Philemon (Wycliffe – 1382)

The Epistle to Philemon
Wycliffe: The Early Version (1382)
1:01 Paul, the bound of Jesus Christ, and Timothy, brother, to Philemon, beloved, and our even-worker,
1:02 and to Apphia, most dear sister, and to Archippus, our even-knight, and to the church that is in thine house,
1:03 grace to you, and peace of God our Father, and of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:04 I do thankings to my God, evermore making mind of thee in my prayers,
1:05 hearing thy charity and faith, that thou hast in the Lord Jesus, and to all holy men,
1:06 that the communing of thy faith be made open, in knowing of all good thing in Christ Jesus.
1:07 Forsooth I had great joy and comfort in thy charity, for the entrails of holy men rested by thee, brother.
1:08 For which thing I having much trust in Christ Jesus, to command to thee that that pertaineth to profit;
1:09 more for charity I beseech thee, since thou art such as Paul the old, now forsooth and the bound of Jesus Christ.
1:10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I in bonds begat,
1:11 which sometime was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable, both to thee and to me;
1:12 whom I sent again to thee. And receive thou him as mine entrails;
1:13 whom I would withhold with me, that he should serve for thee to me in bonds of the gospel;
1:14 but without thy counsel I would not do any thing, that thy good should not be as of need, but willful.
1:15 For peradventure therefore he departed from thee for a time, that thou shouldest receive him into without end;
1:16 now not as a servant, but more than a servant a most dear brother, most to me; and how much more to thee, both in the flesh and in the Lord?
1:17 Therefore if thou hast me a fellow, receive him as me;
1:18 forsooth if he hath any thing harmed thee, or oweth, reckon thou this thing to me.
1:19 I Paul wrote with mine hand, I shall yield; that I say not to thee, that also thou owest to me thyself.
1:20 So, brother, I shall use thee in the Lord; full-fill mine entrails in Christ.
1:21 I trusting of thine obedience wrote to thee, witting that thou shalt do over that that I say.
1:22 Also make thou ready to me an house to dwell in; for I hope that by your prayers I shall be given to you.
1:23 Epaphras, mine even-captive in Christ Jesus, greeteth thee well,
1:24 and Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, mine helpers.
1:25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
1. Terence P. Noble