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TO THE MOST HIGH AND MIGHTY PRINCE
BY THE GRACE OF GOD,
DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, &c.
through JESUS CHRIST our Lord.
VREAT and manifold were the blessings, most dread Sovereign, which Almighty 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 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 convenient it was, that out of the Original Sacred Tongues, 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 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 de, 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.
NAMES AND ORDER
OF ALL THE
BOOKS OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT,
WITH THE NUMBER OF THEIR CHAPTERS.
The Books of the New Testament. MATTHEW 28 Ephesians
6 To the Hebrews Mark 16 Philippians
4 Epistle of James Luke 24 Colossians
4 1. Peter John 21 1. T'hessalonians
II. Peter. The Acts. 28 II. Thessalonians
3 I. John Epistle to the Romans 16 1. Timothy
6 II. John I. Corinthians 16 II. Timothy
4 III. John II. Corinthians 13 Titus
Jude Galatians . 6 Philemon
13 5 5 3 5 1 1 1 22
The First Book of MOSES, called GENESIS.
17 And God set them in the firmament 1 The crention of hearen and earth, 3 of the light, of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
6 of the firmament, 9 of the earth separated 18 And to rule over the day and over from the waters, li and made fruitfuli low the night, and to divide the light from 21 of beasts and cattle, 26 of man in the image the darkness : and God saw that it was of Cod. 29 Also the appointment of food. good. IN the beginning God created the hea- 19 And the evening and the morning ven and the earth.
were the fourth day. 2 And the earth was without form, and 20 And God said, Let the waters bring void ; and darkness was upon the face of forth abundnntly the moving creature that the deep. And the Spirit of God moved hath life, and fowl that may fly above the upon the face of the waters.
earth in the open firmament of heaven. 3 And God said, Let there be light: 21 And God created great whales, and and there was light.
every living creature that moveth, which 4 And God saw the light, that it was the waters brought forth abundantly, afgood: and God divided the light from ter their kind, and every winged fowl after the darkness.
his kind : and God saw that it was good. 5 And God called the light Day, and the 22 And God blessed them, saying, Be darkness he called Night. And the even- fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waing and the morning were the first day. ters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in
GS And God said, Let there be a fir. the earth. mament in the midst of the waters, and 23 And the evening and the morning let it divide the waters from the waters. were the fifth day.
7 And God made the firmament, and 24 | And God said, Let the earth bring divided the waters which were under the forth the living creature after his kind, firmament from the waters which were cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of above the firmament: and it was so. the earth after his kind : and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Hea- 25 And God made the beast of the ven. And the evening and the morning earth after his kind, and cattle after their were the second day.
kind, and every thing that creepeth upon 9 S And God said, Let the waters un. the earth after his kind : and God saw der the heaven be gathered together unto that it was good. one place, and let the dry land appear : 26 | And God said, Let us make man and it was so.
in our image, after our likeness: and let 10 And God called the dry land Earth; them have dominion over the fish of the • and the gathering together of the waters sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over
called he Seas : and God saw that it was the cattle, and over all the earth, and good.
over every creeping thing that creepeth 11 And God said, Let the earth bring upon the earth. forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and 27 So God created man in his own the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, image, in the image of God created he whose seed is in itself, upon the earth : him; male and female created he them. and it was so.
28 And God blessed them, and God said 12 And the earth brought forth grass, unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and and herb yielding seed after his kind, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and the tree yielding, fruit, whose seed was have dominion over the fish of the sea, and in itself, after his kind : and God saw over the fowl of the air, and over every that it was good.
living thing that moveth upon the earth. 13 And the evening and the morning 29 | And God said, Behold, I have were the third day.
given you every herb bearing seed, which 14 ? And God said, Let there be lights is upon the face of all the earth, and every in the firmament of the heaven to divide tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree the day from the night; and let them be yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. for signs, and for seasons, and for days, 30 And to every beast of the earth, and and years :
to every fowl of the air, and to every 15 And let them be for lights in the thing that creepeth upon the earth, where. firmament of the heaven to give light in there is life, I have given every green upon the earth : and it was so.
herb for meat: and it was so. 16 And God made two great lights ; 31 And God saw every thing that he the greater light to rule the day, and the had made, and, behold, it was very good. lesser light to rule the night: he made and the evening and the morning were the stars also.
the sixth day.
The first sabbath.
GENESIS. The serpent deceiveth Eve. CHAP. II.
it : for in the day that thou eatest there. 1 The first sabbath. 1 The manner of the crea
of thou shalt surely die. tion. 8 The planting of the garden of Eden, 18 | And the Lord God said, It is 10 and the river thereof. 17 The tree of knowledge only forbidden. 19, 20 The naming of
not good that the man should be alone, the creatures. 21 The making of woman, and I will make him an help meet for him. institution of marriage.
19 And out of the ground the LORD Thus the heavens and the earth were God formed every beast of the field, and
, 2 And on the seventh day God ended unto Adam to see what he would call his work which he had made; and he them: and whatsoever Adam called every rested on the seventh day from all his living creature, that was the name thereof. work which he had made.
20 And Adam gave names to all cat3 And God blessed the seventh day, tle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every and sanctified it: because that in it he beast of the field ; but for Adam there had rested from all his work which God was not found an help meet for him. created and made.
21 And the LORD God caused a deep 4 4 These are the generations of the sleep, to fall upon Adam, and he slept : heavens and of the earth when they were and he took one of his ribs, and closed created, in the day that the LORD God up the flesh instead thereof; made the earth and the heavens,
22 And the rib, which the LORD God 5 And every plant of the field before it had taken from man, made he a woman, was in the earth, and every herb of the and brought her unto the man. field before it grew: for the LORD God 23 And Adam said, This is now bone had no
caused it to rain upon the earth, of my bones, and fles of my flesh : she and there was not a man to till the ground. shall be called Woman, because she was
6 But there went up a mist from the taken out of Man. earth, and watered the whole face of the 24 Therefore shall a man leave his faground.
ther and his mother, and shall cleave 7 And the LORD God formed man unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. of the dust of the ground, and breathed 25 And they were both naked, the man into his nostrils the breath of life ; and and his wife, and were not ashamed. man became a living soul.
CHAP. III. 8 | And the LORD God planted a 1 The serpent deceiveth Ere. garden eastward in Eden; and there he ful fall. 9 God arraigneth them. 14 The ser.
pent is cursed. 15 The promised seedt. 16 The put the man whom he had formed.
punishment of mankind. 21 Their first cloth9 And out of the ground made the ing. 22 Their casting out of paradise. LORD God to grow every tree that is NOW the serpent was more subtil
than of the tree of life also in the midst of the the Lord God had made. And he said garden, and the tree of knowledge of unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye good and evil.
shall not eat of every tree of the garden ? 10 And a river went out of Eden to 2 And the woman said unto the ser. water the garden ; and from thence it pent, We may eat of the fruit of the was parted, and became into four heads. trees of the garden :
11 The name of the first is Pison : that 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is it which compasseth the whole land is in the midst of the garden, God hath of Havilah, where there is gold;
said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall 12 And the gold of that land is good : ye touch it, lest ye die. there is bdellium and the onyx stone. 4 And the serpent said unto the wo
13 And the name of the second river man, Ye shall not surely die : is Gihon : the same is it that compass- 5 For God doth know that in the day eth the whole land of Ethiopia.
ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be 14 And the name of the third river is opened, and ye shall be as gods, know. Hiddekel : that is it which goeth toward / ing good and evil. the east of Assyria. And the fourth ri. 6 And when the woman saw that the ver is Euphrates.
tree was good for food, and that it reas 15 And the Lord God took the man, pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be deand put him into the garden of Eden tó sired to make one wise, she took of the dress it and to keep it.
fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also 16 And the Lord God commanded unto her husband with her; and he did eat. the man, saying, Of every tree of the 7 And the eyes of them both were opengarden thou mayest freely eat :
ed, and they knew that they were naked; 17 But of the tree of the knowledge and they sewed fig leaves together, and of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of made themselves aprons.
6 Man's shame.
Man is cast out of paradise. CHAP. IV.
The murder of Abel. 8 And they heard the voice of the forth from the garden of Eden, to till the LORD God walking in the garden in the ground from whence he was taken. cool of the day: and Adam and his wife 24 So he drove out the man; and he hid themselves from the presence of the placed at the east of the garden of Eden LORD God amongst the trees of the Cherubims, and a flaming sword which garden.
turned every way, to keep the way of 9 And the LORD God called unto A- the tree of life. dam, and said unto him, Where art thou ?
CHAP. IV. 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in 1 The birth, trade, and religion of Cain and Abel. the garden, and I was afraid, because I
8 The murder of Abel. l1 The curse of Cain.
Enoch the first city. 19 Lamech and his was naked; and I hid myself.
two wives. 25° The birth of Seth, 26 and Enos. 11 And he said, who told thee that AND Adam knew Eve his wife ; and thou ' Hast
she conceived, and bare Cain, and the tree, whereof I commanded thee that said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. thou shouldest not eat ?
2 And she again bare his brother Abel. 12 And the man said, The woman And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but whom thou gavest to be with me, she Cain was a tiller of the ground. gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
3 And in process of time it came to 13 And the LORD God said unto the pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of woman, What is this that thou hast the ground an offering unto the LORD. done? And the woman said, The ser- 4 And Abel, he also brought of the pent beguiled me, and I did eat.
firstlings of his flock and of the fat there14 And the LORD God said unto the of. And the LORD had respect unto serpent, Because thou hast done this, Abel and to his offering: thou art cursed above all cattle, and 5. But unto Cain and to his offering above every beast of the field ; upon thy he had not respect. And Cain was very belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou wroth, and his countenance fell
. eat all the days of thy life:
6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why 15 And I will put enmity between thee art thou wroth ? and why is thy counand the woman, and between thy seed tenance fallen ? and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, 7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be and thou shalt bruise his heel.
accepted ? and if thou doest not well, sin 16 Unto the woman he said, I will lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy con- his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. ception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth 8 And Cain talked with Abel his brochildren ; and thy desire shall be to thy ther : and it came to pass, when they husband, and he shall rule over thee. were in the field, that Cain rose up 17 And unto Adam he said, Because against Abel his brother, and slew him. thou hast hearkened unto the voice of 9 | And the LORD said unto Cain, thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, which I commanded thee, saying, Thou I know not: Am I my brother's keeper shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground 10 And he said, What hast thou done? for thy sake ; in sorrow shalt thou eat the voice of thy brother's blood crieth of it all the days of thy life;
unto me from the ground. '18 Thorns also and thistles shall it 11 And now art thou cursed from the bring forth to thee ; and thou shalt eat earth, which hath opened her mouth to rethe herb of the field;
ceive thy brother's blood from thy hand ; 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou 12 When thou tillest the ground, it eat bread, till thou return unto the shall not henceforth yield unto thee her ground; for out of it wast thou taken : strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou be in the earth. thou return.
13 And Cain said unto the Lori), My 20 And Adam called his wife's name punishment is greater than I can bear. Eve; because she was the mother of all 14 Behold, thou hast driven me out living
this day from the face of the earth ; and 21 Unto Adam also and to his wife from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall did the LORD God make coats of skins, be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and clothed them.
and it shall come to pass, that every one 22 1 And the LORD God said, Be- that findeth me shall slay me. hold, the man is become as one of us, 15 And the LORD said unto him, to know good and evil: and now, lest he Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, venput forth his hand, and take also of the geance shall be taken on him sevenfold. tree of life, and eat, and live for ever : And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, 23 Therefore the LORD God sent him lest any finding him should kill him.