THE BIBLE - DOUAY-RHEIMS - BOOK 50
THE BIBLE - DOUAY-RHEIMS - BOOK 50
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 HOLY GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO ST. JOHN
St. John the Apostle and Evangelist was the son of Zebedee and Salome
brother to James the Greater. He was called the Beloved disciple of
Christ and stood by at his Crucifixion. He wrote the Gospel after the
other Evangelists about sixty-three years after our Lord's Ascension.
Many things that they had omitted were supplied by him. The original was
written in Greek; and by the Greeks he is titled: The Divine St. Jerome
relates that when he was earnestly requested by the brethren to write
the Gospel he answered he would do it if by ordering a common fast
they would all put up their prayers together to the Almighty God; which
being ended replenished with the clearest and fullest revelation coming
from Heaven he burst forth into that preface: IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE
John Chapter 1
The divinity and incarnation of Christ. John bears witness of him. He
begins to call his disciples.
1:1. In the beginning was the Word: and the Word was with God: and the
Word was God.
1:2. The same was in the beginning with God.
1:3. All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that
1:4. In him was life: and the life was the light of men.
1:5. And the light shineth in darkness: and the darkness did not
1:6. There was a man sent from God whose name was John.
1:7. This man came for a witness to give testimony of the light that
all men might believe through him.
1:8. He was not the light but was to give testimony of the light.
1:9. That was the true light which enlighteneth every man that cometh
into this world.
1:10. He was in the world: and the world was made by him: and the world
knew him not.
1:11. He came unto his own: and his own received him not.
1:12. But as many as received him he gave them power to be made the
sons of God to them that believe in his name.
1:13. Who are born not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of
the will of man but of God.
1:14. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we saw his
glory the glory as it were of the only begotten of the Father) full of
grace and truth.
1:15. John beareth witness of him and crieth out saying: This was he of
whom I spoke: He that shall come after me is preferred before me:
because he was before me.
1:16. And of his fulness we all have received: and grace for grace.
1:17. For the law was given by Moses: grace and truth came by Jesus
1:18. No man hath seen God at any time: the only begotten Son who is in
the Bosom of the Father he hath declared him.
1:19. And this is the testimony of John when the Jews sent from
Jerusalem priests and Levites to him to ask him: Who art thou?
1:20. And he confessed and did not deny: and he confessed: I am not the
1:21. And they asked him: What then? Art thou Elias? And he said: I am
not. Art thou the prophet? And he answered: No.
1:22. They said therefore unto him: Who art thou that we may give an
answer to them that sent us? What sayest thou of thyself?
1:23. He said: I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness make
straight the way of the Lord as said the prophet Isaias.
1:24. And they that were sent were of the Pharisees.
1:25. And they asked him and said to him: Why then dost thou baptize if
thou be not Christ nor Elias nor the prophet?
1:26. John answered them saying: I baptize with water: but there hath
stood one in the midst of you whom you know not.
1:27. The same is he that shall come after me who is preferred before
me: the latchet of whose shoe I am not worthy to loose.
1:28. These things were done in Bethania beyond the Jordan where John
1:29. The next day John saw Jesus coming to him; and he saith: Behold
the Lamb of God. Behold him who taketh away the sin of the world.
1:30. This is he of whom I said: After me there cometh a man who is
preferred before me: because he was before me.
1:31. And I knew him not: but that he may be made manifest in Israel
therefore am I come baptizing with water.
1:32. And John gave testimony saying: I saw the Spirit coming down as
a dove from heaven; and he remained upon him.
1:33. And I knew him not: but he who sent me to baptize with water said
to me: He upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending and remaining
upon him he it is that baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
1:34. And I saw: and I gave testimony that this is the Son of God.
1:35. The next day again John stood and two of his disciples.
1:36. And beholding Jesus walking he saith: Behold the Lamb of God.
1:37. And the two disciples heard him speak: and they followed Jesus.
1:38. And Jesus turning and seeing them following him saith to them:
What seek you? Who said to him: Rabbi (which is to say being
interpreted Master) where dwellest thou?
1:39. He saith to them: Come and see. They came and saw where he abode:
and they stayed with him that day. Now it was about the tenth hour.
1:40. And Andrew the brother of Simon Peter was one of the two who had
heard of John and followed him.
1:41. He findeth first his brother Simon and saith to him: We have found
the Messias which is being interpreted the Christ.
1:42. And he brought him to Jesus. And Jesus looking upon him said:
Thou art Simon the son of Jona. Thou shalt be called Cephas which is
1:43. On the following day he would go forth into Galilee: and he
findeth Philip And Jesus saith to him: follow me.
1:44. Now Philip was of Bethsaida the city of Andrew and Peter.
1:45. Philip findeth Nathanael and saith to him: We have found him of
whom Moses in the law and the prophets did write Jesus the son of
Joseph of Nazareth.
1:46. And Nathanael said to him: Can any thing of good come from
Nazareth? Philip saith to him: Come and see.
1:47. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him and he saith of him: Behold an
Israelite indeed in whom there is no guile.
1:48. Nathanael saith to him: Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and
said to him: Before that Philip called thee when thou wast under the
fig tree I saw thee.
1:49. Nathanael answered him and said: Rabbi: Thou art the Son of God.
Thou art the King of Israel.
1:50. Jesus answered and said to him: Because I said unto thee I saw
thee under the fig tree thou believest: greater things than these shalt
1:51. And he saith to him: Amen amen I say to you you shall see the
heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the
Son of man.
John Chapter 2
Christ changes water into wine. He casts the sellers out of the temple.
2:1. And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee: and the
mother of Jesus was there.
2:2. And Jesus also was invited and his disciples to the marriage.
2:3. And the wine failing the mother of Jesus saith to him: They have
2:4. And Jesus saith to her: Woman what is that to me and to thee? My
hour is not yet come.
What is that to me etc... These words of our Saviour spoken to his
mother have been understood by some commentators as harsh they not
considering the next following verse: Whatsoever he shall say to you do
ye which plainly shows that his mother knew of the miracle that he was
to perform and that it was at her request he wrought it; besides the
manner of speaking the words as to the tone and the countenance shown
at the same time which could only be known to those who were present
or from what had followed: for words indicating anger in one tone of
voice would be understood quite the reverse in another.
2:5. His mother saith to the waiters: Whatsoever he shall say to you do
2:6. Now there were set there six waterpots of stone according to the
manner of the purifying of the Jews containing two or three measures
2:7. Jesus saith to them: Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled
them up to the brim.
2:8. And Jesus saith to them: Draw out now and carry to the chief
steward of the feast. And they carried it.
2:9. And when the chief steward had tasted the water made wine and knew
not whence it was but the waiters knew who had drawn the water: the
chief steward calleth the bridegroom
2:10. And saith to him: Every man at first setteth forth good wine and
when men have well drunk then that which is worse. But thou hast kept
the good wine until now.
2:11. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee and
manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
2:12. After this he went down to Capharnaum he and his mother and his
brethren and his disciples: and they remained there not many days.
2:13. And the pasch of the Jews was at hand: and Jesus went up to
2:14. And he found in the temple them that sold oxen and sheep and
doves and the changers of money sitting.
2:15. And when he had made as it were a scourge of little cords he
drove them all out of the temple the sheep also and the oxen: and the
money of the changers he poured out and the tables he overthrew.
2:16. And to them that sold doves he said: Take these things hence and
make not the house of my Father a house of traffic.
2:17. And his disciples remembered that it was written: The zeal of thy
house hath eaten me up.
2:18. The Jews therefore answered and said to him: What sign dost
thou shew unto us seeing thou dost these things?
2:19. Jesus answered and said to them: Destroy this temple; and in three
days I will raise it up.
2:20. The Jews then said: Six and forty years was this temple in
building; and wilt thou raise it up in three days?
2:21. But he spoke of the temple of his body.
2:22. When therefore he was risen again from the dead his disciples
remembered that he had said this: and they believed the scripture and
the word that Jesus had said.
2:23. Now when he was at Jerusalem at the pasch upon the festival day
many believed in his name seeing his signs which he did.
2:24. But Jesus did not trust himself unto them: for that he knew all
2:25. And because he needed not that any should give testimony of man:
for he knew what was in man.
John Chapter 3
Christ's discourse with Nicodemus. John's testimony.
3:1. And there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus a ruler of
3:2. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him: Rabbi we know
that thou art come a teacher from God; for no man can do these signs
which thou dost unless God be with him.
3:3. Jesus answered and said to him: Amen amen I say to thee unless a
man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.
3:4. Nicodemus saith to him: How can a man be born when he is old? Can
he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born again?
3:5. Jesus answered: Amen amen I say to thee unless a man be born
again of water and the Holy Ghost he cannot enter into the kingdom of
Unless a man be born again etc... By these words our Saviour hath
declared the necessity of baptism; and by the word water it is evident
that the application of it is necessary with the words. Matt. 28. 19.
3:6. That which is born of the flesh is flesh: and that which is born of
the Spirit is spirit.
3:7. Wonder not that I said to thee: You must be born again.
3:8. The Spirit breatheth where he will and thou hearest his voice: but
thou knowest not whence he cometh and whither he goeth. So is every one
that is born of the Spirit.
3:9. Nicodemus answered and said to him: How can these things be done?
3:10. Jesus answered and said to him: Art thou a master in Israel and
knowest not these things?
3:11. Amen amen I say to thee that we speak what we know and we
testify what we have seen: and you receive not our testimony.
3:12. If I have spoken to you earthly things and you believe not: how
will you believe if I shall speak to you heavenly things?
3:13. And no man hath ascended into heaven but he that descended from
heaven the Son of man who is in heaven.
3:14. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert so must the Son
of man be lifted up:
3:15. That whosoever believeth in him may not perish but may have life
3:16. For God so loved the world as to give his only begotten Son: that
whosoever believeth in him may not perish but may have life
3:17. For God sent not his Son into the world to judge the world: but
that the world may be saved by him.
3:18. He that believeth in him is not judged. But he that doth not
believe is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the
only begotten Son of God.
Is not judged... He that believeth viz. by a faith working through
charity is not judged that is is not condemned; but the obstinate
unbeliever is judged that is condemned already by retrenching himself
from the society of Christ and his church.
3:19. And this is the judgment: Because the light is come into the world
and men loved darkness rather than the light: for their works were evil.
The judgment... That is the cause of his comdemnation.
3:20. For every one that doth evil hateth the light and cometh not to
the light that his works may not be reproved.
3:21. But he that doth truth cometh to the light that his works may be
made manifest: because they are done in God.
He that doth truth... that is he that acteth according to truth which
here signifies the Law of God. Thy law is truth. Psa. 118. 142.
3:22. After these things Jesus and his disciples came into the land of
Judea: and there he abode with them and baptized.
3:23. And John also was baptizing in Ennon near Salim: because there was
much water there. And they came and were baptized.
3:24. For John was not yet cast into prison.
3:25. And there arose a question between some of John's disciples and
the Jews concerning purification.
3:26. And they came to John and said to him: Rabbi he that was with
thee beyond the Jordan to whom thou gavest testimony: behold he
baptizeth and all men come to him.
3:27. John answered and said: A man cannot receive any thing unless it
be given him from heaven.
3:28. You yourselves do bear me witness that I said that I am not
Christ but that I am sent before him.
3:29. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the
bridegroom who standeth and heareth Him rejoiceth with joy because of
the bridegroom's voice. This my joy therefore is fulfilled.
3:30. He must increase: but I must decrease.
3:31. He that cometh from above is above all. He that is of the earth
of the earth he is and of the earth he speaketh. He that cometh from
heaven is above all.
3:32. And what he hath seen and heard that he testifieth: and no man
receiveth his testimony.
3:33. He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God
3:34. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God doth
not give the Spirit by measure.
3:35. The Father loveth the Son: and he hath given all things into his
3:36. He that believeth in the Son hath life everlasting: but he that
believeth not the Son shall not see life: but the wrath of God abideth
John Chapter 4
Christ talks with the Samaritan woman. He heals the ruler's son.
4:1. When Jesus therefore understood the Pharisees had heard that Jesus
maketh more disciples and baptizeth more than John
4:2. (Though Jesus himself did not baptize but his disciples)
4:3. He left Judea and went again into Galilee.
4:4. And he was of necessity to pass through Samaria.
4:5. He cometh therefore to a city of Samaria which is called Sichar
near the land which Jacob gave to his son Joseph.