THE BIBLE - DOUAY-RHEIMS - BOOK 17
THE BIBLE - DOUAY-RHEIMS - BOOK 17
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 BOOK OF TOBIAS
This Book takes its name from the holy man Tobias whose wonderful
virtues are herein recorded. It contains most excellent documents of
great piety extraordinary patience and of a perfect resignation to the
will of God. His humble prayer was heard and the angel Raphael was sent
to relieve him: he is thankful and praises the Lord calling on the
children of Israel to do the same. Having lived to the age of one
hundred and two years he exhorts his son and grandsons to piety
foretells the destruction of Ninive and the rebuilding of Jerusalem: he
Tobias Chapter 1
Tobias's early piety: his works of mercy particularly in burying the
1:1. Tobias of the tribe and city of Nephtali (which is in the upper
parts of Galilee above Naasson beyond the way that leadeth to the west
having on the right hand the city of Sephet)
1:2. When he was made captive in the days of Salmanasar king of the
Assyrians even in his captivity forsook not the way of truth
1:3. But every day gave all he could get to his brethren his fellow
captives that were of his kindred.
1:4. And when he was younger than any of the tribe of Nephtali yet did
he no childish thing in his work.
1:5. Moreover when all went to the golden calves which Jeroboam king of
Israel had made he alone fled the company of all
1:6. And went to Jerusalem to the temple of the Lord and there adored
the Lord God of Israel offering faithfully all his firstfruits and his
1:7. So that in the third year he gave all his tithes to the proselytes
1:8. These and such like things did he observe when but a boy according
to the law of God.
1:9. But when he was a man he took to wife Anna of his own tribe and
had a son by her whom he called after his own name
1:10. And from his infancy he taught him to fear God and to abstain
from all sin.
1:11. And when by the captivity he with his wife and his son and all his
tribe was come to the city of Ninive
1:12. (When all ate of the meats of the Gentiles) he kept his soul and
never was defiled with their meats.
1:13. And because he was mindful of the Lord with all his heart God
gave him favour in the sight of Salmanasar the king.
1:14. And he gave him leave to go whithersoever he would with liberty
to do whatever he had a mind.
1:15. He therefore went to all that were in captivity and gave them
1:16. And when he was come to Rages a city of the Medes and had ten
talents of silver of that with which he had been honoured by the king:
1:17. And when amongst a great multitude of his kindred he saw Gabelus
in want who was one of his tribe taking a note of his hand he gave him
the aforesaid sum of money.
1:18. But after a long time Salmanasar the king being dead when
Sennacherib his son who reigned in his place had a hatred for the
children of Israel:
1:19. Tobias daily went among all his kindred and comforted them and
distributed to every one as he was able out of his goods:
1:20. He fed the hungry and gave clothes to the naked and was careful
to bury the dead and they that were slain.
1:21. And when king Sennacherib was come back fleeing from Judea by
reason of the slaughter that God had made about him for his blasphemy
and being angry slew many of the children of Israel Tobias buried their
1:22. But when it was told the king he commanded him to be slain and
took away all his substance.
1:23. But Tobias fleeing naked away with his son and with his wife lay
concealed for many loved him.
1:24. But after forty-five days the king was killed by his own sons.
1:25. And Tobias returned to his house and all his substance was
restored to him.
Tobias Chapter 2
Tobias leaveth his dinner to bury the dead: he loseth his sight by God's
permission for manifestation of his patience.
2:1. But after this when there was a festival of the Lord and a good
dinner was prepared in Tobias's house
2:2. He said to his son: Go and bring some of our tribe that fear God
to feast with us.
2:3. And when he had gone returning he told him that one of the
children of Israel lay slain in the street. And he forthwith leaped up
from his place at the table and left his dinner and came fasting to
2:4. And taking it up carried it privately to his house that after the
sun was down he might bury him cautiously.
2:5. And when he had hid the body he ate bread with mourning and fear
2:6. Remembering the word which the Lord spoke by Amos the prophet: Your
festival days shall be turned into lamentation and mourning.
2:7. So when the sun was down he went and buried him.
2:8. Now all his neighbours blamed him saying: once already commandment
was given for thee to be slain because of this matter and thou didst
scarce escape the sentence of death and dost thou again bury the dead?
2:9. But Tobias fearing God more than the king carried off the bodies
of them that were slain and hid them in his house and at midnight
2:10. Now it happened one day that being wearied with burying he came
to his house and cast himself down by the wall and slept
2:11. And as he was sleeping hot dung out of a swallow's nest fell upon
his eyes and he was made blind.
2:12. Now this trial the Lord therefore permitted to happen to him that
an example might be given to posterity of his patience as also of holy
2:13. For whereas he had always feared God from his infancy and kept
his commandments he repined not against God because the evil of
blindness had befallen him
2:14. But continued immoveable in the fear of God giving thanks to God
all the days of his life.
2:15. For as the kings insulted over holy Job: so his relations and
kinsmen mocked at his life saying:
Kings... So Job's three friends are here called because they were
princes in their respective territories.
2:16. Where is thy hope for which thou gavest alms and buriedst the
2:17. But Tobias rebuked them saying: Speak not so:
2:18. For we are the children of saints and look for that life which
God will give to those that never change their faith from him.
2:19. Now Anna his wife went daily to weaving work and she brought home
what she could get for their living by the labour of her hands.
2:20. Whereby it came to pass that she received a young kid and
brought it home:
2:21. And when her husband heard it bleating he said: Take heed lest
perhaps it be stolen: restore ye it to its owners for it is not lawful
for us either to eat or to touch any thing that cometh by theft.
2:22. At these words his wife being angry answered: It is evident the
hope is come to nothing and thy alms now appear.
2:23. And with these and other such like words she upbraided him.
Tobias Chapter 3
The prayer of Tobias and of Sara in their several afflictions are
heard by God and the angel Raphael is sent to relieve them.
3:1. Then Tobias sighed and began to pray with tears
3:2. Saying Thou art just O Lord and all thy judgments are just and
all thy ways mercy and truth and judgment:
3:3. And now O Lord think of me and take not revenge of my sins
neither remember my offences nor those of my parents.
3:4. For we have not obeyed thy commandments therefore are we delivered
to spoil and to captivity and death and are made a fable and a
reproach to all nations amongst which thou hast scattered us.
3:5. And now O Lord great are thy judgments because we have not done
according to thy precepts and have not walked sincerely before thee.
3:6. And now O Lord do with me according to thy will and command my
spirit to be received in peace: for it is better for me to die than to
3:7. Now it happened on the same day that Sara daughter of Raguel in
Rages a city of the Medes received a reproach from one of her father's
Rages... In the Greek it is Ecbatana which was also called Rages. For
there were two cities in Media of the name of Rages. Raguel dwelt in one
of them and Gabelus in the other.
3:8. Because she had been given to seven husbands and a devil named
Asmodeus had killed them at their first going in unto her.
3:9. So when she reproved the maid for her fault she answered her
saying: May we never see son or daughter of thee upon the earth thou
murderer of thy husbands.
3:10. Wilt thou kill me also as thou hast already killed seven
husbands? At these words she went into an upper chamber of her house:
and for three days and three nights did neither eat nor drink:
3:11. But continuing in prayer with tears besought God that he would
deliver her from this reproach.
3:12. And it came to pass on the third day when she was making an end of
her prayer blessing the Lord
3:13. She said: Blessed is thy name O God of our fathers who when thou
hast been angry wilt shew mercy and in the time of tribulation
forgivest the sins of them that call upon thee.
3:14. To thee O Lord I turn my face to thee I direct my eyes.
3:15. I beg O Lord that thou loose me from the bond of this reproach
or else take me away from the earth.
3:16. Thou knowest O Lord that I never coveted a husband and have
kept my soul clean from all lust.
3:17. Never have I joined myself with them that play: neither have I
made myself partaker with them that walk in lightness.
3:18. But a husband I consented to take with thy fear not with my
3:19. And either I was unworthy of them or they perhaps were not worthy
of me: because perhaps thou hast kept me for another man
3:20. For thy counsel is not in man's power.
3:21. But this every one is sure of that worshippeth thee that his
life if it be under trial shall be crowned and if it be under
tribulation it shall be delivered: and if it be under correction it
shall be allowed to come to thy mercy.
3:22. For thou art not delighted in our being lost because after a
storm thou makest a calm and after tears and weeping thou pourest in
3:23. Be thy name O God of Israel blessed for ever
3:24. At that time the prayers of them both were heard in the sight of
the glory of the most high God:
3:25. And the holy angel of the Lord Raphael was sent to heal them
both whose prayers at one time were rehearsed in the sight of the Lord.
Tobias Chapter 4
Tobias thinking he shall die giveth his son godly admonitions: and
telleth him of money he had lent to a friend.
4:1. Therefore when Tobias thought that his prayer was heard that he
might die he called to him Tobias his son
4:2. And said to him: Hear my son the words of my mouth and lay them
as a foundation in thy heart.
4:3. When God shall take my soul thou shalt bury my body: and thou
shalt honour thy mother all the days of her life:
4:4. For thou must be mindful what and how great perils she suffered for
thee in her womb.
4:5. And when she also shall have ended the time of her life bury her
4:6. And all the days of thy life have God in thy mind: and take heed
thou never consent to sin nor transgress the commandments of the Lord
4:7. Give alms out of thy substance and turn not away thy face from any
poor person: for so it shall come to pass that the face of the Lord
shall not be turned from thee.
4:8. According to thy ability be merciful.
4:9. If thou have much give abundantly: if thou have little take care
even so to bestow willingly a little.
4:10. For thus thou storest up to thyself a good reward for the day of
4:11. For alms deliver from all sin and from death and will not suffer
the soul to go into darkness.
4:12. Alms shall be a great confidence before the most high God to all
them that give it.
4:13. Take heed to keep thyself my son from all fornication and
beside thy wife never endure to know a crime.
4:14. Never suffer pride to reign in thy mind or in thy words: for from
it all perdition took its beginning.
4:15. If any man hath done any work for thee immediately pay him his
hire and let not the wages of thy hired servant stay with thee at all.
4:16. See thou never do to another what thou wouldst hate to have done
to thee by another.
4:17. Eat thy bread with the hungry and the needy and with thy garments
cover the naked
4:18. Lay out thy bread and thy wine upon the burial of a just man and
do not eat and drink thereof with the wicked.
4:19. Seek counsel always of a wise man.
4:20. Bless God at all times: and desire of him to direct thy ways and
that all thy counsels may abide in him.
4:21. I tell thee also my son that I lent ten talents of silver while
thou wast yet a child to Gabelus in Rages a city of the Medes and I
have a note of his hand with me:
4:22. Now therefore inquire how thou mayst go to him and receive of him
the foresaid sum of money and restore to him the note of his hand.
4:23. Fear not my son: we lead indeed a poor life but we shall have
many good things if we fear God and depart from all sin and do that
which is good.
Tobias Chapter 5
Young Tobias seeking a guide for his journey the angel Raphael in
shape of a man undertaketh this office.
5:1. Then Tobias answered his father and said: I will do all things
father which thou hast commanded me.
5:2. But how I shall get this money I cannot tell; he knoweth not me
and I know not him: what token shall I give him? nor did I ever know the
way which leadeth thither.
5:3. Then his father answered him and said: I have a note of his hand
with me which when thou shalt shew him he will presently pay it.
5:4. But go now and seek thee out some faithful man to go with thee
for his hire: that thou mayst receive it while I yet live.
5:5. Then Tobias going forth found a beautiful young man standing
girded and as it were ready to walk.
5:6. And not knowing that he was an angel of God he saluted him and
said: From whence art thou good young man?
5:7. But he answered: Of the children of Israel. And Tobias said to him:
Knowest thou the way that leadeth to the country of the Medes?
5:8. And he answered: I know it: and I have often walked through all the
ways thereof and I have abode with Gabelus our brother who dwelleth at
Rages a city of the Medes which is situate in the mount of Ecbatana.
5:9. And Tobias said to him: Stay for me I beseech thee till I tell
these same things to my father.
5:10. Then Tobias going in told all these things to his father. Upon
which his father being in admiration desired that he would come in unto
5:11. So going in he saluted him and said: Joy be to thee always.
5:12. And Tobias said: What manner of joy shall be to me who sit in
darkness and see not the light of heaven?
5:13. And the young man said to him: Be of good courage thy cure from
God is at hand.
5:14. And Tobias said to him: Canst thou conduct my son to Gabelus at
Rages a city of the Medes? and when thou shalt return I will pay thee
5:15. And the angel said to him: I will conduct him thither and bring
him back to thee.
5:16. And Tobias said to him: I pray thee tell me of what family or
what tribe art thou?
5:17. And Raphael the angel answered: Dost thou seek the family of him
thou hirest or the hired servant himself to go with thy son?
5:18. But lest I should make thee uneasy I am Azarias the son of the
Azarias... The angel took the form of Azarias: and therefore might call
himself by the name of the man whom he personated. Azarias in Hebrew
signifies the help of God and Ananias the grace of God.
5:19. And Tobias answered: Thou art of a great family. But I pray thee