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TO THE MOST HIGH AND MIGHTY PRINCE
J A MES,
BY THE GRACE OF GOD,
KING OF GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE, AND IRELAND,
DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, &c.
The Translators of the Bible wish Grace, Mercy, and Peace,
through JESUS CHRIST our Lord,
TREAT and manifold were the blessings, most dread Sovereign, which Almighty God, the 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 OCCIDENTAI. 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 Dever 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.
Ånd 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 haod 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.
Year before the court 4004
THE FIRST BOOK OF MOSES
mon Year of Christ, Jalan Period,
& 104. 19.
Heb. 1. 10. 5 P. & 3.& 13. 6 & bage 11, 12. & 10
146.6 Isa. 4. 24 Jer. X. 12.
14 15 & 17. 24. Col. 11. 3 Rev. + IL & 10.6
. Po 13 the darkness.
d Ps 33-9
+ Heb.be feen the light and be twee the darin.
&104. 20. 1 Heb. and
ment of hia-
was, and the
let them be for signs, and "for seasons, clirist CHAP. I.
and for days, and years:
light, 6 of the firmament, 9 of the earih se-
of the heaven to give light to
16 And God 'made two great lights; 1 Heb. for of man in the image of God. 29 Also the the greater light + to rule the day, and the rest appointment of food.
"the lesser light to rule the night: he q Ps. 8. 3. I heaven and the earth. N the beginning God created the made 'the stars also.
17 And God set them in the firma2 And the earth was without form and ment of the heaven to give light upon is void; and darkness was upon the face of the earth,
the deep. And the Spirit of God mov- 18 And to 'rule over the day and over Jer. 31. 35. 51.15 Zech. ed upon the face of the waters. the night, and to divide the light from
36 And God said, Let there be the darkness: and God saw that it was 14,17. Heb. light: and there was light.
good. 4 And God saw the light, that it was 19 And the evening and the morning P 33 6 good: and God divided fthe light from were the fourth day.
20 | And God said, Let the waters + 3 Esdr. 6. 5 And God called the light 'Day, and bring forth abundantly the || moving Or, creep e Cor. 46
the darkness he called Night. And creature that hath + life, and I fowl that ing
firmament of heaven. Pr. 74. 16.
+ Heb.face 69 And God said, " Let there be a ffir- 21 And "God created great whales, of the firma
mament in the midst of the waters, and and every living creature that moveth, the evening let it divide the waters from the waters. which the waters brought forth abun
7 And God made the firmament, and dantly, after their kind, and every wing- 10. P. 104. divided the waters which were under the ed fowl after his kind: and God saw firmament from the waters which were that it was good. i above the firmament: and it was so. 22 And God blessed them, saying,
8 And God called the firmament Hea- "Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the wch. 8. 19.
in the earth.
under the heaven be gathered together were the fifth day.
forth the living creature after his kind, 10 And God called the dry land cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of Earth; and the gathering together of the the earth after his kind: and it was so. waters called he Seas: and God saw 25 And God made the beast of the that it was good.
earth after his kind, and cattle after their 1 Heb.6.7.
ni And God said, Let the earth 'bring kind, and every thing that creepeth upon de pren. forth tgrass, the herb yielding seed, and the earth after his kind: and God saw che Luke & the fruit tree yielding fruit after his that it was good.
kind, whose seed is in itself upon the 26 | And God said, *Let us make Eccles: 7:29. earth: and it was so.
man in our image, after our likeness: Acts 17mm 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and 'let them have dominion over the edhe and herb yielding seed after his kind, and fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the 16. Jan. 3. the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in air, and over the cattle, and over all the itself, after his kind:
and God saw that earth, and over every creeping thing that had.”. it was good.
creepeth upon the earth. 13 And the evening and the morning 27 So God created man in his own 1 ch. 5. 2. 17. were the third day.
image, 'in the image of God created he Matt. 19.4 145 And God said, Let there be him; - male and female created he them. Markao... day and be lights in the firmament of the heaven 28 And God blessed them, and God Lev. 26. 9 to divide + the day from the night; and said unto them, "Be fruitful, and multi- 118. 3.4.
b ch.91, 7
Ps. 127. 3. &
uch. 25. 18.
w Numb. 11.
+ Heb. Cust
x Dan. 10.4
1 Or, eius
d Ps. 145. 151
e Job 38.41. + lieb, a liring soul.
The first sabbath.
The tree of knowledge. christ ply, and replenish the earth, and subdue was parted, and became into four heads.
it: and have dominion over the fish of 11 The name of the first is Pison:
12 And the gold of that land is good: 29 9 And God said, Behold, I have given there is bdellium and the onyx stone. titleb ered- you every herb + bearing seed, which is 13 And the name of the second river
upon the face of all the earth, and every is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth
*Hiddekel: that is it which goeth || to-
wherein there is +life, I have given every man, and 'put him into the garden of y ver. 8.
31 And 'God saw every thing that he 16 And the LORD God commanded 16.1 Tim. 4. had made, and, behold, it was very good. the man, saying, Of every tree of the
And the evening and the morning were garden † thou mayest freely eat:
17 'But of the tree of the knowledge shalt cat.
of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of
creation. 8 The planting of the garden of of bf thou shalt surely die.
will make him an help + meet for him. Heb. dying
19 *And out of the ground the Lord die VHUS the heavens and the earth were God formed every beast of the field, and ch.3 12
2 And on the seventh day God end- unto || Adam to see what he would call Ecclus. zł ed his work which he had made; and them: and whatsoever Adam called every Tleb.es he rested on the seventh day from all his living creature, that was the name thereof.oere him. work which he had made.
20 And Adam tgave names to all cat- 24. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, tle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every See cb. 6. 20 + Hleb.cren. and sanctified it: because that in it he beast of the field; but for Adam there | Or, the led to make. had rested from all his work which God was not found an help meet for him. Ps.90.1, 2. tcreated and made.
21 | Aid the LORD God caused a 4 4 These are the generations of the deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he istuins i f Job 38.26. heavens and of the earth when they slept: and he took one of his ribs, and 12.
were created, in the day that the LORD closed up the flesh instead thereof; inr,amise God made the earth and the heavens, 22 And the rib, which the Lord God
5 And every ©plant of the field before had taken from man, + made he a wo- tuleb thleb iluse it was in the earth, and every herb of man, and brought her unto the man.
the field before it grew: for the Lord 23 And Adam said, This is now i bone 22. Heb. 13. that God had not 'caused it to rain upon the of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she jch. 29.24
Een on earth, and there was not a man to till shall be called + Woman, because she Sun. 5.1. $. Ecclus.1, the ground.
was k taken out of + Man. 6 But || there went up a mist from 24 "Therefore shall a man leave his + Heb. Isha. 2003; the earth, and watered the whole face of father and his mother, and shall cleave 5. Acts 17. 25. the ground.
unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. † Heb. Ish.
1 The serpent deceiveth Eve. 6 Man's shame ch. 3. 79
ful fall. 9 God arraigneth them. 14 The Exod. 32. 09.4.in. garden "eastward in °Eden; and there
serpent is cursed. 15 The promised seed. 16 25. Isai. 05. he put the man whom he had formed. The punishment of mankind. 21 Their first
9 And out of the ground made the clothing. 22 Their casting out of Paradise. ! :. to grow ? every tree that is
"the serpent was
more subtil Rev. 19. 9. *the tree of life also in the midst of the the LORD God had made. And he said 1902:32.18
. garden, "and the tree of knowledge of unto the woman, + Yea, hath God said, heb er Rev.2.7. & good and evil.
Ye shall not eat of every trec of the