1Paul, [the] apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, by the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, (Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ, by the desire of God, by the promise of life that is in the Messiah Jesus,)
2to Timothy, his most dearworthy son, grace, mercy, and (the) peace of God the Father, and of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
3I do thankings to my God, to whom I serve from my progenitors, (or from my ancestors), in clean conscience, that without ceasing I have mind of thee in my prayers, night and day, (I give thanks to my God, whom I serve, like my ancestors, with a clean conscience, so that without ceasing I remember thee in my prayers, night and day,) 4desiring to see thee; having mind of thy tears [mindful of thy tears] (remembering thy tears), (so) that I be [ful]filled with joy. 5And I bethink of that faith, that is in thee not feigned, which also dwelled first in thine aunt Lois, and in thy mother Eunice. And I am certain, that (is) also in thee. 6For which cause I admonish thee, that thou raise again the grace of God, that is in thee by the setting on of mine hands, (or by the on-putting of mine hands). 7For why God gave not to us the spirit of dread, but of virtue, and of love, and of soberness. (Because God did not give us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of resoluteness.)
8Therefore do not thou shame the witnessing of our Lord Jesus Christ, neither (of) me, his prisoner; but travail thou together (with others) in the gospel by the virtue of God; (And so do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord Jesus Christ, nor of me, his prisoner/nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but labour together with others in the Gospel by the power of God;) 9that delivered us, and called (us) with his holy calling, not after our works, but by his purpose and grace, that is given [to us] in Christ Jesus before worldly times; (who delivered us, and called us with his holy calling, not according to our works, but by his purpose and grace, that is given to us in the Messiah Jesus before the Creation of the world /before time began;) 10but now it is open by the lightening of our Saviour Jesus Christ, which destroyed death, and lightened life and uncorruption by the gospel. (but now it is made open by the appearance of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who destroyed death, and lightened life and uncorruption by the Gospel, or the Good News.) 11In which I am set a preacher and apostle, and master of heathen men. (In which I am ordained a preacher and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.) 12For which cause also I suffer these things; but I am not confounded. For I know to whom I have believed, and I am certain that he is mighty to keep that (which) is taken to my keeping, (or that which is delivered unto my keeping), into that day. 13Have thou the form of wholesome words, which thou heardest of me in (the) faith and love in Christ Jesus. (Have thou the form of wholesome words, which thou hast heard from me in the faith and love in the Messiah Jesus.) 14Keep thou the good [thing, or the good deposit,] taken to thy keeping by the Holy Ghost, that dwelleth in us. (Keep thou, or Guard, the good deposit delivered unto thy keeping by the Holy Spirit, who dwelleth in us.)
15Thou knowest this, that all that be in Asia be turned away from me, of which is Phygellus and Hermogenes. 16The Lord give mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for oft he refreshed me, and shamed not my chain. (May the Lord show kindness to the family of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and he was not ashamed of my bonds, or of my imprisonment.) 17But when he came to Rome, he sought me (out) busily, and found [me]. 18The Lord give to him to find (the) mercy of God in that day. And how great things he ministered to me at Ephesus, thou knowest better.
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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