Titus (Wycliffe – 1382)

The Epistle to Titus
Wycliffe: The Early Version (1382)
1:01 Paul, the servant of God, and apostle of Jesus Christ, after the faith of the chosen of God, and knowing of the truth, which is after piety,
1:02 in hope of everlasting life, which life God that lieth not, promised before worldly times;
1:03 but he hath shewed in his times his word in preaching, that is betaken to me after the commandment of our Saviour God,
1:04 to Titus, beloved son after the common faith, grace and peace of God the Father, and of Christ Jesus, our Saviour.
1:05 For cause of this thing I left thee at Crete, that thou amend those things that fail, and ordain priests by cities, as and I disposed to thee.
1:06 If any man is without crime, husband of one wife, having faithful sons, not in accusation of lechery, or not subject.
1:07 For it behooveth a bishop to be without crime, as a dispenser of God, not proud, not wrathful, not vinolent, not a smiter, not covetous of foul winning;
1:08 but holding hospitality, benign, prudent, sober, just, holy, continent,
1:09 embracing that true word, that is after doctrine; that he be mighty to admonish in wholesome doctrine, and to reprove them that against-say.
1:10 For there be many unobedient, and vain speakers, and deceivers, most they that be of circumcision,
1:11 whom it behooveth to be reproved; which subvert all houses, teaching which things it behooveth not, for the love of foul winning.
1:12 Some one of them, the proper prophet of them, said, said, Men of Crete be evermore liars, evil beasts, slow of womb.
1:13 This witnessing is true. For which cause blame them sore, that they be whole in faith,
1:14 not giving attention to fables of Jews, and to commandments of men, turning them away from truth.
1:15 And all things be clean to clean men; but to unclean men and to unfaithful nothing is clean, but and the soul, and conscience of them be made unclean.
1:16 They acknowledge that they know God, but by deeds they deny him; when they be abominable, and unbelieveful, and reproveable to all good works.
2:01 Forsooth speak thou the things that become wholesome teaching;
2:02 that old men be sober, chaste, prudent, whole in faith, in love, and patience;
2:03 also old women in holy habit, not backbiters, not serving much to wine, well-teaching, that they teach prudence.
2:04 Admonish thou young women, that they love their husbands, that they love their children;
2:05 and that they be prudent, chaste, sober, having care of the house, benign, subject to their husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
2:06 Also admonish young men, that they be sober.
2:07 In all things give thyself example of good works, in teaching, in holiness, in firmness.
2:08 An whole word, and unreproveable; that he that is of the contrary side, be ashamed, having none evil thing to say of you.
2:09 Admonish thou servants to be subject to their lords; in all things pleasing, not again-saying,
2:10 not defrauding, but in all things shewing good faith, that they adorn in all things the doctrine of God, our Saviour.
2:11 For the grace of God, our Saviour, hath appeared to all men,
2:12 teaching us, that we, forsaking unpiety, and worldly desires, live soberly, and justly, and piously, in this world,
2:13 abiding the blessed hope and the coming of the glory of the great God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
2:14 that gave himself for us, that he should again-buy us from all wickedness, and make clean to himself a people acceptable, and follower of good works.
2:15 Speak thou these things, and admonish, and argue, with all commandment; no man despise thee.
3:01 Admonish them to be subject to princes, and to powers; to obey to that that is said, and to be ready to all good works;
3:02 to blaspheme no man, to be not litigious, but temperate, shewing all mildness to all men.
3:03 For we were sometime unwise, unbelieveful, erring, and serving to desires, and diverse lusts, doing in malice and envy, hateful, hating together.
3:04 Forsooth when the benignity and humanity, of God our Saviour appeared,
3:05 not of works of rightwiseness that we did, but after his mercy he made us safe, by the washing of again-begetting, and again-newing of the Holy Ghost,
3:06 whom he shedded out into us plenteously by Jesus Christ, our Saviour,
3:07 that we justified by his grace, be heirs after hope of everlasting life.
3:08 A true word is this, and of these things I will that thou confirm others, that they that believe in God, care to be before in good works. These things be good, and profitable to men.
3:09 And eschew thou foolish questions, and genealogies, and strives, and fightings of the law; for those be unprofitable and vain.
3:10 Shun thou a man heretic, after one and the second correction;
3:11 witting that he that is such a manner man is subverted, and trespasseth, and is condemned by his own doom.
3:12 When I shall send to thee Artemas, or Tychicus, hie thou to come to me to Nicopolis; for I have purposed to dwell in winter there.
3:13 Busily send before Zenas, a wise man of law, and Apollos, that nothing fail to them.
3:14 Forsooth and our men learn to be before in good works, to necessary uses, that they be not unfruitous.
3:15 All men that be with me greet thee well. Greet thou well them, that love us in the faith. The grace of God be with you all. Amen.
1. Terence P. Noble