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The Holy Bible

Douay-Rheims Version

Translated from the Latin Vulgate

Diligently Compared with the Hebrew, Greek,

and Other Editions in Divers Languages


First Published by the English College at Douay

A.D. 1609 & 1610



First Published by the English College at Rheims

A.D. 1582

With Annotations

The Whole Revised and Diligently Compared with

the Latin Vulgate by Bishop Richard Challoner

A.D. 1749-1752


This version comes from multiple editions of Challoner's revised Douay-Rheims Version of the Holy Bible.  In 1568 English exiles, many from Oxford, established the English College of Douay (Douai/Doway), Flanders, under William (later Cardinal) Allen.  In October, 1578, Gregory Martin began the work of preparing an English translation of the Bible for Catholic readers, the first such translation into Modern English.  Assisting were William Allen, Richard Bristow, Thomas Worthington, and William Reynolds who revised, criticized, and corrected Dr. Martin's work.  The college published the New Testament at Rheims (Reims/Rhemes), France, in 1582 through John Fogny with a preface and explanatory notes, authored chiefly by Bristol, Allen, and Worthington.

Later the Old Testament was published at Douay in two parts (1609 and 1610) by Laurence Kellam through the efforts of Dr. Worthington, then superior of the seminary.  The translation had been prepared before the appearance of the New Testament, but the publication was delayed due to financial difficulties.  The religious and scholarly adherence to the Latin Vulgate text led to the less elegant and idiomatic words and phrases often found in the translation.  In some instances where no English word conveyed the full meaning of the Latin, a Latin word was Anglicized and its meaning defined in a glossary.  Although ridiculed by critics, many of these words later found common usage in the English language.  Spellings of proper names and the numbering of the Psalms are adopted from the Latin Vulgate.

In 1749 Dr. Richard Challoner began a major revision of the Douay and Rheims texts, the spellings and phrasing of which had become increasingly archaic in the almost two centuries since the translations were first produced.  He modernized the diction and introduced a more fluid style,  while faithfully maintaining the accuracy of Dr. Martin's texts.  This revision became the 'de facto' standard text for English speaking Catholics until the twentieth century.  It is still highly regarded by many for its style, although it is now rarely used for liturgical purposes.  The notes included in this version are generally attributed to Bishop Challoner.

The 1610 printing of the second tome of the Old Testament includes an appendix containing the non-canonical books 'Prayer of Manasses,' 'Third Booke of Esdras,' and 'Fourth Booke of Esdras.'  While not part of Challoner's revision, the 1610 texts are placed in the appendices.  Also included are the original texts of two short books, 'The Prophecie of Abdias' and 'The Catholike Epistle of Iude the Apostle,' to give the reader a sense of the language of the first editions in comparison to the Challoner revision.  Furthe background on the Douay-Rheims version may be found in a selection from the preface to the 1582 edition and the original glossary included in the appendices.


The Old Testament

Book of Genesis

Book of Exodus

Book of Leviticus

Book of Numbers

Book of Deuteronomy

Book of Josue

Book of Judges

Book of Ruth

First Book of Samuel, alias 1 Kings

Second Book of Samuel, alias 2 Kings

Third Book of Kings

Fourth Book of Kings

First Book of Paralipomenon

Second Book of Paralipomenon

First Book of Esdras

Book of Nehemias, alias 2 Esdras

Book of Tobias

Book of Judith

Book of Esther

Book of Job

Book of Psalms

Book of Proverbs


Solomon's Canticle of Canticles

Book of Wisdom


Prophecy of Isaias

Prophecy of Jeremias

Lamentations of Jeremias

Prophecy of Baruch

Prophecy of Ezechiel

Prophecy of Daniel

Prophecy of Osee

Prophecy of Joel

Prophecy of Amos

Prophecy of Abdias

Prophecy of Jonas

Prophecy of Micheas

Prophecy of Nahum

Prophecy of Habacuc

Prophecy of Sophonias

Prophecy of Aggeus

Prophecy of Zacharias

Prophecy of Malachias

First Book of Machabees

Second Book of Machabees

The New Testament

Gospel According to St. Matthew

Gospel According to St. Mark

Gospel According to St. Luke

Gospel According to St. John

Acts of the Apostles

Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans

First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians

Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians
Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians

Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians

Epistle of St. Paul to the Philippians

Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians

First Epistle of St. Paul to the Thessalonians

Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Thessalonians

First Epistle of St. Paul to Timothy

Second Epistle of St. Paul to Timothy

Epistle of St. Paul to Titus

Epistle of St. Paul to Philemon

Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews

Catholic Epistle of St. James the Apostle

First Epistle of St. Peter the Apostle

Second Epistle of St. Peter the Apostle

First Epistle of St. John the Apostle

Second Epistle of St. John the Apostle

Third Epistle of St. John the Apostle

Catholic Epistle of St. Jude the Apostle

Apocalypse of St. John the Apostle


The Prayer of Manasses

The Third Booke of Esdras

The Fourth Booke of Esdras

The Prophecie of Abdias

The Catholike Epistle of Iude the Apostle

The Preface to the Reader

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