Colossians (Wycliffe – 1382)

The Epistle to the Colossians
Wycliffe: The Early Version (1382)
1:01 Paul, apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, and Timothy, brother,
1:02 to them that be at Colosse, holy and faithful brethren in Christ Jesus, grace to you and peace of God our Father and of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:03 We do thankings to God, and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, evermore praying for you,
1:04 we hearing your faith in Christ Jesus, and the love that ye have to all holy men,
1:05 for the hope that is kept to you in heavens. Which ye heard in the word of truth of the gospel,
1:06 that came to you, as also it is in all the world, and maketh fruit, and waxeth, as it is in you, from that day in which ye heard and knew the grace of God in truth.
1:07 As ye learned of Epaphras, our even-servant most dear-worthy, which is a true minister of Jesus Christ for you;
1:08 which also shewed to us your loving in Spirit.
1:09 And therefore we from the day in which we heard, cease not to pray for you, and to ask, that ye be filled with the knowing of his will in all wisdom and ghostly understanding;
1:10 that ye walk worthily to God pleasing by all things, making fruit in all good work, and waxing in the science of God,
1:11 and be comforted in all virtue after the might of his clearness, in all patience and long abiding with joy,
1:12 doing thankings to God the Father, the which made us worthy into the part of heritage of holy men in light.
1:13 The which delivered us from the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his loving,
1:14 in whom we have again-buying and remission of sins.
1:15 Which is the image of God invisible, the first begotten of each creature.
1:16 For in him all things be made, in heavens and in earth, visible and invisible, either thrones, either dominations, either princehoods, either powers, all things be made of nought by him, and in him,
1:17 and he is before all, and all things be in him.
1:18 And he is head of the body of the church; the which is the beginning, and the first begotten of dead, that he be holding primacy in all things.
1:19 For in him it pleased all plenty to inhabit,
1:20 and by him all things to be reconciled into him, and made peace by the blood of his cross, either those things that be in earth’s, or that be in heavens.
1:21 And when ye were sometime aliened, and enemies by wit in evil works, now he hath reconciled you
1:22 in the body of his flesh by death, to have you holy, and unwemmed, and without reproof before him.
1:23 If nevertheless ye dwell in the faith, founded, and stabled, and unmoveable from the hope of the gospel that ye have heard, which is preached in all creature that is under heaven. Of which I Paul am made a minister,
1:24 the which now I have joy in passions for you, and full-fill those things that fail of the passions of Christ in my flesh, for his body, that is the church.
1:25 Of which I Paul am made minister, after the dispensation of God, that is given to me in you, that I fulfill the word of God,
1:26 the mystery that was hid from worlds and generations. But now it is shewed to his saints,
1:27 to whom God would make known the riches of the glory of this sacrament in heathen men, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
1:28 Whom we show, reproving each man, and teaching each man in all wisdom, that we offer each man perfect in Christ Jesus.
1:29 In which thing and I travail, striving after the working of him, that he worketh in me in virtue.
2:01 But I will that ye know, what busyness I have for you, and for them that be at Laodicea, and whichever saw not my face in flesh,
2:02 that the hearts of them be comforted, taught in charity, and into all riches of plenty of understanding, into the knowing of the mystery of God, the Father of Jesus Christ,
2:03 in whom be all the treasures of wisdom and knowing hid.
2:04 For this thing I say, that no man deceive you in height of words.
2:05 For though I be absent in body, but by spirit I am with you, joying and seeing your order and the firmness of your belief that is in Christ.
2:06 Therefore as ye have taken Jesus Christ our Lord, walk ye in him,
2:07 rooted and built above in Christ, and confirmed in the belief, as ye have learned, abounding in him in doing of thankings.
2:08 See ye that no man deceive you by philosophy and vain fallacy, after the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ.
2:09 For in him dwelleth body-like all the fullness of the Godhead.
2:10 And ye be fulfilled in him, that is head of all principat and power.
2:11 In whom also ye be circumcised in circumcision not made with hand, in nakedness of the body of flesh, but in circumcision of Christ;
2:12 together buried with him in baptism, in whom and ye have risen again by faith of the working of God, that raised him from dead.
2:13 And when ye were dead in your guilts, and in the prepuce of your flesh, he quickened together you with him; forgiving to you all guilts,
2:14 doing away that writing of decree that was against us, that was contrary to us; and he took away that from the middle, pitching it to the cross;
2:15 and he spoiled principats and powers, and led out trustily, openly overcoming them in himself.
2:16 Therefore no man judge you in meat, or in drink, or in part of feast day, or of new moon, or of sabbaths,
2:17 which be shadow of things to come; for the body is of Christ.
2:18 No man deceive you, willing to teach in meekness, and the religion of angels, those things which he hath not seen, walking vainly, in-blown with wit of his flesh,
2:19 and not holding the head, of which all the body, by bonds and joinings together under-ministered and made, waxeth into the increasing of God.
2:20 For if ye be dead with Christ from the elements of the world, what yet as men living to the world deem ye?
2:21 Neither ye shall touch, neither taste, neither treat with hands,
2:22 which all be into death by that use, after the commandments and teachings of men;
2:23 which be soothly having reason of wisdom in superstition, and meekness, and not to spare the body, not in any honour to the fulfilling of the flesh.
3:01 Therefore if ye have risen together with Christ, seek ye those things that be above, where Christ is sitting on the right half of God.
3:02 Savour ye those things that be above, not those that be on the earth.
3:03 For ye be dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
3:04 For when Christ shall appear, your life, then also ye shall appear with him in glory.
3:05 Therefore slay your members, which be on the earth, fornication, uncleanness, lechery, evil covetousness, and avarice, which is service of simulacra;
3:06 for which things the wrath of God came on the sons of unbelief;
3:07 in which also ye walked some time, when ye lived in them.
3:08 But now and ye put away all things, wrath, indignation, malice, blasphemy, foul word of your mouth.
3:09 Do not ye lie together, spoiling the old man with his deeds,
3:10 and clothing the new man, that is made new again into the knowing of God, after the image of him that made him;
3:11 where is not male and female, heathen man and Jew, circumcision and prepuce, barbarous and Scythian, bondman and free, but all things and in all things Christ.
3:12 Therefore clothe ye you, as the chosen of God, holy, and loved, with the entrails of mercy, benignity, and meekness, temperance, patience;
3:13 supporting, and forgiving to yourselves, if any man against any hath quarrel, as and the Lord Christ forgave to you, so and ye.
3:14 And upon all these things have ye charity, that is the bond of perfection.
3:15 And the peace of Christ enjoy in your hearts, in which ye be called in one body, and be ye kind.
3:16 The word of Christ dwell in you plenteously, in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, in grace singing in your hearts to the Lord.
3:17 All thing, whatever ye do, in word or deed, all things in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, doing thankings to God the Father by him.
3:18 Women, be ye subject to your husbands, as it behooveth in the Lord.
3:19 Men, love ye your wives, and do not ye be bitter to them.
3:20 Sons, obey to your father and mother in all things; forsooth this is well pleasing to the Lord.
3:21 Fathers, do not ye provoke your sons to indignation, that they be not made feeble-hearted.
3:22 Servants, obey ye by all things to fleshly lords, not serving at eye, as pleasing to men, but in simpleness of heart, dreading the Lord God.
3:23 Whatever ye do, work ye of will, as to the Lord and not to men;
3:24 witting that of the Lord ye shall take reward of heritage. Serve ye to the Lord Christ.
3:25 Forsooth he that doeth injury shall receive that that he did evil; and acceptation of persons is not with God.
4:01 Lords, give ye to servants that that is just and even, witting that also ye have a Lord in heaven.
4:02 Be ye busy in prayer, and wake in it, in doing of thankings;
4:03 praying together and for us, that God open to us the door of word, to speak the mystery of Christ; for which also I am bound,
4:04 that I shew it, so as it behooveth me to speak.
4:05 Walk ye in wisdom to them that be withoutforth, again-buying time.
4:06 Your word be savoured with salt evermore in grace; that ye know, how it behooveth you to answer to each man.
4:07 Tychicus, most dear brother, and faithful minister, and even-servant in the Lord, shall make all things known to you, that be about me.
4:08 Whom I sent to you to the same thing, that he know what things be about you, and comfort your hearts,
4:09 with Onesimus, most dear and faithful brother, which is of you; that shall make all things that be done here, known to you.
4:10 Aristarchus, mine even-captive greeteth you well, and Marcus, the cousin of Barnabas, of whom ye have taken commandments; if he come to you, receive ye him;
4:11 and Jesus, that is said Justus; which be of circumcision; they alone be mine helpers in the kingdom of God, that were to me in solace.
4:12 Epaphras, that is of you, the servant of Jesus Christ, greeteth you well; ever busy for you in prayers, that ye stand perfect and full in all the will of God.
4:13 And I bear witnessing to him, that he hath much travail for you, and for them that be at Laodicea, and that be at Hierapolis.
4:14 Luke, the leech most dear, and Demas, greet you well.
4:15 Greet ye well the brethren that be at Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church that is in his house.
4:16 And when this epistle is read among you, do ye, that it be read in the church of Laodiceans; and read ye that epistle that is of Laodiceans.
4:17 And say ye to Archippus, See the ministry, that thou hast taken in the Lord, that thou fulfill it.
4:18 My salutation, by the hand of Paul. Be ye mindful of my bonds. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
1. Terence P. Noble