THE BIBLE - DOUAY-RHEIMS - BOOK 65
THE BIBLE - DOUAY-RHEIMS - BOOK 65
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 EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL TO THE HEBREWS
St. Paul wrote this Epistle to the Christians in Palestine the most
part of whom being Jews before their conversion they were called
Hebrews. He exhorts them to be thoroughly converted and confirmed in the
faith of Christ clearly shewing them the preeminence of Christ's
priesthood above the Levitical and also the excellence of the new law
above the old. He commends faith by the example of the ancient fathers:
and exhorts them to patience and perseverance and to remain in fraternal
charity. It appears from chap. 13 that this Epistle was written in
Italy and probably at Rome about twenty-nine years after our Lord's
Hebrews Chapter 1
God spoke of old by the prophets but now by his Son who is
incomparably greater than the angels.
1:1. God who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in times
past to the fathers by the prophets last of all
1:2. In these days hath spoken to us by his Son whom he hath appointed
heir of all things by whom also he made the world.
1:3. Who being the brightness of his glory and the figure of his
substance and upholding all things by the word of his power making
purgation of sins sitteth on the right hand of the majesty on high:
The figure... that is the express image and most perfect resemblance.
Making purgation... That is having purged away our sins by his passion.
1:4. Being made so much better than the angels as he hath inherited a
more excellent name than they.
1:5. For to which of the angels hath he said at any time: Thou art my
Son to-day have I begotten thee? And again: I will be to him a Father
and he shall be to me a Son?
1:6. And again when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world
he saith: And let all the angels of God adore him.
1:7. And to the angels indeed he saith: He that maketh his angels
spirits and his ministers a flame of fire.
1:8. But to the Son: Thy throne O God is for ever and ever: a sceptre
of justice is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
1:9. Thou hast loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore God thy God
hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
1:10. And: Thou in the beginning O Lord didst found the earth: and the
works of thy hands are the heavens.
1:11. They shall perish: but thou shalt continue: and they shall all
grow old as a garment.
1:12. And as a vesture shalt thou change them and they shalt be
changed. But thou art the selfsame: and thy years shall not fail.
1:13. But to which of the angels said he at any time: Sit on my right
hand until I make thy enemies thy footstool?
1:14. Are they not all ministering spirits sent to minister for them
who shall receive the inheritance of salvation?
Hebrews Chapter 2
The transgression of the precepts of the Son of God is far more
condemnable than of those of the Old Testament given by angels.
2:1. Therefore ought we more diligently to observe the things which we
have heard lest perhaps we should let them slip.
2:2. For if the word spoken by angels became steadfast and every
transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward:
2:3. How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation? Which having
begun to be declared by the Lord was confirmed unto us by them that
2:4. God also bearing them witness by signs and wonders and divers
miracles and distributions of the Holy Ghost according to his own will.
2:5. For God hath not subjected unto angels the world to come whereof
2:6. But one in a certain place hath testified saying: What is man
that thou art mindful of him? Or the son of man that thou visitest him?
2:7. Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels: thou hast
crowned him with glory and honour and hast set him over the works of thy
2:8. Thou hast subjected all things under his feet. For in that he hath
subjected all things to him he left nothing not subject to him. But now
we see not as yet all things subject to him.
2:9. But we see Jesus who was made a little lower than the angels for
the suffering of death crowned with glory and honour: that through the
grace of God he might taste death for all.
2:10. For it became him for whom are all things and by whom are all
things who had brought many children into glory to perfect the author
of their salvation by his passion.
Perfect by his passion... By suffering Christ was to enter into his
glory Luke 24.26 which the apostle here calls being made perfect.
2:11. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all
of one. For which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren saying:
2:12. I will declare thy name to my brethren: in the midst of the church
will I praise thee.
2:13. And again: I will put my trust in him. And again: Behold I and my
children whom God hath given me.
2:14. Therefore because the children are partakers of flesh and blood
he also himself in like manner hath been partaker of the same: that
through death he might destroy him who had the empire of death that is
to say the devil:
2:15. And might deliver them who through the fear of death were all
their lifetime subject to servitude.
2:16. For nowhere doth he take hold of the angels: but of the seed of
Abraham he taketh hold.
No where doth he etc... That is he never took upon him the nature of
angels but that of the seed of Abraham.
2:17. Wherefore it behoved him in all things to be made like unto his
brethren that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest
before God that he might be a propitiation for the sins of the people.
2:18. For in that wherein he himself hath suffered and been tempted he
is able to succour them also that are tempted.
Hebrews Chapter 3
Christ is more excellent than Moses. Wherefore we must adhere to him by
faith and obedience.
3:1. Wherefore holy brethren partakers of the heavenly vocation
consider the apostle and high priest of our confession Jesus:
3:2. Who is faithful to him that made him as was also Moses in all his
3:3. For this man was counted worthy of greater glory than Moses by so
much as he that hath built the house hath greater honour than the house.
3:4. For every house is built by some man: but he that created all
things is God.
3:5. And Moses indeed was faithful in all his house as a servant for a
testimony of those things which were to be said:
3:6. But Christ as the Son in his own house: which house are we if we
hold fast the confidence and glory of hope unto the end.
3:7. Wherefore as the Holy Ghost saith: To-day if you shall hear his
3:8. Harden not your hearts as in the provocation in the day of
temptation in the desert
3:9. Where your fathers tempted me proved and saw my works
3:10. Forty years: for which cause I was offended with this generation
and I said: They always err in heart. And they have not known my ways.
3:11. As I have sworn in my wrath: If they shall enter into my rest.
3:12. Take heed brethren lest perhaps there be in any of you an evil
heart of unbelief to depart from the living God.
3:13. But exhort one another every day whilst it is called to day that
none of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
3:14. For we are made partakers of Christ: yet so if we hold the
beginning of his substance firm unto the end.
3:15. While it is said: To day if you shall hear his voice harden not
your hearts as in that provocation.
3:16. For some who heard did provoke: but not all that came out of Egypt
3:17. And with whom was he offended forty years? Was it not with them
that sinned whose carcasses were overthrown in the desert?
3:18. And to whom did he swear that they should not enter into his
rest: but to them that were incredulous?
3:19. And we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
Hebrews Chapter 4
The Christian's rest. We are to enter into it through Jesus Christ.
4:1. Let us fear therefore lest the promise being left of entering into
his rest any of you should be thought to be wanting.
4:2. For unto us also it hath been declared in like manner as unto them.
But the word of hearing did not profit them not being mixed with faith
of those things they heard.
4:3. For we who have believed shall enter into rest; as he said: As I
have sworn in my wrath: If they shall enter into my rest; and this
indeed when the works from the foundation of the world were finished.
4:4. For in a certain place he spoke of the seventh day thus: And God
rested the seventh day from all his works.
4:5. And in this place again: If they shall enter into my rest.
4:6. Seeing then it remaineth that some are to enter into it and they
to whom it was first preached did not enter because of unbelief:
4:7. Again he limiteth a certain day saying in David; To day after so
long a time as it is above said: To day if you shall hear his voice
harden not your hearts.
4:8. For if Jesus had given them rest he would never have afterwards
spoken of another day.
Jesus... Josue who in Greek is called Jesus.
4:9. There remaineth therefore a day of rest for the people of God.
4:10. For he that is entered into his rest the same also hath rested
from his works as God did from his.
4:11. Let us hasten therefore to enter into that rest: lest any man fall
into the same example of unbelief.
4:12. For the word of God is living and effectual and more piercing than
any two edged sword; and reaching unto the division of the soul and the
spirit of the joints also and the marrow: and is a discerner of the
thoughts and intents of the heart.
4:13. Neither is there any creature invisible in his sight: but all
things are naked and open to his eyes to whom our speech is.
4:14. Having therefore a great high priest that hath passed into the
heavens Jesus the Son of God: let us hold fast our confession.
4:15. For we have not a high priest who cannot have compassion on our
infirmities: but one tempted in all things like as we are without sin.
4:16. Let us go therefore with confidence to the throne of grace: that
we may obtain mercy and find grace in seasonable aid.
Hebrews Chapter 5
The office of a high priest. Christ is our high priest.
5:1. For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in
the things that appertain to God that he may offer up gifts and
sacrifices for sins:
5:2. Who can have compassion on them that are ignorant and that err:
because he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
5:3. And therefore he ought as for the people so also for himself to
offer for sins.
5:4. Neither doth any man take the honour to himself but he that is
called by God as Aaron was.
5:5. So Christ also did not glorify himself that he might be made a
high priest: but he that said unto him: Thou art my Son: this day have I
5:6. As he saith also in another place: Thou art a priest for ever
according to the order of Melchisedech.
5:7. Who in the days of his flesh with a strong cry and tears offering
up prayers and supplications to him that was able to save him from
death was heard for his reverence.
5:8. And whereas indeed he was the Son of God he learned obedience by
the things which he suffered.
5:9. And being consummated he became to all that obey him the cause
of eternal salvation:
5:10. Called by God a high priest according to the order of
5:11. Of whom we have much to say and hard to be intelligibly uttered:
because you are become weak to hear.
5:12. For whereas for the time you ought to be masters you have need to
be taught again what are the first elements of the words of God: and you
are become such as have need of milk and not of strong meat.
5:13. For every one that is a partaker of milk is unskilful in the word
of justice: for he is a little child.
5:14. But strong meat is for the perfect: for them who by custom have
their senses exercised to the discerning of good and evil.
Hebrews Chapter 6
He warns them of the danger of falling by apostasy and exhorts them to
patience and perseverance.
6:1. Wherefore leaving the word of the beginning of Christ let us go
on to things more perfect: not laying again the foundation of penance
from dead works and of faith towards God
The word of the beginning... The first rudiments of the Christian
6:2. Of the doctrine of baptisms and imposition of hands and of the
resurrection of the dead and of eternal judgment.
6:3. And this will we do if God permit.
6:4. For it is impossible for those who were once illuminated have
tasted also the heavenly gift and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost
It is impossible etc... The meaning is that it is impossible for such
as have fallen after baptism to be again baptized; and very hard for
such as have apostatized from the faith after having received many
graces to return again to the happy state from which they fell.
6:5. Have moreover tasted the good word of God and the powers of the
world to come
6:6. And are fallen away: to be renewed again to penance crucifying
again to themselves the Son of God and making him a mockery.
6:7. For the earth that drinketh in the rain which cometh often upon it
and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is tilled receiveth
blessing from God.
6:8. But that which bringeth forth thorns and briers is reprobate and
very near unto a curse: whose end is to be burnt.
6:9. But my dearly beloved we trust better things of you and nearer
to salvation; though we speak thus.
6:10. For God is not unjust that he should forget your work and the
love which you have shewn in his name you who have ministered and do
minister to the saints.
6:11. And we desire that every one of you shew forth the same
carefulness to the accomplishing of hope unto the end:
6:12. That you become not slothful but followers of them who through
faith and patience shall inherit the promises.
6:13. For God making promises to Abraham because he had no one greater
by whom he might swear swore by himself
6:14. Saying: Unless blessing I shall bless thee and multiplying I shall
6:15. And so patiently enduring he obtained the promise.
6:16. For men swear by one greater than themselves: and an oath for
confirmation is the end of all their controversy.
6:17. Wherein God meaning more abundantly to shew to the heirs of the
promise the immutability of his counsel interposed an oath:
6:18. That by two immutable things in which it is impossible for God to
lie we may have the strongest comfort we who have fled for refuge to
hold fast the hope set before us.
6:19. Which we have as an anchor of the soul sure and firm and which
entereth in even within the veil:
6:20. Where the forerunner Jesus is entered for us made a high priest
for ever according to the order of Melchisedech.
Hebrews Chapter 7
The priesthood of Christ according to the order of Melchisedech excels
the Levitical priesthood and puts an end both to that and to the law.
7:1. For this Melchisedech was king of Salem priest of the most high
God who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and
7:2. To whom also Abraham divided the tithes of all: who first indeed by
interpretation is king of justice: and then also king of Salem that is
king of peace:
7:3. Without father without mother without genealogy having neither
beginning of days nor end of life but likened unto the Son of God
continueth a priest for ever.
Without father etc... Not that he had no father etc. but that neither
his father nor his pedigree nor his birth nor his death are set down
7:4. Now consider how great this man is to whom also Abraham the
patriarch gave tithes out of the principal things.
7:5. And indeed they that are of the sons of Levi who receive the
priesthood have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to
the law that is to say of their brethren: though they themselves also
came out of the loins of Abraham.
7:6. But he whose pedigree is not numbered among them received tithes