1And he said to them, Truly I say to you, that there be some men standing here, which shall not taste death, till they see the realm of God coming in virtue (And he said to them, I tell you the truth, that there be some standing here now, who shall not taste death, before they see the Kingdom of God coming in power/coming with power.)
2And after six days Jesus took Peter, and James, and John, and led them by themselves alone into an high hill (and led only them up onto a high hill, or a mountain); and he was transfigured before them. 3And his clothes were made full shining and (as) white as snow, which manner white clothes a fuller may not make on (the) earth. 4And Elias with Moses appeared to them, and they spake with Jesus. (And Elijah and Moses appeared to them, and they spoke with Jesus.) 5And Peter answered, and said to Jesus, Master, it is good (for) us to be here; and make we here three tabernacles, one to thee, one to Moses, and one to Elias. (And Peter said to Jesus, Teacher, it is good for us to be here; and we shall make here three tents, or three tabernacles, one for thee, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.) 6For he knew not what he should say; for they were aghast by dread [for they were afeared by dread]. 7And there was made a cloud overshadowing them; and a voice came out of the cloud, and said, This is my most dearworthy Son, hear ye him (listen to him). 8And anon they beheld about, and saw no more any man, [no] but Jesus only with them. (And at once they looked about, and saw no one there, except Jesus with them.)
9And when they came down from the hill, he commanded them, that they should not tell to any man those things that they had seen, but when, (or until), man's Son hath risen again from death [+no but when, (or until), man’s Son hath risen from (the) dead]. 10And they held the word at themselves (And they held the word within themselves), seeking what this should be, when he had risen again from death [when he hath risen from (the) dead]. 11And they asked him, and said, What then say [the] Pharisees and [the] scribes, that it behooveth Elias to come first. (And they asked him, Why then do the Pharisees and the scribes say, that it behooveth Elijah to come first.) 12And he answered, and said to them, When Elias cometh (When Elijah shall come), he shall first restore all things; and as it is written of man's Son, that he suffer many things, and be despised. 13And I say to you that Elias is come, and they did to him whatever things they would, as it is written of him. (And I tell you that Elijah hath come, and they did whatever they wanted to do to him, as it is written about him.)
14And he coming to his disciples, saw a great company about them, and [the] scribes disputing with them. 15And anon all the people seeing Jesus, was astonished, and they dreaded (And at once all the people seeing Jesus, were astonished, and they revered him); and they running [to (him),] greeted him. 16And he asked them, What (thing) dispute ye among you? 17And one of the company answered, and said, Master, I have brought to thee my son, that hath a dumb spirit; 18and wherever he taketh him, he hurtleth him down, and he foameth, and beateth together with (his) teeth, and waxeth dry (and then groweth dry). And I said to thy disciples, that they should cast him out, and they might not. 19And he answered to them, and said, A! thou generation out of belief [O! thou generation unbelieveful] (O! thou unbelieving, or unfaithful, generation), how long shall I be among you, how long shall I suffer you? Bring ye him to me. 20And they brought him. And when he had seen him, anon the spirit troubled him (the spirit troubled him at once); and he was thrown down to the ground, and wallowed, and foamed. 21And he asked his father, How long is it, since this hath befallen to him? And he said, From childhood; 22and oft he hath put him into the fire, and into water, to lose him (to destroy him); but if thou mayest (do) anything, help us, and have mercy on us. 23And Jesus said to him, If thou mayest believe (If thou can believe), all things be possible to a man that believeth. 24And anon, (or at once), the father of the child cried with tears, and said, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. 25And when Jesus had seen the people running together, he menaced the unclean spirit (he threatened the unclean spirit), and said to him, Thou deaf and dumb spirit, I command thee, go out from him, and enter no more into him. 26And he crying, and much wrenching him, went out from him; and he was made as dead, so that many said, that he was dead. 27And Jesus held his hand, and lifted him up; and he rose. 28And when he had entered into an house, his disciples asked him privily, Why might not we cast him out? (And when he had entered into a house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could we not throw him out?) 29And he said to them, This kind in nothing may go out [This kind may not go out in anything], [no] but in prayer and fasting. (And he said to them, This kind cannot be made to go out, except by prayer and fasting.)
30And they went from thence, and went forth into Galilee; and they would not, that any man knew [and he would not, that any man know] (and he did not want, that anyone knew that he was there). 31And he taught his disciples, and said to them, For man's Son shall be betrayed into the hands of men, and they shall slay him, and he slain shall rise again on the third day. 32And they knew not the (meaning of the) word(s), and dreaded to ask him (and feared to ask him).
33And they came to Capernaum. And when they were in the house, he asked them, What treated ye in the way? (What did ye discuss on the way?) 34And they were still; for they disputed among them[selves] in the way, who of them should be [the] greatest. (And they were silent; for they argued among themselves on the way, who of them was the greatest.) 35And he sat, and called the twelve, and said to them, If any man will be the first among you, he shall be the last of all, and the minister, (or the servant), of all. 36And he took a child, and set him in the middle, (or in the midst,) of them; and when he had embraced him, he said to them, 37Whoever receiveth one of such children in my name, he receiveth me; and whoever receiveth me, he receiveth not me alone, but him that sent me.
38John answered to him, and said, Master, we saw one casting out fiends in thy name, which (pur)sueth not us, and we have forbidden him. (John answered to him, and said, Master, we saw one throwing out devils and demons in thy name, and he followeth not us, and we have forbidden him.) 39And Jesus said, Do not ye forbid him; for there is no man that doeth virtue in my name, and may soon speak evil of me. (And Jesus said, Do not forbid him; for there is no one who doeth a work of power, or a miracle, in my name, and can soon after speak evil about me.) 40He that is not against us, is for us. 41And whoever giveth [to] you (even) a cup of cold water to drink in my name, for ye be of Christ, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his meed. (And whoever giveth to you even just a cup of cold water to drink in my name, for ye belong to the Messiah, I tell you the truth, he shall receive his reward.)
42And whoever shall cause to stumble one of these little (ones) that believe in me, it were better to him that a millstone were done about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. (And whoever shall cause one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone was put about his neck, and he was thrown into the sea.) 43And if thine hand cause thee to stumble, cut it away; it is better to thee to enter feeble into life (it is better for thee to enter into eternal life weak, or maimed), than (to) have two hands, and (to) go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched [into (the) fire unquenchable], 44where the worm of them dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 45And if thy foot cause thee to stumble, cut it off; it is better to thee to enter crooked into everlasting life (it is better for thee to enter into eternal life bent, or lame), than (to) have two feet, and (to) be sent into hell of fire, (or into hellfire), that never shall be quenched, 46where the worm of them dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 47That if thine eye cause thee to stumble, cast it out; it is better to thee to enter goggle-eyed into the realm of God (it is better for thee to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye), than (to) have two eyes, and (to) be sent into hell of fire [+than having two eyes, to be sent into hellfire], 48where the worm of them dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
49And every man shall be salted with fire, and every slain sacrifice shall be made savoury with salt. [+Forsooth every man shall be made savoury with fire, and every slain sacrifice shall be salted with salt.] 50Salt is good; if salt be unsavoury, in what thing shall ye make it savoury? Have ye salt among you, and have ye peace among you.
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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