Original Douay Rheims Bible (1582 & 1610)



The worke of six dayes being finished, God rested the seuth day & blessed it. 8. Then placing man in paradise (planted with bewtiful & swete trees, & watered with foure riuers) 16. commandeth him not to eate of the tree of knowledge of good & euil. 18. & formed a woman of a ribbe of Adam.
1. THE heauens therfore & the earth were fully finished, and al the furniture of them.
2. And the seuenth day God ended his woorke which he had made: & rested the seuenth day, from al woorke that he had done.
3. And he blessed the seuenth day and sanctified it: because in it he had ceased from al his woorke which God created to make.
4. These are the generations of heauen & earth, when they were created in the day, when our Lord God made the heauen, and the earth.
5. And euery plant of the filde, before it shot vp in the earth. And euerie herbe of the ground before it sprang: for our Lord God had not rayned vpon the earth: and man was not to til the earth:
6. But a spring rose out of the earth, watering al the ouermost part of the earth.
7. Our Lord God therfore formed man of the slyme of the earth: and breathed into his face the breath of life, & man became a liuing soule.
8. And our Lord God had planted a Paradise of pleasure from the beginning: wherin he placed man whom he had formed.
9. And our Lord God brought forth of the ground al maner of trees, fayre to behold: and pleasant to eate of: the tree of life also in the middle of Paradise: and the tree of knowledge of good & euil.
10. And a riuer issued out of the place of pleasure to water Paradise, which from thence is diuided into four heades.
11. The name of the one is Phison: that is it which compasseth al the land of Heuilath, where gold groweth.
12. And the gold of that land is very good: there is found bdelium, & the stone onyx.
13. And the name of the second riuer is Gehon: that is it which compasseth al the land of Ethiopia.
14. And the name of the third riuer is Tygris: that same passeth along by the Assirians. And the fourth riuer, the same is Euphrates.
15. Our Lord God therfore tooke man, & put him in the Paradise of pleasure, to woorke, & keepe it.
16. And he commanded him saying: Of euerie tree of Paradise eate thou:
17. But of the tree of knowledge of good & euil eate thou not. For in what day soeuer thou shalt eate of it, thou shalt dye the death.
18. Our Lord God also said: It is not good for man to be alone: let vs make him a helpe like vnto him selfe.
19. Our Lord God therfore hauing formed of clay al beastes of the earth, and foules of the ayre, brought them to Adam that he might see what to cal them: for al that Adam called any liuing creature, the same is his name.
20. And Adam called al beastes by their names, and al foules of the ayre, and al cattel of the filde: but vnto Adam there was not found an helper like him selfe.
21. Our Lord God therfore cast a dead sleepe vpon Adam: and when he was fast a sleepe, he tooke one of his ribbes, & filled vp flesh for it.
22. And our Lord God built the ribbe which he tooke of Adam into a woman: and brought her to Adam.
23. And Adam said: This now, is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shal be called woman, because she was taken out of man.
24. Wherfore man shal leaue his father & mother, & shal cleaue to his wife, & they shal be two in one flesh.
25. And they were both naked; to wit Adam & his wife: and were not ashamed.