1And prophets, and doctors (and teachers of the Law), were in the church that was at Antioch, in which Barnabas, and Simon, that was called Black, and Lucius Cyreneus, and Manaen, that was the suckling-frère of Herod tetrarch (who was the foster-brother of Herod the tetrarch), that is, (the) prince of the fourth part, and Saul were. 2And when they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said to them, Separate ye to me Saul and Barnabas, into the work to which I have taken them. (And when they served the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Spirit said to them, Set apart Saul and Barnabas, for the work to which I have called them.) 3Then they fasted, and prayed, and laid hands on them, and let them go.
4But they were sent of the Holy Ghost (And they were sent by the Holy Spirit), and went forth to Seleucia, and from thence they went by boat to Cyprus. 5And when they came to Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of Jews; and they had also John in ministry, (or in service). 6And when they had walked by all the isle to Paphos, they found a man, a witch [they found some man witch], a false prophet, a Jew, to whom the name was Barjesus, (and he was also called Elymas), 7that was with the proconsul Sergius Paulus, a prudent man. This called Barnabas and Paul, and desired to hear the word of God. 8But (this) Elymas the witch withstood them; for his name is expounded so, (or it is interpreted so); and he sought to turn away the proconsul from belief. 9But Saul, which is said also Paul, was filled with the Holy Ghost, and beheld into him, (But Saul, who is also called Paul, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and looked at him,) 10and said, A! thou full of all guile, and all falseness, thou son of the devil, thou enemy of all rightwiseness, thou leavest not (off) to turn upside-down, (or to subvert, or to destroy), the rightful ways of the Lord. 11And now lo! the hand of the Lord is on thee, and thou shalt be blind, and not seeing the sun into a time. And anon (And at once) [a] mist and darkness felled down on him; and he went about, and sought him that should give [the] hand to him. 12Then the proconsul, when he had seen the deed, believed, wondering on the teaching of the Lord.
13And when from Paphos Paul had gone by boat, and they that were with him, they came to Perga of Pamphylia; but John departed from them, and turned again to Jerusalem (and returned to Jerusalem). 14And they went from Perga, and came to Antioch of Pisidia; and they entered into the synagogue in the day of sabbaths, and sat (and they entered into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and sat down). 15And after the reading of the law and of the prophets, the princes of the synagogue sent to them (the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them), and said, Brethren, if any word of exhortation to the people is in you, say ye. 16And Paul rose, and with hand bade silence, and said, Men of Israel, and ye that dread God, hear ye. (And Paul rose up, and with his hand ordered silence, and said, Israelites, and ye who fear God/and ye who revere God, listen to me.) 17God of the people of Israel chose our fathers, and enhanced the people, when they were comelings in the land of Egypt, and in an high arm he led them out of it; (God of the people of Israel chose our fathers, and raised up the people, when they were foreigners in the land of Egypt, and with an outstretched arm he led them out of it;) 18and by the time of forty years he suffered their manners, (or their ways), in (the) desert. 19And he destroyed seven folks in the land of Canaan, and by sort parted to them their land, (And he destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, and by lot divided up their land to them/and for an inheritance divided up their land to them,) 20as after four hundred and fifty years. And after these things he gave doomsmen, (or judges), [till] to Samuel, the prophet. 21And from that time they asked (for) a king, and God gave to them Saul, the son of Cis, a man of the lineage of Benjamin, by forty years. (And at that time they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul, the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.) 22And when he was done away, he raised to them David the king, to whom he bare witnessing (of whom he testified), and said, I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after mine (own) heart, which shall do all my will. 23Of whose seed by the promise God hath led out to Israel a Saviour Jesus, 24when John preached before the face of his coming the baptism of penance, (or the baptism of repentance), to all the people of Israel. 25But when John [ful]filled his course, he said, I am not he, whom ye deem me to be (whom ye judge me to be); but lo! he (that) cometh after me, and I am not worthy to do off, (or to unbind), the shoes of his feet.
26Brethren, and sons of the kind of Abraham, and which that in you dread God, to you the word of this health is sent. (Brothers, and sons of the kindred of Abraham, and those of you who fear God/and those of you who revere God, to you the word, or the message, of this salvation is sent.) 27For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and (the) princes of it (For they who live in Jerusalem, and their leaders), that knew not this Jesus, and the voices of (the) prophets, that by every sabbath be read, deemed, and fulfilled; 28and they found in him no cause (worthy) of death, and (yet) asked of Pilate, that they should slay him. (and they found in him no crime worthy of death, but yet they asked of Pilate, that he should be killed, or that he should be executed.) 29And when they had ended all things that were written of him, they took him down off the tree, and laid him in a grave (and laid him in a tomb). 30And God raised him from death in the third day; [Forsooth God raised him from (the) dead the third day;] 31which was seen by many days to them that went up together with him from Galilee into Jerusalem, which be till now his witnesses to the people. (who was seen for many days by them who went up together with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who up to the present be his witnesses to the people.) 32And we show to you the promise that was made to our fathers; 33for God hath fulfilled this to their sons, and again-raised Jesus (and raised up Jesus); as in the second psalm it is written, Thou art my Son, today I begat thee. 34And he that again-raised him from death [Forsooth that he again-raised him from (the) dead], that he should not turn again into corruption, said thus, For I shall give to you the holy true things of David. (And he who raised him from the dead, so that he would never return to corruption, or to death and destruction, said thus, I shall give you the holy and the true things which I promised to David.) 35Therefore and in another stead he saith, Thou shalt not give thine holy (One) to see corruption. (And so in another place he saith, Thou shalt not allow thy Holy One to experience death and destruction, that is, to rot in the grave.) 36But David in his generation, when he had ministered to the will of God (when he had served the will of God), died, (or slept), and was laid with his fathers, and saw corruption; 37but he whom God raised from death [soothly he whom God raised from (the) dead], saw not corruption (did not suffer corruption, or rot in the grave). 38Therefore, brethren, be it known to you, that by him remission of sins is told to you, (And so brothers, let it be known to you, that through him forgiveness of sins is now told to you.) 39from all sins, of which ye might not be justified in the law of Moses, (or under the Law of Moses). In this each man that believeth, is justified. 40Therefore see ye, that it come not to you, that is before-said in the prophets,
41Ye despisers, see ye, and wonder ye [+See ye, despisers, and wonder ye], and be ye scattered abroad; for I work a work in your days, a work that ye shall not believe, if any man shall tell it [out] to you.
42And when they went out, they prayed, that in the sabbath (pur)suing (that on the following Sabbath), they should speak to them these words. 43And when the synagogue was let go, many of the Jews and comelings worshipping God (pur)sued Paul and Barnabas; that spake, and counseled them, that they should dwell in the grace of God. (And when the synagogue was let go, many of the Jews and newcomers worshipping God followed after Paul and Barnabas; who spoke, and counseled them, that they should remain in the grace of God.)
44And in the sabbath (pur)suing (And on the following Sabbath), almost all the city came together, to hear the word of God. 45And (the) Jews saw the people, and (they) were filled with envy, and gainsaid these things that were said of Paul (and spoke against those things that were said by Paul), and blasphemed. 46Then Paul and Barnabas steadfastly said, To you it behooved (us) first to speak the word of God; but for ye put it away, and have deemed you(rselves) unworthy to everlasting life [+and have deemed you(rselves) unworthy of everlasting life], lo! we turn to (the) heathen men. (Then Paul and Barnabas resolutely said, It behooved us first to speak the word of God to you; but because ye have put it away, and have deemed yourselves unworthy of eternal life, lo! we shall turn to the Gentiles.)
47For so the Lord commanded us, I have set thee into (a) light of (the) heathen men, that thou be into health to the utmost, (or to the uttermost), of the earth. (For so the Lord commanded us, I have ordained thee to be a light for the Gentiles, so that thou be a means of salvation unto the uttermost terms, or limits, of the earth.)
48And (the) heathen men heard, and joyed, and glorified the word of the Lord; and believed, as many as were before-ordained to everlasting life. (And the Gentiles heard, and rejoiced, and glorified the word of the Lord; and believed, as many as were foreordained, or predestined, for eternal life.) 49And the word of the Lord was [far] sown in all that country, (or province). 50But the Jews stirred religious women, and honest, and the worthiest, (or the first), men of the city, and stirred persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their countries. (But the Jews excited some honest and religious women, and the worthiest men of the city, and stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their region.) 51And they shook away into them the dust of their feet [And they shook away the powder of (their) feet into them], and came to Iconium. 52And the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Ghost. (And so the disciples in Antioch were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.)
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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