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Book 58 Hebrews
001:001 God, having in the past spoken to the fathers through the prophets
at many times and in various ways,
001:002 has at the end of these days spoken to us by his Son,
whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom also
he made the worlds.
001:003 His Son is the radiance of his glory, the very image of
his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power,
when he had by himself made purification for our sins,
sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
001:004 having become so much better than the angels, as he has
inherited a more excellent name than they have.
001:005 For to which of the angels did he say at any time, "You are my Son.
Today have I become your father?"{Psalm 2:7} and again, "I will
be to him a Father, and he will be to me a Son?"{2 Samuel 7:14;
1 Chronicles 17:13}
001:006 Again, when he brings in the firstborn into the world he says,
"Let all the angels of God worship him."
001:007 Of the angels he says, "Who makes his angels winds, and his
servants a flame of fire."{Psalm 104:4}
001:008 But of the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.
The scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your Kingdom.
001:009 You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God,
your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above
your fellows."{Psalm 45:6-7}
001:010 And, "You, Lord, in the beginning, laid the foundation of the earth.
The heavens are the works of your hands.
001:011 They will perish, but you continue. They all will grow old
like a garment does.
001:012 As a mantle, you will roll them up, and they will be changed;
but you are the same. Your years will not fail."{Psalm 102:25-27}
001:013 But which of the angels has he told at any time, "Sit at
my right hand, until I make your enemies the footstool
of your feet?"{Psalm 110:1}
001:014 Aren't they all serving spirits, sent out to do service
for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?
002:001 Therefore we ought to pay greater attention to the things
that were heard, lest perhaps we drift away.
002:002 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every
transgression and disobedience received a just recompense;
002:003 how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation -
which at the first having been spoken through the Lord,
was confirmed to us by those who heard;
002:004 God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders,
by various works of power, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit,
according to his own will?
002:005 For he didn't subject the world to come, of which we speak,
to angels.
002:006 But one has somewhere testified, saying, "What is man, that you
think of him? Or the son of man, that you care for him?
002:007 You made him a little lower than the angels. You crowned him
with glory and honor.{TR adds "and set him over the works
of your hands"}
002:008 You have put all things in subjection under his feet."{Psalm
8:4-6} For in that he subjected all things to him, he left
nothing that is not subject to him. But now we don't see
all things subjected to him, yet.
002:009 But we see him who has been made a little lower than
the angels, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned
with glory and honor, that by the grace of God he should taste
of death for everyone.
002:010 For it became him, for whom are all things, and through whom
are all things, in bringing many children to glory, to make
the author of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
002:011 For both he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified
are all from one, for which cause he is not ashamed to call
them brothers{The word for "brothers" here and where
context allows may also be correctly translated "brothers
and sisters" or "siblings."},
002:012 saying, "I will declare your name to my brothers. In the midst
of the congregation I will sing your praise."{Psalm 22:22}
002:013 Again, "I will put my trust in him."{Isaiah 8:17} Again, "Behold,
here I am with the children whom God has given me."{Isaiah 8:18}
002:014 Since then the children have shared in flesh and blood,
he also himself in like manner partook of the same, that through
death he might bring to nothing him who had the power of death,
that is, the devil,
002:015 and might deliver all of them who through fear of death were
all their lifetime subject to bondage.
002:016 For most certainly, he doesn't give help to angels, but he gives
help to the seed of Abraham.
002:017 Therefore he was obligated in all things to be made like
his brothers, that he might become a merciful and faithful
high priest in things pertaining to God, to make atonement
for the sins of the people.
002:018 For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able
to help those who are tempted.
003:001 Therefore, holy brothers, partakers of a heavenly calling,
consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Jesus;
003:002 who was faithful to him who appointed him, as also was Moses
in all his house.
003:003 For he has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses,
inasmuch as he who built the house has more honor than the house.
003:004 For every house is built by someone; but he who built all
things is God.
003:005 Moses indeed was faithful in all his house as a servant,
for a testimony of those things which were afterward to be spoken,
003:006 but Christ is faithful as a Son over his house; whose house we are,
if we hold fast our confidence and the glorying of our hope
firm to the end.
003:007 Therefore, even as the Holy Spirit says, "Today if you will
hear his voice,
003:008 don't harden your hearts, as in the provocation, like as in
the day of the trial in the wilderness,
003:009 where your fathers tested me by proving me, and saw my works
for forty years.
003:010 Therefore I was displeased with that generation, and said,
'They always err in their heart, but they didn't know my ways;'
003:011 as I swore in my wrath, 'They will not enter into
my rest.'"{Psalm 95:7-11}
003:012 Beware, brothers, lest perhaps there be in any one of you
an evil heart of unbelief, in falling away from the living God;
003:013 but exhort one another day by day, so long as it is called "today;"
lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
003:014 For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast
the beginning of our confidence firm to the end:
003:015 while it is said, "Today if you will hear his voice,
don't harden your hearts, as in the rebellion."{Psalm 95:7-8}
003:016 For who, when they heard, rebelled? No, didn't all those who
came out of Egypt by Moses?
003:017 With whom was he displeased forty years? Wasn't it with those
who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness?
003:018 To whom did he swear that they wouldn't enter into his rest,
but to those who were disobedient?
003:019 We see that they were not able to enter in because of unbelief.
004:001 Let us fear therefore, lest perhaps anyone of you should seem
to have come short of a promise of entering into his rest.
004:002 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, even as they
also did, but the word they heard didn't profit them,
because it wasn't mixed with faith by those who heard.
004:003 For we who have believed do enter into that rest, even as
he has said, "As I swore in my wrath, they will not enter
into my rest;"{Psalm 95:11} although the works were finished
from the foundation of the world.
004:004 For he has said this somewhere about the seventh day, "God rested
on the seventh day from all his works;"{Genesis 2:2}
004:005 and in this place again, "They will not enter into
my rest."{Psalm 95:11}
004:006 Seeing therefore it remains that some should enter therein,
and they to whom the good news was before preached failed
to enter in because of disobedience,
004:007 he again defines a certain day, today, saying through David
so long a time afterward (just as has been said), "Today if you
will hear his voice, don't harden your hearts."{Psalm 95:7-8}
004:008 For if Joshua had given them rest, he would not have spoken
afterward of another day.
004:009 There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God.
004:010 For he who has entered into his rest has himself also rested
from his works, as God did from his.
004:011 Let us therefore give diligence to enter into that rest,
lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience.
004:012 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 is able to discern
the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
004:013 There is no creature that is hidden from his sight, but all
things are naked and laid open before the eyes of him with whom
we have to do.
004:014 Having then a great high priest, who has passed through
the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold tightly
to our confession.
004:015 For we don't have a high priest who can't be touched with
the feeling of our infirmities, but one who has been in all
points tempted like we are, yet without sin.
004:016 Let us therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace,
that we may receive mercy, and may find grace for help
in time of need.
005:001 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.
005:002 The high priest can deal gently with those who are ignorant and
going astray, because he himself is also surrounded with weakness.
005:003 Because of this, he must offer sacrifices for sins for the people,
as well as for himself.
005:004 Nobody takes this honor on himself, but he is called by God,
just like Aaron was.
005:005 So also Christ didn't glorify himself to be made a high priest,
but it was he who said to him, "You are my Son.
Today I have become your father."{Psalm 2:7}
005:006 As he says also in another place, "You are a priest forever,
after the order of Melchizedek."{Psalm 110:4}
005:007 He, in the days of his flesh, having offered up prayers and
petitions with strong crying and tears to him who was able
to save him from death, and having been heard for his godly fear,
005:008 though he was a Son, yet learned obedience by the things
which he suffered.
005:009 Having been made perfect, he became to all of those who obey
him the author of eternal salvation,
005:010 named by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.
005:011 About him we have many words to say, and hard to interpret,
seeing you have become dull of hearing.
005:012 For when by reason of the time you ought to be teachers,
you again need to have someone teach you the rudiments
of the first principles of the oracles of God.
You have come to need milk, and not solid food.
005:013 For everyone who lives on milk is not experienced in the word
of righteousness, for he is a baby.
005:014 But solid food is for those who are full grown, who by reason
of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil.
006:001 Therefore leaving the doctrine of the first principles of Christ,
let us press on to perfection - not laying again a foundation
of repentance from dead works, of faith toward God,
006:002 of the teaching of baptisms, of laying on of hands,
of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
006:003 This will we do, if God permits.
006:004 For concerning those who were once enlightened and tasted of
the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit,
006:005 and tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the age to come,
006:006 and then fell away, it is impossible to renew them again
to repentance; seeing they crucify the Son of God for
themselves again, and put him to open shame.
006:007 For the land which has drunk the rain that comes often on it,
and brings forth a crop suitable for them for whose sake it
is also tilled, receives blessing from God;
006:008 but if it bears thorns and thistles, it is rejected and near
being cursed, whose end is to be burned.
006:009 But, beloved, we are persuaded of better things for you,
and things that accompany salvation, even though we
speak like this.
006:010 For God is not unrighteous, so as to forget your work
and the labor of love which you showed toward his name,
in that you served the saints, and still do serve them.
006:011 We desire that each one of you may show the same diligence
to the fullness of hope even to the end,
006:012 that you won't be sluggish, but imitators of those who through
faith and patience inherited the promises.
006:013 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he could swear
by none greater, he swore by himself,
006:014 saying, "Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I
will multiply you."{Genesis 22:17}
006:015 Thus, having patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
006:016 For men indeed swear by a greater one, and in every dispute
of theirs the oath is final for confirmation.
006:017 In this way God, being determined to show more abundantly
to the heirs of the promise the immutability of his counsel,
interposed with an oath;
006:018 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 take hold of the hope set before us.
006:019 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure
and steadfast and entering into that which is within the veil;
006:020 where as a forerunner Jesus entered for us, having become
a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
007:001 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most High,
who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings
and blessed him,
007:002 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;
007:003 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither
beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God),
remains a priest continually.
007:004 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even Abraham,
the patriarch, gave a tenth out of the best spoils.
007:005 They indeed of the sons of Levi who receive the priest's office
have a commandment to take tithes of the people according
to the law, that is, of their brothers, though these have come
out of the body of Abraham,
007:006 but he whose genealogy is not counted from them has accepted
tithes from Abraham, and has blessed him who has the promises.
007:007 But without any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater.
007:008 Here people who die receive tithes, but there one receives
tithes of whom it is testified that he lives.
007:009 We can say that through Abraham even Levi, who receives tithes,
has paid tithes,
007:010 for he was yet in the body of his father when Melchizedek met him.
007:011 Now if there was perfection through the Levitical priesthood
(for under it the people have received the law), what further
need was there for another priest to arise after the order
of Melchizedek, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
007:012 For the priesthood being changed, there is of necessity a change
made also in the law.
007:013 For he of whom these things are said belongs to another tribe,
from which no one has officiated at the altar.
007:014 For it is evident that our Lord has sprung out of Judah,
about which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.
007:015 This is yet more abundantly evident, if after the likeness
of Melchizedek there arises another priest,
007:016 who has been made, not after the law of a fleshly commandment,
but after the power of an endless life:
007:017 for it is testified, "You are a priest forever, according to
the order of Melchizedek."{Psalm 110:4}
007:018 For there is an annulling of a foregoing commandment because
of its weakness and uselessness
007:019 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a bringing in of a
better hope, through which we draw near to God.
007:020 Inasmuch as he was not made priest without the taking of an oath
007:021 (for they indeed have been made priests without an oath),
but he with an oath by him that says of him, "The Lord swore
and will not change his mind, 'You are a priest forever,
according to the order of Melchizedek.'"{Psalm 110:4}
007:022 By so much, Jesus has become the collateral of a better covenant.
007:023 Many, indeed, have been made priests, because they are hindered
from continuing by death.
007:024 But he, because he lives forever, has his priesthood unchangeable.
007:025 Therefore he is also able to save to the uttermost those who draw
near to God through him, seeing that he lives forever to make
intercession for them.
007:026 For such a high priest was fitting for us: holy, guiltless,
undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
007:027 who doesn't need, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices
daily, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people.
For he did this once for all, when he offered up himself.
007:028 For the law appoints men as high priests who have weakness,
but the word of the oath which came after the law appoints
a Son forever who has been perfected.
008:001 Now in the things which we are saying, the main 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,
008:002 a servant of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle,
which the Lord pitched, not man.
008:003 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts
and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this high
priest also have something to offer.
008:004 For if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all,
seeing there are priests who offer the gifts according
to the law;
008:005 who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, even as Moses
was warned by God when he was about to make the tabernacle,
for he said, "See, you shall make everything according to the
pattern that was shown to you on the mountain."{Exodus 25:40}
008:006 But now he has obtained a more excellent ministry,
by so much as he is also the mediator of a better covenant,
which on better promises has been given as law.
008:007 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place
would have been sought for a second.
008:008 For finding fault with them, he said, "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;
008:009 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers,
in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of
the land of Egypt; for they didn't continue in my covenant,
and I disregarded them," says the Lord.
008:010 "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, I will also write them on their heart.
I will be their God, and they will be my people.
008:011 They will not teach every man his fellow citizen,{TR
reads "neighbor" instead of "fellow citizen"} and every man
his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for all will know me,
from the least of them to the greatest of them.
008:012 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness. I will remember
their sins and lawless deeds no more."{Jeremiah 31:31-34}
008:013 In that he says, "A new covenant," he has made the first old.
But that which is becoming old and grows aged is near
to vanishing away.
009:001 Now indeed even the first{TR adds "tabernacle"} covenant had
ordinances of divine service, and an earthly sanctuary.
009:002 For a tabernacle was prepared. In the first part were the lampstand,
the table, and the show bread; which is called the Holy Place.
009:003 After the second veil was the tabernacle which is called
the Holy of Holies,
009:004 having a golden altar of incense, and the ark of the covenant
overlaid on all sides with gold, in which was a golden pot
holding the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets
of the covenant;
009:005 and above it cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat,
of which things we can't speak now in detail.
009:006 Now these things having been thus prepared, the priests go in
continually into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the services,
009:007 but into the second the high priest alone, once in the year,
not without blood, which he offers for himself, and for
the errors of the people.
009:008 The Holy Spirit is indicating this, that the way into
the Holy Place wasn't yet revealed while the first tabernacle
was still standing;
009:009 which is a symbol of the present age, where gifts and sacrifices
are offered that are incapable, concerning the conscience,
of making the worshipper perfect;
009:010 being only (with meats and drinks and various washings)
fleshly ordinances, imposed until a time of reformation.
009:011 But Christ having come as a high priest of the coming good things,
through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made
with hands, that is to say, not of this creation,
009:012 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.
009:013 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the ashes of a heifer
sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify to the cleanness
of the flesh:
009:014 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal
Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse your
conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
009:015 For this reason he is the mediator of a new covenant, since a
death has occurred for the redemption of the transgressions
that were under the first covenant, that those who have been
called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
009:016 For where a last will and testament is, there must of necessity
be the death of him who made it.
009:017 For a will is in force where there has been death, for it
is never in force while he who made it lives.
009:018 Therefore even the first covenant has not been dedicated
without blood.
009:019 For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to 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,
009:020 saying, "This is the blood of the covenant which God has
commanded you."{Exodus 24:8}
009:021 Moreover he sprinkled the tabernacle and all the vessels
of the ministry in like manner with the blood.
009:022 According to the law, nearly everything is cleansed with blood,
and apart from shedding of blood there is no remission.
009:023 It was necessary therefore that the copies of the things
in the heavens should be cleansed with these; but the heavenly


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