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Whe guilt and
danger of apostasy.
tered, seeing ye are « dull of hearing.
12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be ythe first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of 2 milk, and not of strong meat.
13 For every one that useth milk tis unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is 11 a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are 'of full age, even those who by reason I of use have their senses exercised bto discern both good and evil.
1 He exhorteth not to .fall back from the faith, 11 but to be steaflfast, 12 diligent, an'i patient to wait upon Qod, 13 because God is most sure in his promise.
THEREFORE "leaving I the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance bfrom dead works, and of faith toward God,
2 c Of the doctrine of baptisms, d and of laying on of hands,e and of resurrection of the dead, 'and of eternal judgment.
3 And this will we do, s if God permit.
4 For h it is impossible for those »who were once enlightened, and have tasted of k the heavenly gift, and 'were iujide partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of "the world to come,
6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; "seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that Cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them I by whom it is dressed, "rcceivcth blessing from God:
8 PBut that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
10 iFor 'God is not unrighteous to forget 'your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that
ye have 1 ministered to the saints, and do minister.
11 And we desire that "every one of you do shew the same diligence *to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience y inherit the promises.
13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, 2 he sware by himself,
14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
16 For men verily swear by the greater: and "an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto Mhe heirs of promise cthe immutability of his counsel, t confirmed it by an oath:
18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope d set before us:
10 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast,'and which enteretli into that within the vail;
20 'Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, emade a high priest for ever after the order of Melehisedec,
1 Christ Jesns is a priest after the order of Melehisedec, 11 and so, far more excellent than the priests oj'Aaron's order,
FOR this a Melehisedec, kino; of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is,King of peace;
3 Without father, without mother, t without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abidetn a priest continuall}'.
■4 Now consider how great this
Christ a priest of a higher
order than that of Aaron.
man was, ° unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. 5 And verily c they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
6 But he whose 1 descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, d and blessed e him that had the promises.
7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
8 And here mcu that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, fof whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, paid tithes in Abraham.
10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
11 slf therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
14 For it is evident that h our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariscth another priest,
16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life
17 For he testifleth, 'Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before fork the weakness and
i unprofitableness thereof.
I 19 For 'the law made nothing
- perfect, I but the bringing in of
ma better hope did; by the which "we draw nigh unto God.
20 And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:
21 (For those priests were made I without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, "The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec :)
22 By so much P was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
24 But this man, because he coutinueth ever, hath Ian unchangeable priesthood.
25 Wherefore he is able also to save them I to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth ito make intercession for them.
20 For such a high priest became us, 'who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, 'and made higher than the heavens;
27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, "and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
28 For the law makcth 7 men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, zwho is t consecrated for evermore.
1 By the eternal priesthood of Christ the Leriticnl priesthood or' Aaron is abolished. 7 And the temporal covenant with the fathers,l>y the eternal covenant of the nosjtel.
NOW of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such a high priest, »who is 6et on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
2 A minister lof bthe sanctuary, and of c the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
3 For d every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore 'it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing
WThc Lcmtical priesthood abolished. HEBREWS.
The sacrifices of the law
that I there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:
5 Who serve unto the example and f shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: 'for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
6 But now hhath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better 1 covenant, which was established upon better promises.
7 'For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
8 For finding fault with them, he saith, k Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers, in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
10 For ithis is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will tput my laws into their mind, and write them I in their hearts: and "I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
11 And "they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, "and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
13 P In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which deeayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
1 The descrijrtion of the ritm and bloody sacrifice* of the law, 11 far inferior to the dignity and perfection of the blood and sacrifice of Christ.
npHEN verily the first covenant I had also 1 ordinances of divine service, and aa worldly sanctuary.
2 bFor there was a tabernacle made; the first, cwherein teas d the candlestick, and ethe table, and the shewbread; which is called fl the sanctuary.
3 fAnd after the second vail, the tabernacle which is called the holiest of all;
4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein teas h the golden pot that had manna, and 1 Aaron's rod that budded, and kthe tables of the covenant;
5 And 1 over it the cherubim of glory shadowing the mercy seat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
6 Now when these things were thus ordained, mthe priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
7 But into the second ivent the high priest alone "once every year, not without blood, 0 which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that ithc way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
9 Which teas a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, rthat could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
10 Which stood only in ■ meats and drinks, and divers washings, uand carnal I ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
11 But Christ being come *a high priest ,of good things to come, zby a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12 Neither aby the blood of goats and calves, but bby his own blood he entered in c once I into the holy place,d having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13 For if "the blood of bulls and of goats, and f the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh;
14 How much more * shall the blood of Christ, hwho through the eternal Spirit offered himself without I spot to God,k purge
far inferior to that of Christ.
Of the law sa
your conscience from 1 dead
15 "And for this cause °hc is
16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity I be the death of the testator.
17 For ra testament fa of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
18 'Whereupon neither the first testament was I dedicated without blood.
19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, 'he took the blood of calves and of goats, it with water, and I scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book and all the people,
20 Saying, 'This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
21 Moreover y he sprinkled likewise with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and
to bear the sins »>of many; and unto them that "look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. CHAPTER X.
1 The icecuhtcM of the law Itacrifices. 10 The sacrifice of' Ch rift's body once offered, 14 for ever hath taken a tray sin?. 19 An exhortation to hold fart the faith, with pa lience and thunkayirina.
FOR the law having »a shadow 0 of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, c can never with those sacrifices, which they offered year by year continually, make the comers thereunto J perfect.
2 For then I would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3 e But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
4 For 1 it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away 6ins.
5 Wherefore, when he cometh into the world, he saith, s Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body I hast thou prepared me:
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in z without shedding of blood is I the volume of the book it is no remission. written of me) to do thy will, O
23 It teas therefore necessary i God.
that "the patterns of things in 8 Above when he said, Sacrifice the heavens should be purified and offering and burnt offerings with these; but the heavenly and qfferinr/ for sin thou wouldthings themselves with better est not, neither hadst pleasure
therein; which are offered by the
sacrifices than these,
24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of cthe true; but into heaven itself, now d to appear in the presence of God for us:
25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as "the high priest cntercth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
2*3 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now 'once gin the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27 » And as it is appointed unto men once to die, 'but after this the judgment:
28 So kChrist was once 'offered
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10 hBy the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth k daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, 1 which can never take away sins:
12 m But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting "till his enemies be made his footstool.
WExhortation to steattfast faith.
The nature of faith.
14 For by one offering "he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
16 p This in the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 tAnd their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, 11 boldness to enter r into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By »a new and living way, which he hath I consecrated for us,' through the vail, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having it a high priest over 1 the house of God;
22 rLet us draw near with a true heart ziu full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled a from an evil conscience, and ■'our bodies washed with pure water.
23 c Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for dhe is faithful that promised;
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 • Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and fso much the more, as ye see s the day approaching.
20 For hif we sin wilfully "after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains eth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and k fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 1 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy in under two or three witnesses:
29 0 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and 0 hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, Pand hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, I Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, rThe Lord shall judge his people.
31! It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 But 'call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured 1 a great fight of afflictions;
33 Partly, whilst ye were made i T a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst zyc became companions of them that were so used.
34 For ye had compassion of me ain my bonds, and "took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing I in yourselves that cye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, d which hath great recompense of reward.
30 e For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, 'ye might receive the promise.
37 For s yet a little while, and hhe that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
38 Now 'the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
39 But we are not of them k who draw back unto perdition; but of them that1 believe to the saving of the soul.
1 That faith is. G Without faith we cannot please God. 7 The worthy fruits thereof in the fathers of old time.
NOW faith is the I substance of things hoped for, the evidence a of things not seen.
2 For b by it the elders obtained a good report.
3 Through faith we understand thatc the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
4 By faith dAbel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead e 1 yet speaketh.
5 By faith 'Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God