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DILIGENTLY COMPARED WITH THE HEBREW, GREEK, AND OTHER
N E W T E S T A M E N T,
FIRST PUBLISHED BY The
ENGLISH COLLEGE, AT RHEIMS, A. D. 1582.
AN HISTORICAL AND CHRONOLOGICAL INDEX.
THE WHOLE REVISED AND DILIGENTLY COMPARED WITH THE LATIN VULGATE-
PUBLISHED WITH THE APPROBATION of THE RIGHT REVEREND John HUGHES, D.D.,
* * 4 o' * * * , , , , - " -- - - \ ... ." *. s APPROBATION. s 'The present edition of the Douay version of the Old and New Testament, published by Edo Dunigan, New York, having been revised by our direction, we have great pleasure in recommen, ing it o o ith that reverence and respect which are due to the Word of God, an thousnifty of heart and docility which the Church enjoins upon all who would read the Holy Scriptures with advantage to their souls. 3 JOHN HUGHES, Bishop of New York
Given at the Episcopal residence, this 27th of January, 1844.
oLD AND NEW TESTAMENT, witH THE NUMBER OF THEIR CHAPTERS. BOOKS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.
Chapters. Chapters. Chapters. Genesis . . . . . . . 50|Tobias, , - - . . . . 14|Daniel . . . . . . . . . 14 Exodus . . . . . . . . 40|Judith/ . . . . . - 16|Osee . . . . . . . . 14 Leviticus . . . . . . . . 27 | Flsther . . . . . 16|Joel . . . . . . . . . 3 Numbers . . . . . . . . .35|Job . . . . . . . . 42. Amos . . . . . . . . 9 Deuteronomy . . . . . . . 34 Psalms . . . . . 150 Ps. Abdias . . . - * - 1 Josue . . . . . . . . . 24! Proverbs . . . . . . . 31|Jonas . . . . . . . . . 4 -Judges . . . - - - 21 FF celesiastes . . . . . . 12 Micheas . . . . . - 7 Rut . . . . . . . . . 4 | Canticle of Canticles . . . . 8|Nahum - - - - - 3 o I. Kings . . . . . . . . 31 || Wisdomy . . . . . . . . 19|Habacuc . . . . . - 3 `II, Kings . . . . . . . 24] Ecclesiásticus . . . . . 51 | Sophonias . . . . . 3 III Kings, . . . . . . 22. Isaias . . . . . . . . . 64 Aggeus . . . . - 2 IV. Kings . . . . . . . . 25 Jeremias . . . . . . . . . 52% charias . . . . - 14 I. Paralipomenon . . . . . .29 Lamentations. . . . . . . ; Malachias . . . . . . 4 II. Paralipomenon . . . . . .35|Baruch . . . . . . . . . .6|I. Mochabees . . . . 16 I. Esdras . . . . . . . . 10|Ezechiel . . . . . . . . 48|II. Machabees . . . 15 II. Esdras, alias Nehemias . . 13 - BOOKS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT Chapters. Chapter - oters. St. Matthew . . . . . . . 28|Ephesians . . . . . . . . 5. Hebrews - - - - cho 13 St. Mark . . . . . . . . 16| Philippians . . . . . . 4|St. James . . . . . - 5' St. Luke . . . . . . . . 24|Colossians . . . . . . 4. I. Peter . . . . . 5 St. John . . . . . . . . 21 |I. Thessalonians. . . . . 5 II. Peter . . . . . . 3 The Acts of the Apostles . . . 28|II. Thessalonians . . . . 3|I. John . . . . . . . . . 5 St. Paul to the Romans . . . 16|I. Timothy . . . . . 6|II. John. . . . . . 1 1. Corinthians . . . . . . 16|II. Timothy . . . . . . . 4|III. John . . . . . 1 II. Corinthians . . . . . . 13|Titus . . . . . . . . 3 St. Jude - - - - 1 Galatians . . . . . . . . 61 Philemon . . . . . . . l'The Apocalypse . . . 22
A Short Sketch of the principal Epochs, which have a Relation to Scriptural History, as they are set down by the best Chronologers.
* The variation of sentiments will show, that we cannot decide with absolute certainty on any points of Chronology, before the Christian AEra.
o 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. abore, denotes, that the Chapter and . verse before which it is prefixed, are to be found in the same Book, but foregoing.—And Infra, i.e. belong, denotes the Chapter and Vero to be found in the same Book, but following. The other Contractions and Marks are sufficiently obvious. The Year of Our Lord always commences on the first of January, the day on which Christ was circumcised, being o days old. From the Creation until the Birth of Christ, was o years.
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The Scriptures, in which are contained the revealed mysteries of divine truth, are undoubtedly the most excellent of all writings: they were written by men divinely inspired, and are not the word of men, but the word of God, which can sure our souls, 1 Thess. ii. 13, and James i. 21; but then they ought to be read, even by the seamed, 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
dilion. 2 Peter iii. 17. -
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 gorern his church, Acts xx. 28. Christ himself ão, “he that will not hear the thurch, let him be to thee as the heathen and the publican.” Matt. xviii. 17.
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 self-sufficiency.
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 . he finds in Isaias, chap. lv. 8, 9. My thoughts are not as your thoughts, neither are your ways as my ways, saith the Lord; for as the heavens are eralted above the earth, even so are my ways eralted abore your ways, and my thoughts abore your thoughts. How then shall any . § private reason, pretend to judge, to know, to demonstrate, the incomprehensible and unsearchable ways 0 1
The following Letter of his Holiness Pius the Sirth, to the most Rep. Anthony Martini, now Archbishop of . , s
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 rulgar tongue.
POPE PIUS THE SIXTH.
Beloved Sox : 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 widely disseminated in these 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 shew 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 to 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 acknowledgments for the books which you have o to us, and which, when convenient, we will read over. In the mean time, as a token of our pontifical henevolence, 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
A PRAYER BEFORE THE READING OF ANY PART OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURE. d o: O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts and minds of thy faithful servants, and inflame them with the fire of thy lwine love. LET Us PRAY : 0Gop, who by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, didst instruct the hearts of thy faithful servants; grant us, in the same Spirit, to discern what is right, and enjoy his comfort for ever: Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who with and reigneth one God, with thee and the same Spirit, world without end. Amen.
A TRANSLATION OF THE DECREE OF THE COUNCIL OF TRENT, coscERNING THE CANONICAL SCRIPTURES. Sess. IV. April 8, 1546–Signed by 255 Prelates, Dec. 4, 1563; and confirmed by Pius IV. Jan. 26, 1564. The holy Oecumenic and general Council of Trent in the Holy Ghost lawfully assembled, the three aforesaid tes of the Apostolic See presiding therein, having always this in view, that all errors being taken away, the purity of the Gospel should be preserved in the Church; that Gospel" before promised by the Prophets in the Holy Scriptures, our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, first promulgated with his own month; and rwards commanded his Apostles to preach the same to all t nations as the source of every saving Truth, and mosal discipline: and the Synod clearly seeing that this Truth and discipline is contained in the Written Word, ord in the unwritten Traditions, which the Apostles received from the mouth of Christ himself, or from the Aoles t themselves, being the dictate of the Holy Ghost to them, and delivered as it were from hand to came down to us; following the examples of the Orthodox Fathers, with due veneration and piety receivin all the books as well of the old as of the New Testament, seeing that God is the immediate author o both, .# also receiving these Traditions, appertaining to Faith and Morals, as coming from the mouth of Christ, or dictated by Holy Ghost, and held in the Catholic Church by a continued succession. The Synod therefore thought proper to annex to this decree a catalogue of the Sacred Books, lest any doubt might arise concerning to that were approved of They are the following: (Here occur the names of the books of the Old and Neo Testament as mentioned below.) Now, if any one, reading over these books in all their parts, as they are "sually readin the Catholic Church, and being in the Latin Vulgate edition, does not hold them for Sacred and Conomical, and knowing the aforesaid traditions, does industriously conteinn them, let him be Anathema. The 72 books of the oly Bible, written by divine inspiration, by the authors whose names they bear, or by others of unquestionable authority, were composed, according to Calmet, Kc, about the following years, before or after Jesus Christ, whose nativity is generally fixed about the year 4000. Absolute certainty in these matters onnot be obtained, as able chronologists vary concerning this most important epoch 3244doi R. Nahasson *wances it to 3740, K. Alphonsus, on the i. hand, postpones it to o year of the world 6984. Pezron places the death of Chris A. M.5000.