1Paul the apostle, not of men, nor by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, that raised him from death [that raised him from (the) dead], 2and all the brethren that be with me, to the churches of Galatia, (and all the brothers who be with me, to the churches in Galatia,)
3grace (be) to you and (the) peace of God the Father, and of the Lord Jesus Christ, 4that gave himself for our sins, to deliver us from the present wicked world, by the will of God and our Father, 5to whom is honour and glory into worlds of worlds. Amen. (to whom be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.)
6I wonder, that so soon ye be thus moved from him that called you into the grace of Christ, into another evangel, (or into another gospel); (I am amazed, that so quickly ye be moved away from him who called you into the grace of the Messiah, to another gospel;) 7which is not another, but that there be some that trouble you, and will mis-turn the evangel of Christ. (which is not truly another gospel, but that there be some who trouble you, and will pervert the Gospel, or the Good News, of the Messiah.) 8But though we, or an angel of heaven, preached to you, (or evangelized to you), besides that that we have preached to you, be he accursed. 9As I have said before, and now again I say, if any man preach to you besides that that ye have received, be he accursed.
10For now whether counsel I men, or God? or whether I seek to please men? If I pleased yet men, I were not Christ's servant (If I still sought to please men, I would not be the Messiah’s servant).
11For, brethren, I make known to you the evangel, (or the gospel), that was preached of me (that was preached by me), for it is not by man; 12nor I took it of man (nor I received it from any man), nor learned (it from any man), but by [the] revelation of Jesus Christ.
13For ye have heard my conversation sometime in the Jewry, that I pursued (sur)passingly, (or over-manner, or over-measure), the church of God, and fought against it. (For ye have heard about my life before among the Jewry, how I persecuted God’s church beyond measure, and fought so very hard against it.) 14And I profited in the Jewry above many of mine even-elders in my kindred, and was more abundantly a follower, (or a lover), of my fathers’ traditions. 15But when it pleased him, that parted me from my mother’s womb (who separated me from my mother’s womb), and called (me) by his grace, 16to show his Son in me, that I should preach him among the heathen, anon I drew me not to flesh and blood; (to show his Son to me, so that I would preach him among the Gentiles, at once I drew me not to flesh and blood;) 17nor I came to Jerusalem to the apostles, that were before me, but I went into Arabia, and again I turned again into Damascus. (nor did I come to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went to Arabia, and then I returned to Damascus.)
18And since three years after I came to Jerusalem [Afterward after three years I came to Jerusalem], to see Peter, and I dwelled with him fifteen days; 19but I saw none other of the apostles, but James, our Lord's brother. 20And these things which I write to you, lo! before God I lie not. 21Afterward I came into the coasts of Syria and Cilicia. 22But I was unknown by face to the churches of Judaea, that were in Christ (who were in the Messiah); 23and they had only an hearing, that he that pursued us sometime (ago), preacheth now the faith, against which he fought sometime (ago); (and they had only heard it said, that he who had persecuted us before, now preacheth the faith, which before he fought so very hard against;) 24and in me they glorified God. (and they praised God for me.)
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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