Sunday, 11 March 2018

Mass readings in Scots: Fourth Sunday of Lent

Gospel reading
John 3: 14-21

[Jesus said to Nicodemus:]

"And like as Moses i’ the wilderness heized up the serpent,
sae maun the Son o' Man be liftit heigh; 
That a’ wha lippen till him soudna dee, but hae Life for aye!  
For God sae loved the warld as to gie his Son, the Only-Begotten Ane,
that ilka ane wha lippens till him sudna dee, 
but hae Life for aye. 
For God sent-na his Son intil the warld to bring condemnation on’t, 
but that raither the warld micht be saved by him. 
And ane that lippens him isna hauden guilty; 
but ane wha winna lippen him is judged guilty e’en no;
for he hasna lippened to the Son o’ God, the only-begotten Ane. 
And here is the sentence he drees:
that licht beams on the warld, 
and men lo’e the mirk and no the licht;
for that their deeds are wrang. 
For ilka ane that follows ill 
hates the licht, and comes na till’t; 
jalousin that his ill deeds wull be seen. 
But the man wha has the truth seeks the licht,
that a’ his deeds may be plainly seen, that they are dune i’ the pooer o’ God.”

[From The New Testament in Braid Scots William Wye Smith (1904) here]

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