1Therefore, brethren, I beseech you by the mercy of God, that ye give your bodies (as) a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, and your service reasonable (which is your reasonable service). 2And do not ye be conformed to this world, but be ye reformed in (the) newness of your wit, that ye prove which is the will of God (but be ye reformed in the renewing of your mind, or in your thinking, so that ye prove what is the will of God), good, and well-pleasing, and perfect.
3For I say, by the grace that is given to me, to all that be among you, that ye understand not more than it behooveth to understand, but for to understand to soberness [to not savour, or know, more than it behooveth to know, but to know to soberness]; and to each man, as God hath parted the measure of faith. 4For as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same deed, (or the same act); 5so we many be one body in Christ, and each be members one of another. (so we many bodies be but one body in the Messiah, and each of us be members of one another.) 6Therefore we that have gifts diversing [Therefore having gifts diversing], after the grace that is given to us, either prophecy, after the reason of faith; 7either service, (or ministry), in ministering; either he that teacheth, in teaching; 8he that stirreth softly, in admonishing, (or in exhortation); he that giveth, in simpleness, (or with sincerity); he that is sovereign, (or is a prelate, or is before), in busyness, (or with zeal and concern); he that hath mercy, in gladness.
9Love without feigning, hating evil, drawing, (or fastly cleaving), to (the) good; 10loving together the charity of brotherhood. Each come before to worship (the) other [Coming before together in honour]; 11not slow in busyness, fervent in spirit, serving to the Lord, 12joying in hope, patient in tribulation, busy in prayer, 13giving good to the needs of (the) saints, keeping hospitality. (giving what is needed to God’s people, being hospitable.)
14Bless ye men that pursue you; bless ye, and do not ye curse (them); (Bless those who persecute you; yea, bless them, and do not curse them;) 15for to joy with men that joy, for to weep with men that weep. 16Feel ye the same thing together; not understanding high things [not savouring, or knowing, high things], but consenting to meek, (or to humble), things, [following meek, (or humble), fathers]. Do not ye be prudent with yourselves (Do not think yourselves to be overly-wise); 17to no man yielding evil for evil, but purvey ye good things, not only before God, but also before all men. 18If it may be done, that that is of you, have ye peace with all men. 19Ye most dear brethren, not defending, (or avenging), yourselves, but give ye place to wrath, (or ire); for it is written, The Lord saith, To me vengeance, and I shall yield (it). 20But if thine enemy hungereth, feed thou him; if he thirsteth, give thou drink to him; for thou doing this thing shalt gather together coals on his head [forsooth doing these things thou shalt gather together coals on his head]. 21Do not thou be overcome of evil, but overcome thou evil by good. (Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.)
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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