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THE BOOK OF HEBREWS  

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                  The Book of Hebrews, Chapter 1
1   God, who, at sundry times and in divers manners, spoke in
    times past to the fathers by the prophets, last of all,
2   In these days hath spoken to us by his Son, whom he hath
    appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the
    world.
3   Who being the brightness of his glory, and the figure of
    his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his
    power, making purgation of sins, sitteth on the right hand
    of the majesty on high.
4   Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath
    inherited a more excellent name than they.
5   For to which of the angels hath he said at any time, Thou
    art my Son, to day have I begotten thee?  And again, I
    will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
6   And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the
    world, he saith:  And let all the angels of God adore him.
7   And to the angels indeed he saith:  He that maketh his
    angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
8   But to the Son:  Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:
    a sceptre of justice is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
9   Thou hast loved justice, and hated iniquity:  therefore
    God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness
    above thy fellows.
10  And:  Thou in the beginning, O Lord, didst found the
    earth:  and the works of thy hands are the heavens.
11  They shall perish, but thou shalt continue:  and they
    shall all grow old as a garment.
12  And as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be
    changed:  but thou art the selfsame, and thy years shall
    not fail.
13  But to which of the angels said he at any time:  Sit on my
    right hand, until I make thy enemies thy footstool?
14  Are they not all ministering spirits, sent to minister for
    them, who shall receive the inheritance of salvation
               The Book of Hebrews, Chapter 2
1   Therefore ought we more diligently to observe the things
    which we have heard, lest perhaps we should let them slip.
2   For if the word, spoken by angels, became steadfast, and
    every transgression and disobedience received a just
    recompense of reward:
3   How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?
    which having begun to be declared by the Lord, was
    confirmed unto us by them that heard him.
4   God also bearing them witness by signs, and wonders, and
    divers miracles, and distributions of the Holy Ghost,
    according to his own will.
5   For God hath not subjected unto angels the world to come,
    whereof we speak.
6   But one in a certain place hath testified, saying:  What
    is man, that thou art mindful of him:  or the son of man,
    that thou visitest him?
7   Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels:  thou
    hast crowned him with glory and honour, and hast set him
    over the works of thy hands:
8   Thou hast subjected all things under his feet.  For in
    that he hath subjected all things to him, he left nothing
    not subject to him.  But now we see not as yet all things
    subject to him.
9   But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the
    angels, for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and
    honour:  that, through the grace of God, he might taste
    death for all.
10  For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom
    are all things, who had brought many children into glory,
    to perfect the author of their salvation, by his passion.
11  For both he that sanctifieth, and they who are sanctified,
    are all of one.  For which cause he is not ashamed to call
    them brethren, saying:
12  I will declare thy name to my brethren; in the midst of
    the church will I praise thee.
13  And again:  I will put my trust in him.  And again:
    Behold I and my children, whom God hath given me.
14  Therefore because the children are partakers of flesh and
    blood, he also himself in like manner hath been partaker
    of the same:  that, through death, he might destroy him
    who had the empire of death, that is to say, the devil:
15  And might deliver them, who through the fear of death were
    all their lifetime subject to servitude.
16  For no where doth he take hold of the angels:  but of the
    seed of Abraham he taketh hold.
17  Wherefore it behoved him in all things to be made like
    unto his brethren, that he might become a merciful and
    faithful high priest before God, that he might be a
    propitiation for the sins of the people.
18  For in that, wherein he himself hath suffered and been
    tempted, he is able to succour them also that are tempted
  
              The Book of Hebrews, Chapter 3
1   Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly
    vocation, consider the apostle and high priest of our
    confession, Jesus:
2   Who is faithful to him that made him, as was also Moses in
    all his house.
3   For this man was counted worthy of greater glory than
    Moses, by so much as he that hath built the house, hath
    greater honour than the house.
4   For every house is built by some man:  but he that created
    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
    said:
6   But Christ as the Son in his own house:  which house are
    we, if we hold fast the confidence and glory of hope unto
    the end.
7   Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost saith:  To day if you shall
    hear his voice,
8   Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation; in the day
    of temptation in the desert,
9   Where your fathers tempted me, proved and saw my works,
10  Forty years:  for which cause I was offended with this
    generation, and I said:  They always err in heart.  And
    they have not known my ways,
11  As I have sworn in my wrath:  If they shall enter into my
    rest.
12  Take heed, brethren, lest perhaps there be in any of you
    an evil heart of unbelief, to depart from the living God.
13  But exhort one another every day, whilst it is called to
    day, that none of you be hardened through the
    deceitfulness of sin.
14  For we are made partakers of Christ:  yet so, if we hold
    the beginning of his substance firm unto the end.
15  While it is said, To day if you shall hear his voice,
    harden not your hearts, as in that provocation.
16  For some who heard did provoke:  but not all that came out
    of Egypt by Moses.
17  And with whom was he offended forty years?  Was it not
    with them that sinned, whose carcasses were overthrown in
    the desert?
18  And to whom did he swear, that they should not enter into
    his rest:  but to them that were incredulous?
19  And we see that they could not enter in, because of
    unbelief
               The Book of Hebrews, Chapter 4
1   Let us fear therefore lest the promise being left of
    entering into his rest, any of you should be thought to be
    wanting.
2   For unto us also it hath been declared, in like manner as
    unto them.  But the word of hearing did not profit them,
    not being mixed with faith of those things they heard.
3   For we, who have believed, shall enter into rest; as he
    said:  As I have sworn in my wrath; If they shall enter
    into my rest; and this indeed when the works from the
    foundation of the world were finished.
4   For in a certain place he spoke of the seventh day thus:
    And God rested the seventh day from all his works.
5   And in this place again:  If they shall enter into my
    rest.
6   Seeing then it remaineth that some are to enter into it,
    and they, to whom it was first preached, did not enter
    because of unbelief:
7   Again he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day,
    after so long a time, as it is above said:  To day if you
    shall hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
8   For if Jesus had given them rest, he would never have
    afterwards spoken of another day.
9   There remaineth therefore a day of rest for the people of
    God.
10  For he that is entered into his rest, the same also hath
    rested from his works, as God did from his.
11  Let us hasten therefore to enter into that rest; lest any
    man fall into the same example of unbelief.
12  For the word of God is living and effectual, and more
    piercing than any two edged sword; and reaching unto the
    division of the soul and the spirit, of the joints also
    and the marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and
    intents of the heart.
13  Neither is there any creature invisible in his sight:  but
    all things are naked and open to his eyes, to whom our
    speech is.
14  Having therefore a great high priest that hath passed into
    the heavens, Jesus the Son of God:  let us hold fast our
    confession.
15  For we have not a high priest, who can not have compassion
    on our infirmities:  but one tempted in all things like as
    we are, without sin.
16  Let us go therefore with confidence to the throne of
    grace:  that we may obtain mercy, and find grace in
    seasonable aid
               The Book of Hebrews, Chapter 5
1   For every high priest taken from among men, is ordained
    for men in the things that appertain to God, that he may
    offer up gifts and sacrifices for sins:
2   Who can have compassion on them that are ignorant and that
    err:  because he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
3   And therefore he ought, as for the people, so also for
    himself, to offer for sins.
4   Neither doth any man take the honour to himself, but he
    that is called by God, as Aaron was.
5   So Christ also did not glorify himself, that he might be
    made a high priest:  but he that said unto him:  Thou art
    my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
6   As he saith also in another place:  Thou art a priest for
    ever, according to the order of Melchisedech.
7   Who in the days of his flesh, with a strong cry and tears,
    offering up prayers and supplications to him that was able
    to save him from death, was heard for his reverence.
8   And whereas indeed he was the Son of God, he learned
    obedience by the things which he suffered:
9   And being consummated, he became, to all that obey him,
    the cause of eternal salvation.
10  Called by God a high priest according to the order of
    Melchisedech.
11  Of whom we have much to say, and hard to be intelligibly
    uttered:  because you are become weak to hear.
12  For whereas for the time you ought to be masters, you have
    need to be taught again what are the first elements of the
    words of God:  and you are become such as have need of
    milk, and not of strong meat.
13  For every one that is a partaker of milk, is unskillful in
    the word of justice:  for he is a little child.
14  But strong meat is for the perfect; for them who by custom
    have their senses exercised to the discerning of good and
    evil
               The Book of Hebrews, Chapter 6
1   Wherefore leaving the word of the beginning of Christ, let
    us go on to things more perfect, not laying again the
    foundation of penance from dead works, and of faith
    towards God,
2   Of the doctrine of baptisms, and imposition of hands, and
    of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3   And this will we do, if God permit.
4   For it is impossible for those who were once illuminated,
    have tasted also the heavenly gift, and were made
    partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5   Have moreover tasted the good word of God, and the powers
    of the world to come,
6   And are fallen away:  to be renewed again to penance,
    crucifying again to themselves the Son of God, and making
    him a mockery.
7   For the earth that drinketh in the rain which cometh often
    upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it
    is tilled, receiveth blessing from God.
8   But that which bringeth forth thorns and briers, is
    reprobate, and very near unto a curse, whose end is to be
    burnt.
9   But, my dearly beloved, we trust better things of you, and
    nearer to salvation; though we speak thus.
10  For God is not unjust, that he should forget your work,
    and the love which you have shewn in his name, you who
    have ministered, and do minister to the saints.
11  And we desire that every one of you shew forth the same
    carefulness to the accomplishing of hope unto the end:
12  That you become not slothful, but followers of them, who
    through faith and patience shall inherit the promises.
13  For God making promise to Abraham, because he had no one
    greater by whom he might swear, swore by himself,
14  Saying:  Unless blessing I shall bless thee, and
    multiplying I shall multiply thee.
15  And so patiently enduring he obtained the promise.
16  For men swear by one greater than themselves:  and an oath
    for confirmation is the end of all their controversy.
17  Wherein God, meaning more abundantly to shew to the heirs
    of the promise the immutability of his counsel, interposed
    an oath:
18  That by two immutable things, in which it is impossible
    for God to lie, we may have the strongest comfort, who
    have fled for refuge to hold fast the hope set before us.
19  Which we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm, and
    which entereth in even within the veil;
20  Where the forerunner Jesus is entered for us, made a high
    priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedech
               The Book of Hebrews, Chapter 7
1   For this Melchisedech was king of Salem, priest of the
    most high God, who met Abraham returning from the
    slaughter of the kings, and blessed him:
2   To whom also Abraham divided the tithes of all:  who first
    indeed by interpretation, is king of justice:  and then
    also king of Salem, that is, king of peace:
3   Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having
    neither beginning of days nor end of life, but likened
    unto the Son of God, continueth a priest for ever.
4   Now consider how great this man is, to whom also Abraham
    the patriarch gave tithes out of the principal things.
5   And indeed they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive
    the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the
    people according to the law, that is to say, of their
    brethren:  though they themselves also came out of the
    loins of Abraham.
6   But he, whose pedigree is not numbered among them,
    received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the
    promises.
7   And without all contradiction, that which is less, is
    blessed by the better.
8   And here indeed, men that die, receive tithes:  but there
    he hath witness, that he liveth.
9   And (as it may be said) even Levi who received tithes,
    paid tithes in Abraham:
10  For he was yet in the loins of his father, when
    Melchisedech met him.
11  If then perfection was by the Levitical priesthood, (for
    under it the people received the law,) what further need
    was there that another priest should rise according to the
    order of Melchisedech, and not be called according to the
    order of Aaron?
12  For the priesthood being translated, it is necessary that
    a translation also be made of the law.
13  For he, of whom these things are spoken, is of another
    tribe, of which no one attended on the altar.
14  For it is evident that our Lord sprung out of Juda:  in
    which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priests.
15  And it is yet far more evident:  if according to the
    similitude of Melchisedech there ariseth another priest,
16  Who is made not according to the law of a carnal
    commandment, but according to the power of an indissoluble
    life:
17  For he testifieth:  Thou art a priest for ever, according
    to the order of Melchisedech.
18  There is indeed a setting aside of the former commandment,
    because of the weakness and unprofitableness thereof:
19  (For the law brought nothing to perfection,) but a
    bringing in of a better hope, by which we draw nigh to
    God.
20  And inasmuch as it is not without an oath, (for the others
    indeed were made priests without an oath;
21  But this with an oath, by him that said unto him:  The
    Lord hath sworn, and he will not repent, Thou art a priest
    for ever.)
22  By so much is Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
23  And the others indeed were made many priests, because by
    reason of death they were not suffered to continue:
24  But this, for that he continueth for ever, hath an
    everlasting priesthood,
25  Whereby he is able also to save for ever them that come to
    God by him; always living to make intercession for us.
26  For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest,
    holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and
    made higher than the heavens;
27  Who needeth not daily (as the other priests) to offer
    sacrifices first for his own sins, and then for the
    people's:  for this he did once, in offering himself.
28  For the law maketh men priests, who have infirmity:  but
    the word of the oath, which was since the law, the Son who
    is perfected for evermore
  
              The Book of Hebrews, Chapter 8
1   Now of the things which we have spoken, this is the sum:
    We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand
    of the throne of majesty in the heavens,
2   A minister of the holies, and of the true tabernacle,
    which the Lord hath pitched, and not man.
3   For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and
    sacrifices: wherefore it is necessary that he also should
    have some thing to offer.
4   If then he were on earth, he would not be a priest:
    seeing that there would be others to offer gifts according
    to the law,
5   Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things.
    As it was answered to Moses, when he was to finish the
    tabernacle:  See (saith he) that thou make all things
    according to the pattern which was shewn thee on the
    mount.
6   But now he hath obtained a better ministry, by how much
    also he is a mediator of a better testament, which is
    established on better promises.
7   For if that former had been faultless, there should not
    indeed a place have been sought for a second.
8   For finding fault with them, he saith:  Behold, the days
    shall come, saith the Lord:  and I will perfect unto the
    house of Israel, and unto the house of Juda, a new
    testament:
9   Not according to the testament which I made to their
    fathers, on the day when I took them by the hand to lead
    them out of the land of Egypt: because they continued not
    in my testament:  and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
10  For this is the testament which I will make to the house
    of Israel after those days, saith the Lord:  I will give
    my laws into their mind, and in their heart will I write
    them:  and I will be their God, and they shall be my
    people:
11  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour and every
    man his brother, saying, Know the Lord:  for all shall
    know me from the least to the greatest of them:
12  Because I will be merciful to their iniquities, and their
    sins I will remember no more.
13  Now in saying a new, he hath made the former old.  And
    that which decayeth and groweth old, is near its end
               The Book of Hebrews, Chapter 9
1   The former indeed had also justifications of divine
    service, and a worldly sanctuary.
2   For there was a tabernacle made the first, wherein were
    the candlesticks, and the table, and the setting forth of
    loaves, which is called the holy.
3   And after the second veil, the tabernacle, which is called
    the holy of holies:
4   Having a golden censer, and the ark of the testament
    covered about on every part with gold, in which was a
    golden pot that had manna, and the rod of Aaron, that had
    blossomed, and the tables of the testament.
5   And over it were the cherubims of glory overshadowing the
    propitiatory: of which it is not needful to speak now
    particularly.
6   Now these things being thus ordered, into the first
    tabernacle the priests indeed always entered,
    accomplishing the offices of sacrifices.
7   But into the second, the high priest alone, once a year:
    not without blood, which he offereth for his own, and the
    people's ignorance:
8   The Holy Ghost signifying this, that the way into the
    holies was not yet made manifest, whilst the former
    tabernacle was yet standing.
9   Which is a parable of the time present:  according to
    which gifts and sacrifices are offered, which can not, as
    to the conscience, make him perfect that serveth, only in
    meats and in drinks,
10  And divers washings, and justices of the flesh laid on
    them until the time of correction.
11  But Christ, being come an high priest of the good things
    to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle not made
    with hand, that is, not of this creation:
12  Neither by the blood of goats, or of calves, but by his
    own blood, entered once into the holies, having obtained
    eternal redemption.
13  For if the blood of goats and of oxen, and the ashes of an
    heifer being sprinkled, sanctify such as are defiled, to
    the cleansing of the flesh:
14  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who by the Holy
    Ghost offered himself unspotted unto God, cleanse our
    conscience from dead works, to serve the living God?
15  And therefore he is the mediator of the new testament:
    that by means of his death, for the redemption of those
    transgressions, which were under the former testament, they
    that are called may receive the promise of eternal
    inheritance.
16  For where there is a testament, the death of the testator
    must of necessity come in.
17  For a testament is of force, after men are dead:
    otherwise it is as yet of no strength, whilst the testator
    liveth.
18  Whereupon neither was the first indeed dedicated without
    blood.
19  For when every commandment of the law had been read by
    Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and
    goats, with water, and scarlet wool and hyssop, and
    sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,
20  Saying:  This is the blood of the testament, which God
    hath enjoined unto you.
21  The tabernacle also and all the vessels of the ministry,
    in like manner, he sprinkled with blood.
22  And almost all things, according to the law, are cleansed
    with blood: and without shedding of blood there is no
    remission.
23  It is necessary therefore that the patterns of heavenly
    things should be cleansed with these:  but the heavenly
    things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
24  For Jesus is not entered into the holies made with hands,
    the patterns of the true:  but into heaven itself, that he
    may appear now in the presence of God for us.
25  Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high
    priest entereth into the holies, every year with the blood
    of others:
26  For then he ought to have suffered often from the
    beginning of the world:  but now once at the end of ages,
    he hath appeared for the destruction of sin, by the
    sacrifice of himself.
27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, and after
    this the judgment:
28  So also Christ was offered once to exhaust the sins of
    many; the second time he shall appear without sin to them
    that expect him unto salvation
               The Book of Hebrews, Chapter 10
1   For the law having a shadow of the good things to come,
    not the very image of the things; by the selfsame
    sacrifices which they offer continually every year, can
    never make the comers thereunto perfect:
2   For then they would have ceased to be offered:  because
    the worshippers once cleansed should have no conscience of
    sin any longer:
3   But in them there is made a commemoration of sins every
    year.
4   For it is impossible that with the blood of oxen and goats
    sin should be taken away.
5   Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith:
    Sacrifice and oblation thou wouldest not:  but a body thou
    hast fitted to me:
6   Holocausts for sin did not please thee.
7   Then said I:  Behold I come:  in the head of the book it
    is written of me:  that I should do thy will, O God.
8   In saying before, Sacrifices, and oblations, and
    holocausts for sin thou wouldest not, neither are they
    pleasing to thee, which are offered according to the law.
9   Then said I:  Behold, I come to do thy will, O God:  he
    taketh away the first, that he may establish that which
    followeth.
10  In the which will, we are sanctified by the oblation of
    the body of Jesus Christ once.
11  And every priest indeed standeth daily ministering, and
    often offering the same sacrifices, which can never take
    away sins.
12  But this man offering one sacrifice for sins, for ever
    sitteth on the right hand of God,
13  From henceforth expecting, until his enemies be made his
    footstool.
14  For by one oblation he hath perfected for ever them that
    are sanctified.
15  And the Holy Ghost also doth testify this to us.  For
    after that he said:
16  And this is the testament which I will make unto them
    after those days, saith the Lord.  I will give my laws in
    their hearts, and on their minds will I write them:
17  And their sins and iniquities I will remember no more.
18  Now where there is a remission of these, there is no more
    an oblation for sin.
19  Having therefore, brethren, a confidence in the entering
    into the holies by the blood of Christ;
20  A new and living way which he hath dedicated for us
    through the veil, that is to say, his flesh,
21  And a high priest over the house of God:
22  Let us draw near with a true heart in fulness of faith,
    having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and
    our bodies washed with clean water.
23  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without
    wavering (for he is faithful that hath promised),
24  And let us consider one another, to provoke unto charity
    and to good works:
25  Not forsaking our assembly, as some are accustomed; but
    comforting one another, and so much the more as you see
    the day approaching.
26  For if we sin wilfully after having the knowledge of the
    truth, there is now left no sacrifice for sins,
27  But a certain dreadful expectation of judgment, and the
    rage of a fire which shall consume the adversaries.
28  A man making void the law of Moses, dieth without any
    mercy under two or three witnesses:
29  How much more, do you think he deserveth worse
    punishments, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God,
    and hath esteemed the blood of the testament unclean, by
    which he was sanctified, and hath offered an affront to
    the Spirit of grace?
30  For we know him that hath said:  Vengeance belongeth to
    me, and I will repay.  And again:  The Lord shall judge
    his people.
31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living
    God.
32  But call to mind the former days, wherein, being
    illuminated, you endured a great fight of afflictions.
33  And on the one hand indeed, by reproaches and
    tribulations, were made a gazingstock; and on the other,
    became companions of them that were used in such sort.
34  For you both had compassion on them that were in bands,
    and took with joy the being stripped of your own goods,
    knowing that you have a better and a lasting substance.
35  Do not therefore lose your confidence, which hath a great
    reward.
36  For patience is necessary for you; that, doing the will of
    God, you may receive the promise.
37  For yet a little and a very little while, and he that is
    to come, will come, and will not delay.
38  But my just man liveth by faith; but if he withdraw
    himself, he shall not please my soul.
39  But we are not the children of withdrawing unto perdition,
    but of faith to the saving of the soul
  
              The Book of Hebrews, Chapter 11
1   Now faith is the substance of things to be hoped for, the
    evidence of things that appear not.
2   For by this the ancients obtained a testimony.
3   By faith we understand that the world was framed by the
    word of God; that from invisible things visible things
    might be made.
4   By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice exceeding that of
    Cain, by which he obtained a testimony that he was just,
    God giving testimony to his gifts; and by it he being dead
    yet speaketh.
5   By faith Henoch was translated, that he should not see
    death; and he was not found, because God had translated
    him:  for before his translation he had testimony that he
    pleased God.
6   But without faith it is impossible to please God.  For he
    that cometh to God, must believe that he is, and is a
    rewarder to them that seek him.
7   By faith Noe, having received an answer concerning those
    things which as yet were not seen, moved with fear, framed
    the ark for the saving of his house, by the which he
    condemned the world; and was instituted heir of the
    justice which is by faith.
8   By faith he that is called Abraham, obeyed to go out into
    a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he
    went out, not knowing whither he went.
9   By faith he abode in the land, dwelling in cottages, with
    Isaac and Jacob, the co-heirs of the same promise.
10  For he looked for a city that hath foundations; whose
    builder and maker is God.
11  By faith also Sara herself, being barren, received
    strength to conceive seed, even past the time of age;
    because she believed that he was faithful who had
    promised,
12  For which cause there sprung even from one (and him as
    good as dead) as the stars of heaven in multitude, and as
    the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
13  All these died according to faith, not having received the
    promises, but beholding them afar off, and saluting them,
    and confessing that they are pilgrims and strangers on the
    earth.
14  For they that say these things, do signify that they seek
    a country.
15  And truly if they had been mindful of that from whence
    they came out, they had doubtless time to return.
16  But now they desire a better, that is to say, a heavenly
    country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their
    God; for he hath prepared for them a city.
17  By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered Isaac:  and
    he that had received the promises, offered up his only
    begotten son;
18  (To whom it was said:  In Isaac shall thy seed be called.)
19  Accounting that God is able to raise up even from the
    dead.  Whereupon also he received him for a parable.
20  By faith also of things to come, Isaac blessed Jacob and
    Esau.
21  By faith Jacob dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph,
    and adored the top of his rod.
22  By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the
    going out of the children of Israel; and gave commandment
    concerning his bones.
23  By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months by
    his parents; because they saw he was a comely babe, and
    they feared not the king's edict.
24  By faith Moses, when he was grown up, denied himself to be
    the son of Pharao's daughter;
25  Rather choosing to be afflicted with the people of God,
    than to have the pleasure of sin for a time,
26  Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the
    treasure of the Egyptians.  For he looked unto the reward.
27  By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the fierceness of the
    king:  for he endured as seeing him that is invisible.
28  By faith he celebrated the pasch, and the shedding of the
    blood; that he, who destroyed the firstborn, might not
    touch them.
29  By faith they passed through the Red Sea, as by dry land:
    which the Egyptians attempting, were swallowed up.
30  By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, by the going
    round them seven days.
31  By faith Rahab the harlot perished not with the
    unbelievers, receiving the spies with peace.
32  And what shall I yet say?  For the time would fail me to
    tell of Gedeon, Barac, Samson, Jephthe, David, Samuel, and
    the prophets:
33  Who by faith conquered kingdoms, wrought justice, obtained
    promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
34  Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the
    sword, recovered strength from weakness, became valiant in
    battle, put to flight the armies of foreigners:
35  Women received their dead raised to life again.  But
    others were racked, not accepting deliverance, that they
    might find a better resurrection.
36  And others had trial of mockeries and stripes, moreover
    also of bands and prisons.
37  They were stoned, they were cut asunder, they were
    tempted, they were put to death by the sword, they
    wandered about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being in want,
    distressed, afflicted:
38  Of whom the world was not worthy; wandering in deserts, in
    mountains, and in dens, and in caved of the earth.
39  And all these being approved by the testimony of faith,
    received not the promise;
40  God providing some better thing for us, that they should
    not be perfected without us.
               The Book of Hebrews, Chapter 12
1   And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses
    over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which
    surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed
    to us:
2   Looking on Jesus, the author and finisher of faith, who
    having joy set before him, endured the cross, despising
    the shame, and now sitteth on the right hand of the throne
    of God.
3   For think diligently upon him that endured such opposition
    from sinners against himself; that you be not wearied,
    fainting in your minds.
4   For you have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against
    sin:
5   And you have forgotten the consolation, which speaketh to
    you, as unto children, saying:  My son, neglect not the
    discipline of the Lord; neither be thou wearied whilst
    thou art rebuked by him.
6   For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth; and he scourgeth
    every son whom he receiveth.
7   Persevere under discipline.  God dealeth with you as with
    his sons; for what son is there, whom the father doth not
    correct?
8   But if you be without chastisement, whereof all are made
    partakers, then are you bastards, and not sons.
9   Moreover we have had fathers of our flesh, for
    instructors, and we reverenced them:  shall we not much
    more obey the Father of spirits, and live?
10  And they indeed for a few days, according to their own
    pleasure, instructed us:  but he, for our profit, that we
    might receive his sanctification.
11  Now all chastisement for the present indeed seemeth not to
    bring with it joy, but sorrow:  but afterwards it will
    yield, to them that are exercised by it, the most
    peaceable fruit of justice.
12  Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the
    feeble knees,
13  And make straight steps with your feet:  that no one,
    halting, may go out of the way; but rather be healed.
14  Follow peace with all men, and holiness:  without which no
    man shall see God.
15  Looking diligently, lest any man be wanting to the grace
    of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up do
    hinder, and by it many be defiled.
16  Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau;
    who for one mess, sold his first birthright.
17  For know ye that afterwards, when he desired to inherit
    the benediction, he was rejected; for he found no place of
    repentance, although with tears he had sought it.
18  For you are not come to a mountain that might be touched,
    and a burning fire, and a whirlwind, and darkness, and
    storm,
19  And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words, which
    they that heard excused themselves, that the word might
    not be spoken to them:
20  For they did not endure that which was said:  And if so
    much as a beast shall touch the mount, it shall be stoned.
21  And so terrible was that which was seen, Moses said:  I am
    frighted, and tremble.
22  But you are come to mount Sion, and to the city of the
    living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to the company of
    many thousands of angels,
23  And to the church of the firstborn, who are written in the
    heavens, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits
    of the just made perfect,
24  And to Jesus the mediator of the new testament, and to the
    sprinkling of blood which speaketh better than that of
    Abel.
25  See that you refuse him not that speaketh.  For if they
    escaped not who refused him that spoke upon the earth,
    much more shall not we, that turn away from him that
    speaketh to us from heaven.
26  Whose voice then moved the earth; but now he promiseth,
    saying:  Yet once more, and I will move not only the
    earth, but heaven also.
27  And in that he saith, Yet once more, he signifieth the
    translation of the moveable things as made, that those
    things may remain which are immoveable.
28  Therefore receiving an immoveable kingdom, we have grace;
    whereby let us serve, pleasing God, with fear and
    reverence.
29  For our God is a consuming fire
                The Book of Hebrews, Chapter 13
1   Let the charity of the brotherhood abide in you.
2   And hospitality do not forget; for by this some, being not
    aware of it, have entertained angels.
3   Remember them that are in bands, as if you were bound with
    them; and them that labour, as being yourselves also in
    the body.
4   Marriage honourable in all, and the bed undefiled.  For
    fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
5   Let your manners be without covetousness, contented with
    such things as you have; for he hath said:  I will not
    leave thee, neither will I forsake thee.
6   So that we may confidently say:  The Lord is my helper:
    I will not fear what man shall do to me.
7   Remember your prelates who have spoken the word of God to
    you; whose faith follow, considering the end of their
    conversation,
8   Jesus Christ, yesterday, and to day; and the same for
    ever.
9   Be not led away with various and strange doctrines.  For
    it is best that the heart be established with grace, not
    with meats; which have not profited those that walk in
    them.
10  We have an altar, whereof they have no power to eat who
    serve the tabernacle.
11  For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought
    into the holies by the high priest for sin, are burned
    without the camp.
12  Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people by
    his own blood, suffered without the gate.
13  Let us go forth therefore to him without the camp, bearing
    his reproach.
14  For we have not here a lasting city, but we seek one that
    is to come.
15  By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise
    always to God, that is to say, the fruit of lips
    confessing to his name.
16  And do not forget to do good, and to impart; for by such
    sacrifices God's favour is obtained.
17  Obey your prelates, and be subject to them.  For they
    watch as being to render an account of your souls; that
    they may do this with joy, and not with grief.  For this
    is not expedient for you.
18  Pray for us.  For we trust we have a good conscience,
    being willing to behave ourselves well in all things.
19  And I beseech you the more to do this, that I may be
    restored to you the sooner.
20  And may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead
    the great pastor of the sheep, our Lord Jesus Christ, in
    the blood of the everlasting testament,
21  Fit you in all goodness, that you may do his will; doing
    in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through
    Jesus Christ, to whom is glory for ever and ever.  Amen.
22  And I beseech you, brethren, that you suffer this word of
    consolation. For I have written to you in a few words.
23  Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty:  with
    whom (if he come shortly) I will see you.
24  Salute all your prelates, and all the saints.  The
    brethren from Italy salute you.
25  Grace be with you all.  Amen.

 

 

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