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The Epistle to the Hebrews

1:1 God, who spoke in times past to our fathers by the prophets at many times and in various ways,

1:2 Has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.

1:3 He is the brightness of his glory, and the exact representation of his nature, upholding all things by the word of his power. When he had purged our sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high;

1:4 Having become as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

1:5 For to which of the angels has he at any time said, You are my Son, this day I have begotten you? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

1:6 And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, Let all the angels of God worship him.

1:7 And of the angels he says, Who makes his angels winds, and his ministers flames of fire.

1:8 But of the Son he says, Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of your kingdom.

1:9 You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.

1:10 And, You, Lord, did lay the foundation of the earth in the beginning; and the heavens are the works of your hands:

1:11 They shall perish; but you remain; and they shall all grow old as does a garment;

1:12 And as a mantle you shall fold them up, and they shall be changed: but you are the same, and your years shall never end.

1:13 But to which of the angels did he at any time say, Sit on my right hand, until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet?

1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to serve those who shall be heirs of salvation?

2:1 Therefore, we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should slip away.

2:2 For if the word spoken by angels was binding, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence;

2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation? It was at first announced by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard him;

2:4 God also bearing witness, both with signs and wonders, and with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to his own will.

2:5 For he did not put in subjection to the angels the world to come, of which we speak.

2:6 But in a certain place someone testified, saying, What is man, that you are mindful of him? or the son of man, that you care for him?

2:7 You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honour, and did set him over the works of your hands:

2:8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in putting all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.

2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made for a little while lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honour because he suffered death; that he, by the grace of God, should taste death for every man.

2:10 For it was fitting that he, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.

2:11 For both he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all of one family: for which reason he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

2:12 Saying, I will declare your name to my brethren, in the midst of the congregation I will sing praises to you.

2:13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold, here am I, and the children whom God has given me.

2:14 Since then, as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he himself also partook of the same; that through death he might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil;

2:15 And deliver those who through fear of death were all their lives subject to bondage.

2:16 For truly he does not help angels; but he helps the descendants of Abraham.

2:17 Therefore, in all things he had to be made like his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people.

2:18 For since he himself has suffered in being tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.

3:1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our profession;

3:2 Who was faithful to him who appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.

3:3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, just as he who has built the house has more honour than the house.

3:4 For every house has been built by someone; but he who is the builder of all things is God.

3:5 And Moses was faithful in all his house, as a servant, as a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later;

3:6 But Christ was faithful as a son over his own house, whose house we are, if we hold fast [and firm to the end] our confidence and our joyful hope.

3:7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, Today if you hear his voice,

3:8 Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness:

3:9 When your fathers tested me, tried me, and saw my works for forty years.

3:10 Therefore I was angry with that generation, and said, They always go astray in their hearts; and they have not known my ways.

3:11 So I swore in my wrath, They shall not enter my rest.

3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, leading you to turn away from the living God.

3:13 But encourage one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

3:14 For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold our first confidence steadfast to the end;

3:15 While it is said, Today if you will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion.

3:16 For who were those who rebelled when they had heard? was it not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses?

3:17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? was it not with those who had sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness?

3:18 And to whom did he swear that they should not enter his rest, but to those who disobeyed?

3:19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

4:1 Therefore, let us fear, lest while a promise of entering into his rest remains, any of you should seem to fall short of it.

4:2 For the gospel was preached to us, as well as to them: but the word preached did not benefit them, because it was not combined with faith in those who heard it.

4:3 For we who have believed enter into that rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, they shall never enter my rest: although his works were finished from the foundation of the world.

4:4 For he spoke in a certain place of the seventh day in this manner, And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.

4:5 And again in this passage, They shall never enter my rest.

4:6 Therefore, since it remains that some must enter in, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter in because of unbelief:

4:7 He again fixes a certain day, calling it Today, saying through David after so long a time, as was said before, Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.

4:8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then he would not afterward have spoken of another day.

4:9 Therefore, there remains a sabbath rest for the people of God.

4:10 For he who has entered his rest, has also has ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

4:11 Therefore, let us labour to enter that rest, lest any man fall by following their example of disobedience.

4:12 For the word of God is alive, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart.

4:13 Nor is there any creature concealed from his sight: but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

4:15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our infirmities; but one who in every respect was tempted as we are, yet without sin.

4:16 Therefore, let us boldly approach the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

5:1 For every high priest chosen from among men is ordained to represent men in things pertaining to God, to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins.

5:2 He can have compassion on the ignorant, and on those who are going astray; for he also is subject to weakness.

5:3 And for this reason he must offer sacrifices for sins, both for the people, and for himself.

5:4 And no man takes this honour upon himself, but he is called by God, as was Aaron.

5:5 So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest; but was appointed by him who said to him, You are my Son, today I have begotten you.

5:6 As he also says in another place, You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.

5:7 In the days of his flesh, he offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his piety.

5:8 Though he was a Son, yet he learned obedience through the things which he suffered;

5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation for all those who obey him;

5:10 Being named by God as a high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

5:11 Of him we have many things to say which are hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.

5:12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need for someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God. You have come to need milk, and not solid food.

5:13 For everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

5:14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, those who by practice have their senses trained to discern both good and evil.

6:1 Therefore, leaving the elementary principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on to perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

6:2 Of instructions about baptisms, and of the laying on of hands, and of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

6:3 And this we will do, if God permits.

6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit,

6:5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

6:6 If they shall fall away, to be brought back again to repentance; for they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and hold him up to public disgrace.

6:7 For the earth which drinks in the rain that comes often upon it, and brings forth vegetation useful for those by whom it is farmed, receives a blessing from God:

6:8 But that which bears thorns and thistles is worthless, and is near to being cursed; its end is to be burned.

6:9 But, beloved, though we speak thus, we are persuaded of better things concerning you, things that accompany salvation.

6:10 For God is not unrighteous, so as to forget the work and love which you have shown for his name's sake in having ministered to the saints, as you continue to do.

6:11 And we desire that every one of you show the same diligence in realizing the full assurance of hope until the end:

6:12 That you may not grow slothful, but be followers of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

6:13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no one greater, he swore by himself,

6:14 Saying, Surely I will bless you and I will multiply you.

6:15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

6:16 For truly, men swear by one who is greater than themselves: and an oath given for confirmation puts an end to all disputes.

6:17 Therefore God, wanting to show more clearly to the heirs of the promise the immutable nature of his purpose, confirmed it by an oath:

6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us might have a strong encouragement.

6:19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, which enters within the veil;

6:20 Where Jesus, the forerunner, has entered for us, having become a high priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.