1And it was done, when Jesus had ended (these words), he commanded to his twelve disciples, and passed from thence to teach and preach in the cities of them.
2But when John in bonds had heard (of) the works of Christ (But when John, in prison, had heard of the works of the Messiah), he sent two of his disciples, 3and said to him, Art thou he that shall come, or we abide another? 4And Jesus answered, and said to them, Go ye, and tell again to John those things that ye have heard and seen. 5Blind men see, crooked men go, mesels be made clean, deaf men hear, dead men rise again, poor men be taken to preaching of the gospel. (Blind men see, lame men walk, lepers be cleansed, deaf men hear, dead men rise again, poor men be taken to the preaching of the Gospel, or the Good News.) 6And he is blessed, that shall not be caused to stumble in me. (And he is blessed, who shall not be caused to stumble because of me.)
7And when they were gone away, Jesus began to say of John to the people, What thing went ye out into (the) desert to see? a reed waved with the wind? 8Or what thing went ye out to see? a man clothed with soft clothes? Lo! they that be clothed with soft clothes be in the houses of kings. 9But what thing went ye out to see? a prophet? Yea, I say to you, and more than a prophet.
10For this is he, of whom it is written, Lo! I send mine angel before thy face, that shall make ready thy way before thee (who shall prepare thy way before thee).
11Truly I say to you, there rose none more, (or none greater), than John (the) Baptist among the children of women; but he that is less, (or that is the least), in the kingdom of heavens, is more than he. 12And from the days of John (the) Baptist till now the kingdom of heavens suffereth violence, and violent men ravish it, (or seize it, or snatch it). 13For all [the] prophets and the law till John prophesied; 14and if ye will receive (it), he is Elias, that is to come. (and if ye will receive it, he is Elijah, who is to come.) 15He that hath ears of hearing, hear he.
16But to whom shall I guess this generation like? It is like to children sitting in the chapping, (or at the market), that cry to their peers, 17and say, We have sung to you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wailed. 18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. 19The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Lo! a man a glutton, and a drinker of wine, and a friend of publicans and of sinful men. And wisdom is justified of her sons (And wisdom is proved right by its results).
20Then Jesus began to say reproof to (the) cities, in which full many virtues of him were done, for they did not penance. (Then Jesus began to rebuke the cities, in which a great many works of power were done by him, but they did not repent.) 21Woe to thee! Chorazin, woe to thee! Bethsaida; for if the virtues that be done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, sometime they had done penance in haircloth and ashes. (Woe to thee! Chorazin, woe to thee! Bethsaida; for if the works of power, or the miracles, that had been done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented in sackcloth and ashes long ago.) 22Nevertheless I say to you, it shall be less pain(ful) to Tyre and Sidon in the day of doom, (or on the Day of Judgement), than to you. 23And thou, Capernaum, whether thou shalt be araised up into heaven? Thou shalt go down into hell. For if the virtues that be done in thee had been done in Sodom (For if the works of power, or the miracles, that had been done in thee had been done in Sodom), peradventure they should have dwelled till into this day. 24Nevertheless I say to you, that to the land of Sodom it shall be less pain(ful) in the day of doom, (or on the Day of Judgement), than to thee.
25In that time Jesus answered, and said, I acknowledge to thee, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for thou hast hid these things from wise men, and ready, (or wary, or prudent, or sly) (for thou hast hidden these things from the wise and the prudent), and hast showed them to little children; 26so, Father, for so it was pleasing before thee. 27All things be given to me of my Father (Everything is given to me by my Father); and no man knew the Son, but the Father, neither any man knew the Father, but the Son, and to whom the Son would show (him). [All things be given to me of my Father; and no man knoweth the Son, no but the Father, neither any man knoweth the Father, no but the Son, and to whom the Son would show (him).]
28All ye that travail, and be charged (All ye who labour, and be burdened), come to me, and I shall fulfill you [and I shall refresh you]. 29Take ye my yoke on you, and learn ye of me, for I am mild and meek in heart; and ye shall find rest to your souls. (Take my yoke upon you, and learn about me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and ye shall find rest for your souls.) 30For my yoke is soft, (or sweet), and my charge is light, (or easy). (For my yoke is soft, and my burden is light.)
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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