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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

тогда иисѹсъ възвєдєнъ бъістъ дѹхомь въ пѹстъін҄ѭ іскѹсити сѧ отъ нєприѣзни | і пошть сѧ дьниі к і ноштиі к послѣдь възлака | і пристѫпи къ н҄ємѹ диѣволъ іскѹшаѧ и і рєчє аштє съінъ єси божіи рьци да камєниє сє хлѣби бѫдѫтъ | онъ жє отъвѣштавъ рєчє пишєтъ нє о хлѣбѣ єдиномь поживєтъ чловѣкъ нъ о всємь глаголѣ ісходѧштиімь іѕ ѹстъ божіи | тогда поѧтъ и диѣволъ вь свѧтъі градъ і постави і на крилѣ црък҄бьнѣємь | і глагола ємѹ аштє съінъ єси божьи пѹсти сєбє долѹ | пишєтъ бо ѣко аћєломъ своимъ заповѣстъ о тєбѣ і на рѫкахъ възъмѫтъ тѧ да нє когда прѣтъкнєши о камєнь ногѫ своѭ | рєчє жє ємѹ иисѹсъ пакъі пишєтъ нє іскѹсиши господа бога своєго | пакъі поѣтъ єго нєприѣзнь на горѫ въісокѫ ѕѣло і показа ємѹ вьсѣ цѣсарьстбиѣ мира і цлавѫ єго | і глагола ємѹ вьсѣ си дамь ти аштє падъ поклониши ми сѧ | тогда глагола ємѹ иисѹсъ отиди диѣвол҄є | пишєтъ бо господю богѹ своємѹ поклониши сѧ і томѹ єдиномѹ послѹжиши | тогда остави єго диѣволъ і сє аћєли пристѫпишѧ і слѹжаахѫ ємѹ |

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.