1Therefore if any comfort is in Christ, if any solace of charity (And so if there is any comfort in the Messiah, if any consolation of love), if any fellowship of (the) Spirit, if any inwardness of mercy doing, 2[ful]fill ye my joy, that ye under-stand the same thing, and have the same charity, of one will (so that ye understand the same thing, and have the same love, in one will), and feel the same thing; 3nothing [doing] by strife, neither by vain glory, but in meekness, deeming each other to be higher [in virtue] than himself (but in humility, judging others to be of greater virtue than thyself); 4not beholding each by himself what things be his own, but those things that be of other men. 5And feel ye this thing in you, which was also in Christ Jesus (which was also in the Messiah Jesus); 6which when he was in the form of God, deemed (it) not raven, that himself were even to God [deemed (it) not raven, himself to be even to God], (who when he was in the form of God, reckoned it not robbery, that although he was equal to God,) 7but he lowed himself, (or he meeked himself) (he humbled himself), taking the form of a servant, and was made into the likeness of men, 8and in habit was found as a man. He meeked himself, and was made obedient to the death, yea, to the death of the cross (He humbled himself, and was obedient unto death, yea, unto his death on the cross). 9For which thing God enhanced him (For which thing God exalted him), and gave to him a name that is above all name(s); 10that in the name of Jesus each knee be bowed (so that at the name of Jesus every knee shall be bowed), of heavenly things, [and] of earthly things, and of hell's; 11and each tongue (shall) acknowledge, that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.
12Therefore, my most dearworthy brethren, as (for)evermore ye have obeyed, not in my presence only, but much more now in mine absence, work ye with dread and trembling your health. (And so, my most dearworthy brothers, as ye have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fearful reverence and trembling.) 13For it is God that worketh in you, both to will, and to perform, for good will. (For it is God who worketh in you, both to desire, and to perform, for his own good purpose.)
14And do ye all things without grudgings, (or grumblings), and doubtings; 15that ye be without (com)plaint, and simple as the sons of God, without reproof, in the middle of a shrewd nation and a wayward (one); among which ye shine as (the) givers of light in the world. (so that ye be without fault, and sincere as the sons of God, yea, without reproach, in the midst of a depraved and a wicked nation; among whom ye shine as the givers of light in the world.) 16And hold ye together the word of life to my glory in the day of Christ; for I have not run in vain, neither I have travailed in vain. (And hold on firmly to the Word of Life unto my glory, or to be my boasting, on the Day of the Messiah; and thus show that I have not run in vain, nor have I laboured in vain.) 17But though I be offered, or slain, on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I have joy, and I thank you all (and I thank all of you). 18And for the same thing have ye joy, and [together] thank ye me.
19And I hope in the Lord Jesus, that I shall send Timothy soon to you, (so) that I (may) be of good comfort, when those things be known that be about you. 20For I have no man so of one will, that is (so) busy for you with clean affection. 21For all men seek those things that be their own, not those that be of Christ Jesus (not those things that be of the Messiah Jesus). 22But know ye the assay of him, for as a son to the father he hath served with me in the gospel. 23Therefore I hope that I shall send him to you, anon as I see what things be about me. (And so I hope that I shall send him to you, as soon as I see what things be about me here.) 24And I trust in the Lord, that also myself shall come to you soon. 25And I guessed it needful to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and even-worker, and mine even-knight (my brother and fellow-worker, and my fellow-soldier), but your apostle, and the minister of my need(s). 26For he desired you all, and he was sorrowful, therefore that ye heard that he was sick. 27For he was sick to the death, but God had mercy on him; and not only on him, but also on me, lest I had heaviness on heaviness. 28Therefore more hastily I sent him, (so) that when ye have seen him, ye have joy again, and I be without heaviness. 29Therefore receive ye him with all joy in the Lord, and have ye such with all honour. 30For the work of Christ he went to (the) death, giving his life, that he should fulfill that that failed of you with my service. (For the work of the Messiah he went unto death, giving his life, so that he could do for me/he could fulfill for me, that service which you could not do.)
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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