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TO THE PUBLICK.
[VARIOUS English Tranflations of bestowed upon us the people of England, the Bible were extant at the clofe of the when firft he fent your Majefty's Royal fixteenth century: In fome of them the Perfon to rule and reign over us. For Old Teftament was made from the Sep-whereas it was the expectation of many, tuagint, (that is, from a Greek tranflation who wifhed not well unto our Sion, that of the Hebrew executed by order of upon the fetting of that bright Occidental tolemy Philadelphus, 284 years before Star, Queen Elizabeth, of most happy the Chriftian Æra) in others, immediately memory, fome thick and palpable clouds from the Hebrew Text, except a few of darkness would fo have overshadowed paffages which were rendered from the this land, that men fhould have been in Septuagint and in others, both the Old doubt which way they were to walk; and New Teftament were made from the and that it should hardly be known who Latin of the Vulgate. Thefe tranflations was to direct the unfettled State: The in feveral infiances differed from each appearance of your Majefty, as of the other, which induced King James 1. to Sun in his ftrength, inftantly difpelled felect fifty four men, eminent for their pi- thofe fuppofed and furmifed mifts, and ety and learning, and particularly killed gave unto all that were well affected, exin the original languages of the Scriptures, ceeding caufe of comfort; efpecially when to make an entire new translation of the we beheld the Government established in Bible-the Old Testament from the ori- your Highnefs, and your hopeful feed, ginal Hebrew Text, and the new from the by an undoubted title, and this alfo acoriginal Greek. Fortyfeven of thefe em-companied with peace and tranquillity at inent men commenced the important bu- home and abroad.
finefs in the beginning of the year 1607. "But among all our joys, there was They arranged themfelves into feparate no one that more filled our hearts, than the claffes, and to expedite the work, each bleffed continuance of the Preaching of clafs took a feparate portion of the Bible. God's facred Word among us; which is After three years clofe application, the that ineftimable Treasure, which excelleth feveral claffes had completed the parts all the riches of the earth; because the affigned them. The whole number then fruit thereof extendeth itself, not only to Caffembled in a body, and critically com-the time fpent in this tranfitory world, but pared the copies of each class with the directeth and difpofeth men unto that eoriginal, and with other tranflations; and ternal happinets which is above in heaven. no fentence was finally accepted till, in the "Then no to fuffer this to fall to the general opinion, it expreffed the fenfe of ground, but rather to take it up, and to the infpired original: Nearly another continue it in that ftate, wherein the famyear, it is faid, was spent in this bufinefs; ous predeceffor of your Highness did leave And in the year 1611, this tranflation was it: Nay, to go forward with the confiby authority first published. As it was dence and refolution of a man in maintainexecuted by the order, and at the expenfe ing the Truth of Chrift, and propagating it of the crown, the copyright became the farand near, is that which hath fobound and -property of the King, whofe it has ever firmly knit the hearts of all your Majesty's Since continued. 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 di
This is univerfally acknowledged to be the mott correct English tranflation of the Bible that has yet been published to the world-and it is generally used in Churchsand private Families throughout GreatBarain and America.
With their copy the Tranflators pre-minifh or decay, but every day increafeth leted to King Jaines the following AD- and taketh ftrength when they obferve DRESS, which has ever fince been pre- that the zeal of your Majesty toward the fed to all Britia editions of the Holy houfe of God doth not flick or go backScriptures, viz.] ward, but is more and more kindled, man"To the Most High and Mighty Prince ifefting itfelf abroad in the fartheft parts JAMES, by the Grace of God, King of of Chriftendom, by writing in defence of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, the Truth, which hath given fuch a blow Defender of the Faith, c. unto that man of fin, as will not be heal"The TRANSLATORS of the BIBLE with ed, and every day at home, by religious Grace, Mercy, and Peace, through Je-and learned ditcourte, by frequenting the fus Chrift our Lord. Houfe of God, by hearing the Word "GREAT and manifold were the preached, by cherishing the teachers bleflings, moft dread Sovereign,which Al- thereof, by caring for the Church, as a nighty God, the Father of all mercies, moft tender and loving nurfing tather.
ACCOUNT OF DATES.
"There are infinite arguments of this and judicious a Prince as your Highness
"The Lord of heaven and earth bless
ACCOUNT OF THE DATES OR TIME OF WRITING THE BOOKS
The NAMES and ORDER of all the BOOKS of the OLD and NEW TESTA
THE BOOKS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.
7 Ecclefiaftes hath Chapters
GENESIS hath Chapters
56 118 Jeremiah
84 157 Lamentations
24 190 Ezekiel
21 212 Daniel
THE BOOKS CALLED APOCRYPHA,
4 234 Hofea
81 287 Joel
24 266 Amos
22 291 Obadiah
25 319 Jonah
36 371 Nahum
10 402 Habakkuk
13 41 Zephaniah
10 424 Haggai
THE BOOKS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT.
28 739 I. Timothy hath Chapters
16 767 II. Timothy
24 786 Titus
28 859 To the Hebrews
16 869 The Epiftle of James
16 880 1. Peter
13 892 II. Peter
9 Baruch, with the Epiftle of Jeremiah
16 Bel and the Dragon
6 Prayer of Manaffes
A TABLE OF SCRIPTURE MEASURES.
Measures of liquids.
10 941 The Homer or Cor,
6 10 11 328 The Firkin (Metretes)
a pint, nearly.
Measures of length.
A Hand breadth,
The Bekah, balfShek
A TABLE OF WEIGHTS AND MONEY.
1 Nifan, or Marcb.
3000 113 10 110,3|
Days of the Week.
1ft day of the week, Sunday.
Meafures of things dry.
A Shekel of Gold,
9 2,6 Golden Daric or Dram,
00 6,8 Penny (Denarius)
Note, Silver is bere reckoned at 5s. Sterling---Gold at 41. per oz.
A TABLE OF TIME.
7 Tifri, or E- ? September,
Piece of Silver / Drachm)'
Hours of the Day.
The day, reckoning from
S. D F.
0 0 0,4
The 1ft watch, from funset is
the bour to the 6th.
The 3d watch, or cock crow-
ing, from the 6th to the 9th.
THE FIRST BOOK OF MOSES, CALLED GENESIS.
the tree yielding fruit, whofe feed was in itself, after his kind: and God faw that it was good,
18 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
1 The creation of beaven and earth, 3 of the light, 6 of the firmament, 9 of the earth separated from the waters, 11 and made fruitful, 14 of the fun, moon, and flars, 20 of fish and fowl, 24 of beafts and caule, 26 of man in the im-in the firmament of the heaven to divide age of God. 29 Also the appointment the day from the night; and let them be of food. fer figns, and for feafons, and for days, and years:
14 ¶ And God faid, Let there be lights
IN the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth and it was fo.
2 And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God faid, Let there be light and there was light.
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the leffer light to rule the night: he made the ftars alfo.
4 And God faw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
11 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light uponthe earth:
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness 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 fowl 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
And God called the firmament heav-the waters brought forth abundantly, after en. And the evening and the morning their kind, and every winged fowl after were the fecond day. his kind: and God faw that it was good.
9And God faid, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear and it was fo.
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 a fir mament 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 fo.
10 And God called the dry land Earth: and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas; and God faw that it was good.
22 And God bleffed them, faying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the feas,: and let fowl multiply in the earth.
12 And the earth brought forth grafs, and herb yielding feed after his kind, and
28 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
24 And God faid, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind,
And God faid, Let the earth bring cattle, and creeping thing, and beaft of forth grafs, the herb yielding feed, and the earth after his kind and it was fo. the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, 25 And God made the beast of the whofe feed is in itfelf, upon the earth: 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.
and it was fo.
26 ¶ And