1Be ye my followers, as I am of Christ. (Be followers of me, like I am of the Messiah.)
2And, brethren, I praise you, that by all things ye be mindful of me; and as I betook to you my commandments, ye hold (onto them) [ye keep (them)]. (And, brothers, I praise you, because ye always remember me; and as I delivered to you my teachings, ye follow and obey them.) 3But I will that ye know, that Christ is [the] head of each man; but the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. (But I desire that ye know, that the Messiah is the head of every man; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of the Messiah is God.) 4Each man praying, or prophesying, when his head is covered, defouleth his head (defileth his head). 5But each woman praying, or prophesying, when her head is not covered, defouleth her head (defileth her head); for it is one (for it is such), as if she were polled, (or as if she were made bald, or were clipped). 6And if a woman be not covered, (or veiled), be she polled; and if it is (a) foul thing to a woman to be polled, or to be made bald (and if it is a foul thing for a woman to be clipped, or to be cropped, or to be made bald), cover she her head. 7But a man shall not cover his head, for he is the image and (the) glory of God; but a woman is the glory of man. 8For a man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man. 9And the man is not made for the woman, but the woman for the man. 10Therefore the woman shall have a covering on her head, (and) also (out of regard) for (the) angels. (And so the woman shall have a covering upon her head, out of fear of the angels.) 11Nevertheless neither the man is without the woman, neither the woman is without [the] man, in the Lord. 12For why as the woman is of the man, so the man is by the woman; but all things be of God. 13Deem ye yourselves (Judge yourselves); beseemeth it, (or becometh it), (for) a woman not covered on the head to pray to God? 14Neither the kind itself teacheth us [that] (Neither nature itself teacheth us that), for if a man nourish long hair, it is (a) shame to him; 15but if a woman nourish long hair, it is (a) glory to her, for hairs be given to her for covering. 16But if any man is seen to be full of strife (And if anyone is seen to be always arguing), we have none such custom, neither (hath) the church of God.
17But this thing I command, not praising, that ye come together not into the better, but into the worse. 18First for when ye come together into the church, I hear that dissensions, either partings, be, and in part I believe (it). 19For it behooveth heresies to be, (so) that they that be (ap)proved, be openly known in you. 20Therefore when ye come together into one, now it is not to eat the Lord's supper; 21for why each man before taketh his supper to eat, and one is (still) hungry, and another is (now) drunken. 22Whether ye have not houses to eat and (to) drink (in), or ye (so) despise the church of God, and confound, (or shame), them that have none? (or that have not?) What shall I say to you? I praise you, but herein I praise you not [What shall I say to you? I praise you; in this thing I praise you not].
23For I have taken of the Lord that thing, which I have betaken to you (For I have received from the Lord, that which I have delivered to you). For the Lord Jesus, in what night he was betrayed, took bread, 24and did thankings, (or graces), and brake (it), and said, Take ye, and eat ye; this is my body, which shall be betrayed for you; do ye this thing into my mind (do this in remembrance of me). 25Also [he took] the cup, after that he had supped, and said, This cup is the new testament in my blood; do ye this thing, as oft as ye shall drink [it], into my mind (And he took the cup, after that he had supped, and said, This cup is the New Covenant sealed by my blood; do this, as often as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me.) 26For as oft as ye shall eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye shall tell, (or ye shall show), the death of the Lord, till that he come [till he come].
27Therefore whoever eateth the bread, or drinketh the cup of the Lord unworthily, he shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. 28But prove a man himself, and so eat he of that bread, and drink he of the cup. 29For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh doom, (or damnation, or judgement), (un)to him[self], not wisely deeming the body of the Lord. 30Therefore among you many be sick and feeble, (or unstrong), and many sleep, (or die). (And so among you there be many who be frail and weak, and many who have died.) 31And if we deemed wisely us-selves, we should not be deemed; (And if we wisely judged ourselves, then we would not be judged, or come under God’s judgement;) 32but while we be deemed of the Lord (but when we be judged by the Lord), we be chastised, (so) that we be not condemned with this world.
33Therefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, abide ye together. (And so, my brothers, when ye come together to eat, wait for one another.) 34If any man hungereth, eat he at home, that ye come not together into doom (so that ye do not come together under judgement). And I shall dispose other things, when I come.
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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