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15 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

16 subject to bondage. For verily not of angels doth he take hold,

17 but he taketh hold of the seed of Abraham. Wherefore it behoved him in all things to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God,

18 to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

3 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, even Jesus;

2 who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also was Moses

3 in all his house. For he hath been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by so much as he that ouik the house hath more

4 honour than the house. For every house is builded by some one;

5 but he that bjilt all things is God. And Moses indeed was faithful in all his house as a servant, for a testimony of those

6 things which were afterward to be spoken; but Christ as a son, over his house; whose house are we, if we hold fast our bold

7 ncs3 and the glorying of our hope firm unto the end. Wherefore, even as the Holy Ghost saith,

To-day if ye shall hear his voice,

8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation,

Like as in the day of the temptation in the wilderness,

9 Wherewith your fathers tempted me by proving me,
And saw my works forty years.

10 Wherefore I was displeased with this generation,
And said, They do alway err in their heart:
But they did not know my ways;

11 As I sware in my wrath,

They shall not enter into my rest.

12 Take heed, brethren, lest haply there shall be in any one of you an evil heart of uubelief, in falling away from the living

13 God: but exhort one another day by day, so long as it is called To-day; lest any one of you he hardened by the deceitfulness

14'of sin: for we are become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast

15 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.

16 For who, wh"'i they heard, did provoke? nay, did not all they

17 that came out of Egypt by Moses? And with whom was he displeased forty years? was it not with them that sinned, whose

18 carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that were disobedi

19 en I? And we see that they were not able to enter in because of

unbelief. 4 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

2 it. For indeed we have had pond tidings preached unto us, even as also they: but the word of hearing did not profit them, because they were not united by faith with them that heard.

3 For we which have believed do enter into that rest; even as he hath s: i i11,

As I sware in my wrath. They shall not enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

4 For he hath said somewhere of the seventh day on this wise. And

5 God rested on the seventh day from all his works; and in this place again,

They shall not enter into my jest. 0 Seeing therefore it remainelh that some should enter thereinto, and they to whom the good tidings were before preached failed

7 lo enter in because of disobedience, he again definelh n certain day, saying in David, after so long a time, To-day, as it hath been before said,

.To-day if ye shall hear his voice,
Harden not your hearts.

8 For if Joshua had given them rest, he would not have spoken 0 afterward of another day. There remaineth therefore a sabbath

10 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

11 us therefore give diligence to enter into that rest, that no man

12 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

13 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.

14 Having then a great high priest, who hath passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

15 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

16 tempted like'as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with boldness unto the throne of grace, that we may receive merey, and may find grace to help in time of need.

5 For every high priest, being taken from among men, is rppointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both

2 gifts and sacrifices for sins: who can bear gently with the ignorant and erring, for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity;

8 and by reason thereof is bound, as for the people, 4o also for him

4 self, to offer for sins. .And no man taketh the honour unto himself, but when he is called of God, even as was Aaron.

5 So Christ also glorified not himself to be made a high priest, but he that spake unto him,

Tliou art my Son,

This day have I begotten thee:

6 as he saith also in another place.

Thou art a priest for ever
After the order of Melchizedek.

7 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,

8 though he was a Son, yet learned obedience by the things which

9 he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became unto all

10 them that obey him the author of eternal salvation; named of God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.

11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard of interprets tation, 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

13 not of solid food. For every one that partaketh of milk is without experience of the word of righteousness; for he is a babe.

14 But solid food is for fullgrown men, ete/i those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil.

© Wherefore let us cease to speak of the first principles of Christ, and press on unto perfection; not laying again a foundation of

2 repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the teaching of baptisms, and of laying ou of hands, and of resurrection of

8 the dead, and of eternal judgement. And this will we do, if God

4 permit. For as touching those who were once enlightened and tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy

5 Ghost, and tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the

6 age to come, and then, fell away, it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son

7 of God afresh, and put bun 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, receivetu.

i 8 blessing from God: but if it beareth thorns and thistles, it is rejected and nigli unto a curse; whose end is to be burned.

9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things

10 that accompany salvation, though we thus speak: for God is not unrighteous to forget your work and the love which ye shewed toward his name, in that ye ministered unto the saints, and still

11 do minister. And we desire that each one of you may shew tho

12 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.

13 For when God made promise to Abraham, since he could swear

14 by none greater, he sware by himself, saying, Surely blessing I

15 will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And thus,

16 having patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men swear by the greater: and in every dispute of theirs the oath is

17 final for confirmation. Wherein God, being minded to shew more abundantly unto the heirs of the promise the immutability of his

18 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

19 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

20 veil; whither as a forerunner Jesus entered for us, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

7 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most High, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings,

2 and blessed him, to whom also Abraham divided a tenth part of all (being first, by interpretation, King of righteousness, and then

3 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.

4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom Abraham,

5 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

6 of Abraham: but he whose genealogy is not counted from them hath taken tithes of Abraham, and hath blessed him that hath

7 the promises. But without any dispute the less is blessed of the

8 better. And here men that die receive tithes; but there one, of

9 whom it is witnessed that he liveth. And, so to say, through

10 Abraham even Levi, who receiveth tithes, hath paid tithes; for he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchizedek met him.

11 Now if there was perfection through tire 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

12 Melchizedek, and not l>e reckoned after the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change'

13 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

14 altar. For it is evident that our Lord hath sprung out of Judah; as to which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priests.

15 And what we say is yet more abundantly evident, if after the

16 likeness of Melchizedek there ariseth another priest, who hath been made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after

17 the power of an endless life: for it is witnessed of him,

Thou art a priest for ever
After the order of Melchizedek.

18 For there is a disannulling of a foregoing commandment because

19 of its weakness and unprofitableness (for the law made nothing perfect), and a bringing in thereupon of a better hope, through

20 which we draw nigh unto God. And inasmuch as it is not with

21 out the taking of au oath (for they indeed have been made priests without an oath; but he with an oath by him that saith of him,

The Lord sware and will not repent himself,
Thou art a priest for ever);

22 by so much also hath Jesus become the surety of a better cove

23 nant. And they indeed have been made priests many in number, because that by death they are hindered from continuing: but

24 be, because he abideth for ever, hath his priesthood unchangeable

25 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.

26 For such a high priest became us, holy, guileless, undefined, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

27 who needeth not daily, like those high priests, to oiler up sacrifices, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people:

23 for this he did once for all, when he offered up himself. For the lawappointetu men high priests, having infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was after the law, appointed a Son, perfected for evermore.

8 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

2 throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.

3 For every high priest is appoiuted to offer both gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is necessary that this high priest also have somewhat

4 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;

5 who serve tluil which is a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, even as Moses is warned of Ood when he is about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according

6 to the pattern that was shewed thee in the mount. But now hath he obtained a ministry the more excellent, by how much also he is the mediator of -a better covenant, which hath been enacted

7 upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been fault

8 less, then would no place have been sought for a second. For finding fault with them, he saith,

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord,

That Lwill make a new covenant wjjh the house of Israel

and with the house of Judah; 8 Not according to the covenant that I made with their

fathers In the day that I took them by the hand to lead them

forth out of the land of Egypt; For they continued not in my covenant, And I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of

Israel
After those days, saith 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,

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