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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 4:1-5

togda iisusu' vu'zvedenu' bystu' dukhomi' vu' pustyn'jo^ iskusiti se^ otu' neprije'zni | i poshti' se^ di'nii k i noshtii k poslje'di' vu'zlaka | i pristo^pi ku' n'emu dije'volu' iskushae^ i i retche ashte synu' esi bozhii ri'tsi da kamenie se khlje'bi bo^do^tu' | onu' zhe otu'vje'shtavu' retche pishetu' ne o khlje'bje' edinomi' pozhivetu' tchlovje'ku' nu' o vsemi' glagolje' iskhode^shtiimi' idz ustu' bozhii | togda poe^tu' i dije'volu' vi' sve^ty gradu' i postavi i na krilje' tsru'k'bi'nje'emi' | i glagola emu ashte synu' esi bozhi'i pusti sebe dolu | pishetu' bo je'ko ag'elomu' svoimu' zapovje'stu' o tebje' i na ro^kakhu' vu'zu'mo^tu' te^ da ne kogda prje'tu'kneshi o kameni' nogo^ svojo^ | retche zhe emu iisusu' paky pishetu' ne iskusishi gospoda boga svoego | paky poje'tu' ego neprije'zni' na goro^ vysoko^ dzje'lo i pokaza emu vi'sje' tsje'sari'stbije' mira i tslavo^ ego | i glagola emu vi'sje' si dami' ti ashte padu' poklonishi mi se^ | togda glagola emu iisusu' otidi dije'vol'e | pishetu' bo gospodju bogu svoemu poklonishi se^ i tomu edinomu posluzhishi | togda ostavi ego dije'volu' i se ag'eli pristo^pishe^ i sluzhaakho^ emu |

Translation

(Matthew 4:1) Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. (2) And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. (3) And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. (4) But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (5) Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, (6) And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands shall they bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. (7) Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. (8) Again the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; (9) And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. (10) Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (11) Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.