3 John (Wycliffe – 1382)

The 3rd Epistle of John
Wycliffe: The Early Version (1382)
1:01 The elder man to Gaius, most dear, whom I love in truth.
1:02 Most dear, of all things I make prayer, thee for to enter, and fare wellsomely, as thy soul doth wellsomely.
1:03 I joyed full greatly, brethren coming, and witnessing bearing to thy truth, as thou walkest in truth.
1:04 I have not more grace of these things, than that I hear my sons for to walk in truth.
1:05 Most dear, thou doest faithfully, whatever thou workest into brethren, and this thing into pilgrims,
1:06 which yielded witnessing to thy charity in sight of the church; whom thou well doing leadest forth worthily to God.
1:07 Soothly for his name they went forth, nothing taking of heathen men.
1:08 Therefore we owe for to receive such manner men, that we be even workers of truth.
1:09 I should have written peradventure to the church, but this Diotropis, that loveth for to bear primacy in them, receiveth not us.
1:10 For this thing, if I shall come, I shall admonish his works, which he doeth, garring into us with evil words. And as these things suffice not to him, neither he receiveth brethren, and forbiddeth them that receive, and casteth out of the church.
1:11 Most dear, do not thou sue evil thing, but that that is good thing. He that doeth well, is of God; he that doeth evil, seeth him not.
1:12 Witnessing is yielded to Demetrius of all men, and of truth itself; but and we bear witnessing, and thou hast known, for our witnessing is true.
1:13 I had many things for to write to thee, but I would not write to thee by ink and pen.
1:14 Forsooth I hope soon for to see thee, and we shall speak mouth to mouth. Peace to thee. Friends greet thee well. Greet thou well friends by name.
1. Terence P. Noble