2 Timothy (Wycliffe – 1382)

The 2nd Epistle to Timothy
Wycliffe: The Early Version (1382)
1:01 Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, after the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,
1:02 to Timothy, his most dear-worthy son, grace, mercy, and peace of God the Father, and Jesus Christ, our Lord.
1:03 I do thankings to my God, to whom I serve from my progenitors in clean conscience, that without ceasing I have mind of thee in my prayers, night and day,
1:04 desiring to see thee; having mindful of thy tears, that I be filled with joy.
1:05 And I take recording of that faith, that is in thee not feigned, which also dwelled first in thine aunt Lois, and in thy mother Eunice. And I am certain, that also in thee.
1:06 For which cause I admonish thee, that thou raise again the grace of God, that is in thee by the on-putting of mine hands.
1:07 Soothly God gave not to us the spirit of dread, but of virtue, and of love, and of soberness.
1:08 Therefore do not thou shame the witnessing of our Lord Jesus Christ, neither me, his prisoner; but travail thou together in the gospel after the virtue of God;
1:09 that delivered us, and called with this holy calling, not after our works, but after his purpose and grace, that is given to us in Christ Jesus before worldly times;
1:10 now forsooth it is open by the lighting of our Saviour Jesus Christ, the which soothly destroyed death, forsooth lighted life and uncorruption by the gospel.
1:11 In which I am set a preacher and apostle, and master of heathen men.
1:12 For which cause also I suffer these things; but I am not confounded. For I know to whom I have believed, and I am certain that he is mighty to keep that is taken to my keeping into that day.
1:13 Have thou the form of whole words, which thou heardest of me in faith and love in Christ Jesus.
1:14 Keep thou a good deposit, by the Holy Ghost, that dwelleth in us.
1:15 Thou knowest this, that all that be in Asia be turned away from me, of whom is Phygellus and Hermogenes.
1:16 The Lord give mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for oft he refreshed me, and shamed not my chain.
1:17 But when he came to Rome, he sought me busily, and found me.
1:18 The Lord give to him to find mercy of God in that day. And how great things he ministered to me at Ephesus, thou knowest better.
2:01 Therefore thou, my son, be comforted in grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2:02 And what things thou hast heard of me by many witnesses, betake thou these to faithful men, which shall be able also to teach other men.
2:03 Travail thou as a good knight of Jesus Christ.
2:04 No man holding knighthood to God, enwrappeth himself with worldly needs, that he please to him, to whom he hath proved himself.
2:05 For why and he that striveth in a battle, shall not be crowned, but he fight lawfully.
2:06 It behooveth an earth-tiller to receive first of the fruits.
2:07 Understand what things I say. For the Lord shall give to thee understanding in all things.
2:08 Be thou mindful that the Lord Jesus Christ of the seed of David hath risen again from dead, after my gospel,
2:09 in which I travail unto bonds, as evil working, but the word of God is not bound.
2:10 Therefore I sustain all things for the chosen, that also they get the health, that is in Christ Jesus, with heavenly glory.
2:11 A true word is this that I say, that if we be dead together to the world, also we shall live together in bliss;
2:12 if we suffer, and we shall reign together with Christ; if we deny him, and he shall deny us;
2:13 if we believe not, he dwelleth faithful, he may not deny himself.
2:14 Forsooth these things I admonish, witnessing before God. Do not thou strive in words; for to nothing it is profitable, but to the subverting of men that hear.
2:15 Busily care to give thyself an approved, praiseable workman to God, without shame, rightly treating the word of truth.
2:16 Forsooth shun thou unholy and vain speeches, soothly they profit much to unpiety,
2:17 and the word of them creepeth as a canker. Of whom Philetus is, and Hymenaeus,
2:18 the which fell down from the truth, saying that the rising again is now done, and turned upside-down the faith of some men.
2:19 But the firm foundament of God standeth, having this mark, The Lord knoweth which be his, and, Each man that nameth the name of the Lord, depart from wickedness.
2:20 But in a great house be not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of tree and of earth; and so some be into honour, and some into despite.
2:21 Therefore if any man shall cleanse himself from these, he shall be a vessel hallowed into honour, and profitable to the Lord, ready into all good work.
2:22 And flee thou the desires of youth, but follow thou rightwiseness, faith, charity, peace, with them that in-call the Lord of a clean heart.
2:23 Forsooth shun thou foolish questions, and without discipline, witting that those gender chidings.
2:24 But it behooveth the servant of the Lord to not chide; but to be mild to all men, able to teach, patient,
2:25 with temperance reproving them that against-stand the truth, that sometime God give them penance to know the truth,
2:26 and that they rise again from the snares of the devil, of whom they be holden captive at his will.
3:01 But know thou this thing, that in the last days perilous times shall nigh,
3:02 and men shall be loving themselves, covetous, high of bearing, proud, blasphemers, not obedient to father and mother, unkind, cursed,
3:03 without affection, without peace, false challengers, uncontinent, unmild, without benignity,
3:04 traitors, froward, swollen with proud thoughts, blind, lovers of lusts more than of God,
3:05 having the likeness of piety, but denying the virtue of it. And eschew thou these men.
3:06 Of these they be that pierce houses, and lead little women captive charged with sins, which be led with diverse desires,
3:07 evermore learning, and never perfectly coming to the knowing of truth.
3:08 And as Jannes and Jambres against-stood Moses, so and these against-stand the truth, men corrupt in soul, reproved about the faith.
3:09 But further they shall not profit, for the unwisdom of them shall be known to all men, as and theirs was.
3:10 But thou hast gotten my doctrine, ordinance, purpose, faith, long abiding, love, patience,
3:11 persecutions, passions, which were made to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra, what manner persecutions I suffered, and the Lord delivered me of all.
3:12 And all men that will live piously in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution.
3:13 Forsooth evil men and deceivers shall profit into worse, erring themselves, and sending others into error.
3:14 But dwell thou in these things that thou hast learned, and that be betaken to thee, witting of whom thou hast learned;
3:15 and for thou hast known holy letters from thy youth, the which may inform thee to health, by faith that is in Christ Jesus.
3:16 For all scripture inspired of God is profitable to teach, to reprove, to chastise, for to learn in rightwiseness,
3:17 that the man of God be perfect, learned to all good works.
4:01 I witness before God and Christ Jesus, that shall deem the quick and the dead, by the coming of him, and the kingdom of him,
4:02 preach the word, be thou busy to opportune and inopportune, reprove, beseech, blame in all patience and doctrine.
4:03 Forsooth time shall be, when men shall not sustain whole doctrine, but at their desires, they shall gather together to themselves masters itching to the ears.
4:04 And truly they shall turn away their hearing from truth, but to fables they shall be turned together.
4:05 But wake thou, in all things travail thou, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy service, be thou sober.
4:06 For I am sacrificed now, and the time of my departing is nigh.
4:07 I have striven a good strife, I have ended the course, I have kept the faith.
4:08 In the tother time a crown of rightwiseness is kept to me, which the Lord, a just doomsman, shall yield to me in that day; and not only to me, but to them that love his coming.
4:09 Hie thou to come to me soon.
4:10 Forsooth Demas hath forsaken me, loving this world, and went to Thessalonica, Crescens into Galatia, Titus into Dalmatia;
4:11 Luke alone is with me. Take Mark, and bring with thee; for he is profitable to me into service.
4:12 Forsooth I sent Tychicus to Ephesus.
4:13 The cloth which I left at Troas at Carpas, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but most the parchments.
4:14 Alexander, the treasurer, shewed to me much evil; the Lord shall yield to him after his works.
4:15 Whom also thou eschew; for he against-stood full greatly our words.
4:16 In my first defence no man was to me, but all forsook me; be it not reckoned to them.
4:17 Forsooth the Lord stood nigh to me, and comforted me, that the preaching be full-filled by me, and that all folks hear, and I am delivered from the mouth of the lion.
4:18 And the Lord delivered me from all evil work, and shall make me safe into his heavenly kingdom, to whom be glory into worlds of worlds. Amen.
4:19 Greet well Prisca, and Aquila, and the house of Onesiphorus.
4:20 Forsooth Erastus dwelt at Corinth, and I left Trophimus sick at Miletum.
4:21 Hie thou to come before winter. Eubulus, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all brethren, greet thee well.
4:22 Our Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. The grace of God be with you. Amen.
1. Terence P. Noble