Philippians (Wycliffe – 1382)

The Epistle to the Philippians
Wycliffe: The Early Version (1382)
1:01 Paul and Timothy, servants of Jesus Christ, to all the holy men in Christ Jesus, that be at Philippi, with bishops and deacons,
1:02 grace to you and peace of God our Father, and of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:03 I do thankings to my God in all mind of you
1:04 evermore in all my prayers for all you with joy, and make beseeching
1:05 on your communing in the gospel of Christ, from the first day unto now;
1:06 trusting this same thing, that he that began in you a good work, shall perform it till into the day of Jesus Christ.
1:07 As it is just to me to feel this thing for you all, for that I have you in heart, and in my bonds, and in defending and confirming of the gospel, that all ye be fellows of my joy.
1:08 For God is a witness to me, how I covet you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
1:09 And this thing I pray, that your charity be plenteous more and more in science, and in all wit;
1:10 that ye prove the better things, that ye be clean and without offence in the day of Christ;
1:11 full-filled with the fruit of rightwiseness by Jesus Christ, into the glory and praising of God.
1:12 For, brethren, I will that ye know, that the things that be about me have come more to the profit of the gospel,
1:13 so that my bonds were made known in Christ, in each moot hall, and in all other places;
1:14 that more of the brethren in the Lord trusting in my bonds, more plenteously durst without dread speak the word of God.
1:15 But some for envy and strife, some for good will, preach Christ;
1:16 Forsooth some of contention, shew Christ not cleanly, guessing them to raise tribulation to my bonds.
1:17 And some of charity, witting that I am put in the defence of the gospel.
1:18 What soothly? the while on all manner, either by contention, either by truth, Christ is shewed; and in this thing I have joy, but also I shall have joy.
1:19 And I know, that this thing shall come to me into health by your prayer, and the under-ministering of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
1:20 after mine abiding and hope. For in nothing I shall be ashamed, but in all trust as evermore and now, Christ shall be magnified in my body, either by life, either by death.
1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is winning.
1:22 That if to live in flesh, this is fruit of work to me, and what I shall choose, I know not.
1:23 Forsooth I am constrained of two things, having desire to be dissolved, and to be with Christ, it is much more better;
1:24 but to dwell in flesh, is needful for you.
1:25 And I trusting this thing, know that I shall dwell, and perfectly dwell to all you, to your profit and joy of faith,
1:26 that your thanking abound in Christ Jesus in me, by my coming again to you.
1:27 Only live ye worthily to the gospel of Christ, that whether when I come and see you, or absent I shall hear of you, that ye stand in one spirit of one will, travailing together to the faith of the gospel.
1:28 And in nothing be ye afeared of adversaries, which is to them cause of perdition, but to you a cause of health. And this thing is of God.
1:29 For it is given to you for Christ, that not only ye believe in him, but also that ye suffer for him;
1:30 having the same strife, which ye saw in me, and now ye have heard of me.
2:01 Therefore if any comfort is in Christ, if any solace of charity, if any fellowship of Spirit, if any entrails of mercy doing,
2:02 fulfill ye my joy, that ye understand the same thing, having the same charity, of one will, feeling the same thing;
2:03 nothing doing, neither by strife, neither by vain glory, but in meekness, deeming higher than themselves together;
2:04 not each by themselves beholding what things be their own, but those things that be of others.
2:05 And feel ye this thing in you, which was also in Christ Jesus;
2:06 which when he was in the form of God, deemed not raven, himself to be even to God;
2:07 but he meeked himself, taking the form of a servant, and was made into the likeness of men,
2:08 and in habit was found as a man. He meeked himself, made obedient unto the death, yea, to the death of the cross.
2:09 For which thing and God enhanced him, and gave to him a name that is above all names;
2:10 that in the name of Jesus each knee be bowed, of heavenly things, and of earthly things, and of hell’s;
2:11 and each tongue acknowledge, that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.
2:12 Therefore, my most dear-worthy, as evermore ye have obeyed, not in my presence only, but much more now in mine absence, work ye with dread and trembling your health.
2:13 For it is God that worketh in you, both to desire, and to perform, for good will.
2:14 Forsooth do ye all things without grutchings and doubtings;
2:15 that ye be without plaint, and simple as the sons of God, without reproof, in the middle of a shrewd nation and a wayward; among whom ye shine as givers of light in the world;
2:16 holding together the word of life to my glory in the day of Christ; for I have not run in vain, neither in vain travailed.
2:17 But and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I have joy, and together thank you all.
2:18 The same thing forsooth and ye have joy, and together thank me.
2:19 Forsooth I hope in the Lord Jesus, me to send Timothy soon to you, that I be of good comfort, when those things be known that be about you.
2:20 For I have no man so of one will, that is busy for you with clean affection.
2:21 For all men seek those things that be their own, not those that be of Christ Jesus.
2:22 Forsooth know ye the experiment of him, for as a son to the father he hath served with me in the gospel.
2:23 Forsooth I hope me to send him to you, anon as I shall see what things be about me.
2:24 And I trust in the Lord, that also myself shall come to you soon.
2:25 And I guessed it needful to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and even-worker, and mine even-knight, but your apostle, and the minister of my need.
2:26 For he desired you all, and he was sorrowful, therefore that ye heard that he was sick.
2:27 For he was sick till to the death, but God had mercy on him; and not only on him, but also on me, lest I had heaviness upon heaviness.
2:28 Therefore more hastily I sent him, that when ye have seen him, ye have joy again, and I be without heaviness.
2:29 Therefore receive ye him with all joy in the Lord, and have ye such with all honour.
2:30 For why for the work of Christ unto the death he went, giving his life, that he should fulfill that that failed to you with my service.
3:01 Henceforward, my brethren, have ye joy in the Lord. To write to you the same things, to me it is not slow, and to you it is necessary.
3:02 See ye hounds, see ye evil workmen, see ye concision.
3:03 For we be circumcision, which by spirit serve to God, and glory in Christ Jesus, and have not trust in the flesh,
3:04 though I have trust, yea, in the flesh. If any other man is seen to trust in the flesh, I more,
3:05 circumcised in the eighth day, of the kindred of Israel, of the lineage of Benjamin, an Hebrew of Hebrews, after the law a Pharisee,
3:06 after love pursuing the church of God, after rightwiseness that is in the law living without plaint.
3:07 But which things were to me winnings, I have deemed these impairings for Christ.
3:08 Nevertheless I guess all things to be impairment for the clear science of Jesus Christ my Lord. For whom I made all things impairment, and I deem as turds, that I win Christ,
3:09 and that I be found in him, not having my rightwiseness that is of the law, but that that is of the faith of Christ, that is of God the rightwiseness in faith,
3:10 to know him, and the virtue of his rising again, and the fellowship of his passion, I configured to his death,
3:11 if on any manner I shall come to the resurrection that is of dead men.
3:12 Not that now I have taken, or now am perfect; forsooth I follow, if on any manner I shall comprehend, in which thing also I am comprehended of Christ Jesus.
3:13 Brethren, I deem me not to have comprehended; one thing, forsooth, I forgetting soothly those things that be behind, stretching myself forsooth to those things that be the former,
3:14 to the ordained thing, pursue to the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
3:15 Therefore whoever we be perfect, feel we this thing. And if ye understand in other manner any thing, this thing God shall shew to you.
3:16 Nevertheless to what thing we have come, that we understand the same thing, and that we perfectly dwell in the same rule.
3:17 Brethren, be ye my followers, and wait ye them that walk so, as ye have our form.
3:18 Forsooth many walk, whom I have said oft to you, forsooth now and I weeping say, them, the enemies of Christ’s cross,
3:19 whose end is death, whose god is the womb, and the glory in the confusion of them, that savour earthly things.
3:20 Forsooth our living is in heaven; from whence also we abide the Saviour our Lord Jesus Christ,
3:21 which shall reform the body of our meekness, configured to the body of his clearness, after the working by which he may also make all things subject to him.
4:01 Therefore, my brethren most dear-worthy and most desired, my joy and my crown, so stand ye in the Lord, most dear brethren.
4:02 I pray Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, to understand the same thing in the Lord.
4:03 Also and I pray thee, german even-fellow, help thou those women that travailed with me in the gospel, with Clement and other mine helpers, whose names be in the book of life.
4:04 Joy ye in the Lord evermore; again I say, joy ye.
4:05 Be your temperance known to all men; the Lord is nigh.
4:06 Be nothing busy, but in all prayer and beseeching, with doing of thankings, be your askings known at God.
4:07 And the peace of God, that passeth all wit, keep your hearts and understandings in Christ Jesus.
4:08 From henceforth, brethren, whatever things be sooth, whatever things chaste, whatever things just, whatever things holy, whatever things amiable, whatever things of good fame, if any virtue, if any praising of discipline, think ye these things,
4:09 that also ye have learned, and taken, and heard, and seen in me. Do ye these things, and God of peace shall be with you.
4:10 But I joyed greatly in the Lord, for sometime afterward ye again flourished for to feel for me, as also ye feeled. But ye were occupied,
4:11 I say not as for need, for I have learned, in which things I am, sufficient to be.
4:12 I know and how to be lowed, I know and how to abound. Every where and in all things I am ordained, and I know how to be full-filled, and to hunger, and to abound, and to suffer mis-ease.
4:13 I may all things in him that comforteth me.
4:14 Nevertheless ye have done well, communing to my tribulation.
4:15 For ye, Philippians, know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I went forth from Macedonia, no church communed with me in reason of thing given and taken, but ye alone.
4:16 For and to Thessalonica ye sent once and twice into use to me.
4:17 Not for I seek gift, but I require fruit abounding in your reason.
4:18 For I have all things, and abound; I am full-filled with those things taken of Epaphroditus, which ye sent into the odour of sweetness, a covenable host, pleasing to God.
4:19 Forsooth my God full-fill all your desire, after his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
4:20 But to God and our Father be glory into worlds of worlds. Amen.
4:21 Greet ye well every holy man in Christ Jesus. Those brethren that be with me, greet you well.
4:22 All holy men greet you well, most soothly those that be of Caesar’s house.
4:23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
1. Terence P. Noble