1Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, to all the saints that be at Ephesus (to all of God’s people who be at Ephesus), and to the faithful men in Jesus Christ, 2grace be to you and (the) peace of God, our Father, and of our Lord Jesus Christ.
3Blessed be God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, that hath blessed us in all spiritual blessing in heavenly things in Christ, 4as he hath chosen us in himself before the making of the world, that we were holy [that we should be holy], and without wem in his sight, in charity. (as he hath chosen us for himself before the Creation of the world, so that we were holy, and without spot, or blemish, before him in love.) 5Which hath before-ordained us into [the] adoption of sons by Jesus Christ into him, by the purpose of his will, 6into the praising of the glory of his grace; in which he hath glorified us in his dearworthy Son. [into the praising of the glory of his grace; in which he made us able to his grace in his dearworthy Son.] 7In whom we have redemption by his blood, [and] forgiveness of sins, after the riches of his grace, 8that abounded greatly in us in all wisdom and prudence, 9to make known to us the sacrament, (or the mystery), of his will, by the good pleasance of him; (to make known to us his secret plan, by his good pleasure;) 10the which sacrament he purposed in him in the dispensation of (the) plenty of times, to store up all things in Christ (to include everything in the Messiah), which be in heavens, and which be in earth, in him. 11In whom [also] we be called by lot, before-ordained by the purpose of him that worketh all things by the counsel of his will; 12that we be into the praising of his glory, we that have hoped before in Christ [we that before hoped in Christ]. (so that we can praise his glory, we who first hoped in the Messiah/we who were the first to hope in the Messiah.) 13In whom also ye were called, when ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your health, in whom ye believing be marked with the Holy Ghost of promise, (In whom also ye were called, when ye heard the Word of Truth, the Gospel, or the Good News, of your salvation, in whom ye believing be sealed with the Holy Spirit, as was promised,) 14which is the earnest, (or a wed), of our heritage (which is the pledge of our inheritance), into the redemption of purchasing, into [the] praising of his glory.
15Therefore and I hearing (of) your faith, that is in Christ Jesus, and the love into all (the) saints, (And so I hearing of your faith, that is in the Messiah Jesus, and your love for all of God’s people,) 16cease not to do thankings for you, making mind of you in my prayers; (never cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers;) 17(so) that (the) God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give to you the spirit of wisdom and of revelation, into the knowing of him; 18and the eyes of your heart lightened, that ye know, which is the hope of his calling, and which be the riches of the glory of his heritage in saints; (and that the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, so that ye know, what is the hope of his calling, and what be the riches and the glory of his inheritance for God’s people;) 19and which is the excellent greatness of his virtue, into us that have believed, by the working of the might of his virtue, (and what is the excellent greatness of his power, for those of us who have believed, by the working of the might of his power), 20which he wrought in Christ, raising him from death [raising him from (the) dead], and setting him on his right half in heavenly things, (which he worked in the Messiah, raising him from the dead, and setting him at his right hand, or on his right side, in heavenly things,) 21above each principat, and potentate, and virtue, and domination (above each principality, and authority, and power, and dominion), and above each name that is named, not only in this world, but also in the world to coming [but also in the world to come]; 22and made all things subject under his feet, and gave him to be (the) head over all the church, 23that is the body of him, and the plenty of him, which is all things in all things fulfilled.
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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