1Theophilus, first I made a sermon, (or a word), of all [the] things, that Jesus began to do and teach, 2into the day of his ascension, in which he commanded by the Holy Ghost to his apostles (on which he commanded by the Holy Spirit to his apostles), whom he had chosen; [till into the day, in which he commanding to the apostles by the Holy Ghost, whom he chose, was taken up;] 3to whom he showed himself alive after his passion, (or his suffering), by many arguments, (or provings), appearing to them (for) forty days, and speaking of the realm of God. 4And he ate with them, and commanded [to them], that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but abide the promise of the Father (but wait for the promise of the Father), which ye heard, he said, by my mouth; 5for John baptized in water, but ye shall be baptized in the Holy Ghost (but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit), after these few days.
6Therefore they that were come together, asked him, and said, Lord, whether in this time thou shalt restore the kingdom of Israel? [Therefore they that came together, asked him, saying, Lord, if in this time shalt thou restore the kingdom of Israel?] 7And he said to them, It is not yours to know the times either moments, which the Father hath put in his power; 8but ye shall take the virtue of the Holy Ghost coming from above into you (but ye shall receive power when the Holy Spirit coming from above goeth into you), and ye shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and Samaria, and to the utmost, (or to the uttermost), of the earth.
9And when he had said these things, in their sight he was lifted up, and a cloud received him from their eyes. 10And when they beheld him going into heaven (And after they saw him go up into the heavens), lo! two men stood beside them in white clothing, 11and said, Men of Galilee, what stand ye beholding into heaven? This Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall come (back), as ye saw him going into heaven. (why stand ye looking up into the heavens? This Jesus, who is taken up from you to heaven, shall come back, as ye saw him going to heaven.)
12Then they turned again to Jerusalem, from the hill that is called of Olivet, which is beside Jerusalem, an holiday's journey [having the journey of a sabbath]. (Then they returned to Jerusalem, from the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem, a holy day’s journey away.) 13And when they were entered into the house, where they dwelled, they went up into the solar, (or into the higher things) (they went up into the upper room), Peter and John, and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas of James. 14All these were lastingly continuing, (or dwelling together), with one will, in prayer, with women, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
15In those days Peter rose up in the middle of the brethren, and said (In those days Peter rose up into the midst of the brothers, and said); and there was a company of men together, almost an hundred and twenty; 16Brethren, it behooveth that the scripture be [ful]filled, which the Holy Ghost before-said by the mouth of David (which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David), of Judas that was (the) leader of them that took Jesus; 17and was numbered among us, and got a part of this service, (or of this ministry). (and was numbered among us, and had a part in this ministry.) 18And this Judas had a field of the hire of wickedness, and he was hanged, and burst apart the middle, and all his entrails were shed abroad. (And this Judas bought a field with his wicked wages, and he hanged himself, and fell to that ground, and burst open his middle, and all his bowels, or all his innards, were poured out.) 19And it was made known to all men that dwelt in Jerusalem, so that that field was called Aceldama in the language of them, that is, the field of blood.
20And it is written in the book of Psalms, The habitation of them be made desert [The habitation of him be made desert], and be there none that dwell in it, and another take his bishopric.
21Therefore it behooveth of these men, that be gathered together with us in all the time, in which the Lord Jesus entered [in], and went out among us, 22and began from the baptism of John till into the day in which he was taken up from us, that one of these be made a witness of his resurrection with us. 23And they ordained twain, Joseph, that was called Barsabas, that was named Justus, and Matthias. 24And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, that knowest the hearts of all men, show whom thou hast chosen of these twain, 25that one take the place of this service, (or of this ministry), and apostlehood, of which Judas trespassed, that he should go into his place (so that he can take his place). 26And they gave lots to them, and the lot felled on Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
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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