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THE

HOLY BIBLE,

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CONTAINING THE

OLD AND NEW, TESTAMENTS:

TRANiLATJD OUT OF

Zt>e 2Drie*naj| Kartfluea;

AND WITH THE FORMER TRANSLATIONS DILIGENTLY
COMPARED AND REVISED,

BY HIS MAJESTY'S SPECIAL COMMAND.
Appointed to be read in Churches.

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LONDON:
Printed by George Eyre and Andrew Sfottiswoode,

Printers to the King's Most Excellent Majesty,

FOR THE BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY,

- - Instituted in London in the Year 1804.

- And sold, to Subscribers only, at their Depository, Earl-Strew,
Blackfriars, London.

Rubj'simo. 1834.

r TO THE MOST HIGH AND MIGHTY PRINCE

JAMES,

BY THE GRACE OF GOD,

KING OF GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE, AND IRELAND,
DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, &c.

The Translators of the Bible wish Grace, Merer, and Peace,
through JESUS CHRIST our Lord.

rjREAT and manifold were the blessings, most dread Sovereign, which Almighty God, the Father of all mercies, bestowed upon us the people of Eitglnntl, 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 him, that limit 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; trie appearance of Your Majesty, as of the Sun in his strength, instantly dispelled th.^e supposed and surmised mists, and gave unto all that were well 'affected exceed ing cause of comfort; especially when we beheld the Government e^iahl shed 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 .toys, 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 disnosetb 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 ap, 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 nurture Father.

There are infinite arguments of this right Christian and religious affection in i our Majesty; but none is more forcible to declare it to others than the vehement and perpetuated desire of the accomplishingand 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 in, 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.

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 THE EPISTLE DEDICATORY.

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 learn* ed and judicious a Prince as V our 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 self conceited 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, sup ported 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 \ our 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.

THE NAMES AND ORDER

OF AM. THE

BOOKS OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT,

WITH

THE NUMBER OF CHAPTERS IN EACH BOOK.

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