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CHAP. III. 1 Christ is more worthy than Moses. Therefore if we be
liere not in him, we shall be more worthy of punishment
than hard-hearted Israel. WHEREFORE, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly
calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, in as much as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.
4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. 7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye
will hear his voice,
8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness :
9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me; and saw my works forty years.
10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart ; and they have not known my ways.
11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)
12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
13 But exhort one another daily while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the begiming of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: bowbeit, not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.
17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? wus it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into bis rest, but to them that believed not?
19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief,
CAP. XII. 1 An exhortation to constant faith, patience, and godliness. 22 A commendation of the New Testament above the Old. WHEREFORE seeing we also are compassed about with
so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doch so easily beset us, and let us fun with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and tivisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
8 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketlı unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of hin :
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whoin he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with SONYS : for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furtherinore, we have had fathers of our flesh, which corrected us, and we gave them reverence : shall we not
much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10- For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure ; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous : nevertheless afterward it yiel.leth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is laine be turned out of the way, but let it rather be healed.
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord :
15 Looking diligently, lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up, trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birth right.
17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected : for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words, which voice they that had heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
20 For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as'a beast touch the inountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart :
21 And so terrible was the sight that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake.
22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an imumerable company of angels,
23 To the general assembly and church of the first-born, which are written in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven :
26 Whose voice then shook the earth : but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear : 29 For our God is a consuming fire.
CHAP. XIII. 1 Divers admonitions, as to charity, 4 to honest life, 5 to
aroid covetousness, 7 to regard God's preachers, 9 to take heed of strange doctrines, 10 to confess Christ, &c. . ET brotherly love continue.
2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers : for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled : but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what inan shall do unto me. 7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken upto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation :
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for
9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace, not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
10 We have an altar whereof they have no right to eat whichi serve the tabernacle.
11 For the bodies of those beasts whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the
camp. 12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the
canıp, bearing his reproach.
14. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one' to come.
15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his name.
16 But to do good and to communicate, forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves : for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprotitable for you.
18 Pray for us : for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly,
19 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you
the sooner. 20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight,