1 Corinthians (Wycliffe – 1382)

The 1st Epistle to the Corinthians
Wycliffe: The Early Version (1382)
1:01 Paul, called apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, and Sosthenes, brother,
1:02 to the church of God that is at Corinth, to them that be hallowed in Christ Jesus, and called saints, with all that inwardly call the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, in each place of them and of ours,
1:03 grace to you and peace of God, our Father, and of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:04 I do thankings to my God evermore for you, in the grace of God that is given to you in Christ Jesus.
1:05 For in all things ye be made rich in him, in each word, and in each knowing,
1:06 as the witnessing of Christ is confirmed in you;
1:07 so that nothing fail to you in any grace, abiding the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ;
1:08 which also shall confirm you till into the end without crime in the day of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1:09 Forsooth God is true, by whom ye be called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
1:10 But, brethren, I beseech you, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all say the same thing, and that schisms be not among you; but be ye perfect in the same wit, and in the same knowing.
1:11 For, my brethren, it is told to me of them that be at Chloe’s, that strives be among you.
1:12 Forsooth I say this thing, that each of you saith, Forsooth I am of Paul, forsooth I of Apollos, truly I of Cephas, forsooth I of Christ.
1:13 Whether Christ is parted? whether Paul was crucified for you, or be ye baptized in the name of Paul?
1:14 I do thankings to God, that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
1:15 lest any man say, that ye be baptized in my name.
1:16 And I baptized also the house of Stephanas, but I know not, if I baptized any other.
1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel; not in wisdom of word, that the cross of Christ be not voided away.
1:18 For the word of the cross is folly to them that perish; but to them that be made safe, that is to say, to us, it is the virtue of God.
1:19 For it is written, I shall lose the wisdom of wise men, and I shall reprove the prudence of prudent men.
1:20 Where is the wise man? where is the writer? where is the purchaser of this world? Whether God hath not made the wisdom of this world foolish?
1:21 For why for in the wisdom of God the world knew not God by wisdom, it pleased to God, by the folly of preaching, to make them safe that believed.
1:22 For Jews seek signs, and Greeks seek wisdom;
1:23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews soothly offence, and to heathen men folly;
1:24 forsooth to them called, Jews and Greeks, Christ the virtue of God, and the wisdom of God.
1:25 For that that is folly thing of God, is wiser than men; and that that is the sick thing of God, is stronger than men.
1:26 Forsooth, see ye your calling, brethren; for not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble.
1:27 But God chose those things that be foolish of the world, that he confound wise men; and God chose the sick things of the world, that he confound the strong things;
1:28 and God chose the unnoble things and despisable things of the world, and those things that be not, to destroy those things that be;
1:29 that each flesh glory not in his sight.
1:30 But of him ye be in Christ Jesus, which is made of God to us wisdom, and rightwiseness, and holiness, and again-buying;
1:31 that, as it is written, He that glorieth, glory in the Lord.
2:01 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not in the highness of word, or of wisdom, telling to you the witnessing of Christ.
2:02 For I deemed not in me to know any thing among you, but Christ Jesus, and him crucified.
2:03 And I in sickness, and dread, and much trembling, was with you;
2:04 and my word and my preaching was not in subtly stirring words of man’s wisdom, but in shewing of Spirit and of virtue;
2:05 that your faith be not in the wisdom of men, but in the virtue of God.
2:06 For we speak wisdom among perfect men, but not wisdom of this world, neither of princes of this world, that be destroyed;
2:07 but we speak the wisdom of God in mystery, which wisdom is hid; the which God before-ordained before worlds into our glory,
2:08 which none of the princes of this world knew; for if they had known, they should never have crucified the Lord of glory.
2:09 But as it is written, That eye saw not, nor ear heard, neither it ascended into the heart of man, what things God made ready before to them that love him;
2:10 but God shewed to us by his Spirit. For why the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
2:11 And who of men knoweth, what things be of man, but the spirit of man that is in him? and what things be of God, no man knoweth, but the Spirit of God.
2:12 And we have not received the spirit of this world, but the Spirit that is of God, that we know what things be given to us of God.
2:13 The which things we speak, not in taught words of man’s wisdom, but in doctrine of the Spirit, comparisoning spiritual things to ghostly men.
2:14 For a beastly man perceiveth not those things that be of the Spirit of God; for it is folly to him, and he may not understand, for it is examined ghostly.
2:15 But a spiritual man deemeth all things, and he is deemed of no man.
2:16 As it is written, And who knew the wit of the Lord, or who taught him? And we have the wit of Christ.
3:01 And I, brethren, might not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to fleshly; as to little children in Christ,
3:02 I gave to you milk to drink, not meat; for ye might not yet understand, but neither now soothly ye be able,
3:03 for yet ye be fleshly. For while envy and strife is among you, whether ye be not fleshly, and ye go after man?
3:04 For when some saith, I am of Paul, another forsooth, I am of Apollos, whether ye be not fleshly men?
3:05 What therefore is Apollos, and what Paul? They be ministers of him, to whom ye have believed; and to each man as God hath given.
3:06 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave increasing.
3:07 And so neither he that planteth is any thing, neither he that moisteth, but God that giveth increasing.
3:08 And he that planteth, and he that moisteth, be one; and each shall take his own meed, after his travail.
3:09 For we be the helpers of God; ye be the earth-tilling of God, ye be the building of God.
3:10 After the grace of God that is given to me, as a wise master carpenter I set the foundament; and another buildeth above. But each man see, how and what things he buildeth upon.
3:11 For no man may set another foundament, besides that that is set, which is Christ Jesus.
3:12 Forsooth if any man build upon this foundament, gold, silver, precious stones, sticks, hay, stubble,
3:13 every man’s work shall be open; for the day of the Lord shall declare, for it shall be shewed in fire; the fire shall prove the work of each man, what manner it is.
3:14 If the work of any man dwell still, which he builded upon, he shall receive meed.
3:15 If any man’s work shall burn, he shall suffer impairing; but he shall be safe, so nevertheless as by fire.
3:16 Know ye not, that ye be the temple of God, and the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
3:17 And if any man defouleth the temple of God, God shall lose him; for the temple of God is holy, which ye be.
3:18 No man deceive himself. If any man among you is seen to be wise in this world, be he made a fool, that he be wise.
3:19 For the wisdom of this world is folly with God; for it is written, I shall catch wise men in their fell wisdom;
3:20 and again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of wise men, for they be vain.
3:21 And so no man glory in men. For all things be yours,
3:22 either Paul, either Apollos, either Cephas, either the world, either life, either death, either things present, either things to come; for all things be yours,
3:23 and ye be of Christ, and Christ is of God.
4:01 So a man guess us, as ministers of Christ, and dispensers of the mysteries of God.
4:02 Now it is sought here among the dispensers, that a man be found true.
4:03 And to me it is for the least thing, that I be deemed of you, or of man’s day; but neither I deem myself.
4:04 Soothly I am nothing guilty to myself, but not in this thing am I justified; for he that deemeth me, is the Lord.
4:05 Therefore do not ye deem before the time, till that the Lord come, which shall alighten the hid things of darknesses, and shall shew the counsels of hearts; and then praising shall be to each man of God.
4:06 Soothly, brethren, this thing I have transfigured into me and into Apollos for you; that in us ye learn, lest over that that is written, one against another be in-blown with pride for another man.
4:07 Who deemeth thee? And what hast thou, that thou hast not received? And if thou hast received, what gloriest thou, as thou hadst not received?
4:08 Now ye be full-filled, now ye be made rich; ye reign without us; and I would that ye reign, that also we reign with you.
4:09 Soothly I ween, that God shewed us the last apostles, as made ready to death; for we be made a spectacle to the world, and to angels, and to men.
4:10 We fools for Christ, but ye prudent in Christ; we sick, but ye strong; ye noble, but we unnoble.
4:11 Till into this hour we hunger, and thirst, and be naked, and be smitten with buffets, and we be unstable, moving from place to place,
4:12 and we travail working with our hands; we be cursed, and we bless; we suffer persecution, and we sustain;
4:13 we be blasphemed, and we beseech; as cleansings of this world we be made the parings of all things till yet.
4:14 I write not these things, that I confound you, but I warn you as my most dear-worthy sons.
4:15 For why if ye have ten thousand of under-masters in Christ, but not many fathers; for why in Christ Jesus I have gendered you by the gospel.
4:16 Therefore I pray you, be ye followers of me, as I of Christ.
4:17 Therefore I sent to you Timothy, which is my most dear-worthy son, and faithful in the Lord, which shall admonish you my ways, that be in Christ Jesus; as I teach every where in each church.
4:18 As though I should not come to you, so some be in-blown with pride;
4:19 but I shall come to you soon, if God will; and I shall know not the word of them that be in-blown with pride, but the virtue.
4:20 For the realm of God is not in word, but in virtue.
4:21 What will ye? Shall I come to you in a rod, or in charity, and in a spirit of mildness?
5:01 Yet all manner of fornication is heard among you, and such fornication, which is not among heathen men, so that one man have the wife of his father.
5:02 And ye be blown with pride, and not more had wailing, that he that did this work, be taken away from the middle of you.
5:03 Soothly I absent in body, but present in spirit, now have deemed as present him that hath thus wrought,
5:04 when ye be gathered together in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and my spirit, with the virtue of the Lord Jesus,
5:05 to betake such a man to Satan, into the perishing of flesh, that the spirit be safe in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
5:06 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not, that a little sourdough corrupteth all the gobbet?
5:07 Cleanse ye out old sourdough, that ye be new sprinkling together, as ye be therf. Forsooth Christ is offered our pask.
5:08 Therefore eat we, not in old sourdough, neither in sourdough of malice and waywardness, but in therf things of clearness and truth.
5:09 I wrote to you in an epistle, that ye be not mingled with lechers,
5:10 soothly not with lechers of this world, or with covetous men, or raveners, or with men serving to idols, else ye should have gone out of this world.
5:11 Now soothly I wrote to you, to be not mingled. If he that is named a brother among you, and is a lecher, or covetous, or serving to idols, or a curser, or full of drunkenness, or a ravener, with such neither to take meat.
5:12 Forsooth what to me to deem of them that be withoutforth. Whether ye deem not of them that be withinforth?
5:13 For God shall deem them that be withoutforth. Do ye away evil from yourselves.
6:01 Dare any of you, having a cause against another, be deemed at wicked men, and not at saints?
6:02 Whether ye know not, that saints shall deem this world? And if the world shall be deemed by you, be ye unworthy to deem the least things?
6:03 Know ye not, that we shall deem angels? how much more worldly things?
6:04 Therefore if ye have worldly dooms, ordain ye those contemptible men that be in the church, to deem.
6:05 I say to your shame. So there is not any wise man, that may deem between a brother and his brother;
6:06 but brother with brother striveth in doom, and that among unfaithful men.
6:07 Now forsooth trespass is all-gates in you, for ye have dooms among you. Why rather take ye not wrong? why not more suffer ye fraud?
6:08 But also ye do wrong, and defraud, and that to brethren.
6:09 Whether ye know not, that wicked men shall not wield the kingdom of God? Do not ye err; neither lechers, neither men serving to idols, neither adulterers, neither lechers against kind, neither they that do lechery with men,
6:10 neither thieves, neither covetous men, neither men full of drunkenness, neither cursers, neither raveners, shall wield the kingdom of God.
6:11 And these things ye were sometime; but ye be washed, but ye be hallowed, but ye be justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.
6:12 All things be leaveful to me, but not all things be speedful. All things be leaveful to me, but I shall not be brought down under any man’s power.
6:13 Meat to the womb, and the womb to meats; and God shall destroy both this and that. And the body not to fornication, but to the Lord, and the Lord to the body.
6:14 For God raised the Lord, and shall raise us by his virtue.
6:15 Know ye not, that your bodies be members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and shall I make them the members of a whore? Far be it.
6:16 Whether ye know not, that he that cleaveth to a whore, is made one body? For he saith, There shall be two in one flesh.
6:17 And he that cleaveth to the Lord, is one spirit.
6:18 Flee ye fornication; all sin whatever a man shall do, is without the body; but he that doeth fornication, sinneth against his body.
6:19 Whether ye know not, that your members be the temple of the Holy Ghost, that is in you, whom ye have of God, and ye be not your own?
6:20 For ye be bought with great price. Glorify ye, and bear ye God in your body.
7:01 But of those things that ye have written to me, it is good to a man for to not touch a woman.
7:02 But for fornication each man have his own wife, and each woman have her own husband.
7:03 The husband yield debt to the wife, and also the wife to the husband.
7:04 The woman hath not power of her body, but the husband; also forsooth the husband hath not power of his body, but the wife.
7:05 Do not defraud together, but peradventure of consent for a time, that ye give attention to prayer; and again turn again to the same thing, lest Satan tempt you for your uncontinence.
7:06 Forsooth I say this thing by indulgence, not after commandment.
7:07 For I will, that all men be as myself. But each man hath his proper gift of God; one thus, and another thus.
7:08 But I say to them, that be not wedded, and widows, it is good to them, if they dwell so as I.
7:09 And if they contain not themselves, be they wedded; for it is better to be wedded, than to be burnt.
7:10 But to them that be joined in matrimony, I command, not I, but the Lord, that the wife depart not from the husband;
7:11 and that if she departeth, that she dwell unwedded, or be reconciled to her husband; and the husband forsake not the wife.
7:12 But to others I say, not the Lord. If any brother have an unfaithful wife, and she consent for to dwell with him, leave he her not.
7:13 And if the woman hath an husband unfaithful, and this consenteth to dwell with her, leave she not the husband.
7:14 For the unfaithful husband is hallowed by the faithful woman, and the unfaithful woman is hallowed by the faithful husband. Else your children were unclean, but now they be holy.
7:15 That if the unfaithful departeth, depart he. For why the brother or sister is not subject to servage in such; for God hath called us in peace.
7:16 And whereof knowest thou, woman, if thou shalt make the man safe; or whereof knowest thou, man, if thou shalt make the woman safe?
7:17 No but as the Lord hath parted to each, as God hath called each man, so go he, and as I teach in all churches.
7:18 A man circumcised is called, bring he not to prepuce. A man is called in prepuce, be he not circumcised.
7:19 Circumcision is nought, and prepuce is nought, but the keeping of the commandments of God.
7:20 Each man in what calling he is called, in that dwell he.
7:21 Thou a servant art called, be it not charge to thee; but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.
7:22 He that is a servant, and is called in the Lord, is a free man of the Lord. and he that is a free man, and is called, is the servant of Christ.
7:23 With price ye be bought; do not ye be made servants of men.
7:24 Each man therefore in what calling he is called, in that dwell he with God.
7:25 But of virgins I have no commandment of God; but I give counsel, as he that hath gotten mercy of the Lord, that I be true.
7:26 Therefore I guess, that this thing is good for the present need; for it is good for a man to be so.
7:27 Thou art bound to a wife, do not thou seek unbinding; thou art unbound from a wife, do not thou seek a wife.
7:28 But if thou hast taken a wife, thou hast not sinned; and if a maiden is wedded, she sinned not; nevertheless such shall have tribulation of flesh. But I spare you.
7:29 And so, brethren, I say this thing, The time is short. Another is this, that they that have wives, be as though they had none;
7:30 and they that weep, as they wept not; and they that joy, as they joyed not; and they that buy, as they had not;
7:31 and they that use this world, as not using. Forsooth the figure of this world passeth.
7:32 Forsooth I will you to be without busyness, for he that is without wife, is busy what things be of the Lord, how he shall please God.
7:33 But he that is with a wife, is busy what things be of the world, how he shall please his wife, and he is parted.
7:34 And a woman unwedded and a maiden thinketh what things be of the Lord, that she be holy in body and spirit. But she that is wedded, thinketh what things be of the world, how she shall please her husband.
7:35 Soothly I say these things to your profit, not that I cast to you a snare, but to that that is honest, and that giveth facility without letting to beseech to the Lord.
7:36 And if any man guesseth himself to be seen foul on his virgin, that she is well old, and so it behooveth to be done, do she what she will; he sinneth not, if he be wedded.
7:37 For why he that ordained stably in his heart, not having need, but having power of his will, and hath deemed in his heart this thing, for to keep his virginity, doeth well.
7:38 Therefore he that joineth his virgin in matrimony, doeth well; and he that joineth not, doeth better.
7:39 The woman is bound to the law, as long time as her husband liveth; and if her husband is dead, she is delivered from the law, be she wedded to whom she will, only in the Lord.
7:40 But she shall be more blessed, if she shall thus dwell, after my counsel; and I ween, that I have the Spirit of God.
8:01 But of these things that be sacrificed to idols, we know, for all we have knowing. Soothly science in-bloweth with pride, charity edifieth.
8:02 Forsooth if any man guess that he knoweth any thing, he hath not yet known how it behooveth him to know.
8:03 And if any man loveth God, this is known of him.
8:04 But of meats that be offered to idols, we know, that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no God but one.
8:05 For why though there be that be said gods, either in heaven, either in earth, as there be many gods, and many lords;
8:06 nevertheless to us is one God, the Father, of whom be all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom be all things, and we by him.
8:07 But not in all men is knowing. For some men with conscience of idol till now eat as thing offered to idols; and their conscience is defouled, when it is sick.
8:08 Forsooth Meat commendeth us not to God; for neither we shall fail, if we eat not, neither if we eat, we shall abound.
8:09 See ye forsooth, lest peradventure this your license be made hurting to sick men.
8:10 For if any man shall see him, that hath knowing, eating in a place where idols be worshipped, whether his conscience, since it is sick, shall not be edified to eat things offered to idols?
8:11 And the sick brother, for whom Christ died, shall perish in thy knowing.
8:12 For thus ye sinning against brethren, and smiting their sick conscience, sin against Christ.
8:13 Wherefore if meat causeth my brother to offend, I shall not eat flesh into without end, lest I cause my brother to offend.
9:01 Whether I am not free? Am I not apostle? Whether I saw not Jesus Christ, our Lord? Whether ye be not my work in the Lord?
9:02 And though to others I am not apostle, but nevertheless to you I am; for why ye be the signal of mine apostlehood in the Lord.
9:03 My defence to them that ask me, is this.
9:04 Whether we have not power to eat and drink?
9:05 Whether we have not power to lead about a woman, a sister, as also other apostles, and brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
9:06 Or I alone and Barnabas have not power to work these things?
9:07 Who fighteth any time with his own soldiers? Who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruits? Who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?
9:08 Whether after man I say these things? whether also the law saith not these things?
9:09 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not bind up the mouth of the ox that thresheth. Whether of oxen is charge to God?
9:10 Whether for us he saith these things? For why for us they be written; for he that ploweth, oweth to plow in hope, and he that thresheth, in hope to take fruits.
9:11 If we sow spiritual things to you, is it great, if we reap your fleshly things?
9:12 If others be partners of your power, why not rather we? But we use not this power, but we suffer all things, that we give no letting to the evangel of Christ.
9:13 Know ye not, that they that work in the sanctuary, eat those things that be of the sanctuary, and they that serve to the altar, be partners of the altar?
9:14 and the Lord ordained to them that tell the gospel, to live of the gospel.
9:15 But I used none of these things; and I wrote not these things, that they be done so in me; for it is good rather for me to die, than that any man void my glory.
9:16 For if I preach the gospel, glory is not to me, forsooth need lieth before me; for woe to me, if I preach not the gospel.
9:17 Forsooth if I willing do this thing, I have meed; soothly if against my will, dispensation is betaken to me.
9:18 What therefore is my hire? That I preach the gospel, put the gospel without expense, that I mis-use not my power in the gospel.
9:19 For why when I was free of all men, I made me servant of all men, that I should win more men.
9:20 And to Jews I am made as a Jew, that I should win Jews; to them that be under the law, as I were under the law, when I was not under the law, that I should win them that were under the law;
9:21 to them that were without law, as I were without law, when I was not without the law of God, but I was in the law of Christ, that I should win them that were without law.
9:22 I am made sick to sick men, that I should win sick men; to all men I am made all things, that I should make all men safe.
9:23 But I do all things for the gospel, that I should be made partner of it.
9:24 Know ye not, that they that run in a furlong, all run, but one taketh the prize? So run ye, that ye catch.
9:25 Each man that striveth in fight, abstaineth him from all things; forsooth, that they take a corruptible crown, but we an uncorrupt.
9:26 Therefore I run so, not as to an uncertain thing; thus I fight, not as beating the air;
9:27 but I chastise my body, and bring it into servage; lest peradventure when I have preached to others, I myself be made reproveable.
10:01 Soothly, brethren, I will not you to unknow, that all our fathers were under a cloud, and all passed the sea;
10:02 and all were baptized in Moses, in the cloud and in the sea;
10:03 and all ate the same spiritual meat,
10:04 and all drank the same spiritual drink; forsooth they drank of the spiritual stone following them; and the stone was Christ.
10:05 But not in full many of them it was well pleasant to God; for why they were cast down in the desert.
10:06 But these things were done in figure of us, that we be not coveters of evil things, and they coveted.
10:07 Neither be ye made idolaters, as some of them; as it is written, The people sat to eat and drink, and they have risen up to play.
10:08 Neither do we fornication, as some of them did fornication, and three and twenty thousand fell in one day.
10:09 Neither tempt we Christ, as some of them tempted, and perished of serpents.
10:10 Neither grutch ye, as some of them grutched, and they perished of the waster.
10:11 And all these things fell to them in figure; soothly they be written to our correction, into whom the ends of the world have come.
10:12 And so he that guesseth him to stand, see, that he fall not.
10:13 Temptation take not you, but man’s temptation; for God is true, which shall not suffer you to be tempted above that that ye be able; but he shall make with temptation also purveyance, that ye may sustain.
10:14 Wherefore, ye most dear-worthy to me, flee from worshipping of idols.
10:15 As to prudent men I speak, deem ye yourselves that thing that I say.
10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, whether it is not the communing of Christ’s blood? and the bread which we break, whether it is not the dealing of the body of the Lord?
10:17 For we many be one bread and one body, all we that take part of one bread and of one cup.
10:18 See ye Israel after the flesh, whether they that eat sacrifices, be not partners of the altar?
10:19 What therefore say I, that a thing that is offered to idols is any thing, or that the idol is any thing?
10:20 But those things that heathen men offer, they offer to devils, and not to God. But I will not, that ye be made fellows of fiends;
10:21 for ye may not drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of fiends; ye may not be partners of the board of the Lord, and of the board of fiends.
10:22 Whether we have envy to the Lord? whether we be stronger than he?
10:23 All things be leaveful to me, but not all things be speedful. All things be leaveful to me, but not all things edify.
10:24 No man seek that thing that is his own, but that thing that is of another.
10:25 All thing that is sold in the butchery, eat ye, asking nothing for conscience.
10:26 The earth and the plenty of it, is the Lord’s.
10:27 Forsooth if any of unfaithful calleth you to supper, and ye will go, all things that is set to you, eat ye, asking nothing for conscience.
10:28 If any man soothly say to you, This thing is offered to idols, do not ye eat, for him that shewed this thing, and for conscience;
10:29 and I say not, thy conscience, but of another man’s. Soothly whereto is my liberty deemed of another man’s conscience?
10:30 Therefore if I take part with grace, what am I blasphemed, for that that I do graces?
10:31 Therefore whether ye eat, or drink, or do any other thing, do ye all things to the glory of God.
10:32 Be ye without offence to Jews, and to heathen men, and to the church of God;
10:33 and I by all things please to all men, not seeking what is profitable to me, but that that is profitable to many men, that they be made safe.
11:01 Be ye followers of me, as and I of Christ.
11:02 And, brethren, I praise you, that by all things ye be mindful of me; and as I betook to you my commandments, ye keep.
11:03 But I will that ye know, that Christ is the head of each man; but the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
11:04 Each man praying, or prophesying, when his head is covered, defouleth his head.
11:05 But each woman praying, or prophesying, when her head is not covered, defouleth her head; for it is one, as if she be made bald.
11:06 For if a woman be not veiled, be she polled; and if it is foul thing to a woman to be polled, or to be made bald, cover she her head.
11:07 But a man shall not cover his head, for he is the image and glory of God; but a woman is the glory of man.
11:08 For a man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man.
11:09 And the man is not made for the woman, but the woman for the man.
11:10 Therefore the woman shall have a covering on her head, also for angels.
11:11 Nevertheless neither the man is without the woman, neither the woman is without the man, in the Lord.
11:12 For why as the woman is of the man, so and the man is by the woman; but all things be of God.
11:13 Ye yourselves deem; becometh it a woman not veiled to pray to God?
11:14 Neither the kind itself teacheth us that, for if a man nourish long hair, it is evil fame to him;
11:15 but if a woman nourish long hair, it is glory to her, for hairs be given to her for covering.
11:16 But if any man is seen to be full of strife, we have none such custom, neither the church of God.
11:17 But this thing I command, not praising, that ye come together not into the better, but into the worse.
11:18 First for when ye come together into the church, I hear that partings be, and of part I believe.
11:19 For why it behooveth heresies to be, that they the which be proved, be made known to you.
11:20 Therefore when ye come together into one, now it is not to eat the Lord’s supper;
11:21 for why each man before taketh his supper to eat, and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
11:22 Whether ye have not houses for to eat and drink, or ye despise the church of God, and confound them that have not? What shall I say to you? I praise you; in this thing I praise you not.
11:23 For I have taken of the Lord that thing, which and I have betaken to you. For the Lord Jesus, in what night he was betrayed, took bread,
11:24 and doing graces, he brake, and said, Take ye, and eat ye; this is my body, which shall be betrayed for you; do ye this thing into my mind.
11:25 Also and he took the cup, after he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood; do ye this thing, as oft as ye shall drink it, into my mind.
11:26 For as oft as ye shall eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye shall shew the death of the Lord, till he come.
11:27 And so whoever shall eat the bread, or drink the cup of the Lord unworthily, he shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
11:28 But prove a man himself, and so eat he of that bread, and drink of the cup.
11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh doom to himself, not wisely deeming the body of the Lord.
11:30 Therefore among you many be sick and unstrong, and many sleep.
11:31 For if we deemed wisely ourselves, we should not be deemed;
11:32 but while we be deemed of the Lord, we be chastised, that we be not condemned with this world.
11:33 Therefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, abide ye together.
11:34 If any man hunger, eat he at home, that ye come not together into doom. And I shall dispose other things, when I come.
12:01 But of spiritual things, brethren, I will not you to unknow.
12:02 Soothly ye know, for when ye were heathen men, as ye were led going to dumb simulacra.
12:03 Therefore I make known to you, that no man speaking in the Spirit of God, saith parting from Jesus; and no man may say the Lord Jesus is, but in the Holy Ghost.
12:04 And diverse graces there be, but the same Spirit is;
12:05 and partings of servings be, but the same Lord is;
12:06 and partings of workings be, but the same God is, that worketh all things in all things.
12:07 And to each man the shewing of Spirit is given to profit.
12:08 To another forsooth by Spirit the word of wisdom is given; to another the word of knowing, by the same Spirit;
12:09 faith to another, in the same Spirit; to another, grace of healths, in one Spirit;
12:10 to another, the working of virtues; to another, prophecy; to another, discretion of spirits; to another, kinds of tongues; to another, interpreting of words.
12:11 Forsooth all these things one and the same Spirit worketh, parting to each by themselves as he will.
12:12 For as there is one body, and hath many members, and all the members of the body when they be many, be one body, so also Christ.
12:13 And soothly in one Spirit all we be baptized into one body, either Jews, or heathen, or servants, or free; and all we have drunk in one Spirit.
12:14 For the body is not one member, but many.
12:15 If the foot shall say, For I am not the hand, I am not of the body; not therefore is it not of the body?
12:16 And if the ear shall say, For I am not the eye, I am not of the body; not therefore is it not of the body?
12:17 If all the body were the eye, where is the hearing? and if all the body is hearing, where is the smelling?
12:18 But now God hath set members, and each of them in the body, as he would.
12:19 And if all were one member, where were the body?
12:20 But now there be many members, but one body.
12:21 Forsooth the eye shall not be able to say to the hand, I have no need to thy works; or again the head to the feet, Ye be not necessary to me.
12:22 But much more those that be seen to be more sick members of the body, be more needful;
12:23 and to them that we guess to be unnobler members of the body, we give more honour about; and those members that be unhonest, have more honesty.
12:24 Forsooth our honest members of none have need; but God tempered the body, giving more worship to it, to whom it failed,
12:25 that debate be not in the body, but that the members be busy into the same thing for each other.
12:26 And if one member suffer any thing, all members suffer therewith; either if one member glorieth, all members joy together.
12:27 Forsooth ye be the body of Christ, and members of members.
12:28 And soothly God put some in the church, first apostles, the second prophets, the third teachers, afterward works of power, afterward graces of healings, helpings, governings, kinds of languages, interpretations of words.
12:29 Whether all be apostles? whether all be prophets? Whether all teachers? whether all works of power?
12:30 whether all have grace of healings? whether all speak with languages? whether all interpret?
12:31 But follow ye the better ghostly gifts. And yet I shew to you a more excellent way.
13:01 If I speak with tongues of men and of angels, and I have not charity, I am made as brass sounding, or a cymbal tinkling.
13:02 And if I have prophecy, and all knowing, and if I have all faith, so that I bear over hills from one place to another, and I have not charity, I am nought.
13:03 And if I part all my goods into the meats of poor men, and if I betake my body, so that I burn, and if I have not charity, it profiteth to me nothing.
13:04 Charity is patient, it is benign; charity envieth not, it doeth not wickedly, it is not in-blown with pride,
13:05 it is not covetous of worships, it seeketh not those things that be her own, it is not stirred to wrath, it thinketh not evil,
13:06 it joyeth not in wickedness, forsooth it joyeth together with truth;
13:07 it suffereth all things, it believeth all things, it hopeth all things, it sustaineth all things.
13:08 Charity falleth never down, whether prophecies shall be voided, or languages shall cease, or science shall be destroyed.
13:09 For of part we know, and of part we prophesy;
13:10 but when that shall come that is perfect, that thing that is of part shall be voided.
13:11 When I was a little child, I spake as a little child, I understood as a little child, I thought as a little child; but when I was made a man, I voided those things that were of a little child.
13:12 Forsooth we see now by a mirror in darkness, but then face to face; now I know of part, but then I shall know, as and I am known.
13:13 And now dwelleth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the most of these is charity.
14:01 Follow ye charity, love ye spiritual things, but more that ye prophesy.
14:02 And he that speaketh in tongue, speaketh not to men, but to God; for no man heareth. But the Spirit speaketh mysteries.
14:03 For he that prophesieth, speaketh to men to edification, and admonishing, and comforting.
14:04 He that speaketh in tongue, edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth, edifieth the church of God.
14:05 Forsooth I will you all to speak in tongues, but more that ye prophesy. For why he that prophesieth, is more than he that speaketh with tongues; but peradventure he interpret, that the church take edification.
14:06 Now forsooth, brethren, if I come to you, speaking with tongues, what shall I profit, but if I shall speak to you either in revelation, or in science, or in prophecy, or in teaching?
14:07 Nevertheless those things that be without soul giving voices, either pipe, or harp, but if they shall give distinction of soundings, how shall it be known, that is sung, or that that is harped.
14:08 For why if the trump give uncertain voice, who shall make himself ready to battle?
14:09 So and but ye give an open word by tongue, how shall that that is said be known? For ye shall be speaking in the air,
14:10 as so many kinds of tongues be in this world, and nothing is without voice.
14:11 Therefore if I know not the virtue of voice, I shall be to him, to whom I shall speak, a barbaric; and he that speaketh to me, shall be a barbaric.
14:12 So and ye, for ye be lovers of spirits, to the edification of the church seek that ye be plenteous.
14:13 And therefore he that speaketh in tongue, pray, that he interpret.
14:14 For why if I pray in tongue, my spirit prayeth; forsooth my mind is without fruit.
14:15 What then? I shall pray in spirit, I shall pray and in mind; I shall say psalm in spirit, I shall say psalm also in mind.
14:16 For why if thou shalt bless in spirit, who filleth the place of an idiot, how shall he say Amen upon thy blessing, for he knoweth not, what thou sayest?
14:17 For why thou soothly doest well graces, but another is not edified.
14:18 I do graces to my God, for I speak in the tongue of all you;
14:19 but in the church I will speak five words in my wit, that also I teach other men, than ten thousands of words in tongue not understood.
14:20 Brethren, do not ye be made children in wits, but in malice be ye children; but in wits be ye perfect.
14:21 For in the law it is written, That in other tongues and other lips I shall speak to this people, and neither so they shall hear me, saith the Lord.
14:22 Therefore languages be into token, not to faithful men, but to men out of the faith; but prophecies be not to men out of the faith, but to faithful men.
14:23 Therefore if all the church come together into one, and all men speak in tongues, soothly if idiots enter, or men out of the faith, whether they say not, What be ye mad?
14:24 Forsooth if all men prophesy, forsooth if any unfaithful man or idiot enter, he is convicted of all, he is wisely deemed of all.
14:25 For the hid things of his heart be known, and so he falling down on the face, shall worship God, and shew verily that God is in you.
14:26 Therefore, brethren, what is? When ye come together, each of you hath a psalm, he hath teaching, he hath apocalypse, he hath tongue, he hath interpreting; be all things done to edification.
14:27 Whether a man speak in tongue, be this done by two men, orasmuch three, and by parts, that one interpret.
14:28 But if there be not an interpreter, be he still in the church, and speak he to himself and to God.
14:29 Soothly prophets two or three say, and others wisely deem.
14:30 That if any thing shall be shewed to one sitting, be the former still.
14:31 For ye be able to prophesy all, each by himself, that all men learn, and all admonish.
14:32 And the spirits of prophets be subject to prophets;
14:33 for why God is not of dissension, but of peace; as I teach in all churches of holy men.
14:34 Women in churches be still; for it is not suffered to them to speak, but to be subject, as the law saith.
14:35 But if they will any thing learn, ask they their husbands at home; for it is foul thing to a woman to speak in the church.
14:36 Whether the word of God came forth of you, or to you alone it came?
14:37 If any man is seen to be a prophet, or spiritual, know he the things that I write to you, for they be the commandments of the Lord.
14:38 Forsooth if any man unknoweth, he shall be unknowing.
14:39 Therefore, brethren, love ye to prophesy, and do not ye forbid to speak in tongues.
14:40 Forsooth be all things done honestly, and by due order in you.
15:01 Soothly, brethren, I make the gospel known to you, which I have preached to you, which also ye have taken, in which and ye stand,
15:02 by which and ye be saved; by which reason I have preached to you, if ye hold, if ye have not believed idly.
15:03 For I betook to you in the first that thing which also I took; that Christ was dead for our sins, after the scriptures;
15:04 and that he was buried, and that he rose again in the third day, after the scriptures;
15:05 and that he was seen to Cephas, and after these things to eleven;
15:06 afterward he was seen to more than five hundred brethren together, of which many dwell till to yet, forsooth some have slept;
15:07 afterward he was seen to James, and afterward to all the apostles.
15:08 And last of all he was seen also to me, as to a mis-born child.
15:09 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not worthy to be called apostle, for I pursued the church of God.
15:10 But by the grace of God I am that thing that I am; and his grace was not void in me. But I travailed more plenteously than all they; but not I, but the grace of God with me.
15:11 But whether I, or they, so we have preached, and so ye have believed.
15:12 And if Christ is preached, that he rose again from dead, how say some in you, that the again-rising of dead men is not?
15:13 And if the again-rising of dead men is not, neither Christ rose again.
15:14 And if Christ rose not, our preaching is vain, our faith is vain.
15:15 Forsooth And we be found false witnesses of God, for we have said witnessing against God, that he raised Christ, whom he raised not, if dead men rise not again.
15:16 For why if dead men rise not again, neither Christ rose again;
15:17 and if Christ rose not again, our faith is vain; and yet ye be in your sins.
15:18 Therefore and they that slept in Christ, have perished.
15:19 If in this life only we be hoping in Christ, we be more wretches than all men.
15:20 Now forsooth Christ rose again, from dead, the first fruits of sleeping men;
15:21 for soothly by a man death, and by a man again-rising of dead.
15:22 And as in Adam all men die, so and in Christ all men shall be quickened.
15:23 But each man in his order; first fruits, Christ, afterward they that be of Christ, that believed in the coming of Christ;
15:24 afterward an end, when he shall betake the kingdom to God and to the Father, when he shall void all princehood, and power, and virtue.
15:25 But it behooveth him to reign, till he put all his enemies under his feet.
15:26 Forsooth at the last, the enemy death shall be destroyed;
15:27 for he hath made subject all things under his feet. And when he saith, all things be subject to him, without doubt except him that subjected all things to him.
15:28 And when all things shall be subjected to him, then the Son himself shall be subject to him, that subjected all things to him, that God be all things in all things.
15:29 Else what shall they do, that be baptized for dead men, if in all manner dead men rise not again? whereto also be they baptized for them?
15:30 And whereto be we in peril every hour?
15:31 Each day I die for your glory, brethren, which glory I have in Christ Jesus our Lord.
15:32 If after man I have fought to beasts at Ephesus, what profiteth it to me, if dead men rise not again? Eat we, and drink we, tomorrow forsooth we shall die.
15:33 Do not ye be deceived; forsooth evil speeches corrupt good conduct.
15:34 Wake ye, just, and do not ye sin; forsooth some have ignorance of God, to reverence I speak to you.
15:35 But some man saith, How shall dead men rise again, or in what manner body shall they come?
15:36 O! unwise man, that thing that thou sowest, is not quickened, but it die first;
15:37 and that thing that thou sowest, thou sowest not the body that is to come, but a naked corn, as of wheat, or of some other seeds;
15:38 and God giveth to it a body, as he will, and to each of seeds a proper body.
15:39 Not each flesh is the same flesh, but one is of men, another is of beasts, another is of birds, another is of fishes.
15:40 And there be heavenly bodies, and earthly bodies; but one glory is of heavenly bodies, and another is of earthly bodies.
15:41 Another clearness is of the sun, another clearness is of the moon, and another clearness is of the stars; forsooth a star diverseth from a star in clearness.
15:42 And so the again-rising of dead men. It is sown in corruption, it shall rise in uncorruption;
15:43 it is sown in unnobility, it shall rise in glory; it is sown in infirmity, it shall rise in virtue;
15:44 it is sown a beastly body, it shall rise a spiritual body. If there is a beastly body, there is also a spiritual body;
15:45 as it is written, The first man Adam was made into a soul living, the last Adam into a spirit quickening.
15:46 But not first was that body that is spiritual, but that that is beast-like, afterward that that is spiritual.
15:47 The first man of earth is earthly; the second man of heaven is heaven-like.
15:48 Such as the earthly man is, such be and the earthly men; and such as the heavenly man is, such be also the heavenly men.
15:49 Therefore as we have borne the image of the earthly man, bear we and the image of the heavenly.
15:50 Brethren, I say this thing, that flesh and blood may not wield the kingdom of God, neither corruption shall wield incorruption.
15:51 Lo! I say to you mystery of holy things. And all we shall rise again, but not all we shall be changed;
15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, in the last trump; forsooth the trump shall sing, and dead men shall rise again, incorrupt, and we shall be changed.
15:53 For it behooveth this corruptible thing for to clothe incorruption, and this deadly thing for to cloth undeadliness.
15:54 But when this deadly thing shall clothe undeadliness, then shall be made the word that is written, Death is sopped up in victory.
15:55 Death, where is thy victory? Death, where is thy prick?
15:56 But the prick of death is sin; and the virtue of sin is the law.
15:57 Forsooth thankings to God, that gave to us victory by our Lord Jesus Christ.
15:58 Therefore, my dear-worthy brethren, be ye steadfast, and unmoveable, being plenteous in work of the Lord, evermore witting that your travail is not idle in the Lord.
16:01 Forsooth of the collects that be made into saints, as I have ordained in the churches of Galatia, so also do ye
16:02 one day of the week. Each of you keep at himself, keeping that that pleaseth to him, that when I come, the gatherings be not made.
16:03 Forsooth when I shall be present, whom ye shall prove by epistles, them I shall send to perfectly bear your grace into Jerusalem.
16:04 That if it be worthy that also I go, they shall go with me.
16:05 But I shall come to you, when I shall pass by Macedonia; for why I shall pass by Macedonia.
16:06 But peradventure I shall dwell at you, or also dwell the winter, that ye lead me whither ever I shall go.
16:07 Soothly I will not now see you in passing, for I hope to dwell with you a while, if the Lord shall suffer.
16:08 But I shall dwell at Ephesus, till Whitsuntide.
16:09 For why a great door and evident is opened to me, and many adversaries.
16:10 And if Timothy come, see ye that he be without dread with you, for he worketh the work of the Lord, as and I.
16:11 Therefore no man despise him; but lead him forth in peace, that he come to me; for I abide him with brethren.
16:12 But, brethren, I make known to you of Apollos, that I prayed him much, that he should come to you, with brethren. But it was not his will to come now; but he shall come, when he shall have leisure.
16:13 Wake ye, and stand ye in the faith; do ye manly, and be comforted in the Lord,
16:14 and be all your things done in charity.
16:15 And, brethren, I beseech you, ye know the house of Stephanas, and of Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for they be the first fruits of Achaia, and into ministry of saints they have ordained themselves;
16:16 that also ye be subjects to such, and to each working together and travailing.
16:17 For I have joy in the presence of Stephanas, and Fortunatus, and Achaicus; for they full-filled that thing that failed to you;
16:18 for they have refreshed both my spirit and yours. Therefore know ye them, that be such manner men.
16:19 All the churches of Asia greet you well. Aquila and Priscilla greet you much in the Lord, at whom I am harboured, with their home-church.
16:20 All brethren greet you well. Greet ye well together in holy kiss.
16:21 My greeting by Paul’s hand.
16:22 If any man love not our Lord Jesus Christ, be he cursed, Maranatha.
16:23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
16:24 My charity be with you all in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
1. Terence P. Noble