of a good Confcience, having walked the Ways of Simplicity and Integrity, as before the Lord; and fustained without by the powerful Protection of Your Majefty's Grace and Favour, which will ever give Countenance to honeft and Chriftian Endeavours, against bitter Cenfures, and uncharitable Imputa

tions.

The Lord of Heaven and Earth blefs Tour Majefty with many and happy Days, that as his heavenly Hand bath enriched Tour Highness with many fingular 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 Jefus Christ our Lord and only Saviour.

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¶ The Names and Order of all the Books of the OLD and NEW TESTAMENTS, with the Number of their Chapters.

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¶ The First Book of MOSES,

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GENESIS.

CHAP. I.

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deep: and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

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 first day.

6 And God faid, Let there be at fir mament in the midst of the waters, and let it Jer. 10.12.& 1. divide the waters from the waters.

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And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament, from the waters which were fabove the firmament: and it was fo.

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

9 And God faid, & Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one 104.9.& 136.6. place,and let the dry-land appear: and it was fo. to And God called the dry-land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God law that it was good.

Prov. 8.29. Jer. s. 22.

*Heb. tinder grafi.

Deut, 4.19. Pfal. 136.7.

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Ii And God faid, Let the earth bring forth * grafs, the herb yielding feed, and the fruittree 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 self, 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 Heb. been in the firmament of the heaven, to dividet the day from the night: and let them be for figns, and for feasons, and for days, and years. 15 And let them be for lights, in the firma

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16 And God made two great lights; the greater light ‡ to rule the day, and the leffer light to rule the night: be made the stars alfo. 17 And God fet them in the firmament of the heaven, to give light upon the earth,

rule of the day, &c.

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18 And to rule over the day and over the Jer. 31. 15 night, and to divide the light from the darknefs: and God faw that it was good..

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

20 And God faid, 'Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and ffowl that may fly above the earth in the* open firmament 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 his kind and God faw that it was good.

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

25 And God made the beaft of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God faw that it was good.

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for, amit which went up

from, &c.

Heb. dust of the ground. Ecclus 17.1. 1 Cor. 15.47.

The firft fabbath. 4The manner of the creation. 8 The planting of the garden of Eden, 10 and the river thereof. 17 The tree of knowledge only forbidden. 19, 20 The naming of the creatures. 21 The making 21 The making of woman, and inftitution of marriage.

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Hus the heavens and the earth were finifhed, and all the host of them.

2 And on the feventh day God ended his work which he had made: and he rested on the feventh day from all his work which he had made.

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3 And God blessed the seventh day, and fanctified it because that in it he had refted from all his work, which God * created and made.

4 ¶ Thefe are the generations of the heavens, and of the earth, when they were created; in the day that the LORD God made the earth, and the heavens,

5 And every plant of the field,before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field, before it grew for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

7 And the LORD God formed man of the duft of the ground, and breathed into his noftrils the breath of life; and man became a

Cor. 15.45 living foul.

*Chap. 3. 24. f Chap. 4. 16.

2 Kings 19. 12. Ezekiel 27.23.

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9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the Chap. 3.22. fight, and good for food: the tree of life alfo in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Rev. 22. 2. b Veife 17.

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10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.

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11: The name of the firft is Pifon: that is it which compaffeth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold.

12 And the gold of that land is good: 'there is bdellium and the onyx-ftone.

13 And the name of the fecond river is Gihon: the fame is it that compaffeth the whole land of Ethiopia.

14 And the name of the third river is m Hiddekel: that is it which goeth† toward the east of Affyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates. 15 And the LORD God took ‡ the man, and put him into the garden of Eden, to drefs it, and to keep it.

16. And the LORD God commanded the man, faying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayit freely eat:

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17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou fhalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof, † thou fhalt furely die.

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

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20, 24.

19 And out of the ground the LORD God

Eve deceived.

formed every beaft of the field, and every fowl Before of the air, and brought them unto* Adam,to Chitt fee what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called 'every living creature, that was 4004. 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 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 closed up the flesh in stead thereof.

* See chap. 6.20.

or, the man. Heb, called,

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

23 And Adam faid, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh : fhe fhall be called Woman, because fhe was taken out of man. Cor. 11. 8. 24 Therefore fhall a man leave his father and his mother, and fhall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flefh.

25 "And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. CHAP, III.

I The ferpent deceiveth Eve. 6 Mans fhameful fall. 9 God arraigneth them. 14 The Serpent is curfed. 15 The promifed feed. 16 The punishment of mankind. 21 The first clothing. 22 Their cafting out of paradife. Ow the ferpent was more fubtil than any beaft of the field which the LORD God had made: and he faid unto the woman, *Yea, hath God faid, Ye fhall not eat of every tree of the garden?

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8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the* cool of the *Heb, wind day: and Adam and his wife hid themfelves from the prefence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and faid unto him, Where art thou?

10 And he said,I heard thy voice in the gar den: and I was afraid, & because I was naked; Chap. 2. as and I hid and I hid my felf.

II And he faid, Who told thee that thou waft naked? Haft thou eaten of the tree, whereofI commanded thee, that thou fhouldst not eat?

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29, 32.

* Ifaiah 65. 25.

Micah 7. 17.

Mat, 3. 7. and

13. 38. and 23. 33.

John S. 44. Acts 13. 10, 1 John 3. 8. m Pfal. 132. 11. Ifaiah 7, 14. Micah s. 3. Rom. 16. 20. Hebr, 2, 141 John 5. s. Rev. 12. 7, 17. ⚫Chap. 4. 7. tor, fubject to

thy husband.

13 And the LORD God faid unto the woman, What is this that thou haft done? And the woman faid, The ferpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

14 And the LORD God faid unto the ferpent, Because thou haft done this,thou art curfed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field: upon thy belly fhalt thou go, and duft fhalt thou eat all the days of thy life.

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15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between1 thy feed and her feed: it fhall bruise thy head, and thou fhalt bruise his heel.

16 Unto the woman he faid, I will greatly multiply thy forrow and thy conception; in forrow thou shalt bring forth children: and thy defire ball bet to thy husband, and he shall Prule over thee.

17 And unto Adam he faid, Because thou haft hearkned unto the voice of thy wife, and 14:34, haft eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, faying, Thou shalt not eat of it: curfed

1 Tim. 2. 11. 12. Titus 2. 5.

Chap. 2. 17.

Ifaiah 24.5, 6. is the ground for thy fake; in forrow fhalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.

Rom. 8. 20.

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18 Thorns alfo and thistles fhall it bring Pfal. 104. 14 forth to thee: and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.

2 Theff. 3. 10.

19 'In the fweat of thy face fhalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wait thou taken: for duft thou art, and Ecclef. 12.7. uunto duft fhalt thou return.

*Heb. Chavah

"Like If. 19.12. and 47.12.13. Jez. 22. 23.

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20 And Adam called his wifes name* Eve, because fhe was the mother of all living.

21 Unto Adam allo and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. 22 And the LORD God faid, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil. And now left he put forth his hand, y and take alfo of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

23 Therefore the LORD God fent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

24 So he drove out the man: and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden, Cherubims, and a flaming fword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

CHAP. IV.

1 The birth, trade and religion of Cain and Abel. 8 The murder of Abel. 11 The curfe of Cain. 17 Enoch the first city, 19 La mech and his two wives. 25 The birth of Seth, 26 and Enos.

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Nd Adam knew Eve his wife: and fhe conceived, and bare Cain, and faid, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

4003. 2 And fhe again bare his brother* Abel. Heb. a feeder. And Abel was a keeper of fheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

Heb, at the end of days.

3 And in procefs of time it came to pafs, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

4 And Abel, he alfo brought of the firflings *Heb. feep, ofhis flock, and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had refpect unto Abel, and to his offering:

or, geafs.

Hebr. 11. 4.

5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had

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14 Behold, thou haft driven me out this day from the face of the earth: and from thy face fhall I be hid, and I fhall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth: and it fhall come to país, Chap. 8. that every one that findeth me, fhall flay me.

15 And the LORD faid unto him, Therefore whofoever flayeth Cain, vengeance fhall be taken on him feven-fold. And the LORD fet a mark upon Cain, left any finding him should kill him.

16 And Cain went out from the prefence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

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17 And Cain knew his wife, and fhe conceived and bare ‡ Enoch: and he builded a city, # Heb. Chanoch. and called the name of the city after the name of his fon, Enoch.

18. And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methu fael: and Methufael begat *Lamech.

19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.

20. And Adah bare Jabal : he was the father of fuch as dwell in tents, and of fuch as have cattle.

21 And his brothers name was Jubal: he was the father of all fuch as handle the harp and organ.

*Heb. Lembiki

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