1God, who at various times and in different manners spoke in time past to
the fathers by the prophets, 2Has in these last days spoken to
us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom
also he made the worlds; 3Who being the brightness of his
glory and the express image of his person and upholding all things by the
word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the
right hand of the Majesty on high;
4Being made so much better than the angels, as he has by inheritance
obtained a more excellent name than they. 5For to which of the
angels did he say at any time, You are my Son, this day I have begotten you?
And again, I will be to him a Father and he shall be to me a Son?
6And again, when he brought his firstborn into the world, he said
and let all the angels of God worship him. 7And of the angels
he said, Who makes his angels spirits and his ministers a flame of fire.
8But to the Son he said, your throne, O God, is
for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of
your kingdom. 9You have loved righteousness and hated iniquity;
therefore God, even your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness
above your fellows. 10And, You, Lord, in the beginning have laid
the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of your hands:
11They shall perish; but you remain; and they all shall grow old
as a garment does; 12And as a vesture you shall fold them up and
they shall be changed: but you are the same and your years shall not fail.
13But to which of the angels did he say at any time, Sit on my
right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool? 14Are they
not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be
heirs of salvation?
1Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things
which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
2For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast and every
transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward;
3How shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation; which
at the first began to be spoken by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those
who heard him; 4God also bearing them witness,
both with signs and wonders and with different miracles and gifts of the
Holy Spirit, according to his own will?
5For he has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in
subjection to the angels. 6But one in a certain place testified,
saying, What is man, that you are mindful of him? or the son of man, that
you visit him? 7You made him a little lower than the angels; you
crowned him with glory and honor and did set him over the works of your hands:
8You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in
that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is
not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.
9But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels
for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; so that he by the
grace of God should taste death for every man.
10For it was becoming to him, for whom are all things
and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make
the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11For
both he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all of one:
for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12Saying,
I will declare your name to my brothers, in the midst of the church will
I sing praise to you. 13And again, I will put my trust in him.
And again, Behold I and the children which God has given me.
14So then, as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he
also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might
destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15And
deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to
bondage. 16For truly he did not take on him the nature of
angels; but he took on himself the seed of Abraham.
17Therefore in all things he was indebted to be made like
his brothers, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest
in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins
of the people. 18For in that he himself has suffered being tempted,
he is able to support those who are tempted.
1Therefore, holy brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling,
consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
2Who was faithful to him who appointed him, as also Moses was
faithful in all his house. 3For this man was counted
worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who has built the house has
more honor than the house. 4For every house is built by some
man; but he who built all things is God. 5And
Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a
testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; 6But
Christ as a son over his own house; whose house we are, if we hold fast the
confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.
7Therefore (as the Holy Spirit said, To day if you will hear his
voice, 8Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the
day of temptation in the wilderness: 9When your fathers tempted
me, proved me and saw my works forty years. 10Therefore I was
grieved with that generation, and said, They do always err in their
heart; and they have not known my ways. 11So I swore in my wrath,
They shall not enter into my rest.) 12Take heed, brothers, lest
there is in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living
God. 13But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today;
lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
14For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning
of our confidence stedfast to the end; 15While it is said, Today
if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
16For some, when they had heard, did provoke: but not all that
came out of Egypt by Moses. 17But with whom was he grieved forty
years? was it not with those who had sinned, whose carcases fell
in the wilderness? 18And to whom did he swear that they should
not enter into his rest, but to those who did not believe? 19So
we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
1Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us
of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
2For to us was the gospel preached, as well as to them: but the
word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who
3For we who have believed are enteing into rest, as he said, As
I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the
works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4For he
spoke in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise and God
rested the seventh day from all his works. 5And in this
place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
6Seeing therefore it remains that some must enter in and they
to whom it was first preached did not enter in because of unbelief:
7Again, he limits a certain day, saying in David, Today, after
so long a time; as it is said, Today if you will hear his voice, harden not
8For if Joshua had given them rest, then he would not afterward
have spoken of another day.
9There remains therefore a sabbath rest for the people of God.
10For he who has entered into his rest, also has ceased from his
own works, as God did from his.
11Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man
fall after the same example of unbelief. 12For the word of God
is quick and powerful and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing
even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight:
but all things are naked and opened to the eyes of him with whom
we have to do. 14Seeing then that we have a great high priest,
who is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast
our confession. 15For we do not have a high priest who
cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but he was tempted
in all points like we are, yet without sin. 16Let us
therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and
find grace to help in time of need.
1For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men
in things pertaining to God, so that he may offer both gifts and
sacrifices for sins: 2Who can have compassion on the ignorant
and on those who are out of the way; because he himself also is compassed
with infirmity. 3And by reason of this he ought, as for the people,
so also for himself, to offer for sins. 4And no man takes this
honor to himself, but he who is called of God, as was Aaron.
5So also Christ did not glorify himself to be made a high priest;
but he who said to him, You are my Son, today have I begotten you.
6As he said also in another place, You are a
priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. 7Who in the days
of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong
crying and tears to him who was able to save him from death and was heard
in that he feared; 8Though he was a Son, yet he learned obedience
by the things which he suffered; 9And being made perfect, he became
the author of eternal salvation to all those who obey him;
10Called of God a high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
11Of whom we have many things to say and hard to be uttered, seeing
you are dull of hearing. 12For when it is time that you ought
to be teachers, you have need that one teach you again what are the first
principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk
and not of strong meat. 13For every one that uses milk is
unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14But
strong meat belongs to those who are of full age, even those who
by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
1Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let
us go on to perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from
dead works, nor of faith toward God, 2Of the doctrine of baptisms
and of laying on of hands and of resurrection of the dead and of eternal
judgment. 3And this we will do, if God permits. 4For
it is impossible for those who were once enlightened and have tasted
of the heavenly gift and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit,
5And have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the world
to come, 6If they shall fall away, to renew them again to repentance;
seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh and put him
to an open shame. 7For the earth which drinks in the rain that
comes on it often and brings forth herbs fit for them by whom it is dressed,
receives blessing from God: 8But that which bears thorns and briers
is rejected and is near to cursing; whose end is
to be burned.
9But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you and things
that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. 10For God
is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which
you have shown toward his name, in that you have ministered to the saints
and do minister. 11And we desire that every one of you shows the
same diligence to the full assurance of hope to the end: 12So
that you are not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience
inherit the promises. 13For when God made the promise to Abraham,
because he could swear by no greater, he swore by himself,
14Saying, Surely blessing I will bless you and multiplying I will
multiply you. 15And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained
the promise. 16For men truly swear by the greater: and an oath
for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. 17In
which God, willing more abundantly to show to the heirs of promise the
immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
18So 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 on the hope set before us: 19Which hope we
have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast and which enters into
that within the veil; 20Where the forerunner is entered for us,
even Jesus, made a high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
1For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high
God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed
him; 2To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being
by translation: King of righteousness and after that also: King of Salem,
which is, King of peace; 3Without father, without mother, without
descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like
the Son of God; he abides a priest continually. 4Now consider
how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave
the tenth of the spoils. 5And truly those who 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 brothers,
though they come out of the loins of Abraham: 6But he whose descent
is not counted from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who
had the promises. 7And without all contradiction the less is blessed
of the better. 8And here men who die receive tithes; but there
he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives.
9And as I may so say, Levi also, who receives tithes, payed tithes
in Abraham. 10For he was yet in the loins of his father, when
Melchisedec met him.
11If therefore perfection was 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? 12For the priesthood being changed,
there is of necessity also a change made of the law. 13For he
of whom these things are spoken pertains to another tribe, of which no man
gave attendance at the altar. 14For it is evident that
our Lord sprang out of Judah; of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning
priesthood. 15And it is yet far more evident: that after the
similitude of Melchisedec there arises another priest, 16Who is
made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an
endless life. 17For he testifies, You are a priest for
ever after the order of Melchisedec. 18For there is truly an annulling
of the commandment going before the weakness and unprofitableness of it.
19For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better
hope did; by which we draw near to God. 20And inasmuch
as not without an oath he was made priest: 21(For those
priests were made without an oath; but this one with an oath by him who said
to him, The Lord swore and will not repent, You are a priest forever
after the order of Melchisedec:) 22By so much was Jesus made a
surety of a better testament. 23And they truly were many priests,
because they were not allowed to continue by reason of death:
24But this man, because he continues forever, has an
unchangeable priesthood. 25Therefore he is able also to save them
to the uttermost who come to God through him, seeing he ever lives to make
intercession for them. 26For such a high priest is becoming to
us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners and
made higher than the heavens; 27Who does not need to offer up
sacrifice daily, as those high priests, first for his own sins and then for
the people's: for he did this once, when he offered up himself.
28For the law makes men high priests who have weakness; but the
word of the oath, which was since the law, makes the Son, who is
consecrated for evermore.
1Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum:
We have such a high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of
the Majesty in the heavens; 2A minister of the sanctuary, and
of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched and not man. 3For
every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: therefore it
is necessary that this man also has something to offer. 4For
if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests
who offer gifts according to the law: 5Who serve as the example
and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was
about to make the tabernacle: for, See, said he, that you make all
things according to the pattern shown to you in the mount.
6But now he has obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much
also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better
promises. 7For if that first covenant had been faultless,
then no place should have been sought for the second. 8For finding
fault with them, he said, Behold, the days come, said the Lord, when I will
make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
9Not 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 did not continue in my covenant and I did not regard them, says
the Lord. 10For this is the covenant that I will make
with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord; I will put my laws
into their mind and write them in their hearts: and I will be a God to them
and they shall be a people to me: 11And they shall not teach every
man his neighbor and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all
shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 12For I will be
merciful to their unrighteousness and their sins and their iniquities I will
remember no more. 13In that he said, A new covenant,
he has made the first old. Now that which decays and grows old is
ready to vanish away.
1Then truly the first covenant also had ordinances of
divine service and a worldly sanctuary. 2For there was a tabernacle
made; the first, in which was the lamp stand and the table and the
show bread; which is called the sanctuary. 3And after the second
veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 4Which
had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with
gold, in which was the golden pot that had manna and Aaron's rod
that budded and the tables of the covenant; 5And over it the cherubim
of glory shadowing the mercy seat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
6Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always
into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
7But into the second the high priest went alone once
every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for
the errors of the people:
8The Holy Spirit signifying this, that the way into the holiest
of all was not yet made manifest, while the first tabernacle was yet standing:
9Which was a figure for the time then present, in which
were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him who did the
service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; 10Which
stood only in meats and drinks and different washings and carnal ordinances,
imposed on them until the time of reformation. 11But
Christ having come as a high priest of good things to come, by a greater
and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of
this building; 12Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but
by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained
eternal redemption for us. 13For if the blood of bulls
and of goats and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies
to the purifying of the flesh: 14How much more shall the blood
of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to
God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament,
that by means of death for the redemption of the transgressions that
were under the first testament, those who are called might receive the
promise of eternal inheritance. 16For where a testament
is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
17For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise
it is of no strength at all while the testator lives. 18Thus neither
was the first testament dedicated without blood. 19For
when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law,
he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water and scarlet wool and
hyssop and sprinkled both the book and all the people, 20Saying,
This is the blood of the testament which God has enjoined to you.
21Moreover he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels
of the ministry with blood . 22And almost all things are by the
law purged with blood; and there is no remission without shedding of blood.
23It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things
in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves
with better sacrifices than these. 24For Christ is not entered
into the holy place made with hands, which is the figure of the
true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
25Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest
enters into the holy place every year with the blood of others;
26For then he must have suffered often since the foundation of
the world: but now once in the end of the world has he appeared to put away
sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27And as it is appointed to men
once to die, but after this the judgment: 28So Christ was offered
once to bear the sins of many; and to those who look for him he shall appear
the second time without sin to salvation.
1For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and
not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they
offered year by year continually make those coming to them perfect.
2For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because the
worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance
made again of sins every year. 4For it is not
possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
5Therefore when he came into the world, he said, Sacrifice and
offering you would not, but a body have you prepared me: 6In burnt
offerings and sacrifices for sin you have had no pleasure.
7Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written
of me,) to do your will, O God. 8Above when he said, Sacrifice
and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin you would
not, neither did you have pleasure in them; which are offered by
the law; 9Then he said, Lo, I come to do your will, O God. He
took away the first, that he may establish the second. 10By that
will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once
for all. 11And every priest stands daily ministering
and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for
ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13From then on waiting
till his enemies will be made his footstool. 14For by one offering
he has perfected for ever those who are sanctified. 15Of
which the Holy Spirit also is a witness to us: for after he had said
before, 16This is the covenant that I will make with
them after those days, the Lord says, I will put my laws into their hearts
and I will write them in their minds ; 17And their sins and iniquities
I will remember no more. 18Now where remission of these is,
there is no more offering for sin.
19Having therefore, brothers, boldness to enter into the holiest
by the blood of Jesus, 20By a new and living way, which he has
consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21And having a high priest over the house of God;
22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed
with pure water. 23Let us hold fast the profession of our
faith without wavering; (for he is faithful who promised;)
24And let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good
works: 25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as
the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so
much the more, as you see the day approaching. 26For if we sin
wilfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains
no more sacrifice for sins, 27But a certain fearful looking for
of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28He who despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three
witnesses: 29Of how much sorer punishment, do you suppose, he
shall be thought worthy, who has trodden under foot the Son of God and has
counted the blood of the covenant, with which he was sanctified, an unholy
thing and has done despite to the Spirit of grace? 30For we know
him who has said, Vengeance belongs to me, I will recompense, says
the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31It
is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after you
were illuminated, you endured a great fight of afflictions;
33Partly, while you were made a gazingstock both by reproaches
and afflictions; and partly, while you became companions of those who were
so used. 34For you had compassion of me in my bonds, and took
joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that you have
in heaven a better and an enduring substance. 35Therefore do not
cast away your confidence, which has great recompence of reward.
36For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the
will of God, you might receive the promise. 37For yet a little
while and he who shall come will come, and will not linger. 38Now
the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul
shall have no pleasure in him. 39But we are not of those who draw
back to perdition; but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence
of things not seen. 2For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the
word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which
4By faith Abel offered to 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 yet speaks. 5By faith Enoch
was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God
had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that
he pleased God. 6But without faith it is impossible to
please him: for he who comes to God must believe that he is and
that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.
7By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet,
moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by which he
condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
8By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which
he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not
knowing where he went. 9By faith he sojourned in the land of promise,
as in a strange country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob,
the heirs with him of the same promise: 10For he looked for a
city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive
seed and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged
him faithful who had promised. 12Therefore there sprang even of
one and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in
multitude and as the sand which is by the sea shore, innumerable.
13These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but
having seen them afar off and were persuaded of them and embraced
them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the
earth. 14For those who say such things declare plainly that they
seek a country. 15And truly, if they had been mindful of that
country from where they came out, they might have had opportunity
to have returned. 16But now they desire a better country,
that is, a heavenly: therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God:
for he has prepared a city for them. 17By faith Abraham, when
he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he who had received the promises offered
up his only begotten son, 18Of whom it was said, That
in Isaac your seed shall be called: 19Accounting that God
was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from where
also he received him in a figure. 20By faith Isaac blessed Jacob
and Esau concerning things to come. 21By faith Jacob, when he
was dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning
on the top of his staff. 22By faith Joseph, when he died, made
mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment
concerning his bones. 23By faith Moses, when he was born, was
hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a proper
child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment. 24By
faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's
daughter; 25Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people
of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures
in Egypt: for he had respect to the recompense of the reward. 27By
faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured,
as seeing him who is invisible. 28Through faith he kept the passover
and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch
them. 29By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry
land: which the Egyptians trying to do were drowned. 30By
faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven
days. 31By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who
did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.
32And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell
of Gideon and of Barak and of Samson and of Jephthah;
of David also and Samuel and of the prophets:
33Who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained
promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34Quenched the violence
of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong,
grew valiant in fighting, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
35Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were
tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better
resurrection: 36And others had trial of cruel mockings
and scourgings, yes, also of bonds and imprisonment: 37They were
stoned, they were sawed asunder, were tempted, were killed with the sword:
they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted,
tormented; 38(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered
in deserts and in mountains and in dens and caves of the
earth. 39And these all, having obtained a good report through
faith, did not receive the promise: 40God having provided some
better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
1Therefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a
cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which does
so easily beset us and let us run with patience the race that is
set before us, 2Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of
our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3For consider him who endured such contradiction of sinners against
himself, lest you be wearied and faint in your minds.
4You have not yet resisted to blood, striving against sin.
5And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as
to children, My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when
you are rebuked by him: 6For whom the Lord loves he chastens and
scourges every son whom he receives. 7If you endure chastening,
God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father does
not chasten? 8But if you are without chastisement, of which all
are partakers, then are you bastards and not sons. 9Furthermore
we have had fathers of our flesh who corrected us and we gave
them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection to the
Father of spirits and live? 10For they truly for a few days chastened
us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that
we might be partakers of his holiness. 11Now no chastening
for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: but afterward it yields
the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who are exercised by it.
12Therefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble
knees; 13And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which
is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
14Follow peace with all men and holiness, without which
no man shall see the Lord: 15Looking diligently lest any man fail
of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble
you and by it many be defiled; 16Lest there be
any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold
his birthright. 17For you know how that afterward, when he would
have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of
repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
18For you are not come to the mount that might be touched and
that burned with fire, nor to blackness and darkness and tempest,
19And the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words; which
voice those who heard entreated that the word should not be spoken
to them any more: 20(For they could not endure that which was
commanded and if so much as an animal touched the mountain, it would be stoned,
or thrust through with a dare: 21And so terrible was the sight,
that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) 22But
you are come to mount Zion and to the city of the living
God, the heavenly Jerusalem and to an innumerable company of angels,
23To the general assembly and church of the firstborn ones,
who are written in heaven and to God the Judge of all and to the spirits
of just men made perfect, 24And to Jesus the mediator of the new
covenant and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than
that of Abel. 25See that you do not refuse him who speaks.
For if they did not escape who refused him who spoke on earth, much more
we shall not escape, if we turn away from him who
speaks from heaven: 26Whose voice then shook the earth:
but now he has promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only,
but also heaven. 27And this word, Yet once more, signifies
the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made,
that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28Wherefore
we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, by which
we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29For
our God is a consuming fire.
1Let brotherly love continue. 2Be not forgetful to
entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unaware.
3Remember those who are in bonds, as bound with them; and
those who suffer adversity, as also being in the body yourselves.
4Marriage is honorable in all and the bed undefiled:
but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. 5Let your
conversation be without covetousness; and be content with
such things as you have: for he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake
you. 6So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper
and I will not fear what man shall do to me. 7Remember those who
have the rule over you, who have spoken to you the word of God: whose faith
follow, considering the end of their conversation. 8Jesus
Christ the same yesterday and today and for ever. 9Be not carried
about with different and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing
that the heart is established with grace; not with meats, which have not
profited those who have been occupied in them. 10We have an altar,
of which they have no right to eat who serve the tabernacle. 11For
the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by
the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. 12Therefore
Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered
outside the gate. 13Let us go forth therefore to him outside the
camp, bearing his reproach. 14For here we have no continuing city,
but we seek one to come. 15By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice
of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving
thanks to his name. 16But do not forget to do good and to share:
for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. 17Obey those who
have the leadership and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls,
as those who must give an account, that they may do it with joy and not with
grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
18Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all
things willing to live honestly. 19But I beseech you
rather to do this, that I may be restored to you sooner. 20Now
the God of peace, who brought again our Lord Jesus, from the dead, that great
shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working
in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to
whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 22And I beseech
you, brothers, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter
to you in few words. 23Know that our brother Timothy
is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.
24Salute all those who have the leadership of you and all the
saints. They of Italy salute you. 25Grace be with you
[Written to the Hebrews from Italy, carried by Timothy. KJV note]