Wednesday, July 15, 2020

1. Wycliffe New Testament

Wycliffe New Testament 1388: An Edition in Modern Spelling, with An Introduction, The Original Prologues, and the Epistle to the Laodiceans. Anonymous Lollards. Edited by William R. Cooper. 2002. 528 pages. [Source: Bought]

First sentence: The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham begat Isaac. Isaac begat Jacob. Jacob begat Judas and his brethren.

I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Wycliffe New Testament. I believe this is the second time I've read it. I first became interested in it after Mom got a copy and started sharing portions of it with me aloud. I had a serious case of Bible envy! So I got my own copy.

I will try to share with you why I find it so charming and enjoyable.

Lo, the angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to. him and said, Joseph, the son of David, nil thou dread to take Mary, thy wife, for that thing that is born in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bear a son, and thou shall call his name Jesus, for He shall make His people safe from their sins. (Matthew 1)

Nil thou trump tofore thee as hypocrites do in synagogues and streets, that they may be worshipped of men... (Matthew 6)

Nil ye deem, that ye be not deemed. For in what doom ye deem, ye shall be deemed, and in what measure you mete, it shall be meted again to you. (Matthew 7)

All ye that travail and are charged, come to Me and I shall fulfil you. Take ye My yoke on you and learn of Me, for I am mild and meek in heart, and ye shall find rest to your souls. For my yoke is soft, and My charge light. (Matthew 11)

For he that highs himself shall be meeked, and he that meeks himself shall be enhanced. (Matthew 23)

And shepherds were in the same country, waking and keeping the watches of the night on their flock. And lo, the angel of the Lord stood beside them, and the clearness of God shone about them, and they they dreaded with great dread. And the angel said to them, Nil ye dread, for lo, I preach to you a great joy that shall be to all people. For a Savior is born today to you that is Christ the Lord in the city of David. And this is a token to you, ye shall find a young child lapped in cloths and laid in a cratche. (Luke 2)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was at God, and God was the Word. This was in the beginning at God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was made nothing, that thing that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darknesses, and darknesses comprehended it not. (John 1)

For God loved so the world that He gave His one begotten Son, that each man that believes in Him perish not, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His son into the world that He judge the world, but that the world be saved by Him. He that believes in Him is not deemed. But he that believes not, is now deemed, for he believes not in the name of the one begotten Son of God. And this is the doom, for light came into the world, and men loved more darknesses than light, for their works were evil. (John 3)

Truly, truly, I say to you that he that hears My Word and believes to Him that sent Me, has everlasting life. And he comes not into doom, but passes from death into life. (John 5)

All thing that the Father gives to Me shall come to Me, and I shall cast him out that comes to Me. For I came down from heaven not that I do My will, but the will of Him that sent Me. And this is the will of the Father that sent Me, that all thing that the Father gave Me, I lose not of it, but again-raise it in the last day. And this is the will of My Father that sent Me, that each man that sees the Son and believes in Him, have everlasting life. And I shall again-raise him in that day. (John 6)

Therefore Jesus answered and said to them, Nil ye grouch together. No man may come to Me but if the Father that sent Me draw him, and I shall again-raise him in the last day. (John 6)

Jesus says to her, I am again-rising and life. He that believes in Me, yea, though he be dead, he shall live. And each that lives and believes in Me, shall not die without end. (John 11)

Be not your heart afeared, nor dread it. Ye believe in God, and believe ye in Me. In the house of My Father are many dwellings. If anything less, I had said to you, for I got to make ready to you a place. And if I go and make ready to you a place, eftsoons I come, and I shall take you to Myself, that where I am, ye are. (John 14)

In the world ye shall have disease. But trust ye, I have overcome the world. (John 16)

Hallow thou them in truth. Thy word is truth. (John 17)

Therefore when Jesus had taken the vinegar, He said, It is ended! And when His head was bowed down, He gave up the ghost. (John 19)

For all men sinned and have need to the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace, by the again-buying that is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 3)

And we wit that to men that love God, all things work together into good to them that after purpose are called saints. For the ilk that He knew before, He before ordained by grace to be made like to the image of His Son, that He be the first begotten among many brethren. And the ilk that He before ordained to bliss, them He called, and which He called, them He justified, and which He justified, and them He glorified. (Romans 8)

Oh, the highness of the richesses of the wisdom and of the kunning of God. How incomprehensible are His dooms, and His ways are unsearchable! For why, who knew the wit of the Lord, or who was His counsellor? Or who former gave to Him, and it shall be quit to him? For of Him and by Him and in Him are all things! To Him be glory into worlds. Amen! (Romans 11)

Nil ye be conformed to this world, but be ye reformed in newness of your wit, that ye prove which is the will of God, good and well-pleasing, and perfect. (Romans 12)

For when I am sick, then I am mighty. (2 Corinthians 12)

Therefore brethren, see ye how warily ye shall go, not as unwise men, but as wise men, again-buying time for the days are evil. Therefore, nil ye be made unwise, but understanding which is the will of God. (Ephesians 5)

Clothe you with the armour of God, that ye moun stand against aspyings of the devil. (Ephesians 6)

Joy ye in the Lord evermore, eft I say, joy ye. Be your patience known to all men. The Lord is nigh. Be ye nothing busy, but in all prayer and beseeching with doing of thankings, be your askings known at God. And the peace of God that passes all wit, keep your hearts and understandings in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4)

For this thing, I say, that no man deceive you in height of words. (Colossians 2)

Therefore more plenteously it behoves us to keep those things that we have heard, lest peradventure we float away. (Hebrews 2)

For the word of God is quick and speedy in working, and more able to pierce than any twain-edged sword, and stretches forth to the departing of the soul and of the spirit, and of the jointures and marrows, and deemer of thoughts and of intents and hearts. And no creature is unvisible in the sight of God. For all things are naked and open to His eyes, to whom a word to us. (Hebrews 4)

Wherefore also He may save without end, coming nigh by Himself to God and evermore lives to pray for us. (Hebrews 7)

Therefore, we that have so great a cloud of witnesses put to, do we away all charge and sin standing about us. And by patience run we to the battle purposed to us, beholding into the Maker of faith and the perfect Ender, Jesus, which, when joy was purposed to Him, He suffered the cross and despised confusion, and sits on the right half of the seat of God. (Hebrews 12)

But ye are a chosen kin, a kingly priesthood, holy folk, a people of purchasing, that ye tell the virtues of Him that called you from darkness into His wonderful light, which sometime were not a people of God. But now ye are the people of God, which had not mercy, but now ye have mercy. (1 Peter 2)

But dread ye not the dread of them, that ye be not disturbled. But hallow ye the Lord Christ in your hearts, and evermore be ye ready to satisfaction to each man asking you reason of that faith and hope that is in you. (1 Peter 3)

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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