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TRANSLATED OUT OF THE ORIGINAL TONGUES ; AND WITH THE FORMER
PRINTED BY GEORGE E. EYRE AND WILLIAM SPOTTISWOODE,
PRINTERS TO THE QUEEN'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY,
Instituted in London in the Year 1804;
BY THE GRACE OF GOD,
DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, &c.
The Translators of the Bible wish Grace, Mercy, and Peace,
through JESUS CHRIST our Lord.
GREAT 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 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 of darkness would so have overshadowed this Land, that men should have been in doubt 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 strength, instantly dispelled those supposed and surmised mists, and gave unto all that were well affected exceeding cause of comfort; especially when we beheld the Government established in Your Highness, and Your hopeful Seed, by an undoubted Title, and this also accompanied with peace and tranquillity at home and abroad.
But 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 treasure, 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 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 Christ, and propagating it far and near, is that which hath so 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 doth 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 taketh 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 kindled, manifesting itself abroad in the farthest 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 tender and loving nursing Father.
There are-infinite arguments of this right Christian and religious affection in Your Majesty; but none is more forcible to declare it to others than the vehement and perpetuated desire of the 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 corivenient it was, that out of the Original Sacred Tongues, together with comparing of the labours, both in our own, and cther 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 desist to urge and to excite those to whom it was commended, that the work might be hastened, and that the business might be expedited in so decent a manner, as a matter of such importance might justly require.
THE EPISTLE DEDICATORY.
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 hopes 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 Your most Sacred Majesty, that since things of this.quality have ever been subject to the censures 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 calumniations 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, who 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 by selfconceited 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 Your Majesty's grace and favour, which will ever give countenance to honest and Christian endeavours against bitter censures 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, 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.
13 And the evening and the morn
ing were the third day. 1 The creation of heaven and earth, 3 of the light, 6 of the firmament, 9 of the etirth separated from the
14 | And God said, Let there be waters, 11 and male fruitful, 14 of the sun, moon, lights in the firmament of the heaven 26 of man in the image of God. 25 Also the appoint- to divide the day from the night; and ment of food.
let them be for signs, and for seasons, N the beginning God created the and for days, and years : heaven and the earth.
15 And let them be for lights in 2 And the earth was without form, the firmament of the heaven to give and void; and darkness was upon
the light upon
the earth: and it was so. face of the deep. And the Spirit of God 16 And God made two great lights; moved
the face of the waters. the greater light to rule the day, and 3 And God said, Let there be light: the lesser light to rule the night: he and there was light.
made the stars also. 4 And God saw the light, that it 17 And God set them in the firmawas good : and God divided the light ment of the heaven to give light upon from the darkness.
the earth, 5 And God called the light Day, 18 And to rule over the day and and the darkness he called Night. over the night, and to divide the light And the evening and the morning from the darkness : and God saw that were the first day.
it was good. 6 | And God said, Let there be a 19 And the evening and the mornfirmament in the midst of the waters, ing were the fourth day. and let it divide the waters from the 20 And God said, Let the waters waters.
bring forth abundantly the moving 7 And God made the firmament, and creature that hath life, and fowl that divided the waters which were under the may fly above the earth in the open firmament from the waters which were firmament of heaven. above the firmament: and it was so. 21 And God created great whales,
8 And God called the firmament and every living creature that moveth, Heaven. And the evening and the which the waters brought forth abunmorning were the second day. dantly, after their kind, and every
9 9 And God said, Let the waters winged fowl after his kind: and God under the heaven be gathered together saw that it was good. unto one place, and let the dry land 22 And God blessed them, saying, appear: and it was so.
Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the 10 And God called the dry land waters in the seas, and let fowl mulEarth; and the gathering together of tiply in the earth. the waters called he Seas : and God 23 And the evening and the mornsaw that it was good.
ing were the fifth day. 11 And God said, Let the earth 24|And God said, Let the earth bring bring forth grass, the herb yielding forth the living creature after his kind, seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of after his kind, whose seed is in itself, the earth after his kind: and it was so. upon the earth : and it was so.
25 And God made the beast of the 12 And the earth brought forth earth after his kind, and cattle after grass, and herb yielding seed after his their kind, and every thing that creepkind, and the tree yielding fruit, eth upon the earth after his kind: and whose seed was in itself, after his God saw that it was good. kind: and God saw that it was good. 26 And God said, Let us make