1Be ye the sons of your Lord God; ye shall not cut you(rselves), neither ye shall make baldness (upon yourselves), upon a dead man, (Ye be the children, or the people, of the Lord your God; ye shall not cut yourselves, nor shall ye make yourselves bald, when mourning for a dead person,) 2for thou art an holy people to thy Lord God, and he chose thee that thou be to him into a special people, of all the folks that be upon earth. (for thou art a holy people to the Lord thy God, and he chose thee that thou be to him a special people, out of all the nations, or all the peoples, that be upon the earth.)
3Eat ye not those things that be unclean. 4This is a beast which ye shall eat (These be the beasts which ye shall eat); an ox, and a sheep, and a goat, 5an hart, a capret, a wild ox, (a) tragelaph, that is, a beast in part like a goat buck, and in part like an hart, a pygarg, an ostrich, a camelopard. (a deer, a gazelle, a wild ox, or a buffalo, a tragelaph, that is, a beast in part like a goat buck, and in part like a deer, an antelope, an ostrich, and a giraffe.) 6Ye shall eat each beast that parteth the claw into two parts, and cheweth the cud. (Ye may eat any beast which hath a divided hoof, or foot, and cheweth the cud.) 7And ye shall not eat these beasts, of them that chew the cud, and part not the claw; a camel, an hare, and a coney; for these chew the cud, and part not the claw, they shall be unclean to you; (But ye shall not eat those beasts, which chew the cud, but do not have a divided hoof, or foot; such as a camel, a hare, and a rock-badger; for these chew the cud, but do not have a divided hoof, or foot, and so they shall be unclean to you;) 8also a swine, for it parteth the claw, and cheweth not the cud, shall be unclean (and a pig, for it hath a divided hoof, but it cheweth not the cud, and so it shall be unclean); ye shall not eat the flesh of them, and ye shall not touch their dead bodies.
9Ye shall eat these things, of all that dwell in waters (Of all the things that live in water, these ye shall eat); eat ye those things that have fins and scales; 10eat ye not those things that be without fins and scales, for those be unclean.
11Eat ye all clean birds; 12(but) eat ye not unclean birds, that is, an eagle, and a gripe, and an aliet, 13an heron, and a vulture, and a kite by his kind, 14and all thing of ravens’ kind, 15and a struthio, and a night crow, and a lari, and an hawk by his kind, 16a falcon, and a swan, and a ciconia, 17and a dipper, a porphyrio, and a rearmouse, a cormorant, 18and a calidris, all in their kind; also a lapwing and a bat. 19And all thing that creepeth, and hath fins, shall be unclean, and shall not be eaten. (And all insects that both creep and fly, shall be unclean, and shall not be eaten.) 20Eat ye all thing (that creepeth,) and that is clean; (But ye can eat all clean insects.)
21but whatever thing is dead by itself, eat ye not thereof. Give thou (it as) meat to the pilgrim that is within thy gates, that he eat (it), either sell thou (it as) meat to him, for thou art an holy people of thy Lord God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk. (Whatever thing that dieth a natural death, ye shall not eat. Give thou it as food to the foreigner, or the stranger, who is within thy gates, so that he can eat it, or sell thou it to him for food, but thou art a holy people of the Lord thy God, and thou shalt not eat it. And thou shalt not boil a kid in his mother’s milk.)
22Thou shalt separate the tenth part of all thy fruits that come forth in the land by each year; (Thou shalt set aside the tenth part of all thy produce that cometh forth from the land each year;) 23and thou shalt eat (it) in the sight of thy Lord God, in the place which he choose, that his name be called therein; thou shalt offer the tithe of thy wheat, of wine, and oil, and the first engendered things of thy droves, and of thy sheep, that thou learn to dread thy Lord God in all time. (and thou shalt eat it before the Lord thy God, in the place which he shall choose, that his name be called there; thou shalt offer a tenth of thy corn, and of thy wine, and of thy oil, and the first-born male things of thy herds, and of thy sheep, so that thou learn to fear the Lord thy God/so that thou learn to revere the Lord thy God for all time.) 24But when the way is longer, and the place that thy Lord God choose is far, and he hath blessed, or increased, thee, and thou mayest not bring all these things to that place, (But when the way is too long, and the place that the Lord thy God shall choose is too far from thee, and he hath blessed thee, but thou cannot bring all these things to that place,) 25thou shalt sell all these things, and shalt turn them into price, and thou shalt bear them in thine hand, and thou shalt go to the place which thy Lord God choose; (then thou shalt sell all these things, and shalt turn them into money, and thou shalt carry it in thy hand, and thou shalt go to the place which the Lord thy God shall choose;) 26and thou shalt buy of the same money whatever thing pleaseth to thee, either of droves, either of sheep; also thou shalt buy wine, and cider, and all things that thy soul desireth; and thou shalt eat (it) before thy Lord God, and thou shalt make feast, thou, and thine house, (and thou shalt buy with that money whatever pleaseth thee, from the herds, or the sheep; and thou shalt buy wine, or cider, or anything else that thy soul desireth; and thou shalt eat it before the Lord thy God, and thou shalt make a feast, thou, and thy household, or thy family,) 27and the deacon that is within thy gates; be thou ware lest thou forsake him, for he hath not other part in thy possession. (and the Levite who is within thy gates; be thou careful, lest thou forget him, for he hath no portion or possession among thee.)
28In the third year thou shalt separate another tithe of all things that grow to thee in that year, and thou shalt keep it within thy gates. (And in the third year thou shalt set aside a tenth of all the things that grow for thee in that year, and thou shalt keep it within thy gates.) 29And the deacon shall come, that hath none other part nor possession with thee, and the pilgrim, and the fatherless, either motherless child, and the widow, that be within thy gates, and they shall eat, and be fulfilled, that thy Lord God bless thee, in all the works of thine hands which thou shalt do. (And the Levite shall come, who hath no portion or possession among thee, and the foreigner, or the stranger, and the fatherless or the motherless child, and the widow, yea, they who be within thy gates, and they shall eat, and be fulfilled, and then the Lord thy God shall bless thee, in all the work of thy hands which thou shalt do.)
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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