1And when he went out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, Master, behold, what manner stones, and what manner buildings. 2And Jesus answered, and said to him, Seest thou all these great buildings? there shall not be left a stone on a stone, which shall not be destroyed.
3And when he sat in the mount of Olives against the temple (And when he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the Temple), Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him by themselves, 4Say thou to us, when these things shall be done, and what token, (or what sign), shall be, when all these things shall begin to be ended. 5And Jesus answered, and began to say to them, Look ye, (or See), that no man deceive you; 6for many shall come in my name, saying, That I am (he); and they shall deceive many. 7And when ye hear battles and opinions of battles, dread ye not (fear not); for it behooveth these things to be done, but not yet anon, (or at once), is the end [for it behooveth that these things be done, but the end is not yet]. 8For folk shall rise on folk, and realm on realm, and earth-movings and hunger shall be by places; these things shall be (but the) beginnings of (the) sorrows.
9But see ye yourselves, for they shall take you in (to) councils, and ye shall be beaten in synagogues; and ye shall stand before kings and doomsmen, (or judges), for me, in witnessing to them (to give a testimony to them). 10And it behooveth, that the gospel be first preached among all folk. (But it behooveth, that the Gospel, or the Good News, first be preached to all the nations and all the peoples.) 11And when they take you, and lead you forth, do not ye before-think what ye shall speak, but speak ye that thing that shall be given to you in that hour; for ye be not the speakers [soothly ye be not speaking], but the Holy Ghost (but the Holy Spirit). 12For the brother shall betake the brother into death [Forsooth a brother shall betray a brother into death], and the father the son, and sons shall rise together against fathers and mothers, and punish them by death. 13And ye shall be in hate to all men for my name; but he that lasteth into the end, shall be safe. [+And ye shall be in hatred to all men for my name; but he that shall sustain into the end, shall be safe.] (And ye shall be hated by everyone because of my name; but he who lasteth unto the end, shall be saved.)
14But when ye shall see the abomination of discomfort, standing where it oweth not (standing where it ought not to be); he that readeth (this), understand (it); then they that be in Judaea, flee to the mountains. 15And he that is above in the roof (And he who is above on the roof), come not down into the house, neither enter he, to take anything (out) of his house; 16and he that shall be in the field, turn not again behind to take his cloth. (and he who is in the field, do not return to get his cloak.) 17But woe to them that be with child, and nourishing, (or nursing), in those days. 18Therefore pray ye, that those things, (or that your flying, or that your fleeing), be not done in winter. 19But those days of tribulation shall be such, (in) which manner were not from the beginning of creature(s) (in which manner were never so since the beginning of Creation), which God hath made, till now, neither shall be. 20And but the Lord had abridged those days, all flesh, (or all mankind), had not be safe (And if the Lord had not shortened those days, no one could be saved); but for the chosen which he chose, the Lord hath made short the days. 21And then if any man say to you, Lo! here is Christ (Lo! here is the Messiah), lo! there, believe ye not. 22For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall give tokens, (or signs), and wonders, to deceive, if it may be done, yea, them that be chosen [yea, the chosen]. (For false messiahs and false prophets shall arise, and shall make miracles and wonders, to deceive, yes, God’s chosen, if it can be done.) 23Therefore take ye keep (And so be on watch/stay awake); lo! I have before-said to you all things.
24But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be made dark, and the moon shall not give her light, 25and the stars of heaven shall fall down, and the virtues that be in (the) heavens shall be moved (and the powers that be in the heavens shall be shaken). 26And then they shall see man's Son coming in the clouds of (the) heaven(s), with great virtue, and glory (with great power, and glory). 27And then he shall send his angels, and shall gather his chosen from the four winds, from the highest thing of earth till to the highest thing of heaven [from the lowest thing of earth unto the highest thing of heaven].
28But of the fig tree learn ye the parable. When now his branch is tender, and (its) leaves be sprung out, ye know that summer is nigh. 29So when ye see these things be done, know ye, that it is nigh in the doors (that it is here at the door). 30Truly I say to you (I tell you the truth), that this generation shall not pass away, till all these things be done. 31Heaven and earth shall pass (away), but my words shall not pass (away). 32But of that day or hour no man knoweth, neither (the) angels in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
33See ye, wake ye (be on watch/stay awake), and pray ye; for ye know not, when the time is. 34For as a man that is gone far in pilgrimage, left his house, and gave to his servants power of every work, and commanded to the porter, that he [should] wake. (For it is like a man who left his house, and went far away on a journey, and who gave his servants authority to do their work, and commanded to the porter, that he should be on watch/stay awake.) 35Therefore wake ye (And so be on watch/stay awake), for ye know not, when the lord of the house cometh, in the eventide, or at midnight, or at cock's crowing, or in the morning; 36lest when he come suddenly, he find you sleeping. 37Forsooth that that I say to you, I say to all, Wake ye (Be on watch/Stay awake).
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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