1Pask and the feast of therf loaves was after two days (Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread was two days off). And the high priests and the scribes sought, how they should (take) hold (of) him with guile, and slay [him]. 2But they said, Not in the feast day, lest peradventure a noise were made among the people. (But they said, Not on the Feast Day, lest a commotion was made among the people.)
3And when he was at Bethany, in the house of Simon leprous, and rested [and sat at the meat (and sat at the meal)], a woman came, that had a box of alabaster of precious ointment spikenard; and when the box of alabaster was broken, she poured it on his head. 4But there were some that bare it heavily within themselves, and said, Whereto is this loss of ointment made? 5For this ointment might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and be given to poor men. And they grutched against her (And they grumbled against her). 6But Jesus said, Suffer ye her; what be ye heavy to her? she hath wrought a good work in me. (But Jesus said, Allow her to do this; why be so harsh to her? she hath done a good thing for me.) 7For evermore ye shall have poor men with you, and when ye will, ye may do well to them; but ye shall not (for)evermore have me. (Ye shall always have the poor with you, and when ye desire to, ye can do good things for them; but ye shall not always have me.) 8She did that that she had (to); she came before to anoint my body into burying (she came beforehand to anoint my body for burial). 9Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel shall be preached in all the world, and that that this woman hath done, shall be told into mind of him [shall be told into mind of her]. (I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel shall be preached in all the world, that which this woman hath done, shall be told in remembrance of her.)
10And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the high priests, to betray him to them. 11And they heard, and joyed, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he should betray him covenably, (or opportunely).
12And the first day of therf loaves, when they offered (the) pask, the disciples said to him, Whither wilt thou that we go, and make ready to thee, that thou eat the pask? (And the first Day of Unleavened Bread, when they slew the Passover lambs, the disciples said to him, Where desirest thou that we go, and prepare for thee, so that thou can eat the Passover?) 13And he sendeth two of his disciples, and saith to them, Go ye into the city, and a man bearing a gallon of water shall meet you; (pur)sue ye him (follow him). 14And whither ever he entereth, say ye to the lord of the house, That the master saith, Where is mine eating place, where I shall eat (the) pask with my disciples? (The Teacher saith, Where is my eating place, where I can eat the Passover with my disciples?) 15And he shall show to you a great supping place arrayed, and there make ye ready to us (and there prepare it for us). 16And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said to them; and they made ready the pask (and they prepared the Passover).
17And when the eventide was come, he came with the twelve. 18And when they sat at the meat, and ate, Jesus said, Truly I say to you, that one of you that eateth with me, shall betray me. (And when they sat at the meal, and ate, Jesus said, I tell you the truth, that one of you who eateth with me, shall betray me.) 19And they began to be sorry, (or to be sorrowful, or to be grieved), and to say to him, each by themselves, Whether I? 20Which said to them, One of the twelve that putteth [in] his hand with me in the platter. 21And soothly man's Son goeth, as it is written of him; but woe to that man, by whom man's Son shall be betrayed. It were good to him (It would be better for him), if that man had not been born.
22And while they ate, Jesus took bread, and blessed (and gave thanks), and brake [it], and gave (it) to them, and said, Take ye; this is my body. 23And when he had taken the cup, he did thankings (he gave thanks), and gave (it) to them, and all drank thereof. 24And he said to them, This is my blood of the new testament (This is my blood of the new covenant), which shall be shed for many. 25Truly I say to you, for now I shall not drink of this fruit of the vine, into that day when I shall drink it (a)new in the realm of God.
26And when the hymn was said, they went out into the hill of Olives. (And after the hymn was sung, they went out to the Mount of Olives.)
27And Jesus said to them, All ye shall be caused to stumble in me in this night; for it is written, I shall smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered. 28But after that I shall rise again, I shall go before you into Galilee. 29And Peter said to him, Though all shall be caused to stumble, but not I. 30And Jesus said to him, Truly I say to thee (I tell you the truth), that today before that the cock in this night crow twice, thou shalt thrice deny me. [+And Jesus saith to him, Truly I say to thee, for today before that the cock crow twice in this night, thrice thou shalt deny me.] 31But he said more, Though it behoove, that I die together with thee, I shall not forsake thee [And he spake more, Though it shall behoove me to die together with thee, I shall not deny thee]. And in like manner (they) all said (the same thing).
32And they came into a place, whose name is Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I pray. 33And he took Peter and James and John with him, and began to dread, and to be distressed, (or to be heavy) (and began to have fear, and to be grieved). 34And he said to them, My soul is sorrowful [till] to the death; abide ye here, and wake ye with me (wait here, and keep watch with me/wait here, and stay awake). 35And when he was gone forth a little, he felled down on the earth (he fell down on the ground), and prayed, that if it might be, that the hour should pass from him. 36And he said, Abba, Father, all things be possible to thee, bear over from me this cup [turn (away) from me this cup]; but not that I will, but that thou wilt, be done (but nevertheless not what I desire, but what thou desirest, be done). 37And he came, and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? mightest thou not wake with me one hour? (could thou not keep watch with me for one hour?/could thou not stay awake for one hour?) 38Wake ye, and pray ye, that ye enter not into temptation; for the spirit is ready, but the flesh is sick. (Be on watch/Stay awake, and pray, so that ye enter not into the test; for the spirit is ready, but the flesh is frail and weak.) 39And again he went, and prayed, and said the same word(s); 40and he turned again (and he returned), and again found them sleeping; for their eyes were heavied. And they knew not, what they should answer to him. 41And he came the third time, and said to them, Sleep ye now, and rest ye; it sufficeth. The hour is come; lo! man's Son shall be betrayed into the hands of sinful men. 42Rise ye, go we; lo! he that shall betray me is nigh.
43And yet while he spake, Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, came, and with him much people with swords and staves, sent from the high priests, and the scribes, and from the elder men. 44And his traitor had given to them a token, (or a sign), and said, Whomever I kiss, he it is; hold ye him, and lead ye him (away) warily. 45And when he came, anon he came to him, and said, Master; and he kissed him. (And when he came, he came up to him at once, and said, Teacher; and he kissed him.) 46And they laid hands on him, and held him. 47But one of the men that stood about, drew out a sword, and smote the servant of the highest priest (and struck the servant of the High Priest), and cut off his ear. 48And Jesus answered, and said to them, As to a thief ye have gone out with swords and staves, to take (hold of) me? (And Jesus answered, and said to them, Like for a thief ye have gone out with swords and bats, to seize me?) 49Day by day I was among you, and taught in the temple, and ye held not me (and ye did not seize me then); (no) but that the scriptures be fulfilled. 50Then all his disciples forsook him, and fled.
51But a young man, clothed with (a) linen cloth on the bare, (pur)sued him; and they held him. (But a young man, clothed only with a linen cloak, followed him; and they also held onto him.) 52And he left the linen clothing, and flew naked away from them. [And the linen cloth forsaken, he naked fled away from them.] (And he left the linen cloak, and fled away naked from them.)
53And they led Jesus to the highest priest (And they led Jesus to the High Priest). And all the priests and scribes and elder men came together. 54But Peter (pur)sued him afar into the hall of the highest priest (But Peter followed him from afar into the courtyard of the High Priest). And he sat with the servants, and warmed him(self) at the fire. 55And the highest priests, and all the council, sought witnessing against Jesus to (be)take him to the death; but they found not. (And the high priests, and all the council, sought testimony against Jesus to deliver him unto death; but they could not find any testimony that was suitable/that was in agreement.) 56For many said false witnessing against him, and the witnessings were not covenable. (For many said false testimony against him, but their testimonies were not suitable/were not in agreement.) 57And some rose up, and bare false witnessing against him, and said, (And some rose up, and gave false testimony against him, and said,) 58For we heard him saying, I shall undo this temple made with hands (I shall destroy this Temple made with hands), and after the third day, (or by the third day), I shall build another not made with hands. 59And the witnessing of them was not covenable. (But their testimony was not suitable/was not in agreement.) 60And the highest priest rose up into the middle, (or into the midst), and asked Jesus, and said, Answerest thou nothing to those things that be put against thee of these [men]? (And the High Priest rose up into the midst, and asked Jesus, Answerest thou nothing to those things that be put against thee by these men?) 61But he was still, and answered nothing. Again the highest priest asked him, and said to him, Art thou Christ, the Son of the blessed God? (Again the High Priest asked him, Art thou the Messiah, the Son of the blessed God?) 62And Jesus said to him, I am; and ye shall see man's Son sitting on the right half of the virtue of God, and coming in the clouds of heaven. (And Jesus said to him, I am; and ye shall see man’s Son sitting at the right hand, or on the right side, of the power of God, and coming with the clouds of the heavens.) 63And the highest priest rent his clothes, and said, What yet desire we witnesses? (And the High Priest tore his clothes, and said, Why do we still desire more witnesses?) 64Ye have heard blasphemy. What seemeth to you? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death. 65And some began to bespit him, and to cover his face, and to smite him with buffets, and to say to him, Declare thou [And some began to spit on him, and to hide his face, and smite him with buffets, and say to him, Prophesy thou]. And the ministers beat him with strokes (And the servants beat him with strokes).
66And when Peter was in the hall beneath, one of the damsels, (or one of the handmaidens), of the highest priest came. (And while Peter was still below in the courtyard, one of the High Priest’s servantesses came by.) 67And when she had seen Peter warming him(self), she beheld him, and said, And thou were with Jesus of Nazareth. 68And he denied, and said, Neither I know, neither I know, what thou sayest. And he went withoutforth before the hall; and anon the cock crew (And then he went out of the courtyard; and at once the cock crowed). 69And again when another damsel, (or another handmaiden), had seen him, she began to say to men that stood about, That this is of them (This man is one of them). 70And he again denied. And after a little, again they that stood nigh, said to Peter, Verily, thou art of them (Truly, thou art one of them), for thou art of Galilee also. 71But he began to curse and to swear, For I know not this man, of whom ye say. 72And anon again the cock crew (And once again the cock crowed). And Peter bethought on the word(s) that Jesus had said to him, Before (that) the cock crow twice, thrice thou shalt deny me. And he began to weep.
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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