I was looking up the word "god" in the Oxford English Dictionary On-Line, which led me to this entry:

d. the god of this world : the Devil, Satan.

c1384 Bible (Wycliffite, E.V.) (Douce 369(2)) (1850) 2 Cor. iv. 4
In whiche the God of this world hath blyndid the soules of men out of the bileue.

What is a bileue?

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    It looks like "believe"; "u" was used for "v" back then. And 2 Corinthians 4:4 says "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers". Apr 24, 2014 at 1:03
  • The words out of the bileue are followed immediately by ", or unfeithful men,". I think @PeterShor is right. Apr 24, 2014 at 1:23
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    I should point out that the "u" = "v" in bileue is now an "f". The OED shows that the forms of the noun with "f" and "v" coexisted in Middle English, but the "f" eventually won out. Apr 24, 2014 at 1:29

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29 Jhesu seith to him, Thomas, for thou hast seyn me, thou bileuedist; blessid ben thei, that syjcu not, and ban bileuyd.

Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

31 Forsothe thes ben writun, that je bileue, for Jhesu is Crist, the sone of God, and that je bileuynge haue lyf in his name.

But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

-The Gothic and Anglo-Saxon Gospels in parallel

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