1Paul, [the] apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Saviour, and of Jesus Christ our hope,
2to Timothy, beloved son in the faith, grace and mercy and (the) peace, of God the Father, and of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
3As I prayed thee, that thou shouldest dwell at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou shouldest command to some men, that they should not teach (any) other way, 4neither give attention to fables and genealogies that be uncertain, (or without end), which give questions, more than edification of God, that is in the faith. 5For the end of the commandment is (the) charity of (a) clean heart, and good conscience, and of faith not feigned. (For the goal of this command is the love of a pure heart, and a good conscience, and true and sincere faith.) 6From which things some men have erred, and be turned into vain speech; 7and will to be teachers of the law (and desire to be teachers of the Law), and understand not what things they speak, neither of what things they affirm.
8And we know that the law is good, if any man use it lawfully; 9and witting this thing, that the law is not set, (or is not put), to a just man, but to unjust men and not subject, to wicked men and to sinners, to cursed men and defouled, to slayers of father, and slayers of mother, to manslayers (and knowing this, that the Law is not made, or it is not ordained, for a good man, but for evil men and those unobedient, for wicked men and for sinners, for cursed men and defiled men, for killers of father, and killers of mother, for manslayers) 10and lechers, to them that do lechery with men, leasing-mongers and forsworn, and if any other thing is contrary to the wholesome teaching, [+and fornicators, to them that trespass with males against kind, sellers, or stealers, of men, to leasing-mongers and to forsworn men, and if any other thing is contrary to wholesome teaching,] (and lechers, for those who do lechery with men, for liars and perjurers, and if any other thing is contrary to the wholesome teaching,) 11that is after the gospel of the glory of blessed God, which is betaken to me. (that is found in the Gospel, or the Good News, of the glory of the blessed God/of the glorious and the blessed God, which was delivered to me.)
12I do thankings to him, that comforted me in Christ Jesus our Lord, for he guessed me faithful, and put me in ministry, (I give thanks to him, who strengthened me, yea, the Messiah Jesus our Lord, for he believed me to be faithful, and set me in service,) 13that first was a blasphemer, and a pursuer, and full of wrongs. But I have gotten the mercy of God, for I unknowing(ly) did in unbelief. (who before was a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and full of wrongs. But I have received God’s mercy, for I unknowingly acted in unbelief, or out of ignorance.) 14But the grace of our Lord over-abounded, with faith and love that is in Christ Jesus. (But the grace of our Lord was most plentiful, with the faith and love which is ours in the Messiah Jesus.) 15A true word and worthy (of) all receiving, for Christ Jesus came into this world to make sinful men safe, of which I am the first. (Here is a true word and worthy of all acceptance, that the Messiah Jesus came into this world to save sinful men, of whom I am the first/of whom I am the worst.) 16But therefore I have gotten mercy, that Christ Jesus should show in me first all patience, to the informing of them that shall believe to him into everlasting life. (And so I have received mercy, so that the Messiah Jesus could first show in me all his patience, for the informing of those who shall believe in him unto eternal life.) 17And to the king of worlds, undeadly, and invisible God alone, be honour and glory into worlds of worlds. Amen. (And to the King of all the worlds, immortal, and invisible God alone, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.)
18I betake this commandment to thee, thou son Timothy, after the prophecies that have been heretofore in thee, that thou travail, (or fight), in them a good travail, 19having faith and good conscience, which some men cast away, and perished about the faith. (having faith and a good conscience, which some men threw away, and perished amid their faith.) 20Of which is Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I betook to Satan (whom I delivered unto Satan), (so) that they learn not to blaspheme.
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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