God, having of old time spoken unto the fathers
in the prophets by divers portions and in divers manners,
hath at the end of these days spoken unto us in
his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom also he
made the worlds; who being the effulgence of his
glory, 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 hand of the Majesty on high; having
become by so much better than the angels, as he hath inherited a more
excellent name than they. For unto which of the
angels said he at any time,
Thou art my Son,
This day have I begotten thee?
I will be to him a Father,
And he shall be to me a Son?
And when he again bringeth in the firstborn into
the world he says, And let all the angels of God worship him.
And of the angels he says,
Who maketh his angels winds,
And his ministers a flame a fire:
but of the Son he says,
Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever;
And the sceptre of uprightness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity;
Therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee
With the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Thou, Lord, in the beginning didst lay the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the works of thy hands:
They shall perish; but thou continuest:
And they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
And as a mantle will thou roll them up,
As a garment, and they shall be changed:
But thou art the same,
And thy years shall not fail.
But of which of the angels hath he said at any
Sit thou on my right hand,
Till I make thine enemies the footstool of thy feet?
Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth
to do service for the sake of them that shall inherit salvation?
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed
to the things that were heard, lest haply we drift away from them.
For if the word spoken through angels proved
stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just
recompense of reward; how shall we escape, if we
neglect so great a salvation? which having at the first been spoken
through the Lord, was confirmed unto us by them that heard;
God also bearing witness with them, both by signs
and wonders, and by manifold powers, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit,
according to his own will. For not unto angels
did he subject the world to come, whereof we speak.
But one hath somewhere testified, saying,
What is man, that thou art mindful of him?
Or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Thou madest him a little lower than the angels;
Thou crownedst him with glory and honor,
And didst set him over the works of thy hands:
Thou didst put all things in subjection under his
For in that he subjected all things unto him, he left nothing that is not
subject to him. But now we see not yet all things subjected to him.
But we behold him who hath been made a little
lower than the angels, even Jesus, because of the suffering of
death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God he should
taste of death for every man. For it
became him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in
bringing many sons unto glory, to make the author of their salvation
perfect through sufferings. For both he that
sanctifieth and they that are sanctified are all of one: for which cause
he is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying,
I will declare thy name unto my brethren,
In the midst of the congregation will I sing thy praise.
And again, I will put my trust in him. And
again, Behold, I and the children whom God hath given me.
Since then the children are sharers in flesh and
blood, he also himself 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; and might deliver all them who
through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
For verily not to angels doth he give help, but
he giveth help to the seed of Abraham. Wherefore
it behooved him in all things to be made like unto his brethren, that he
might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to
God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
For in that he himself hath suffered being
tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted.
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly
calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession,
even Jesus; who was faithful to him that
appointed him, as also was Moses in all his house.
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. For every house is builded by some one;
but he that built all things is God. And Moses
indeed was faithful in all his house as a servant, for a testimony of
those things which were afterward to be spoken;
but Christ as a son, over his house; whose house
are we, if we hold fast our boldness and the glorying of our hope firm
unto the end. Wherefore, even as the Holy Spirit
To-day if ye shall hear his voice,
Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation,
Like as in the day of the trial in the wilderness,
Where your fathers tried me by proving
And saw my works forty years.
Wherefore I was displeased with this generation,
And said, They do always err in their heart:
But they did not know my ways;
As I sware in my wrath,
They shall not enter into my rest.
Take heed, brethren, lest haply there shall be
in any one of you an evil heart of unbelief, in falling away from the
living God: but exhort one another day by day,
so long as it is called To-day; lest any one of you be hardened by the
deceitfulness of sin: for we are become
partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our confidence firm
unto the end: while it is said,
To-day if ye shall hear his voice,
Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
For who, when they heard, did provoke? nay, did
not all they that came out of Egypt by Moses?
And with whom was he displeased forty years? was
it not with them that sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness?
And to whom sware he that they should not enter
into his rest, but to them that were disobedient?
And we see that they were not able to enter in
because of unbelief.
Let us fear therefore, lest haply, a promise
being left of entering into his rest, any one of you should seem to have
come short of it. For indeed we have had good
tidings preached unto us, even as also they: but the word of hearing did
not profit them, because it was not united by faith with them that heard.
For we who have believed do enter into that rest;
even as he hath said,
As I sware in my wrath,
They shall not enter into my rest:
although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
For he hath said somewhere of the seventh
day on this wise, And God rested on the seventh day from all his
works; and in this place again,
They shall not enter into my rest.
Seeing therefore it remaineth that some should
enter thereinto, and they to whom the good tidings were before preached
failed to enter in because of disobedience, he
again defineth a certain day, To-day, saying in David so long a time
afterward (even as hath been said before),
To-day if ye shall hear his voice,
Harden not your hearts.
For if Joshua had given them rest, he would not
have spoken afterward of another day. There
remaineth therefore a sabbath rest for the people of God.
For he that is entered into his rest hath
himself also rested from his works, as God did from his.
Let us therefore give diligence to enter into
that rest, that no man fall after the same example of disobedience.
For the word of God is living, 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 quick to discern the
thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is
no creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked
and laid open before the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Having then a great high priest, who hath passed
through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our
confession. For we have not a high priest that
cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but one that hath
been in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Let us therefore draw near with boldness unto
the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help
us in time of need.
For every high priest, being taken from among
men, is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer
both gifts and sacrifices for sins: who can bear
gently with the ignorant and erring, for that he himself also is compassed
with infirmity; and by reason thereof is bound,
as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.
And no man taketh the honor unto himself, but
when he is called of God, even as was Aaron. So
Christ also glorified not himself to be made a high priest, but he that
spake unto him,
Thou art my Son,
This day have I begotten thee:
as he says also in another place,
Thou art a priest for ever
After the order of Melchizedek.
Who in the days of his flesh, having offered up
prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was
able to save him from death, and having been heard for his godly fear,
though he was a Son, yet learned obedience by the
things which he suffered; and having been made
perfect, he became unto all them that obey him the author of eternal
salvation; named of God a high priest after the
order of Melchizedek. Of whom we have many
things to say, and hard of interpretation, seeing ye are become dull of
hearing. 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 first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have
need of milk, and not of solid food. For every
one that partaketh of milk is without experience of the word of
righteousness; for he is a babe. But solid food
is for fullgrown men, even those who by reason of use have their
senses exercised to discern good and evil.
Wherefore leaving the doctrine of the first
principles of Christ, let us press on unto perfection; not laying again a
foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
of the teaching of baptisms, and of laying on of
hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
And this will we do, if God permit.
For as touching those who were once enlightened
and tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy
Spirit, and tasted the good word of God, and the
powers of the age to come, and then fell
away, it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they
crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
For the land which hath drunk the rain that
cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them for whose sake
it is also tilled, receiveth blessing from God:
but if it beareth thorns and thistles, it is
rejected and nigh unto a curse; whose end is to be burned.
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of
you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak:
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 still do minister. And we desire
that each one of you may show the same diligence unto the fulness of hope
even to the end: that ye be not sluggish, but
imitators of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
For when God made promise to Abraham, since he
could swear by none greater, he sware by himself,
saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and
multiplying I will multiply thee. And thus,
having patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
For men swear by the greater: and in every
dispute of theirs the oath is final for confirmation.
Wherein God, being minded to show more
abundantly unto the heirs of the promise the immutability of his counsel,
interposed with an oath; that by two immutable
things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have a strong
encouragement, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before
us: which we have as an anchor of the soul, a
hope both sure and stedfast and entering into that which is within the
veil; whither as a forerunner Jesus entered for
us, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of
God Most High, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings
and blessed him, to whom also Abraham divided a
tenth part of all (being first, by interpretation, King of righteousness,
and then also King of Salem, which is King of peace;
without father, without mother, without
genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like
unto the Son of God), abideth a priest continually.
Now consider how great this man was, unto whom
Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth out of the chief spoils.
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 loins of Abraham: but he whose
genealogy is not counted from them hath taken tithes of Abraham, and hath
blessed him that hath the promises. But without
any dispute the less is blessed of the better.
And here men that die receive tithes; but there
one, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. And,
so to say, through Abraham even Levi, who receiveth tithes, hath paid
tithes; for he was yet in the loins of his
father, when Melchizedek met him. Now if there
was perfection through the Levitical priesthood (for under it hath the
people received the law), what further need was there that another
priest should arise after the order of Melchizedek, and not be reckoned
after the order of Aaron? For the priesthood
being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
For he of whom these things are said belongeth
to another tribe, from which no man hath given attendance at the altar.
For it is evident that our Lord hath sprung out
of Judah; as to which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priests.
And what we say is yet more abundantly
evident, if after the likeness of Melchizedek there ariseth another
priest, who hath been made, not after the law of
a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life:
for it is witnessed of him,
Thou art a priest for ever
After the order of Melchizedek.
For there is a disannulling of a foregoing
commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness
(for the law made nothing perfect), and a
bringing in thereupon of a better hope, through which we draw nigh unto
God. And inasmuch as it is not without
the taking of an oath (for they indeed have been
made priests without an oath; but he with an oath by him that says of him,
The Lord sware and will not repent himself,
Thou art a priest for ever);
by so much also hath Jesus become the surety of
a better covenant. And they indeed have been
made priests many in number, because that by death they are hindered from
continuing: but he, because he abideth for ever,
hath his priesthood unchangeable. Wherefore also
he is able to save to the uttermost them that draw near unto God through
him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
For such a high priest became us, holy,
guileless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the
heavens; who needeth not daily, like those high
priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for his own sins, and then for the
sins of the people: for this he did once for all, when he offered
up himself. For the law appointeth men high
priests, having infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was after the
law, appointeth a Son, perfected for evermore.
Now in the things which we are saying the chief
point is this: We have such a high priest, who sat down on the
right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true
tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man. For
every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices:
wherefore it is necessary that this high priest also have somewhat
to offer. Now if he were on earth, he would not
be a priest at all, seeing there are those who offer the gifts according
to the law; who serve that which is a copy
and shadow of the heavenly things, even as Moses is warned of God
when he is about to make the tabernacle: for, See, says he, that thou
make all things according to the pattern that was showed thee in the
mount. But now hath he obtained a ministry the
more excellent, by so much as he is also the mediator of a better
covenant, which hath been enacted upon better promises.
For if that first covenant had been
faultless, then would no place have been sought for a second.
For finding fault with them, he says,
Behold, the days come, says the Lord,
That I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the
house of Judah;
Not according to the covenant that I made with
In the day that I took them by the hand to lead them forth out of the land
For they continued not in my covenant,
And I regarded them not, says the Lord.
For 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 on their heart also will I write them:
And I will be to them a God,
And they shall be to me a people:
And they shall not teach every man his
And every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord:
For all shall know me,
From the least to the greatest of them.
For I will be merciful to their iniquities,
And their sins will I remember no more.
In that he says, A new covenant he hath
made the first old. But that which is becoming old and waxeth aged is nigh
unto vanishing away.
Now even a first covenant had ordinances
of divine service, and its sanctuary, a sanctuary of this world.
For there was a tabernacle prepared, the first,
wherein were the candlestick, and the table, and the showbread;
which is called the Holy place. And after the
second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holy of holies;
having a golden altar of incense, and the ark of
the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was a golden
pot holding the manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the
covenant; and above it cherubim of glory
overshadowing the mercy-seat; of which things we cannot now speak
severally. Now these things having been thus
prepared, the priests go in continually into the first tabernacle,
accomplishing the services; but into the second
the high priest alone, once in the year, not without blood, which he
offereth for himself, and for the errors of the people:
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; which is a
figure for the time present; according to which are offered both gifts and
sacrifices that cannot, as touching the conscience, make the worshipper
perfect, being only (with meats and
drinks and divers washings) carnal ordinances, imposed until a time of
reformation. But Christ having come a high
priest of the good things to come, through the greater and more perfect
tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation,
nor yet through the blood of goats and calves,
but through his own blood, entered in once for all into the holy place,
having obtained eternal redemption. For if the
blood of goats and bulls, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling them that
have been defiled, sanctify unto the cleanness of the flesh:
how much more shall the blood of Christ, who
through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish unto God,
cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
And for this cause he is the mediator of a new
covenant, that a death having taken place for the redemption of the
transgressions that were under the first covenant, they that have been
called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
For where a testament is, there must of
necessity be the death of him that made it. For
a testament is of force where there hath been death: for it doth never
avail while he that made it liveth. Wherefore
even the first covenant hath not been dedicated without blood.
For when every commandment had been spoken by
Moses unto all the 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 all the people,
saying, This is the blood of the covenant which
God commanded to you-ward. Moreover the
tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry he sprinkled in like manner
with the blood. And according to the law, I may
almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and apart from shedding of
blood there is no remission. It was necessary
therefore that the copies of the things in the heavens should be cleansed
with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than
these. For Christ entered not into a holy place
made with hands, like in pattern to the true; but into heaven itself, now
to appear before the face of God for us: nor yet
that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the
holy place year by year with blood not his own;
else must he often have suffered since the
foundation of the world: but now once at the end of the ages hath he been
manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
And inasmuch as it is appointed unto men once to
die, and after this cometh judgment; so
Christ also, having been once offered to bear the sins of many, shall
appear a second time, apart from sin, to them that wait for him, unto
For the law having a shadow of the good
things to come, not the very image of the things, can never with
the same sacrifices year by year, which they offer continually, make
perfect them that draw nigh. Else would they not
have ceased to be offered? because the worshippers, having been once
cleansed, would have had no more consciousness of sins.
But in those sacrifices there is a
remembrance made of sins year by year. For it is
impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.
Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he
Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not,
But a body didst thou prepare for me;
In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices
for sin thou hadst no pleasure:
Then said I, Lo, I am come (In the roll of the
book it is written of me)
To do thy will, O God.
Saying above, 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),
then hath he said, Lo, I am come to do thy will.
He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
By which will we have been sanctified through
the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
And every priest indeed standeth day by day
ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, the which can
never take away sins: but he, when he had
offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of
God; henceforth expecting till his enemies be
made the footstool of his feet. For by one
offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
And the Holy Spirit also beareth witness to us;
for after he hath said,
This is the covenant that I will make with them
After those days, says the Lord:
I will put my laws on their heart,
And upon their mind also will I write them;
then says he,
And their sins and their iniquities will I
remember no more.
Now where remission of these is, there is no
more offering for sin. Having therefore,
brethren, boldness to enter into the holy place by the blood of Jesus,
by the way which he dedicated for us, a new and
living way, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
and having a great priest over the house
of God; let us draw near with a true heart in
fulness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience: and
having our body washed with pure water, let us
hold fast the confession of our hope that it waver not; for he is faithful
that promised: and let us consider one another
to provoke unto love and good works; not
forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but
exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day
drawing nigh. For if we sin wilfully after that
we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more a
sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful
expectation of judgment, and a fierceness of fire which shall devour the
adversaries. A man that hath set at nought
Moses law dieth without compassion on the word of two or three
witnesses: of how much sorer punishment, think
ye, shall he be judged worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God,
and hath counted the blood of the covenant wherewith he was sanctified an
unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
For we know him that said, Vengeance belongeth
unto me, I will recompense. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of
the living God. But call to remembrance the
former days, in which, after ye were enlightened, ye endured a great
conflict of sufferings; partly, being made a
gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, becoming
partakers with them that were so used. For ye
both had compassion on them that were in bonds, and took joyfully the
spoiling of you possessions, knowing that ye have for yourselves a better
possession and an abiding one. Cast not away
therefore your boldness, which hath great recompense of reward.
For ye have need of patience, that, having done
the will of God, ye may receive the promise.
For yet a very little while,
He that cometh shall come, and shall not tarry.
But my righteous one shall live by faith:
And if he shrink back, my soul hath no pleasure in him.
But we are not of them that shrink back unto
perdition; but of them that have faith unto the saving of the soul.
Now faith is assurance of things hoped
for, a conviction of things not seen. For
therein the elders had witness borne to them. By
faith we understand that the worlds have been framed by the word of God,
so that what is seen hath not been made out of things which appear.
By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent
sacrifice than Cain, through which he had witness borne to him that he was
righteous, God bearing witness in respect of his gifts: and through it he
being dead yet speaketh. 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 to him that before his
translation he had been well-pleasing unto God:
And without faith it is impossible to be
well-pleasing unto him; for he that cometh to God must believe that
he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that seek after him.
By faith Noah, being warned of God
concerning things not seen as yet, moved 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.
By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed to
go out unto a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he
went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith
he became a sojourner in the land of promise, as in a land not his
own, dwelling in tents, with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the
same promise: for he looked for the city which
hath the foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
By faith even Sarah herself received power to
conceive seed when she was past age, since she counted him faithful who
had promised: wherefore also there sprang of
one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of heaven in
multitude, and as the sand, which is by the sea-shore, innumerable.
These all died in faith, not having received
the promises, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having
confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
For they that say such things make it manifest
that they are seeking after a country of their own.
And if indeed they had been mindful of that
country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity
to return. But now they desire a better
country, that is, a heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed of them,
to be called their God; for he hath prepared for them a city.
By faith Abraham, being tried, offered up
Isaac: yea, he that had gladly received the promises was offering up his
only begotten son; even he to whom it
was said, In Isaac shall thy seed be called:
accounting that God is able to raise up,
even from the dead; from whence he did also in a figure receive him back.
By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even
concerning things to come. By faith Jacob, when
he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph; and worshipped,
leaning upon the top of his staff. By
faith Joseph, when his end was nigh, made mention of the departure of the
children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three
months by his parents, because they saw he was a goodly child; and they
were not afraid of the king's commandment. By
faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of
Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to share
ill treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin
for a season; accounting the reproach of Christ
greater riches than the treasures of Egypt: for he looked unto the
recompense of reward. By faith he forsook
Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him
who is invisible. By faith he kept the
passover, and the sprinkling of the blood, that the destroyer of the
firstborn should not touch them. By faith they
passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to
do were swallowed up. By faith the walls of
Jericho fell down, after they had been compassed about for seven days.
By faith Rahab the harlot perished not with
them that were disobedient, having received the spies with peace.
And what shall I more say? for the time will
fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah; of David and Samuel
and the prophets: who through faith subdued
kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of
lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the
edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, waxed mighty in war,
turned to flight armies of aliens. Women
received their dead by a resurrection: and others were tortured, not
accepting their deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
and others had trial of mockings and
scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, they
were tempted, they were slain with the sword: they went about in
sheepskins, in goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated
(of whom the world was not worthy), wandering
in deserts and mountains and caves, and the holes of the earth.
And these all, having had witness borne to them
through their faith, received not the promise,
God having provided some better thing
concerning us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.
Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed
about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the
sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race
that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the
author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set
before him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the
right hand of the throne of God. For consider
him that hath endured such gainsaying of sinners against himself, that ye
wax not weary, fainting in your souls. Ye have
not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin:
and ye have forgotten the exhortation which
reasoneth with you as with sons,
My son, regard not lightly the chastening of the Lord,
Nor faint when thou art reproved of him;
For whom the Lord loves he chasteneth,
And scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
It is for chastening that ye endure; God dealeth
with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father
chasteneth not? But if ye are without
chastening, whereof all have been made partakers, then are ye bastards,
and not sons. Furthermore, we had the fathers of
our flesh to chasten us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much
rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
For they indeed for a few days chastened
us as seemed good to them; but he for our profit, that
we may be partakers of his holiness. All
chastening seemeth for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet
afterward it yieldeth peaceable fruit unto them that have been exercised
thereby, even the fruit of righteousness.
Wherefore lift up the hands that hang down, and
the palsied knees; and make straight paths for
your feet, that that which is lame be not turned out of the way, but
rather be healed. Follow after peace with all
men, and the sanctification without which no man shall see the Lord:
looking carefully lest there be any man
that falleth short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness
springing up trouble you, and thereby the many be defiled;
lest there be any fornication, or
profane person, as Esau, who for one mess of meat sold his own birthright.
For ye know that even when he afterward desired
to inherit the blessing, he was rejected; for he found no place for a
change of mind in his father, though he sought it diligently with
tears. For ye are not come unto a mount
that might be touched, and that burned with fire, and unto blackness, and
darkness, and tempest, and the sound of a
trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard
entreated that no word more should be spoken unto them;
for they could not endure that which was
enjoined, If even a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned;
and so fearful was the appearance, that
Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake: but
ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the
heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable hosts of angels,
to the general assembly and church of the
firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to
the spirits of just men made perfect, and to
Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that
speaketh better than that of Abel. See
that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not when they
refused him that warned them on earth, much more shall not
we escape who turn away from him that warneth from heaven:
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. And this
word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that
are shaken, as of things that have been made, that those things which are
not shaken may remain. Wherefore, receiving a
kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace, whereby we may offer
service well-pleasing to God with reverence and awe:
for our God is a consuming fire.
Let love of the brethren continue.
Forget not to show love unto strangers: for
thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with
them; them that are illtreated, as being yourselves also in the body.
Let marriage be had in honor among
all, and let the bed be undefiled: for fornicators and
adulterers God will judge. Be ye free from the
love of money; content with such things as ye have: for himself hath said,
I will in no wise fail thee, neither will I in any wise forsake thee.
So that with good courage we say,
The Lord is my helper; I will not fear:
What shall man do unto me?
Remember them that had the rule over you, men
that spake unto you the word of God; and considering the issue of their
life, imitate their faith. Jesus Christ
is the same yesterday and to-day, yea and for ever.
Be not carried away by divers and strange
teachings: for it is good that the heart be established by grace; not by
meats, wherein they that occupied themselves were not profited.
We have an altar, whereof they have no right to
eat that serve the tabernacle. For the bodies
of those beasts whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high
priest as an offering for sin, are burned without the camp.
Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify
the people through his own blood, suffered without the gate.
Let us therefore go forth unto him without the
camp, bearing his reproach. For we have not
here an abiding city, but we seek after the city which is to come.
Through him then let us offer up a sacrifice of
praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of lips which make
confession to his name. But to do good and to
communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Obey them that have the rule over you, and
submit to them: for they watch in behalf of your souls, as they
that shall give account; that they may do this with joy, and not with
grief: for this were unprofitable for you.
Pray for us: for we are persuaded that we have
a good conscience, desiring to live honorably in all things.
And I exhort you the more exceedingly to
do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
Now the God of peace, who brought again from
the dead the great shepherd of the sheep with the blood of an eternal
covenant, even our Lord Jesus, make you
perfect in every good thing to do his will, working in us that which is
well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be the
glory for ever and ever. Amen. But I exhort
you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation, for I have written unto
you in few words. Know ye that our brother
Timothy hath been set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will
see you. Salute all them that have the rule
over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.
Grace be with you all. Amen.