1And Jesus rose up from thence, and came into the coasts of Judaea over (the) Jordan (River) [And Jesus rising up from thence, came into the ends of Judaea beyond (the) Jordan (River)]; and again the people came together to him, and as he was wont, again he taught them.
2And the Pharisees came [nigh], and asked him, Whether it be leaveful to a man to leave, (or to forsake), his wife? and they tempted him. (And the Pharisees came near, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to leave his wife? and they tested him.) 3And he answered, and said to them, What commanded Moses to you? 4And they said, Moses suffered (us) to write a libel of forsaking, and to forsake. (And they said, Moses allowed us to write a bill of forsaking, or a notice of divorce, and then we be able to forsake, or to leave, a woman.) 5And Jesus answered, and said to them, For the hardness of your heart(s) Moses wrote to you this commandment, (or this precept). 6But from the beginning of creature(s) (But from the beginning of Creation), God made them male and female; 7and said, For this thing a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall draw, (or shall cleave), to his wife, 8and they shall be twain in one flesh. And so now they be not twain, but one flesh. 9Therefore that thing that God hath joined together, no man separate, (or part).
10And again in the house his disciples asked him of the same thing. (And in the house his disciples asked him about this same thing.) 11And he said to them, Whoever leaveth his wife, and weddeth another, he doeth adultery on her. 12And if the wife leave her husband, and be wedded to another, she doeth lechery, (or adultery).
13And they brought to him little children, (so) that he should touch them; and the disciples threatened the men, that brought them. 14And when Jesus had seen them, he bare (it) heavy, and said to them, Suffer ye (the) little children to come to me (Allow the little children to come to me), and forbid ye them not, for of such is the kingdom of God. 15Truly I say to you (I tell you the truth), whoever receiveth not the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter into it. 16And he embraced them, and laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
17And when Jesus was gone out into the way, a man ran before, and kneeled before him, and prayed him, and said, Good master, what shall I do, that I receive everlasting life? (and said, Good Teacher, what should I do, so that I can get, or I can receive, eternal life?) 18And Jesus said to him, What sayest thou that I am good? (Why sayest thou that I am good?) There is no man good, but God himself [None is good, no but God alone]. 19Thou knowest the commandments, do thou none adultery, slay not, steal not, say not false witnessing (do not give false testimony), do no fraud, worship thy father and thy mother (honour thy father and thy mother). 20And he answered, and said to him, Master, I have kept all these things from my youth. 21And Jesus beheld him, and loved him, and said to him, One thing faileth to thee; go thou, and sell all (the) things that thou hast, and give (the proceeds) to poor men, and (then) thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, (pur)sue thou me (follow me). 22And he was full sorry in the word [The which made sorrowful in the word] (And he was greatly grieved by these words), and went away mourning, for he had many possessions.
23And Jesus beheld about, and said to his disciples, How hard they that have riches, (or money), shall enter into the kingdom of God. 24And the disciples were astonished in his words (And the disciples were astonished at his words). And Jesus again answered, and said to them, Ye little children [Little sons], how hard it is for men that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God. 25It is lighter (for) a camel to pass through a needle's eye [It is easier that a camel pass through a needle’s eye], than (for) a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 26And they wondered more, and said among themselves, And who may be saved? (Then who can be saved?) 27And Jesus beheld them, and said, With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things be possible with God.
28And Peter began to say to him, Lo! we have left all things, and have (pur)sued thee (and have followed thee). 29Jesus answered, and said, Truly I say to you (I tell you the truth), there is no man that leaveth house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or children, or fields for me and for the gospel, 30which shall not take an hundredfold so much now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and fields, with persecutions, and in the world to coming everlasting life [and in the world to come everlasting life] (who shall not now receive in this time a hundred times as much, yea, houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and fields, with persecutions, and in the world to come eternal life.) 31But many shall be, the first the last, and the last the first.
32And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them, and they wondered, and followed, and dreaded (and feared). And again Jesus took the twelve (aside), and began to say to them, what things were to come to him. 33For lo! we ascend to Jerusalem, and man's Son shall be betrayed to the princes of (the) priests, and to [the] scribes, and to the elder men; and they shall condemn him by death, and they shall [be]take him to heathen men. (For lo! we go up to Jerusalem, and man's Son shall be betrayed to the high priests, and to the scribes, and to the elders; and they shall condemn him to death, and they shall deliver him to the heathens/and they shall hand him over to the Gentiles.) 34And they shall scorn him, and bespit him, and beat him; and they shall slay him, and in the third day he shall rise again (and on the third day he shall rise again).
35And James and John, Zebedee's sons, came to him, and said, Master, we will, that whatever we ask, thou do to us. (And James and John, Zebedee's sons, came to him, and said, Teacher, we desire/we want, that whatever we ask, thou do for us.) 36And he said to them, What will ye that I do to you? (And he said to them, What do ye desire that I do for you?) 37And they said, Grant to us, that we sit the one at thy right half, and the other at thy left half, in thy glory. (And they said, Grant to us, that we sit the one at thy right hand, or on thy right side, and the other at thy left hand, or on thy left side, in thy glory.) 38And Jesus said to them, Ye know not what ye ask; may ye drink the cup, which I shall drink (can ye drink the cup, which I shall drink), or be washed with the baptism, in which I am baptized? 39And they said to him, We may (We can). And Jesus said to them, [Truly] Ye shall drink the cup that I drink, and ye shall be washed with the baptism, in which I am baptized; 40but to sit at my right half or left half is not mine to give to you (but to sit at my right hand or at my left hand is not mine to give to you), (no) but to whom it is made ready.
41And the ten heard, and began to have indignation of James and John. (And the other ten heard, and began to feel indignant with James and John.) 42But Jesus called them, and said to them, Ye know, that they that seem, (or that be seen), to have princehood of folks, be (the) lords of them, and the princes of them have power of them. (And Jesus called them, and said to them, Ye know, that they who be seen to have lordship over the nations and the peoples, be their lords, and so their leaders have power over them.) 43But it is not so among you, but whoever will be made [the] greater, shall be your minister (shall be your servant); 44and whoever will be the first among you, shall be (the) servant of all. 45For why man's Son came not, that it should be ministered to him, but that he should minister, and give his life again-buying, (or as a redemption), for many. (For man’s Son came not, so that he would be served, but that he would serve, and give his life as a redemption for many.)
46And they came to Jericho; and when he went forth from Jericho, and his disciples, and a full much people (and a great many people), Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat beside the way, and begged. 47And when he heard, that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry, and say, Jesus, the son of David, have mercy on me. 48And many threatened him, that he should be still; and he cried much the more [and he cried much more, saying], Jesus, the son of David, have mercy on me. 49And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be called; and they called the blind man, and said to him, Be thou of better heart, rise up, he calleth thee. 50And he cast away his cloth (And he threw away his cloak), and skipped, and came to him. 51And Jesus answered, and said to him, What wilt thou, that I shall do to thee? The blind man said to him, Master, that I see. (And Jesus said to him, What desirest thou, that I shall do for thee? The blind man said to him, Teacher, that I see.) 52Jesus said to him, Go thou, thy faith hath made thee safe. And anon he saw, and (pur)sued him in the way. (Jesus said to him, Go, thy faith hath saved thee/thy faith hath healed thee. And at once he saw, and followed him on the way.)
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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