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Early Indo-European Texts

Old Church Slavonic

Todd B. Krause and Jonathan Slocum

This page contains a text in Old Church Slavonic with a modern English translation. This particular text and its translation are extracted from a lesson in the Early Indo-European Online series, where one may find detailed information about this text (see the Table of Contents page for Old Church Slavonic Online in EIEOL), and general information about the Old Church Slavonic language and its speakers' culture.

Matthew 14:1-12

въ оно врѣмѧ ѹслъіша иродъ тєтрархъ слѹхъ иисѹсовъ | и рєчє отрокомъ своимъ сь єстъ иоанъ крьститєл҄ь тъ въскрьсє отъ мрьтвъіихъ и сєго ради силъі дѣѭтъ сѧ о н҄ємь | иродъ бо имъ иоана съвѧза и и въсади и въ тьмьницѫ иродьјадъі ради жєнъі филипа братра своєго | глаголаашє бо ємѹ иоанъ нє достоитъ ти имѣти єѧ | и хотѧ и ѹбити ѹбоја сѧ народа зан҄є пророка имѣахѫ и | дьни жє бъівъшѹ рождьства иродова плѧса дъшти иродьјадина по срѣдѣ и ѹгоди иродови | тѣмьжє съ клѧтвоѭ издрєчє єи дати єгожє аштє въспроситъ | она жє наваждєна матєрѭ своєѭ даждь ми рєчє сьдє на мисѣ главѫ иоана крьститєлја | и пєчальнъ бъістъ цѣсар҄ь | клѧтвъ жє ради и възлєжѧштиихъ съ н҄имъ повєлѣ дати и и посълавъ ѹсѣкнѫ иоана въ тьмьници | и принѣсѧ главѫ єго на мисѣ и дашѧ дѣвици и нєсє матєри своєи | и пристѫпл҄ьшє ѹчєници єго възѧсѧ тѣло єго и погрѣсѧ є и пришьдъшє възвѣстишѧ иисѹсови |

Translation

(14:1) At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus. (2) And he said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. (3) For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife. (4) For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her. (5) And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. (6) But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. (7) Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. (8) And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John the Baptist's head in a charger. (9) And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her. (10) And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison. (11) And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother. (12) And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.