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KING OF GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE, AND IRELAND, DEFENDER of the FAlth, &c.
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 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 Occide NTAI. 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 surength, instantly dispelled those supposed and surmised mists, and ve unto all that were well affected exceeding cause of comfort; especially when we beheld the overnment 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, manifestin itself abroad in the farthest parts of ChristEnnom, by writing in defence of the Truth, (which .# 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 #: 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. nd 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: o, craving of #. 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. Lord of heaven and earth bless Your Majesty with many and happy days, that, as his heavenly hand hath enriched Your Highness . many singular and extraordinary es; 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.
GENESIS hath Chapters 50 . 40
56 Exodus ........ - 10 Leviticus . 27 13 Numbers ...... 56 10 Deuteronomy 54 42 Joshua.......... . 24 150 Judges.... ... 21 31 Ruth ........ ... 4 12 I. Samuel ..... 31 8 II. Samuel ... . 24 66 I. Kings........ ... 22 || Jeremiah ....... 52 II. Kings ..... ... 25 I Lamentations . ... 5 I. Chronicles......... ------- ... 29 | Ezekiel ........................ 48 THE BOOKS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT. MATTHEW hath Chaps. 28 Ephesians.......... - - - - - - 6 || To the Hebrews..... . . . . . 13 Mark............... ...... 16 || Philippians .... ... 4 || The Epistle of James..... 5 Luke...... ..... 24 | Colossians....... 4 | I. Peter........... - - - - - - - ..... 21 | I. Thessalonians ....... 5 | IA. Peter ................ 3 The Acts......... - - - - - - - - 28 || II. Thessalonians......... 5 5 The Epistle to the Romans 16 || I. Timothy....... ... 6 l I. Corinthians ...... - - - - - - 16 || II. Timothy... 4 l II. Corinthians. ... 13 l Titus............ 3 l Jude. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Galatians ................ 6 || Philemon ........ 1 | Revelation .............. 22
of good; and God divided tthe light from *** the darkness. :::::, , 5 And God called the light ‘Day, and ::::::" the darkness he called Night. t.And the evening and the morning were the first dav. 61 And God said, “Let there be a +firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7 And God made the firmament,” and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were "above the firmament: and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. 9 of And God said, “Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. 11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth +grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding *fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his #. and God saw that it was good. ; 13 And the evening and the morning 7 were the third day. .*** And God said, Let there be "lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide + the day from the night; and
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let them be for signs, and “for seasons, color and for days, and years: 4004. 15 And let them be for lights in the or or firmament of the heaven to give light . . . upon the earth: and it was so. 9. & 148. 16 And God "made two great lights; ii., or the greater light + to rule the , and ...” *the lesser light to rule the night: he 4 p.8 s. made 'the stars also. r Job 38.7. 17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 18 And to "rule over the day and over Jer 31, 35. the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
20 " And God said, ‘Let the waters : * Esdr. 6. bring forth abundantly the o: foor creature that hath flife, and t fowl that "..., may fly above the earth in the 4 open . . .
and every living creature that moveth, o. which the waters brought forth abun- ; of ol dantly, after their kind, and every wing-o ed fowl after his kind: and God saw " that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the web. 8, 17. waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. 23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. 24's And God said, Let the earth bri forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after ..". and God saw sch. *F," that it was good. to: "o 26 T And God said, “Let us make #io man in our image, after our likeness: o3. and 'let them have dominion over the so fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the too.” air, and over the cattle, and over all the .a..., earth, and over every creeping thing that łoś. creepeth upon the earth. - ; corn. 27 So God created man, in his own of: image, “in the image of God created he or him; *male and female created he them. ...".