THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

Book of Exodus (Author Moses)

1:1¤ These are the names of the children of Israel, that went into Egypt with Jacob: they went in every man with his household:

1:2Ruben, Simeon, Levi, Juda,

1:3Issachar, Zabulon, and Benjamin,

1:4Dan, and Nephthali, Gad and Aser.

1:5And all the souls that came out of Jacob's thigh, were seventy: but Joseph was in Egypt.

1:6After he was dead, and all his brethren, and all that generation,

1:7The children of Israel increased, and sprung up into multitudes, and growing exceedingly strong they filled the land.

1:8In the mean time there arose a new king over Egypt, that knew not Joseph:

1:9And he said to his people: Behold the people of the children of Israel are numerous and stronger than we.

1:10Come let us wisely oppress them, lest they multiply: and if any war shall rise against us, join with our enemies, and having overcome us, depart out of the land.

1:11Therefore he set over them masters of the works, to afflict them with burdens: and they built for Pharao cities of tabernacles, Phithom, and Ramesses.

1:12But the more they oppressed them, the more they were multiplied and increased.

1:13And the Egyptians hated the children of Israel, and afflicted them and mocked them:

1:14And they made their life bitter with hard works in clay and brick, and with all manner of service, wherewith they were overcharged in the works of the earth.

1:15And the king of Egypt spoke to the midwives of the Hebrews: of whom one was called Sephora, the other Phua,

1:16Commanding them: When you shall do the office of midwives to the Hebrew women, and the time of delivery is come: if it be a man child, kill it: if a woman, keep it alive.

1:17But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded, but saved the men children.

1:18And the king called for them and said: What is it that you meant to do, that you would save the men children?

1:19They answered: The Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women: for they themselves are skilful in the office of a midwife; and they are delivered before we come to them.

1:20Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied and grew exceedingly strong.

1:21And because the midwives feared God, he built them houses.

1:22Pharao therefore charged all his people, saying: Whatsoever shall be born of the male sex, ye shall cast into the river: whatsoever of the female, ye shall save alive.

2:1¤ After this there went a man of the house of Levi; and took a wife of his own kindred.

2:2And she conceived, and bore a son: and seeing him a goodly child, hid him three months.

2:3And when she could hide him no longer, she took a basket made of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and pitch: and put the little babe therein, and laid him in the sedges by the river's brink,

2:4His sister standing afar off, and taking notice what would be done.

2:5And behold the daughter of Pharao came down to wash herself in the river: and her maids walked by the river's brink. And when she saw the basket in the sedges she sent one of her maids for it: and when it was brought,

2:6She opened it, and seeing within it an infant crying, having compassion on it, she said: This is one of the babes of the Hebrews.

2:7And the child's sister said to her: Shall I go, and call to thee a Hebrew woman, to nurse the babe?

2:8She answered: Go. The maid went and called her mother.

2:9And Pharao's daughter said to her: Take this child, and nurse him for me: I will give thee thy wages. The woman took and nursed the child: and when he was grown up, she delivered him to Pharao's daughter.

2:10And she adopted him for a son, and called him Moses, saying: Because I took him out of the water.

2:11In those days, after Moses was grown up, he went out to his brethren: and saw their affliction, and an Egyptian striking one of the Hebrews, his brethren.

2:12And when he had looked about this way and that way, and saw no one there, he slew the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

2:13And going out the next day, he saw two Hebrews quarrelling: and he said to him that did the wrong: Why strikest thou thy neighbour?

2:14But he answered: Who hath appointed thee prince and judge over us? wilt thou kill me, as thou didst yesterday kill the Egyptian? Moses feared, and said: How is this come to be known?

2:15And Pharao heard of this word, and sought to kill Moses: but he fled from his sight, and abode in the land of Madian, and he sat down by a well.

2:16And the priest of Madian had seven daughters, who came to draw water: and when the troughs were filled, desired to water their father's flocks.

2:17And the shepherds came and drove them away: and Moses arose, and defending the maids, watered their sheep.

2:18And when they returned to Raguel their father, he said to them: Why are ye come sooner than usual?

2:19They answered: A man of Egypt delivered us from the hands of the shepherds: and he drew water also with us, and gave the sheep to drink.

2:20But he said: Where is he? why have you let the man go? call him that he may eat bread.

2:21And Moses swore that he would dwell with him. And he took Sephora his daughter to wife:

2:22And she bore him a son, whom he called Gersam, saying: I have been a stranger in a foreign country. And she bore another, whom he called Eliezer, saying: For the God of my father, my helper, hath delivered me out of the hand of Pharao.

2:23Now after a long time the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel groaning, cried out because of the works: and their cry went up unto God from the works.

2:24And he heard their groaning, and remembered the covenant which he made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

2:25And the Lord looked upon the children of Israel, and he knew them.

3:1¤ Now Moses fed the sheep of Jethro, his father in law, the priest of Madian: and he drove the flock to the inner parts of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, Horeb.

3:2And the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he saw that the bush was on fire, and was not burnt.

3:3And Moses said: I will go, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

3:4And when the Lord saw that he went forward to see, he called to him out of the midst of the bush, and said: Moses, Moses. And he answered: Here I am.

3:5And he said: Come not nigh hither, put off the shoes from thy feet; for the place, whereon thou standest, is holy ground.

3:6And he said: I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Moses hid his face: for he durst not look at God.

3:7And the Lord said to him: I have seen the affliction of my people in Egypt, and I have heard their cry because of the rigour of them that are over the works;

3:8And knowing their sorrow, I am come down to deliver them out of the hands of the Egyptians, and to bring them out of that land into a good and spacious land, into a land that floweth with milk and honey, to the places of the Chanaanite, and Hethite, and Amorrhite, and Pherezite, and Hevite, and Jebusite.

3:9For the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have seen their affliction, wherewith they are oppressed by the Egyptians.

3:10But come, and I will send thee to Pharao, that thou mayst bring forth my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.

3:11And Moses said to God: Who am I that I should go to Pharao, and should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?

3:12And he said to him: I will be with thee; and this thou shalt have for a sign that I have sent thee: When thou shalt have brought my people out of Egypt, thou shalt offer sacrifice to God upon this mountain.

3:13Moses said to God: Lo, I shall go to the children of Israel, and say to them: The God of your fathers hath sent me to you. If they shall say to me: What is his name? What shall I say to them?

3:14God said to Moses: I AM WHO AM. He said: Thus shalt thou say to the children of Israel: HE WHO IS, hath sent me to you.

3:15And God said again to Moses: Thus shalt thou say to the children of Israel: The Lord God of your fathers the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob hath sent me to you; this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

3:16Go and gather together the ancients of Israel, and thou shalt say to them: The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared to me, saying: Visiting I have visited you; and I have seen all that hath befallen you in Egypt.

3:17And I have said the word to bring you forth out of the affliction of Egypt, into the land of the Chanaanite, and Hethite, and Amorrhite, and Pherezite, and Hevite, and Jebusite, to a land that floweth with milk and honey.

3:18And they shall hear thy voice; and thou shalt go in, thou and the ancients of Israel, to the king of Egypt, and thou shalt say to him: The Lord God of the Hebrews hath called us; we will go three days' journey into the wilderness, to sacrifice unto the Lord our God.

3:19But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go, but by a mighty hand.

3:20For I will stretch forth my hand, and will strike Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst of them: after these he will let you go.

3:21And I will give favour to this people, in the sight of the Egyptians: and when you go forth, you shall not depart empty:

3:22But every woman shall ask of her neighbour, and of her that is in her house, vessels of silver and of gold, and raiment: and you shall put them on your sons and daughters, and shall spoil Egypt.

4:1¤ Moses answered, and said: They will not believe me, nor hear my voice, but they will say: The Lord hath not appeared to thee.

4:2Then he said to him: What is that thou holdest in thy hand? He answered: A rod.

4:3And the Lord said: Cast it down upon the ground. He cast it down, and it was turned into a serpent, so that Moses fled from it.

4:4And the Lord said: Put out thy hand, and take it by the tail. He put forth his hand, and took hold of it, and it was turned into a rod.

4:5That they may believe, saith he, that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared to thee.

4:6And the Lord said again: Put thy hand into thy bosom. And when he had put it into his bosom, he brought it forth leprous as snow.

4:7And he said: Put back thy hand into thy bosom. He put it back, and brought it out again, and it was like the other flesh.

4:8If they will not believe thee, saith he, nor hear the voice of the former sign, they will believe the word of the latter sign.

4:9But if they will not even believe these two signs, nor hear thy voice: take of the river water, and pour it out upon the dry land, and whatsoever thou drawest out of the river, shall be turned into blood.

4:10Moses said: I beseech thee, Lord, I am not eloquent from yesterday and the day before; and since thou hast spoken to thy servant, I have more impediment and slowness of tongue.

4:11The Lord said to him: Who made man's mouth? or who made the dumb and the deaf, the seeing and the blind? did not I?

4:12Go therefore, and I will be in thy mouth; and I will teach thee what thou shalt speak.

4:13But he said: I beseech thee, Lord, send whom thou wilt send.

4:14The Lord being angry at Moses, said: Aaron the Levite is thy brother, I know that he is eloquent: behold he cometh forth to meet thee, and seeing thee, shall be glad at heart.

4:15Speak to him, and put my words in his mouth: and I will be in thy mouth, and in his mouth, and will shew you what you must do.

4:16He shall speak in thy stead to the people, and shall be thy mouth: but thou shalt be to him in those things that pertain to God.

4:17And take this rod in thy hand, wherewith thou shalt do the signs.

4:18Moses went his way, and returned to Jethro his father in law, and said to him; I will go and return to my brethren into Egypt, that I may see if they be yet alive. And Jethro said to him: Go in peace.

4:19And the Lord said to Moses, in Madian: Go, and return into Egypt; for they are all dead that sought thy life.

4:20Moses therefore took his wife, and his sons, and set them upon an ass; and returned into Egypt, carrying the rod of God in his hand.

4:21And the Lord said to him as he was returning into Egypt: See that thou do all the wonders before Pharao, which I have put in thy hand: I shall harden his heart, and he will not let the people go.

4:22And thou shalt say to him: Thus saith the Lord: Israel is my son, my firstborn.

4:23I have said to thee: Let my son go, that he may serve me, and thou wouldst not let him go: behold I will kill thy son, thy firstborn.

4:24And when he was in his journey, in the inn, the Lord met him, and would have killed him.

4:25Immediately Sephora took a very sharp stone, and circumcised the foreskin of her son, and touched his feet, and said: A bloody spouse art thou to me.

4:26And he let him go after she had said: A bloody spouse art thou to me, because of the circumcision.

4:27And the Lord said to Aaron: Go into the desert to meet Moses. And he went forth to meet him in the mountain of God, and kissed him.

4:28And Moses told Aaron all the words of the Lord, by which he had sent him, and the signs that he had commanded.

4:29And they came together, and they assembled all the ancients of the children of Israel.

4:30And Aaron spoke all the words which the Lord had said to Moses: and he wrought the signs before the people.

4:31And the people believed. And they heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction: and falling down they adored.



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