Wycliffe's Bible Translation
Here is the every day speech of medieval folk seeking God's word in a language they can understand.
Genesis 1: 1 In the beginning God made of nought heaven and earth.
2 Forsooth the earth was idle and void, and darknesses were on the face of depth; and the Spirit of the Lord was borne on the waters.
3 And God said, Light be made, and the light was made.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good, and he parted the light from darknesses;
5 and he called the light, day, and the darknesses, night. And the eventide and the morrowtide was made, one day.
6 And God said, The firmament be made in the midst of waters, and part waters from waters.
7 And God made the firmament, and parted the waters that were under the firmament, from the waters that were on the firmament and it was done so.
8 And God called the firmament, heaven. And the eventide and the morrowtide was made, the second day.
9 Forsooth God said, The waters, that be under heaven, be gathered into one place, and a dry place appear; and it was done so.
10 And God called the dry place, earth; and he called the gatherings together of waters, the seas. And God saw that it was good;
11 and said, The earth bring forth green herb, and making seed, and an apple tree making fruit by his kind, whose seed be in itself, on earth; and it was done so.
12 And the earth brought forth green herb and making seed by his kind, and a tree making fruit, and each having seed by his kind. And God saw that it was good.
John 1:1 In the bigynnyng was the word, and the word was at God, and God was the word.
1:2 This was in the bigynnyng at God.
1:3 Alle thingis weren maad bi hym, and withouten hym was maad no thing, that thing that was maad.
1:4 In hym was lijf, and the lijf was the liyt of men; and the liyt schyneth in derknessis,
1:5 and derknessis comprehendiden not it.
1:6 A man was sent fro God, to whom the name was Joon.
1:7 This man cam in to witnessyng, that he schulde bere witnessing of the liyt, that alle men schulden bileue bi hym.
1:8 He was not the liyt, but that he schulde bere witnessing of the liyt.
1:9 There was a very liyt, which liytneth ech man that cometh in to this world.
1:10 He was in the world, and the world was maad bi hym, and the world knew hym not.
1:11 He cam in to his owne thingis, and hise resseyueden hym not.