The Book of Hebrews
God, who at sundry times and in diverse manners spake in time
past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom
he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the
3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express
image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power,
when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the
Majesty on high:
4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by
inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou
art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a
Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into
the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels
spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for
ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy
9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity;
therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness
above thy fellows.
10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the
foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine
11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all
shall wax old as doth a garment;
12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they
shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not
13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on
my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to
minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the
things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them
2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every
transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of
3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation;
which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto
us by them that heard him;
4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and
wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according
to his own will?
5 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the
world to come, whereof we speak.
6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is
man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest
7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou
crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of
8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet.
For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is
not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the
angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he
by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom
are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of
their salvation perfect through sufferings.
11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are
sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them
12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in
the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again,
Behold I and the children which God hath given me.
14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh
and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through
death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all
their lifetime subject to bondage.
16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but
he took on him the seed of Abraham.
17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like
unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in
things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the
18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he
is able to succour them that are tempted.
1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly
calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ
2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also
Moses was faithful in all his house.
3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than
Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the
4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that
built all things is God.
5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a
servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken
6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are
we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto
7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will
hear his voice,
8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the
day of temptation in the wilderness:
9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my
works forty years.
10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said,
They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my
12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an
evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To
day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the
beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice,
harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not
all that came out of Egypt by Moses.
17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not
with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into
his rest, but to them that believed not?
19 So we see that they could not enter in because of
1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of
entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto
them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with
faith in them that heard it.
3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he
said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest:
although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on
this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my
6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter
therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of
7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To
day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his
voice, harden not your hearts.
8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not
afterward have spoken of another day.
9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of
10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath
ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest
any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper
than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and
spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts
and intents of the heart.
13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in
his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with
whom we have to do.
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is
passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched
with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as
we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of
1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained
for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and
sacrifices for sins:
2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them
that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with
3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so
also for himself, to offer for sins.
4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that
is called of God, as was Aaron.
5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high
priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten
6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for
ever after the order of Melchisedec.
7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up
prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was
able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the
things which he suffered;
9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal
salvation unto all them that obey him;
10 Called of God an high priest after the order of
11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be
uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have
need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles
of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong
13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word
of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age,
even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern
both good and evil.
1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of
Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of
repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands,
and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3 And this will we do, if God permit.
4 For it is impossible for those who were once
enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers
of the Holy Ghost,
5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of
the world to come,
6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto
repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and
put him to an open shame.
7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft
upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed,
receiveth blessing from God:
8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected,
and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and
things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and
labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have
ministered to the saints, and do minister.
11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same
diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who
through faith and patience inherit the promises.
13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could
swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and
multiplying I will multiply thee.
15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the
16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for
confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the
heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an
18 That by two immutable things, in which it was
impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have
fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure
and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus,
made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most
high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and
2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first
being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of
Salem, which is, King of peace;
3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having
neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of
God; abideth a priest continually.
4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the
patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who
receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of
the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they
come out of the loins of Abraham:
6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received
tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the
8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he
receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes,
payed tithes in Abraham.
10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when
Melchisedec met him.
11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical
priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need
was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec,
and not be called after the order of Aaron?
12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of
necessity a change also of the law.
13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to
another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of
which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the
similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment,
but after the power of an endless life.
17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the
order of Melchisedec.
18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment
going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in
of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
20 And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made
21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this
with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not
repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)
22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better
23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not
suffered to continue by reason of death:
24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an
25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost
that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for
26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy,
harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the
27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer
up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this
he did once, when he offered up himself.
28 For the law maketh men high priests which have
infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the
Son, who is consecrated for evermore.
1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum:
We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of
the Majesty in the heavens;
2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle,
which the Lord pitched, and not man.
3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and
sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also
4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest,
seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the
5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly
things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the
tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the
pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by
how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was
established upon better promises.
7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then
should no place have been sought for the second.
8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days
come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of
Israel and with the house of Judah:
9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their
fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the
land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded
them not, saith the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the
house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into
their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God,
and they shall be to me a people:
11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and
every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from
the least to the greatest.
12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and
their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the
first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish
1 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of
divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.
2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was
the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the
3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is
called the Holiest of all;
4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant
overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna,
and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the
mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests
went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of
7 But into the second went the high priest alone once
every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the
errors of the people:
8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the
holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle
was yet standing:
9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which
were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did
the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers
washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of
11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to
come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that
is to say, not of this building;
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his
own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal
redemption for us.
13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes
of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through
the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your
conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new
testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the
transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called
might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity
be the death of the testator.
17 For a testament is of force after men are dead:
otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated
19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the
people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats,
with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and
all the people,
20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God
hath enjoined unto you.
21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle,
and all the vessels of the ministry.
22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood;
and without shedding of blood is no remission.
23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things
in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things
themselves with better sacrifices than these.
24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made
with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now
to appear in the presence of God for us:
25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high
priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of
26 For then must he often have suffered since the
foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he
appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after
this the judgment:
28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many;
and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without
sin unto salvation.
1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and
not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which
they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered?
because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more
conscience of sins.
3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again
made of sins every year.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of
goats should take away sins.
5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith,
Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had
7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is
written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt
offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure
therein; which are offered by the law;
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He
taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the
offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and
offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for
sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them
that are sanctified.
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for
after that he had said before,
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after
those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in
their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more
offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the
holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for
us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of
faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies
washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without
wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love
and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as
the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as
ye see the day approaching.
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the
knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery
indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under
two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be
thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath
counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy
thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth
unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall
judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the
32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which,
after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by
reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of
them that were so used.
34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took
joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in
heaven a better and an enduring substance.
35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath
great recompence of reward.
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done
the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will
come, and will not tarry.
38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw
back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition;
but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed
by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things
which do appear.
4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent
sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous,
God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see
death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his
translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he
that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of
them that diligently seek him.
7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as
yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the
which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which
is by faith.
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a
place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he
went out, not knowing whither he went.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a
strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs
with him of the same promise:
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose
builder and maker is God.
11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to
conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because
she judged him faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as
dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which
is by the sea shore innumerable.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the
promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and
embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the
14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they
seek a country.
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country
from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have
16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an
heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath
prepared for them a city.
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac:
and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten
18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be
19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from
the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things
21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the
sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the
departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months
of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not
afraid of the king's commandment.
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to
be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of
God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than
the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the
king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling
of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry
land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they
were compassed about seven days.
31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that
believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me
to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David
also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought
righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.
34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the
sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to
flight the armies of the aliens.
35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and
others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a
36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings,
yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted,
were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and
goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in
deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And these all, having obtained a good report through
faith, received not the promise:
40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they
without us should not be made perfect.
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so
great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin
which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that
is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the
shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of
sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh
unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the
Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth
every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with
sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are
partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which
corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in
subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their
own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous,
but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of
righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which
is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which
no man shall see the Lord:
15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of
God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby
many be defiled;
16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as
Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have
inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of
repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be
touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and
19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words;
which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken
to them any more:
20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded,
And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or
thrust through with a dart:
21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I
exceedingly fear and quake:)
22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of
the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of
23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn,
which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the
spirits of just men made perfect,
24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to
the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things that that of
25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they
escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we
escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath
promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing
of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those
things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved,
let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and
29 For our God is a consuming fire.
1 Let brotherly love continue.
2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby
some have entertained angels unawares.
3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and
them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled:
but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be
content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave
thee, nor forsake thee.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I
will not fear what man shall do unto me.
7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have
spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end
of their conversation.
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for
9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines.
For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with
meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied
10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat
which serve the tabernacle.
11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought
into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the
12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people
with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp,
bearing his reproach.
14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to
15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise
to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his
16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with
such sacrifices God is well pleased.
17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit
yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account,
that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable
18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in
all things willing to live honestly.
19 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be
restored to you the sooner.
20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead
our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the
21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will,
working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus
Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of
exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.
23 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty;
with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.
24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all
the saints. They of Italy salute you.
25 Grace be with you all. Amen.