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John Wycliffe Bible 1382



2:1Therfor if ony coumfort is in Crist, if ony solace of charite, if ony felouschipe of spirit, if ony inwardnesse of merci doyng,
2:2fille ye my ioye, that ye vndurstonde the same thing, and haue the same charite, of o wille, and feelen the same thing;
2:3no thing bi strijf, nether by veyn glorie, but in mekenesse, demynge eche othere to be heiyer than hym silf;
2:4not biholdinge ech bi hym silf what thingis ben his owne, but tho thingis that ben of othere men.
2:5And fele ye this thing in you, which also in Crist Jhesu;
2:6that whanne he was in the forme of God, demyde not raueyn, that hym silf were euene to God;
2:7but he lowide hym silf, takinge the forme of a seruaunt, and was maad in to the licknesse of men, and in abite was foundun as a man.
2:8He mekide hym silf, and was maad obedient to the deth, yhe, to the deth of the cross.
2:9For which thing God enhaunside hym, and yaf to hym a name that is aboue al name;
2:10that in the name of Jhesu ech kne be bowid, of heuenli thingis, of ertheli thingis, and of hellis;
2:11and ech tunge knouleche, that the Lord Jhesu Crist is in the glorie of God the fadir.
2:12Therfor, my most dereworthe britheren, as euere more ye han obeischid, not in my presence onely, but myche more now in myn absence, worche ye with drede and trembling youre heelthe.
2:13For it is God that worchith in you, bothe to wilne, and to performe, for good wille.
2:14And do ye alle thingis with out grutchingis and doutyngis;
2:15that ye be with out playnt, and symple as the sones of God, with out repreef, in the myddil of a schrewid nacioun and a weiward; among whiche ye schynen as yyueris of liyt in the world.
2:16And holde ye togidere the word of lijf to my glorie in the day of Crist; for Y haue not runnen in veyn, nether Y haue trauelid in veyn.
2:17But thouy Y be offrid or slayn on the sacrifice and seruyce of youre feith, Y haue ioye, and Y thanke you alle.
2:18And the same thing haue ye ioye, and thanke ye me.
2:19And Y hope in the Lord Jhesu, that Y schal sende Tymothe soone to you, that Y be of good coumfort, whanne tho thingis ben knowun that ben aboute you.
2:20For Y haue no man so of o wille, that is bisi for you with clene affeccioun.
2:21For alle men seken tho thingis that ben her owne, not tho that ben of Crist Jhesu.
2:22But knowe ye the asaie of hym, for as a sone to the fadir he hath seruyd with me in the gospel.
2:23Therfor Y hope that Y schal sende hym to you, anoon as Y se what thingis ben aboute me.
2:24And Y triste in the Lord, that also my silf schal come to you soone.
2:25And Y gesside it nedeful to sende to you Epafrodite, my brother and euene worchere, and myn euene knyyt, but youre apostle, and the mynystre of my nede.
2:26For he desiride you alle, and he was sorewful, therfor that ye herden that he was sijk.
2:27For he was sijk to the deth, but God hadde merci on him; and not oneli on hym, but also on me, lest Y hadde heuynesse on heuynesse.
2:28Therfor more hastili Y sente hym, that whanne ye han seyn hym, ye haue ioye eft, and Y be withouten heuynesse.
2:29Therfor resseyue ye hym with al ioye in the Lord, and haue ye suche with al onour.
2:30For the werk of Crist he wente to deth, yyuynge his lijf, that he schulde fulfille that that failide of you anentis my seruyce.
John Wycliffe Bible 1382

John Wycliffe Bible 1382

The Wycliffe Bible is the only Bible here that was not translated from the Textus Receptus. Its inclusion here is for the Bible's historic value and for comparison in the English language.

John Wycliffe, an Oxford professor produced the first hand-written English language Bible manuscripts in the 1380's. While it is doubtful Wycliffe himself translated the versions that bear his name, he certainly can be considered the driving force behind the project. He strongly believed in having the scriptures available to the people.

Wycliffe, was well-known throughout Europe for his opposition to the teaching of the organized Church, which he believed to be contrary to the Bible. With the help of his followers (called Lollards), Wycliffe produced dozens of English language manuscript copies of the scriptures. They were translated out of the Latin Vulgate, which was the only source text available to Wycliffe. The Pope was so infuriated by his teachings and his translation of the Bible into English, that 44 years after Wycliffe died, he ordered the bones to be dug-up, crushed, and scattered in the river.