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John Wycliffe Bible 1382



31:1And the Lord spak to Moyses, and seide,
31:2Venge thou firste the sones of Israel of Madianytis, and so thou schalt be gaderid to thi puple.
31:3And anoon Moises seide, Arme ye men of you to batel, that moun take of Madianytis the veniaunce of the Lord.
31:4Of ech lynage be chosun a thousynde men of Israel, that schulen be sent to batel.
31:5And of ech lynage thei yauen a thousynde, that is twelue thousynde of men, redi to batel;
31:6whiche Moises sente with Fynees, the sone of Eleazar, preest. And he bitook to hem hooli vesselis, and trumpis to make sown.
31:7And whanne thei hadden fouyt ayens Madianytis, and hadden ouercome, thei killiden alle the malis,
31:8and `the kyngis of hem, Euy, and Reem, and Sur, and Hur, and Rebe, fyue princes of `the folc of hem. Also thei killiden bi swerd Balaam, the sone of Beor.
31:9And thei token the wymmen of hem, and the litle children, and alle beestis, and al purtenaunce of howshold; what euer thei myyten haue, thei spuyleden;
31:10flawme brente as wel citees, as litle townes and castels.
31:11And they token pray, and alle thingis whiche thei hadden take, as wel of men as of beestis, and thei brouyten to Moyses,
31:12and to Eleazar, preest, and to al the multitude of the sones of Israel. Forsothe thei baren othere `thingis perteynynge to vss, to the castels in the feldi places of Moab bisidis Jordan, ayens Jericho.
31:13Moises and Eleazar, preest, and alle the princes of the synagoge, yeden out in to the comyng of hem, with out the castels, `that is, of the tabernacle.
31:14And Moises was wrooth to the princes of the oost, to tribunes, and centuriouns, that camen fro batel; and he seide, Whi reserueden ye wymmen?
31:16whether it be not these that disseyueden the sones of Israel, at the suggestioun of Balaam, and maden you to do trespas ayens the Lord, on the synne of Phegor, wherfor also the puple was slayn?
31:17And therfor sle ye alle men, what euer thing is of male kynde, and litle children; and strangle ye the wymmen that knew men fleischli;
31:18forsothe reserue ye to you damesels, and alle wymmen virgyns,
31:19and dwelle ye with out the castels in seuene daies. He that sleeth a man, ether touchith a slayn man, schal be clensid in the thridde and the seuenthe dai;
31:20and of al the pray, whether it is clooth, ether vessel, and ony thing maad redi in to thingis perteynynge to vss, of the skynnys and heeris of geet, and `of tre, it schal be clensid.
31:21And Eleazar, preest, spak thus to the men of the oost that fouyten, This is the comaundement of the lawe, which the Lord comaundide to Moises,
31:22The gold, and siluer, and bras, and yrun, and tiyn, and leed, and al thing that may passe by flawme, schal be purgid bi fier;
31:23sotheli what euer thing may not suffre fier, schal be halewid bi the watir of clensyng.
31:24And ye schulen waische youre clothis in the seuenthe dai, and ye schulen be clensid; and aftirward ye schulen entre in to the castels `of the tabernacle.
31:25And the Lord seide to Moises, Take ye the summe of tho thingis that ben takun, fro man `til to beeste,
31:26thou, and Eleazar, preest, and alle the princes of the comyn puple.
31:27And thou schalt departe euenli the prey bytwixe hem that fouyten and yeden out to batel, and bitwixe al the multitude.
31:28And thou schalt departe a part to the Lord, of hem that fouyten, and weren in batel, `o soule of fiue hundrid, as wel of men, as of oxun, and of assis, and of scheep.
31:29And thou schalt yyue `that part to Eleazar, preest, for tho ben the firste fruytis of the Lord.
31:30Also of the myddil part of the sones of Israel, thou schalt take the fiftithe heed of men, and of oxun, and of assis, and of scheep, and of alle lyuynge beestis; and thou schalt yyue tho to the dekenes, that waken in the kepyngis of the tabernacle of the Lord.
31:31And Moyses and Eleazar diden, as the Lord comaundide.
31:32Forsothe the prey which the oost hadde take, was sixe hundrid fyue and seuenti thousynde of scheep,
31:33of oxun two and seuenti thousynde, of assis sixti thousynde and a thousynde;
31:35the soules of persones of femal kynde, that knewen not fleischli men, two and thretti thousynde.
31:36And the myddil part was youun to hem that weren in the batel, of scheep thre hundrid seuene and thretti thousynde and fyue hundrid;
31:37of whiche sixe hundrid fyue and seuenti scheep weren noumbrid in to the part of the Lord;
31:38and of sixe and thretti thousynde oxun,
31:39two and seuenti oxun, and of thretti thousynde assis and fyue hundryd, oon and sixti assis;
31:40of sixtene thousynde persoones of men, twei and thretti persoones bifelden in to the `part of the Lord.
31:41And Moises bitook the noumbre of the firste fruytis of the Lord to Eleazar, preest, as it was comaundid to hym,
31:42of the myddil part of the sones of Israel, which he departide to hem that weren in batel.
31:43And of the myddil part that bifelde to the tother multitude, that is, of thre hundrid seuene and thretti thousynde scheep and fyue hundrid,
31:44and of sixe and thretti thousynde oxun,
31:45and of thretti thousynde assis and fyue hundrid, and of sixtene thousynde wymmen,
31:46Moyses took the fyftithe heed,
31:47and yaf to the dekenes, that wakiden in the tabernacle of the Lord, as the Lord comaundide.
31:48And whanne the princes of the oost, and the tribunes and centuriouns hadden neiyed to Moises,
31:49thei seiden, We thi seruauntis han teld the noumbre of fiyters, whiche we hadden vndur oure hoond, and sotheli not oon failide;
31:50for which cause we offren `in the fre yiftis of the Lord, alle bi vs silf, that that we myyten fynde of gold in the pray, girdelis for `the myddil of wymmen, and bies of the armes, and ryngis, and ournementis of the arm nyy the hond, and bies of the neckis of wymmen, that thou preye the Lord for vs.
31:51And Moises and Eleazar, preest, token al the gold in dyuerse spices,
31:52`ether kyndis, bi the weiyte of the seyntuarye, sixtene thousynde seuene hundrid and fifti siclis, of the tribunes, and centuriouns.
31:53For that that ech man rauyschide in the prey, was his owne;
31:54and thei baren the gold taken in to the tabernacle of witnessyng, in to the mynde of the sones of Israel, bifor the Lord.
John Wycliffe Bible 1382

John Wycliffe Bible 1382

The Wycliffe Bible is the only Bible here that was not translated from the Textus Receptus. Its inclusion here is for the Bible's historic value and for comparison in the English language.

John Wycliffe, an Oxford professor produced the first hand-written English language Bible manuscripts in the 1380's. While it is doubtful Wycliffe himself translated the versions that bear his name, he certainly can be considered the driving force behind the project. He strongly believed in having the scriptures available to the people.

Wycliffe, was well-known throughout Europe for his opposition to the teaching of the organized Church, which he believed to be contrary to the Bible. With the help of his followers (called Lollards), Wycliffe produced dozens of English language manuscript copies of the scriptures. They were translated out of the Latin Vulgate, which was the only source text available to Wycliffe. The Pope was so infuriated by his teachings and his translation of the Bible into English, that 44 years after Wycliffe died, he ordered the bones to be dug-up, crushed, and scattered in the river.