THE BIBLE - DOUAY-RHEIMS - BOOK 15
THE BIBLE - DOUAY-RHEIMS - BOOK 15
THE HOLY BIBLE
Translated from the Latin Vulgate
Diligently Compared with the Hebrew Greek
and Other Editions in Divers Languages
THE OLD TESTAMENT
First Published by the English College at Douay
A.D. 1609 & 1610
THE NEW TESTAMENT
First Published by the English College at Rheims
The Whole Revised and Diligently Compared with
the Latin Vulgate by Bishop Richard Challoner
THE FIRST BOOK OF ESDRAS
This Book taketh its name from the writer: who was a holy priest and
doctor of the law. He is called by the Hebrews Ezra.
1 Esdras Chapter 1
Cyrus king of Persia releaseth God's people from their captivity with
license to return and build the temple in Jerusalem: and restoreth the
holy vessels which Nabuchodonosor had taken from thence.
1:1. In the first year of Cyrus king of the Persians that the word of
the Lord by the mouth of Jeremias might be fulfilled the Lord stirred
up the spirit of Cyrus king of the Persians: and he made a proclamation
throughout all his kingdom and in writing also saying:
1:2. Thus saith Cyrus king of the Persians: The Lord the God of heaven
hath given to me all the kingdoms of the earth and he hath charged me
to build him a house in Jerusalem which is in Judea.
1:3. Who is there among you of all his people? His God be with him. Let
him go up to Jerusalem which is in Judea and build the house of the
Lord the God of Israel: he is the God that is in Jerusalem.
1:4. And let all the rest in all places wheresoever they dwell help him
every man from his place with silver and gold and goods and cattle
besides that which they offer freely to the temple of God which is in
1:5. Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Juda and Benjamin and the
priests and Levites and every one whose spirit God had raised up to
go up to build the temple of the Lord which was in Jerusalem.
1:6. And all they that were round about helped their hands with vessels
of silver and gold with goods and with beasts and with furniture
besides what they had offered on their own accord.
1:7. And king Cyrus brought forth vessels of the temple of the Lord
which Nabuchodonosor had taken from Jerusalem and had put them in the
temple of his god.
1:8. Now Cyrus king of Persia brought them forth by the hand of
Mithridates the son of Gazabar and numbered them to Sassabasar the
prince of Juda.
1:9. And this is the number of them: thirty bowls of gold a thousand
bowls of silver nine and twenty knives thirty cups of gold
1:10. Silver cups of a second sort four hundred and ten: other vessels
1:11. All the vessels of gold and silver five thousand four hundred:
all these Sassabasar brought with them that came up from the captivity
of Babylon to Jerusalem.
1 Esdras Chapter 2
The number of them that returned to Judea: their oblations.
2:1. Now these are the children of the province that went out of the
captivity which Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon had carried away to
Babylon and who returned to Jerusalem and Juda every man to his city.
2:2. Who came with Zorobabel Josue Nehemia Saraia Rahelaia
Mardochai Belsan Mesphar Beguai Rehum Baana. The number of the men
of the people of Israel:
2:3. The children of Pharos two thousand one hundred seventy-two.
2:4. The children of Sephatia three hundred seventy-two.
2:5. The children of Area seven hundred seventy-five.
2:6. The children of Phahath Moab of the children of Josue: Joab Two
thousand eight hundred twelve.
2:7. The children of Elam a thousand two hundred fifty-four.
2:8. The children of Zethua nine hundred forty-five.
2:9. The children of Zachai seven hundred sixty.
2:10. The children of Bani six hundred forty-two.
2:11. The children of Bebai six hundred twenty-three.
2:12. The children of Azgad a thousand two hundred twenty-two.
2:13. The children of Adonicam six hundred sixty-six.
2:14. The children of Beguai two thousand fifty-six.
2:15. The children of Adin four hundred fifty-four.
2:16. The children of Ather who were of Ezechias ninety-eight.
2:17. The children of Besai three hundred and twenty-three.
2:18. The children of Jora a hundred and twelve.
2:19. The children of Hasum two hundred twenty-three.
2:20. The children of Gebbar ninety-five.
2:21. The children of Bethlehem a hundred twenty-three.
2:22. The men of Netupha fifty-six.
2:23. The men of Anathoth a hundred twenty-eight.
2:24. The children of Azmaveth forty-two.
2:25. The children of Cariathiarim Cephira and Beroth seven hundred
2:26. The children of Rama and Gabaa six hundred twenty-one.
2:27. The men of Machmas a hundred twenty-two.
2:28. The men of Bethel and Hai two hundred twenty-three.
2:29. The children of Nebo fifty-two.
2:30. The children of Megbis a hundred fifty-six.
2:31. The children of the other Elam a thousand two hundred fifty-five.
2:32. The children of Harim three hundred and twenty.
2:33. The children of Lod Hadid and Ono seven hundred twenty-five.
2:34. The children of Jericho three hundred forty-five.
2:35. The children of Senaa three thousand six hundred thirty.
2:36. The priests: the children of Jadaia of the house of Josue nine
2:37. The children of Emmer a thousand fifty-two.
2:38. The children of Pheshur a thousand two hundred forty-seven.
2:39. The children of Harim a thousand and seventeen.
2:40. The Levites: the children of Josue and of Cedmihel the children
of Odovia seventy-four.
2:41. The singing men: the children of Asaph a hundred twenty-eight.
2:42. The children of the porters: the children of Sellum the children
of Ater the children of Telmon the children of Accub the children of
Hatita the children of Sobai: in all a hundred thirty-nine.
2:43. The Nathinites: the children of Siha the children of Hasupha the
children of Tabbaoth
2:44. The children of Ceros the children of Sia the children of
2:45. The children of Lebana the children of Hegaba the children of
2:46. The children of Hagab the children of Semlai the children of
2:47. The children of Gaddel the children of Gaher the children of
2:48. The children of Rasin the children of Necoda the children of
2:49. The children of Asa the children of Phasea the children of
2:50. The children of Asena the children of Munim the children of
2:51. The children of Bacbuc the children of Hacupha the children of
2:52. The children of Besluth the children of Mahida the children of
2:53. The children of Bercos the children of Sisara the children of
2:54. The children of Nasia the children of Hatipha
2:55. The children of the servants of Solomon the children of Sotai
the children of Sopheret the children of Pharuda
2:56. The children of Jala the children of Dercon the children of
2:57. The children of Saphatia the children of Hatil the children of
Phochereth which were of Asebaim the children of Ami
2:58. All the Nathinites and the children of the servants of Solomon
three hundred ninety-two.
2:59. And these are they that came up from Thelmela Thelharsa Cherub
and Adon and Emer. And they could not shew the house of their fathers
and their seed whether they were of Israel.
2:60. The children of Dalaia the children of Tobia the children of
Necoda six hundred fifty-two.
2:61. And of the children of the priests: the children of Hobia the
children of Accos the children of Berzellai who took a wife of the
daughters of Berzellai the Galaadite and was called by their name:
2:62. These sought the writing of their genealogy and found it not and
they were cast out of the priesthood.
2:63. And Athersatha said to them that they should not eat of the holy
of holies till there arose a priest learned and perfect.
2:64. All the multitudes as one man were forty-two thousand three
hundred and sixty:
Forty-two thousand etc... Those who are reckoned up above of the tribes
of Juda Benjamin and Levi fall short of this number. The rest who
must be taken in to make up the whole sum were of the other tribes.
2:65. Besides their menservants and womenservants of whom there were
seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven: and among them singing
men and singing women two hundred.
2:66. Their horses seven hundred thirty-six their mules two hundred
2:67. Their camels four hundred thirty-five their asses six thousand
seven hundred and twenty.
2:68. And some of the chief of the fathers when they came to the temple
of the Lord which is in Jerusalem offered freely to the house of the
Lord to build it in its place.
2:69. According to their ability they gave towards the expenses of the
work sixty-one thousand solids of gold five thousand pounds of silver
and a hundred garments for the priests.
2:70. So the priests and the Levites and some of the people and the
singing men and the porters and the Nathinites dwelt in their cities
and all Israel in their cities.
1 Esdras Chapter 3
An altar is built for sacrifice the feast of tabernacles is solemnly
celebrated and the foundations of the temple are laid.
3:1. And now the seventh month was come and the children of Israel were
in their cities: and the people gathered themselves together as one man
3:2. And Josue the son of Josedec rose up and his brethren the priests
and Zorobabel the son of Salathiel and his brethren and they built the
altar of the God of Israel that they might offer holocausts upon it as
it is written in the law of Moses the man of God.
Josue... or Jesus (Jeshua) the son of Josedec; he was the high priest
at that time.
3:3. And they set the altar of God upon its bases while the people of
the lands round about put them in fear and they offered upon it a
holocaust to the Lord morning and evening.
3:4. And they kept the feast of tabernacles as it is written and
offered the holocaust every day orderly according to the commandment
the duty of the day in its day.
3:5. And afterwards the continual holocaust both on the new moons and
on all the solemnities of the Lord that were consecrated and on all in
which a freewill offering was made to the Lord.
3:6. From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer
holocausts to the Lord: but the temple of God was not yet founded.
3:7. And they gave money to hewers of stones and to masons: and meat and
drink and oil to the Sidonians and Tyrians to bring cedar trees from
Libanus to the sea of Joppe according to the orders which Cyrus king of
the Persians had given them.
3:8. And in the second year of their coming to the temple of God in
Jerusalem the second month Zorobabel the son of Salathiel and Josue
the son of Josedec and the rest of their brethren the priests and the
Levites and all that were come from the captivity to Jerusalem began
and they appointed Levites from twenty years old and upward to hasten
forward the work of the Lord.
3:9. Then Josue and his sons and his brethren Cedmihel and his sons
and the children of Juda as one man stood to hasten them that did the
work in the temple of God: the sons of Henadad and their sons and
their brethren the Levites.
3:10. And when the masons laid the foundations of the temple of the
Lord the priests stood in their ornaments with trumpets: and the
Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals to praise God by the hands of
David king of Israel.
3:11. And they sung together hymns and praise to the Lord: because he
is good for his mercy endureth for ever towards Israel. And all the
people shouted with a great shout praising the Lord because the
foundations of the temple of the Lord were laid.
3:12. But many of the priests and the Levites and the chief of the
fathers and the ancients that had seen the former temple; when they had
the foundation of this temple before their eyes wept with a loud voice:
and many shouting for joy lifted up their voice.
3:13. So that one could not distinguish the voice of the shout of joy
from the noise of the weeping of the people: for one with another the
people shouted with a loud shout and the voice was heard afar off.
1 Esdras Chapter 4
The Samaritans by their letter to the king hinder the building.
4:1. Now the enemies of Juda and Benjamin heard that the children of the
captivity were building a temple to the Lord the God of Israel.
4:2. And they came to Zorobabel and the chief of the fathers and said
to them: Let us build with you for we seek your God as ye do: behold we
have sacrificed to him since the days of Asor Haddan king of Assyria
who brought us hither.
4:3. But Zorobabel and Josue and the rest of the chief of the fathers
of Israel said to them: You have nothing to do with us to build a house
to our God but we ourselves alone will build to the Lord our God as
Cyrus king of the Persians hath commanded us.
4:4. Then the people of the land hindered the hands of the people of
Juda and troubled them in building.
4:5. And they hired counsellors against them to frustrate their design
all the days of Cyrus king of Persia even until the reign of Darius
king of the Persians.
4:6. And in the reign of Assuerus in the beginning of his reign they
wrote an accusation against the inhabitants of Juda and Jerusalem.
Assuerus... Otherwise called Cambyses the son and successor of Cyrus. He
is also in the following verse named Artaxerxes a name common to almost
all the kings of Persia.
4:7. And in the days of Artaxerxes Beselam Mithridates and Thabeel
and the rest that were in the council wrote to Artaxerxes king of the
Persians: and the letter of accusation was written in Syrian and was
read in the Syrian tongue.
4:8. Reum Beelteem and Samsai the scribe wrote a letter from Jerusalem
to king Artaxerxes in this manner:
4:9. Reum Beelteem and Samsai the scribe and the rest of their
counsellors the Dinites and the Apharsathacites the Therphalites the
Apharsites the Erchuites the Babylonians the Susanechites the
Dievites and the Elamites
4:10. And the rest of the nations whom the great and glorious Asenaphar
brought over: and made to dwell in the cities of Samaria and in the rest
of the countries of this side of the river in peace.
4:11. (This is the copy of the letter which they sent to him:) To
Artaxerxes the king thy servants the men that are on this side of the
river send greeting.
4:12. Be it known to the king that the Jews who came up from thee to
us are come to Jerusalem a rebellious and wicked city which they are
building setting up the ramparts thereof and repairing the walls.
4:13. And now be it known to the king that if this city be built up
and the walls thereof repaired they will not pay tribute nor toll nor
yearly revenues and this loss will fall upon the kings.
4:14. But we remembering the salt that we have eaten in the palace and
because we count it a crime to see the king wronged have therefore sent
and certified the king
4:15. That search may be made in the books of the histories of thy
fathers and thou shalt find written in the records: and shalt know that
this city is a rebellious city and hurtful to the kings and provinces
and that wars were raised therein of old time: for which cause also the
city was destroyed.
4:16. We certify the king that if this city be built and the walls
thereof repaired thou shalt have no possession on this side of the
4:17. The king sent word to Reum Beelteem and Samsai the scribe and to
the rest that were in their council inhabitants of Samaria and to the
rest beyond the river sending greeting and peace.
4:18. The accusation which you have sent to us hath been plainly read
4:19. And I commanded: and search hath been made and it is found that
this city of old time hath rebelled against kings and seditions and
wars have been raised therein.
4:20. For there have been powerful kings in Jerusalem who have had
dominion over all the country that is beyond the river: and have
received tribute and toll and revenues.
4:21. Now therefore hear the sentence: Hinder those men that this city
be not built till further orders be given by me.
4:22. See that you be not negligent in executing this lest by little
and little the evil grow to the hurt of the kings.