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John Wycliffe Bible 1382



15:1And summe camen doun fro Judee, and tauyten britheren, That but ye ben circumcidid after the lawe of Moises, ye moun not be maad saaf.
15:2Therfor whanne ther was maad not a litil discencioun to Poul and Barnabas ayens hem, thei ordeyneden, that Poul and Barnabas, and summe othere of hem, schulden go vp to the apostlis and preestis in Jerusalem, on this questioun.
15:3And so thei weren led forth of the chirche, and passiden bi Fenyce and Samarie; and thei telden the conuersacioun of hethene men, and thei maden greet ioie to alle the britheren.
15:4And whanne thei camen to Jerusalem, thei weren resseyued of the chirche and of the apostlis, and of the eldre men, and telden, hou greet thingis God dide with hem.
15:5But summe of the erise of Fariseis, that bileueden, risen vp, and seiden, That it bihoueth hem to be circumsidid, and to comaunde to kepe also the lawe of Moises.
15:6And the apostlis and eldre men camen togidre, to se of `this word.
15:7And whanne there was maad a greet sekyng herof, Petre roos, and seide to hem, Britheren, ye witen, that of elde daies in you God chees bi my mouth hethene, to here the word of the gospel, and to bileue;
15:8and God, that knewe hertis, bar witnessing, and yaf to hem the Hooli Goost, as also to vs;
15:9and no thing diuerside bitwixe vs and hem, `and clenside the hertis of hem bi feith.
15:10Now thanne what tempten ye God, to putte a yok on the necke of the disciplis, which nether we, nether oure fadris miyten bere?
15:11But bi the grace of oure Lord Jhesu Crist we bileuen to be saued, as also thei.
15:12And al the multitude helde pees, and herden Barnaban and Poul, tellinge hou grete signes and wondris God dide bi hem in hethene men.
15:13And aftir that thei helden pees, James answeride, and seide, Britheren, here ye me.
15:14Symount telde, hou God visitide, first to take of hethene men a puple to his name.
15:15And the wordis of prophetis acorden to him,
15:16as it is writun, Aftir this Y schal turne ayen, and bilde the tabernacle of Dauid, that felle doun; and Y schal bilde ayen the cast doun thingis of it, and Y schal reise it;
15:17that other men seke the Lord, and alle folkis on which my name is clepid to helpe; the Lord doynge this thing, seith.
15:18Fro the world, the werk of the Lord is knowun to the Lord.
15:19For which thing Y deme hem that of hethene men ben conuertid to God,
15:20to be not disesid, but to write to hem, that thei absteyne hem fro defoulingis of maumetis, and fro fornicacioun, and stranglid thingis, and blood.
15:21For Moyses of elde tymes hath in alle citees hem that prechen him in synagogis, where bi ech sabat he is red.
15:22Thanne it pleside to the apostlis, and to the eldre men, with al the chirche, to chees men of hem, and sende to Antioche, with Poul and Barnabas, Judas, that was named Barsabas, and Silas, the firste men among britheren;
15:23and wroten bi the hondis of hem, Apostlis and eldre britheren to hem that ben at Antioche, and Sirie, and Silice, britheren of hethen men, greting.
15:24For we herden that summe wenten out fro vs, and trobliden you with wordis, and turneden vpsodoun youre soulis, to whiche men we comaundiden not,
15:25it pleside to vs gaderid in to oon, to chese men, and sende to you, with oure most dereworthe Barnabas and Poul,
15:26men that yauen her lyues for the name of oure Lord Jhesu Crist.
15:27Therfor we senten Judas and Silas, and thei schulen telle the same thingis to you bi wordis.
15:28For it is seyn to the Hooly Goost and to vs, to putte to you no thing more of charge, than these nedeful thingis,
15:29that ye absteyne you fro the offrid thingis of maumetis, and blood stranglid, and fornicacioun. Fro whiche ye kepinge you, schulen do wel. Fare ye wel.
15:30Therfor thei weren let go, and camen doun to Antioche; and whanne the multitude was gaderid, thei token the epistle;
15:31which whanne thei hadden red, thei ioyden on the coumfort.
15:32And Judas and Silas and thei, for thei weren prophetis, coumfortiden britheren, and confermyden with ful many wordis.
15:33But aftir that thei hadden be there a lytil while, thei weren let go of britheren with pees, to hem that hadden sent hem.
15:34But it was seyn to Silas, to dwelle there; and Judas wente aloone to Jerusalem.
15:35And Poul and Barnabas dwelten at Antioche, techinge and prechinge the word of the Lord, with othere manye.
15:36But after summe daies, Poul seide to Barnabas, Turne we ayen, and visite britheren bi alle citees, in whiche we han prechid the word of the Lord, hou thei han hem.
15:37And Barnabas wolde take with hym Joon, that was named Marcus.
15:38But Poul preiede him, that he that departide fro hem fro Pamfilie, and wente not with hem in to the werk, schulde not be resseyued.
15:39And dissencioun was maad, so that thei departiden a twynny. And Barnabas took Mark, and cam bi boot to Cipre.
15:40And Poul chees Silas, and wente forth fro the britheren, and was bitakun to the grace of God.
15:41And he wente bi Sirie and Silice, and confermyde the chirche, comaundinge to kepe the heestis of apostlis and eldre men.
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.