Jude (Wycliffe – 1382)

The Epistle of Jude
Wycliffe: The Early Version (1382)
1:01 Judas, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to these loved, that be in God the Father, and of Jesus Christ kept and called,
1:02 mercy to you, and peace, and charity be fullfilled.
1:03 Most dear, I making all busyness of writing to you of your common health, had need for to write to you, and praying for to strive upon the faith once betaken to saints.
1:04 Soothly some men privily entered in, that sometime were before written to this doom, unpitous men, overturning the grace of our God into lechery, and denying the alone lordshipper and our Lord Jesus Christ.
1:05 Forsooth I will together admonish you, witting once all things, for Jesus saving his people of the land of Egypt, the second time lost them that believed not.
1:06 Soothly angels that kept not his princehood, but forsook his house, he reserved into the doom of great God, in everlasting bonds under darkness.
1:07 As Sodom, and Gomorrha, and nigh coasted cities, on like manner doing fornication, and going away after other flesh, be made ensample, sustaining pain of everlasting fire.
1:08 Also and these that defoul soothly the flesh, forsooth despise lordshipping, forsooth blaspheme majesty.
1:09 When Michael, the archangel, disputing with the devil, strove of Moses’ body, he was not hardy for to give doom of blasphemy, but said, The Lord command to thee.
1:10 Forsooth these blaspheme, whatever things they soothly unknow. Soothly whatever things they have known by kind as dumb beasts, in these they be corrupt.
1:11 Woe to them that went the way of Cain, and by error of Balaam for meed, be shed out, and perished in the again saying of Core.
1:12 These be in their meats filths, feasting together, without dread feeding themselves; clouds without water, that be borne about of winds; harvest trees without fruit, twice dead, drawn up by the root;
1:13 waves of the wild sea, frothing out their confusions; erring stars, to whom the tempest of darknesses is kept into without end.
1:14 Forsooth Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Lo! the Lord cometh with his holy thousands,
1:15 for to do doom against all men, and for to reprove all unpitous men of all the works of the unpiety of them, by which they did unpitously, and of all hard things, that unpitous sinners have spoken against God.
1:16 These be grutchers plaining, wandering after their desires; and the mouth of them speaketh pride, wondering persons, by cause of winning.
1:17 Forsooth, ye most dear, be ye mindful of the words, which be before said of apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
1:18 the which said to you, for in the last times there shall come scorners, wandering after their desires, not in piety.
1:19 These be, the which depart themselves, beastly, not having Spirit.
1:20 Forsooth ye, most dear, above building yourselves to your most holy faith, in the Holy Ghost praying,
1:21 keep yourselves in the love of God, abiding the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ into life everlasting.
1:22 And soothly reprove ye these men deemed,
1:23 forsooth save ye them, reaching of the fire. Soothly do ye mercy to others in dread of God, hating and the ilke defouled coat, the which is fleshly.
1:24 Forsooth to him that is mighty for to keep together you without sin, and for to ordain before the sight of his glory you unwemmed in gladding,
1:25 in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, to God alone our Saviour, by Jesus Christ our Lord, glory and magnifying, empire, and power before all worlds, and now, and into all worlds of worlds. Amen.
1. Terence P. Noble