1Therefore now nothing of condemnation is to them that be in Christ Jesus, which wander not after the flesh. (And so now there is no condemnation for those who be in the Messiah Jesus, who do not walk, or who do not go, after the flesh.) 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath delivered me from the law of sin, and of death [and death]. (For the law of the Spirit of life in the Messiah Jesus hath delivered me from the law of sin, and of death.) 3For that that was impossible to the law, in what thing it was sick by (the) flesh (For that which was impossible for the Law, because the flesh was frail and weak), God sent his Son into the likeness of (the) flesh of sin, and of sin condemned sin in (the) flesh; 4(so) that the justifying of the law were fulfilled in us, (so) that [we] go not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5For they that be after the flesh, understand, (or savour), those things that be of the flesh; but they that be after the Spirit, feel, (or experience), those things that be of the Spirit. 6For the prudence, (or the wisdom), of (the) flesh is death; but the prudence, (or the wisdom), of (the) Spirit is life and peace. 7For the wisdom of the flesh is enemy to God; for it is not subject to the law of God, for neither it may [be subject to the law] (nor could it be subject to the law). 8And they that be in (the) flesh, may not please to God. (And those who be in the flesh, cannot please God.)
9But ye be not in (the) flesh, but in (the) Spirit; if nevertheless the Spirit of God dwelleth in you. But if any man hath not the Spirit of Christ, this is not his. 10For if Christ is in you, the body is dead for sin [the body is dead from sin], but the Spirit liveth for justifying. (For if the Messiah is in you, then though the body shall die because of sin, the Spirit shall be life for you, because you have been justified.) 11And if the Spirit of him that raised Jesus Christ from death dwelleth in you, (then) he that raised Jesus Christ from death, shall quicken also your deadly bodies, for the Spirit of him that dwelleth in you. [+For if the Spirit of him that raised Jesus Christ from (the) dead dwelleth in you, (then) he that raised Jesus Christ from (the) dead, shall quicken also your deadly bodies, for the Spirit of him is dwelling in you.] (And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus Christ from the dead liveth in you, then he who raised Jesus Christ from the dead, shall also enliven, or shall give life, to your mortal bodies, through the Spirit of him who liveth in you.)
12Therefore, brethren, we be debtors, not to the flesh, (so) that we live after the flesh. 13For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die; but if ye by the Spirit slay the deeds of the flesh, ye shall live. 14For whoever be led by the Spirit of God, these be the sons of God. 15For ye have not taken again the spirit of servage in dread, but ye have taken the Spirit of adoption of sons, that is, sons of God by grace, in which we cry, Abba, Father. (For ye have not received the spirit of servitude, or of slavery, in fear, but ye have received the Spirit of the adoption of sons, that is, sons of God by grace, in which we cry, Abba, Father.) 16And that Spirit yieldeth witnessing, (or testifieth), to our spirit, that we be the sons of God; 17if sons, and heirs, heirs forsooth of God, and heirs together with Christ [soothly heirs of God, truly even-heirs of Christ] (truly heirs of God, and fellow-heirs with the Messiah); if nevertheless we suffer together, (so) that also we be glorified together.
18And I deem, that the passions of this time be not even worthy, to the glory to coming [to the glory to come], that shall be showed in us. (And I judge, that the sufferings of this time be not worthy of any comparison, to the glory that is to come, that shall be showed to us, or which shall be given to us.) 19For the abiding of creature, (or of all Creation), abideth the showing of the sons of God. 20But the creature is subject to vanity, not willing(ly), but for him that made it subject in hope; ( But all Creation is subject to emptiness and futility, not out of free will, or of its own choice, but because of him who made it so, but also with hope;) 21for that creature shall be delivered from servage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the sons of God. (for that Creation shall be set free from the servitude, or the slavery, of corruption into the freedom of the glory of the sons of God.) 22And we know, that each creature sorroweth, and travaileth with pain till yet. 23And not only it, but also we us-selves, that have the first fruits of the Spirit, and we us-selves sorrow within us for the adoption of God's sons, abiding the again-buying of our body (awaiting the redemption of our body). 24But by hope we be made safe (But through hope we be saved). For hope that is seen, is not hope; for who hopeth (for) that thing, that he seeth? 25And if we hope (for) that thing that we see not, we abide by patience.
26And also the Spirit helpeth our infirmity; for what we shall pray, as it behooveth, we know not, but that Spirit asketh for us with sorrowings, that may not be told out. (And the Spirit also helpeth our frailty and our weakness; because we do not know what we ought to pray for/because we do not know how we should pray, but that Spirit asketh for us with groanings, that cannot be told out.) 27For he that seeketh the hearts, knoweth what the Spirit desireth, for by God, (that is, by God’s will), he asketh for (the) holy men.
28And we know, that to men that love God, all things work together into good, to them that after (the) purpose be called saints (for them who according to his purpose be called God’s people). 29For those that he knew before, he before-ordained by grace to be made like to the image of his Son, (so) that he be the first begotten among many brethren. 30And those that he before-ordained to bless, them he called; and whom he called, them he justified; and whom he justified, them he glorified.
31What then shall we say to these things? If God be for us, who is against us? 32Which also spared not his own Son, but betook him for us all (but delivered him for us all), how also gave he not to us all things with him? 33Who shall accuse against the chosen men of God? It is God that justifieth, 34who is it that condemneth? It is Jesus Christ that was dead, yea, the which rose again, the which is on the right half of God, and the which prayeth for us. (who is it who condemneth? It is Jesus Christ, who died, yea, who rose again, who is on the right side, or at the right hand, of God, and who prayeth for us.) 35Who then shall part us from the charity of Christ? (What then shall separate us from the love of the Messiah?) tribulation, or anguish, or hunger, or nakedness, or persecution, or peril, or (the) sword?
36As it is written, For we be slain all day for thee; we be guessed as (the) sheep of slaughter [we be guessed as sheep to slaughter] (we have been thought of, or we have been treated like, the sheep for slaughter).
37But in all these things we overcome, for him that loved us (through him who loved us). 38But I am certain, that neither death, neither life, neither angels, neither principats (nor principalities), neither virtues (nor powers), neither present things, neither things to coming [neither things to come], 39neither strength, neither height, neither deepness, neither any other creature, may part us from the charity of God, that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (can separate us from the love of God, that is in the Messiah Jesus our Lord).
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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