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hands, and of resurrection of diligence to the full assurthe dead, and of eternal judg- ance of hope unto the end: ment.
12 That ye be not slothful, 3 And this will we do, if but followers of them who God permit.
through faith and patience 4 For it is impossible for inherit the promises. those who were once enlight- 13 For when God made ened, and have tasted of the promise to Abraham, because heavenly gift, and were made he could swear by no greater, partakers of the Holy Ghost, he sware by himself,
5 And have tasted the good 14 Saying, Surely blessing I word of God, and the powers will bless thee, and multiplyof the world to come, ing I will multiply thee.
6 If they shall fall away, to 15 And so, after he had parenew them again unto re- tiently endured, he obtained pentance; seeing they crucify the promise. to themselves the Son of God 16 For men verily swear by afresh, and put him to an the greater: and an oath for
confirmation is to them an For the earth which drink-end of all strife. eth in the rain that cometh 17 Wherein God, willing oft upon it, and bringeth more abundantly to shew forth herbs meet for them unto the heirs of promise the by whom it is dressed, re- immutability of his counsel, ceiveth blessing from God: confirmed it by an oath:
8 But that which beareth 18 That by two immutable thorns and briers is rejected, things, in which it was imand is nigh unto cursing; possible for God to lie, we whose end is to be burned. might have a strong consola
9 But, beloved, we are per- tion, who have fled for refuge suaded better things of you, to lay hold upon the hope set and things that accompany before us: salvation, though we thus 19 Which hope we have as speak.
an anchor of the soul, both 10 For God is not unright- sure and steadfast, and which eous to forget your work and entereth into that within the labour of love, which ye have vail; shewed toward his name, in 20 Whither the forerunner that ye have ministered to is for us entered, even Jesus, the saints, and do minister. made a high priest for ever
11 And we desire that every after the order of Melchiseone of you do shew the same dec.
8 And here men that die re: 1 Christ Jesus is a priest after the or- ceive tithes; but there he remore excellent than the priests of ceiveth them, of whom it is Aaron's order.
witnessed that he liveth. TOR this Melchisedec, 9 And as I may so say,
Levi king of Salem, priest of also, who receiveth tithes, the most high God, who met paid tithes in Abraham. Abraham returning from the 10 For he was yet in the slaughter of the kings, and loins of his father, when Melblessed him;
chisedec met him. 2 To whom also Abraham 11 If therefore perfection gave a tenth part of all; first were by the Levitical priestbeing by interpretation King hood, (for under it the peoof righteousness, and after ple received the law,) what that also King of Salem, further need was there that which is, King of peace; another priest should rise
3 Without father, without after the order of Melchisemother, without descent, hav- dec, and not be called after ing neither beginning of days, the order of Aaron? nor end of life; but made like 12 For the priesthood being unto the Son of God; abideth changed, there is made of nea priest continually.
cessity a change also of the 4 Now consider how great law. this man was, unto whom 13 For he of whom these even the patriarch Abraham things are spoken pertaineth gave the tenth of the spoils. to another tribe, of which no 5 And verily they that are of man gave attendance at the the sons of Levi, who receive altar. the office of the priesthood, 14 For it is evident that our have a commandment to take Lord sprang out of Juda; of tithes of the people according which tribe Moses spake to the law, that is, of their nothing concerning priestbrethren, though they come hood. out of the loins of Abraham: 15 And it is yet far more
6 But he whose descent is evident: for that after the not counted from them re- similitude of Melchisedec ceived tithes of Abraham, there ariseth another priest, and blessed him that had the 16 Who is made, not after promises.
the law of a carnal com7 And without all contradic- mandment, but after the tion the less is blessed of the power of an endless life. better.
17 For he testifieth, Thou
art a priest for ever after the 27 Who needeth not daily, order of Melchisedec.
as those high priests, to offer 18 For there is verily a disan- up sacrifice, first for his own nulling of the commandment sins, and then for the peogoing before for the weakness ple's: for this he did once, and unprofitableness thereof. when he offered up himself.
19 For the law made noth- 28 For the law maketh men ing perfect, but the bringing high priests which have inin of a better hope did, by firmity; but the word of the the which we draw nigh unto oath, which was since the God.
law, maketh the Son, who is 20 And inasmuch as not consecrated for evermore. without an oath he was made
CHAPTER VIII. priest :
1 By the eternal priesthood of Christ 21 (For those priests were
the Levitical priesthood of Aaron is
abolished. 7 And the leinporal covmade without an oath; but enant with the fathers, by the eterwith an
nal covenant of the gospel.
TOW of the sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever the sum: We have such a after the order of Melchise- high priest, who is set on the dec:)
right hand of the throne of 22 By so much was Jesus the Majesty in the heavens; made a surety of a better 2 A minister of the sanctuatestament.
ry, and of the true tabernacle, 23 And they truly were which the Lord pitched, and many priests, because they not man. were not suffered to continue 3 For every high priest is by reason of death:
ordained to offer gifts and 24 But this man, because he sacrifices: wherefore it is of continueth ever, hath an un- necessity that this man have changeable priesthood. somewhat also to offer.
25 Wherefore he is able also 4 For if he were on earth, to save them to the uttermost he should not be a priest, that come unto God by him, seeing that there are priests seeing he ever liveth to make that offer gifts according to intercession for them.
the law: 26 For such a high priest 5 Who serve unto the exambecame us, who is holy, harm- ple and shadow of heavenly less, undefiled, separate from things, as Moses was admonsinners, and made higher ished of God when he was than the heavens;
about to make the tabernacle:
for, See, saith he, that thou | ing, Know the Lord: for all make all things according to shall know me, from the least the pattern shewed to thee in to the greatest. the mount.
12 For I will be merciful to 6 But now hath he obtained their unrighteousness, and a more excellent ministry, by their sins and their iniquities how much also he is the me- will I remember no more. diator of a better covenant, 13 In that he saith, A new which was established upon covenant, he hath made the better promises.
first old. Now that which 7 For if that first covenant decayeth and waxeth old is had been faultless, then ready to vanish away. should no place have been
CHAPTER IX. sought for the second.
1 The description of the rites ani! 8 For finding fault with bloody sacrifices of the law, 11 far
inferior to the dignity and perfecthem, he saith, Behold, the tion of the blood and sacrifice of days come, saith the Lord, Christ. when I will make a new cov THEN verily the first corenant with the house of Isra enant had also ordiel and with the house of Ju- nances of divine service, and dah:
a worldly sanctuary. 9 Not according to the cov 2 For there was a tabernacle enant that I made with their made; the first, wherein was fathers, in the day when I the candlestick, and the tatook them by the hand to ble, and the shewbread; lead them out of the land of which is called the sanctuary. Egypt; because they contin 3 And after the second vail, ued not in my covenant, and the tabernacle which is called I regarded them not, saith the the holiest of all; Lord.
4 Which had the golden 10 For this is the covenant censer, and the ark of the that I will make with the covenant overlaid round house of Israel after those about with gold, wherein was days, saith the Lord; I will the golden pot that had manput my laws into their mind, na, and Aaron's rod that budand write them in their ded, and the tables of the hearts: and I will be to them covenant ; a God, and they shall be to 5 And over it the cherubim me a people:
of glory shadowing the mercy 11 And they shall not teach seat; of which we cannot every man his neighbour, and now speak particularly. every man his brother, say 6 Now when these things
thus ordained, the of a heifer sprinkling the unpriests went always into the clean, sanctifieth to the purifirst tabernacle, accomplish- fying of the flesh; ing the service of God.
14 How much more shall the ✓ But into the second rent blood of Christ, who through the high priest alone once ev- the eternal Spirit offered himery year, not without blood, self without spot to God, which he offered for himself, purge your conscience from and for the errors of the peo- dead works to serve the living ple:
God? 8 The Holy Ghost this sig- 15 And for this cause he is nifying, that the way into the the mediator of the ew testholiest of all was not yet ament, that by means of made manifest, while as the death, for the redemption of first tabernacle was yet stand- the transgressions that were ing:
under the first testament, 9 Which was a figure for the they which are called might time then present, in which receive the promise of eternal were offered both gifts and inheritance. sacrifices, that could not 16 For where a testament make him that did the serv- is, there must also of necesice perfect, as pertaining to sity be the death of the testthe conscience;
ator. 10 Which stood only in meats 17 For a testament is of and drinks, and divers wash-force after men are dead: ings, and carnal ordinances, otherwise it is of no strength imposed on them until the at all while the testator liv. time of reformation.
eth. 11 But Christ being come a 18 Whereupon neither the high priest of good things to first testament was dedicated come, by a greater and more without blood. perfect tabernacle, not made 19 For when Moses had with hands, that is to say, not spoken every precept to all of this building ;
the people according to the 12 Neither by the blood of law, he took the blood of goats and calves, but by his calves and of goats, with waown blood he entered in once ter, and scarlet wool, and into the holy place, having hyssop, and sprinkled both obtained eternal redemption the book and all the people, for us.
20 Saying, This is the blood 13 For if the blood of bulls of the testament which God and of goats, and the ashes hath enjoined unto you.