Christ's priesthood.

God's promise
14 Seeing then that we have a great unskilful in the word of righteousness :
high Priest, that is passed into the hea. for he is a babe.
vens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold 14 But strong meat belongeth to them
fast our profession.

that are of full age, even those who by 15 For we have not a high Priest reason of use have their senses exercised which cannot be touched with the feel to discern both good and evil. ing of our infirmities : but was in all

CHAP. VI. points tempted like as we are, yet with- He exhorteth not to fall back. out sin.

THEREFORE leaving the principles 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain on unto perfection, not laying again the mercy, and find grace to help in time foundation of repentance from dead of need.

works, and of faith towards God, CHAP. V.

2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of Our Saviour's Priesthood. laying on of hands, and of resurrection

every high Priest taken from of the dead, and of eternal judgment, among men, is ordained for men in 3 And this will we do, if God permit. things pertaining to God, that he may 4 For it is impossible for those who offer both gifts and sacritices for sins: were once enlightened, and have tasted

2 Who can have compassion on the of the heavenly gift, and were made
ignorant, and on them that are out of partakers of the holy Ghost,
the way, for that he himself also is com. 5 And have tasted the good word of
passed with infirmity.

God, and the powers of the world to
3 And by reason hereof he ought as come;
for the people, so also for himself, to 6 If they shall fall away, to renew
offer for sins.

them again unto repentance: seeing 4 And no man taketh this honour un. they crucify to themselves the Son of to himself, but he that is called of God, God afresh, and put him to an open as was Aaron.

shame. 5 So also, Christ glorified not himself,

7 For the earth which drinketh in the to be made a High Priest : but he that rain that cometh oft upon it, and bring. said unto him, Thou art my Son, to eth forth herbs meet for them by whom day have I begotten thee.

it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God. 6 As he saith also in another place, 8 But that which beareth thorns and Thou art a Priest for ever after the briers is rejected, and is nigh unto curs. order of Melchizedek.

ing, whose end is to be burned. 7 Who in the days of his flesh, when 9 But beloved, we are persuaded bet. he had offered up prayers and supplica- ter things of you, and things that ac. tions, with strong crying and tears, unto company salvation, though we thus him that was able to save him from speak. death, and was heard, in that he feared; 10 For God is not unrighteous, to for.

8 Though he were a Son, yet learned get your work and·labour of love, which he obedience, by the things which he ye have shewed toward his name, in suffered :

that ye have ministered to the saints, 9 And being made perfect, he became and do minister. the author of eternal salvation unto all 11 And we desire, that every one of them that obey him,

you do shew the same diligence, to the 10 Called of God a high Priest after full assurance of hope unto the end : the order of Melchizedek:

12 That ye be not slothful, but fol. 11 Of whom we have many things to lowers of them, who through faith and say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye patience inherit the promises. are dull of hearing.

13 For when God made promise to 12 For when for the time ye ought Abraham, because he could swear by to be teachers, ye have need that one no greater, he sware by himself, teach you again which be the first prin | 14 Saying, Surely, blessing I will bless ciples of the Oracles of God, and are thee, and multiplying I will multiply become such as have need of milk, and thee. not of strong meat,

15 And so after he had patiently en. 13 For every one that useth milk, is dured, he obtained the promise.



and Christ 16 For men verily swear by the greater, | Levitical Priesthood (for under it the and an oath for confirmation is to them people received the Law) what further an end of all strife.

need was there, that another Priest 17 Wherein God willing more abun. should rise after the order of Melchize. dantly to shew unto the heirs of promise dek, and not be called after the order of the immutability of his counsel, con. Aaron ? firmed it by an oath :

12 For the Priesthood being changed, 18 That by two immutable things, in there is made of necessity a change also which it was impossible for God to lie, of the Law. we might have a strong consolation, 13 For he of whom these things are who have fled for refuge to lay hold up spoken, pertaineth to another tribe, of on the hope set before us.

which no man gave attendance at the 19 Which hope we have as an anchor Altar. of the soul both sure and steadfast, and 14 For it is evident that our Lord which entereth into that within the vail, sprang out of Judah, of which tribe

20 Whither the forerunner is for us Moses spake nothing concerning Priestentered; even Jesus, made a high hood. Priest for ever after the order of Mel. 15 And it is yet far more evident: for chizedek.

that after the similitude of Melchizedek CHAP. VII.

there arisein another Priest, Of Melchisedec.

16 Who is made not after the Law of TOR this Melchizedek king of Salem, a carnal commandment, but after the met Abraham returning from the slaugh. 17 For he testifieth ; Thou art a Priest ter of the Kinga, and blessed him : for ever, after the order of Melchizedek.

2 To whom also Abraham gave a 18 For there is verily a disannulling of tenth part of all: first being by inter- the commandment going before, for the pretation king of righteousness, and weakness and unprofitableness thereof

. after that also king of Salem, which is, 19 For the Law made nothing perfect

, king of peace :

but the bringing in of a better hope did: 3 Without father, without mother, by the which we draw nigh unto God. without descent, having neither begin. 20 And inasmuch as not without an ning of days nor end of life : but made oath he was made Priest, like unto the Son of God, abideth a 21 (For those Priests were made withPriest continually.

out an oath: but this with an oath, by 4 Now consider how great this man him that said unto him, The Lord was, unto whom even the patriarch sware and will not repent, thou art a Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. Priest for ever after the order of Mel.

5 And verily they that are of the sons chizedek) of Levi, who receive the office of the 22 By so much was Jesus made a Priesthood, liave a commandment to surety of a better Testament. take tithes of the people according to 23 And they truly were many Priests, the Law, that is of their brethren, though because they were not suffered to con. they come ont of the loins of Abraham: tinue by reason of death.

6 But he whose descent is not count: 24 But this man because he continueth ed from them, received tithes of Abra- ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. ham, and blessed him that had the pro. 25 Wherefore he is able also to save mises.

them to the uttermost, that come unto 7 And without all contradiction, the God by him, seeing he ever liveth 10 less is blessed of the better.

make intercession for them. 8 And here men that die receive tithes :/ 26 For such a high Priest became us, but there he receiveth them, of whoin it who is holy, harmless, undefiled, sepa. is witnessed that he liveth.

rate from sinners, and made higher than 9 And as I may so say, Levi also the heavens. who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in 27 Who needeth not daily, as those Abraham.

high Priests, to offer up sacrifice, first 10 For he was yet in the loins of his for his own sins and then for the peo. father when Melchizedek met hiin. ple's: for this he did once, when he of. 11 If therefore perfection were by the fered up himself.

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CHAP. VIII, IX. 28 For the Law maketh men high, 12 For I will be merciful to Priests which have infirmity, but the righteousness, and their sins word of the oath which was since the iniquities will I remember no more. Law, maketh the Son, who is conse. 13 In that he saith, A new Covenant, crated for evermore.

he hath made the first old. CHAP. VIII.

which decayeth and waxeth old, is ready The eternal Priesthood of Christ.

to vanish away. TOW of the things which we have

CHAP. IX. spoken, this is the sum: we have Sacrifices of the Law. such a high Priest, who is set on the THEN verily the first Covenant liad right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens:

and a worldly sanctuary. 2 A minister of the Sanctuary, and of 2 For there was a Tabernacle made, the true Tabernacle, which the Lord the first, wherein was the candlestick, pitched, and not man.

and the table, and the shewbread, 3 For every high Priest is ordained to which is called the sanctuary. offer gifts and sacrifices : wherefore it 3 And after the second vail, the taber. is of necessity that this man have some. nacle which is called the holiest of all : what also to offer.

4 Which had the golden censer, and 4 For if he were on earth, he should not the Ark of the Covenant overlaid round be a Priest, seeing that there are Priosts about with gold, wherein was the gold. that offer gifts according to the Law : en pot that had manna, and Aaron's

5 Who serve unto the example and rod that budded, and the tables of the
shadow of heavenly things, as Moses Covenant.
was adınonished of God when he was 5 And over it the Cherubim of glory
about to make the Tabernacle. For see shadowing the mercy seat; of which
(saith he) that thou make all things ac- we cannot now speak particularly.
cording to the pattern shewed to thee in 6 Now when these things were thus
the mount.

ordained, the Priests went always inio
6 But now hath he obtained a more the first tabernacle, accomplishing the
excellent ministry, by how much also service of God.
he is the Mediator of a better Covenant, ñ But into the second went the high
which was established upon better pro- Priest alone once every year, not with.

out blood, which he offered for liimself, 7 For if that first Covenant had been and for the errors of the people. faultless, then should no place have been 8 The holy Ghost this signifying, that sought for the second.

the way into the holiest of all, was not 8 For finding fault with them, he saith, yet made manifest, while as the first Behold, the days come (saith the Lord) tabernacle was yet standing: when I will make a new covenant with 9 Which was a figure for the time then the house of Israel, and the house of present, in which were offered both gifts Judah.

and sacrificos, that could not make him 9 Not according to the Covenant that that did the service perfect, as pertain. I made with their fathers, in the day ing to the conscience, when I took them by the hand to lead 10 Which stood only in meats and them out of the land of Egypt, because drinks, and divers washings, and carnal they continued not in my Covenant, and ordinances imposed on them until the I regarded them not, saith the Lord. time of reformation. 10 For this is the Covenant that I will 11 But Christ being come

a liigh make with the house of Israel after those Priest of good things to come, by a days, saith the Lord : I will put my greater and more perfect tabernacle, Laws into their mind, and write them not made with hands, that is to say, nut in their hearts: and I will be to them a of this building : God, and they shall be to me a people. 12 Neither by the blood of goats and

11 And they shall not teach every man calves: but by his own blood he en. his neighbour, and every man his bro. tered in once into the holy place, hav. ther, saying, Know the Lord: for all ing obtained eternal redemption for us. shall know ine, from the least to the 13 For if the blood of bulls, and of greatest.

goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprink.


(In the

The force of

Christ's death ling the unclean, sanctifieth to the puri. the sins of many, and unto them that fying of the flesh:

look for him shall he appear the second 14 How much more shall the blood of time without sin, unto salvation. Christ, who through the eternal Spirit,

CHAP. X. offered himself without spot to God, The weakness of the Law sacrifices. purge your conscience from dead works, Foodthem having a shadow pale to the living God

things to come, not the 15 And for this cause he is the Medi- very image of the things, can never ator of the New Testament, that by with those sacrifices which they offered means of death, for the redemption of year by year continually, make the com the transgressions that were under the ers thereunto perfect : first Testament, they which are called, 2 For then would they not have ceased might receive the promise of eternal in- to be offered, because that the worshipheritance.

pers once purged, should have had no 16 For where a Testament is, there more conscience of sins ? must also of necessity be the death of 3 But in those sacrifices there is a re. the Testator.

membrance again made of sins every 17 For a Testament is of force after men year. are dead: otherwise it is of no strength 4 For it is not possible that the blood of at all whilst the Testator liveth. bulls and of goats, should take away sins.

18 Whereupon, neither the first Tes. 5 Wherefore when he cometh into the tament was dedicated without blood. world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering

19 For when Moses had spoken every thou wouldest not, but a body hast throu precept to all the people according to prepared me : the Law, he took the blood of calves 6 In burnt offerings, and sacrifices for and of goats, with water and scarlet sin thou hast had no pleasure : wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both 7 Then said I, Lo, I come the book and all the people,

volume of the book it is written of me) 20 Saying, This is the blood of the to do thy will, O God. Testament which God hath enjoined 8 Above when he said, Sacrifice, and unto you.

offering, and burnt offerings, and offer. 21 Moreover, he sprinkled with blood ing for sin thou wouldest not, neither both the tabernacle, and all the vessels hadst pleasure therein, which are offered of the ministry.

by the Law : 22 And almost all things are by the 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy Law purged with blood : and without will, O God. He taketh away the first, shedding of blood is no remission. that he may establish the second.

23 It was therefore necessary that the 10 By the which will we are sanctified, patterns of things in the heavens should through the offering of the body of Jesus be purified with these, but the heavenly Christ once for all. things themselves with better sacrifices 11 And every Priest standeth daily than these.

ministering and offering oftentimes the 24 For Christ is not entered into the same sacrifices which can never take holy places made with hands, which away sins. are the figures of the true, but into hea. 12 But this man after he had offered ven itself, now to appear in the presence one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down of God for us.

on the right hand of God, 25 Nor yet that he should offer himself 13 From henceforth expecting till his often, as the high Priest entereth into enemies be made his footstool. the Holy place, every year with blood 14 For by one offering he hath perfectof others :

ed for ever them that are sanctified. 26 For then must he often have suf. 15 Whereof the holy Ghost also is : fered since the foundation of the world: witness to us : for after that he had said but now once in the end of the world, before, nath he appeared to put away sin by 16 This is the Covenant that I will the sacrifice of himself.

make with them after those days, saith 27 And as it is appointed unto men once the Lord : I will put my Laws into their to die, but after this the Judgment : hearts, and in their minds will I write 28 So Christ was once offered to bear them:


not seen.

The living way.

of Failk. 17 And their sins and iniquities will I ye have in heaven a better and an en. remember no more.

during substance. 18 Now, where remission of these is, 35 Cast not away therefore your confi. there is no more offering for sin. dence which hath great recompense of

19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness reward. to enter into the holiest by the blood of 36 For ye have need of patience, that Jesus,

after ye have done the will of God ye 20 By a new and living way which he might receive the promise. hath consecrated for us, through the 37 For yet a little while, and he that vail, that is to say, his flesh :

shall come will come, and will not tarry. 21 And haring a high Priest over the 38 Now the just shall live by faith: house of God:

but if any man draw back, my soul 22 Let us draw near with a true heart shall have no pleasure in him. in full assurance of faith, having our 39 But we are not of them who draw hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, back unto perdition : but of them that and our bodies washed with pure water. believe, to the saving of the soul. 23 Let us hold fast the profession of

CHAP. XI. our faith without wavering, (for he is

What faith is. faithful that promised)

OW faith is the substance of things 24 And let us consider one another to hoped for, the evidence of things provoke unto love, and to good works : 25 Not forsaking the assembling of 2 For by it the Elders obtained a good ourselves together, as the manner of report. some is; but exhorting one another, and 3 Through faith we understand that so much the more, as ye see the day ap. the worlds were framed by the word of proaching.

God, so that things which are seen were 26 For if we sin wilfully after that we not made of things which do appear. have received the knowledge of the 4 By faith Abel offered unto God a truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by for sins,

which he obtained witness that he was 27 Bui a certain fearful looking for of righteous, God testifying of his gifts : judgment, and fiery indignation, which and by it he being dead, yet speaketh. shall devour the adversaries.

5 By faith Enoch was translated, that 28 He that despised Moses' Law, died he should not see death, and was not without mercy, under two or three wit- found, because God had translated him :

for before his translation he had this 29 Of how much sorer punishment testimony, that he pleased God. suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, 6 But without faith it is impossible to who hath trodden under foot the Son of please him: for he that cometh to God, God, and hath counted the blood of the must believe that he is, and that he is a covenant wherewith he was sanctified, rewarder of them that diligently seek him. an unholy thing, and hath done despite 7 By faith Noah being warned of God unto the spirit of grace ?

of things not seen as yet, moved with 30 For we know him that hath said, fear, prepared an Ark to the saving of Vengeance belongcth unto me, I will his house, by the which he condemned recompense, saith the Lord: and again, the world, and became heir of the rightThe Lord shall judge his people. eousness which is by faith.

31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the 8 By faith Abraham when he was call. hands of the living God.

ed to go out into a place which he should 32 But call to remembrance the former after receive for an inheritance, obeyed, days, in which after ye were illuminated, and he went out, not knowing whither ye endured a great fight of afflictions:

he went. 33 Partly whilst ye were made a gazing 9 By faith ho sojourned in the land of stock both by reproaches and afflictions, promise, as in a strange country, dwell. and partly whilst ye became companions ing in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, of them that were so used.

the heirs with him of the same promise. 34 For ye had compassion of me in my 10 For he looked for a city which hath bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of foundations, whose builder and maker your goods, knowing in yourselves that is God.



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