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Printers to the King's Most Excellent Majesty,
Instituted in London in the Year 1804.
Earl Street, Blackfriars.
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,
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 OCCIDENTAI. Star, Queen ELIZABETH of most happy memory, some thick and palpable clouds of darkness would só 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.
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 ExGLAND 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 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.
8. 9. & 148 3. 5.
Heb... 10. & Pr. 8. 3 & 13. && ng 11, 12. & 10
Jer. X. 12.
12. 1. Acts 14 15 & 17.
11.3. Rev. 4 IL & 10.6
Isai. p. 13.
d Ps 33-9.
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darizas. Ps.74 16.
ment of hia. TER.
1 Heb. and
let them be for signs, and "for seasons, clirist
and for days, and years: I The creation of heaven and earth, 3 of the 15 And let them be for lights in the OP's. 74. 17.
light, 6 of the firmament, 9 of the earth se firmament of the heaven to give light Ps. 136.7,
16 And God 'made two great lights; Heb. for of man in the image of God. 29 Also the the greater light fto rule the day, and enhance et les ang appointment of food.
a the lesser light to rule the night: he q Ps. 8. 3N the beginning "God created the made " the stars also.
Ieber band the earth.
17 And God set them in the firma2 And the earth was without form and ment of the heaven to give light upon Bus 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 3 And God said, “Let there be the darkness: and God saw that it was 1117. Heb. light: and there was light.
good. 4 And God saw the light, that it was 19 And the evening and the morning P 126 good: and God divided the light from were the fourth day. the darkness.
20 | And God said, + Let the waters t 2 Esdr. 6. 5 And God called the light 'Day, and bring forth abundantly the moving Or, crerpthe darkness he called Night. And creature that hath + life, and I fowl that ing: the evening and the morning were the may Aly above the earth in the topenHeb
. dere first day.
firmament of heaven. 69 Ånd God said, Let there be a ffir 21 And "God created great whales, of the forma
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- 4 ch. 6. 20.
7 And God made the firmament, and dantly, after their kind, and every wing- 19. N. 14.
divided the waters which were under the ed fowl after his kind: and God saw Jeb 37. 18.
firmament from the waters which were that it was good.
8 And God called the firmament Hea-Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the wch. 8. 19.
in the earth. 9 1 And God said, Let the waters 23 And the evening and the morning Pe under the heaven be gathered together were the fifth day. * 1949 unto one place, and let the dry land ap 24 And God said, Let the earth bring Pror& pear: and it was so.
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 11 And God said, Let the earth I bring kind, and every thing that creepeth upon
forth t grass, the herb yielding seed, and the earth after his kind: and God saw chis 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 17.30 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and 'let them have dominion over the 11.7. Eph. and herb yielding seed after his kind, and fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the 12. Jan. 13.3the 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 11.8. 6. it was good.
creepeth upon the earth. 13 And the evening and the morning 27 So God created man in his own ch. 5. 2. kig. were the third day.
image, 'in the image of God created he Matt. 19.4 .245 And God said, Let there be him; - male and female created he them. Mark 10. 6. 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- 198.34
51. 15 Heb.