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John Wycliffe Bible 1382



3:1And there was a man of the Farisees, Nychodeme bi name, a prince of the Jewis.
3:2And he cam to Jhesu bi niyt, and seide to hym, Rabi, we witen, that thou art comun fro God maister; for no man may do these signes, that thou doist, but God be with hym.
3:3Jhesus answerde, and seide to hym, Treuli, treuli, Y seie to thee, but a man be borun ayen, he may not se the kyngdom of God.
3:4Nychodeme seide to hym, Hou may a man be borun, whanne he is eeld? whether he may entre ayen in to his modris wombe, and be borun ayen?
3:5Jhesus answeride, Treuli, treuli, Y seie to thee, but a man be borun ayen of watir, and of the Hooli Goost, he may not entre in to the kyngdom of God.
3:6`That that is borun of the fleisch, is fleisch; and `that that is borun of spirit, is spirit.
3:7Wondre thou not, for Y seide to thee, It bihoueth you to be borun ayen.
3:8The spirit brethith where he wole, and thou herist his vois, but thou wost not, fro whennus he cometh, ne whidir he goith; so is ech man that is borun of the spirit.
3:9Nychodeme answeride, and seide to hym, Hou moun these thingis be don?
3:10Jhesus answeride, and seide to hym, Thou art a maister in Israel, and knowist not these thingis?
3:11Treuli, treuli, Y seie to thee, for we speken that that we witen, and we witnessen that that we han seyn, and ye taken not oure witnessyng.
3:12If Y haue seid to you ertheli thingis, and ye bileuen not, hou if Y seie to you heueneli thingis, schulen ye bileue?
3:13And no man stieth in to heuene, but he that cam doun fro heuene, mannys sone that is in heuene.
3:14And as Moises areride a serpent in desert, so it bihoueth mannys sone to be reisid,
3:15that ech man that bileueth in hym, perische not, but haue euerlastynge lijf.
3:16For God louede so the world, that he yaf his `oon bigetun sone, that ech man that bileueth in him perische not, but haue euerlastynge lijf.
3:17For God sente not his sone in to the world, that he iuge the world, but that the world be saued bi him.
3:18He that bileueth in hym, is not demed; but he that bileueth not, is now demed, for he bileueth not in the name of the `oon bigetun sone of God.
3:19And this is the dom, for liyt cam in to the world, and men loueden more derknessis than liyt; for her werkes weren yuele.
3:20For ech man that doith yuele, hatith the liyt; and he cometh not to the liyt, that hise werkis be not repreued.
3:21But he that doith treuthe, cometh to the liyt, that hise werkis be schewid, that thei ben don in God.
3:22Aftir these thingis Jhesus cam, and hise disciplis, in to the loond of Judee, and there he dwellide with hem, and baptiside.
3:23And Joon was baptisinge in Ennon, bisidis Salym, for many watris weren there; and thei camen, and weren baptisid.
3:24And Joon was not yit sent in to prisoun.
3:25Therfor a questioun was maad of Jonys disciplis with the Jewis, of the purificacioun.
3:26And thei camen to Joon, and seiden `to hym, Maister, he that was with thee biyonde Jordan, to whom thou hast borun witnessyng, lo! he baptisith, and alle men comen to hym.
3:27Joon answerde, and seide, A man may not take ony thing, but it be youun to hym fro heuene.
3:28Ye you silf beren witnessyng to me, that Y seide, Y am not Crist, but that Y am sent bifore hym.
3:29He that hath a wijf, is the hosebonde; but the freend of the spouse that stondith, and herith hym, ioieth with ioye, for the vois of the spouse. Therfor in this thing my ioye is fulfillid.
3:30It bihoueth hym to wexe, but me to be maad lesse.
3:31He that cam from aboue, is aboue alle; he that is of the erthe, spekith of the erthe; he that cometh from heuene, is aboue alle.
3:32And he witnessith that thing that he hath seie, and herde, and no man takith his witnessing.
3:33But he that takith his witnessyng, hath confermyd that God is sothefast.
3:34But he whom God hath sent, spekith the wordis of God; for not to mesure God yyueth the spirit.
3:35The fadir loueth the sone, and he hath youun alle thingis in his hoond.
3:36He that bileueth in the sone, hath euerlastynge lijf; but he that is vnbileueful to the sone, schal not se euerlastynge lijf, but the wraththe of God dwellith on hym.
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.