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* 6. WOODPADŁ, Printas, Angel Court, Skloner Street, London,

TO THE MOST HIGH AND MIGHTY PRINCE

JAM E S,

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.

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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 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; 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 bad 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.

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 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 bammered 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.

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EAL to promote the common good, whether it be by de any synod or meeting of the Clergy, but rather the contrary : been cam

vising any thing ourselves, or revising that which hath been And lastly, against Churchmaintenance and allowance, in such
lumniated. laboured by others, deserveth certainly much respect and esteem, sort as the ambassadors and messengers of the great King of

but yet findeth but cold entertainment in the world. It is wel, kings should be furnished, it is not unknown what a fiction or
comed with suspicion instead of love, and with emulation instead fable (so it is esteemed, and for no better by the reporter himself, Nauclerus.
of thanks: and if there be any bole left for cavil to enter, (and. though snperstitious) was devised: namely, That at such time as
cavil, if it do not find an hole, will make one) it is sure to be the professors and teachers of Christianity in the Church of
misconstrued, and in danger to be condemned. This will easily Rome, then a true Church, were liberally endowed, a voice for-

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be granted by as many as kauw story, or have any experience soath was heard from heaven, saying, Now is poison poured down
For was there ever any thing projected, that savoured any way into the Church, &c. Thus not only as oft as we speak, as one
of newness or renewing, but the same endured many a storm, of saith, but also as oft as we do any thing of note or consequence,
gainsaying or opposition ?, A man would think that civility, we subject ourselves to every one's censure, and bappy is he that
wholesome laws, learning and eloquence, synods, and Church- is !cast tossed upon tongues; for utterly to escape the snatch of

maintenance, (that we speak of no more things of this kind) them it is impossible. If any man conceit, that this is the lot ITEM Birovs, should be as safe as a sanctuary, and || qut of sbot, as they say, and portion of the meaner sort only, and that Princes are priinxe apps that no man would lift up his heel, no, por dos move his tongue vileged by their high estate, he is deceived. As the sword dc- 2 Sam. 11.

against the motioners of them, For by the first we are distill, voureth as well one as another, as it is ja Samuel ; nay, as the 25, remedguished from brute beasts led with sensuality: by the second we great commander charged his soldiers in a certain battle to bu 45971 are bridled and restrained from outrageous bebaviour, and, from strike at no part of the enemy, but at the face; and as the king

daing of jujuries, wbether by fraud or by violence; by the third of Syria commanded his, chief captains to fight neither with small 1 Kings 22.

we are enabled to inform and reform others, by the light and nor great, save only against the king of Israel: so it is too true, 31. Le feeling that we have attained unto ourselves : briefly, by the that envy striketh most spitefully at the fairest, and the 11.

fourth, being brought together to a parley face to face, we sooner chiefest. David was a worthy prince, and no man to be com

compose our differences, than by writings, which are endless : pared to him for his first deeds, and yet for as worthy an act as
293.14.0 and Jastly, that the Church be sufficiently provided for, is, so ever he did, (even for bringing back the ark of God in solemnity) 2 Sam. 6.

agreeable to good reason and conscience, that those mothers are he was scorned and scoffed at by his own wife. Solomon was 16.
holden to be less cruel, that kill their children as soon as they greater than David, though not in virtue, yet in power; and by
are born, than those nursing fathers and mothers, (wheresgever his power and wisdom he built a temple to the LORD, such an
they be) that withdraw from them who hang upon their breasts one as was the glory of the land of Israel, and the wonder of the
(and upon whose breasts again themselves do hang, to receive the whole world. But was that his magnificence liked of by all?
spiritual and sincere milk of the word), livelihood and support fit We doubt of it. Otherwise why do they lay it in his son's dish; 1!! 3
for their estates. Thus it is apparent, that these things which we

and call unto him for + casing of the burden, Muke,' say they, touréxspeak of are of most necessary. use, and therefore that none; the grievous servitude of thy father, and his sore yoke, lighler. bæv. either without absurdity can speak against them, or without note, Belike he had charged them with some levies, and troubled thein

4. of wickedaess can spurn against them. with some carriages; hereupon they raise up a trageddy, and

re) onto Anacharsis, Yet for all that, the learned know, that certain porthy, men wish in their heart the temple had never been built. So hard @ with others.

have been brought to uptimely death for none other fault, but thing it is to please all, even when we please God best, and do

for seeking to reduce their countrymen to good onder and dish, seek to approve ourselves to every one's conscience. Tu vrata In Athens : cipline; And that in some Commonweals it was made a capital If we will descend to latter times, we shall find many the likel The highest titness

crime, once to motion the making of a new law for the abrogat examples of such kind, or sather unkiud, acceptance. It. The first personages Libanius in Olynth.

ing of an old, though the same were most pernicious: And that, Roman emperor did never do a more pleasing deed to the learnedy calumniatDemosth. certain, which would be counted pillars of the State, and patterns nor, more profitable to posterity, for conserving the record of times ed. Cato the

C. Casar, of virtue and prudence, could not be brought for a long time to in true supputation, than when he corrected the Calendar, and elder.

Plutarch.', ) give way to good letters and refined speech, but bare themselves ordered, the year according to the course of the supist and

as averse from them, as from rocks, or boxes of poison; And yet this was imputed to him for novelty, and arrogancy, and prol Gregory the fourthly, that he was no babe, byt a great, Clerk, that gave forth, cured to him great obloguy, So the first Christened Emperor (at Constantine. Divine.

(and in writing to remain to posterity) in passiop peradventures the least wise that openly professed the faith liįmself, and allowed
but yet he gave forth, That he had not seen any profit to come by otbers to do the like) for strengthening the empire at his great

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THE TRANSLATORS TO THE READER. charges, and providing for the Church, as he did, got for his labour | lrine most fit for the refreshing and renewing of men's minds, and Aurel. the name Pupillus, as who would say, a wasteful prince, that had truly so tempered, that every one may draw from thence that which is Victor. Deed of a guardian, or overseer. So the best Christened Emperor, sufficient for him, if he come to draw with a devout and pious mind, Theodosius. Zosimus. for the love that he bare unto peace, thereby to enrich both hita- as true religion requireth. Thus St. Augustine. And St Hierome, S. Hieron. self and his subjects, and because he did not seek war, but find it, Ama Scripturas, et amabit te sapientia, &c. Love the Scriptures, ad Deme

triad, $. was judged to be no man at arms, (though indeed he excelled in and wisdom will love thee. And St. Cyrill against Julian, Even

Cyrill. 7. feats of chivalry, and shewed so much when he was provoked,) and boys that are bred up in the Scriptures become most religious, &c. contra Jun

condemned for giving himself to his case, and to his pleasure. But what mention we three or four uses of the Scripture, whereas lianum. Justinian. To be short, the most learned Emperor of former times, (at the whatsoever is to be believed, or practised, or boped for, is con

least, the greatest politician,) what thanks had he for cutting off tained in them? or three or four sentences of the Fathers, since
the superfluities of the laws, and digesting them into some order whosoever is worthy the name of a father, from Christ's time
and method? This, that he hath been blotted by some to be an | downward, hath likewise written not only of the riches, but also of
Epitomist, that is, one that extinguished worthy whole volumes, the perfection of the Scripture? I adore the fulness of the Scrip. Tertul. ad-
to bring his abridgments into request. This is the measure that ture, saith Tertullian against Hermogenes. And again, to Apelles vers. Hermo.

Tertull. de hath been rendered to excellent Princes in former times, Cum bene an heretick of the like stamp he saith ; I do not admit that which

carne Christa facerent, male audire, for their good deeds to be evil spoken of. thou bringest in (or coocludest) of thine oton (head or store, de luo) 'Océv as,

Justin. Neither is there any likelihood that envy and malignity died and without Scripture. So St. Justin Martyr before him; We must

reita. #gos were buried with the ancient. No, no, the reproof of Muses taketh | know by all means, saith he, that it is not lausul (or possible) to . Namb. 32. hold of most ages, Ye ure risen up in your fathers' stead, an in- learn (any thing) of God or of right piety, save only out of the Pro- 'Trienpea 14. crease of sinful men. What is that that hath been done that which phets, who reach us by divine inspiration. So St. Basil after Tertul- vías ruinyo. Eccles. 1.9.

shall be done : and there is no new thing under the sün, saith the lian, It is a manifest falling away from the faith, and a fault of pre- S. Basil. Acts 7. 51. wise man.' And St. Stephen, As your fathers did, so do ye. This, sumption, either to reject any of those things that are written, or lo ripi siamies. His Majes- and more to this purpose, his Majesty that now reigneth (and bring in (tipon the bead of them, imusaytīv) any of those things that stancy, not- long, and long, may be reign, and his offspring for ever, Himself, are not 'written. - We omit to cite to the same effect St. Cyrill, withstands and children, and children's children always!) knew full well, accord-bishop of Frierusalem in 'his 4 Catechesi St. Hieromé against Hel. ing calumniation, for

ing to the singular wisdom given unto him by God, and the rare Julius, St. Augustine in his third bouk against the letters of Petilian, the survey learning and experience that he hath attained unto; namely, That and in very many other places of his works. Also we forbear to of the En. whosoever attempteth any thing for the publick (especially if it descend' to later Fathers, because we will not weary the reader: glish transhation, pertain to religion, and to the opening and clearing of the word of The Scriptúrès then being acknowledged to be so full and so perAvros, sal God) the same setteth himself apon a stage to be gloated upon by féct; how 'can we excuse ourselves of negligence, if we do not raides, azi raidur sare

every evil eye; yea, he casteth himself headlong upon pikes, to study them ? ' of curiosity, if we be not content with them? " Men Tort Taides, be gored by every sharp tongue. For he that meddleth With talk much of tiptorávn, how many sweet and goodly things it had 'Espionum

. σύκα φέρει imen's religion in any part meddleth with their custom," nay, hanging on it; of the Philosopher's stone, that it turneth copper

xal tlovas with their freehold ; and though they find no content in that into gold; of Cornu-copia, that it had all things necessary for food agrous, ezi “ "Nerų as

which they have, yet they cannot abide to heat of altering. Not- in it;'of Panaces the herb, that it was good for al diseases ; of Meble i zosúa aroquas árs- withstanding his royal heart was not daunted or discouraged for Catholicon the drug, that it is instead of all purges; of Vulcan's árs , zad

έλαιον, &c. mal de muen this or that colour, bot stood resolute, as a statue immoveable, and mour,' that it was an armour of proof against all thrusts and all An olive äventos

an antil not easy to be beaten into plates, as one saith; he knew blows, &c. Well, that which they falsely or cainly attributed buugh
who had chosen bim to be a soldier, or rather a captain; and being to these things for bodily good, we may justly and with full mea. about with
assured that the course which he intended made much for the sure ascribe unto the Scripture for spiritual.' It is not only an wool,
glory of God, and the building ap of his Church; he woulf not arınour, but also a whole armoury of weapons, both offensive and whereupon
suffer it to be broken off for whatsoever speeches or practices. defensive ; whereby we may 'šave ourselves, and put the enemy tigs, and
It doth certainly belong unto kings, yea, it doth specially belong to light: It is not an herb, birt a tree, or rather a whole para bread, and
unto them, to have care of religion, yea, to know it aright, yea'

, dise of trees of life, which bring forth fruit every month, and the boney in a
to profess it Zealonsly, yea, to promote it to the ottermost of their frivit thereof is for meat, and the leaves for medicine." It is not a vil.
power. This is their glory before all nations which mean well, and pot of Manna, or a crise of oil, which were for memory only, or
this will bring unto them a far more excellent weight of glory in for a meal's meat or two; but, as it were, a shower of heavenly

the day of the Lord Jesus. Por the Scripture saith not in vain, bread'sufficient for a whole host, be it 'never so great, and, as it korißur.

There that shonour me I reill honour : neither was it'a vain word were, a whole cellar fult of oit vessels; whereby all our necessities Eusebius, that Eusebius delivered long ago, That piety toward God was the may be provided for, and our debts discharged. In a word, it is

. 10. cap. weapons and the only weapon, that both preserved Constnntine's a panary of wholesome food against fenowet traditions ; a physi- Keniu inte 8. 4, * person, and aveuged him of his enemies.

cian's shop (as St. Basil calleth it) of preservatives against poisoned rerior,

S. Basil. in Blit now-what-piety without truth? What truth, what saving heresies; i pandect of profitable laws against rebellious spirits; Psal. priThe praise truth, without the word of God? What word of God, whereof we a treasury of most costly jewels against beggarly rudiments ; mum. si the holy * may be store, without the

Scripture? The Scriptures we are com- finally, a fountain of most pure water springing up unto everlast.' manded to search, John 5. 39. Isaiah 8. 20. They are 'com. ing life.". And what marvel! the original thereof being from mended that searched and studied them, Acts 17. 11. & 8. 28, 29. heaven, not' from earth; the author being God, not man; the

They are reproved that were unskilful in 'them, or slow to be inditer, the Holy Spirit, not the wit of the Apostles or Prophets; So gri7 lieve them, Matt. 22. 29. Luke 24. 25. They can make us wise thie penmen, such as were sanctified from the womb, and endued

mit unto salvation; 2 Tim. 3. 15." If we be ignorant," they will ine with a principal portion of God's Spirit; the matter, verity, piety, 3:19.Th. , structus ; if ont of the way, they will bring us home; if out of purity, uprightness; the form, God's word, God's testimony', God's this order

, thiey will reform us ; if in heaviness, comfort us ; 'if düht, oracles, the word of truth, the word of salvation, &c.; the effects, Confes, liba quieken rus; if cold, infameus. Tolle, lege; tolle, lege ; Take up light of understanding, stableness of persuasion, repentance from S. cap. 12. and ready stake'np and read the Scriptures, (for anto them was dead works, newness of life', holiness, prace, joy in the Holy en este the direction) it was said tot 3 st Augustine by a supernatural Ghost ; lastly, the end and rewart of the study thereof

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away. Happy is the man that delighteth in the Scripture, and or apostolick men? Yet it seemed good to the Holy Ghost and
thrice happy that meditateth in it day and night.

to them to take that which they found, (the same being for the Translation

But how shall men meditate in that which they cannot under greatest part true and sufficient) rather than by making a new, necessary

stand? How shall they understand that which is kept close in an in that new world and green age of the Church, to expose themI Cor. 14. unknown tongue? as it is written, Ercept I know the power of the selves to many exceptions and cavillations, as though they made 11. voice, I shall be to him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speak- a translation to serve their own turn ; and therefore bearing wit

eth shall be a barbarian to me. The Apostle excepteth no tongue; ness to themselves, their witness not to be regarded. This may
not Hebrew the ancientest, not Greek the most copious, vot be supposed to be some cause, why the translation of the Seventy

Latin the finest. Nature taught a natural man to confess, that was allowed to pass for current. Notwithstanding, though it was
Clema. Ales, all of us in those tongues which we do not understand are plainly commended generally, yet it did not fully content the learned,
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deaf; we may turn the deaf ear unto them. "The Scythian counted no not of the Jews. For not long after Christ, Aquila fell in hand Damaso. the Athenian, whom he did not understand, barbarous : so the with a new translation, and after him Theodotion, and after him Michael

Roman did the Syrian ; and the Jew: (even St. Hierome himself Symmachus: yea, there was a fifth, and a sixth edition, the authors Thcophilifilo calleth the Hebrew tongue barbarous, belike because it was strange whereof were not known. These with the Seventy made up the

to so many:) so the Emperor of Constantinople calleth the Latin Herapla, and were worthily and to great purpose compiled to2 Tom.

tongue barbarous, though Pope Nicolas do storm at it: so the gether by Origen. Howbeit the edition of the Seventy went away
edit. Petri Jews long before Christ called all other nations Lognazim, which with the credit, and therefore not only was placed in the midst
Crab. is little better than barbarous. Therefore as one complaineth that by Origen (for the worth and excellency thereof above the rest, as
Cicero 5. De always in the Senate of Rome there was one or other that called for Epiphanius gathereth) but also was used by the Greek Fathers for Epiphan. De
Finibus.

an interpreter; so, lest the Church be driven to the like exigent, the ground and foundation of their commentaries. Yea, Epipha- mensuret'
it is necessary to have translations in readiness. Translation it nius abovenamed doth attribute so much unto it, that he holdeth S. Au-
is that openeth the 'window, to let in the light; that breaketh the the authors thereof not only for interpreters, but also for prophets gust. 2. De
shell, that we may eat the kernel; that putteth aside the curtain, in some respect: and Justinian the Emperor, injoining the Jews doctrin.

Christian,
that we may look into the most holy place; that removeth the bis subjects to use specially the translation of the Seventy, render-

cover of the well, that we may come by the water, even as eth this reason thereof, Because they were, as it were, enlightened Novell. diaGen. 29.10. Jacob rolled away the stone from the mouth of the well, by which with prophetical grace. Yet for all that, as the Egyptians are said of tax. 146.

means the docks of Laban were watered. Indeed without transla- the Prophet to be men and not God, and their horses flesh and not otie xá.
tion into the vulgar tongue, the unlearned are but like children at spirit; so it is evident, (and St. Hierome affirmeth as much) that the poros Tigre

λαμψάσης John 4. 11. Jacob's well (which was deep) without a bucket or something to Seventy were interpreters, they were not prophets. They did many

αυτούς. Isai. 29. 11. draw with : or as that person mentioned by Esay, to whom things well, as learned men; but yet as men they stumbled and Isaj. 31. 3. when a sealed book was delivered with this motion, Read | fell, one while through oversight, another while through igno- S. Hieron.

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this, I pray thee, he was fain to make this answer, I cannot, for rance; yea, sometimes they may be noted to add to the original,

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and sometimes to take from it: which made the Apostles to leave

terpret.
The trans- While God would be known only in Jacob, and have his name them many times, when they left the Hebrew, and to deliver the
lation of the
Old Testa great in Israel, and in none other place; while the dew lay on sense thereof according to the truth of the word, as the Spirit gave
ment out of Gideon's fleece only, and all the earth besides was dry; then for them utterance. This may suffice touching the Greek translations
the Hebrew one and the same people, which spake all of them the language of the Old Testament.
into Greek.
See S. Au-

of Canaan, that is, Hebrew, one and the same original in Hebrero There were also within a few hundred years after Christ Translation gust. lib. 12. was sufficient. But when the fulness of time drew near, that the translations many into the Latin longue: for this tongue also was out of HecontraFaust. Sun of righteousness, the Son of God, should come into the world, very fit to convey the Law and the Gospel by, because in those Greek into

whom God ordained to be a reconciliation through faith in his times very many countries of the West, yea of the South, East, Latin.
blood, not of the Jew only, but also of the Greek, yea, of all and North, spake or understood Latin, being made provinces to
them that were scattered abroad; then, lo, it pleased the Lord to the Romans. But now the Latin translations were too many to
stir up the spirit of a Greek prince (Greek for descent and lan. be all good, for they were infinite ; (Latini interpretes nullo modo. S. Augustin.
guage) even of Ptolemy Philadelph king of Egypt, to procure the numerari possunt, saith St. Augustine.) Again, they were not de doct:

Christ.lib.2.
translating of the book of God out of Hebrew into Greek. This is out of the Hebrere fountain (we speak of the Latin translations
the translation of the Seventy interpreters, commonly so called, of the Old Testament) but out of the Greek stream; therefore
which prepared the way for our Saviour among the Gentiles by the Greek being not altogether clear, the Latin derived from it
written preaching, as St. John Baptist did among the Jews by must needs be muddy. This moved St. Hierome, a most learned
vocal. For the Grecians, being desirous of learning, were not Pather, and the best linguist without controversy of his age, or of
wont to suffer books of worth to lie moulding in kings' libraries, any other that went before him, to undertake the translating of the
but had many of their servants, ready scribes, to copy them out, Old Testament out of the very fountains themselves; which he
and so they were dispersed and made common. Again, the Greek performed with that evidence of great learning, judgment, in-
tongue was well known and made familiar to most inhabitants industry, and faithfulness, that he hath for ever bound the Church
Asia by reason of the conquests that there the Grecians had made, unto him in a debt of special remembrance and thankful-
as also by the colonies which thither they had sent. For the same
causes also it was well understood in many places of Europe, yea, Now though the Church were thus furnished with Greek and The trans
and of Africk too. Therefore the word of God, being set forth in Latin translations, even before the faith of Christ was generally

lating of the

Scripture Greek, becometh hereby like a candle set upon a candlestick, wbich embraced in the Empire: (for the learned know that even in St. into the giveth light to all that are in the house ; or like a proclamation Hierome's time, the Consul of Rome and his wife were both vulgar

tongues.
sounded forth in the marketplace, which most men presently take Ethnicks, and about the same time the greatest part of the Senate

S. Hieron.
knowledge of; and therefore that language was fittest to contain also) yet for all that the godly learned were not content to have Marcell.
the Scriptures, both for the first preachers of the Gospel to appeal the Scriptures in the language which themselves understood, Zosim.
vato for witness, and for the learners also of those times to make Greek and Latin, (as the good lepers were not content to fare
search and trial by. It is certain, that that translation was not go well themselves, but acquainted their neighbours with the store 2 Kings
sound and so perfect, but that it needed in many places correc- that God had sent, that they also might provide for themselves;) %.
tion; and who had been so sufficient for this work as the Apostles but also for the behoof and edifying of the unlearned, which

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