2 Thessalonians (Wycliffe – 1382)

The 2nd Epistle to the Thessalonians
Wycliffe: The Early Version (1382)
1:01 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of Thessalonians, in God our Father, and in the Lord Jesus Christ,
1:02 grace to you and peace of God, our Father, and of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:03 We owe to do thankings ever to God for you, brethren, so as it is worthy, for your faith ever-waxeth, and the charity of each of you together aboundeth.
1:04 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God, for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations. Which ye sustain
1:05 into the example of the just doom of God, that ye be had worthy in the kingdom of God, for which ye suffer.
1:06 If nevertheless it is just at God to requite tribulation to them that trouble you,
1:07 and to you that be troubled, rest with us in the shewing of the Lord Jesus from heaven, with angels of his virtue,
1:08 in the flame of fire, giving vengeance to them that know not God, and that obey not to the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1:09 Which shall suffer everlasting pains, in perishing from the face of the Lord, and from the glory of his virtue,
1:10 when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be made wonderful in all men that believed, for our witnessing is believed on you, in that day.
1:11 In which thing also we pray evermore for you, that our God make you worthy to his calling, and fulfill all the will of his goodness, and the work of faith in virtue;
1:12 that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ be clarified in you, and ye in him, after the grace of our God, and of the Lord Jesus Christ.
2:01 But, brethren, we pray you by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of our congregation into the same thing,
2:02 that ye be not moved soon from your wit, neither be aghast, neither by spirit, neither by word, neither by epistle as sent by us, as if the day of the Lord be nigh.
2:03 That no man deceive you in any manner. For no but departing away shall come first, and the man of sin be shewed, the son of perdition,
2:04 that is adversary, and is enhanced upon all things that is said God, or that is worshipped, so that he sit in the temple of God, shewing himself as that he be God.
2:05 Whether ye hold not, that yet when I was at you, I said these things to you?
2:06 And now what withholdeth him, ye know, that he be shewed in his time.
2:07 For why the mystery of wickedness worketh now; only that he that holdeth now, hold, till he be done away.
2:08 And then that wicked man shall be shewed, whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the illumining of his coming;
2:09 him, whose coming is after the working of Satan, in all virtue, and signs, and great wonders, lying,
2:10 and in all deceit of wickedness, to them that perish. For that they received not the charity of truth, that they should be made safe.
2:11 And therefore God shall send to them a working of error, that they believe to lying,
2:12 that all be deemed which believed not to truth, but consented to wickedness.
2:13 Forsooth we owe to do thankings evermore to God for you, brethren loved of God, that God chose us primacies into health, in hallowing of Spirit and faith of truth;
2:14 in which also he called you by our gospel, into the getting of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand ye, and hold ye the traditions, that ye have learned, either by word, or by our epistle.
2:16 And our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, which loved us, and gave everlasting comfort and good hope in grace,
2:17 stir your hearts, and confirm you in all good work and word.
3:01 Brethren, from henceforward pray ye for us, that the word of God run, and be clarified, as it is with you;
3:02 and that we be delivered from harmful and evil men; for faith is not of all men.
3:03 But the Lord is true, that shall confirm you, and shall keep us from evil.
3:04 And, brethren, we trust of you in the Lord, for whatever things we command to you, both ye do and shall do.
3:05 Forsooth the Lord dress your hearts, in the charity of God, and in the patience of Christ.
3:06 Forsooth, brethren, we announce to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw you from each brother wandering unordinately, and not after the tradition, that they received of us.
3:07 For ye yourselves know, how it behooveth to follow us. For we were not unquiet among you,
3:08 neither without our own travail we ate bread of any man, but in travail and weariness night and day working, that we grieve none of you.
3:09 Not as we had not power, but that we should give ourselves an ensample to you to follow us.
3:10 For why and when we were with you, this thing we announced to you, that if any man will not work, neither eat he.
3:11 Soothly we have heard some among you to wander unquietly, nothing working, but doing curiously.
3:12 Forsooth we announce to them that be such manner, and beseech in the Lord Jesus Christ, that they with silence, working, eat their own bread.
3:13 But do not ye, brethren, fail well doing.
3:14 That if any man obey not to our word sent by epistle, mark ye him, and commune not with him, that he be ashamed;
3:15 and do not ye guess him as an enemy, but reprove ye him as a brother.
3:16 And God himself of peace give to you everlasting peace in all place. The Lord be with you all.
3:17 My salutation by the hand of Paul; which sign in each epistle I write thus.
3:18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
1. Terence P. Noble