1Brethren, I will not, that ye not know, that all our fathers were under [a] cloud, and all passed (through) the (Red) sea; (Brothers, I do not desire, that ye do not know, that all our fathers were under the protection of a cloud, and all passed through the Sea of Reeds;) 2and all were baptized in Moses, in the cloud and in the sea; 3and all ate the same spiritual meat, (and everyone ate the same spiritual food,) 4and all drank the same spiritual drink; and they drank of the spiritual stone following them; and the stone was Christ (and that stone was the Messiah). 5But not in full many of them it was well-pleasant to God; for why they were cast down in [the] desert. (But not very many of them pleased God; and because of that they were thrown down in the desert.)
6But these things were done in figure of us (But these things were done as an example for us), (so) that we be not coveters of evil things, as they coveted. 7Neither be ye made idolaters, as some of them; as it is written, The people sat to eat and drink, and they rose up to play. 8Neither do we fornication, as some of them did fornication, and three and twenty thousand were dead in one day. 9Neither tempt we Christ, as some of them tempted, and perished of serpents. (Nor let us test the Lord, as some of them tested him, and perished from serpents’ bites.) 10Neither grutch ye, as some of them grutched, and they perished of a destroyer, (or of the waster). (And do not grumble, like some of them grumbled, and they perished by the Destroyer.) 11And all these things fell to them in figure; but they be written to our amending, into whom the ends of the worlds be come [soothly they be written to our correction, into whom the ends of the world have come]. (And all these things were examples for them; but they were written for our correction, unto whom the end of the world hath almost come.) 12Therefore he that guesseth him(self), that he standeth, see he, that he fall not. 13Temptation take not you, but man's temptation; for God is true, which shall not suffer you to be tempted above that that ye may; but he shall make with temptation also purveyance, that ye may suffer, (or sustain), (it). (Do not let yourselves be overtaken, or defeated, by any test, for it is but each man's testing; and God is true, and he shall not allow you to be tested beyond what ye can endure; and he shall also make provision with any test, so that ye can endure it/so that ye can sustain it.)
14Wherefore, ye most dearworthy to me, flee ye from the worshipping of maumets [flee from worshipping of idols]. 15As to prudent men I speak, deem ye, (or judge), yourselves that thing that I say. 16Whether the cup of blessing which we bless, is not the communing of Christ's blood? and whether the bread which we break, is not the part taking of the body of the Lord? (The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the sharing of the Messiah’s blood? and the bread which we break, is it not the partaking of the Lord’s body?) 17For we many be one bread and one body, all we that take part of one bread and of one cup. 18See ye Israel after the flesh, whether they that eat sacrifices, be not partners of the altar? 19What therefore say I, that a thing that is offered to idols is anything, or that the idol is anything? 20But those things that heathen men offer, they offer to devils, and not to God. But I will not, that ye be made fellows of fiends; (But those things which the Gentiles offer, they offer to demons, and not to God. But I do not desire, that ye be made the partners of devils and demons;) 21for ye may not drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of fiends; ye may not be partners of the board of the Lord, and of the board of fiends. (for ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils and demons; ye cannot be partners of the table of the Lord, and partners of the table of devils and demons.) 22Whether we have envy to the Lord? (Could the Lord envy us?) whether we be stronger than he?
23All things be leaveful to me, but not all things be speedful. All things be leaveful to me, but not all things edify. (All things be lawful for me, but not all things be expedient. All things be lawful for me, but not all things edify.) 24No man seek (to protect, or to esteem), that thing that is his own, but that thing that is of another (man). 25All thing that is sold in the butchery, eat ye, asking nothing for conscience. 26The earth and the plenty of it, is the Lord's. 27If any of heathen men, (or of unfaithful men), call you to supper (If any of the Gentiles invite you to dinner), and ye will go, all thing that is set to you, eat ye, asking nothing for conscience. 28But if any man saith, This thing is offered to idols, do not ye eat (it), for him that showed [this thing], and for conscience; 29and I say not, thy conscience, but of another [man’s] (conscience). But whereto is my freedom, (or is my liberty), deemed of, (or judged by), another man's conscience? 30Therefore if I take part with grace, what am I blasphemed, for that that I do thankings, (or that I do graces?) (And so if I take part after saying grace, why am I blasphemed, or criticized, for that over which I have said grace, or for which I have given thanks?)
31Therefore whether ye eat, or drink, or do any other thing, do ye all things to the glory of God. 32Be ye without offence to Jews, and to heathen men, and to the church of God; (Give no offence to Jews, or to Gentiles, or to the church of God;) 33as I by all things please to all men, not seeking that that is profitable to me [not seeking what is profitable to me], but that that is profitable to many men, that they be made safe (so that they can be saved).
Wycliffe’s Old Testament
Wycliffe’s New Testament
and JOHN PURVEY
A modern-spelling edition of their
14TH century Middle English translation,
the first complete English vernacular version,
with an Introduction by
TERENCE P. NOBLE
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