THE BIBLE - DOUAY-RHEIMS - BOOK 28
THE BIBLE - DOUAY-RHEIMS - BOOK 28
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 PROPHECY OF JEREMIAS
Jeremias was a priest a native of Anathoth a priestly city in the
tribe of Benjamin: and was sanctified from his mother's womb to be a
prophet of God; which office he began to execute when he was yet a child
in age. He was in his whole life according to the signification of his
name Great before the Lord; and a special figure of Jesus Christ in
the persecutions he underwent for discharging his duty; in his charity
for his persecutors; and in the violent death he suffered at their
hands: it being an ancient tradition of the Hebrews that he was stoned
to death by the remnant of the Jews who had retired into Egypt.
Jeremias Chapter 1
The time and the calling of Jeremias: his prophetical visions. God
1:1. The words of Jeremias the son of Helcias of the priests that were
in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin.
1:2. The word of the Lord which came to him in the days of Josias the
son of Amon king of Juda in the thirteenth year of his reign.
1:3. And which came to him in the days of Joakim the son of Josias king
of Juda unto the end of the eleventh year of Sedecias the son of Josias
king of Juda even unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the
1:4. And the word of the Lord came to me saying:
1:5. Before I formed thee in the bowels of thy mother I knew thee: and
before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee and made
thee a prophet unto the nations.
1:6. And I said: Ah ah ah Lord God: behold I cannot speak for I am
1:7. And the Lord said to me: Say not: I am a child: for thou shalt go
to all that I shall send thee: and whatsoever I shall command thee thou
1:8. Be not afraid at their presence: for I am with thee to deliver
thee saith the Lord.
1:9. And the Lord put forth his hand and touched my mouth: and the Lord
said to me: Behold I have given my words in thy mouth:
1:10. Lo I have set thee this day over the nations and over kingdoms
to root up and to pull down and to waste and to destroy and to
build and to plant.
1:11. And the word of the Lord came to me saying: What seest thou
Jeremias? And I said: I see a rod watching.
1:12. And the Lord said to me: Thou hast seen well: for I will watch
over my word to perform it.
1:13. And the word of the Lord came to me a second time saying: What
seest thou? And I said: I see a boiling caldron and the face thereof
from the face of the north.
1:14. And the Lord said to me: From the north shall an evil break forth
upon all the inhabitants of the land.
1:15. For behold I will call together all the families of the kingdoms
of the north saith the Lord: and they shall come and shall set every
one his throne in the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem and upon all
the walls thereof round about and upon all the cities of Juda.
1:16. And I will pronounce my judgments against them touching all their
wickedness who have forsaken me and have sacrificed to strange gods
and have adored the work of their own hands.
1:17. Thou therefore gird up thy loins and arise and speak to them all
that I command thee. Be not afraid at their presence: for I will make
thee not to fear their countenance.
1:18. For behold I have made thee this day a fortified city and a
pillar of iron and a wall of brass over all the land to the kings of
Juda to the princes thereof and to the priests and to the people of
1:19. And they shall fight against them and shall not prevail: for I am
with thee saith the Lord to deliver thee.
Jeremias Chapter 2
God expostulates with the Jews for their ingratitude and infidelity.
2:1. And the word of the Lord came to me saying:
2:2. Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem saying: Thus saith the Lord:
I have remembered thee pitying thy youth and the love of thy
espousals when thou followedst me in the desert in a land that is not
2:3. Israel is holy to the Lord the firstfruits of his increase: all
they that devour him offend: evils shall come upon them saith the Lord.
2:4. Hear ye the word of the Lord O house of Jacob and all ye families
of the house of Israel:
2:5. Thus saith the Lord: What iniquity have your fathers found in me
that they are gone far from me and have walked after vanity and are
2:6. And they have not said: Where is the Lord that made us come up out
of the land of Egypt? that led us through the desert through a land
uninhabited and unpassable through a land of drought and the image of
death through a land wherein no man walked nor any man dwelt?
2:7. And I brought you into the land of Carmel to eat the fruit
thereof and the best things thereof: and when ye entered in you
defiled my land and made my inheritance an abomination.
Carmel... That is a fruitful plentiful land.
2:8. The priests did not say: Where is the Lord? and they that held the
law knew me not and the pastors transgressed against me: and the
prophets prophesied in Baal and followed idols.
2:9. Therefore will I yet contend in judgment with you saith the Lord
and I will plead with your children.
2:10. Pass over to the isles of Cethim and see: and send into Cedar
and consider diligently: and see if there hath been done any thing like
2:11. If a nation hath changed their gods and indeed they are not gods:
but my people have changed their glory into an idol.
2:12. Be astonished O ye heavens at this and ye gates thereof be
very desolate saith the Lord.
2:13. For my people have done two evils. They have forsaken me the
fountain of living water and have digged to themselves cisterns broken
cisterns that can hold no water.
2:14. Is Israel a bondman or a homeborn slave? why then is he become a
2:15. The lions have roared upon him and have made a noise they have
made his land a wilderness: his cities are burnt down and there is none
to dwell in them.
2:16. The children also of Memphis and of Taphnes have defloured thee
even to the crown of the head.
2:17. Hath not this been done to thee because thou hast forsaken the
Lord thy God at that time when he led thee by the way?
2:18. And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt to drink the
troubled water? And what hast thou to do with the way of the Assyrians
to drink the water of the river?
2:19. Thy own wickedness shall reprove thee and thy apostasy shall
rebuke thee. Know thou and see that it is an evil and a bitter thing
for thee to have left the Lord thy God and that my fear is not with
thee saith the Lord the God of hosts.
2:20. Of old time thou hast broken my yoke thou hast burst my bands
and thou saidst: I will not serve. For on every high hill and under
every green tree thou didst prostitute thyself.
2:21. Yet I planted thee a chosen vineyard all true seed: how then art
thou turned unto me into that which is good for nothing O strange
2:22. Though thou wash thyself with nitre and multiply to thyself the
herb borith thou art stained in thy iniquity before me saith the Lord
Borith... An herb used to clean clothes and take out spots and dirt.
2:23. How canst thou say: I am not polluted I have not walked after
Baalim? see thy ways in the valley know what thou hast done: as a swift
runner pursuing his course.
2:24. A wild ass accustomed to the wilderness in the desire of his
heart snuffed up the wind of his love: none shall turn her away: all
that seek her shall not fail: in her monthly filth they shall find her.
2:25. Keep thy foot from being bare and thy throat from thirst. But
thou saidst: I have lost all hope I will not do it: for I have loved
strangers and I will walk after them.
2:26. As the thief is confounded when he is taken so is the house of
Israel confounded they and their kings their princes and their
priests and their prophets.
2:27. Saying to a stock: Thou art my father: and to a stone: Thou hast
begotten me: they have turned their back to me and not their face: and
in the time of their affliction they will say: Arise and deliver us.
2:28. Where are the gods whom thou hast made thee? let them arise and
deliver thee in the time of thy affliction: for according to the number
of thy cities were thy gods O Juda.
2:29. Why will you contend with me in judgment? you have all forsaken
me saith the Lord.
2:30. In vain have I struck your children they have not received
correction: your sword hath devoured your prophets your generation is
like a ravaging lion.
2:31. See ye the word of the Lord: Am I become a wilderness to Israel
or a lateward springing land? why then have my people said: We are
revolted we will come to thee no more?
2:32. Will a virgin forget her ornament or a bride her stomacher? but
my people hath forgotten me days without number.
2:33. Why dost thou endeavour to shew thy way good to seek my love thou
who hast also taught thy malices to be thy ways
2:34. And in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor and
innocent? not in ditches have I found them but in all places which I
2:35. And thou hast said: I am without sin and am innocent: and
therefore let thy anger be turned away from me. Behold I will contend
with thee in judgment because thou hast said: I have not sinned.
2:36. How exceeding base art thou become going the same ways over
again! and thou shalt be ashamed of Egypt as thou wast ashamed of
2:37. For from thence thou shalt go and thy hand shall be upon thy
head: for the Lord hath destroyed thy trust and thou shalt have nothing
Jeremias Chapter 3
God invites the rebel Jews to return to him with a promise to receive
them: he foretells the conversion of the Gentiles.
3:1. It is commonly said: If a man put away his wife and she go from
him and marry another man shall he return to her any more? shall not
that woman be polluted and defiled? but thou hast prostituted thyself
to many lovers: nevertheless return to me saith the Lord and I will
3:2. Lift up thy eyes on high: and see where thou hast not prostituted
thyself: thou didst sit in the ways waiting for them as a robber in the
wilderness: and thou hast polluted the land with thy fornications and
with thy wickedness.
3:3. Therefore the showers were withholden and there was no lateward
rain: thou hadst a harlot's forehead thou wouldst not blush.
3:4. Therefore at the least from this time call to me: Thou art my
father the guide of my virginity:
3:5. Wilt thou be angry for ever or wilt thou continue unto the end?
Behold thou hast spoken and hast done evil things and hast been able.
3:6. And the Lord said to me in the days of king Josias: Hast thou seen
what rebellious Israel hath done? she hath gone of herself upon every
high mountain and under every green tree and hath played the harlot
3:7. And when she had done all these things I said: Return to me and
she did not return. And her treacherous sister Juda saw
3:8. That because the rebellious Israel had played the harlot I had put
her away and given her a bill of divorce: yet her treacherous sister
Juda was not afraid but went and played the harlot also herself.
3:9. And by the facility of her fornication she defiled the land and
played the harlot with stones and with stocks.
3:10. And after all this her treacherous sister Juda hath not returned
to me with her whole heart but with falsehood saith the Lord.
3:11. And the Lord said to me: The rebellious Israel hath justified her
soul in comparison of the treacherous Juda.
3:12. Go and proclaim these words towards the north and thou shalt
say: Return O rebellious Israel saith the Lord and I will not turn
away my face from you: for I am holy saith the Lord and I will not be
angry for ever.
3:13. But yet acknowledge thy iniquity that thou hast transgressed
against the Lord thy God: and thou hast scattered thy ways to strangers
under every green tree and hast not heard my voice saith the Lord.
3:14. Return O ye revolting children saith the Lord: for I am your I
husband: and I will take you one of a city and two of a kindred and
will bring you into Sion.
3:15. And I will give you pastors according to my own heart and they
shall feed you with knowledge and doctrine.
3:16. And when you shall be multiplied and increase in the land in
those days saith the Lord they shall say no more: The ark of the
covenant of the Lord: neither shall it come upon the heart neither
shall they remember it neither shall it be visited neither shall that
be done any more.
3:17. At that time Jerusalem shall be called the throne of the Lord: and
all the nations shall be gathered together to it in the name of the
Lord to Jerusalem and they shall not walk after the perversity of their
most wicked heart.
3:18. In those days the house of Juda shall go to the house of Israel
and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land
which I gave to your fathers.
3:19. But I said: How shall I put thee among the children and give thee
a lovely land the goodly inheritance of the armies of the Gentiles? And
I said: Thou shalt call me father and shalt not cease to walk after me.
3:20. But as a woman that despiseth her lover so hath the house of
Israel despised me saith the Lord.
3:21. A voice was heard in the highways weeping and howling of the
children of Israel: because they have made their way wicked they have
forgotten the Lord their God.
3:22. Return you rebellious children and I will heal your rebellions.
Behold we come to thee: for thou art the Lord our God.
3:23. In very deed the hills were liars and the multitude of the
mountains: truly in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel.
3:24. Confusion hath devoured the labour of our fathers from our youth
their flocks and their herds their sons and their daughters.
3:25. We shall sleep in our confusion and our shame shall cover us
because we have sinned against the Lord our God we and our fathers from
our youth even to this day and we have not hearkened to the voice of
the Lord our God.
Jeremias Chapter 4
And admonition to sincere repentance and circumcision of the heart
with threats of grievous punishment to those that persist in sin.
4:1. If thou wilt return O Israel saith the Lord return to me: if
thou wilt take away thy stumblingblocks out of my sight thou shalt not
4:2. And thou shalt swear: As the Lord liveth in truth and in
judgment and in justice: and the Gentiles shall bless him and shall
4:3. For thus saith the Lord to the men of Juda and Jerusalem: Break up
anew your fallow ground and sow not upon thorns:
4:4. Be circumcised to the Lord and take away the foreskins of your
hearts ye men of Juda and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my
indignation come forth like fire and burn and there be none that can
quench it because of the wickedness of your thoughts.
4:5. Declare ye in Juda and make it heard in Jerusalem: speak and
sound with the trumpet in the land: cry aloud and say: Assemble
yourselves and let us go into strong cities.
4:6. Set up the standard in Sion. Strengthen yourselves stay not: for I
bring evil from the north and great destruction.
4:7. The lion is come up out of his den and the robber of nations hath
roused himself: he is come forth out of his place to make thy land
desolate: thy cities shall be laid waste remaining without an
4:8. For this gird yourselves with haircloth lament and howl: for the
fierce anger of the Lord is not turned away from us.
4:9. And it shall come to pass in that day saith the Lord: That the
heart of the king shall perish and the heart of the princes: and the
priests shall be astonished and the prophets shall be amazed.
4:10. And I said: Alas alas alas O Lord God hast thou then deceived
this people and Jerusalem saying: You shall have peace: and behold the
sword reacheth even to the soul?
4:11. At that time it shall be said to this people and to Jerusalem: A
burning wind is in the ways that are in the desert of the way of the
daughter of my people not to fan nor to cleanse.
4:12. A full wind from these places shall come to me: and now I will
speak my judgments with them.
4:13. Behold he shall come up as a cloud and his chariots as a tempest:
his horses are swifter than eagles: woe unto us for we are laid waste.
4:14. Wash thy heart from wickedness O Jerusalem that thou mayst be
saved: how long shall hurtful thoughts abide in thee?
4:15. For a voice of one declaring from Dan and giving notice of the
idol from mount Ephraim.
4:16. Say ye to the nations: Behold it is heard in Jerusalem that
guards are coming from a far country and give out their voice against
the cities of Juda.
4:17. They are set round about her as keepers of fields: because she
hath provoked me to wrath saith the Lord.
4:18. Thy ways and thy devices have brought these things upon thee:
this is thy wickedness because it is bitter because it hath touched
4:19. My bowels my bowels are in part the senses of my heart are
troubled within me I will not hold my peace for my soul hath heard the
sound of the trumpet the cry of battle.
4:20. Destruction upon destruction is called for and all the earth is