1And when men began to be multiplied on [the] earth, and had begat daughters, 2the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair, and took wives to them of all which they had chosen. (the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and took wives for themselves of all whom they had chosen.) 3And God said, My spirit shall not dwell in man without end, for he is flesh; and the days of him shall be an hundred and twenty years. 4Soothly giants were on the earth in those days, forsooth after that the sons of God entered [in] to the daughters of men, and those daughters begat; these were mighty of the world and famous men (these were the mighty and famous men of the world).
5Soothly God saw that much malice of men was in [the] earth, and that all the thought of their heart was attentive, either given (over), to evil in all time, (And God saw that there was much malice in people on the earth, and that all the thoughts of their hearts were given over to evil all the time,) 6and it repented him that he had made man in (the) earth; and God was wary before against time to coming, and was touched with sorrow of heart within; (and he repented that he had made man on the earth; and God was wary about the time to come, and was touched with sorrow of heart within;) 7and said, I shall do away man, whom I made of nought, from the face of the earth; from man till to living things, from creeping beast till to the birds of (the) heaven(s); for it repenteth me that I made them. (and he said, I shall do away man, whom I made out of nothing, from the face of the earth; from man to beast, from the reptiles to the birds of the air; for I repent that I ever made them.) 8Forsooth Noe found grace before the Lord. (But Noah found grace before the Lord.)
9These be the generations of Noe. Noe was a just man and perfect in his generations; Noe went with God, (This is the story of Noah. Noah was a just, or a righteous, man, and the only good man of his generation; and Noah walked with God,) 10and begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11Forsooth the earth was corrupt before God, and was filled with wickedness. (And the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and filled with wickedness.) 12And when God saw, that the earth was corrupt, for each flesh, or man, had corrupted his way on [the] earth (for all people had corrupted their ways upon the earth),
13he said to Noe, The end of all flesh is come before me; the earth is filled with wickedness of the face of them, and I shall destroy them with the earth. (he said to Noah, The end of all flesh hath come before me, for they have filled the earth full of wickedness; and so I shall destroy them all, and the earth with them.) 14Make thou to thee a ship of wood hewn and planed (Make thou a ship for thyself out of hewn and planed wood); thou shalt make dwelling places in the ship, and thou shalt anoint it with pitch within and withoutforth. 15And so thou shalt make it. The length of the ship shall be of three hundred cubits, the breadth shall be of fifty cubits, and the highness thereof shall be of thirty cubits. (And thou shalt make it thus. The length of the ship shall be three hundred cubits, and the breadth shall be fifty cubits, and the height of it shall be thirty cubits.) 16Thou shalt make a window in the ship, and thou shalt end the highness thereof in a cubit (and the distance from the top of it to the roof shall be one cubit); soothly thou shalt set the door of the ship in the side beneath; thou shalt make solars, and places of three chambers in the ship. 17Lo! I shall bring waters of deluge, or great flood, on the earth, and I shall slay each flesh in which is the spirit of life under heaven, and all things that be in [the] earth, shall be wasted. (Lo! and then I shall bring in waters of a deluge, or of a great flood, on the earth, and I shall kill all flesh under heaven in which is the spirit of life, and all the things that be on the earth shall be destroyed.) 18And I shall set my covenant of peace with thee (But I shall make my covenant of peace with thee); and thou shalt enter into the ship, [thou,] and thy sons, and thy wife, and the wives of thy sons shall enter with thee. 19And of all living beasts of all flesh, thou shalt bring into the ship twain and twain, of male kind and female, that they live (along) with thee; (And of all living beasts of all flesh, thou shalt bring into the ship two of each kind, male and female, so that they can continue to live, along with thee;) 20of birds by their kind, and of work beasts in their kind, and of each creeping beast of [the] earth, by their kind; twain and twain of all shall enter with thee, that they may live. (of birds by their kind, and of work beasts by their kind, and of reptiles by their kind; two of each kind shall enter with thee, so that they will continue to live.) 21Therefore thou shalt take with thee of all meats that may be eaten, and thou shalt bear together at thee, and those shall be as well to thee as to the beasts into meat. (And so thou shalt take with thee all kinds of food that can be eaten, and thou shalt carry it all with thee, and this shall be food for thee, and for the beasts.) 22Therefore Noe did all things which God commanded to him. (And so Noah did every-thing which God commanded him to do.)
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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