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The eternity of CHAP. VIII, IX. Christ's priesthood. this he did once, when he offered, saith the Lord, when I will make
a new covenant with the house 28 For the law maketh men of Israel, and with the house of high priests which have infirmity; Judah: but the word of the oath, which 9 Not according to the covewas since the law, maketh the nant that I made with their faSon, who is consecrated for ever thers, in the day when I took
them by the hand to lead them CHAP. VIII.
out of the land of Egypt; be1 By the eternal priesthood of Christ
cause they continued not in my the Levitical priesthood of Aaron is covenant, and I regarded them abolished. 7 And the temporal cov. enant with the fathers, by the eter.
not, saith the Lord. nal covenant of the gospel.
10 For this is the covenant that NOW of the things which we I will make with the house of Is
have spoken this is the sum : rael, after those days, saith the We have such an high priest, who Lord; I will put my laws into is set on the right hand of the their mind, and write them in throne of the Majesty in the their hearts : and I will be to heavens;
them a God, and they shall be to 2 A minister of the sanctuary, me a people : and of the true tabernacle, which 11 And they shall not teach the Lord pitched, and not man. every man his neighbour, and 3. For every high priest is or every man his brother, saying, dained to offer gifts and sacrifi Know the Lord : for all shall ces: wherefore it is of necessity know me, from the least to the that this man have somewhat al- | greatest. so to offer.
12 For I will be merciful to their 4 For if he were on earth, he unrighteousness, and their sins should not be a priest, seeing that and their iniquities will I rememthere are priests that offer gifts ber no more. according to the law:
13 In that he saith, A new 5 Who serve unto the example covenant, he hath made the first and shadow of heavenly things, old. Now that which decayeth as Moses was admonished of and waxeth old, is ready to vanGod when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See (saith
CHAP. IX. he) that thou make all things ac 1 The description of the rites and cording to the pattern shewed to bloody sacrifices of the law, 11 far thee in the mount.
inferior to the dignity and perfec
tion of the blood and sacrifice of 6 But now hath he obtained a
Christ. more excellent ministry, by how THEN verily the first covenant much also he is the mediator of a had also ordinances of divine better covenant, which was es service, and a worldly sanctutablished upon better promises. ary
7 For if that first covenant had 2 For there was a tabernacle been faultless, then should no made ; the first wherein was the place have been sought for the candlestick, and the table, and second.
the shew-bread; which is called 8 For finding fault with them, the sanctuary. he saith, Behold, the days come, 3 And after the second vail, the
Christ's blood. tabernacle which is called the 13 For if the blood of bulls and Holiest of all;
of goats, and the ashes of an heifer 4 Which had the golden censer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth and the ark of the covenant over to the purifying of the flesh : laid round about with gold, 14 How much more shall the wherein was the golden pot that blood of Christ, who through the had manna, and Aaron's rod that eternal Spirit offered himself budded, and the tables of the without spot to God, purge your covenant ;
conscience from dead works to 5 And over it the cherubims of
serve the living God ? glory shadowing the mercy-seat; 15 And for this cause he is the of which we cannot now speak mediator of the new testament, particularly
that by means of death, for the 6 Now when these things were redemption of the transgressions thus ordained, the priests went that were under the first testaalways into the first taberna- ment, they which are called might cle, accomplishing the service of receive the promise of eternal God:
inheritance. 7 But into the second went the 16 For where a testament is, high priest alone once every year, there must also of necessity be not without blood, which he of the death of the testator. fered for himself, and for the er 17 For a testament is of force rors of the people :
after men are dead : otherwise it 8 The Holy Ghost this signify- | is of no strength at all while the ing, that the way into the holiest testator liveth. of all was not yet made manifest, 18 Whereupon neither the first while as the first tabernacle was testament was dedicated without yet standing :
blood. 9 Which was a figure for the 19 For when Moses had spoken time then present, in which were every precept to all the people offered both gifts and sacrifices, according to the law, he took the that could not make him that did blood of calves and of goats, with the service perfect, as pertaining water, and scarlet wool, and to the conscience ;
hyssop, and sprinkled both the 10 Which stood only in meats book and all the people, and drinks, and divers washings, 20 Saying, This is the blood of and carnal ordinances, imposed the testament which God hath on them until the time of reform- enjoined unto you. ation.
21 Moreover, he sprinkled like11 But Christ being come an wise with blood both the taberhigh priest of good things to nacle, and all the vessels of the come, by a greater and more per- | ministry. fect tabernacle, not made with 22 And almost all things are by hands, that to say, not of this
the law purged with blood ; and building ;
without shedding of blood is no 12 Neither by the blood of remission. goats and calves, but by his own 23 It was therefore necessary blood, he entered in once into the that the patterns of things in the holy place, having obtained eter heavens should be purified with nal redemption for us.
| these; but the heavenly things
perfect sacrifice. themselves with better sacrifices 5 Wherefore, when he cometh than these.
into the world, he saith, Sacrifice 24 For Christ is not entered and offering thou wouldest not, into the holy places made with but a body hast thou prepared hands, which are the figures of me: the true ; but into heaven itself, 6 In burnt-offerings and sacrinow to appear in the presence offices for sin thou hast had no God for us :
pleasure. 25 Nor yet that he should offer 7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in himself often, as the high priest the volume of the book it is writentereth into the holy place every ten of me) to do thy will, O God. year with blood of others ;
8 Above, when he said, Sacri26 For then must he often have fice and offering and burnt-offersuffered since the foundation of ings and offering for sin thou the world : but now once in the wouldest not, neither hadst pleasend of the world hath he appear ure therein; which are offered ed to put away sin by the sacri- by the law; fice of himself.
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to 27 And as it is appointed unto do thy will, O God. He taketh men once to die, but after this away the first, that he may esthe judgment :
tablish the second. 28 So Christ was once offered 10 By the which will we are to bear the sins of many; and sanctified through the offering of unto them that look for him shall the body of Jesus Christ once
for he appear the second time with all. out sin unto salvation.
11 And every priest standeth CHAP. X.
daily ministering and offering I The weakness of the law sacrifices.
oftentimes the same sacrifices, 10 The sacrifice of Christ's body which can never take away sins : once offered, 14 for ever hath taken 12 But this man, after he had away sins. 19 An exhortation to
offered one sacrifice for sins, for hold fast the faith, with patience and thanksgiving.
ever sat down on the right hand FOR the law having a shadow of God;
of good things to come, and 13 From henceforth expecting not the very image of the things, till his enemies be made his footcan never with those sacrifices stool. which they offered year by year 14 For by one offering he hath continually, make the comers perfected for ever them that are thereunto perfect.
sanctified. 2 For then would they not have 15 Whereof the Holy Ghost ceased to be offered ? because also is a witness to us : for after that the worshippers once purged that he had said before, should have had no more con
16 This is the covenant that I science of sins.
will make with them after those 3 But in those sacrifices there is days, saith the Lord; I will put a remembrance again made of my laws into their hearts, and in sins every year.
their minds will I write them; 4 For it is not possible that the 17 And their sins and iniquities blood of bulls and of goats should will I remember no more. take away sins.
18 Now where remission of
and its fruits. these is, there is no more offering me, I will recompense, saith the for sin.
Lord. And again, The Lord 19 Having therefore, brethren, shall judge his people. boldness to enter into the holiest 31 It is a fearful thing to fall by the blood of Jesus,
into the hands of the living God. 20 By a new and living way, 32 But call to remembrance the which he hath consecrated for us, former days, in which, after ye through the vail, that is to say, were illuminated, ye endured a his flesh;
great fight of afflictions ; 21 And having an high priest 33 Partly, while ye were made over the house of God;
a gazing-stock both by reproaches 22 Let us draw near with a true and afflictions; and partly, while heart, in full assurance of faith, ye became companions of them having our hearts sprinkled from that were so used. an evil conscience, and our bod 34 For ye had compassion of ies washed with pure water. me in my bonds, and took joyful
23 Let us hold fast the profes- ly the spoiling of your goods, sion of our faith without waver- knowing in yourselves that ye ing; for he is faithful that prom- have in heaven a better and an ised ;
enduring substance. 24 And let us consider one an 35 Cast not away therefore other, to provoke unto love, and your confidence, which hath great to good works :
recompense of reward. 25 Not forsaking the assembling 36 For ye have need of paof ourselves together, as the tience, that, after ye have done manner of some is; but exhort the will of God, ye might receive ing one another: and so much
the promise. the more, as ye see the day ap 37 For yet a little while, and proaching
he that shall come will come, and 26 For if we sin wilfully after will not tarry. that we have received the knowl 38 Now the just shall live by. edge of the truth, there remain faith : but if any man draw back, eth no more sacrifice for sins, my soul shall have no pleasure 27 But a certain fearful looking in him. for of judgment and fiery indig 39 But we are not of them who nation, which shall devour the draw back unto perdition; but of adversaries.
them that believe to the saving 28 He that despised Moses' law, of the soul. died without mercy under two
CHAP. XI. or three witnesses:
1 What faith is. 6 Without faith we 29 Of how much sorer punish
cannot please God. 7 The worthy
fruits thereof in the fathers of old ment, suppose ye, shall he be
time. thought worthy,
substance of under foot the Son of God, and things hoped for, the evihath counted the blood of the cov dence of things not seen: enant, wherewith he was sanctifi 2 For by it the elders obtained ed, an unholy thing, and hath done a good report. despite unto the Spirit of grace? 3 Through faith we understand
30 For we know him that hath that the worlds were framed by said, Vengeance belongeth unto the word of God, so that things
and its fruits. which are seen were not made of, in multitude, and as the sand things which do appear.
which is by the sea-shore innu4 By faith Abel offered unto merable. God a more excellent sacrifice 13 These all died in faith, not than Cain, by which he obtained having received the promises, but witness that he was righteous, having seen them afar off, and God testifying of his gifts : and were persuaded of them, and emby it he being
dead yet speaketh. braced them, and confessed that 5 By faith Enoch" was transla- they were strangers and pilgrims ted, that should not see death;
on the ear and was not found, because God 14 For they that say such had translated him : for before things declare plainly that they his translation he had this testi- seek a country. mony, that he pleased God. 15 And truly, if they had been
6 But without faith it is impos- mindful of that country from sible to please him: for he that whence they came out, they cometh to God must believe might have had opportunity to that he is, and that he is a re have returned. warder of them that diligently 16 But now they desire a better seek him.
country, that is, an heavenly: 7 By faith Noah, being warned wherefore God is not ashamed to of God of things not seen as be called their God : for he hath yet, moved with fear, prepared prepared for them a city. an ark to the saving of his house ; 17 By faith Abraham, when he by the which he condemned the was tried, offered up Isaac: and world, and became heir of the he that had received the promirighteousness which is by faith. ses offered up his only begotten
8 By faith Abraham, when he son, was called to go out into a place 18 Of whom it was said, that which he should after receive for in Isaac shall thy seed be called : an inheritance, obeyed; and he 19 Accounting that God was went out not knowing whither he able to raise him up, even from
the dead; from whence also he 9 By faith he sojourned in the received him in a figure. land of promise, as in a strange 20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob country, dwelling in tabernacles and Esau concerning things to with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise : 21 By faith Jacob, when he
10 For he looked for a city was a dying, blessed both the which hath foundations, whose sons of Joseph ; and worshipped, builder and maker is God. leaning upon the top of his staff.
11 Through faith also Sarah 22 By faith Joseph, when he herself received strength to con died, made mention of the deceive seed, and was delivered of parting of the children of Israel ; a child when she was past age, and gave commandment concernbecause she judged him faithful ing his bones. who had promised.
23 By faith Moses, when he 12 Therefore sprang there even was born, was hid three months of of one, and him as good as dead, his parents, because they saw he 80 many as the stars of the sky was a proper child; and they