Original Douay Rheims Bible (1582 & 1610)



1. AND after he beganne to be nyntie and nyne yeares old, our Lord appeared vnto him: and said vnto him: I am the God almightie: walke before me, and be perfect.
2. And I wil make my couenant betwen me and thee: and I wil multiplie thee exceadingly.
3. Abram fel flat on his face.
4. And God said to him: I am, and my couenant is with thee, & thou shalt be a father of manie nations.
5. Neyther shal thy name be called any more Abram: but thou shalt be called Abraham: because a father of many nations I haue made thee.
6. And I wil make thee encrease excedingly, and I wil make thee into nations, and kinges shal come forth of thee.
7. And I wil establish my couenant betwen me and thee, and betwen thy seede after thee in their generations by a perpetual couenant: to be thy God, and thy sedes after thee.
8. And I wil geue to thee, and to thy seed the land of thy peregrination, al the land of Chanaan for a perpetual possession, and I wil be their God.
9. Againe God said to Abraham: And thou therfore shalt keepe my couenant, and thy seed after thee in their generations.
10. This is my couenant which you shal obserue betwen me and you, and thy seede after thee: Al the malekind of you shal be circumcised:
11. and you shal circumcise the flesh of your prepuce, that it may be for a signe of the couenant betwen me and you.
12. An infant of eight daies shalbe circumcised among you, al malekind in your generations: aswel the homebred shal be circumcised, as the bought seruant of whosoeuer he is, not of your stocke:
13. and my couenant shal be in your flesh for a perpetual couenant.
14. The male, whose flesh of his prepuce shal not be circumcised, that soule shalbe destroied out of his people: because he hath broken my couenant.
15. God said also to Abraham: Sarai thy wife thou shalt not cal Sarai, but Sara.
16. And I wil blesse her, and of her I wil giue thee a sonne, whom I wil blesse, and he shalbe into nations, and kings of peoples shal spring of him.
17. Abraham fel vpon his face, & laughed, saying in his hart: Shal trowest thou to him that is an hundred yeare old a sonne be borne? and Sara that is nyntie yeares old shal she beare?
18. And he said to God: I would that Ismael may liue before thee.
19. And God said to Abraham: Sara thy wife shal beare thee a sonne, and thou shalt cal his name Isaac, and I wil establish my couenant to him for a perpetual couenant, and to his seed after him.
20. Concerning Ismael also I haue heard thee. behold, I wil blesse him, and encrease, and multiplie him exceadingly: twelue dukes shal he beget, and I wil make him into a great nation.
21. But my couenant I wil establish with Isaac, whom Sara shal bring forth to thee at this time an other yeare.
22. And when he had leaft of speaking with him, God ascended from Abraham.
23. And Abraham tooke Ismael his sonne, and al the homebred of his house: and al whom he had bought, al the males of al the men of his house: and he circumcised the flesh of their prepuce forthwith the very same day, as God had commanded him.
24. Abraham was nyntie and nyne yeares old, when he circumcised the flesh of his prepuce.
25. And Ismael his sonne was ful thirtene yeares old at the time of his circumcision.
26. The selfsame day was Abraham circumcised and Ismael his sonne.
27. And al the men of his house, as wel the homebred, as the bought seruantes and strangers were circumcised togeather.