The Epistle to the Hebrews
Bible, King James Version (KJV)
] God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in
time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
] Hath in these last
days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by
whom also he made the worlds;
] Who being the brightness of his
glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word
of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand
of the Majesty on high;
] Being made so much better than the angels,
as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than
] For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art
my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and
he shall be to me a Son?
] And again, when he bringeth in the
firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship
] And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits,
and his ministers a flame of fire.
] But unto the Son he saith, Thy
throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre
of thy kingdom.
] Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity;
therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above
] And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the
foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine
] They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall
wax old as doth a garment;
] And as a vesture shalt thou fold them
up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not
] But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my
right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
] Are they
not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs
] Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the
things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them
] For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every
transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of
] How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation;
which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by
them that heard him;
] God also bearing them witness, both with
signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost,
according to his own will?
] For unto the angels hath he not put in
subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.
] But one in a
certain place 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 honour, and didst set
him over the works of thy hands:
] Thou hast put all things in
subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he
left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put
] But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the
angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the
grace of God should taste death for every man.
] For it became him,
for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto
glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through
] For both he that sanctifieth and they who are
sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them
] Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in
the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
] And again,
I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath
] Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh
and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he
might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the
] And deliver them who through fear of death were all their
lifetime subject to bondage.
] For verily he took not on him the
nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that
he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to
make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
] For in that he
himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are
] Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly
calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ
] Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses
was faithful in all his house.
] For this man was counted worthy of
more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more
honour than the house.
] For every house is builded by some man; but
he that built all things is God.
] And Moses verily was faithful in
all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be
] 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
] Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will
hear his voice,
] Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in
the day of temptation in the wilderness:
] When your fathers tempted
me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
] Wherefore I was
grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and
they have not known my ways.
] So I sware in my wrath, They shall
not enter into my rest.)
] Take heed, brethren, lest there be in
any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living
] But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day;
lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence
stedfast unto the end;
] While it is said, To day if ye will hear
his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt
] But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not
with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that
] So we see that they could not enter in because of
] Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of
entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of
] For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but
the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that
] For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he
said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although
the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
] For he
spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the
seventh day from all his works.
] And in this place again, If they
shall enter into my rest.
] Seeing therefore it remaineth that some
must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in
because of unbelief:
] Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in
David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his
voice, harden not your hearts.
] For if Jesus had given them rest,
then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
] For he that is
entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from
] Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any
man fall after the same example of unbelief.
] For the word of God
is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to
the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a
discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
] Neither is
there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked
and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus
the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
] For we have not
an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but
was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
] Let us
therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and
find grace to help in time of need.
] For every high priest taken from among men is ordained
for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices
] Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them
that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with
] And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so
also for himself, to offer for sins.
] And no man taketh this honour
unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
] So also
Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto
him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
] As he saith
also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of
] Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up
prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to
save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
] Though he
were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he
] And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal
salvation unto all them that obey him;
] Called of God an high
priest after the order of Melchisedec.
] Of whom we have many
things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of
] For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have
need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of
God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong
] For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of
righteousness: for he is a babe.
] But strong meat belongeth to
them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses
exercised to discern both good and evil.
] Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of
Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of
repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
] Of the
doctrine 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
] For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened,
and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy
] And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the
world to come,
] If they shall fall away, 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 earth which drinketh in the rain that
cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is
dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
] But that which beareth
thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be
] 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 labour of love, which ye have shewed
toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do
] And we desire that every one of you do shew the same
diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
] That ye be
not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the
] For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could
swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
] Saying, Surely blessing
I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
] And so,
after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
] For men
verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of
] Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the
heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an
] That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible
for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to
lay hold upon the hope set before us:
] Which hope we have as an
anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within
] Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus,
made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
] For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most
high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed
] To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by
interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which
is, King of peace;
] Without father, without mother, without
descent, 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 even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the
] And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive
the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people
according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the
loins of Abraham:
] But he whose descent is not counted from them
received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is
witnessed that he liveth.
] And as I may so say, Levi also, who
receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
] For he was yet in the
loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
] If therefore
perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received
the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the
order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of
] For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to
another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake
nothing concerning priesthood.
] And it is yet far more evident:
for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another
] Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment,
but after the power of an endless life.
] For he testifieth, Thou
art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
] For there
is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and
] For the law made nothing perfect, but
the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto
] And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made
] (For those priests were made without an oath; but this
with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou
art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)
] By so much
was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
] And they truly
were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of
] But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an
] Wherefore he is able also to save them
to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make
intercession for them.
] For such an high priest became us, who is
holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the
] Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer
up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did
once, when he offered up himself.
] For the law maketh men high
priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law,
maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.
] 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 the
Majesty in the heavens;
] A minister of the sanctuary, and of the
true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
] For every
high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of
necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
] For if he
were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that
offer gifts according to the law:
] Who serve unto the example and
shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to
make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to
the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
] But now hath he obtained
a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better
covenant, which was established upon better promises.
] For if that
first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the
] For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days
come, saith the Lord, when 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 their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out
of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded
them not, saith the Lord.
] 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 write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a
God, and they shall be to me a people:
] 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.
] For I will be
merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I
remember no more.
] In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made
the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish
] Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of
divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.
] For there was a
tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the
shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.
] And after the second
veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;
] Which had
the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold,
wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the
tables of the covenant;
] And over it the cherubims of glory
shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak
] Now when these things were thus ordained, the
priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of
] But into the second went the high priest alone once every
year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the
] The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the
holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet
] Which was a figure for the time then present, in which
were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the
service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
] Which stood
only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on
them until the time of reformation.
] But Christ being come an high
priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not
made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
] Neither by
the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the
holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
] For if the
blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean,
sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
] How much more shall
the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot
to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living
] And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament,
that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under
the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal
] For where a testament is, there must also of
necessity be the death of the testator.
] For a testament is of
force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the
] Whereupon neither the first testament was
dedicated without blood.
] For when Moses had spoken every precept
to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of
goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book,
and all the people,
] Saying, This is the blood of the testament
which God hath enjoined unto you.
] Moreover he sprinkled with
blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of
blood is no remission.
] It was therefore necessary that the
patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the
heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the
figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of
God for us:
] Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the
high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of
] For then must he often have suffered since the foundation
of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away
sin by the sacrifice of himself.
] And as it is appointed unto men
once to die, but after this the judgment:
] So Christ was once
offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he
appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
] For the law having a shadow of good things to come,
and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they
offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto
] For then would they not have ceased to be offered?
because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of
] But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of
sins every year.
] For it is not possible that the blood of bulls
and of goats should take away sins.
] Wherefore when he cometh into
the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast
thou prepared me:
] In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou
hast had no pleasure.
] Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of
the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
] Above when
he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou
wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the
] Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh
away the first, that he may establish the second.
] By the which
will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for
] And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering
oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on
the right hand of God;
] From henceforth expecting till his enemies
be made his footstool.
] For by one offering he hath perfected for
ever them that are sanctified.
] Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a
witness to us: for after that he had said before,
] This is the
covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put
my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
] Now where
remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of
] By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us,
through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
] And having an high
priest over the house of God;
] Let us draw near with a true heart
in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience,
and our bodies washed with pure water.
] Let us hold fast the
profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that
] And let us consider one another to provoke unto love
and to good works:
] Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves
together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the
more, as ye see the day approaching.
] For if we sin wilfully after
that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more
sacrifice for sins,
] But a certain fearful looking for of judgment
and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three
] Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be
thought 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 hath
said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. 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 illuminated, ye endured a great fight of
] Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by
reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that
were so used.
] For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took
joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in
heaven a better and an enduring substance.
] Cast not away
therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might
receive the promise.
] For yet a little while, and he that shall
come will come, and will not tarry.
] Now the just shall live by
faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in
] But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of
them that believe to the saving of the soul.
] Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen.
] For by it the elders obtained a good
] Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by
the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do
] By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice
than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of
his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
] By faith Enoch
was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had
translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he
] But without faith it is impossible to please him: for
he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them
that diligently seek him.
] By faith Noah, being warned of God of
things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his
house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness
which is by faith.
] By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out
into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he
went out, not knowing whither he went.
] By faith he sojourned in
the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac
and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
] For he looked
for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is
] Through faith also Sara herself received strength to
conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she
judged him faithful who had promised.
] Therefore sprang there even
of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky 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 afar off,
and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were
strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
] For they that say such
things declare plainly that they seek a country.
] And truly, if
they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have
had opportunity to have returned.
] But now they desire a better
country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their
God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
] By faith Abraham, when
he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up
his only begotten son,
] Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall
thy seed be called:
] Accounting that God was able to raise him up,
even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and
worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
] By faith Joseph,
when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave
commandment concerning his bones.
] By faith Moses, when he was
born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper
child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.
faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of
] Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the
people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for
he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
] By faith he
forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him
who is invisible.
] Through faith he kept the passover, and the
sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch
] By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land:
which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
] By faith the
walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven
] By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that
believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of
Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the
] Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought
righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness
were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the
] Women received their dead raised to life again: and
others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better
] And others had trial of cruel mockings and
scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
] They were
stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they
wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted,
] (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in
deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the
] God having provided some better thing for us, that they
without us should not be made perfect.
] Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so
great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which
doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set
] Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher 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.
consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye
be wearied and faint in your minds.
] Ye have not yet resisted unto
blood, striving against sin.
] And ye have forgotten the exhortation
which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the
chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he
] If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with
sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
] But if ye
be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and
] Furthermore 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?
] 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.
] Now no chastening for
the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it
yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised
] Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the
] And make straight paths for your feet, lest that
which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be
] Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no
man shall see the Lord:
] 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;
] Lest there be any fornicator, or profane
person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
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
] For ye are not come unto the mount that might be
touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and
] And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words;
which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them
] (For they could not endure that which was commanded,
And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust
through with a dart:
] And so terrible was the sight, that Moses
said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)
] But ye are come unto mount
Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an
innumerable company of angels,
] To the general assembly and church
of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and
to the spirits of just men made perfect,
] And to Jesus the
mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh
better things than that of Abel.
] 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
] Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath
promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also
] 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.
] Wherefore we receiving a
kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God
acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
] For our God is a
] Let brotherly love continue.
] Be not
forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels
] Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and
them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and
adulterers God will judge.
] 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.
] So that we may boldly
say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto
] Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken
unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their
] Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for
] 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.
have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the
] For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is
brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the
] Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people
with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
] Let us go forth
therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
] 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.
] But to do good and
to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well
] 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 unprofitable for
] Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all
things willing to live honestly.
] But I beseech you the rather to
do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
] 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,
you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is
wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and
] And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of
exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.
Know ye that our brother Timothy is 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.