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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.

The Tranflators of the BIBLE, wish Grace,
Mercy, and Peace, through Jesus
CHRIST Our LORD.

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Reat and manifold were the bleffings (most dread Soveraign) which Almighty God, the Father of all mercies, bestowed upon us the people of England, when firft he fent your Majefties 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, gueen Elizabeth of oft happy memory, forne thick and palpable clouds of darkness would fo have overshadorned this land, hat men should have been in doubt which way they were to walk; and that it should hardly be known, ho was to direct the unfettled State: the appearance of your Majesty, as of the Sun in his ftrength, nftantly difpelled thofe fuppofed and furmifed mifts, and gave unto all that were well affected exceeding cause of comfort; cfpecially when we beheld the Government established in your Highneß, and our hopeful fecd, by an un- doubted Title, and this alfo accompanied with peace and tranquillity, at home nd abroad.

But amongst all our joyes, there was no one that more filled our hearts, then the bleed continuance of the reaching of Gods Jacred Word among ft us, which is that inestimable treasure which excelleth all the riches the earth, because the fruit thereof extendeth it felf, not onely to the time spent in this tranfitory porld, 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 ftate, pherein the famous predeceffor of your Highne did leave it, Nay, to go forward with the confidence and folution of a man in maintaining the truth of Chrift, and propagating it far and near, is that which bath fobound and firmly knit the hearts of all your majefties loyal and religious people unto you, that our very Name is precious among thems their eye doth behold you with comfort, and they bleẞ you in their earts, as that Sanctified perfon, who, under God, is the immediate author of their true happines. And this their contentment doth not diminish or decay, but every day encreafeth and taketh ftrength, hen they obferve that the zeal of your Majefty towards the house of God, doth not flack or go backard, but is more and more kindled, manifefting it felf abroad in the furtheft parts of Christendom, by ting in defence of the Truth,(which hath given fuch a blow unto that man of fin, as will not be healed) ery day at home, by religious and learned difcourfe, by frequenting the house of God, by hearing Word preached, by cherishing the teachers thereof, by caring for the Church, as a moft tender and ing nurfing Father.

There are infinite arguments of this right Chriftian and religious affection in your Majefty but none nore forcible to declare it to others, then the vehement and perpetuated defire of the accomplishing publishing of this Work, which now, with all humility, we present anto your Majefty. For when r Highness had once, out of deep judgement, apprehended how convenient it was, That out of the riginal facred Tongues, together with comparing of the Labors, both in our own and other foreign Langes, of many worthy men who went before us, there should be one more exact Tranflation of the holy riptures into the English tongue; your Majefty did never defift to urge and to excite thofe to whom it as commended, that the Work might be haft ned, and that the bufineß might be expedited in fo decent manner, as a matter of fuch importance might justly require.

And now at last, by the mercy of God, and the continuance of our Labors, it being brought unto fuch a nclufion, as that we have great hope that the Church of England shall reap good fruit thereby; we hold tour duty to offer it to your Majefty, not onely as to our King and Soveraign, but as to the principal Mover and Author of the Work: Humbly craving of your most facred Majelty, that, fince things of this quality have ever been fubject to the cenfures of ill meaning and difcontented perfons, it may receive probation and Patronage from fo learned and judicious a prince, as your Highness is, whofe allowance nd acceptance of our Labours fhall more honor and encourage us, then all the calumniations and hard interpretations of other men fhall difmay us. So that if on the one fide we shall be traduced by Popifla erfons at home or abroad, who therefore will malign us, because we are poor inftruments to make Gods ly Truth to be yet more and more known unto the people, whom they defire ftill to keep in ignorance and Farknes : or if on the other fide, we shall be maligned by felf-conceited brethren, who run their own ys, and give liking unto nothing, but what is framed by themselves, and hammered on their Anvil may reft fecure, Supported within by the truth and innocency of a good confcience, having walked the s of fimplicity and integrity, as before the Lord, And fuftained without, by the powerful protion of your Majefties grace and favor, which will ever give countenance to honeft and Chriftian ex Ots against bitter cenfures and uncharitable imputations.

The Lord of heaven and earth bless your Majefty with many and happy days, that as his heavenly hand henryhed your Highneß with many fingulars a d extraordinary graces fo you may be the wonder of world in this latter age, for happiness and true felicity, to the honour of that great GO D, and the fhis Church, through Jefus Chrift our Lord and onely Saviour.

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The names and order of all the Books of the Old and New Teftament, with the number of their Chapters.

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THE FIRST BOOK OF

MOSES called GENES I S.

CHAP. I.

be creation of heaven and earth, 3 of the lights of the firmament, of the earth separated From the waters, 11 and made fruitful, 14 of the fun moon and ftars, 20 of fish and fowl, 24 of beafts and cattel,26 of man in the image of God: alfo appointment of

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21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth,which the waters brought forth abundantly after their kind, and ving foul.. every winged fowl after his kind, and God faw that it was good.

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22 And God bleffed them, faying, Be fruit- Chap. ful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the feas, 8.17. and and let fowl multiply in the earth.

23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

2 And the earth was without form,
and void, and darkness was upon the face
of the deep: and the Spirit of God mot
ved upon the face of the waters.

3 And God faid, Let there be light:

and there was light.

4 And God law the light that it was good: Heb.be- and God divided † the light from the darknefs. 5 And God called the light Day, and the ght and darkness he called Night: and the evening he dark. and the morning were the first day.

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7 And God made the firmament, and divided he morn the waters which were under the firmament, from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was fo.

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10 And God called the dry land Earth,and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas; and God law that it was good.

And God faid, Let the earth bring forth grafs, the herb yielding feed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whofe feed is hab. 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 felf, after his Deut, kind: and God faw that it was good.

13 And the evening and the morning were 367 the third day.

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24 And God faid, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattel and ↑ Heb. 11creeping thing, and beaft of the earth after his ving foul. kind: and it was fo.

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

26 And God faid,* Let us make man in our Chap. image, after our likenefs: and let them have 5.1.89.6 dominion over the fifh of the fea, and over the 1 Cor.11. fowl of the air, and over the cattel, and over all 7 the earth, and over every creeping thing that col.3.10. epbe.4.24 creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him, male and Matth. female created he them.

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28 And God bleffed them, and God faid unto them,* Be fruitful,and multiply, and replenish * Chap. the earth, and fubdue it, and have dominion o- 9. k. ver the fifh of the fea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth Hebr. upon the earth. creepeth..

29 And God faid, Behold, I have given you every herb + bearing feed,which is upon the face Hebr. of all the earth, and every tree in the which is feeding the fruit of a tree yielding feed, * to you it fhall feed. be for meat.

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30 And to every beaft of the earth, and to every Heb.hea fowl of the fair,and to every thing that creepeth ven. upon the earth, wherein there is life, I bavet Hebr. given every green herb for meat: and it was fo, living 31 And God faw every thing that he had made: and behold it was very good. And the evening and the morning, were the fixth day. CHAP. II.

The firft fabbath. 4 The manner of the creation. 8 The planting of the garden of Eden, 10 and the river thereof. 17 The tree of knowledge onely forbidden. 19, 20 The naming of the creas tures. 21 The making of woman. and inftitu tion of marriage

Thus the heavens and the earth were finifli

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2 *And on the feventh day God ended his Exod. work which he had made: and he refted on the 2011. feventh day from all his work which he had & 31.17. deut.5.14 made. heb.4.4.

3 And God bleffed the feventh day, and fan&tified it: becaufe that in it he had refted from all his work, which God † created and made. + Hebr.. 4 Thefe are the generations of the heavens, created to and of the earth, when they were created, in the Joh. 22. day that the LORD God made the earth and the 26. b. heavens,

And every plant of the field, before it was

make,

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