THE BIBLE - DOUAY-RHEIMS - BOOK 51
THE BIBLE - DOUAY-RHEIMS - BOOK 51
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 ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
This Book which from the first ages hath been called THE ACTS OF THE
APOSTLES is not to be considered as a history of what was done by all
the Apostles who were dispersed into different nations; but only a
short view of the first establishment of the Christian Church. A part of
the preaching and action of St. Peter are related in the first twelve
chapters; and a particular account of St. Paul's apostolical labours in
the subsequent chapters. It was written by St. Luke the Evangelist and
the original in Greek. Its history commences from the Ascension of
Christ our Lord and ends in the year sixty-three being a brief account
of the Church for the space of about thirty years.
Acts Chapter 1
The ascension of Christ. Matthias is chosen in place of Judas.
1:1. The former treatise I made O Theophilus of all things which Jesus
began to do and to teach
1:2. Until the day on which giving commandments by the Holy Ghost to
the apostles whom he had chosen he was taken up.
1:3. To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many
proofs for forty days appearing to them and speaking of the kingdom of
1:4. And eating together with them he commanded them that they should
not depart from Jerusalem but should wait for the promise of the
Father which you have heard (saith he) by my mouth.
1:5. For John indeed baptized with water: but you shall be baptized with
the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
1:6. They therefore who were come together asked him saying: Lord
wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom of Israel?
1:7. But he said to them: It is not for you to know the time or moments
which the Father hath put in his own power:
1:8. But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you
and you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem and in all Judea and
Samaria and even to the uttermost part of the earth.
1:9. And when he had said these things while they looked on he was
raised up: and a cloud received him out of their sight.
1:10. And while they were beholding him going up to heaven behold two
men stood by them in white garments.
1:11. Who also said: Ye men of Galilee why stand you looking up to
heaven? This Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven shall so come
as you have seen him going into heaven.
1:12. Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount that is called
Olivet which is nigh Jerusalem within a sabbath day's journey.
1:13. And when they were come in they went up into an upper room where
abode Peter and John James and Andrew Philip and Thomas Bartholomew
and Matthew James of Alpheus and Simon Zelotes and Jude the brother of
1:14. All these were persevering with one mind in prayer with the women
and Mary the mother of Jesus and with his brethren.
1:15. In those days Peter rising up in the midst of the brethren said
(now the number of persons together was about an hundred and twenty):
1:16. Men brethren the scripture must needs be fulfilled which the
Holy Ghost spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas who was
the leader of them that apprehended Jesus:
1:17. Who was numbered with us and had obtained part of this ministry.
1:18. And he indeed hath possessed a field of the reward of iniquity
and being hanged burst asunder in the midst: and all his bowels gushed
1:19. And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem: so that
the same field was called in their tongue Haceldama that is to say
The field of blood.
1:20. For it is written in the book of Psalms: Let their habitation
become desolate and let there be none to dwell therein. And his
bishopric let another take.
1:21. Wherefore of these men who have companied with us all the time
that the Lord Jesus came in and went out among us
1:22. Beginning from the baptism of John until the day wherein he was
taken up from us one of these must be made a witness with us of his
1:23. And they appointed two Joseph called Barsabas who was surnamed
Justus and Matthias.
1:24. And praying they said: Thou Lord who knowest the heart of all
men shew whether of these two thou hast chosen
1:25. To take the place of this ministry and apostleship from which
Judas hath by transgression fallen that he might go to his own place.
1:26. And they gave them lot and the lot fell upon Matthias and he was
numbered with the eleven apostles.
Acts Chapter 2
The disciples receive the Holy Ghost. Peter's sermon to the people. The
piety of the first converts.
2:1. And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished they were all
together in one place:
2:2. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a mighty wind
coming: and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
2:3. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire: and
it sat upon every one of them.
2:4. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost: and they began to
speak with divers tongues according as the Holy Ghost gave them to
2:5. Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews devout men out of
every nation under heaven.
2:6. And when this was noised abroad the multitude came together and
were confounded in mind because that every man heard them speak in his
2:7. And they were all amazed and wondered saying: Behold are not all
these that speak Galilean?
2:8. And how have we heard every man our own tongue wherein we were
2:9. Parthians and Medes and Elamites and inhabitants of Mesopotamia
Judea and Cappadocia Pontus and Asia
2:10. Phrygia and Pamphylia Egypt and the parts of Libya about Cyrene
and strangers of Rome
2:11. Jews also and proselytes Cretes and Arabians: we have heard
them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.
2:12. And they were all astonished and wondered saying one to another:
What meaneth this?
2:13. But others mocking said: These men are full of new wine.
2:14. But Peter standing up with the eleven lifted up his voice and
spoke to them: Ye men of Judea and all you that dwell in Jerusalem be
this known to you and with your ears receive my words.
2:15. For these are not drunk as you suppose seeing it is but the
third hour of the day:
2:16. But this is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel:
2:17. And it shall come to pass in the last days (saith the Lord) I
will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your
daughters shall prophesy: and your young men shall see visions and your
old men shall dream dreams.
2:18. And upon my servants indeed and upon my handmaids will I pour out
in those days of my spirit: and they shall prophesy.
2:19. And I will shew wonders in the heaven above and signs on the
earth beneath: blood and fire and vapour of smoke.
2:20. The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood
before the great and manifest day of the Lord to come.
2:21. And it shalt come to pass that whosoever shall call upon the name
of the Lord shall be saved.
2:22. Ye men of Israel hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth a man
approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs which God
did by him in the midst of you as you also know:
2:23. This same being delivered up by the determinate counsel and
foreknowledge of God you by the hands of wicked men have crucified and
By the determinate etc... God delivered up his Son; and his Son
delivered up himself for the love of us and for the sake of our
salvation; and so Christ's being delivered up was holy and was God's
own determination. But they who betrayed and crucified him did
wickedly following therein their own malice and the instigation of the
devil; not the will and determination of God who was by no means the
author of their wickedness; though he permitted it; because he could
and did draw out of it so great a good viz. the salvation of man.
2:24. Whom God hath raised up having loosed the sorrows of hell as it
was impossible that he should be holden by it.
Having loosed the sorrow etc... Having overcome the grievous pains of
death and all the power of hell.
2:25. For David saith concerning him: I foresaw the Lord before my face:
because he is at my right hand that I may not be moved.
2:26. For this my heart hath been glad and my tongue hath rejoiced:
moreover my flesh also shall rest in hope.
2:27. Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell: nor suffer thy Holy
One to see corruption.
2:28. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life: thou shalt make me
full of joy with thy countenance.
2:29. Ye men brethren let me freely speak to you of the patriarch
David: that he died and was buried; and his sepulchre is with us to this
2:30. Whereas therefore he was a prophet and knew that God hath sworn to
him with an oath that of the fruit of his loins one should sit upon his
2:31. Foreseeing this he spoke of the resurrection of Christ. For
neither was he left in hell: neither did his flesh see corruption.
2:32. This Jesus hath God raised again whereof all we are witnesses.
2:33. Being exalted therefore by the right hand of God and having
received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost he hath poured
forth this which you see and hear.
2:34. For David ascended not into heaven; but he himself said: The Lord
said to my Lord: Sit thou on my right hand
2:35. Until I make thy enemies thy footstool.
2:36. Therefore let all the house of Israel know most certainly that God
hath made both Lord and Christ this same Jesus whom you have
2:37. Now when they had heard these things they had compunction in
their heart and said to Peter and to the rest of the apostles: What
shall we do men and brethren?
2:38. But Peter said to them: Do penance: and be baptized every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins. And you
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
2:39. For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are
far off whomsoever the Lord our God shall call.
2:40. And with very many other words did he testify and exhort them
saying: Save yourselves from this perverse generation.
2:41. They therefore that received his word were baptized: and there
were added in that day about three thousand souls.
2:42. And they were persevering in the doctrine of the apostles and in
the communication of the breaking of bread and in prayers.
2:43. And fear came upon every soul. Many wonders also and signs were
done by the apostles in Jerusalem: and there was great fervor in all.
2:44. And all they that believed were together and had all things
2:45. Their possessions and goods they sold and divided them to all
according as every one had need.
2:46. And continuing daily with one accord in the temple and breaking
bread from house to house they took their meat with gladness and
simplicity of heart:
2:47. Praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord
increased daily together such as should be saved.
Acts Chapter 3
The miracle upon the lame man followed by the conversion of many.
3:1. Now Peter and John went up into the temple at the ninth hour of
3:2. And a certain man who was lame from his mother's womb was carried:
whom they laid every day at the gate of the temple which is called
Beautiful that he might ask alms of them that went into the temple.
3:3. He when he had seen Peter and John about to go into the temple
asked to receive an alms.
3:4. But Peter with John fastening his eyes upon him said: Look upon
3:5. But he looked earnestly upon them hoping that he should receive
something of them.
3:6. But Peter said: Silver and gold I have none; but what I have I
give thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth arise and walk.
3:7. And taking him by the right hand he lifted him up: and forthwith
his feet and soles received strength.
3:8. And he leaping up stood and walked and went in with them into the
temple walking and leaping and praising God.
3:9. And all the people saw him walking and praising God.
3:10. And they knew him that it was he who sat begging alms at the
Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and
amazement at that which had happened to him.
3:11. And as he held Peter and John all the people ran to them to the
porch which is called Solomon's greatly wondering.
3:12. But Peter seeing made answer to the people: Ye men of Israel why
wonder you at this? Or why look you upon us as if by our strength or
power we had made this man to walk?
3:13. The God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob the
God of our fathers hath glorified his Son Jesus whom you indeed
delivered up and denied before the face of Pilate when he judged he
should be released.
3:14. But you denied the Holy One and the Just: and desired a murderer
to be granted unto you.
3:15. But the author of life you killed whom God hath raised from the
dead: of which we are witnesses.
3:16. And in the faith of his name this man whom you have seen and
known hath his name strengthened. And the faith which is by him hath
given this perfect soundness in the sight of you all.
3:17. And now brethren I know that you did it through ignorance: as
did also your rulers.
3:18. But those things which God before had shewed by the mouth of all
the prophets that his Christ should suffer he hath so fulfilled.
3:19. Be penitent therefore and be converted that your sins may be
3:20. That when the times of refreshment shall come from the presence of
the Lord and he shall send him who hath been preached unto you Jesus
3:21. Whom heaven indeed must receive until the times of the
restitution of all things which God hath spoken by the mouth of his
holy prophets from the beginning of the world.
3:22. For Moses said: A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto
you of your brethren like unto me: him you shall hear according to all
things whatsoever he shall speak to you.
3:23. And it shall be that every soul which will not hear that prophet
shall be destroyed from among the people.
3:24. And all the prophets from Samuel and afterwards who have spoken
have told of these days.
3:25. You are the children of the prophets and of the testament which
God made to our fathers saying to Abraham: And in thy seed shall all
the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
3:26. To you first God raising up his Son hath sent him to bless you:
that every one may convert himself from his wickedness.
Acts Chapter 4
Peter and John are apprehended. Their constancy. The church is
4:1. And as they were speaking to the people the priests and the officer
of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them
4:2. Being grieved that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the
resurrection from the dead:
4:3. And they laid hands upon them and put them in hold till the next
day: for it was now evening.
4:4. But many of them who had heard the word believed: and the number of
the men was made five thousand.
4:5. And it came to pass on the morrow that their princes and ancients
and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem.
4:6. And Annas the high priest and Caiphas and John and Alexander: and
as many as were of the kindred of the high priest.
4:7. And setting them in the midst they asked: By what power or by what
name have you done this?
4:8. Then Peter filled with the Holy Ghost said to them: Ye princes of
the people and ancients hear.
4:9. If we this day are examined concerning the good deed done to the
infirm man by what means he hath been made whole:
4:10. Be it known to you all and to all the people of Israel that by
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth whom you crucified whom
God hath raised from the dead even by him this man standeth here
before you whole.
4:11. This is the stone which was rejected by you the builders which is
become the head of the corner.
4:12. Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other
name under heaven given to men whereby we must be saved.
4:13. Now seeing the constancy of Peter and of John understanding that