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danger of apostasy. unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have shewed toward his name, in that ye have I begotten thee.

ininistered to the saints, and do minister. 6 As he saith also in another place, Thou 11 And we desire that every one of you art a priest for ever after the order of Mel- do shew the same diligence to the full aschisedec.

surance of hope unto the end : 7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he 12 That ye be not slothful, but followers had offered up prayers and supplications of them who through faith and patience with strong crying and tears unto him that inherit the promises. was able to save him from death, and was 13 For when God made promise to Abraheard in that he feared ;

ham, because he could swear by no greater, 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he he sware by himself, obedience by the things which he suffered ; 14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee,

9. And being made perfect, he became the and multiplying I will multiply thee. author of eternal salvation unto all them 15 And so, afte he had patiently endured, that obey him;

he obtained the promise. 10 Called of God an high priest after the 16 For men verily swear by the greater: order of Melchisedec.

and an oath for confirmation is to them an 11 Of whom we have many things to say,

end of all strife. and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull 17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly of hearing

to shew unto the heirs of promise the im12 For when for the time ye ought to be mutability of his counsel, confirmed it by teachers, ye have need that one teach you an oath : again which be the first principles of the 18 That by two immutable things, in which oracles of God; and are become such as it was impossible for God to lie, we might have need of milk, and not of strong meat. have a strong consolation, who havo tied

13 For every one that useth milk is un- for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set skilful in the word of righteousness : for he before us: is a babe.

19 Which hope we have as an anchor of 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which are of full age, even those who by reason of entereth into that within the veil; use have their senses exercised to discern 20 Whither the forerunner is for us enterboth good and evil.

ed, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever

after the order of Melchisedec, CHAPTER 6. 1 He exhorteth not to fall back from the faith,

CHAPTER 7. 11 but to be stedfast, 12 diligent, and patient 1 Christ Jesus is a priest after the order of to wait upon God, 13 because God is most Melchisedec, 11 and so far more excellent sure in his promise.

than the priests of Aaron's order, FO

VOR this Melchisedec, king of Salem, the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto priest of the most high God, who met perfection; not laying again the foundation Abraham returning from the slaughter of of repentance from dead works, and of faith the kings, and blessed him; toward God,

2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth 2 of the doctrine of baptisms, and of lay- part of all; Arst being by interpretation ing on of hands, and of resurrection of the King of righteousness, and after that also dead, and of eternal judgment.

King of Salem, which is, King of peace ; 3 And this will we do, if God permit.

3 Without father, without mother, without 4 For it is possi for those who were descent, havin neither beginning of days, once enlightened, and have tasted of the nor end of life, but made like unto the Son heavenly gift, and were made partakers of of God; abideth a priest continually. the Holy Ghost,

4 Now consider how great this man was, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham and the powers of the world to come,

gave the tenth of the spoils. 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them 5 And verily they that are of the sons of again unto repentance; seeing they crucify Levi, who receive the office of the priestto themselves the Son of God afresh, and hood, have a commandment to take tithes put him to an open shame.

of the people according to the iaw, that is, 7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain of their brethren, though they come out of that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth the loins of Abraham: herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, 6 But he whose descent is not counted receiveth blessing from God:

from them received tithes of Abraham, and 8 But that which beareth thorns and briers blessed him that had the promises. is rejected, and is pigh unto cursing; whose 7 And without all contradiction the less is end is to be burned.

blessed of the better. 9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better 8 And here men that die receive tithes; things of you, and things that accompany but there he receiveth them, of whom it is salvation, though we thus speak.

witnessed that he liveth. 10 For God is not unrighteous to forget 9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who reyour work and labour of love, which ye have ceiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.

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Christ's priesthood more

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excellent than Aaron's. 10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, priest, who is set on the right hand of the when Melchisedec met him.lt

throne of the Majesty in the heavens; 11 If therefore perfection were by the Le- 2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the vitical priesthood, (for under it the people true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and received the law,) what further need was not man. there that another priest should rise after 3 For every high priest is ordained to offer the order of Melchisedec, and not be called gifts and sacrinces: wherefore it is of neafter the order of Aaron?

cessity that this man have somewhat also 12 For the priesthood being changed, there to offer. is made of necessity a change also of the 4 For if he were on earth, he should not law.

be a priest, seeing that there are priests that 13 For he of whom these things are spoken offer gifts according to the law: pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man 5 Who serve unto the example and shadow gave attendance at the altar.

of heavenly things, as Moses was admonish14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang ed of God when he was about to make the out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spako tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou nothing concerning priesthood.

make all things according to the pattern 15 And it is yet far more evident: for that shewed to thee in the mount. after the similitude of Melchisedec there 6 But now hath he obtained a more excelariseth another priest,

lent ministry, by how much also he is the 16 Who is made, not after the law of a mediator of a better covenant, which was carnal commandment, but after the power established upon better promises. of an endless life.

7 For if that first covenant had been fault17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for less, then should no place have been sought ever after the order of Melchisedec.

for the second. 18 For there is verily a disannulling of the 8 For finding fault with them, he saith, commandment going before for the weakness Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when and unprofitableness thereof.

I will make a new covenant with the house 19 For the law made nothing perfect, but of Israel and with the house of Judah: the bringing in of a better hope did; by the 9 Not according to the covenant that I which we draw nigh unto God.

made with their fathers in the day when I 20 And inasmuch as not without an oath took them by the hand to lead them out of he was made priest:

the land of Egypt; because they continued 21 (For those priests were made without not in my covenant, and I regarded them an oath; but this with an oath by him that not, saith the Lord. said unto him, The Lord sware and will not 10 For this is the covenant that I will repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the make with the house of Israel after those order of Melchisedec :)

days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws 22 By so much was Jesus made a surety into their mind, and write them in their of a better testament.

hearts: and I will be to them a God, and 23 And they truly were many priests, be- they shall be to me a people : cause they were not suffered to continue by 11 And they shall not teach every man his reason of death:

neighbour, and every man his brother, say. 24 But this man, because he continueth | ing, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. from the least to the greatest.

25 Wherefore he is able also to save them 12 For I will be merciful to their unrightto the uttermost that come unto God by eousness, and their sins and their iniquities him, seeing he ever liveth to make inter- will I remember no more. cession for them.

13 In that the saith, A new covenant, ho 26 For such an high priest became us, hath made the first old. Now that which who is holy, harmless, undefled, separate decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish from sinners, and made higher than the away. heavens;

CHAPTER 9. 27 Who needeth not daily, as those high 1 The description of the rites and bloody sacri. priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his fices of the law, 11 far inferior to the dignity own sins, and then for the people's: for and perfection of the blood and sacrifice of this he did once, when he offered up him- Christ. self.

ordinances which have infirmity; but the word of the ly sanctuary. oath, which was since the law, maketh the 2 For there was a tabernacle made; the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

first, wherein was the candlestick, and the CHAPTER 8.

table, and the shewbread; which is called 1 By the eternal priesthood of Christ the Levi.

the sanctuary. tical priesthood of Aa is abolished. 7 And 3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle the temporal covenant with the fathers, by which is called the Holiest of all; the eternal covenant of the gospel.

4 Which had the golden cenger, and the NOW

Ow of the things which we have spoken ark of the covenant overlaid round about this is the sum: We have such an high with gold, wherein was the golden pot that

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The sacrifices of the law

HEBREWS, 10. inferior to that of Christ. had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, purged with blood; and without shedding and the tables of the covenant;

of blood is no remission. 5 And over it the cherubims of glory sha- 23 It was therefore necessary that the dowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot patterns of things in the heavens should now speak particularly.

be purified with these; but the heavenly 6 Now when these things were thus or- things themselves with better sacrifices than dained, the priests went always into the these, first tabernacle, accomplishing the service 24 For Christ is not entered into the holy of God.

places made with hands, which are the figures 7 But into the second went the high priest of the true; but into heaven itsell, now to alone once every year, not without blood, appear in the presence of God for us: which he offered for himself, and for the 25 Nor yet that he should offer himself errors of the people:

often, as the high priest entereth into the 8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the holy place every year with blood of others; way into the holiest of all was not yet made 26 For then must he often have suffered manifest, while as the first tabernacle was since the foundation of the world: but now yet standing:

once in the end of the world hath he ap9 Which was a figure for the time then peared to put away sin by the sacrifice of present, in wbich were offered both gifts himself. and sacrifices, that could not make him 27 And as it is appointed unto men once that did the service perfect, as pertaining to die, but after this the judgment: to the conscience ;

28 So Christ was once offered to bear the 10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, sins of many; and unto them that look for and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, him shall he appear the second time withimposed on them until the time of reforma- out sin unto salvation. tion.

CHAPTER 10. 11 But Christ being come an high priest of

1 The weakness of the law sacrifices. 10 The good things to come, by a greater and more sacrifice of Christ's body once offered, 14 for perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, ever hath taken away sins. 19° An exhortathat is to say, not of this building;

tion to hold fust the saith, with patience anú 12 Neither by the blood of goats and thanksgiving. calves, but by his own blood he entered in Fikines to come, and not the very image once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

of the things, can never with those sacrifices 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, which they offered year by year continually and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the make the comers thereunto perfect. unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the 2 For then would they not have ceased to flesh:

be offered ? because that the worshippers 14 How much more shall the blood of once purged should have had no more conChrist, who through the eternal Spirit offer- science of sins. ed himself without spot to God, purge your 3 But in those sacrifices there is a rememconscience from dead works to serve the brance again made of sins every year. living God?

4 For it is not possible that the blood of 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of bulls and of goats should take away sins. the new testament, that by means of death, 5 Wherefore when he cometh into the for the redemption of the transgressions world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou that were under the first testament, they wouldest not, but a body hast thou prewhich aro called might receive the promise pared me: of eternal inheritance.

6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin 16 For where a testament is, there must thou hast had no pleasure. also of necessity be the death of the tes- 7 Then said I, LO, I come in the volume tator.

of the book it is written of me,) to do thy 17 For a testament is of force after men will, O God. are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at 8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offerall while the testator liveth.

ing and burnt offerings and offering for sin 18 Whereupon neither the first testament thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure was dedicated without blood.

therein; which are offered by the law; 19 For when Moses had spoken overy pre- 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, cept to all the people according to the law, O God. He taketh away the first, that he he took the blood of calves and of goats, may establish the second. with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, 10 By the which will we are sanctified and sprinkled both the book, and all the through the offering of the body of Jesus people, !!!

Christ once for all. 20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament 11 And every priest standeth daily minis which God hath enjoined unto you.

tering and offering oftentimes the same sa21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both crifices, which can never take away sins: the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the 12 But this man, after he had offered ono ministry:

sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the 22 And almost all things are by the law right hand of God;

20 By a new and living way, which wehe. N hoped

for, the evidence of things not

An exhortation to

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stedfastness in the faith. 13 From henceforth expecting till his ene- dence, which hath great recompence of mies be made his footstool.

reward. 14 For by one offering he hath perfected 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after for ever them that are sanctified.

ye have done the will of God, ye might re15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness ceive the promise. to us: for after that he had said before,

37 For yet a little while, and he that shall 16 This is the covenant that I will make come will come, and will not tarry. with them after those days, saith the Lord, 38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if I will put my laws into their hearts, and in any man draw back, my soul shall have no their minds will I write them;

pleasure in him. 17 And their sins and iniquities will I re- 39 But we are not of them who draw back member no more.

unto perdition; but of them that believe to 18 Now where remission of these is, there the saving or the soul. is no more offering for sin.

CHAPTER 11. 19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness

1 What faith is. 6 Without faith we cannot to enter into the holiest by the blood of please God. 7 The worthy fruits thereof in

the fathers of old time.

the hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

seen, 21 And having an high priest over the 2 For by it the elders obtained a good house of God;

report. 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in 3 Through faith we understand that the full assurance of faith, having our hearts worlds were framed by the word of God, so sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our that things which are seen were not made bodies washed with pure water.

of things which do appear. 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our 4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more faith without wavering; (for he is faithful excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he that promised ;)

obtained witness that he was righteous, God 24 And let us consider one another to testifying of his gifts: and by it he being provoke unto love and to good works: dead yet speaketh. 25 Not forsaking the assembling of our

5 By faith Enoch was translated that he selves together, as the manner of some is; should not see death; and was not found, but exhorting one another: and so much because God had translated him: for before the more, as ye see the day approaching. his translation he had this testimony, that

26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have he pleased God. received the knowledge of the truth, there 6 But without faith it is impossible to remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

please him: for he that cometh to God must 27 But a certain fearful looking for of believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder judgment and fiery indignation, which shall of them that diligently seek him. devour the adversaries.

7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of 28 He that despised Moses' law died with- things not seen as yet, moved with fear, preout mercy under two or three witnesses : pared an ark to the saving of his house ;

29 Of how much sorer punishment, sup- by the which he condemned the world, and pose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who became heir of the righteousness which is hath trodden under foot the Son of God, by faith. and hath counted the blood of the cove- 8 By faith Abraham, when he was called nant, wherewith he was sanctified, an un- to go out into a place which he should after holy, thing, and hath done despite unto the receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he Spirit of grace?

went out, not knowing whither he went. 30. For we know him that hath said, Ven- 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of progeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, mise, as in a strange country, dwelling in saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs judge his people.

with him of the same promise: 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the 10 For he looked for a city which hath hands of the living God.

foundations, whose builder and maker is 32 But call to remembrance the former God. days, in which, after ye were illuminated, 11 Through faith also Sara herself reye endured a great fight of afflictions ; ceived strength to conceive seed, and was 33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazing

delivered of a child when she was past age, stock both by reproaches and afflictions ; because she judged him faithful who had and partly, whilst ye became companions of promised. them that were so used.

12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and 34 For ye had compassion of me in my him as good as dead, so many as the stars of bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye is by the sea shore innumerable. have in heaven a better and an enduring 13 These all died in faith, not having resubstance.

ceived the promises, but having seen them 35 Cast not away therefore your confi- afar off, and were persuaded of them, and

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The worthy fruits of faith HEBREWS, 12.

in the fathers of old time. embraced them, and confessed that they were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

to flight the armies of the aliens. 14 For they that say such things declare 35 Women received their dead raised to plainly that they seek a country.

life again: and others were tortured, not 15 And truly, if they had been mindful of accepting deliverance; that they might obthat country from whence they came out, tain a better resurrection: they might have had opportunity to have 36 And others had trial of cruel mockings returned.

and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and 16 But now they desire a better country, imprisonment: that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not 37 They were stoned, they were sawn ashamed to be called their God: for he hath asunder, were tempted, were slain with the prepared for them a city.

sword : they wandered about in sheepskins 17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, and goatskins; being destitute, atilicted, offered up Isaac: and he that had received tormented; the promises offered up his only begotten son, 38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:)

18 of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, thy seed be called :

and in dens and caves of the earth. 19 Accounting that God was able to raise 39 And these all, having obtained a good him up, even from the dead; from whence report through faith, received not the proalso he received him in a figure.

mise : 20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau 40 God having provided some better thing concerning things to come.

for us, that they without us should not be 21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying,

made perfect. blessed both the sons of Joseph; and wors

CHAPTER 12. shipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. 1 An exhortation to constant faith, patience,

22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made and godliness. 22 A commendation of the new niention of the departing of the children of

testament above the old. Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

passed about with so great a cloud 23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, hid three months of his parents, because and the sin which doth so easily beset us, they saw he was a proper child; and they and let us run with patience the race that were not afraid of the king's command- is set before us, ment.

2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finish24 By faith Moses, when he was come to er of our faith; who for the joy that was set years, refused to be called the son of Pha- before him endured the cross, despising the raoh's daughter;

shame, and is set down at the right hand of 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the throne of God. the people of God, than to enjoy the plea

3 For consider him that endured such consures of sin for a season;

tradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ great- be wearied and faint in your minds. er riches than the treasures in Egypt: for 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, he had respect unto the recompence of the striving against sin. reward.

5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation 27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing which speaketh unto you as unto children, the wrath of the king: for he endured, as My son, despise not thou the chastening of seeing him who is invisible.

the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked 28 Through faith he kept the passover,

of him : and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chastendestroyed the firstborn should touch them. eth, and scourgeth every son whom he re

29 By faith they passed through_the Red ceiveth. sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth assaying to do were drowned.

with you as with sons; for what son is he 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down,

whom the father chasteneth not? after they were compassed about seven 8 But if ye be without chastisement, wheredays.

of all are partakers, then are ye bastards, 31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not

and not sons. with them that believed not, when she had 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of received the spies with peace.

our flesh which corrected us, and we gave 32 And what shall I more say? for the them reverence: shall we not much rather time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae ; and live? of David also, and Samuel, and of the 10 For they verily for a few days chastenprophets :

ed us after their own pleasure; but he for 33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, our profit, that we might be partakers of wrought righteousness, obtained promises, his holiness. stopped the mouths of lions,

1. Now no chastening for the present 34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped seemeth to be joyous, but grievous : neverthe edge of the sword, out of weakness were theless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable

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