Ephesians (Wycliffe – 1382)

The Epistle to the Ephesians
Wycliffe: The Early Version (1382)
1:01 Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, to all the saints that be at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus,
1:02 grace be to you and peace of God, our Father, and of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:03 Blessed be God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, that hath blessed us in all spiritual blessing in heavenly things in Christ,
1:04 as he chose us in him before the making of the world, that we should be holy, and without wem in his sight, in charity.
1:05 Which hath before-ordained us into the adoption of sons by Jesus Christ into him, after the purpose of his will,
1:06 into the praising of the glory of his grace; in which he made us able to his grace in his dear-worthy Son.
1:07 In whom we have redemption by his blood, and forgiveness of sins, after the riches of his grace,
1:08 that abounded greatly in us in all wisdom and prudence,
1:09 to make known to us the sacrament of his will, after the good pleasance of him;
1:10 the which sacrament that he purposed in him in the dispensation of plenty of times to enstore all things in Christ, which be in heavens, and which be in earth, in him.
1:11 In whom also we by lot be called, before-ordained after the purpose of him that worketh all things after the counsel of his will;
1:12 that we be into the praising of his glory, which before hoped in Christ.
1:13 In whom also ye were called, when ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your health, in whom ye believing be marked with the Holy Ghost of promise,
1:14 which is the earnest of our heritage, into the redemption of purchasing, into the praising of his glory.
1:15 Therefore and I hearing your faith, that is in Christ Jesus, and the love into all saints,
1:16 cease not to do thankings for you, making mind of you in my prayers;
1:17 that God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give to you the spirit of wisdom and of revelation, into the knowing of him;
1:18 the eyes of your heart enlightened, that ye know, which is the hope of his calling, and which the riches of the glory of his heritage in saints;
1:19 and which is the over-seeming greatness of his virtue into us that have believed, after the working of the might of his virtue,
1:20 which he wrought in Christ, raising him from dead, and setting him on his right half in heavenly things,
1:21 above each principat, and potentate, and virtue, and domination, and each name that is named, not only in this world, but also in the world to come;
1:22 and made all things subject under his feet, and gave him to be head over all the church,
1:23 that is the body of him, and the plenty of him, which is all things in all things fulfilled.
2:01 And when ye were dead in your guilts and sins,
2:02 in which ye wandered sometime after the course of this world, after the prince of the power of this air, of the spirit that worketh now into the sons of unbelief;
2:03 in whom we all lived sometime in the desires of our flesh, doing the wills of the flesh and of the thoughts, and we were by kind the sons of wrath, as and others;
2:04 but God, that is rich in mercy, for his full much charity in which he loved us,
2:05 yea, when we were dead in sins, quickened us together in Christ, by whose grace ye be saved,
2:06 and again-raised together, and made together to sit in heavenly things in Christ Jesus;
2:07 that he should shew in the worlds above coming the plenteous riches of his grace in goodness upon us in Christ Jesus.
2:08 For by grace ye be saved by faith, and that not of you; for it is the gift of God,
2:09 not of works, that no man have glory.
2:10 For we be the making of him, made of nought in Christ Jesus, in good works, that God made ready before, that in them we go.
2:11 For which thing be ye mindful, that sometime ye were heathen in flesh, which were said prepuce, from that that is said circumcision in flesh made by hand;
2:12 that were in that time without Christ, aliened from the living of Israel, and harboured men of the testaments, not having hope of promise, and without God in this world.
2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye that were sometime far, be made nigh in the blood of Christ.
2:14 For he is our peace, that made both one, and unbinding the middle wall of a wall without mortar,
2:15 enmities in his flesh; voiding the law of commandments by dooms, that he make two in himself into a new man, making peace,
2:16 that he reconcile both in one body to God by the cross, slaying the enmities in himself.
2:17 And he coming preached peace to you that were far, and peace to them that were nigh;
2:18 for by him we both have nigh coming in one Spirit to the Father.
2:19 Therefore now ye be not guests and strangers, but ye be citizens of saints, and the household members of God;
2:20 above built upon the foundament of apostles and prophets, upon that highest corner stone, Christ Jesus;
2:21 in whom each building made waxeth into an holy temple in the Lord.
2:22 In whom and ye be built together into the habitacle of God, in the Holy Ghost.
3:01 For the grace of this thing I Paul, the bound of Jesus Christ, for you heathen men,
3:02 if nevertheless ye have heard the dispensation of God’s grace, that is given to me in you.
3:03 For by revelation the sacrament is made known to me, as I above wrote in short thing,
3:04 as ye reading may understand my prudence in the mystery of Christ.
3:05 Which was not known to other generations to the sons of men, as it is now shewed to his holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit,
3:06 that heathen men be even-heirs, and of one body, and together partners of his promise in Christ Jesus by the evangel;
3:07 whose minister I am made, after the gift of God’s grace, which is given to me after the working of his virtue.
3:08 To me, least of all saints, this grace is given to preach among heathen men the unsearchable riches of Christ,
3:09 and to enlighten all men, which is the dispensation of the sacrament hid from worlds in God, that made all things of nought;
3:10 that the much-fold wisdom of God be known to princes and potentates in heavenly things by the church,
3:11 after the setting of worlds, which he made in Christ Jesus our Lord.
3:12 In whom we have trust and nigh coming to, in trusting by the faith of him.
3:13 For which thing I ask, that ye fail not in my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
3:14 For grace of this thing I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
3:15 of whom each fatherhood in heaven and in earth is named,
3:16 that he give to you, after the riches of his glory, virtue to be strengthened by his Spirit in the inner man,
3:17 that Christ dwell by faith in your hearts; that ye rooted and grounded in charity,
3:18 that ye may comprehend with all saints, which is the breadth, and length, and highness, and deepness;
3:19 also to know the charity of Christ above-seeming to science, that ye be filled in all the plenty of God.
3:20 And to him that is mighty to do all things more plenteously than we ask or understand, after the virtue that worketh in us,
3:21 to him be glory in the church, and in Christ Jesus, into all the generations of the worlds of worlds. Amen.
4:01 Therefore I bound for the Lord beseech you, that ye walk worthily in the calling, in which ye be called,
4:02 with all meekness and mildness, with patience, supporting together in charity,
4:03 busy to keep unity of Spirit in the bond of peace.
4:04 One body and one Spirit, as ye be called in one hope of your calling;
4:05 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
4:06 one God and Father of all, which is above all men, and by all things, and in us all.
4:07 But to each of us grace is given after the measure of the giving of Christ;
4:08 for which thing he saith, He ascending on high, led captivity captive, he gave gifts to men.
4:09 Forsooth that he ascended, what is it, no but for he descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
4:10 He it is that came down, and that ascended up on all heavens, that he should fill all things.
4:11 And he gave some apostles, some prophets, others evangelists, others shepherds and teachers,
4:12 to the full ending of saints, into the work of ministry, into the edification of Christ’s body,
4:13 till we run all, in unity of faith and of knowing of God’s Son, into a perfect man, into the measure of age of the plenty of Christ;
4:14 that we be not now little children, moving as waves, and be borne about with all wind of teaching, in the waywardness of men, in subtle wit, to the deceiving of error.
4:15 Forsooth we doing truth in charity, wax in him by all things, that is Christ the head;
4:16 of whom all the body set together, and bound together by each jointure of under-serving, after working into the measure of each member, maketh increasing of the body, into the edification of itself in charity.
4:17 Therefore this thing I say, and witness in the Lord, that ye walk not now, as heathen men walk, in the vanity of their wit;
4:18 having their understanding darkened, and be aliened from the life of God, by ignorance that is in them, for the blindness of their heart.
4:19 Which despairing betook themselves to unchastity, into the working of all uncleanness in covetousness.
4:20 But ye have not so learned Christ,
4:21 if nevertheless ye heard him, and be taught in him, as is truth in Jesus.
4:22 Do ye away after the first living the old man, that is corrupt after the desires of error;
4:23 forsooth be ye renewed by the spirit of your mind;
4:24 and clothe ye the new man, which after God is made of nought in rightwiseness and holiness of truth.
4:25 For which thing putting away lying, speak truth each man with his neighbour, for we be members together.
4:26 Be ye wroth, and do not do sin; the sun fall not down upon your wrath.
4:27 Do not ye give stead to the devil.
4:28 He that stole, now steal not; but more travail he in working with his hands that that is good thing, that he have whereof he shall give to a man suffering need.
4:29 Each evil word go not out of your mouth; but if any is good to the edification of faith, that it give grace to men hearing.
4:30 And do not ye make the Holy Ghost of God sorry, in which ye be marked in the day of redemption.
4:31 All bitterness, and wrath, and indignation, and cry, and blasphemy be taken away from you, with all malice;
4:32 forsooth be ye together benign, merciful, forgiving together, as also God forgave to you in Christ.
5:01 Therefore be ye followers of God, as most dear-worthy sons;
5:02 and walk ye in love, as and Christ loved us, and gave himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God, into the odour of sweetness.
5:03 And fornication, and all uncleanness, or avarice, be not named among you, as it becometh holy men;
5:04 either filth, or folly speech, or harlotry, that pertaineth not to profit, but more doing of thankings.
5:05 Forsooth this thing know ye, understanding that each fornicator, or unclean man, or avarice man, that is serving of idols, hath not heritage in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
5:06 No man deceive you by vain words; for why for these things the wrath of God came upon the sons of unbelief.
5:07 Therefore do not ye be made partners of them.
5:08 For ye were sometime darknesses, but now ye be light in the Lord. Walk as the sons of light.
5:09 For the fruit of light is in all goodness, and rightwiseness, and truth.
5:10 Proving what is well pleasing to God.
5:11 And do not ye commune to unfruitous works of darknesses; but more rather reprove ye them.
5:12 For what things be done of them in privy, it is foul, yea, to speak.
5:13 Forsooth all things that be reproved of the light, be made open; forsooth all things that is made open, is light.
5:14 For which thing he saith, Rise thou that sleepest, and rise up from dead, and Christ shall illumine thee.
5:15 Therefore, brethren, see ye, how warily ye shall go; not as unwise men, but as wise men,
5:16 again-buying the time, for the days be evil.
5:17 Therefore do not ye be made unwise, but understanding which is the will of the Lord.
5:18 And do not ye be drunk of wine, in which is luxury, but be ye filled with the Holy Ghost;
5:19 speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and saying psalm in your heart to the Lord;
5:20 evermore doing thankings for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God and the Father.
5:21 Be ye subject together in the dread of Christ.
5:22 Women, be they subject to their husbands, as to the Lord,
5:23 for the man is head of the woman, as Christ is head of the church; he is Saviour of his body.
5:24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so and women to their husbands in all things.
5:25 Men, love ye your wives, as and Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it,
5:26 that he should make it holy; cleansing it with the washing of water, in the word of life,
5:27 that he should give the church glorious to himself, not having wem, or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it be holy and undefouled.
5:28 So and men shall love their wives, as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife, loveth himself;
5:29 for no man hated ever his own flesh, but nourisheth and fostereth it, as and Christ doeth the church.
5:30 For we be members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
5:31 For this thing a man shall forsake his father and mother, and he shall cleave to his wife; and they shall be two in one flesh.
5:32 This sacrament is great; yea, I say in Christ, and in the church.
5:33 Nevertheless ye all, each man love his wife as himself; and the wife dread her husband.
6:01 Sons, obey ye to your father and mother, in the Lord; for this thing is just.
6:02 Honour thou thy father and mother, that is the first commandment in the promise;
6:03 that it be well to thee, and that thou be long living on the earth.
6:04 And, ye fathers, do not ye provoke your sons to wrath; but nourish them in the discipline and correction of the Lord.
6:05 Servants, obey ye to fleshly lords with dread and trembling, in simpleness of your heart, as to Christ;
6:06 not serving at eye, as pleasing to men, but as servants of Christ; doing the will of God by discretion,
6:07 with good will serving as to the Lord, and not to men;
6:08 witting that each man, whatever good thing he shall do, this he shall receive of the Lord, whether servant, whether free man.
6:09 And, ye lords, do the same things to them, forgiving menaces; witting that both their Lord and yours is in heavens, and the taking of persons is not with God.
6:10 Here afterward, brethren, be ye comforted in the Lord, and in the might of his virtue.
6:11 Clothe you with the armour of God, that ye be able to stand against the ambushings of the devil.
6:12 For striving is not to us against flesh and blood, but against the princes and potentates, against governors of the world of these darknesses, against spiritual things of wickedness, in heavenly things.
6:13 Therefore take ye the armour of God, that ye be able to against-stand in the evil day; and in all things stand perfect.
6:14 Therefore stand ye, girded about your loins in soothfastness, and clothed with the habergeon of rightwiseness,
6:15 and your feet shod in making ready of the gospel of peace.
6:16 In all things taking the shield of faith, in which ye be able to quench all the fiery darts of the worst.
6:17 And take ye the helmet of health, and the sword of the Ghost, that is, the word of God.
6:18 By all prayer and beseeching praying all time in Spirit, and in him waking in all busyness, and beseeching for all saints,
6:19 and for me; that word be given to me in opening of my mouth, with trust to make known the mystery of the gospel,
6:20 for which I am set in legacy in this chain; so that in it I be hardy to speak, as it behooveth me to speak out.
6:21 And that ye know, what things be about me, what I do, Tychicus, my most dear brother, and true minister in the Lord, shall make all things known to you;
6:22 whom I sent to you for this same thing, that ye know what things be about us, and that he comfort your hearts.
6:23 Peace to brethren, and charity, with faith of God our Father, and of the Lord Jesus Christ.
6:24 Grace with all that love our Lord Jesus in uncorruption. Amen.
1. Terence P. Noble