1After these things Jesus walked into Galilee, for he would not walk into Judaea, for the Jews sought to slay him. 2And there was nigh a feast day of the Jews, [that is, a Feast of] Tabernacles. 3And his brethren said to him, Pass from hence (Go forth from here), and go into Judaea, (so) that also thy disciples see thy works that thou doest; 4for no man doeth anything in huddles, (or in secret), and himself seeketh to be (out in the) open [+forsooth no man doeth anything in hid place, or (in) privy (for no one doeth anything in a hidden place, or in private), and he seeketh to be (out) in (the) open]. If thou doest these things, show thyself to the world. 5For neither his brethren believed in him. 6Therefore Jesus saith to them, My time came not yet, but your time is (for)evermore ready. (My hour hath not yet come/It is not yet my time, but it is always your time.) 7The world may not hate you, soothly it hateth me; for I bear witnessing thereof (for I testify to it), that the works of it be evil. 8Go ye up to this feast day, but I shall not go up to this feast day, for my time is not yet fulfilled, (or full-filled) (for my time is not yet filled full, or hath not yet fully come to fruition). 9When he had said these things, he dwelt in Galilee.
10And after that his brethren were gone up, then he went up to the feast day, not openly, but as in private. 11Therefore the Jews sought him in the feast day (And so the Jews looked for him on the Feast Day, or at the Festival), and said, Where is he? 12And much grutching was of him among the people (And there was much grumbling about him among the people). For some said, That he is good; and others said, Nay, but he deceiveth the people; 13nevertheless no man spake openly of him, for dread of the Jews (for fear of the Jews).
14But when the middle feast day came, Jesus went up into the temple (Jesus went to the Temple), and taught. 15And the Jews wondered, and said, How knoweth this man letters, since he hath not learned? (How can this man know so much, since he hath not studied?) 16Jesus answered to them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 17If any man will do his will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it be of God, or [whether] I speak of myself. 18He that speaketh of himself, seeketh his own glory; but he that seeketh the glory of him that sent him, is soothfast (is truthful), and unrightwiseness is not in him.
19Whether Moses gave not to you a law, and none of you doeth, (or keepeth), the law? What seek ye to slay me? (Did not Moses give you the Law? and yet none of you obeyeth the Law. Why do ye seek to kill me?) 20And the people answered, and said, Thou hast a devil; who seeketh to slay thee? 21Jesus answered, and said to them, I have done one work, and all ye wonder. 22Therefore Moses gave to you circumcision; not for it is of Moses, but of the fathers (not that it was from Moses, but from the fathers); and in the sabbath ye circumcise a man. 23If a man take circumcision in the sabbath, that the law of Moses be not broken, (why) have ye indignation, (or wrath), to me, for I made all a man whole in the sabbath? (And if a man receive his circumcision on the Sabbath, so that the Law of Moses be not broken, then why have ye indignation, or wrath, against me, for I made a man all whole, or I healed him, on the Sabbath?) 24Do not ye deem after the face, but deem ye a rightful doom. (Do not simply judge on the surface, but rather make the correct judgement.)
25Therefore some of Jerusalem said, Whether this is not he, whom the Jews seek to slay? 26and lo! he speaketh openly, and they say nothing to him. Whether the princes know verily that this is Christ? (Perhaps our leaders know that he is truly the Messiah?) 27But we know this man, of whence he is; but when Christ shall, no man knoweth of whence he is come. (And yet we know this man, where he is from; but when the Messiah shall come, no one shall know where he is from.) 28Therefore Jesus cried in the temple (when he was) teaching, and said, Ye know me, and ye know of whence I am; and I came not of myself, but he is true that sent me, whom ye know not. 29I know him, and if I say that I know him not, I shall be like to you, a liar; but I know him, for of him I am (for I am from him), and he sent me. 30Therefore they sought to take (hold of) him, and no man set on him hands, for his hour came not yet (And so they sought to take hold of him, but no one put his hands on him, for his hour had not yet come/for it was not yet his time.) 31And many of the people believed in him, and said, When Christ shall come, whether he shall do more tokens than those that this doeth? (When the Messiah shall come, shall he do more signs, or more miracles, than these which he doeth?)
32The Pharisees heard the people musing of him, (concerning) these things; and the princes and the Pharisees sent ministers, to take him. (The Pharisees heard the people musing about him, concerning these things; and the leaders, the high priests, and the Pharisees, sent their servants, to take hold of him.) 33Therefore Jesus said to them, Yet a little time I am with you, and I go to the Father, that sent me. 34Ye shall seek me, and ye shall not find me; and where I am, ye may not come (ye cannot come). 35Therefore the Jews said to themselves, Whither shall this go, for we shall not find him? whether he will go into the scattering of heathen men, and will teach the heathen? (And so the Jews said to themselves, Where shall he go, that we shall not be able to find him? shall he go unto the Dispersion among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles?) 36What is this word, which he said, Ye shall seek me, and ye shall not find me; and where I am, ye may not come? (and where I am, ye cannot come?)
37But in the last day of the great feast (But on the last day of the great Feast, or of the great Festival), Jesus stood, and cried, and said, If any man thirsteth, come he to me, and drink. 38He that believeth in me, as the scripture saith, Rivers of quick water shall flow out of his womb. (He who believeth in me, as the Scripture saith, Rivers of living water/Rivers of life-giving water shall flow out of his belly.) 39But he said this thing of the (Holy) Spirit, (or of the Holy Ghost), which men that believed in him should take (which those who believed in him would receive later); for the Spirit was not yet given, for Jesus was not yet glorified.
40Therefore of that company, when they had heard these words of him, they said, This is verily a prophet (He is truly the Prophet). 41Others said, This is Christ. But some said, Whether Christ cometh from Galilee? (Others said, He is the Messiah. But some said, Will the Messiah come from Galilee?) 42Whether the scripture saith not, that of the seed of David, and of the castle of Bethlehem, where David was, Christ cometh? (Saith not the Scripture, that from the seed of David, and from the village of Bethlehem, where David was, the Messiah shall come?) 43Therefore dissension was made among the people for him. 44And some of them would have taken (hold of) him, but no man set (his) hands on him.
45Therefore the ministers came to the bishops, and Pharisees, and they said to them, Why brought ye not him? (And so the servants came back to the high priests, and the Pharisees, and they said to them, Why have ye not brought him back to us?) 46The ministers answered (The servants answered), Never (a) man spake so, as this man speaketh. 47Therefore the Pharisees answered to them, Whether ye be deceived also? 48whether any of the princes, or (we) of the Pharisees believed in him? (do any of the leaders, yea, the high priests, or we of the Pharisees, believe in him?) 49But this people, that knoweth not the law, be cursed. (Let these people, who do not know the Law, be cursed!) 50Nicodemus saith to them, he that came to him by night, that was one of them, 51Whether our law deemeth a man, [no] but it have first heard of him [no but first it have heard of him], and know what he doeth? (Judgeth our Law any man, unless it first have heard from him, and know what he doeth?) 52They answered, and said to him, Whether thou art a man of Galilee also? Seek thou (the) scriptures, and see thou, that a prophet riseth not (out) of Galilee. 53And they turned again, each into his house. (And then each of them returned to his own house.)
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,
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TERENCE P. NOBLE
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