1And when Jesus came nigh to Jerusalem and to Bethany, to the mount of Olives, he sendeth two of his disciples, 2and saith to them, Go ye into the castle that is against you (Go into the village that is opposite you); and anon, (or at once), as ye enter there ye shall find a colt tied, on which no man hath sat yet; untie ye (it), and bring him (here). 3And if any man say anything to you, What do ye? say ye, that he is needful to the Lord, and anon, he shall leave him hither. (And if anyone say anything to you, What do ye? say, that he is needed by the Lord, and at once, he shall let him go here.) 4And they went forth, and found a colt tied before the gate withoutforth, in the meeting of two ways; and they untied him. 5And some of them that stood there said to them, What do ye, untying the colt? 6And they said to them, as Jesus commanded them; and they left it to them (and they let it go with them). 7And they brought the colt to Jesus, and they laid on him their clothes (and they laid their clothes on him), and Jesus sat on him. 8And many strewed their clothes in the way, and other men cutted branches, (or boughs), off (the) trees, and strewed (them) in the way. (And many spread their clothes on the way, or on the road, and others cut branches, or boughs, off the trees, and strew them on the way.)
9And they that went before, and that (pur)sued (and who followed), cried, and said, Hosanna, blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord;
10blessed be the kingdom of our father David that is to come; Hosanna in (the) highest things [Hosanna in (the) highest].
11And he entered into Jerusalem, into the temple; and when he had seen all things about, when it was even(ing), he went out into Bethany, with the twelve.
12And another day (And the next day), when he went out of Bethany [when he went out from Bethany], he hungered. 13And when he had seen a fig tree afar having leaves, he came, if happily he should find anything thereon; and when he came to it, he found nothing, except leaves; for it was not (the) time of figs. 14And Jesus answered and said to it, Now never eat any man fruit of thee (any) more [Now no more without end any man eat fruit of thee]. And his disciples heard (him);
15and they came to Jerusalem. And when he was entered into the temple, he began to cast out sellers and buyers in the temple; and he turned upside-down the boards of (the money-)changers, and the chairs of men that sold culvers; (and they came to Jerusalem. And after he went into the Temple, he began to throw out the sellers and the buyers in the Temple; and he turned upside-down the tables of the money-changers, and the chairs of those who sold doves and pigeons;) 16and he suffered, that any man should bear a vessel through the temple. not (and he would not allow anyone to carry a vessel through the Temple.) 17And he taught them, and said, Whether it is not written, That mine house shall be called the house of praying to all folks? but ye have made it a den of thieves. (And he taught them, and said, Is it not written, My House shall be called the House of Prayer for all the nations and all the peoples? but ye have made it a den of thieves.) 18And when this thing was heard, the princes of priests, and [the] scribes sought how they should lose him; for they dreaded him, for all the people wondered on his teaching. (And when this was heard, the high priests, and the scribes sought how they could destroy him; for they feared him, for all the people wondered about his teaching.)
19And when evening was come, he went out of the city.
20And as they passed forth early (the next day), they saw the fig tree made dry from the roots. 21And Peter bethought (to) him(self), and said to him [And Peter having mind, (or remembering), said to him], Master, lo! the fig tree, whom thou cursedest, is dried up. 22And Jesus answered and said to them, Have ye the faith of God; 23truly I say to you, that whoever saith to this hill, Be thou taken, and cast into the sea; and doubt not in his heart, but believeth, that whatever he say, shall be done, it shall be done to him. (I tell you the truth, that whoever saith to this hill, Be thou taken, and thrown into the sea; and doubt not in his heart, but believeth, that whatever he say, shall be done, it shall be done for him.) 24Therefore I say to you, all things whatever things ye praying shall ask (for), believe ye that ye shall take (them) (believe that ye shall receive them), and they shall come to you. 25And when ye shall stand to pray, forgive ye, if ye have anything against any man, (so) that [also] your Father that is in heavens, forgive to you your sins. 26And if ye forgive not [For if ye forgive not], neither your Father that is in heavens, shall forgive to you your sins.
27And again they came to Jerusalem. And when he walked in the temple, the highest priests, and (the) scribes, and the elder men came to him (And when he walked in the Temple, the high priests, and the scribes, and the elders came to him), 28and said to him, In what power doest thou these things? or who gave to thee this power, that thou do these things? 29Jesus answered and said to them, And I shall ask you one word (And I shall ask you something), and answer ye to me, and I shall say to you in what power I do these things. 30Whether was the baptism of John of heaven, or of men? answer ye to me. (Was the baptism of John from heaven, or from men? answer me.) 31And they thought within themselves, saying, If we say of heaven, he shall say to us, Why then believe ye not to him; (If we say from heaven, he shall say to us, Then why did ye not believe him;) 32if we say of men, we dread the people; for all men had John, that he was verily a prophet. (if we say from men, we fear the people; for everyone believed about John, that he was truly a prophet.) 33And they answered, and said to Jesus, We know not. And Jesus answered, and said to them, Neither I say to you, in what power I do these things.
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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