1And again Jesus began to teach at the sea; and much people was gathered to him, so that he went into a boat, and sat in the sea, and all the people was about the sea on the land. 2And he taught them in parables many things. And he said to them in his teaching, 3Hear ye. Lo! a man sowing goeth out to sow [Lo! a sower went out to sow]. 4And while he soweth, some seed felled about the way, (or besides the way), and (the) birds of (the) heaven(s), (or the birds of the air), came, and ate it. 5Other felled down on stony places, where it had not much earth; and anon it sprang up (and at once it sprouted), for it had not (any) deepness of earth [for it had no deepness of earth]. 6And when the sun rose up, it withered for heat, and it dried up, for it had no root(s). 7And other felled down into thorns, and [the] thorns sprang up, and strangled it, and it gave no fruit. 8And other felled down into good land, and gave fruit, springing up, and waxing (and growing); and one brought (forth) thirtyfold, and one sixtyfold, and one an hundredfold. 9And he said, He that hath ears of hearing, hear he. [And he said, He that hath ears to hear, hear.]
10And when he was by himself, the twelve that were with him asked him to expound the parable. 11And he said to them, To you it is given to know the private, (or the mystery), of the kingdom of God (To you it is given to know the secret of the Kingdom of God). But to them that be withoutforth, all things be made in parables, 12(so) that they seeing see, and see not, and they hearing hear, and understand not; lest sometime they be converted, and (their) sins be forgiven to them.
13And he said to them, Know not ye this parable? and how ye shall know all parables? (And he said to them, Do ye not understand this parable? then how shall ye understand any parable?) 14He that soweth, soweth a word. 15But these it be that be about the way, where the word is sown; and when they have heard, anon cometh Satan (at once Satan cometh), and taketh away the word that is sown in their hearts. 16And in like manner be these that be sown on stony places, which when they have heard the word, anon they take it with joy (at once they receive it with joy); 17and they have not root in themselves, but they be lasting [but] (for) a little time, (or they be temporal); afterward when tribulation riseth, and persecution for the word, anon, (or at once), they be caused to stumble. 18And there be others that be sown in thorns; these it be, that hear the word, 19and dis-ease of the world, and deceit of riches, and other charge of covetousness entereth (and the burden of envy entereth), and strangleth the word, and it is made without fruit. 20And these it be that be sown on good land, which hear the word, and take (it) (and receive it), and make fruit, one thirtyfold, and one sixtyfold, and one an hundredfold.
21And he said to them, Whether a lantern cometh, that it be put under a bushel, or under a bed? nay, but that it be put on a candlestick? 22There is nothing hid, that shall not be made open [that shall not be showed]; neither anything is privy, that shall not come into (the) open. (There is nothing hidden, that shall not be made open, or revealed; nor is anything private, or kept secret, that shall not be brought out into the open.) 23If any man have ears of hearing, hear he. 24And he said to them, See ye what ye hear. In what measure ye mete, it shall be meted to you again, and it shall be cast to you (By which measure ye measure, it shall be measured unto you again, yea, it shall be throw unto you). 25For it shall be given to him that hath, and it shall be taken away from him that hath not, also that that he hath. [Forsooth it shall be given to him that hath, and if a man hath not, yea this that he hath shall be taken away from him.]
26And he said, So the kingdom of God is, as if a man cast seed into the earth, 27and he sleep, and it rise up night and day, and bring forth seed, and wax fast (and grow fast), while he knoweth not. 28For the earth [by his own working, or by his own will (by its own working, or by its own will)], maketh fruit, first the grass, afterward the ear, and after[ward] full fruit in the ear. 29And when of itself it hath brought forth fruit, anon, (or at once), he sendeth a sickle, for reaping time is come.
30And he said, To what thing shall we liken the kingdom of God? or to what parable shall we comparison it? 31As a corn of mustard seed (Like a kernel, or a grain, of mustard seed), which when it is sown in the earth, is less than all (the) seeds that be in the earth; 32and when it is sprung up, it waxeth into a tree (it groweth into a tree), and is made greater than all (the) herbs; and it maketh great branches, so that [the] birds of (the) heaven(s) may dwell under the shadow thereof (so that the birds of the air can live under their shadow).
33And in many such parables he spake to them the word, as they might hear (as much as they could understand); 34and he spake not to them without parable(s). But he expounded to his disciples all things by themselves.
35And he said to them in that day, when evening was come, Pass we again-ward. (And he said to them on that day, when the evening had come, Let us go over to the other side of Lake Galilee.) 36And they let go the people (And they let the people go), and took him, so that he was in a boat; and other boats were with him. 37And a great storm, (or a tempest), of wind was made, and cast waves into the boat, so that the boat was full[-filled] (so that the boat was filled full of water). 38And he was in the hinder part of the boat, and slept on a pillow. And they raised him, and said to him, Master, pertaineth it not to thee, that we perish? 39And he rose up, and menaced the wind (and threatened the wind), and said to the sea, Be still, wax dumb. And the wind ceased, and great peaceableness was made. 40And he said to them, What dread ye? (Why fear ye?) Yet ye have no faith?/Ye have not faith yet? [Not yet have ye faith?] 41And they dreaded with great dread (And they feared with a great fear), and said to each other, Who, guessest thou, is this? for the wind and the sea obey to him.
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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