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NOVAM hanc BIBLIA SACRE Anglicam Editionem, typis Richardi Cross licentiâ nostrâ impressam, cum Vulgata Clementina, nec non Duacena Veteris Testamenti, Anni 1609, Novi Testamenti Rhemensi, Anni 1582; et Londinensi Veteris ac Novi Testamenti RTM Dal Challenor, Episcopi Deborensis, Anni 1752; Anglicis jam approbatis versionibus, à Rdo. Do. Bernardo Mac Mahon, diligenter jussu nostro collatam, auctoritate nostra approbamus; eamdemque, debitis servatis conditionibus, a Fidelibus cum fructu legi posse declaramus. Datum Dublinii, die 21 Septembris, 1791.



THE Scriptures, in which are contained the revealed Mysteries of Divine Faith, are undoubtedly the most excellent of all writings; they were written by men divinely inspired, and are not the Words of men, but the Word of God, which can save our souls, 1 Thess. ii. 13. and James i. 21; but then they ought to be read, even by the earned, with the spirit of humility, and with a fear of mistaking the true sense, as many have done. This we learn from the Scripture itself; where St. Peter says, that in the Epistles of St. Paul there are some things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other Scriptures, to their own perdition. 2 Peter iii. 16.

To prevent and remedy this abuse, and to guard against error, it was judged necessary to forbid the reading of the Scriptures in the vulgar languages, without the advice and permission of the Pastors and spiritual Guides whom God has appointed to govern his Church, Acts xx. 28. Christ himself declaring: He that will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and the publican. Matt. xviii. 16.

Nor is this due submission to the Catholic Church (The pillar and ground of truth, 1 Tim. iii. 15.) to be understood of the ignorant and unlearned only, but also of men accomplished in all kind of learning. The ignorant fall into errors for want of knowledge, and the learned through pride and selfsufficiency.

Therefore let every reader of the Sacred Writings, who pretends to be a competent judge of the sense, and of the truths revealed in them, reflect on the words, which he finds, in Isaias, chap. lv. 8, 9. My thoughts are not as your thoughts, neither are your ways, my ways, saith the Lord; for as the hea vens are exalted above the earth, even so are my ways exalted above your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts. How then shall any one, by his private reason, pretend to judge, to know, to demonstrate, the incomprehensible and unsearchable ways of God!

The following Letter of His Holiness PIUS THE SIXTH, to the Most Rev. ANTHONY MARTINI, now Archbishop of Florence, on his Translation of the Holy Bible into Italian, shews the benefit which the faithful may reap from their having the Holy Scriptures in the Vulgar Tongue.

To our Beloved Son, Anthony Martini, at Turin.


BELOVED SON, Health and Apostolical Benediction.

AT a time that a vast number of bad books, which most grossly attack the Catholic Religion, are circulated, even among the unlearned, to the great destruction of souls, you judge exceedingly well, that the faithful should be excited to the reading of the Holy Scriptures: For these are the most abundant sources which ought to be left open to every one, to draw from them purity of morals and of doctrine, to eradicate the errors which are so widely disseminated in those corrupt times: This you have seasonably effected, as you declare, by publishing the Sacred Writings in the language of your country, suitable to every one's capacity; especially when you show and set forth, that you have added explanatory notes, which being extracted from the Holy Fathers, preclude every possible danger of abuse: Thus you have not swerved either from the laws of the Congregation of the Index, or from the Constitution published on this subject by BENEDICT XIV. that immortal Pope, our predecessor in the Pontificate, and formerly when We held a place near his person, our excellent Master in Ecclesiastical learning; circumstances which We mention as honourable to Us. We therefore applaud your eminent learning, joined with your extraordinary piety, and We return you our due acknowledgment for the books which you have transmitted to Us, and which, when convenient, We will read over. In the mean time as a token of our Pontifical benevolence, receive our Apostolical benediction, which to you, beloved Son, We very affectionately impart. Given at Rome, on the Calends of April, 1778, the fourth year of our Pontificate.

PHILIP BUONAMICI, Latin Secretary.



COME, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts and minds of thy faithful servants, and inflame them with the fire of thy divine love.


O GOD, who by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, didst instruct the hearts of thy faithful servants; us in the same Spirit, to discern what is right, and enjoy his comfort for ever: Through our Lord Jesus Christ,

HAVING examined, and finding that the Philadelphia quarto and octavo stereotype editions of the Doway Bible, printed and published by Mr. Eugene Cummiskey, have been carefully copied from the fifth quarto Dublin edition of the same, published under the sanction of the late Most Rev. Dr. Troy, and his successor Dr. Murray, Archbishops of Dublin, and recommended by all the Prelates of Ireland to their flocks; I do hereby give my full approbation to the circulation of it, as being the most accurate and genuine translation of the Holy Scriptures from the languages in which they had been originally written; and therefore I do hereby recommend it accordingly. In testimony of which, I have hereunto subscribed my name, and affixed the Diocesan Seal, this thir teenth day of December, 1824.

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Names of the Books.

Chapters. Page. Names of the Books.

St. Matthew

5 I. Timothy

29 II. Timothy

St. Mark
St. Luke
St. John

43 Titus

66 Philemon

85 Hebrews

The Acts of the Apostles
St. Paul to the Romans

107 St. James

XVI. 118 I. Peter

I. Corinthians

II. Corinthians


128 II. Peter

134 I. John

137 II. John




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I. Thessalonians

II. Thessalonians






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141 III. John

143 St. Jude

145 The Apocalypse


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175 176 177

NOTE, that A. M. signifies Anno Mundi, that is, in the Year of the World.-A. C. Ante Christum, Year before Christ.-A. D. Anno Domini, in the Year of our Lord.--Supra, i. e. above; denotes, that the Chapter and Verse before which it is prefixed, is to be found in the same book, but foregoing.And Infra, i. e. below, denotes the Chapter and Verse is to be found in the same book, but following.

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ST. MATTHEW, one of the twelve Apostles, from became together, she was found with child of the Holy ing a publican, that is, a tax-gatherer, was called Ghost: by our Saviour to the Apostleship; in that pro- 19 Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a fession his name was Levi: (Luke chap. v. ver. just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, 27. and Mark ii. ver. 14.) He was the first of the was minded to put her away privately.

Evangelists that wrote the Gospel, and that in Hebrew, or Syro-Chaldaic, which the Jews in Palestine spoke at that time. The original is not now extant; but as it was translated in the time of the Apostles into Greek, that version was of equal authority. He wrote about six years after

20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost.

our Lord's Ascension.

21 And she shall bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.


22 Now all this was done that the word might The genealogy of Christ: he is conceived and born be fulfilled, which the Lord spoke by the prophet, of a virgin. saying: THE book of the generation of JESUS CHRIST, the son of David, the son of Abraham.


23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which, being interpreted, is, God with us.


2 Abraham begot Isaac. And Isaac begot JaAnd Jacob begot Judas and his brethren. 3 And Judas begot Phares and Zara of Tha mar. And Phares begot Esron. And Esron begot Aram.

24 And Joseph, rising up from sleep, did as the Angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took unto him his wife.


4 And Aram begot Aminadab. And Aminadab begot Naasson. And Naasson begot Salmon.

25 And he knew her not till she brought forth first-born sont: and he called his name Jesus. CHAP. II.

And Salmon begot Booz of Rahab. And Booz The begot Obed of Ruth. And Obed begot Jesse.

6 And Jesse begot David the king. And David the king begot Solomon, of her that had been the Wife of Urias.

And Roboam

7 And Solomon begot Roboam. begot Abias. And Abias begot Asa. 8 And Asa begot Josaphat. And Josaphat begot Joram. And Joram begot Ozias.

13 And Zorobabel begot Abiud. And Abiud begot Eliacim. And Eliacim begot Azor.

offerings of the wise men: the flight into
Egypt: the massacre of the Innocents.
OW when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Ju-


of King Herod, behold, there

9 And Ozias begot Joatham. And Joatham begot Achaz. And Achaz begot Ezechias.

10 And Ezechias begot Manasses. And Manas ses begot Amon. And Amon begot Josias.

11 And Josias begot Jechonias and his breth ren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon.


12 And after they were carried to Babylon, Je-shows, by divers examples, that this expression of chonias begot Salathiel. And Salathiel begot Zo- the Evangelist was a manner of speaking, usual among the Hebrews, to denote by the word until, only what is done, without any regard to the future: Thus it is said, Gen. chap. viii. ver. 6 and 7. That Noe sent forth a raven, which went forth and did not return TILL the waters were dried up on the Also,

14 And Azor begot Sadoc. And Sadoc begot Achim. And Achim begot Eliud.

came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2 Saying: Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and we

are come to adore him.

3 And Herod the king hearing this, was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

15 And Eliud begot Eleazar. And Eleazar be-earth. That is, did not return any more. got Mathan. And Mathan begot Jacob. Isaias, chap. xlvi. ver. 4. God says: I am TILL you grow old. Who dare infer that God should then cease to be? Also, in the 1st book of Machabees, ver. 54. And they went up to mount Sion with joy

16 And Jacob begot Joseph, the husband of Ma

T ry of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ 17 So all the generations, from Abraham to Da

vid, are fourteen generations: and from David, un-and gladness, and offered holocausts, because not one til the carrying away to Babylon, fourteen genera of them was slain till they had returned in peace. That is, not one was slain, before or after they had returned.-God saith to his divine Son: Sit on my right hand TILL I make thy enemies thy foot-stool. Shall he sit no longer after his enemies are subdued? Yea and for all eternity. St. Jerome also proves

tions: and from the carrying away to Babylon, till Christ, fourteen generations.

18 Now the birth of Christ was thus: When Mary his Mother was espoused to Joseph, before they

*The husband of Mary. The Evangelist gives by Scripture examples, that an only begotten son us rather the pedigree of St. Joseph, than that of the was also called first born, or first begotten: because blessed Virgin, to conform to the custom of the He- according to the law, the first born males were to brews, who, in their genealogies, took no notice of be consecrated to God: Sanctify unto me, saith the women: but, as they were near akin, the pedigree Lord, every first-born that openeth the womb among of the one showeth that of the other. the children of Israel, &c. Exod. chap. xiii. ver. 2.


Till she brought forth her first-born son. From these words Helvidius and other Heretics most impiously inferred that the blessed Virgin Mary had

other children besides Christ: But St. Jerome

4 And assembling together all the chief priests,||desert: Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make and the Scribes of the people, he inquired of them where Christ should be born.

straight his paths.

5 But they said to him: In Bethlehem of Juda: for so it is written by the prophet:

4 And John himself had his garment of camel's hair, and a leather girdle about his loins; and his food was locusts and wild honey.

6 And thou, Bethlehem, the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come forth the ruler, who shall rule my people Israel.

5 Then went out to him Jerusalem and all Judea, and all the country about Jordan:

6 And they were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.

7 Then Herod, privately calling the wise men, inquired of them diligently the time of the star's appearing to them:

8 And sending them into Bethlehem, said: Go, and search diligently after the child: and when you have found him, bring me word again, that I also may come and adore him.

9 And when they had heard the king, they went their way and behold, the star, which they had seen in the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the child was.

19 Now Herod being dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph in Egypt,

20 Saying: Rise, and take the child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead, who sought the life of the child:

7 And seeing many of the Pharisees and Saddoceest coming to his baptism, he said to theme brood of vipers, who hath showed you to flee from the wrath to come?

10 And, seeing the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11 And going into the house, they found the child with Mary his mother: and falling down, they adored him: and opening their treasures, they offered to him gifts, gold, frankincense, and myrrh. fire. 12 And having received an answer in sleep, that they should not return to Herod, they went back another way into their own country.

13 And when they were departed, behold, an Angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph, saying: Arise, and take the child and his mother, and fly into Egypt; and be there until I shall tell thee For it will come to pass that Herod will seek the child, to destroy him.

14 Who rising up, took the child and his mother by night, and retired into Egypt:

15 And he was there until the death of Herod : that it might be fulfilled which the Lord spoke by the prophet, saying: Out of Egypt have I called

my son.

21 Who, rising up, took the child, and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

8 Bring forth, therefore, fruit worthy of penance: 9 And think not to say within yourselves: We have Abraham for our father: for I tell you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham.

10 For now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree, therefore, that yieldeth not good fruit, shall be cut down, and cast into the fire.

11 I, indeed, baptize you with water unto penance: but he who is to come after me, is stronger than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to carry: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with

16 And Jesus, being baptized, went up presently out of the water: and, behold, the heavens wee opened to him: and he saw the Spirit of God descending, as a dove, and coming upon him.

17 And, behold, a voice from heaven, saying;

16 Then Herod, perceiving that he was deluded by the wise men, was exceeding angry; and, send-This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased ing, killed all the men-children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the confines thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.


17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremias, the prophet, saying:

HEN Jesus was led by the spirit into the de

18 A voice in Rama was heard, lamentationsert, to be tempted by the devil. and great mourning: Rachel bewailing her chil- 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty dren, and would not be comforted, because they nights, he was afterwards hungry.

are not.

3 And the tempter, coming, said to him: If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

3 For this is he, who was spoken of by Isaias the prophet, saying: A voice of one crying in the

12 Whose fan is in his hand: and he will tho roughly cleanse his floor, and gather his wheat into the barn; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.

13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan, unto John, to be baptized by him.

14 But John stayed him, saying: I ought to be baptized by thee; and comest thou to me?


15 And Jesus, answering, said to him: Suffer now: for so it becometh us to fulfil all justice.

Then he suffered him:

Christ's fast for forty days: he is tempted. He begins to preach, to call disciples to him, and to work miracles.

4 But he answered, and said: It is written: Man liveth not by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

5 Then the devil took him up into the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple,

6 And said to him: If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down; for it is written: Tha: be hath given his Angels charge of thee; and in their hands shall they bear thee up, lest, perhaps, thou hurt

22 But hearing that Archelaus reigned in Judea in the room of Herod his father, he was afraid to go thither and being warned in sleep, he retired into the parts of Galilee.

23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Na-thy foot against a stone."

zareth; that it might be fulfilled, what was said 7 Jesus said to him: It is written again: Thou by the prophets: that he shall be called a Naza- shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.



The preaching of John; Christ is baptized.
N preaching in the desert of Judea;
TOW in those days came John the Baptist

*Do penance. Pœnitentiam agite, uɛfavorite. Which word, according to the use of the scriptures and the holy fathers, does not only signify repentance and amendment of life, but also punishing past sins by fasting, and such like penitential exercises.

2 And saying: Do penance*: for the kingdom + Pharisees and Sadducees. These were two

of heaven is at hand.

sects among the Jews: of which the former were for the most part notorious hypocrites; the latter, a kind of free-thinkers in matters of religion.

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