THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

Book of Genesis (Author Moses)

16:1¤ Now Sarai, the wife of Abram, had brought forth no children: but having a handmaid, an Egyptian, named Agar,

16:2She said to her husband: Behold, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: go in unto my handmaid, it may be I may have children of her at least. And when he agreed to her request,

16:3She took Agar the Egyptian her handmaid, ten years after they first dwelt in the land of Chanaan, and gave her to her husband to wife.

16:4And he went in to her. But she perceiving that she was with child, despised her mistress.

16:5And Sarai said to Abram: Thou dost unjustly with me: I gave my handmaid into thy bosom, and she perceiving herself to be with child, despiseth me. The Lord judge between me and thee.

16:6And Abram made answer, and said to her: Behold thy handmaid is in thy own hand, use her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai afflicted her, she ran away.

16:7And the angel of the Lord having found her, by a fountain of water in the wilderness, which is in the way to Sur in the desert,

16:8He said to her: Agar, handmaid of Sarai, whence comest thou? and whither goest thou? And she answered: I flee from the face of Sarai, my mistress.

16:9And the angel of the Lord said to her: Return to thy mistress, and humble thyself under her hand.

16:10And again he said: I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, and it shall not be numbered for multitude.

16:11And again: Behold, said he, thou art with child, and thou shalt bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Ismael, because the Lord hath heard thy affliction.

16:12He shall be a wild man: his hand will be against all men, and all men's hands against him: and he shall pitch his tents over against all his brethren.

16:13And she called the name of the Lord that spoke unto her: Thou the God who hast seen me. For she said: Verily, here have I seen the hinder parts of him that seeth me.

16:14Therefore she called that well, the well of him that liveth and seeth me. The same is between Cades and Barad.

16:15And Agar brought forth a son to Abram: who called his name Ismael.

16:16Abram was four score and six years old when Agar brought him forth Ismael.

17:1¤ And after he began to be ninety and nine years old, the Lord appeared to him: and said unto him: I am the Almighty God: walk before me, and be perfect.

17:2And I will make my covenant between me and thee: and I will multiply thee exceedingly.

17:3Abram fell flat on his face.

17:4And God said to him: I am, and my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

17:5Neither shall thy name be called any more Abram: but thou shalt be called Abraham: because I have made thee a father of many nations.

17:6And I will make thee increase exceedingly, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.

17:7And I will establish my covenant between me and thee, and between thy seed after thee in their generations, by a perpetual covenant: to be a God to thee, and to thy seed after thee.

17:8And I will give to thee, and to thy seed, the land of thy sojournment, all the land of Chanaan, for a perpetual possession, and I will be their God.

17:9Again God said to Abraham: And thou therefore shalt keep my covenant, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

17:10This is my covenant which you shall observe between me and you, and thy seed after thee: All the male-kind of you shall be circumcised.

17:11And you shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin, that it may be for a sign of the covenant between me and you.

17:12An infant of eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every manchild in your generations: he that is born in the house, as well as the bought servant, shall be circumcised, and whosoever is not of your stock:

17:13And my covenant shall be in your flesh for a perpetual covenant.

17:14The male whose flesh of his foreskin shall not be circumcised, that soul shall be destroyed out of his people: because he hath broken my covenant.

17:15God said also to Abraham: Sarai thy wife thou shalt not call Sarai, but Sara.

17:16And I will bless her, and of her I will give thee a son, whom I will bless, and he shall become nations, and kings of people shall spring from him.

17:17Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, saying in his heart: Shall a son, thinkest thou, be born to him that is a hundred years old? and shall Sara that is ninety years old bring forth?

17:18And he said to God: O that Ismael may live before thee.

17:19And God said to Abraham: Sara thy wife shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name Isaac, and I will establish my covenant with him for a perpetual covenant, and with his seed after him.

17:20And as for Ismael I have also heard thee. Behold, I will bless him, and increase, and multiply him exceedingly: he shall beget twelve chiefs, and I will make him a great nation.

17:21But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sara shall bring forth to thee at this time in the next year.

17:22And when he had left off speaking with him, God went up from Abraham.

17:23And Abraham took Ismael his son, and all that were born in his house: and all whom he had bought, every male among the men of his house: and he circumcised the flesh of their foreskin forthwith the very same day, as God had commanded him.

17:24Abraham was ninety and nine years old, when he circumcised the flesh of his foreskin.

17:25And Ismael his son was full thirteen years old at the time of his circumcision.

17:26The self-same day was Abraham circumcised and Ismael his son.

17:27And all the men of his house, as well they that were born in his house, as the bought servants and strangers, were circumcised with him.

18:1¤ And the Lord appeared to him in the vale of Mambre as he was sitting at the door of his tent, in the very heat of the day.

18:2And when he had lifted up his eyes, there appeared to him three men standing near to him: and as soon as he saw them, he ran to meet them from the door of his tent, and adored down to the ground.

18:3And he said: Lord, if I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away from thy servant.

18:4But I will fetch a little water, and wash ye your feet, and rest ye under the tree.

18:5And I will set a morsel of bread, and strengthen ye your heart, afterwards you shall pass on: for therefore are you come aside to your servant. And they said: Do as thou hast spoken.

18:6Abraham made haste into the tent to Sara, and said to her: Make haste, temper together three measures of flour, and make cakes upon the hearth.

18:7And he himself ran to the herd, and took from thence a calf, very tender and very good, and gave it to a young man, who made haste and boiled it.

18:8He took also butter and milk, and the calf which he had boiled, and set before them: but he stood by them under the tree.

18:9And when they had eaten, they said to him: Where is Sara thy wife? He answered: Lo she is in the tent.

18:10And he said to him: I will return and come to thee at this time, life accompanying, and Sara, thy wife, shall have a son. Which when Sara heard, she laughed behind the door of the tent.

18:11Now they were both old, and far advanced in years, and it had ceased to be with Sara after the manner of women.

18:12And she laughed secretly, saying: After I am grown old, and my lord is an old man, shall I give myself to pleasure?

18:13And the Lord said to Abraham: Why did Sara laugh, saying: Shall I, who am an old woman, bear a child indeed?

18:14Is there any thing hard to God? According to appointment I will return to thee at this same time, life accompanying, and Sara shall have a son.

18:15Sara denied, saying: I did not laugh: for she was afraid. But the Lord said: Nay; but thou didst laugh.

18:16And when the men rose up from thence, they turned their eyes towards Sodom: and Abraham walked with them, bringing them on the way.

18:17And the Lord said: Can I hide from Abraham what I am about to do:

18:18Seeing he shall become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth shall be blessed?

18:19For I know that he will command his children, and his household after him, to keep the way of the Lord, and do judgment and justice: that for Abraham's sake, the Lord may bring to effect all the things he hath spoken unto him.

18:20And the Lord said: The cry of Sodom and Gomorrha is multiplied, and their sin is become exceedingly grievous.

18:21I will go down and see whether they have done according to the cry that is come to me; or whether it be not so, that I may know.

18:22And they turned themselves from thence, and went their way to Sodom: but Abraham as yet stood before the Lord.

18:23And drawing nigh, he said: Wilt thou destroy the just with the wicked?

18:24If there be fifty just men in the city, shall they perish withal? and wilt thou not spare that place for the sake of the fifty just, if they be therein?

18:25Far be it from thee to do this thing, and to slay the just with the wicked, and for the just to be in like case as the wicked; this is not beseeming thee: thou who judgest all the earth, wilt not make this judgment.

18:26And the Lord said to him: If I find in Sodom fifty just within the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake.

18:27And Abraham answered, and said: Seeing I have once begun, I will speak to my Lord, whereas I am dust and ashes.

18:28What if there be five less than fifty just persons? wilt thou for five and forty destroy the whole city: And he said: I will not destroy it, if I find five and forty.

18:29And again he said to him: But if forty be found there, what wilt thou do? He said: I will not destroy it for the sake of forty.

18:30Lord, saith he, be not angry, I beseech thee, if I speak: What if thirty shall be found there? He answered: I will not do it, if I find thirty there.

18:31Seeing, saith he, I have once begun, I will speak to my Lord: What if twenty be found there? He said: I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty.

18:32I beseech thee, saith he, be not angry, Lord, if I speak yet once more: What if ten shall be found there? And he said: I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.

18:33And the Lord departed, after he had left speaking to Abraham: and Abraham returned to his place.

19:1¤ And the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of the city. And seeing them, he rose up and went to meet them: and worshipped prostrate to the ground.

19:2And said: I beseech you, my lords, turn in to the house of your servant, and lodge there: wash your feet, and in the morning you shall go on your way. And they said: No, but we will abide in the street.

19:3He pressed them very much to turn in unto him: and when they were come into his house, he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate:

19:4But before they went to bed, the men of the city beset the house, both young and old, all the people together.

19:5And they called Lot, and said to him: Where are the men that came in to thee at night? bring them out hither, that we may know them:

19:6Lot went out to them, and shut the door after him, and said:

19:7Do not so, I beseech you, my brethren, do not commit this evil.

19:8I have two daughters who, as yet, have not known man; I will bring them out to you, and abuse you them as it shall please you, so that you do no evil to these men, because they are come in under the shadow of my roof.

19:9But they said: Get thee back thither. And again: Thou camest in, said they, as a stranger, was it to be a judge? therefore we will afflict thee more than them. And they pressed very violently upon Lot: and they were even at the point of breaking open the doors.

19:10And behold the men put out their hand, and drew in Lot unto them, and shut the door.

19:11And them, that were without, they struck with blindness from the least to the greatest, so that they could not find the door.

19:12And they said to Lot: Hast thou here any of thine? son in law, or sons, or daughters, all that are thine bring them out of this city:

19:13For we will destroy this place, because their cry is grown loud before the Lord, who hath sent us to destroy them.

19:14So Lot went out, and spoke to his sons in law that were to have his daughters, and said: Arise: get you out of this place, because the Lord will destroy this city. And he seemed to them to speak as it were in jest.

19:15And when it was morning, the angels pressed him, saying: Arise, take thy wife, and the two daughters which thou hast: lest thou also perish in the wickedness of the city.

19:16And as he lingered, they took his hand, and the hand of his wife, and of his two daughters, because the Lord spared him.

19:17And they brought him forth, and set him without the city: and there they spoke to him, saying: Save thy life: look not back, neither stay thou in all the country about: but save thy self in the mountain, lest thou be also consumed.

19:18And Lot said to them: I beseech thee, my Lord,

19:19Because thy servant hath found grace before thee, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewn to me, in saving my life, and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil seize me, and I die.

19:20There is this city here at hand, to which I may flee, it is a little one, and I shall be saved in it: is it not a little one, and my soul shall live?

19:21And he said to him: Behold also in this, I have heard thy prayers, not to destroy the city for which thou hast spoken.

19:22Make haste, and be saved there: because I cannot do any thing till thou go in thither. Therefore the name of that city was called Segor.

19:23The sun was risen upon the earth, and Lot entered into Segor.

19:24And the Lord rained upon Sodom and Gomorrha brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven.

19:25And he destroyed these cities, and all the country about, all the inhabitants of the cities, and all things that spring from the earth.

19:26And his wife looking behind her, was turned into a statue of salt.

19:27And Abraham got up early in the morning, and in the place where he had stood before with the Lord:

19:28He looked towards Sodom and Gomorrha, and the whole land of that country: and he saw the ashes rise up from the earth as the smoke of a furnace.

19:29Now when God destroyed the cities of that country, remembering Abraham, he delivered Lot out of the destruction of the cities wherein he had dwelt.

19:30And Lot went up out of Segor, and abode in the mountain, and his two daughters with him (for he was afraid to stay in Segor) and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters with him.

19:31And the elder said to the younger: Our father is old, and there is no man left on the earth, to come in unto us after the manner of the whole earth.

19:32Come, let us make him drunk with wine, and let us lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

19:33And they made their father drink wine that night: and the elder went in, and lay with her father: but he perceived not, neither when his daughter lay down, nor when she rose up.

19:34And the next day the elder said to the younger: Behold I lay last night with my father, let us make him drink wine also to night, and thou shalt lie with him, that we may save seed of our father.

19:35They made their father drink wine that night also, and the younger daughter went in, and lay with him: and neither then did he perceive when she lay down, nor when she rose up.

19:36So the two daughters of Lot were with child by their father.

19:37And the elder bore a son, and called his name Moab: he is the father of the Moabites unto this day.

19:38The younger also bore a son, and called his name Ammon; that is, the son of my people: he is the father of the Ammonites unto this day.



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