UNTO THE HEBREWS
1:God, having spoken of old to the fathers in the prophets by diverse portions and in diverse manners, 2 hath at the end of these :days spoken to us in a Son, whom he appointed heir of all, through whom also he made the ages; 3 who being the Glory’s effulgence, and the very †image of his :substance, and †upholding :all things by the word of his :power, when he had made purification of :sins, sat down on the right of the Majesty on †high; 4 having become by so much better than the angels, as he hath inherited a more superior name than they. 5 For to which of the angels did he ever say,
Thou art my Son,
I today have begotten thee? and again,
I will be to him a Father,
And he shall be to me a Son?
6 And when again he bringeth in the firstborn into the inhabited earth he saith, And let all angels of God worship him. 7 And of the angels he saith,
Who maketh his :angels spirits,
And his :ministers a flame of fire:
8 but of the Son,
Thy :throne, O :God, is unto the age of the age;
And the scepter of uprightness is scepter of his kingdom.
9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated lawlessness; Therefore :God, thy :God, hath anointed thee With oil of gladness above thy :fellows.
Thou, Lord, in the beginnings didst found the earth, And the heavens are works of thy :hands:
11 They shall perish; (but thou continuest:) And shall all wax old as a garment;
12 And as a mantle shalt thou roll them up, As if a garment, and they shall be changed:
But thou art the same,
And thy :years shall not fail.
13 But of which of the angels hath he ever said, Sit on my right hand, Till I make thine :enemies footstool of thy :feet?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth unto service for them that shall inherit salvation?
1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things heard, lest haply we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels became firm and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; 3 how shall WE escape, if we neglect so great a salvation? which having at first been spoken through the Lord, was confirmed unto us by them that heard; 4 :God bearing witness with them, both by signs and wonders, and manifold powers, and distributions of the Holy Spirit, according to his :will.
5 For not to angels did he subject the inhabited earth to come, whereof we speak. 6 But one hath somewhere testified, saying, What is man, that thou rememberest him?
Or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
7 Thou madest him †a little lower than angels; Thou crownedst him with glory and honor, And didst set him over the works of thy :hands:
8 Thou didst subject all things under his :feet.
For in that he subjected :all things to him, he left nothing not subject to him. But now we see not yet all things subjected to him. 9 But we behold him who hath been made a little lower than angels, Jesus, because of the suffering of :death crowned with glory and honor, that by God’s grace he should taste of death for every one. 10 For it became him, for whom are :all things, and through whom are :all things, in †bringing many sons unto glory, to perfect the author of their :salvation through sufferings. 11 For both the sanctifier and sanctified are all of one: for which cause
he is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying, I will declare thy :name
to my :brethren,
In midst of the church will I sing thy praise.
13 And again, I will be trusting in him. And again, Lo, I and the little children whom :God hath given me. 14 Since then the little children are sharers in blood and flesh, himself also in like manner partook of the same; that through :death he might bring to nought him that had the power of :death, that is, the devil; 15 and might deliver all these who from fear of death were all their :lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For verily not †to angels doth he give help, but he giveth help to the seed of Abraham. 17 Whence it behooved him in all things to be made like his brethren, that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the things pertaining to :God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For wherein himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to help those being tempted.
1 Whence, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our :confession, Jesus; 2 who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also was Moses in all his :house. 3 For he hath been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by so much as he that †built the house hath more honor than the house. 4 For every house is †built by some one; but who †built all things is God. 5 And Moses indeed was faithful in all his :house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken; 6 but Christ as a son, over his :house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the boldness and the glorying of the hope firm unto the end. 7 Wherefore, even as the Holy :Spirit saith, Today if ye shall hear his :voice,
8 Harden not your :hearts, as in the provocation, Like as the day of the trial in the wilderness,
9 Where your :fathers tried me by proving me,
And saw my :works forty years,
10 Wherefore I was displeased with this :generation, And said, They always err at heart:
But THEY did not know my :ways;
11 As I sware in my :wrath,
If they shall enter into my :rest.
12 Look, brethren, lest haply an evil heart of unbelief shall be in any one of you, in :falling away from a living God: 13 but exhort one another each day, so long as it is called Today; lest anyone of you be hardened by deceitfulness of :sin: 14 for we are become partakers of the Christ, if indeed we hold fast the beginning of the confidence firm unto the end: 15 while it is said,
Today if ye shall hear his :voice,
Harden not your :hearts, as in the provocation.
16 For who, when they heard, did provoke? nay, not all that came out of Egypt by Moses? 17 And with whom was he displeased forty years? not with them that sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his :rest, but to the disobedient? 19 And we see that they could not enter because of unbelief.
1 Let us fear therefore, lest haply, a promise being left of entering into his :rest, anyone of you should seem to have come short. 2 For indeed we have been evangelized even as also they: but the word of :hearing did not profit them, because they were not united by :faith with them that heard. 3 For we who have believed are entering into the rest; even as he hath said,
As I sware in my :wrath,
If they shall enter into my :rest:
although the works were finished from the world’s foundation. 4 For he hath said somewhere of the seventh thus, And :God rested on the seventh :day from all his :works; 5 and in this place again, They shall not enter into my :rest.
6 Since therefore it remaineth that some enter thereinto, and the afore evangelized entered not because of disobedience, 7 he again defineth a certain day, Today, saying in David so long a time after
(even as hath been said before),
Today if ye shall hear his :voice, Harden not your hearts.
8 For if †Joshua had given them rest, he would not have spoken afterward of another day. 9 A sabbath rest remaineth therefore for the people of :God. 10 For who is entered into :his rest hath himself also rested from his :work, as :God did from his :own. 11 Let us therefore give diligence to enter into that :rest, that no one fall after the same example of :disobedience. 12 For living is the word of :God, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and a discerner of thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and laid open before the eyes of him with whom we have to do. 14 Having therefore a great high priest, who hath passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of :God, let us hold fast the confession. 15 For we have not a high priest that cannot sympathize with our :infirmities; but one in all points tempted according to our likeness, without sin. 16 Let us therefore with boldness approach the throne of :grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
1 For every high priest, being taken from men, is appointed for men in things :pertaining to :God, that he offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: 2 who can bear gently with the ignorant and erring, since himself also is compassed with infirmity; 3 and by it is bound, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. 4 And no one taketh the honor unto himself, but when called of :God, even as also was Aaron. 5 So :Christ also glorified not himself to become high priest, but who spake unto him,
Thou art my Son,
I today have begotten thee:
6 as he saith also in another place, Thou art priest unto the age After the order of Melchizedek.
7 Who in the days of his :flesh, having offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto the one who could save him from death, and having been heard for his :godly fear, 8 though he was a Son, yet learned :obedience by what he suffered; 9 and, perfected, he became unto all that obey him the cause of eternal salvation; 10 named of :God high priest after the order of Melchizedek.
11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard of interpretation, since ye are become dull of :hearing. 12 For when by reason of the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need again †that some one teach you the rudiments of the beginning of the oracles of :God; and are become such as need milk, not solid food. 13 For every one that partaketh of milk is inexperienced in the word of righteousness; for he is a babe. 14 But the solid food is for perfect men, who by reason of :use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
1 Wherefore leaving the word of the beginning of the Christ, let us be borne on unto the perfection; not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,—2 the teaching of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this will we do, if only :God permit. 4 For as to those who were once enlightened and tasted of the heavenly :gift, and became partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and †tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the age to come, 6 and fell away, it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance; they crucifying again to themselves and openly shaming the Son of :God. 7 For land which drinketh the rain that cometh often upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them for whose sake it is also tilled, receiveth blessing from :God: 8 but if it beareth thorns and thistles, it is disapproved and nigh a curse; whose :end is to be burned. 9 But of you, beloved, we are persuaded :better things and having salvation, even if we thus speak: 10 for :God is not unrighteous to forget your :work and the love which ye showed toward his :name, in that ye ministered unto the saints, and do minister. 11 And we desire that each of you show the same diligence unto the fullness of the hope even to the end: 12 that ye be not sluggish, but imitators of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. 13 For when :God made promise to :Abraham, since he had none greater to swear by, he sware by himself, 14 saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. 15 And thus, having patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 16 For men swear by the greater: and in every dispute of theirs the oath is final for confirmation. 17 Wherein :God, intending to show more abundantly to the heirs of the promise the immutability of his :counsel, mediated with an oath; 18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have strong †encouragement, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us: 19 which we have as the soul’s anchor, a hope both sure and firm and entering into what is within the veil; 20 whither as forerunner Jesus entered for us, having become a high priest unto the age after the order of Melchizedek.
1 For this :Melchizedek, king of Salēm, priest of the Most High :God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 to whom also Abraham divided a tenth of all (being first, by interpretation, King of righteousness, and then also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; 3 fatherless, motherless, pedigreeless, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of :God), abideth a priest :continually. 4 Now consider how great this man was to whom Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth out of the chief spoils. 5 And they indeed of the sons of Levi that receive the priest’s office have commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their :brethren, though these have come out of the loin of Abraham: 6 but he whose genealogy is not counted from them hath tithed Abraham, and hath blessed him that hath the promises. 7 But without any dispute the less is blessed of the better. 8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there one, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. 9 And, so to speak, through Abraham Levi also, who receiveth tithes, hath paid tithes; 10 for he was yet in the loin of his :father, when Melchizedek met him. 11 Now, therefore, if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for under it hath the people received the law), what further need that another priest arise after the order of Melchizedek, and not be reckoned after the order of Aaron? 12 For the priesthood being changed, of necessity a change is made also of the law. 13 For he of whom these things are said hath partaken of another tribe, from which no one hath given attendance at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our :Lord hath sprung out of Judah; as to which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priests. 15 And this is yet more abundantly evident, if after the likeness of Melchizedek another priest ariseth, 16 who hath been made, not after a law of carnal commandment, but after the power of a life indissoluble: 17 for it is witnessed, [that]
Thou art priest unto the age
After the order of Melchizedek.
18 For there is a disannulling of a foregoing commandment because of its :weakness and unprofitableness 19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a bringing in thereupon of a better hope, through which we draw nigh to :God. 20 And inasmuch as it is not without an oath 21 (for they indeed have become priests without an oath; but he with an oath through him that saith unto him,
The Lord sware and will not repent himself,
Thou art a priest unto the age;)
22 by so much also hath Jesus become surety of a better covenant. 23 And they indeed have become priests more in number, because that by :death they are hindered from continuing on: 24 but he, because he continueth unto the age, hath his :priesthood †unchangeable. 25 Whence also he is able to save to the uttermost them that approach :God through him, he ever living to make intercession for them. 26 For such a high priest also became us, holy, guileless, undefiled, separated from :sinners, and become higher than the heavens; 27 who hath no need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for his own :sins, and then for those of the people: for this he did once for all, when he offered up himself. 28 For the law appointeth as high priests men having infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was after the law, appointeth a Son, perfected unto the age.
1 Now in the things we are saying the chief point is: We have such a high priest, who sat down on the right of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2 a minister of the holies, and of the true :tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man. 3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices: whence it is necessary that this one also have aught to offer. 4 Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, seeing there are those who offer the gifts according to law 5 (the which serve a copy and shadow of the heavenlies, even as Moses when about to complete the tabernacle is warned: for, See, saith he, thou make all things according to the pattern :shown thee in the mount). 6 But now hath he obtained a ministry the more superior, by so much as he is also mediator of a better covenant, which hath been enacted upon better promises. 7 For if that :first had been faultless, then would no place have been sought for a second. 8 For blaming them he saith,
Lo, days come, saith the Lord,
That I will accomplish a new covenant over the house of Israel and over the house of Judah;
9 Not according to the covenant that I made for their :fathers In the day that I took them by their :hands to lead them forth out of Egypt land:
For they continued not in my :covenant, And I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will covenant for the house of Israel
After those :days, saith the Lord;
I will put my laws into their :mind,
And on their †heart also will I write them: And I will be God to them,
11 And they shall be a people to me:
And they shall each in nowise teach his :fellow-citizen, And each his :brother, saying, Know the Lord:
For all shall know me,
From the least to the greatest of them,
12 Because I will be merciful to their :iniquities, And their :sins will I remember no more.
13 In that he saith, A new, he hath made old the first. But what becometh old, yea aged, is nigh vanishing away.
1 Now even the first had ordinances of service, and its worldly :sanctuary. 2 For a tabernacle was prepared, the first, wherein are the candlestick, and the table, and the showbread; which is called the Holies. 3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle called Holies of holies; 4 having a golden †altar of incense, and the ark of the covenant overlaid everywhere with gold, wherein is a golden pot holding the manna, and the rod of Aaron that budded, and the tables of the covenant; 5 and above it cherubim of glory overshadowing the †mercy-seat; of which things one cannot now speak severally. 6 Now these having been thus prepared, the priests go in continually into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the services; 7 but into the second the high priest alone, once in the year, not without blood, which he offereth for himself, and for the ignorances of the people: 8 the Holy :Spirit this signifying, that the way into the holy place hath not yet been made manifest, while the first tabernacle is yet standing; 9 which is a parable for the present :season; according to which are offered both gifts and sacrifices that cannot, as to conscience, perfect the worshiper; 10 being only (with meats and drinks and diverse baptisms) carnal ordinances, imposed until a season of reformation. 11 But Christ having come a high priest of the good things that are come, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is, not of this :creation, 12 nor yet through blood of goats and calves, but through his own :blood, entered once for all into the holies, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and ashes of a heifer sprinkling the defiled, sanctify unto the cleanness of the flesh: 14 how much more shall the blood of the Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to :God, cleanse our conscience from dead works to serve a living God? 15 And for this cause he is mediator of a new †covenant, so that a death having taken place for redemption of the transgressions :under the first covenant, the called may receive the promise of the eternal inheri tance. 16 For where a testament is, there must of necessity be the death of him that made it. 17 For a testament is of force over the dead: for it doth not then avail when he that made it liveth. 18 Hence even the first covenant hath not been dedicated without blood. 19 For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to the whole people according to the law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and the whole people, 20 saying, This is the blood of the covenant which :God commanded toward you. 21 Moreover the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry he sprinkled likewise with the blood. 22 And according to the law, almost all things are cleansed with blood, and apart from shedding of blood is no remission. 23 It was necessary therefore that the copies of the things in the heavens be cleansed with these; but the heavenlies themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ entered not into holies made with hands, antitypes of the true; but into the very heaven, now to appear before the face of :God for us; 25 nor yet that he offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holies yearly with blood not his own; 26 else must he often have suffered since the world’s foundation: but now once at the consummation of the ages hath he been manifested to put away :sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And inasmuch as it is laid up for :men once to die, and after this—judgment; 28 thus also the Christ, having been once offered to :bear sins of many, shall appear a second time, without sin, to them that wait for him, unto salvation.
1 For the law having a shadow of the good things to come, not the very image of the things, they can never with the same sacrifices year by year, which they offer continually, make perfect them that draw nigh. 2 Else would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshiper having been once cleansed, would have had no more consciousness of sins? 3 But in these sacrifices remembrance is made of sins year by year. 4 For it is impossible for blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith,
Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not,
But a body didst thou prepare me;
6 In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hadst no pleasure:
7 Then said I, Lo, I am come
(In the roll of the book it is written of me) :To do thy :will, O :God.
8 Saying above [that], Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein (the which are offered according to the law), 9 then hath he said, Lo, I am come to do thy :will. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest indeed standeth daily ministering and offering often the same sacrifices, the which can never take away sins: 12 but this one, when he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at God’s right: 13 henceforth expecting till his :enemies be made footstool of his :feet. 14 For by one offering he hath perfected forever those being sanctified. 15 And the Holy :Spirit also beareth witness to us; for after :he hath said,
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them After those :days, saith the Lord: I will put my laws on their heart,
Upon their :mind also will I write them; then,
17 And their :sins and their :iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holies by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way, which he dedicated for us, through the veil, that is, his :flesh; 21 and having a great priest over the house of :God; 22 let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our :hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience: and having our :body washed with pure water, 23 let us hold fast the unwavering confession of the hope, for faithful he that promised: 24 and let us consider one another unto provoking of love and good works; 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is a custom of some, but exhorting; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh. 26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no more sacrifice remaineth for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and a fierceness of fire which shall devour the adversaries. 28 One that hath set at nought Moses’ law dieth without compassion on the word of two or three witnesses: 29 of how much sorer punishment, think ye, shall he be judged worthy, who hath trodden under the Son of :God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant wherewith he was sanctified common, and hath insulted the Spirit of :grace? 30 For we know him that said, Vengeance is mine, I will recompense. And again, The Lord shall judge his :people. 31 Fearful it is to fall into the living God’s hands. 32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were enlightened, ye endured a great conflict of sufferings; 33 partly, being made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, becoming par takers with them that were so used. 34 For ye both sympathized with those in bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your :possessions, knowing that ye have yourselves for a possession better and abiding. 35 Cast not away therefore your :boldness, which hath great recompense of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, having done the will of :God, ye may receive the promise.
37 For yet a very, very little while,
Who cometh shall come, and shall not tarry.
38 But my righteous one shall live from faith:
And if he shrink back, my :soul hath no pleasure in him.
39 But †we are not of them that shrink back unto destruction; but of those having faith unto saving of the soul.
1 Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, conviction of things unseen. 2 For therein the elders had witness borne them. 3 By faith we understand that the ages have been framed by God’s word, so that what is seen hath not been made out of things which appear. 4 By faith Abel offered unto :God a sacrifice superior to Cain’s, through which he had witness borne him that he was righteous, :God bearing witness over his :gifts: and through it he being dead yet speaketh. 5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and he was not found, because :God translated him; for he hath had witness borne him before the translation that he had been well pleasing to :God: 6 and without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing; for who cometh to :God must believe that he is, and is rewarder of them that seek after him. 7 By faith Noah, warned concerning the things not seen as yet, with godly fear prepared an ark to the saving of his :house; through which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. 8 By faith Abraham, when called, obeyed to go out unto a place which he was to receive for inheritance, and went out, not knowing whither he was going. 9 By faith he became sojourner in the land of :promise, as in a foreign one, dwelling in tents, with Isaac and Jacob, the fellowheirs of the same :promise: 10 for he awaited the city which hath the foundations, whose †builder and maker is :God. 11 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive seed, even when past her season, since she counted him faithful who had promised: 12 wherefore also there were begotten of one, and him as good as dead, even as the stars of :heaven in :multitude, and as the sand, which is by the shore of the sea, :innumerable. 13 These all died according to faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them and greeted from afar, and having confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For who say such things manifest that they are seeking after a country of their own. 15 And if indeed they had minded that from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly: wherefore :God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God; for he hath prepared them a city. 17 By faith Abraham, being tried, hath offered up :Isaac, and who had gladly received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; 18 he unto whom it was said [that], In Isaac shall thy seed be called: 19 accounting that God is able to raise up, even the dead; from whence he did also in a parable receive him back. 20 By faith Isaac blessed :Jacob and :Esau, even concerning things to come. 21 By faith Jacob dying blessed each of the sons of Joseph; and worshiped, leaning upon the top of his :staff. 22 By faith Joseph, at his end, made mention of the departure of the sons of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his :bones. 23 By faith Moses, when born, was hid three months by his :fathers, because they saw the child was goodly; and they were not afraid of the commandment of the king. 24 By faith Moses, when grown up, refused to be called son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25 choosing rather to share ill treatment with the people of :God, than to enjoy the pleasure of sin for a season; 26 accounting the reproach of the Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt: for he looked unto the recompense of reward. 27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 28 By faith he †instituted the passover, and the sprinkling of the blood, that the destroyer of the firstborn should not touch them. 29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians attempting to do were swallowed up. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, surrounded for seven days. 31 By faith Raab the harlot perished not with the disobedient, having received the spies with peace. 32 And what more shall I say? for the time will fail me if I tell of Gideōn, Barak, Sampsōn, Jephthæ; and of David and Samuel and the prophets: 33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped lions’ mouths, 34 quenched fire’s power, escaped the sword’s †edge, from weakness were made strong, waxed mighty in war, turned to flight armies of aliens. 35 Women received their :dead by resurrection: and others were tortured, not accepting their deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection: 36 And others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 37 they were stoned, were tempted, sawn asunder, died by the sword’s slaughter: went about in sheepskins, in goatskins; destitute, afflicted, ill-treated 38 (of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves, and the holes of the earth. 39 And these all, witnessed to through their faith, received not the promise, 40 :God having foreseen something better concerning us, that apart from us they be not made perfect.
1 Therefore now we also, having so great a cloud of witnesses encompassing us, let us lay aside every weight, and the easily besetting sin, and let us run with patience the race set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of the faith, who for the joy set before him endured a cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right of the throne of :God. 3 For consider him that hath endured such gainsaying of :sinners against himself that ye weary not, fainting in your :souls. 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against :sin: 5 and have forgotten the exhortation
which reasoneth with you as with sons,
My son, regard not lightly the Lord’s chastening, Nor faint when reproved of him;
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, And scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 It is †for chastening that ye endure; :God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye are without chastening, whereof all have been made par takers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we had the fathers of our :flesh as chasteners, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of the spirits, and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed good to them; but he for :profit, that we may be par takers of his holiness. 11 Now all chastening seemeth for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward yieldeth to those exercised thereby peaceable fruit of righteousness. 12 Wherefore straighten the hanging down hands, and the paralysed knees; 13 and make straight paths for your :feet, that what is lame be not turned out of the way, but rather be healed. 14 Follow after peace with all, and the sanctification without which no one shall see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest there be any that falleth short of the grace of :God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby the many be defiled; 16 lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one piece of food sold his own :birthrights. 17 For ye know that even when he afterward desired to inherit the blessing, he was disapproved; for he found no place for repentance in his father, though he sought it diligently with tears. 18 For ye are not come to a mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, and to blackness, and darkness, and tempest, 19 and sound of a trumpet, and voice of words; which voice they that heard entreated that no word be added for them; 20 for they could not endure what was enjoined, If even a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned; 21 and so fearful was the appearance, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake: 22 but ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, 23 a general assembly and church of firstborn enrolled in the heavens, and to God, Judge of all, and to spirits of perfected just men, 24 and to Jesus, mediator of a new covenant, and to blood of sprinkling that speaketh better than :Abel. 25 See ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if THEY escaped not when they refused him that warned on earth, much less we who turn away from him that is from the heavens: 26 whose :voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more will I make to tremble not the earth only, but also the heaven. 27 And this, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of the things shaken, as of things made, that those not shaken may remain. 28 Wherefore, receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us have grace, whereby we may offer service well pleasing to :God with godly fear and awe: 29 For our :God is indeed a consuming fire.
1 Let brotherly love continue. 2 Forget not the love of strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3 Remember those in bonds, as bound with them; the ill-treated as being yourselves also in the body. 4 Let marriage be in honor among all, and the bed undefiled: for fornicators and adulterers :God will judge. 5 Let your :turn of mind be without love of money, content with what things ye have: for himself hath said, I will in nowise fail thee, neither will I in any wise forsake thee.
6 So that we boldly say,
The Lord is my helper; I will not fear:
What shall man do to me?
7 Remember those ruling over you, men that spake to you the word of :God; considering the outcome of their behavior imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday and today, and unto the ages. 9 Be not carried away by diverse and strange teachings: for it is good that the heart be established by grace; not by meats, wherein they that walked were not profited. 10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat that serve the tabernacle. 11 For the bodies of those beasts whose :blood is brought into the holies through the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. 12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people through his own :blood, suffered without the gate. 13 Let us therefore go forth unto him without the camp, bearing his :reproach. 14 For we have not here an abiding city, but we seek after the one to come. 15 Through him therefore let us offer up sacrifice of praise to :God continually, that is, the fruit of lips confessing to his :name. 16 But forget not well doing and fellowship: for with such sacrifices :God is well pleased. 17 Obey those ruling over you, and submit: for THEY watch in behalf of your :souls, as they that shall give account; that they may do this with joy, and not groaning: for this is unprofitable for you.
18 Pray for us: for we are persuaded that we have a good conscience, desiring to behave honorably in all things. 19 And I exhort the more exceedingly to do this, that I be restored to you the sooner. 20 Now the God of :peace, who brought again from the dead the great :shepherd of the sheep in blood of an eternal covenant, our :Lord Jesus, 21 perfect you in every good to do his :will, to do in us what is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom the glory unto the ages of the ages. Amen. 22 But I exhort you, brethren, bear with the word of :exhortation: for I have written you in few words. 23 Know that our :brother Timothy is set free; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.
24 Greet all that are ruling over you, and all the saints. They of :Italy greet you.
25 The grace be with you all.