1What then is more to a Jew, or what (is the) profit of circumcision? 2Much by all wise, (or by all manner); first, for the speakings of God were betaken to them (first, for the speakings of God, or God’s messages, were delivered to them, or were given to them). 3And what if some of them believed not? Whether the unbelief of them hath voided the faith of God? (Hath their lack of faith made God’s faithfulness null and void?)
4God forbid. For God is soothfast, (or God is truthful), but each man (is) a liar; as it is written, That thou be justified in thy words, and overcome, when thou art deemed (when thou art judged).
5But if our wickedness commend the rightwiseness of God, what shall we say? Whether God is wicked, that bringeth in wrath? After man I say. 6God forbid. Else how shall God deem this world? (Or how else would God judge this world?) 7For if the truth of God hath abounded in my leasing, (or in my lying,) into the glory of him, what yet am I deemed as a sinner? (For if God’s truth hath abounded in my lies, unto his glory, why am I still judged like a sinner?) 8And not as we be blasphemed, and as some say that we say, Do we evil things, (so) that good things come. Whose damnation is just.
9What then? (Sur)pass we them? Nay; for we have showed by skill, that all both Jews and Greeks be under sin, [What therefore? Pass we them? Nay; soothly we have showed by skill, the Jews and Greeks all to be under sin,]
10as it is written, For there is no man (that is) just; (as it is written, For there is no one who is righteous;)
11there is no man understanding, neither seeking God.
12All bowed away, together they be made unprofitable; there is none that doeth (any) good thing, there is none till to one.
13The throat of them is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they did guilefully, (or treacherously); the venom of snakes is under their lips.
14The mouth of whom is full of cursing and bitterness;
15the feet of them be swift to shed blood.
16Sorrow and cursedness be in the ways of them, [+Contrition, or defouling together, and infelicity/unhappiness, be in the ways of them,]
17and they knew not the way of peace;
18the dread of God is not before their eyes. (the fear of God, or reverence for God, is not in their thoughts.)
19And we know, that whatever things the law speaketh, it speaketh to them that be in the law, (so) that each mouth be stopped, and each world be made subject to God. 20For of the works of the law each flesh shall not be justified before him; for by the law there is knowing of sin.
21But now without the law the rightwiseness of God is showed, that is witnessed of the law and the prophets. (But now without the Law God’s righteousness is shown, which is testified to by the Law and the prophets.) 22And the rightwiseness of God is by the faith of Jesus Christ into all men and on all men that believe in him; for there is no parting, (or distinction). 23For all men sinned, and have need to the glory of God; (For all have sinned, and have need of God’s glory;) 24and be justified freely by his grace, by the again-buying, (or by the redemption), that is in Christ (that is in the Messiah). 25Whom God ordained (the) forgiver, (or purposed as an helper,) by faith in his blood, to the showing of his rightwiseness, for [the] remission of before-going sins, in the bearing up of God, 26to the showing of his rightwiseness in this time, that he be just, and justifying him that is of the faith of Jesus Christ.
27Where then is thy glorying? (Then where is thy boasting?) It is excluded. By what law? Of deeds doing? Nay, but by the law of faith. 28For we deem a man to be justified by faith, without works of the law. 29Whether of the Jews is God only? Whether he is not also of (the) heathen men? Yes, and of (the) heathen men. (Is God only for the Jews, or only of the Jews? Is he not also for, or of, the Gentiles? Yes, he is also for, or of, the Gentiles.) 30For there is one God, that justifieth (the) circumcision by faith, and (the) prepuce, (or the heathen men,) by faith. (For there is one God, who justifieth the circumcised by faith, and the uncircumcised, or the Gentiles, by faith.)
31Destroy we therefore the law by faith? God forbid; but we stablish the law.
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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