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Hebrews 7 - 10


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Hebrews 7

1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most High, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,

2 to whom also Abraham divided a tenth part of all (being first, by interpretation, King of righteousness, and then also King of Salem, which is King of peace;

3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, 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 Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth out of the chief spoils.

5 And they indeed of the sons of Levi that receive the priest's office have commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though these have come out of the loins of Abraham:

6 but he whose genealogy is not counted from them hath taken tithes of Abraham, and hath blessed him that hath the promises.

7 But without any dispute the less is blessed of the better.

8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there one, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.

9 And, so to say, through Abraham even Levi, who receiveth tithes, hath paid tithes;

10 for he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchizedek met him.

11 Now if there was perfection through the Levitical priesthood (for under it hath the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should arise after the order of Melchizedek, and not be reckoned 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 said belongeth to another tribe, from which no man hath given attendance at the altar.

14 For it is evident that our Lord hath sprung out of Judah; as to which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priests.

15 And what we say is yet more abundantly evident, if after the likeness of Melchizedek there ariseth another priest,

16 who hath been made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life:

17 for it is witnessed of him, Thou art a priest for ever After the order of Melchizedek.

18 For there is a disannulling of a foregoing commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness

19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a bringing in thereupon of a better hope, through which we draw nigh unto God.

20 And inasmuch as it is not without the taking of an oath

21 (for they indeed have been made priests without an oath; but he with an oath by him that saith of him, The Lord sware and will not repent himself, Thou art a priest for ever);

22 by so much also hath Jesus become the surety of a better covenant.

23 And they indeed have been made priests many in number, because that by death they are hindered from continuing:

24 but he, because he abideth for ever, hath his priesthood unchangeable.

25 Wherefore also he is able to save to the uttermost them that draw near unto God through him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

26 For such a high priest became us, holy, guileless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

27 who needeth not daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people: for this he did once for all, when he offered up himself.

28 For the law appointeth men high priests, having infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was after the law, appointeth a Son, perfected for evermore.

Hebrews 8

1 Now in the things which we are saying the chief point is this: We have such a high priest, who sat down 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, not man.

3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is necessary that this high priest also have somewhat to offer.

4 Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, seeing there are those who offer the gifts according to the law;

5 who serve that which is a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, even as Moses is warned of God when he is about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern that was showed thee in the mount.

6 But now hath he obtained a ministry the more excellent, by so much as he is also the mediator of a better covenant, which hath been enacted upon better promises.

7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then would no place have been sought for a second.

8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, That 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 that I took them by the hand to lead them forth out of the land of Egypt; For 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 on their heart also will I write them: 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 fellow-citizen, And every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: For all shall know me, From the least to the greatest of them.

12 For I will be merciful to their iniquities, And their sins will I remember no more.

13 In that he saith, A new covenant he hath made the first old. But that which is becoming old and waxeth aged is nigh unto vanishing away.

Hebrews 9

1 Now even a first covenant had ordinances of divine service, and its sanctuary, a sanctuary of this world.

2 For there was a tabernacle prepared, the first, wherein were the candlestick, and the table, and the showbread; which is called the Holy place.

3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holy of holies;

4 having a golden altar of incense, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was a golden pot holding the manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;

5 and above it cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy-seat; of which things we cannot now speak severally.

6 Now these things having been thus prepared, the priests go in continually into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the services;

7 but into the second the high priest alone, once in the year, not without blood, which he offereth for himself, and for the errors of the people:

8 the Holy Spirit this signifying, that the way into the holy place hath not yet been made manifest, while the first tabernacle is yet standing;

9 which is a figure for the time present; according to which are offered both gifts and sacrifices that cannot, as touching the conscience, make the worshipper perfect,

10 being only (with meats and drinks and divers washings) carnal ordinances, imposed until a time of reformation.

11 But Christ having come a high priest of the good things to come, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation,

12 nor yet through the blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood, entered in once for all into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption.

13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling them that have been defiled, sanctify unto the cleanness of the flesh:

14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish unto God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

15 And for this cause he is the mediator of a new covenant, that a death having taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant, they that have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

16 For where a testament is, there must of necessity be the death of him that made it.

17 For a testament is of force where there hath been death: for it doth never avail while he that made it liveth.

18 Wherefore even the first covenant hath not been dedicated without blood.

19 For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses unto all the people according to the law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,

20 saying, This is the blood of the covenant which God commanded to you-ward.

21 Moreover the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry he sprinkled in like manner with the blood.

22 And according to the law, I may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and apart from shedding of blood there is no remission.

23 It was necessary therefore that the copies of the things in the heavens should be cleansed with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

24 For Christ entered not into a holy place made with hands, like in pattern to the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear before the face of God for us:

25 nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place year by year with blood not his own;

26 else must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once at the end of the ages hath he been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

27 And inasmuch as it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this cometh judgment;

28 so Christ also, having been once offered to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time, apart from sin, to them that wait for him, unto salvation.

Hebrews 10

1 For the law having a shadow of the good things to come, not the very image of the things, can never with the same sacrifices year by year, which they offer continually, make perfect them that draw nigh.

2 Else would they not have ceased to be offered? because the worshippers, having been once cleansed, would have had no more consciousness of sins.

3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance made of sins year by year.

4 For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.

5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, But a body didst thou prepare for me;

6 In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hadst no pleasure:

7 Then said I, Lo, I am come (In the roll of the book it is written of me) To do thy will, O God.

8 Saying above, Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein (the which are offered according to the law),

9 then hath he said, Lo, I am come to do thy will. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

10 By which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest indeed standeth day by day ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, the which can never take away sins:

12 but he, when he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

13 henceforth expecting till his enemies be made the footstool of his feet.

14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

15 And the Holy Spirit also beareth witness to us; for after he hath said,

16 This is the covenant that I will make with them After those days, saith the Lord: I will put my laws on their heart, And upon their mind also will I write them; then saith he,

17 And their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holy place by the blood of Jesus,

20 by the way which he dedicated for us, a new and living way, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

21 and having a great priest over the house of God;

22 let us draw near with a true heart in fulness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience: and having our body washed with pure water,

23 let us hold fast the confession of our hope that it waver not; for he is faithful that promised:

24 and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works;

25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.

26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more a sacrifice for sins,

27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and a fierceness of fire which shall devour the adversaries.

28 A man that hath set at nought Moses law dieth without compassion on the word of two or three witnesses:

29 of how much sorer punishment, think ye, shall he be judged 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 said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were enlightened, ye endured a great conflict of sufferings;

33 partly, being made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, becoming partakers with them that were so used.

34 For ye both had compassion on them that were in bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of you possessions, knowing that ye have for yourselves a better possession and an abiding one.

35 Cast not away therefore your boldness, which hath great recompense of reward.

36 For ye have need of patience, that, having done the will of God, ye may receive the promise.

37 For yet a very little while, He that cometh shall come, and shall not tarry.

38 But my righteous one shall live by faith: And if he shrink back, my soul hath no pleasure in him.

39 But we are not of them that shrink back unto perdition; but of them that have faith unto the saving of the soul.

Amplified

Hebrews 7

1 FOR THIS Melchizedek, king of Salem +[and+] priest of the Most High God, met Abraham as he returned from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,

2 And Abraham gave to him a tenth portion of all +[the spoil+]. He is primarily, as his name when translated indicates, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, which means king of peace.

3 Without +[record of+] father or mother or ancestral line, neither with beginning of days nor ending of life, but, resembling the Son of God, he continues to be a priest without interruption {and} without successor.

4 Now observe {and} consider how great +[a personage+] this was to whom even Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth +[the topmost or the pick of the heap+] of the spoils.

5 And it is true that those descendants of Levi who are charged with the priestly office are commanded in the Law to take tithes from the people--which means, from their brethren--though these have descended from Abraham.

6 But this person who has not their Levitical ancestry received tithes from Abraham +[himself+] and blessed him who possessed the promises +[of God+].

7 Yet it is beyond all contradiction that it is the lesser person who is blessed by the greater one.

8 Furthermore, here +[in the Levitical priesthood+] tithes are received by men who are subject to death; while there +[in the case of Melchizedek+], they are received by one of whom it is testified that he lives +[perpetually+].

9 A person might even say that Levi +[the father of the priestly tribe+] himself, who received tithes (the tenth), paid tithes through Abraham,

10 For he was still in the loins of his forefather +[Abraham+] when Melchizedek met him +[Abraham+].

11 Now if perfection (a perfect fellowship between God and the worshiper) had been attainable by the Levitical priesthood--for under it the people were given the Law--why was it further necessary that there should arise another {and} different kind of Priest, one after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one appointed after the order {and} rank of Aaron?

12 For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is of necessity an alteration of the law +[concerning the priesthood+] as well.

13 For the One of Whom these things are said belonged +[not to the priestly line but+] to another tribe, no member of which has officiated at the altar.

14 For it is obvious that our Lord sprang from the tribe of Judah, and Moses mentioned nothing about priests in connection with that tribe.

15 And this becomes more plainly evident when another Priest arises Who bears the likeness of Melchizedek,

16 Who has been constituted a Priest, not on the basis of a bodily legal requirement +[an externally imposed command concerning His physical ancestry+], but on the basis of the power of an endless {and} indestructible Life.

17 For it is witnessed of Him, You are a Priest forever after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek.

18 So a previous physical regulation {and} command is cancelled because of its weakness {and} ineffectiveness and uselessness--

19 For the Law never made anything perfect--but instead a better hope is introduced through which we +[now+] come close to God.

20 And it was not without the taking of an oath +[that Christ was made Priest+],

21 For those who formerly became priests received their office without its being confirmed by the taking of an oath by God, but this One was designated {and} addressed {and} saluted with an oath, The Lord has sworn and will not regret it {or} change His mind, You are a Priest forever {according to the order of Melchizedek.}

22 In keeping with +[the oath's greater strength and force+], Jesus has become the Guarantee of a better (stronger) agreement +[a more excellent and more advantageous covenant+].

23 +[Again, the former successive line of priests+] was made up of many, because they were each prevented by death from continuing +[perpetually in office+];

24 But He holds His priesthood unchangeably, because He lives on forever.

25 Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God {and} intercede with Him {and} intervene for them.

26 +[Here is+] the High Priest +[perfectly adapted+] to our needs, as was fitting--holy, blameless, unstained by sin, separated from sinners, and exalted higher than the heavens.

27 He has no day by day necessity, as +[do each of these other+] high priests, to offer sacrifice first of all for his own +[personal+] sins and then for those of the people, because He +[met all the requirements+] once for all when He brought Himself +[as a sacrifice+] which He offered up.

28 For the Law sets up men in their weakness +[frail, sinful, dying human beings+] as high priests, but the word of +[God's+] oath, which +[was spoken later+] after the institution of the Law, +[chooses and appoints as priest One Whose appointment is complete and permanent+], a Son Who has been made perfect forever.

Hebrews 8

1 NOW THE main point of what we have to say is this: We have such a High Priest, One Who is seated at the right hand of the majestic +[God+] in heaven,

2 As officiating Priest, a Minister in the holy places {and} in the true tabernacle which is erected not by man but by the Lord.

3 For every high priest is appointed to offer up gifts and sacrifices; so it is essential for this +[High Priest+] to have some offering to make also.

4 If then He were still living on earth, He would not be a priest at all, for there are +[already priests+] who offer the gifts in accordance with the Law.

5 +[But these offer+] service +[merely+] as a pattern and as a foreshadowing of +[what has its true existence and reality in+] the heavenly sanctuary. For when Moses was about to erect the tabernacle, he was warned by God, saying, See to it that you make it

6 But as it now is, He +[Christ+] has acquired a +[priestly+] ministry which is as much superior {and} more excellent +[than the old+] as the covenant (the agreement) of which He is the Mediator (the Arbiter, Agent) is superior {and} more excellent, +[because+] it is enacted {and} rests upon more important (sublimer, higher, and nobler) promises.

7 For if that first covenant had been without defect, there would have been no room for another one {or} an attempt to institute another one.

8 However, He finds fault with them +[showing its inadequacy+] when He says, Behold, the days will come, says the Lord, when I will make {and} ratify a new covenant {or} agreement with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.

9 It will not be like the covenant that I made with their forefathers on the day when I grasped them by the hand to help {and} relieve them {and} to lead them out from the land of Egypt, for they did not abide in My agreement with them, and so I withdrew My favor {and} disregarded them, says the Lord.

10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will imprint My laws upon their minds, even upon their innermost thoughts {and} understanding, and engrave them upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

11 And it will nevermore be necessary for each one to teach his neighbor and his fellow citizen or each one his brother, saying, Know (perceive, have knowledge of, and get acquainted by experience with) the Lord, for all will know Me, from the smallest to the greatest of them.

12 For I will be merciful {and} gracious toward their sins and I will remember their deeds of unrighteousness no more.

13 When God speaks of a new +[covenant or agreement+], He makes the first one obsolete (out of use). And what is obsolete (out of use and annulled because of age) is ripe for disappearance {and} to be dispensed with altogether.

Hebrews 9

1 NOW EVEN the first covenant had its own rules {and} regulations for divine worship, and it had a sanctuary +[but one+] of this world.

2 For a tabernacle (tent) was erected, in the outer division {or} compartment of which were the lampstand and the table with +[its loaves of+] the showbread set forth. +[This portion+] is called the Holy Place.

3 But +[inside+] beyond the second curtain {or} veil, +[there stood another+] tabernacle +[division+] known as the Holy of Holies.

4 It had the golden altar of incense and the ark (chest) of the covenant, covered over with wrought gold. This +[ark+] contained a golden jar which held the manna and the rod of Aaron that sprouted and the +[two stone+] slabs of the covenant +[bearing the Ten Commandments+].

5 Above +[the ark+] and overshadowing the mercy seat were the representations of the cherubim +[winged creatures which were the symbols+] of glory. We cannot now go into detail about these things.

6 These arrangements having thus been made, the priests enter +[habitually+] into the outer division of the tabernacle in performance of their ritual acts of worship.

7 But into the second +[division of the tabernacle+] none but the high priest goes, and he only once a year, and never without taking a sacrifice of blood with him, which he offers for himself and for the errors {and} sins of ignorance {and} thoughtlessness which the people have committed.

8 By this the Holy Spirit points out that the way into the +[true Holy of+] Holies is not yet thrown open as long as the former +[the outer portion of the+] tabernacle remains a recognized institution {and} is still standing,

9 Seeing that that first +[outer portion of the+] tabernacle was a parable (a visible symbol or type or picture of the present age). In it gifts and sacrifices are offered, and yet are incapable of perfecting the conscience {or} of cleansing {and} renewing the inner man of the worshiper.

10 For +[the ceremonies+] deal only with clean and unclean meats and drinks and different washings, +[mere+] external rules {and} regulations for the body imposed to tide the worshipers over until the time of setting things straight +[of reformation, of the complete new order when Christ, the Messiah, shall establish the reality of what these things foreshadow--a better covenant+].

11 But +[that appointed time came+] when Christ (the Messiah) appeared as a High Priest of the better things that have come {and} are to come. +[Then+] through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with +[human+] hands, that is, not a part of this material creation,

12 He went once for all into the +[Holy of+] Holies +[of heaven+], not by virtue of the blood of goats and calves +[by which to make reconciliation between God and man+], but His own blood, having found {and} secured a complete redemption (an everlasting release for us).

13 For if +[the mere+] sprinkling of unholy {and} defiled persons with blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a burnt heifer is sufficient for the purification of the body,

14 How much more surely shall the blood of Christ, Who by virtue of +[His+] eternal Spirit +[His own preexistent divine personality+] has offered Himself as an unblemished sacrifice to God, purify our consciences from dead works {and} lifeless observances to serve the +[ever+] living God?

15 +[Christ, the Messiah+] is therefore the Negotiator {and} Mediator of an +[entirely+] new agreement (testament, covenant), so that those who are called {and} offered it may receive the fulfillment of the promised everlasting inheritance--since a death has

16 For where there is a +[last+] will {and} testament involved, the death of the one who made it must be established,

17 For a will {and} testament is valid and takes effect only at death, since it has no force {or} legal power as long as the one who made it is alive.

18 So even the +[old+] first covenant (God's will) was not inaugurated {and} ratified {and} put in force without the shedding of blood.

19 For when every command of the Law had been read out by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of slain calves and goats, together with water and scarlet wool and with a bunch of hyssop, and sprinkled both the Book (the roll of the Law and covenant) itself and all the people,

20 Saying these words: This is the blood that seals {and} ratifies the agreement (the testament, the covenant) which God commanded +[me to deliver to+] you.

21 And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and all the +[sacred+] vessels {and} appliances used in +[divine+] worship.

22 +[In fact+] under the Law almost everything is purified by means of blood, and without the shedding of blood there is neither release from sin {and} its guilt {nor} the remission of the due {and} merited punishment for sins.

23 By such means, therefore, it was necessary for the +[earthly+] copies of the heavenly things to be purified, but the actual heavenly things themselves +[required far+] better {and} nobler sacrifices than these.

24 For Christ (the Messiah) has not entered into a sanctuary made with +[human+] hands, only a copy {and} pattern {and} type of the true one, but +[He has entered+] into heaven itself, now to appear in the +[very+] presence of God on our behalf.

25 Nor did He +[enter into the heavenly sanctuary to+] offer Himself regularly again and again, as the high priest enters the +[Holy of+] Holies every year with blood not his own.

26 For then would He often have had to suffer +[over and over again+] since the foundation of the world. But as it now is, He has once for all at the consummation {and} close of the ages appeared to put away {and} abolish sin by His sacrifice +[of Himself+].

27 And just as it is appointed for +[all+] men once to die, and after that the +[certain+] judgment,

28 Even so it is that Christ, having been offered to take upon Himself {and} bear as a burden the sins of many once {and} once for all, will appear a second time, not to carry any burden of sin {nor} to deal with sin, but to bring to full salvation those who are +[eagerly, constantly, and patiently+] waiting for {and} expecting Him.

Hebrews 10

1 FOR SINCE the Law has merely a rude outline (foreshadowing) of the good things to come--instead of fully expressing those things--it can never by offering the same sacrifices continually year after year make perfect those who approach +[its altars+].

2 For if it were otherwise, would +[these sacrifices+] not have stopped being offered? Since the worshipers had once for all been cleansed, they would no longer have any guilt {or} consciousness of sin.

3 But +[as it is+] these sacrifices annually bring a fresh remembrance of sins +[to be atoned for+],

4 Because the blood of bulls and goats is powerless to take sins away.

5 Hence, when He +[Christ+] entered into the world, He said, Sacrifices and offerings You have not desired, but instead You have made ready a body for Me +[to offer+];

6 In burnt offerings and sin offerings You have taken no delight.

7 Then I said, Behold, here I am, coming to do Your will, O God--+[to fulfill+] what is written of Me in the volume of the Book.

8 When He said just before, You have neither desired, nor have You taken delight in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings--all of which are offered according to the Law--

9 He then went on to say, Behold, +[here+] I am, coming to do Your will. Thus He does away with {and} annuls the first (former) order +[as a means of expiating sin+] so that He might inaugurate {and} establish the second (latter) order.

10 And in accordance with this will +[of God+], we have been made holy (consecrated and sanctified) through the offering made once for all of the body of Jesus Christ (the Anointed One).

11 Furthermore, every +[human+] priest stands +[at his altar of service+] ministering daily, offering the same sacrifices over and over again, which never are able to strip +[from every side of us+] the sins +[that envelop us+] {and} take them away--

12 Whereas this One +[Christ+], after He had offered a single sacrifice for our sins +[that shall avail+] for all time, sat down at the right hand of God,

13 Then to wait until His enemies should be made a stool beneath His feet.

14 For by a single offering He has forever completely cleansed {and} perfected those who are consecrated {and} made holy.

15 And also the Holy Spirit adds His testimony to us +[in confirmation of this+]. For having said,

16 This is the agreement (testament, covenant) that I will set up {and} conclude with them after those days, says the Lord: I will imprint My laws upon their hearts, and I will inscribe them on their minds (on their inmost thoughts and understanding),

17 He then goes on to say, And their sins and their lawbreaking I will remember no more.

18 Now where there is absolute remission (forgiveness and cancellation of the penalty) of these +[sins and lawbreaking+], there is no longer any offering made to atone for sin.

19 Therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom {and} confidence to enter into the +[Holy of+] Holies +[by the power and virtue+] in the blood of Jesus,

20 By this fresh (new) and living way which He initiated {and} dedicated {and} opened for us through the separating curtain (veil of the Holy of Holies), that is, through His flesh,

21 And since we have +[such+] a great {and} wonderful {and} noble Priest +[Who rules+] over the house of God,

22 Let us all come forward {and} draw near with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance {and} absolute conviction engendered by faith (by that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), having our hearts sprinkled {and} purified from a guilty (evil) conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water.

23 So let us seize {and} hold fast {and} retain without wavering the hope we cherish {and} confess {and} our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) {and} faithful to His word.

24 And let us consider {and} give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love {and} helpful deeds {and} noble activities,

25 Not forsaking {or} neglecting to assemble together +[as believers+], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.

26 For if we go on deliberately {and} willingly sinning after once acquiring the knowledge of the Truth, there is no longer any sacrifice left to atone for +[our+] sins +[no further offering to which to look forward+].

27 +[There is nothing left for us then+] but a kind of awful {and} fearful prospect {and} expectation of divine judgment and the fury of burning wrath {and} indignation which will consume those who put themselves in opposition +[to God+].

28 Any person who has violated {and} +[thus+] rejected {and} set at naught the Law of Moses is put to death without pity {or} mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses.

29 How much worse (sterner and heavier) punishment do you suppose he will be judged to deserve who has spurned {and} +[thus+] trampled underfoot the Son of God, and who has considered the covenant blood by which he was consecrated common {and} unhallowed, thus profaning it {and} insulting {and} outraging the +[Holy+] Spirit +[Who imparts+] grace (the unmerited favor and blessing of God)?

30 For we know Him Who said, Vengeance is Mine +[retribution and the meting out of full justice rest with Me+]; I will repay +[I will exact the compensation+], {says the Lord.} And again, The Lord will judge {and} determine {and} solve {and} settle the cause {and} the cases of His people.

31 It is a fearful (formidable and terrible) thing to incur the divine penalties {and} be cast into the hands of the living God!

32 But be ever mindful of the days gone by in which, after you were first spiritually enlightened, you endured a great {and} painful struggle,

33 Sometimes being yourselves a gazingstock, publicly exposed to insults {and} abuse and distress, and sometimes claiming fellowship {and} making common cause with others who were so treated.

34 For you did sympathize {and} suffer along with those who were imprisoned, and you bore cheerfully the plundering of your belongings {and} the confiscation of your property, in the knowledge {and} consciousness that you yourselves had a better and lasting possession.

35 Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great {and} glorious compensation of reward.

36 For you have need of steadfast patience {and} endurance, so that you may perform {and} fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive {and} carry away +[and enjoy to the full+] what is promised.

37 For still a little while (a very little while), and the Coming One will come and He will not delay.

38 But the just shall live by faith +[My righteous servant shall live by his conviction respecting man's relationship to God and divine things, and holy fervor born of faith and conjoined with it+]; and if he draws back {and} shrinks in fear, My soul has no delight {or} pleasure in him.

39 But our way is not that of those who draw back to eternal misery (perdition) and are utterly destroyed, but we are of those who believe +[who cleave to and trust in and rely on God through Jesus Christ, the Messiah+] {and} by faith preserve the soul.

Basic Bible

Hebrews 7

1 For this Melchizedek, the king of Salem, a priest of the Most High God, who gave Abraham his blessing, meeting him when he came back after putting the kings to death,

2 And to whom Abraham gave a tenth part of everything which he had, being first named King of righteousness, and then in addition, King of Salem, that is to say, King of peace;

3 Being without father or mother, or family, having no birth or end to his life, being made like the Son of God, is a priest for ever.

4 Now see how great this man was, to whom our father Abraham gave a tenth part of what he had got in the fight.

5 And it is true that by the law, those of the sons of Levi who have the position of priests may take a tenth part of the people's goods; that is to say, they take it from their brothers though these are the sons of Abraham.

6 But this man, who was not of their family, took the tenth from Abraham, and gave a blessing to him to whom God had given his undertaking.

7 But there is no doubt that the less gets his blessing from the greater.

8 Now at the present time, men over whom death has power take the tenth; but then it was taken by one of whom it is witnessed that he is living.

9 And we may say that in Abraham, even Levi, who has a right to take the tenth part, gave it;

10 Because he was still in his father's body when Melchizedek came to him.

11 Now if it was possible for things to be made complete through the priests of the house of Levi (for the law was given to the people in connection with them), what need was there for another priest who was of the order of Melchizedek and not of the order of Aaron?

12 Because if the priests are changed, it is necessary to make a change in the law.

13 For he of whom these things are said comes of another tribe, of which no man has ever made offerings at the altar.

14 Because it is clear that our Lord comes out of Judah, and Moses said nothing about priests from that tribe.

15 And this is even more clear if a second priest has come up who is like Melchizedek,

16 That is to say, not made by a law based on the flesh, but by the power of a life without end:

17 For it has been witnessed of him, You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

18 So the law which went before is put on one side, because it was feeble and without profit.

19 (Because the law made nothing complete), and in its place there is a better hope, through which we come near to God.

20 And as this is not without the taking of an oath

21 (For those were made priests without an oath, but this one was made a priest with an oath by him who says of him, The Lord gave his oath, which he will not take back, that you are a priest for ever);

22 By so much is it a better agreement which we have through Jesus.

23 And it is true that there have been a great number of those priests, because death does not let them go on for ever;

24 But this priest, because his life goes on for ever, is unchanging.

25 So that he is fully able to be the saviour of all who come to God through him, because he is ever living to make prayer to God for them.

26 It was right for us to have such a high priest, one who is holy and without evil, doing no wrong, having no part with sinners, and made higher than the heavens:

27 Who has no need to make offerings for sins every day, like those high priests, first for himself, and then for the people; because he did this once and for ever when he made an offering of himself.

28 The law makes high priests of men who are feeble; but the word of the oath, which was made after the law, gives that position to a Son, in whom all good is for ever complete.

Hebrews 8

1 Now of the things we are saying this is the chief point: We have such a high priest, who has taken his place at the right hand of God's high seat of glory in heaven,

2 As a servant of the holy things and of the true Tent, which was put up by God, not by man.

3 Now every high priest is given authority to take to God the things which are given and to make offerings; so that it is necessary for this man, like them, to have something for an offering.

4 If he had been on earth he would not have been a priest at all, because there are other priests who make the offerings ordered by the law;

5 Being servants of that which is a copy and an image of the things in heaven, as Moses, when he was about to make the Tent, had special orders from God: for, See, he said, that you make everything like the design which you saw in the mountain.

6 But now his position as priest is higher. because through him God has made a better agreement with man, based on the giving of better things.

7 For if that first agreement had been as good as possible, there would have been no place for a second.

8 For, protesting against them, he says, See, the days are coming when I will make a new agreement with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah;

9 Not like the agreement which I made with their fathers when I took them by the hand, to be their guide out of the land of Egypt; for they did not keep the agreement with me, and I gave them up, says the Lord.

10 For this is the agreement which I will make with the people of Israel after those days: I will put my laws into their minds, writing them in their hearts: and I will be their God, and they will be my people:

11 And there will be no need for every man to be teaching his brother, or his neighbour, saying, This is the knowledge of the Lord: for they will all have knowledge of me, great and small.

12 And I will have mercy on their evil-doing, and I will not keep their sins in mind.

13 When he says, A new agreement, he has made the first agreement old. But anything which is getting old and past use will not be seen much longer.

Hebrews 9

1 Now the first agreement had its rules of worship, and a holy order.

2 For the first Tent was made ready, having in it the vessels for the lights and the table and the ordering of the bread; and this is named the holy place.

3 And inside the second veil was the place which is named the Holy of holies;

4 Having a vessel of gold in it for burning perfumes, and the ark of the agreement, which was covered with gold and which had in it a pot made of gold for the manna, and Aaron's rod which put out buds, and the stones with the writing of the agreement;

5 And over it were the winged ones of glory with their wings covering the mercy-seat; about which it is not possible now to say anything in detail.

6 Now while these things were in existence, the priests went into the first Tent at all times, for prayer and the making of offerings.

7 But only the high priest went into the second, once a year, not without making an offering of blood for himself and for the errors of the people:

8 The Holy Spirit witnessing by this that the way into the holy place had not at that time been made open, while the first Tent was still in being;

9 And this is an image of the present time; when the offerings which are given are not able to make the heart of the worshipper completely clean,

10 Because they are only rules of the flesh, of meats and drinks and washings, which have their place till the time comes when things will be put right.

11 But now Christ has come as the high priest of the good things of the future, through this greater and better Tent, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this world,

12 And has gone once and for ever into the holy place, having got eternal salvation, not through the blood of goats and young oxen, but through his blood.

13 For if the blood of goats and oxen, and the dust from the burning of a young cow, being put on the unclean, make the flesh clean:

14 How much more will the blood of Christ, who, being without sin, made an offering of himself to God through the Holy Spirit, make your hearts clean from dead works to be servants of the living God?

15 And for this cause it is through him that a new agreement has come into being, so that after the errors under the first agreement had been taken away by his death, the word of God might have effect for those who were marked out for an eternal heritage.

16 Because where there is a testament, there has to be the death of the man who made it.

17 For a testament has effect after death; for what power has it while the man who made it is living?

18 So that even the first agreement was not made without blood.

19 For when Moses had given all the rules of the law to the people, he took the blood of goats and young oxen, with water and red wool and hyssop, and put it on the book itself and on all the people,

20 Saying, This blood is the sign of the agreement which God has made with you.

21 And the blood was put on the Tent and all the holy vessels in the same way.

22 And by the law almost all things are made clean with blood, and without blood there is no forgiveness.

23 For this cause it was necessary to make the copies of the things in heaven clean with these offerings; but the things themselves are made clean with better offerings than these.

24 For Christ did not go into a holy place which had been made by men's hands as the copy of the true one; but he went into heaven itself, and now takes his place before the face of God for us.

25 And he did not have to make an offering of himself again and again, as the high priest goes into the holy place every year with blood which is not his;

26 For then he would have undergone a number of deaths from the time of the making of the world: but now he has come to us at the end of the old order, to put away sin by the offering of himself.

27 And because by God's law death comes to men once, and after that they are judged;

28 So Christ, having at his first coming taken on himself the sins of men, will be seen a second time, without sin, by those who are waiting for him, for their salvation.

Hebrews 10

1 For the law, being only a poor copy of the future good things, and not the true image of those things, is never able to make the people who come to the altar every year with the same offerings completely clean.

2 For if this had been possible, would there not have been an end of those offerings, because the worshippers would have been made completely clean and would have been no longer conscious of sins?

3 But year by year there is a memory of sins in those offerings.

4 Because it is not possible for the blood of oxen and goats to take away sins.

5 So that when he comes into the world, he says, You had no desire for offerings, but you made a body ready for me;

6 You had no joy in burned offerings or in offerings for sin.

7 Then I said, See, I have come to do your pleasure, O God (as it is said of me in the roll of the book).

8 After saying, You had no desire for offerings, for burned offerings or offerings for sin (which are made by the law) and you had no pleasure in them,

9 Then he said, See, I have come to do your pleasure. He took away the old order, so that he might put the new order in its place.

10 By that pleasure we have been made holy, by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for ever.

11 And every priest takes his place at the altar day by day, doing what is necessary, and making again and again the same offerings which are never able to take away sins.

12 But when Jesus had made one offering for sins for ever, he took his place at the right hand of God;

13 And has been waiting there from that time, till all who are against him are made a foot-rest for his feet.

14 Because by one offering he has made complete for ever those who are made holy.

15 And the Holy Spirit is a witness for us: for after he had said,

16 This is the agreement which I will make with them after those days, says the Lord; I will put my laws in their hearts, writing them in their minds; he said,

17 And I will keep no more memory of their sins and of their evil-doings.

18 Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no more offering for sin.

19 So then, my brothers, being able to go into the holy place without fear, because of the blood of Jesus,

20 By the new and living way which he made open for us through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

21 And having a great priest over the house of God,

22 Let us go in with true hearts, in certain faith, having our hearts made free from the sense of sin and our bodies washed with clean water:

23 Let us keep the witness of our hope strong and unshaking, for he is true who has given his word:

24 And let us be moving one another at all times to love and good works;

25 Not giving up our meetings, as is the way of some, but keeping one another strong in faith; and all the more because you see the day coming near.

26 For if we do evil on purpose after we have had the knowledge of what is true, there is no more offering for sins,

27 But only a great fear of being judged, and of the fire of wrath which will be the destruction of the haters of God.

28 A man who has gone against the law of Moses is put to death without pity on the word of two or three witnesses:

29 But will not the man by whom the Son of God has been crushed under foot, and the blood of the agreement with which he was washed clean has been taken as an unholy thing, and who has had no respect for the Spirit of grace, be judged bad enough for a very much worse punishment?

30 For we have had experience of him who says, Punishment is mine, I will give reward. And again, The Lord will be judge of his people.

31 We may well go in fear of falling into the hands of the living God.

32 But give thought to the days after you had seen the light, when you went through a great war of troubles;

33 In part, in being attacked by angry words and cruel acts, before the eyes of everyone, and in part, in being united with those who were attacked in this way.

34 For you had pity on those who were in prison, and had joy in the loss of your property, in the knowledge that you still had a better property and one which you would keep for ever.

35 So do not give up your hope which will be greatly rewarded.

36 For, having done what was right in God's eyes, you have need of waiting before his word has effect for you.

37 In a very little time he who is coming will come; he will not be slow.

38 But the upright man will be living by his faith; and if he goes back, my soul will have no pleasure in him.

39 But we are not of those who go back to destruction; but of those who have faith even to the salvation of the soul.

Darby

Hebrews 7

1 For this Melchisedec, King of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from smiting the kings, and blessed him;

2 to whom Abraham gave also the tenth portion of all; first being interpreted King of righteousness, and then also King of Salem, which is King of peace;

3 without father, without mother, without genealogy; having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but assimilated to the Son of God, abides a priest continually.

4 Now consider how great this [personage] was, to whom [even] the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth out of the spoils.

5 And they indeed from among the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have commandment to take tithes from the people according to the law, that is from their brethren, though these are come out of the loins of Abraham:

6 but he who has no genealogy from them has tithed Abraham, and blessed him who had the promises.

7 But beyond all gainsaying, the inferior is blessed by the better.

8 And here dying men receive tithes; but there [one] of whom the witness is that he lives;

9 and, so to speak, through Abraham, Levi also, who received tithes, has been made to pay tithes.

10 For he was yet in the loins of his father when Melchisedec met him.

11 If indeed then perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, for the people had their law given to them in connexion with *it*, what need [was there] still that a different priest should arise according to the order of Melchisedec, and not be named after the order of Aaron?

12 For, the priesthood being changed, there takes place of necessity a change of law also.

13 For he, of whom these things are said, belongs to a different tribe, of which no one has [ever] been attached to the service of the altar.

14 For it is clear that our Lord has sprung out of Juda, as to which tribe Moses spake nothing as to priests.

15 And it is yet more abundantly evident, since a different priest arises according to the similitude of Melchisedec,

16 who has been constituted not according to law of fleshly commandment, but according to power of indissoluble life.

17 For it is borne witness, *Thou* art a priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedec.

18 For there is a setting aside of the commandment going before for its weakness and unprofitableness,

19 (for the law perfected nothing,) and the introduction of a better hope by which we draw nigh to God.

20 And by how much [it was] not without the swearing of an oath;

21 (for they are become priests without the swearing of an oath, but he with the swearing of an oath, by him who said, as to him, The Lord has sworn, and will not repent [of it], *Thou* [art] priest for ever [according to the order of Melchisedec];)

22 by so much Jesus became surety of a better covenant.

23 And they have been many priests, on account of being hindered from continuing by death;

24 but he, because of his continuing for ever, has the priesthood unchangeable.

25 Whence also he is able to save completely those who approach by him to God, always living to intercede for them.

26 For such a high priest became us, holy, harmless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and become higher than the heavens:

27 who has not day by day need, as the high priests, first to offer up sacrifices for his own sins, then [for] those of the people; for this he did once for all [in] having offered up himself.

28 For the law constitutes men high priests, having infirmity; but the word of the swearing of the oath which [is] after the law, a Son perfected for ever.

Hebrews 8

1 Now a summary of the things of which we are speaking [is], We have such a one high priest who has sat down on [the] right hand of the throne of the greatness in the heavens;

2 minister of the holy places and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord has pitched, [and] not man.

3 For every high priest is constituted for the offering both of gifts and sacrifices; whence it is needful that this one also should have something which he may offer.

4 If then indeed he were upon earth, he would not even be a priest, there being those who offer the gifts according to the law,

5 (who serve the representation and shadow of heavenly things, according as Moses was oracularly told [when] about to make the tabernacle; for See, saith He, that thou make all things according to the pattern which has been shewn to thee in the mountain.)

6 But now he has got a more excellent ministry, by so much as he is mediator of a better covenant, which is established on the footing of better promises.

7 For if that first was faultless, place had not been sought for a second.

8 For finding fault, he says to them, Behold, days come, saith the Lord, and I will consummate a new covenant as regards the house of Israel, and as regards the house of Juda;

9 not according to the covenant which I made to their fathers in [the] day of my taking their hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because *they* did not continue in my covenant, and *I* did not regard them, saith [the] Lord.

10 Because this [is] the covenant that I will covenant to the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord: Giving my laws into their mind, I will write them also upon their hearts; and I will be to them for God, and *they* shall be to me for people.

11 And they shall not teach each his fellow-citizen, and each his brother, saying, Know the Lord; because all shall know me in themselves, from [the] little one [among them] unto [the] great among them.

12 Because I will be merciful to their unrighteousnesses, and their sins and their lawlessnesses I will never remember any more.

13 In that he says New, he has made the first old; but that which grows old and aged [is] near disappearing.

Hebrews 9

1 The first therefore also indeed had ordinances of service, and the sanctuary, a worldly one.

2 For a tabernacle was set up; the first, in which [were] both the candlestick and the table and the exposition of the loaves, which is called Holy;

3 but after the second veil a tabernacle which is called Holy of holies,

4 having a golden censer, and the ark of the covenant, covered round in every part with gold, in which [were] the golden pot that had the manna, and the rod of Aaron that had sprouted, and the tables of the covenant;

5 and above over it the cherubim of glory shadowing the mercy-seat; concerning which it is not now [the time] to speak in detail.

6 Now these things being thus ordered, into the first tabernacle the priests enter at all times, accomplishing the services;

7 but into the second, the high priest only, once a year, not without blood, which he offers for himself and for the errors of the people:

8 the Holy Spirit shewing this, that the way of the [holy of] holies has not yet been made manifest while as yet the first tabernacle has [its] standing;

9 the which [is] an image for the present time, according to which both gifts and sacrifices, unable to perfect as to conscience him that worshipped, are offered,

10 [consisting] only of meats and drinks and divers washings, ordinances of flesh, imposed until [the] time of setting things right.

11 But Christ being come high priest of the good things to come, by the better and more perfect tabernacle not made with hand, (that is, not of this creation,)

12 nor by blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood, has entered in once for all into the [holy of] holies, having found an eternal redemption.

13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and a heifer's ashes sprinkling the defiled, sanctifies for the purity of the flesh,

14 how much rather shall the blood of the Christ, who by the eternal Spirit offered himself spotless to God, purify your conscience from dead works to worship [the] living God?

15 And for this reason he is mediator of a new covenant, so that, death having taken place for redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, the called might receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

16 (For where [there is] a testament, the death of the testator must needs come in.

17 For a testament [is] of force when men are dead, since it is in no way of force while the testator is alive.)

18 Whence neither the first was inaugurated without blood.

19 For every commandment having been spoken according to [the] law by Moses to all the people; having taken the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, he sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,

20 saying, This [is] the blood of the covenant which God has enjoined to you.

21 And the tabernacle too and all the vessels of service he sprinkled in like manner with blood;

22 and almost all things are purified with blood according to the law, and without blood-shedding there is no remission.

23 [It was] necessary then that the figurative representations of the things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with sacrifices better than these.

24 For the Christ is not entered into holy places made with hand, figures of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear before the face of God for us:

25 nor in order that he should offer himself often, as the high priest enters into the holy places every year with blood not his own;

26 since he had [then] been obliged often to suffer from the foundation of the world. But now once in the consummation of the ages he has been manifested for [the] putting away of sin by his sacrifice.

27 And forasmuch as it is the portion of men once to die, and after this judgment;

28 thus the Christ also, having been once offered to bear the sins of many, shall appear to those that look for him the second time without sin for salvation.

Hebrews 10

1 For the law, having a shadow of the coming good things, not the image itself of the things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually yearly, perfect those who approach.

2 Since, would they not indeed have ceased being offered, on account of the worshippers once purged having no longer any conscience of sins?

3 But in these [there is] a calling to mind of sins yearly.

4 For blood of bulls and goats [is] incapable of taking away sins.

5 Wherefore coming into the world he says, Sacrifice and offering thou willedst not; but thou hast prepared me a body.

6 Thou tookest no pleasure in burnt-offerings and sacrifices for sin.

7 Then I said, Lo, I come (in [the] roll of the book it is written of me) to do, O God, thy will.

8 Above, saying Sacrifices and offerings and burnt-offerings and sacrifices for sin thou willedst not, neither tookest pleasure in (which are offered according to the law);

9 then he said, Lo, I come to do thy will. He takes away the first that he may establish the second;

10 by which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest stands daily ministering, and offering often the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.

12 But *he*, having offered one sacrifice for sins, sat down in perpetuity at [the] right hand of God,

13 waiting from henceforth until his enemies be set [for the] footstool of his feet.

14 For by one offering he has perfected in perpetuity the sanctified.

15 And the Holy Spirit also bears us witness [of it]; for after what was said:

16 This [is] the covenant which I will establish towards them after those days, saith [the] Lord: Giving my laws into their hearts, I will write them also in their understandings;

17 and their sins and their lawlessnesses I will never remember any more.

18 But where there [is] remission of these, [there is] no longer a sacrifice for sin.

19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness for entering into the [holy of] holies by the blood of Jesus,

20 the new and living way which he has dedicated for us through the veil, that is, his flesh,

21 and [having] a great priest over the house of God,

22 let us approach with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, sprinkled as to our hearts from a wicked conscience, and washed as to our body with pure water.

23 Let us hold fast the confession of the hope unwavering, (for he [is] faithful who has promised;)

24 and let us consider one another for provoking to love and good works;

25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the custom [is] with some; but encouraging [one another], and by so much the more as ye see the day drawing near.

26 For where we sin wilfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains any sacrifice for sins,

27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and heat of fire about to devour the adversaries.

28 Any one that has disregarded Moses' law dies without mercy on [the testimony of] two or three witnesses:

29 of how much worse punishment, think ye, shall he be judged worthy who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and esteemed the blood of the covenant, whereby he has been sanctified, common, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

30 For we know him that said, To me [belongs] vengeance; *I* will recompense, saith the Lord: and again, The Lord shall judge his people.

31 [It is] a fearful thing falling into [the] hands of [the] living God.

32 But call to mind the earlier days in which, having been enlightened, ye endured much conflict of sufferings;

33 on the one hand, when ye were made a spectacle both in reproaches and afflictions; and on the other, when ye became partakers with those who were passing through them.

34 For ye both sympathised with prisoners and accepted with joy the plunder of your goods, knowing that ye have for yourselves a better substance, and an abiding one.

35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense.

36 For ye have need of endurance in order that, having done the will of God, ye may receive the promise.

37 For yet a very little while he that comes will come, and will not delay.

38 But the just shall live by faith; and, if he draw back, my soul does not take pleasure in him.

39 But *we* are not drawers back to perdition, but of faith to saving [the] soul.

King James Version

Hebrews 7

1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;

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 better.

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 priest:

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 testament.

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 unchangeable priesthood.

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 them.

26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

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.

Hebrews 8

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 to offer.

4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:

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 away.

Hebrews 9

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 sanctuary.

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 God.

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 reformation.

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 flesh:

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 without blood.

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 others;

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.

Hebrews 10

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 perfect.

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 me:

6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

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 sins:

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 footstool.

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 more.

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 living God.

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.

Latin Vulgate

Hebrews 7

1 hic enim Melchisedech rex Salem sacerdos Dei summi qui obviavit Abrahae regresso a caede regum et benedixit ei

2 cui decimas omnium divisit Abraham primum quidem qui interpretatur rex iustitiae deinde autem et rex Salem quod est rex pacis

3 sine patre sine matre sine genealogia neque initium dierum neque finem vitae habens adsimilatus autem Filio Dei manet sacerdos in perpetuum

4 intuemini autem quantus sit hic cui et decimam dedit de praecipuis Abraham patriarcha

5 et quidem de filiis Levi sacerdotium accipientes mandatum habent decimas sumere a populo secundum legem id est a fratribus suis quamquam et ipsi exierunt de lumbis Abrahae

6 cuius autem generatio non adnumeratur in eis decimas sumpsit Abraham et hunc qui habebat repromissiones benedixit

7 sine ulla autem contradictione quod minus est a meliore benedicitur

8 et hic quidem decimas morientes homines accipiunt ibi autem contestatus quia vivit

9 et ut ita dictum sit per Abraham et Levi qui decimas accipit decimatus est

10 adhuc enim in lumbis patris erat quando obviavit ei Melchisedech

11 si ergo consummatio per sacerdotium leviticum erat populus enim sub ipso legem accepit quid adhuc necessarium secundum ordinem Melchisedech alium surgere sacerdotem et non secundum ordinem Aaron dici

12 translato enim sacerdotio necesse est ut et legis translatio fiat

13 in quo enim haec dicuntur de alia tribu est de qua nullus altario praesto fuit

14 manifestum enim quod ex Iuda ortus sit Dominus noster in qua tribu nihil de sacerdotibus Moses locutus est

15 et amplius adhuc manifestum est si secundum similitudinem Melchisedech exsurgit alius sacerdos

16 qui non secundum legem mandati carnalis factus est sed secundum virtutem vitae insolubilis

17 contestatur enim quoniam tu es sacerdos in aeternum secundum ordinem Melchisedech

18 reprobatio quidem fit praecedentis mandati propter infirmitatem eius et inutilitatem

19 nihil enim ad perfectum adduxit lex introductio vero melioris spei per quam proximamus ad Deum

20 et quantum est non sine iureiurando alii quidem sine iureiurando sacerdotes facti sunt

21 hic autem cum iureiurando per eum qui dixit ad illum iuravit Dominus et non paenitebit tu es sacerdos in aeternum

22 in tantum melioris testamenti sponsor factus est Iesus

23 et alii quidem plures facti sunt sacerdotes idcirco quod morte prohiberentur permanere

24 hic autem eo quod maneat in aeternum sempiternum habet sacerdotium

25 unde et salvare in perpetuo potest accedentes per semet ipsum ad Deum semper vivens ad interpellandum pro eis

26 talis enim decebat ut nobis esset pontifex sanctus innocens inpollutus segregatus a peccatoribus et excelsior caelis factus

27 qui non habet cotidie necessitatem quemadmodum sacerdotes prius pro suis delictis hostias offerre deinde pro populi hoc enim fecit semel se offerendo

28 lex enim homines constituit sacerdotes infirmitatem habentes sermo autem iurisiurandi qui post legem est Filium in aeternum perfectum

Hebrews 8

1 capitulum autem super ea quae dicuntur talem habemus pontificem qui consedit in dextera sedis Magnitudinis in caelis

2 sanctorum minister et tabernaculi veri quod fixit Dominus et non homo

3 omnis enim pontifex ad offerenda munera et hostias constituitur unde necesse est et hunc habere aliquid quod offerat

4 si ergo esset super terram nec esset sacerdos cum essent qui offerrent secundum legem munera

5 qui exemplari et umbrae deserviunt caelestium sicut responsum est Mosi cum consummaret tabernaculum vide inquit omnia facito secundum exemplar quod tibi ostensum est in monte

6 nunc autem melius sortitus est ministerium quanto et melioris testamenti mediator est quod in melioribus repromissionibus sanctum est

7 nam si illud prius culpa vacasset non utique secundi locus inquireretur

8 vituperans enim eos dicit ecce dies veniunt dicit Dominus et consummabo super domum Israhel et super domum Iuda testamentum novum

9 non secundum testamentum quod feci patribus eorum in die qua adprehendi manum illorum ut educerem illos de terra Aegypti quoniam ipsi non permanserunt in testamento meo et ego neglexi eos dicit Dominus

10 quia hoc testamentum quod disponam domui Israhel post dies illos dicit Dominus dando leges meas in mentem eorum et in corde eorum superscribam eas et ero eis in Deum et ipsi erunt mihi in populum

11 et non docebit unusquisque proximum suum et unusquisque fratrem suum dicens cognosce Dominum quoniam omnes scient me a minore usque ad maiorem eorum

12 quia propitius ero iniquitatibus eorum et peccatorum illorum iam non memorabor

13 dicendo autem novum veteravit prius quod autem antiquatur et senescit prope interitum est

Hebrews 9

1 habuit quidem et prius iustificationes culturae et sanctum saeculare

2 tabernaculum enim factum est primum in quo inerant candelabra et mensa et propositio panum quae dicitur sancta

3 post velamentum autem secundum tabernaculum quod dicitur sancta sanctorum

4 aureum habens turibulum et arcam testamenti circumtectam ex omni parte auro in qua urna aurea habens manna et virga Aaron quae fronduerat et tabulae testamenti

5 superque eam cherubin gloriae obumbrantia propitiatorium de quibus non est modo dicendum per singula

6 his vero ita conpositis in priori quidem tabernaculo semper introibant sacerdotes sacrificiorum officia consummantes

7 in secundo autem semel in anno solus pontifex non sine sanguine quem offert pro sua et populi ignorantia

8 hoc significante Spiritu Sancto nondum propalatam esse sanctorum viam adhuc priore tabernaculo habente statum

9 quae parabola est temporis instantis iuxta quam munera et hostiae offeruntur quae non possunt iuxta conscientiam perfectum facere servientem

10 solummodo in cibis et in potibus et variis baptismis et iustitiis carnis usque ad tempus correctionis inpositis

11 Christus autem adsistens pontifex futurorum bonorum per amplius et perfectius tabernaculum non manufactum id est non huius creationis

12 neque per sanguinem hircorum et vitulorum sed per proprium sanguinem introivit semel in sancta aeterna redemptione inventa

13 si enim sanguis hircorum et taurorum et cinis vitulae aspersus inquinatos sanctificat ad emundationem carnis

14 quanto magis sanguis Christi qui per Spiritum Sanctum semet ipsum obtulit inmaculatum Deo emundabit conscientiam vestram ab operibus mortuis ad serviendum Deo viventi

15 et ideo novi testamenti mediator est ut morte intercedente in redemptionem earum praevaricationum quae erant sub priore testamento repromissionem accipiant qui vocati sunt aeternae hereditatis

16 ubi enim testamentum mors necesse est intercedat testatoris

17 testamentum enim in mortuis confirmatum est alioquin nondum valet dum vivit qui testatus est

18 unde ne primum quidem sine sanguine dedicatum est

19 lecto enim omni mandato legis a Mose universo populo accipiens sanguinem vitulorum et hircorum cum aqua et lana coccinea et hysopo ipsum quoque librum et omnem populum aspersit

20 dicens hic sanguis testamenti quod mandavit ad vos Deus

21 etiam tabernaculum et omnia vasa ministerii sanguine similiter aspersit

22 et omnia paene in sanguine mundantur secundum legem et sine sanguinis fusione non fit remissio

23 necesse est ergo exemplaria quidem caelestium his mundari ipsa autem caelestia melioribus hostiis quam istis

24 non enim in manufactis sanctis Iesus introiit exemplaria verorum sed in ipsum caelum ut appareat nunc vultui Dei pro nobis

25 neque ut saepe offerat semet ipsum quemadmodum pontifex intrat in sancta per singulos annos in sanguine alieno

26 alioquin oportebat eum frequenter pati ab origine mundi nunc autem semel in consummatione saeculorum ad destitutionem peccati per hostiam suam apparuit

27 et quemadmodum statutum est hominibus semel mori post hoc autem iudicium

28 sic et Christus semel oblatus ad multorum exhaurienda peccata secundo sine peccato apparebit expectantibus se in salutem

Hebrews 10

1 umbram enim habens lex bonorum futurorum non ipsam imaginem rerum per singulos annos hisdem ipsis hostiis quas offerunt indesinenter numquam potest accedentes perfectos facere

2 alioquin non cessassent offerri ideo quod nullam haberent ultra conscientiam peccati cultores semel mundati

3 sed in ipsis commemoratio peccatorum per singulos annos fit

4 inpossibile enim est sanguine taurorum et hircorum auferri peccata

5 ideo ingrediens mundum dicit hostiam et oblationem noluisti corpus autem aptasti mihi

6 holocaustomata et pro peccato non tibi placuit

7 tunc dixi ecce venio in capitulo libri scriptum est de me ut faciam Deus voluntatem tuam

8 superius dicens quia hostias et oblationes et holocaustomata et pro peccato noluisti nec placita sunt tibi quae secundum legem offeruntur

9 tunc dixit ecce venio ut faciam Deus voluntatem tuam aufert primum ut sequens statuat

10 in qua voluntate sanctificati sumus per oblationem corporis Christi Iesu in semel

11 et omnis quidem sacerdos praesto est cotidie ministrans et easdem saepe offerens hostias quae numquam possunt auferre peccata

12 hic autem unam pro peccatis offerens hostiam in sempiternum sedit in dextera Dei

13 de cetero expectans donec ponantur inimici eius scabillum pedum eius

14 una enim oblatione consummavit in sempiternum sanctificatos

15 contestatur autem nos et Spiritus Sanctus postquam enim dixit

16 hoc autem testamentum quod testabor ad illos post dies illos dicit Dominus dando leges meas in cordibus eorum et in mente eorum superscribam eas

17 et peccatorum et iniquitatium eorum iam non recordabor amplius

18 ubi autem horum remissio iam non oblatio pro peccato

19 habentes itaque fratres fiduciam in introitu sanctorum in sanguine Christi

20 quam initiavit nobis viam novam et viventem per velamen id est carnem suam

21 et sacerdotem magnum super domum Dei

22 accedamus cum vero corde in plenitudine fidei aspersi corda a conscientia mala et abluti corpus aqua munda

23 teneamus spei nostrae confessionem indeclinabilem fidelis enim est qui repromisit

24 et consideremus invicem in provocationem caritatis et bonorum operum

25 non deserentes collectionem nostram sicut est consuetudinis quibusdam sed consolantes et tanto magis quanto videritis adpropinquantem diem

26 voluntarie enim peccantibus nobis post acceptam notitiam veritatis iam non relinquitur pro peccatis hostia

27 terribilis autem quaedam expectatio iudicii et ignis aemulatio quae consumptura est adversarios

28 irritam quis faciens legem Mosi sine ulla miseratione duobus vel tribus testibus moritur

29 quanto magis putatis deteriora mereri supplicia qui Filium Dei conculcaverit et sanguinem testamenti pollutum duxerit in quo sanctificatus est et Spiritui gratiae contumeliam fecerit

30 scimus enim qui dixit mihi vindictam ego reddam et iterum quia iudicabit Dominus populum suum

31 horrendum est incidere in manus Dei viventis

32 rememoramini autem pristinos dies in quibus inluminati magnum certamen sustinuistis passionum

33 et in altero quidem obprobriis et tribulationibus spectaculum facti in altero autem socii taliter conversantium effecti

34 nam et vinctis conpassi estis et rapinam bonorum vestrorum cum gaudio suscepistis cognoscentes vos habere meliorem et manentem substantiam

35 nolite itaque amittere confidentiam vestram quae magnam habet remunerationem

36 patientia enim vobis necessaria est ut voluntatem Dei facientes reportetis promissionem

37 adhuc enim modicum quantulum qui venturus est veniet et non tardabit

38 iustus autem meus ex fide vivit quod si subtraxerit se non placebit animae meae

39 nos autem non sumus subtractionis in perditionem sed fidei in adquisitionem animae

Moffatt NT

Hebrews 7

1 For Melchizedek, the king of Salem, a priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham on his return from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him --

2 who had a tenth part of everything assigned him by Abraham -- this Melchizedek is primarily a king of righteousness (that is the meaning of his name); then, besides that, king of Salem (which means, king of peace).

3 He has neither father nor mother nor genealogy, neither a beginning to his days nor an end of his life, but, resembling the Son of God, continues to be priest permanently.

4 Now mark the dignity of this man. The patriarch Abraham paid him a tenth of the spoils.

5 Those sons of Levi who receive the priestly office are indeed ordered by law to tithe the people (that is. their brothers), although the latter are descended from Abraham;

6 but he who had no Levitical genealogy actually tithed Abraham and blessed the possessor of the promises!

7 (And there is no question that it is the inferior who is blessed by the superior.)

8 Again, it is mortal men in the one case who receive tithes, while in the other it is one of whom the witness is that 'he lives.'

9 In fact, we might almost say that even Levi the receiver of tithes paid tithes through Abraham;

10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.

11 Further, if the Levitical priesthood had been the means of reaching perfection (for it was on the basis of that priesthood that the Law was enacted for the People), why was it still necessary for another sort of priest to emerge with the rank of Melchizedek, instead of simply with the rank of Aaron

12 (for when the priesthood is changed, a change of law necessarily follows)?

13 He who is thus described belongs to another tribe, no member of which ever devoted himself to the altar;

14 for it is evident that our Lord sprang from Judah, and Moses never mentioned priesthood in connection with that tribe.

15 This becomes all the more plain when another priest emerges resembling Melchizedek,

16 one who has become a priest by the power of an indissoluble Life and not by the law of an external command;

17 for the witness to him is, Thou art priest for ever, with the rank of Melchizedek.

18 A previous command is set aside on account of its weakness and uselessness

19 (for the Law made nothing perfect), and there is introduced a better Hope, by means of which we can draw near to God.

20 A better Hope, because it was not promised apart from an oath.

21 Previous priests became priests apart from any oath, but he has an oath from Him who said to him, The Lord has sworn, and he will not change his mind, thou art a priest for ever.

22 And this makes Jesus surety for a superior covenant.

23 Also, while they became priests in large numbers, since death prevents them from continuing to serve,

24 he holds his priesthood without any successor, since he continues for ever.

25 Hence for all time, he is able to save those who approach God through him, as he is always living to intercede on their behalf.

26 Such was the high priest for us, saintly, innocent, unstained, lifted high above the heavens, far from all contact with the sinful,

27 one who has no need, like yonder high priests, day by day to offer sacrifices first for their own sins and then for those of the People -- he did that once for all in offering up himself.

28 For the Law appoints human beings in their weakness to the priesthood; but the word of the Oath appoints a Son who is made perfect for ever.

Hebrews 8

1 The point of all this is, we do have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of Majesty in the heavens,

2 and who officiates in the sanctuary or true tabernacle set up by the Lord and not by man.

3 Now, as every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices, he too must have something to offer.

4 Were he on earth, he would not be a priest at all, for there are priests already to offer the gifts prescribed by Law

5 (men who serve a mere outline and shadow of the heavenly -- as Moses was instructed, when he was about to execute the building of the tabernacle: see, God said, that you make everything on the pattern shown you upon the mountain).

6 As it is, however, the divine service he has obtained is superior, owing to the fact that he mediates a superior covenant, enacted with superior promises.

7 For if the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion for a second.

8 Whereas God does find fault with the people of that covenant, when he says: The day is coming, saith the Lord, when I will conclude a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be on the lines of the covenant I made with their fathers,

9 on the day I took them by the hand to lead out of Egypt's land; for they would not hold to my covenant, so I let them alone, saith the Lord.

10 This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel when that day comes, saith the Lord; I will set my laws within their mind, inscribing them upon their hearts; I will be a God to them, and they shall be a People to me;

11 one citizen will no longer teach his fellow, one man will no longer teach his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for all will know me, low and high together.

12 I will be merciful to their iniquities, and remember their sins no more.

13 By saying 'a new covenant,' he antiquates the first. And whatever is antiquated and aged Is on the verge of vanishing.

Hebrews 9

1 The first covenant had indeed its regulations for worship and a material sanctuary.

2 A tent was set up, the outer tent, containing the lampstand, the table, and the loaves of the Presence; this is called the Holy place.

3 But behind the second veil was the tent called the Holy of Holies,

4 containing the golden altar of incense, and also the ark of the covenant covered all over with gold, which held the golden pot of manna, the rod of Aaron that once blossomed, and the tablets of the covenant;

5 above this were the cherubims of the Glory, overshadowing the mercy seat -- matters which it is impossible for me to discuss at present in detail.

6 Such were the arrangements for worship. The priests constantly enter the first tent, in the discharge of their ritual duties,

7 but the second tent is entered only once a year by the high priest alone -- and it must not be without blood, which he presents on behalf of himself and the errors of the People.

8 By this the holy Spirit means that the way into the Holiest Presence was not disclosed so long as the first tent

9 (which foreshadowed the present age) was still standing, with its offerings of gifts and sacrifices which cannot possibly make the conscience of the worshipper perfect,

10 since they relate merely to food and drink and a variety of ablutions -- outward regulations for the body, that only hold till the period of the New Order.

11 But when Christ arrived as the high priest of the bliss that was to be, he passed through the greater and more perfect tent which no hands had made (no part, that is to say, of the present order),

12 not taking any blood of goats and oxen but his own blood, and entered once for all into the Holy place. He secured an eternal redemption.

13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkled on defiled persons, give them a holiness that bears on bodily purity,

14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who in the spirit of the eternal offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve a living God?

15 He mediates a new covenant for this reason, that those who have been called may obtain the eternal inheritance they have been promised, now that a death has occurred which redeems them from the transgressions involved in the first covenant.

16 Thus in the case of a will, the death of the testator must be announced.

17 A will only holds in cases of death; it is never valid so long as the testator is alive.

18 Hence even the first covenant of God's will was not inaugurated apart from blood;

19 for after Moses had announced every command in the Law to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, together with water, scarlet wool and hyssop, sprinkling the book and all the people,

20 and saying, This is the blood of that covenant which is God's command for you.

21 He even sprinkled with blood the tent and all the utensils of worship in the same way.

22 In fact, one might almost say that by Law everything is cleansed with blood. No blood shed, no remission of sins!

23 Now, while the copies of the heavenly things had to be cleansed with sacrifices like these, the heavenly things themselves required nobler sacrifices.

24 For Christ has not entered a holy place which human hands have made (a mere type of the reality!); he has entered heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.

25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, like the high priest entering the holy place every year with blood that was not his own: --

26 for in that case he would have had to suffer repeatedly, ever since the world was founded. Nay, once for all, at the end of the world, he has appeared with his self-sacrifice to abolish sin.

27 And just as it is appointed for men to die once and after that to be judged,

28 so Christ, after being once sacrificed to bear the sins of many, will appear again, not to deal with sin but for the saving of those who look out for him.

Hebrews 10

1 For as the Law has a mere shadow of the bliss that is to be, instead of representing the reality of that bliss, it can never perfect those who draw near with the same annual sacrifices that are perpetually offered.

2 Otherwise, they would surely have ceased to be offered; for the worshippers, once cleansed, would no longer be conscious of sins!

3 As it is, they are an annual reminder of sins

4 (for the blood of bulls and goats cannot possibly remove sins!).

5 Hence, on entering the world he says, Thou hast no desire for sacrifice or offering; it is a body thou hast prepared for me --

6 in holocausts and sin-offerings thou takest no delight.

7 So I said, 'Here I come -- in the roll of the book this is written of me -- I come to do thy will, O God.'

8 He begins by saying, Thou hast no desire for, thou takest no delight in, sacrifices and offerings and holocausts and sin-offerings (and these are what are offered in terms of the Law);

9 he then adds, Here I come to do thy will. He does away with the first in order to establish the second.

10 And it is by this will that we are consecrated, because Jesus Christ once for all has offered up his body.

11 Again, while every priest stands daily at his service, offering the same sacrifices repeatedly, sacrifices which never can take sins away --

12 He offered a single sacrifice for sins and then seated himself for all time at the right hand of God,

13 to wait until his enemies are made a footstool for his feet.

14 For by a single offering he has made the sanctified perfect for all time.

15 Besides, we have the testimony of the holy Spirit; for after saying,

16 This is the covenant I will make with them when that day comes, saith the Lord, I will set my laws upon their hearts, inscribing them upon their minds, he adds,

17 And their sins and breaches of the law I will remember no more.

18 Now where these are remitted, an offering for sin exists no longer.

19 Brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy Presence in virtue of the blood of Jesus,

20 by the fresh, living way which he has inaugurated for us through the veil (that is, through his flesh),

21 and since we have a great Priest over the house of God,

22 let us draw near with a true heart, in absolute assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled clean from a bad conscience, and our bodies washed in pure water;

23 let us hold the hope we avow without wavering (for we can rely on him who gave us the Promise);

24 and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good deeds --

25 not ceasing to meet together, as is the habit of some, but admonishing one another, all the more so, as you see the Day coming near.

26 For if we sin deliberately, after receiving the knowledge of the Truth, there is no longer any sacrifice for sins left,

27 nothing but an awful outlook of doom, of that burning Wrath which will consume the foes of God.

28 Anyone who has rejected the law of Moses dies without mercy, on the evidence of two or of three witnesses.

29 How much heavier, do you suppose, will be the punishment assigned to him who has spurned the Son of God, who has profaned the covenant-blood with which he was sanctified, who has insulted the Spirit of grace?

30 We know who said, Vengeance is mine. I will exact a requital: and again. The Lord will pass sentence on his people.

31 It is an awful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 Recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle of suffering,

33 partly by being held up yourselves to obloquy and anguish, partly by making common cause with those who fared in this way;

34 for you did sympathize with the prisoners, and you took the confiscation of your own belongings cheerfully, conscious that elsewhere you had higher, you had lasting, possessions.

35 Now do not drop that confidence of yours; it carries with it a rich hope of reward.

36 Steady patience is what you need, so that after doing the will of God you may get what you have been promised.

37 For in a little, a very little now, The Coming One will arrive without delay.

38 Meantime my just man shall live on by his faith; if he shrinks back, my soul takes no delight in him.

39 We are not the men to shrink back and be lost, but to have faith and so to win our souls.

NASB 1977

Hebrews 7

1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,

2 to whom also Abraham apportioned a tenth part of all {the spoils}, was first of all, by the translation {of his name}, king of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is king of peace.

3 Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he abides a priest perpetually.

4 Now observe how great this man was to whom Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth of the choicest spoils.

5 And those indeed of the sons of Levi who receive the priest's office have commandment in the Law to collect a tenth from the people, that is, from their brethren, although these are descended from Abraham.

6 But the one whose genealogy is not traced from them collected a tenth from Abraham, and blessed the one who had the promises.

7 But without any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater.

8 And in this case mortal men receive tithes, but in that case one {receives them}, of whom it is witnessed that he lives on.

9 And, so to speak, through Abraham even Levi, who received tithes, paid tithes,

10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.

11 Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the Law), what further need {was there} for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron?

12 For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also.

13 For the one concerning whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar.

14 For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses spoke nothing concerning priests.

15 And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek,

16 who has become {such} not on the basis of a law of physical requirement, but according to the power of an indestructible life.

17 For it is witnessed {of Him}, ``THOU ART A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK."

18 For, on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment because of its weakness and uselessness

19 (for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

20 And inasmuch as {it was} not without an oath

21 (for they indeed became priests without an oath, but He with an oath through the One who said to Him, ``THE LORD HAS SWORN AND WILL NOT CHANGE HIS MIND, `THOU ART A PRIEST FOREVER'");

22 so much the more also Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.

23 And the {former} priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers, because they were prevented by death from continuing,

24 but He, on the other hand, because He abides forever, holds His priesthood permanently.

25 Hence, also, He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

26 For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens;

27 who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins, and then for the {sins} of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

28 For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, {appoints} a Son, made perfect forever.

Hebrews 8

1 Now the main point in what has been said {is this:} we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,

2 a minister in the sanctuary, and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.

3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices; hence it is necessary that this {high priest} also have something to offer.

4 Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are those who offer the gifts according to the Law;

5 who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses was warned {by God} when he was about to erect the tabernacle; for, ``SEE," He says, ``THAT YOU MAKE all things ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN WHICH WAS SHOWN YOU ON THE MOUNTAIN."

6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.

7 For if that first {covenant} had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second.

8 For finding fault with them, He says, ``BEHOLD, DAYS ARE COMING, SAYS THE LORD, WHEN I WILL EFFECT A NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH;

9 NOT LIKE THE COVENANT WHICH I MADE WITH THEIR FATHERS ON THE DAY WHEN I TOOK THEM BY THE HAND TO LEAD THEM OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT; FOR THEY DID NOT CONTINUE IN MY COVENANT, AND I DID NOT CARE FOR THEM, SAYS THE LORD.

10 ``FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS, AND I WILL WRITE THEM UPON THEIR HEARTS. AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.

11 ``AND THEY SHALL NOT TEACH EVERYONE HIS FELLOW CITIZEN, AND EVERYONE HIS BROTHER, SAYING, `KNOW THE LORD,' FOR ALL SHALL KNOW ME, FROM THE LEAST TO THE GREATEST OF THEM.

12 ``FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR INIQUITIES, AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE."

13 When He said, ``A new {covenant}," He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.

Hebrews 9

1 Now even the first {covenant} had regulations of divine worship and the earthly sanctuary.

2 For there was a tabernacle prepared, the outer one, in which {were} the lampstand and the table and the sacred bread; this is called the holy place.

3 And behind the second veil, there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies,

4 having a golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which {was} a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron's rod which budded, and the tables of the covenant.

5 And above it {were} the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat; but of these things we cannot now speak in detail.

6 Now when these things have been thus prepared, the priests are continually entering the outer tabernacle, performing the divine worship,

7 but into the second only the high priest {enters}, once a year, not without {taking} blood, which he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance.

8 The Holy Spirit {is} signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed, while the outer tabernacle is still standing,

9 which {is} a symbol for the present time. Accordingly both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience,

10 since they {relate} only to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation.

11 But when Christ appeared {as} a high priest of the good things to come, {He entered} through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation;

12 and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh,

14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

15 And for this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, in order that since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were {committed} under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

16 For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it.

17 For a covenant is valid {only} when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives.

18 Therefore even the first {covenant} was not inaugurated without blood.

19 For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,

20 saying, ``THIS IS THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT WHICH GOD COMMANDED YOU."

21 And in the same way he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood.

22 And according to the Law, {one may} almost {say}, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

23 Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

24 For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a {mere} copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;

25 nor was it that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood not his own.

26 Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this {comes} judgment,

28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time for salvation without {reference to} sin, to those who eagerly await Him.

Hebrews 10

1 For the Law, since it has {only} a shadow of the good things to come {and} not the very form of things, can never by the same sacrifices year by year, which they offer continually, make perfect those who draw near.

2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins?

3 But in those {sacrifices} there is a reminder of sins year by year.

4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

5 Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, ``SACRIFICE AND OFFERING THOU HAST NOT DESIRED, BUT A BODY THOU HAST PREPARED FOR ME;

6 IN WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND {sacrifices} FOR SIN THOU HAST TAKEN NO PLEASURE.

7 ``THEN I SAID, `BEHOLD, I HAVE COME (IN THE ROLL OF THE BOOK IT IS WRITTEN OF ME) TO DO THY WILL, O GOD.'"

8 After saying above, ``SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS AND WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND {sacrifices} FOR SIN THOU HAST NOT DESIRED, NOR HAST THOU TAKEN PLEASURE {in them}" (which are offered according to the Law),

9 then He said, ``BEHOLD, I HAVE COME TO DO THY WILL." He takes away the first in order to establish the second.

10 By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins;

12 but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD,

13 waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET.

14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.

15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,

16 ``THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS UPON THEIR HEART, AND UPON THEIR MIND I WILL WRITE THEM," {He then says,}

17 ``AND THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE."

18 Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer {any} offering for sin.

19 Since therefore, brethren, we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus,

20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh,

21 and since {we have} a great priest over the house of God,

22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled {clean} from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;

24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,

25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging {one another;} and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.

26 For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

27 but a certain terrifying expectation of judgment, and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES.

28 Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on {the testimony of} two or three witnesses.

29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

30 For we know Him who said, ``VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY." And again, ``THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE."

31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings,

33 partly, by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated.

34 For you showed sympathy to the prisoners, and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and an abiding one.

35 Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.

36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.

37 FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE, HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME, AND WILL NOT DELAY.

38 BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; AND IF HE SHRINKS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM.

39 But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.

NASB 1995

Hebrews 7

1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,

2 to whom also Abraham apportioned a tenth part of all {the spoils,} was first of all, by the translation {of his name,} king of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is king of peace.

3 Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually.

4 Now observe how great this man was to whom Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth of the choicest spoils.

5 And those indeed of the sons of Levi who receive the priest's office have commandment in the Law to collect a tenth from the people, that is, from their brethren, although these are descended from Abraham.

6 But the one whose genealogy is not traced from them collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed the one who had the promises.

7 But without any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater.

8 In this case mortal men receive tithes, but in that case one {receives them,} of whom it is witnessed that he lives on.

9 And, so to speak, through Abraham even Levi, who received tithes, paid tithes,

10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.

11 Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the Law), what further need {was there} for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron?

12 For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also.

13 For the one concerning whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar.

14 For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses spoke nothing concerning priests.

15 And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek,

16 who has become {such} not on the basis of a law of physical requirement, but according to the power of an indestructible life.

17 For it is attested {of Him,} ``YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK."

18 For, on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment because of its weakness and uselessness

19 (for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

20 And inasmuch as {it was} not without an oath

21 (for they indeed became priests without an oath, but He with an oath through the One who said to Him, ``THE LORD HAS SWORN AND WILL NOT CHANGE HIS MIND, `YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER'");

22 so much the more also Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.

23 The {former} priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing,

24 but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently.

25 Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

26 For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens;

27 who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the {sins} of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

28 For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, {appoints} a Son, made perfect forever.

Hebrews 8

1 Now the main point in what has been said {is this:} we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,

2 a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.

3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices; so it is necessary that this {high priest} also have something to offer.

4 Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are those who offer the gifts according to the Law;

5 who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses was warned {by God} when he was about to erect the tabernacle; for, ``SEE," He says, ``THAT YOU MAKE all things ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN WHICH WAS SHOWN YOU ON THE MOUNTAIN."

6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.

7 For if that first {covenant} had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second.

8 For finding fault with them, He says, ``BEHOLD, DAYS ARE COMING, SAYS THE LORD, WHEN I WILL EFFECT A NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH;

9 NOT LIKE THE COVENANT WHICH I MADE WITH THEIR FATHERS ON THE DAY WHEN I TOOK THEM BY THE HAND TO LEAD THEM OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT; FOR THEY DID NOT CONTINUE IN MY COVENANT, AND I DID NOT CARE FOR THEM, SAYS THE LORD.

10 ``FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS, AND I WILL WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS. AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.

11 ``AND THEY SHALL NOT TEACH EVERYONE HIS FELLOW CITIZEN, AND EVERYONE HIS BROTHER, SAYING, `KNOW THE LORD,' FOR ALL WILL KNOW ME, FROM THE LEAST TO THE GREATEST OF THEM.

12 ``FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR INIQUITIES, AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE."

13 When He said, ``A new {covenant,}" He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.

Hebrews 9

1 Now even the first {covenant} had regulations of divine worship and the earthly sanctuary.

2 For there was a tabernacle prepared, the outer one, in which {were} the lampstand and the table and the sacred bread; this is called the holy place.

3 Behind the second veil there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies,

4 having a golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron's rod which budded, and the tables of the covenant;

5 and above it {were} the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat; but of these things we cannot now speak in detail.

6 Now when these things have been so prepared, the priests are continually entering the outer tabernacle performing the divine worship,

7 but into the second, only the high priest {enters} once a year, not without {taking} blood, which he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance.

8 The Holy Spirit {is} signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the outer tabernacle is still standing,

9 which {is} a symbol for the present time. Accordingly both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience,

10 since they {relate} only to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation.

11 But when Christ appeared {as} a high priest of the good things to come, {He entered} through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation;

12 and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh,

14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

15 For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were {committed} under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

16 For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it.

17 For a covenant is valid {only} when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives.

18 Therefore even the first {covenant} was not inaugurated without blood.

19 For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,

20 saying, ``THIS IS THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT WHICH GOD COMMANDED YOU."

21 And in the same way he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood.

22 And according to the Law, {one may} almost {say,} all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

23 Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

24 For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a {mere} copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;

25 nor was it that He would offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood that is not his own.

26 Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this {comes} judgment,

28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without {reference to} sin, to those who eagerly await Him.

Hebrews 10

1 For the Law, since it has {only} a shadow of the good things to come {and} not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near.

2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins?

3 But in those {sacrifices} there is a reminder of sins year by year.

4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

5 Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, ``SACRIFICE AND OFFERING YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, BUT A BODY YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ME;

6 IN WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND {sacrifices} FOR SIN YOU HAVE TAKEN NO PLEASURE.

7 ``THEN I SAID, `BEHOLD, I HAVE COME (IN THE SCROLL OF THE BOOK IT IS WRITTEN OF ME) TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD.'"

8 After saying above, ``SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS AND WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND {sacrifices} FOR SIN YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, NOR HAVE YOU TAKEN PLEASURE {in them}" (which are offered according to the Law),

9 then He said, ``BEHOLD, I HAVE COME TO DO YOUR WILL." He takes away the first in order to establish the second.

10 By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins;

12 but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD,

13 waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET.

14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.

15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying,

16 ``THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS UPON THEIR HEART, AND ON THEIR MIND I WILL WRITE THEM," {He then says,}

17 ``AND THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE."

18 Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer {any} offering for sin.

19 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus,

20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh,

21 and since {we have} a great priest over the house of God,

22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled {clean} from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;

24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,

25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging {one another;} and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

26 For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES.

28 Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on {the testimony of} two or three witnesses.

29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

30 For we know Him who said, ``VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY." And again, ``THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE."

31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings,

33 partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated.

34 For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one.

35 Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.

36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.

37 FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE, HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME, AND WILL NOT DELAY.

38 BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; AND IF HE SHRINKS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM.

39 But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.

NET Bible

Hebrews 7

1 Now this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, met Abraham as he was returning from defeating the kings and blessed him.

2 To him also Abraham apportioned a tithe of everything. His name first means king of righteousness, then king of Salem, that is, king of peace.

3 Without father, without mother, without genealogy, he has neither beginning of days nor end of life but is like the son of God, and he remains a priest for all time.

4 But see how great he must be, if Abraham the patriarch gave him a tithe of his plunder.

5 And those of the sons of Levi who receive the priestly office have authorization according to the law to collect a tithe from the people, that is, from their fellow countrymen, although they too are descendants of Abraham.

6 But Melchizedek who does not share their ancestry collected a tithe from Abraham and blessed the one who possessed the promise.

7 Now without dispute the inferior is blessed by the superior,

8 and in one case tithes are received by mortal men, while in the other by him who is affirmed to be alive.

9 And it could be said that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid a tithe through Abraham.

10 For he was still in his ancestor Abraham’s loins when Melchizedek met him.

11 So if perfection had in fact been possible through the Levitical priesthood – for on that basis the people received the law – what further need would there have been for another priest to arise, said to be in the order of Melchizedek and not in Aaron’s order?

12 For when the priesthood changes, a change in the law must come as well.

13 Yet the one these things are spoken about belongs to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever officiated at the altar.

14 For it is clear that our Lord is descended from Judah, yet Moses said nothing about priests in connection with that tribe.

15 And this is even clearer if another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek,

16 who has become a priest not by a legal regulation about physical descent but by the power of an indestructible life.

17 For here is the testimony about him: “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”

18 On the one hand a former command is set aside because it is weak and useless,

19 for the law made nothing perfect. On the other hand a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.

20 And since this was not done without a sworn affirmation – for the others have become priests without a sworn affirmation,

21 but Jesus did so with a sworn affirmation by the one who said to him, “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, ‘You are a priest forever’” –

22 accordingly Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.

23 And the others who became priests were numerous, because death prevented them from continuing in office,

24 but he holds his priesthood permanently since he lives forever.

25 So he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

26 For it is indeed fitting for us to have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separate from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.

27 He has no need to do every day what those priests do, to offer sacrifices first for their own sins and then for the sins of the people, since he did this in offering himself once for all.

28 For the law appoints as high priests men subject to weakness, but the word of solemn affirmation that came after the law appoints a son made perfect forever.

Hebrews 8

1 Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We have such a high priest, one who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven,

2 a minister in the sanctuary and the true tabernacle that the Lord, not man, set up.

3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. So this one too had to have something to offer.

4 Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest, since there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law.

5 The place where they serve is a sketch and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary, just as Moses was warned by God as he was about to complete the tabernacle. For he says, “See that you make everything according to the design shown to you on the mountain.”

6 But now Jesus has obtained a superior ministry, since the covenant that he mediates is also better and is enacted on better promises.

7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, no one would have looked for a second one.

8 But showing its fault, God says to them, “Look, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will complete a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.

9 “It will not be like the covenant that I made with their fathers, on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not continue in my covenant and I had no regard for them, says the Lord.

10 “For this is the covenant that I will establish with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and I will inscribe them on their hearts. And I will be their God and they will be my people.

11 “And there will be no need at all for each one to teach his countryman or each one to teach his brother saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ since they will all know me, from the least to the greatest.

12 “For I will be merciful toward their evil deeds, and their sins I will remember no longer.”

13 When he speaks of a new covenant, he makes the first obsolete. Now what is growing obsolete and aging is about to disappear.

Hebrews 9

1 Now the first covenant, in fact, had regulations for worship and its earthly sanctuary.

2 For a tent was prepared, the outer one, which contained the lampstand, the table, and the presentation of the loaves; this is called the holy place.

3 And after the second curtain there was a tent called the holy of holies.

4 It contained the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered entirely with gold. In this ark were the golden urn containing the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant.

5 And above the ark were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Now is not the time to speak of these things in detail.

6 So with these things prepared like this, the priests enter continually into the outer tent as they perform their duties.

7 But only the high priest enters once a year into the inner tent, and not without blood that he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance.

8 The Holy Spirit is making clear that the way into the holy place had not yet appeared as long as the old tabernacle was standing.

9 This was a symbol for the time then present, when gifts and sacrifices were offered that could not perfect the conscience of the worshiper.

10 They served only for matters of food and drink and various washings; they are external regulations imposed until the new order came.

11 But now Christ has come as the high priest of the good things to come. He passed through the greater and more perfect tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation,

12 and he entered once for all into the most holy place not by the blood of goats and calves but by his own blood, and so he himself secured eternal redemption.

13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow sprinkled on those who are defiled consecrated them and provided ritual purity,

14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.

15 And so he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance he has promised, since he died to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant.

16 For where there is a will, the death of the one who made it must be proven.

17 For a will takes effect only at death, since it carries no force while the one who made it is alive.

18 So even the first covenant was inaugurated with blood.

19 For when Moses had spoken every command to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats with water and scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,

20 and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that God has commanded you to keep.”

21 And both the tabernacle and all the utensils of worship he likewise sprinkled with blood.

22 Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

23 So it was necessary for the sketches of the things in heaven to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves required better sacrifices than these.

24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands – the representation of the true sanctuary – but into heaven itself, and he appears now in God’s presence for us.

25 And he did not enter to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not his own,

26 for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by his sacrifice.

27 And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment,

28 so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await him he will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.

Hebrews 10

1 For the law possesses a shadow of the good things to come but not the reality itself, and is therefore completely unable, by the same sacrifices offered continually, year after year, to perfect those who come to worship.

2 For otherwise would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers would have been purified once for all and so have no further consciousness of sin?

3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year after year.

4 For the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sins.

5 So when he came into the world, he said, “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me.

6 “Whole burnt offerings and sin-offerings you took no delight in.

7 “Then I said, ‘Here I am: I have come – it is written of me in the scroll of the book – to do your will, O God.’”

8 When he says above, “Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sin-offerings you did not desire nor did you take delight in them” (which are offered according to the law),

9 then he says, “Here I am: I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first to establish the second.

10 By his will we have been made holy through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest stands day after day serving and offering the same sacrifices again and again – sacrifices that can never take away sins.

12 But when this priest had offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, he sat down at the right hand of God,

13 where he is now waiting until his enemies are made a footstool for his feet.

14 For by one offering he has perfected for all time those who are made holy.

15 And the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us, for after saying,

16 “This is the covenant that I will establish with them after those days, says the Lord. I will put my laws on their hearts and I will inscribe them on their minds,”

17 then he says, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no longer.”

18 Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus,

20 by the fresh and living way that he inaugurated for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,

21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,

22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in the assurance that faith brings, because we have had our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water.

23 And let us hold unwaveringly to the hope that we confess, for the one who made the promise is trustworthy.

24 And let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works,

25 not abandoning our own meetings, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and even more so because you see the day drawing near.

26 For if we deliberately keep on sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, no further sacrifice for sins is left for us,

27 but only a certain fearful expectation of judgment and a fury of fire that will consume God’s enemies.

28 Someone who rejected the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.

29 How much greater punishment do you think that person deserves who has contempt for the Son of God, and profanes the blood of the covenant that made him holy, and insults the Spirit of grace?

30 For we know the one who said, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”

31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 But remember the former days when you endured a harsh conflict of suffering after you were enlightened.

33 At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and afflictions, and at other times you came to share with others who were treated in that way.

34 For in fact you shared the sufferings of those in prison, and you accepted the confiscation of your belongings with joy, because you knew that you certainly had a better and lasting possession.

35 So do not throw away your confidence, because it has great reward.

36 For you need endurance in order to do God’s will and so receive what is promised.

37 For just a little longer and he who is coming will arrive and not delay.

38 But my righteous one will live by faith, and if he shrinks back, I take no pleasure in him.

39 But we are not among those who shrink back and thus perish, but are among those who have faith and preserve their souls.

New International Version

Hebrews 7

1 This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him,

2 and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, his name means "king of righteousness"; then also, "king of Salem" means "king of peace."

3 Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever.

4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!

5 Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people--that is, their brothers--even though their brothers are descended from Abraham.

6 This man, however, did not trace his descent from Levi, yet he collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.

7 And without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater.

8 In the one case, the tenth is collected by men who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living.

9 One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham,

10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.

11 If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the law was given to the people), why was there still need for another priest to come--one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron?

12 For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law.

13 He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar.

14 For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.

15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears,

16 one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.

17 For it is declared: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."

18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless

19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.

20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath,

21 but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him: "The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: `You are a priest forever.'"

22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.

23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office;

24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.

25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

26 Such a high priest meets our need--one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.

27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.

28 For the law appoints as high priests men who are weak; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.

Hebrews 8

1 The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven,

2 and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man.

3 Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer.

4 If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already men who offer the gifts prescribed by the law.

5 They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: "See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain."

6 But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises.

7 For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another.

8 But God found fault with the people and said : "The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.

9 It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord.

10 This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

11 No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, `Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.

12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."

13 By calling this covenant "new," he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.

Hebrews 9

1 Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary.

2 A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand, the table and the consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place.

3 Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place,

4 which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron's staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant.

5 Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. But we cannot discuss these things in detail now.

6 When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry.

7 But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.

8 The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still standing.

9 This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper.

10 They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings--external regulations applying until the time of the new order.

11 When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation.

12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.

13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.

14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance--now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

16 In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it,

17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living.

18 This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood.

19 When Moses had proclaimed every commandment of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people.

20 He said, "This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep."

21 In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies.

22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

24 For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God's presence.

25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.

26 Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.

27 Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,

28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Hebrews 10

1 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming--not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.

2 If it could, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.

3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins,

4 because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me;

6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased.

7 Then I said, `Here I am--it is written about me in the scroll-- I have come to do your will, O God.'"

8 First he said, "Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them" (although the law required them to be made).

9 Then he said, "Here I am, I have come to do your will." He sets aside the first to establish the second.

10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.

12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.

13 Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool,

14 because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:

16 "This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds."

17 Then he adds: "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more."

18 And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.

19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,

20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,

21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,

22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,

27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.

29 How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?

30 For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people."

31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering.

33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.

34 You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.

35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

37 For in just a very little while, "He who is coming will come and will not delay.

38 But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him."

39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.

Original Greek

Hebrews 7

4 ¶Theooreite de peelikos houtos, hoo kai (*) dekateen Abraam edooken ek toon akrothinioon ho patriarchees.

5 Kai hoi men ek toon huioon Leui teen hierateian lambanontes entoleen echousin apodekatoun ton laon kata ton nomon, tout estin tous adelfous autoon, kaiper exeleeluthotas ek tees osfuos Abraam,

6 ho de mee genealogoumenos ex autoon dedekatooken Abraam kai ton echonta tas epangelias eulogeeken.

7 Chooris de pasees antilogias to elatton hupo tou kreittonos eulogeitai.

8 Kai hoode men dekatas apothneeskontes anthroopoi lambanousin, ekei de marturoumenos hoti zee.

9 Kai hoos epos eipein, di Abraam kai Leui ho dekatas lambanoon dedekatootai,

10 eti gar en tee osfui tou patros een hote suneenteesen autoo Melchisedek.

11 ¶Ei men oun teleioosis dia tees Leuitikees hieroosunees een, ho laos gar ep autees nenomotheteetai, tis eti chreia kata teen taxin Melchisedek heteron anistasthai hierea kai ou kata teen taxin Aaroon legesthai?

12 Metatithemenees gar tees hieroosunees ex anangkees kai nomou metathesis ginetai.

13 Ef hon gar legetai tauta, fulees heteras metescheeken, af hees oudeis prosescheeken too thusiasteerioo,

14 prodeelon gar hoti ex Iouda anatetalken ho Kurios heemoon, eis heen fuleen peri hiereoon ouden Moousees elaleesen.

15 Kai perissoteron eti katadeelon estin, ei kata teen homoioteeta Melchisedek anistatai Hiereus heteros,

16 hos ou kata nomon entolees sarkinees gegonen alla kata dunamin zooees akatalutou.

17 Martureitai (*) gar hoti "Su (*) Hiereus eis ton aioona kata teen taxin Melchisedek."

18 ¶Atheteesis men gar ginetai proagousees entolees dia to autees asthenes kai anoofeles --

19 ouden gar eteleioosen ho nomos -- epeisagoogee de kreittonos elpidos di hees engizomen too Theoo.

20 ¶Kai kath hoson ou chooris horkoomosias,

21 hoi men gar chooris horkoomosias eisin hiereis gegonotes, ho de meta horkoomosias dia tou legontos pros auton, "Oomosen Kurios, kai ou metameleetheesetai: `Su Hiereus eis ton aioona (*).´"

22 Kata tosouto kai (*) kreittonos diatheekees gegonen enguos Ieesous.

23 ¶Kai hoi men pleiones eisin gegonotes hiereis dia to thanatoo kooluesthai paramenein,

24 ho de dia to menein auton eis ton aioona aparabaton echei teen hieroosuneen.

25 Hothen kai soozein eis to panteles dunatai tous proserchomenous di autou too Theoo, pantote zoon eis to entungchanein huper autoon.

26 ¶Toioutos gar heemin kai eprepen archiereus, hosios akakos amiantos, kechoorismenos apo toon hamartooloon kai hupseeloteros toon ouranoon genomenos,

27 hos ouk echei kath heemeran anangkeen, hoosper hoi archiereis, proteron huper toon idioon hamartioon thusias anaferein epeita toon tou laou, touto gar epoieesen efapax heauton anenengkas.

28 Ho nomos gar anthroopous kathisteesin archiereis echontas astheneian, ho logos de tees horkoomosias tees meta ton nomon Huion eis ton aioona teteleioomenon.

Hebrews 8

1 ¶Kefalaion de epi tois legomenois, toiouton echomen Archierea, hos ekathisen en dexia tou thronou tees Megaloosunees en tois ouranois,

2 toon hagioon leitourgos kai tees skeenees tees aleethinees, heen epeexen ho Kurios, ouk anthroopos.

3 Pas gar archiereus eis to prosferein doora te kai thusias kathistatai, hothen anangkaion echein ti kai touton ho prosenengkee.

4 Ei men oun een epi gees, oud an een hiereus, ontoon (*) toon prosferontoon kata nomon ta doora,

5 hoitines hupodeigmati kai skia latreuousin toon epouranioon, kathoos kechreematistai Moousees melloon epitelein teen skeeneen, "Hora" gar feesin, "poieeseis panta kata ton tupon ton deichthenta soi en too orei."

6 Nuni de diaforooteras tetuchen leitourgias, hosoo kai kreittonos estin diatheekees mesitees, heetis epi kreittosin epangeliais nenomotheteetai.

7 ¶Ei gar hee prootee ekeinee een amemptos, ouk an deuteras ezeeteito topos.

8 Memfomenos gar autous (*) legei, "Idou heemerai erchontai, legei Kurios, kai suntelesoo epi ton oikon Israeel kai epi ton oikon Iouda diatheekeen kaineen,

9 ou kata teen diatheekeen, heen epoieesa tois patrasin autoon en heemera epilabomenou mou tees cheiros autoon exagagein autous ek gees Aiguptou, hoti autoi ouk enemeinan en tee diatheekee mou, kagoo eemeleesa autoon, legei Kurios,

10 hoti hautee hee diatheekee, heen diatheesomai too oikoo Israeel meta tas heemeras ekeinas, legei Kurios, didous nomous mou eis teen dianoian autoon, kai epi kardias autoon epigrapsoo autous, kai esomai autois eis Theon, kai autoi esontai moi eis laon.

11 Kai ou-mee didaxoosin hekastos ton politeen autou kai hekastos ton adelfon autou legoon, `Gnoothi ton Kurion!´ hoti pantes eideesousin me apo mikrou (*) heoos megalou autoon,

12 hoti hileoos esomai tais adikiais autoon kai toon hamartioon autoon (*) ou mee mneesthoo eti."

13 ¶En too legein "Kaineen" pepalaiooken teen prooteen, to de palaioumenon kai geeraskon engus afanismou.

Hebrews 9

1 ¶Eiche men oun kai (*) hee prootee (*) dikaioomata latreias to te hagion kosmikon.

2 Skeenee gar kateskeuasthee hee prootee en hee hee te luchnia kai hee trapeza kai hee prothesis toon artoon, heetis legetai Hagia,

3 meta de to deuteron katapetasma skeenee hee legomenee Hagia Hagioon,

4 chrusoun echousa thumiateerion kai teen kibooton tees diatheekees perikekalummeneen pantothen chrusioo, en hee stamnos chrusee echousa to manna kai hee rabdos Aaroon hee blasteesasa kai hai plakes tees diatheekees,

5 huperanoo de autees Cheroubein doxees kataskiazonta to hilasteerion, peri hoon ouk estin nun legein kata meros.

6 ¶Toutoon de houtoos kateskeuasmenoon eis men teen prooteen skeeneen dia pantos eisiasin hoi hiereis tas latreias epitelountes,

7 eis de teen deuteran hapax tou eniautou monos ho archiereus, ou chooris haimatos ho prosferei huper heautou kai toon tou laou agnoeematoon,

8 touto deelountos tou Pneumatos tou Hagiou, meepoo pefaneroosthai teen toon hagioon hodon eti tees prootees skeenees echousees stasin,

9 heetis parabolee eis ton kairon ton enesteekota, kath heen doora te kai thusiai prosferontai mee dunamenai kata suneideesin teleioosai ton latreuonta,

10 monon epi broomasin kai pomasin kai diaforois baptismois, dikaioomata sarkos mechri kairou diorthooseoos epikeimena.

11 ¶Christos de paragenomenos Archiereus toon genomenoon agathoon dia tees meizonos kai teleioteras skeenees ou cheiropoieetou tout estin ou tautees tees ktiseoos,

12 oude di haimatos tragoon kai moschoon dia de tou idiou haimatos eiseelthen efapax eis ta hagia aioonian lutroosin heuramenos.

13 Ei gar to haima tragoon kai tauroon kai spodos damaleoos rantizousa tous kekoinoomenous hagiazei pros teen tees sarkos katharoteeta,

14 posoo mallon to haima tou Christou, hos dia Pneumatos aiooniou heauton proseenengken amoomon too Theoo, kathariei teen suneideesin heemoon (*) apo nekroon ergoon eis to latreuein Theoo zoonti?

15 ¶Kai dia touto diatheekees kainees mesitees estin, hopoos thanatou genomenou eis apolutroosin toon epi tee prootee diatheekee parabaseoon teen epangelian laboosin hoi kekleemenoi tees aiooniou kleeronomias.

16 Hopou gar diatheekee, thanaton anangkee feresthai tou diathemenou,

17 diatheekee gar epi nekrois bebaia, epei meepote ischuei hote zee ho diathemenos.

18 Hothen oude hee prootee chooris haimatos engkekainistai,

19 laleetheisees gar pasees entolees kata ton nomon hupo Moouseoos panti too laoo, laboon to haima toon moschoon kai toon tragoon meta hudatos kai eriou kokkinou kai hussoopou auto te to biblion kai panta ton laon erantisen

20 legoon, "Touto to haima tees diatheekees hees eneteilato pros humas ho Theos."

21 Kai teen skeeneen de kai panta ta skeuee tees leitourgias too haimati homoioos erantisen.

22 Kai schedon en haimati panta katharizetai kata ton nomon kai chooris haimatekchusias ou ginetai afesis.

23 ¶Anangkee oun ta men hupodeigmata toon en tois ouranois toutois katharizesthai, auta de ta epourania kreittosin thusiais para tautas.

24 Ou gar eis cheiropoieeta eiseelthen hagia Christos, antitupa toon aleethinoon, all eis auton ton ouranon, nun emfanistheenai too prosoopoo tou Theou huper heemoon,

25 oud hina pollakis prosferee heauton, hoosper ho archiereus eiserchetai eis ta hagia kat eniauton en haimati allotrioo,

26 epei edei auton pollakis pathein apo katabolees kosmou, nuni de hapax epi sunteleia toon aioonoon eis atheteesin tees hamartias dia tees thusias autou pefanerootai.

27 Kai kath hoson apokeitai tois anthroopois hapax apothanein, meta de touto krisis,

28 houtoos kai ho Christos hapax prosenechtheis eis to polloon anenengkein hamartias, ek deuterou chooris hamartias oftheesetai tois auton apekdechomenois eis sooteerian.

Hebrews 10

1 ¶Skian gar echoon ho nomos toon mellontoon agathoon, ouk auteen teen eikona toon pragmatoon, kat eniauton tais autais thusiais has prosferousin eis to dieenekes oudepote dunatai tous proserchomenous teleioosai,

2 epei ouk an epausanto prosferomenai dia to meedemian echein eti suneideesin hamartioon tous latreuontas hapax kekatharismenous?

3 All en autais anamneesis hamartioon kat eniauton,

4 adunaton gar haima tauroon kai tragoon afairein hamartias.

5 ¶Dio eiserchomenos eis ton kosmon legei, "Thusian kai prosforan ouk eetheleesas, sooma de kateertisoo moi,

6 holokautoomata kai peri hamartias ouk eudokeesas.

7 Tote eipon, `Idou heekoo´ (en kefalidi bibliou gegraptai peri emou), tou poieesai ho Theos to theleema sou.´"

8 Anooteron legoon hoti "Thusias kai prosforas kai holokautoomata kai peri hamartias ouk eetheleesas oude eudokeesas," haitines kata nomon prosferontai,

9 tote eireeken, "Idou heekoo tou poieesai (*) to theleema sou. (*)" Anairei to prooton hina to deuteron steesee,

10 en hoo theleemati heegiasmenoi esmen dia tees prosforas tou soomatos Ieesou Christou efapax.

11 ¶Kai pas men hiereus (*) hesteeken kath heemeran leitourgoon kai tas autas pollakis prosferoon thusias, haitines oudepote dunantai perielein hamartias,

12 houtos (*) de mian huper hamartioon prosenengkas thusian eis to dieenekes ekathisen en dexia tou Theou,

13 to loipon ekdechomenos heoos tethoosin hoi echthroi autou hupopodion toon podoon autou.

14 Mia gar prosfora teteleiooken eis to dieenekes tous hagiazomenous.

15 ¶Marturei de heemin kai to Pneuma to Hagion, meta gar to eireekenai,

16 "Hautee hee diatheekee heen diatheesomai pros autous meta tas heemeras ekeinas, legei Kurios, didous nomous mou epi kardias autoon kai epi teen dianoian autoon epigrapsoo autous,

17 kai toon hamartioon autoon kai toon anomioon autoon ou-mee mneestheesomai eti."

18 Hopou de afesis toutoon, ouketi prosfora peri hamartias.

19 ¶Echontes oun, adelfoi, parreesian eis teen eisodon toon hagioon en too haimati Ieesou,

20 heen enekainisen heemin hodon prosfaton kai zoosan dia tou katapetasmatos, tout estin tees sarkos autou,

21 kai hierea megan epi ton oikon tou Theou,

22 proserchoometha meta aleethinees kardias en pleeroforia pisteoos rerantismenoi tas kardias apo suneideeseoos poneeras kai lelousmenoi to sooma hudati katharoo,

23 katechoomen teen homologian tees elpidos aklinee, pistos gar ho epangeilamenos,

24 kai katanooomen alleelous eis paroxusmon agapees kai kaloon ergoon,

25 mee engkataleipontes teen episunagoogeen heautoon, kathoos ethos tisin, alla parakalountes, kai tosoutoo mallon hosoo blepete engizousan teen heemeran.

26 ¶Hekousioos gar hamartanontoon heemoon meta to labein teen epignoosin tees aleetheias, ouketi peri hamartioon apoleipetai thusia,

27 fobera de tis ekdochee kriseoos kai puros zeelos esthiein mellontos tous hupenantious.

28 Atheteesas tis nomon Moouseoos chooris oiktirmoon epi dusin ee trisin martusin apothneeskei,

29 posoo dokeite cheironos axiootheesetai timoorias ho ton Huion tou Theou katapateesas kai to haima tees diatheekees koinon heegeesamenos, en hoo heegiasthee, kai to Pneuma tees charitos enubrisas?

30 Oidamen gar ton eiponta, "Emoi ekdikeesis, egoo antapodoosoo (*)." Kai palin, "Krinei Kurios ton laon autou."

31 Foberon to empesein eis cheiras Theou zoontos!

32 ¶Anamimneeskesthe de tas proteron heemeras, en hais footisthentes polleen athleesin hupemeinate patheematoon,

33 touto men oneidismois te kai thlipsesin theatrizomenoi, touto de koinoonoi toon houtoos anastrefomenoon geneethentes.

34 Kai gar tois desmiois sunepatheesate kai teen harpageen toon huparchontoon humoon meta charas prosedexasthe ginooskontes echein heautous kreittona huparxin (*) kai menousan.

35 ¶Mee apobaleete oun teen parreesian humoon, heetis echei megaleen misthapodosian.

36 hupomonees gar echete chreian hina to theleema tou Theou poieesantes komiseesthe teen epangelian.

37 "Eti gar mikron hoson hoson, ho erchomenos heexei kai ou chronisei (*),

38 ho de dikaios mou (*) ek pisteoos zeesetai, kai ean huposteileetai, ouk eudokei hee psuchee mou en autoo."

39 Heemeis de ouk esmen hupostolees eis apooleian alla pisteoos eis peripoieesin psuchees.

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Hebrews 7

1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him;

2 and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace.

3 He is without father or mother or genealogy, and has neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest for ever.

4 See how great he is! Abraham the patriarch gave him a tithe of the spoils.

5 And those descendants of Levi who receive the priestly office have a commandment in the law to take tithes from the people, that is, from their brethren, though these also are descended from Abraham.

6 But this man who has not their genealogy received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.

7 It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior.

8 Here tithes are received by mortal men; there, by one of whom it is testified that he lives.

9 One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham,

10 for he was still in the loins of his ancestor when Melchizedek met him.

11 Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron?

12 For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well.

13 For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar.

14 For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.

15 This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek,

16 who has become a priest, not according to a legal requirement concerning bodily descent but by the power of an indestructible life.

17 For it is witnessed of him, "Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek."

18 On the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness

19 (for the law made nothing perfect); on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.

20 And it was not without an oath.

21 Those who formerly became priests took their office without an oath, but this one was addressed with an oath, "The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, 'Thou art a priest for ever.'"

22 This makes Jesus the surety of a better covenant.

23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office;

24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues for ever.

25 Consequently he is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

26 For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens.

27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did this once for all when he offered up himself.

28 Indeed, the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect for ever.

Hebrews 8

1 Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven,

2 a minister in the sanctuary and the true tent which is set up not by man but by the Lord.

3 For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; hence it is necessary for this priest also to have something to offer.

4 Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer gifts according to the law.

5 They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary; for when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, "See that you make everything according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain."

6 But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry which is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises.

7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion for a second.

8 For he finds fault with them when he says: "The days will come, says the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah;

9 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; for they did not continue in my covenant, and so I paid no heed to them, says the Lord.

10 This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

11 And they shall not teach every one his fellow or every one his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for all shall know me, from the least of them to the greatest.

12 For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more."

13 In speaking of a new covenant he treats the first as obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

Hebrews 9

1 Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly sanctuary.

2 For a tent was prepared, the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence; it is called the Holy Place.

3 Behind the second curtain stood a tent called the Holy of Holies,

4 having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, which contained a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;

5 above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.

6 These preparations having thus been made, the priests go continually into the outer tent, performing their ritual duties;

7 but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood which he offers for himself and for the errors of the people.

8 By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the sanctuary is not yet opened as long as the outer tent is still standing

9 (which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper,

10 but deal only with food and drink and various ablutions, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation.

11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)

12 he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.

13 For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh,

14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

15 Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred which redeems them from the transgressions under the first covenant.

16 For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established.

17 For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive.

18 Hence even the first covenant was not ratified without blood.

19 For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,

20 saying, "This is the blood of the covenant which God commanded you."

21 And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship.

22 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

23 Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

24 For Christ has entered, not into a sanctuary made with hands, a copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.

25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the Holy Place yearly with blood not his own;

26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

27 And just as it is appointed for men to die once, and after that comes judgment,

28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

Hebrews 10

1 For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices which are continually offered year after year, make perfect those who draw near.

2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered? If the worshipers had once been cleansed, they would no longer have any consciousness of sin.

3 But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sin year after year.

4 For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.

5 Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, "Sacrifices and offerings thou hast not desired, but a body hast thou prepared for me;

6 in burnt offerings and sin offerings thou hast taken no pleasure.

7 Then I said, 'Lo, I have come to do thy will, O God,' as it is written of me in the roll of the book."

8 When he said above, "Thou hast neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings" (these are offered according to the law),

9 then he added, "Lo, I have come to do thy will." He abolishes the first in order to establish the second.

10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.

12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,

13 then to wait until his enemies should be made a stool for his feet.

14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.

15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,

16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,

17 then he adds, "I will remember their sins and their misdeeds no more."

18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

19 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus,

20 by the new and living way which he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,

21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,

22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful;

24 and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,

25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

26 For if we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

27 but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries.

28 A man who has violated the law of Moses dies without mercy at the testimony of two or three witnesses.

29 How much worse punishment do you think will be deserved by the man who has spurned the Son of God, and profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and outraged the Spirit of grace?

30 For we know him who said, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay." And again, "The Lord will judge his people."

31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings,

33 sometimes being publicly exposed to abuse and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated.

34 For you had compassion on the prisoners, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.

35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.

36 For you have need of endurance, so that you may do the will of God and receive what is promised.

37 For yet a little while, and the coming one shall come and shall not tarry;

38 but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him."

39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and keep their souls.

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Hebrews 7

1 Porque este Melquisedec, rey de Salem, sacerdote del Dios AltÌsimo, saliÛ al encuentro de Abraham cuando {Èste} regresaba de la matanza de los reyes, y lo bendijo.

2 Abraham le entregÛ el diezmo de todos {los despojos, cuyo nombre} significa primeramente rey de justicia, y luego tambiÈn rey de Salem, esto es, rey de paz,

3 sin padre, sin madre, sin genealogÌa, no teniendo principio de dÌas ni fin de vida, siendo hecho semejante al Hijo de Dios, permanece sacerdote a perpetuidad.

4 Considerad, pues, la grandeza de este {hombre} a quien Abraham, el patriarca, dio el diezmo de lo mejor del botÌn.

5 Y en verdad los de los hijos de LevÌ que reciben el oficio de sacerdote, tienen mandamiento en la ley de recoger el diezmo del pueblo, es decir, de sus hermanos, aunque Èstos son descendientes de Abraham.

6 Pero aquel cuya genealogÌa no viene de ellos, recibiÛ el diezmo de Abraham y bendijo al que tenÌa las promesas.

7 Y sin discusiÛn alguna, el menor es bendecido por el mayor.

8 AquÌ, ciertamente hombres mortales reciben el diezmo, pero allÌ, {los recibe} uno de quien se da testimonio de que vive.

9 Y, por decirlo asÌ, por medio de Abraham aun LevÌ, que recibÌa diezmos, pagaba diezmos,

10 porque a?n estaba en los lomos de su padre cuando Melquisedec le saliÛ al encuentro.

11 Ahora bien, si la perfecciÛn era por medio del sacerdocio levÌtico (pues sobre esa base recibiÛ el pueblo la ley), øquÈ necesidad {habÌa} de que se levantara otro sacerdote seg?n el orden de Melquisedec, y no designado seg?n el orden de AarÛn?

12 Porque cuando se cambia el sacerdocio, necesariamente ocurre tambiÈn un cambio de la ley.

13 Pues aquel de quien se dicen estas cosas, pertenece a otra tribu, de la cual nadie ha servido en el altar.

14 Porque es evidente que nuestro Senor descendiÛ de Jud·, una tribu de la cual MoisÈs no dijo nada tocante a sacerdotes.

15 Y esto es a?n m·s evidente, si a semejanza de Melquisedec se levanta otro sacerdote,

16 que ha llegado a ser{lo,} no sobre la base de una ley de requisitos fÌsicos, sino seg?n el poder de una vida indestructible.

17 Pues {de El} se da testimonio: TU ERES SACERDOTE PARA SIEMPRE SEGUN EL ORDEN DE MELQUISEDEC.

18 Porque ciertamente, queda anulado el mandamiento anterior por ser dÈbil e in?til

19 (pues la ley nada hizo perfecto), y se introduce una mejor esperanza, mediante la cual nos acercamos a Dios.

20 Y por cuanto no {fue} sin juramento,

21 pues en verdad ellos llegaron a ser sacerdotes sin juramento, pero El por un juramento del que le dijo: EL SENOR HA JURADO Y NO CAMBIARA: ``TU ERES SACERDOTE PARA SIEMPRE",

22 por eso, Jes?s ha venido a ser fiador de un mejor pacto.

23 Los sacerdotes {anteriores} eran m·s numerosos porque la muerte les impedÌa continuar,

24 pero El conserva su sacerdocio inmutable puesto que permanece para siempre.

25 Por lo cual El tambiÈn es poderoso para salvar para siempre a los que por medio de El se acercan a Dios, puesto que vive perpetuamente para interceder por ellos.

26 Porque convenÌa que tuviÈramos tal sumo sacerdote: santo, inocente, inmaculado, apartado de los pecadores y exaltado m·s all· de los cielos,

27 que no necesita, como aquellos sumos sacerdotes, ofrecer sacrificios diariamente, primero por sus propios pecados y despuÈs por los {pecados} del pueblo; porque esto lo hizo una vez para siempre, cuando se ofreciÛ a sÌ mismo.

28 Porque la ley designa como sumos sacerdotes a hombres dÈbiles, pero la palabra del juramento, que vino despuÈs de la ley, {designa} al Hijo, hecho perfecto para siempre.

Hebrews 8

1 Ahora bien, el punto principal de lo que se ha dicho {es Èste:} tenemos tal sumo sacerdote, el cual se ha sentado a la diestra del trono de la Majestad en los cielos,

2 {como} ministro del santuario y del tabern·culo verdadero, que el Senor erigiÛ, no el hombre.

3 Porque todo sumo sacerdote est· constituido para presentar ofrendas y sacrificios, por lo cual es necesario que Èste tambiÈn tenga algo que ofrecer.

4 AsÌ que si El estuviera sobre la tierra, ni siquiera serÌa sacerdote, habiendo {sacerdotes} que presentan las ofrendas seg?n la ley;

5 los cuales sirven a {lo que es} copia y sombra de las cosas celestiales, tal como MoisÈs fue advertido {por Dios} cuando estaba a punto de erigir el tabern·culo; pues, dice El: Mira, haz todas las cosas CONFORME AL MODELO QUE TE FUE MOSTRADO EN EL MONTE.

6 Pero ahora El ha obtenido un ministerio tanto mejor, por cuanto es tambiÈn el mediador de un mejor pacto, establecido sobre mejores promesas.

7 Pues si aquel primer {pacto} hubiera sido sin defecto, no se hubiera buscado lugar para el segundo.

8 Porque reproch·ndolos, El dice: MIRAD QUE VIENEN DIAS, DICE EL SENOR, EN QUE ESTABLECERE UN NUEVO PACTO CON LA CASA DE ISRAEL Y CON LA CASA DE JUDA;

9 NO COMO EL PACTO QUE HICE CON SUS PADRES EL DIA QUE LOS TOME DE LA MANO PARA SACARLOS DE LA TIERRA DE EGIPTO; PORQUE NO PERMANECIERON EN MI PACTO, Y YO ME DESENTENDI DE ELLOS, DICE EL SENOR.

10 PORQUE ESTE ES EL PACTO QUE YO HARE CON LA CASA DE ISRAEL DESPUES DE AQUELLOS DIAS, DICE EL SENOR: PONDRE MIS LEYES EN LA MENTE DE ELLOS, Y LAS ESCRIBIRE SOBRE SUS CORAZONES. Y YO SERE SU DIOS, Y ELLOS SERAN MI PUEBLO.

11 Y NINGUNO DE ELLOS ENSENARA A SU CONCIUDADANO NI NINGUNO A SU HERMANO, DICIENDO: ``CONOCE AL SENOR", PORQUE TODOS ME CONOCERAN, DESDE EL MENOR HASTA EL MAYOR DE ELLOS.

12 PUES TENDRE MISERICORDIA DE SUS INIQUIDADES, Y NUNCA MAS ME ACORDARE DE SUS PECADOS.

13 Cuando El dijo: Un nuevo {pacto}, hizo anticuado al primero; y lo que se hace anticuado y envejece, est· prÛximo a desaparecer.

Hebrews 9

1 Ahora bien, aun el primer {pacto} tenÌa ordenanzas de culto y el santuario terrenal.

2 Porque habÌa un tabern·culo preparado en la parte anterior, en el cual {estaban} el candelabro, la mesa y los panes consagrados; Èste se llama el Lugar Santo.

3 Y detr·s del segundo velo {habÌa} un tabern·culo llamado el Lugar SantÌsimo,

4 el cual tenÌa el altar de oro del incienso y el arca del pacto cubierta toda de oro, en la cual {habÌa} una urna de oro que contenÌa el man· y la vara de AarÛn que retonÛ y las tablas del pacto;

5 y sobre ella {estaban} los querubines de gloria que daban sombra al propiciatorio; pero de estas cosas no se puede hablar ahora en detalle.

6 AsÌ preparadas estas cosas, los sacerdotes entran continuamente al primer tabern·culo para oficiar en el culto;

7 pero en el segundo, sÛlo {entra} el sumo sacerdote una vez al ano, no sin {llevar} sangre, la cual ofrece por sÌ mismo y por los pecados del pueblo cometidos en ignorancia.

8 Queriendo el EspÌritu Santo dar a entender esto: que el camino al Lugar SantÌsimo a?n no habÌa sido revelado en tanto que el primer tabern·culo permaneciera en pie;

9 lo cual {es} un sÌmbolo para el tiempo presente, seg?n el cual se presentan ofrendas y sacrificios que no pueden hacer perfecto en su conciencia al que practica {ese} culto,

10 puesto que {tienen que ver} sÛlo con comidas y bebidas, y diversas abluciones y ordenanzas para el cuerpo, impuestas hasta el tiempo de reformar {las cosas}.

11 Pero cuando Cristo apareciÛ {como} sumo sacerdote de los bienes futuros, a travÈs de un mayor y m·s perfecto tabern·culo, no hecho con manos, es decir, no de esta creaciÛn,

12 y no por medio de la sangre de machos cabrÌos y de becerros, sino por medio de su propia sangre, entrÛ al Lugar SantÌsimo una vez para siempre, habiendo obtenido redenciÛn eterna.

13 Porque si la sangre de los machos cabrÌos y de los toros, y la ceniza de la becerra rociada sobre los que se han contaminado, santifican para la purificaciÛn de la carne,

14 øcu·nto m·s la sangre de Cristo, el cual por el EspÌritu eterno se ofreciÛ a sÌ mismo sin mancha a Dios, purificar· vuestra conciencia de obras muertas para servir al Dios vivo?

15 Y por eso El es el mediador de un nuevo pacto, a fin de que habiendo tenido lugar una muerte para la redenciÛn de las transgresiones {que se cometieron} bajo el primer pacto, los que han sido llamados reciban la promesa de la herencia eterna.

16 Porque donde hay un testamento, necesario es que ocurra la muerte del testador.

17 Pues un testamento es v·lido {sÛlo} en caso de muerte, puesto que no se pone en vigor mientras vive el testador.

18 Por tanto, ni aun el primer {pacto} se inaugurÛ sin sangre.

19 Porque cuando MoisÈs terminÛ de promulgar todos los mandamientos a todo el pueblo, conforme a la ley, tomÛ la sangre de los becerros y de los machos cabrÌos, con agua, lana escarlata e hisopo, y rociÛ el libro mismo y a todo el pueblo,

20 diciendo: ESTA ES LA SANGRE DEL PACTO QUE DIOS OS ORDENO.

21 Y de la misma manera rociÛ con sangre tanto el tabern·culo como todos los utensilios del ministerio.

22 Y seg?n la ley, casi todo es purificado con sangre, y sin derramamiento de sangre no hay perdÛn.

23 Por tanto, fue necesario que las representaciones de las cosas en los cielos fueran purificadas de esta manera, pero las cosas celestiales mismas, con mejores sacrificios que Èstos.

24 Porque Cristo no entrÛ en un lugar santo hecho por manos, una representaciÛn del verdadero, sino en el cielo mismo, para presentarse ahora en la presencia de Dios por nosotros,

25 y no para ofrecerse a sÌ mismo muchas veces, como el sumo sacerdote entra al Lugar SantÌsimo cada ano con sangre ajena.

26 De otra manera le hubiera sido necesario sufrir muchas veces desde la fundaciÛn del mundo; pero ahora, una sola vez en la consumaciÛn de los siglos, se ha manifestado para destruir el pecado por el sacrificio de sÌ mismo.

27 Y asÌ como est· decretado que los hombres mueran una {sola} vez, y despuÈs de esto, el juicio,

28 asÌ tambiÈn Cristo, habiendo sido ofrecido una vez para llevar los pecados de muchos, aparecer· por segunda vez, sin {relaciÛn con} el pecado, para salvaciÛn de los que ansiosamente le esperan.

Hebrews 10

1 Pues ya que la ley {sÛlo} tiene la sombra de los bienes futuros {y} no la forma misma de las cosas, nunca puede, por los mismos sacrificios que ellos ofrecen continuamente ano tras ano, hacer perfectos a los que se acercan.

2 De otra manera, øno habrÌan cesado de ofrecerse, ya que los adoradores, una vez purificados, no tendrÌan ya m·s conciencia de pecado?

3 Pero en esos {sacrificios} hay un recordatorio de pecados ano tras ano.

4 Porque es imposible que la sangre de toros y de machos cabrÌos quite los pecados.

5 Por lo cual, al entrar El en el mundo, dice: SACRIFICIO Y OFRENDA NO HAS QUERIDO, PERO UN CUERPO HAS PREPARADO PARA MI;

6 EN HOLOCAUSTOS Y {sacrificios} POR EL PECADO NO TE HAS COMPLACIDO.

7 ENTONCES DIJE: ``HE AQUI, YO HE VENIDO (EN EL ROLLO DEL LIBRO ESTA ESCRITO DE MI) PARA HACER, OH DIOS, TU VOLUNTAD."

8 Habiendo dicho arriba: SACRIFICIOS Y OFRENDAS Y HOLOCAUSTOS, Y {sacrificios} POR EL PECADO NO HAS QUERIDO, NI {en ellos} TE HAS COMPLACIDO (los cuales se ofrecen seg?n la ley),

9 entonces dijo: HE AQUI, YO HE VENIDO PARA HACER TU VOLUNTAD. El quita lo primero para establecer lo segundo.

10 Por esta voluntad hemos sido santificados mediante la ofrenda del cuerpo de Jesucristo ofrecida de una vez para siempre.

11 Y ciertamente todo sacerdote est· de pie, dÌa tras dÌa, ministrando y ofreciendo muchas veces los mismos sacrificios, que nunca pueden quitar los pecados;

12 pero El, habiendo ofrecido un solo sacrificio por los pecados para siempre, SE SENTO A LA DIESTRA DE DIOS,

13 esperando de ahÌ en adelante HASTA QUE SUS ENEMIGOS SEAN PUESTOS POR ESTRADO DE SUS PIES.

14 Porque por una ofrenda El ha hecho perfectos para siempre a los que son santificados.

15 Y tambiÈn el EspÌritu Santo nos da testimonio; porque despuÈs de haber dicho:

16 ESTE ES EL PACTO QUE HARE CON ELLOS DESPUES DE AQUELLOS DIAS --DICE EL SENOR: PONDRE MIS LEYES EN SU CORAZON, Y EN SU MENTE LAS ESCRIBIRE, {anade:}

17 Y NUNCA MAS ME ACORDARE DE SUS PECADOS E INIQUIDADES.

18 Ahora bien, donde hay perdÛn de estas cosas, ya no hay ofrenda por el pecado.

19 Entonces, hermanos, puesto que tenemos confianza para entrar al Lugar SantÌsimo por la sangre de Jes?s,

20 por un camino nuevo y vivo que El inaugurÛ para nosotros por medio del velo, es decir, su carne,

21 y puesto que {tenemos} un gran sacerdote sobre la casa de Dios,

22 acerquÈmonos con corazÛn sincero, en plena certidumbre de fe, teniendo nuestro corazÛn purificado de mala conciencia y nuestro cuerpo lavado con agua pura.

23 Mantengamos firme la profesiÛn de nuestra esperanza sin vacilar, porque fiel es el que prometiÛ;

24 y consideremos cÛmo estimularnos unos a otros al amor y a las buenas obras,

25 no dejando de congregarnos, como algunos tienen por costumbre, sino exhort·ndonos {unos a otros}, y mucho m·s al ver que el dÌa se acerca.

26 Porque si continuamos pecando deliberadamente despuÈs de haber recibido el conocimiento de la verdad, ya no queda sacrificio alguno por los pecados,

27 sino cierta horrenda expectaciÛn de juicio, y la furia de UN FUEGO QUE HA DE CONSUMIR A LOS ADVERSARIOS.

28 Cualquiera que viola la ley de MoisÈs muere sin misericordia por {el testimonio de} dos o tres testigos.

29 øCu·nto mayor castigo pens·is que merecer· el que ha hollado bajo sus pies al Hijo de Dios, y ha tenido por inmunda la sangre del pacto por la cual fue santificado, y ha ultrajado al EspÌritu de gracia?

30 Pues conocemos al que dijo: MIA ES LA VENGANZA, YO PAGARE. Y otra vez: EL SENOR JUZGARA A SU PUEBLO.

31 °Horrenda cosa es caer en las manos del Dios vivo!

32 Pero recordad los dÌas pasados, cuando despuÈs de haber sido iluminados, soportasteis una gran lucha de padecimientos;

33 por una parte, siendo hechos un espect·culo p?blico en oprobios y aflicciones, y por otra, siendo companeros de los que eran tratados asÌ.

34 Porque tuvisteis compasiÛn de los prisioneros y aceptasteis con gozo el despojo de vuestros bienes, sabiendo que tenÈis para vosotros mismos una mejor y m·s duradera posesiÛn.

35 Por tanto, no desechÈis vuestra confianza, la cual tiene gran recompensa.

36 Porque tenÈis necesidad de paciencia, para que cuando hay·is hecho la voluntad de Dios, obteng·is la promesa.

37 PORQUE DENTRO DE MUY POCO TIEMPO, EL QUE HA DE VENIR VENDRA Y NO TARDARA.

38 MAS MI JUSTO VIVIRA POR LA FE; Y SI RETROCEDE, MI ALMA NO SE COMPLACERA EN EL.

39 Pero nosotros no somos de los que retroceden para perdiciÛn, sino de los que tienen fe para la preservaciÛn del alma.

Weymouth

Hebrews 7

1 For this man, Melchizedek, King of Salem and priest of the Most High God -- he who when Abraham was returning after defeating the kings met him and pronounced a blessing on him --

2 to whom also Abraham presented a tenth part of all -- being first, as his name signifies, King of righteousness, and secondly King of Salem, that is, King of peace:

3 with no father or mother, and no record of ancestry: having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made a type of the Son of God -- this man Melchizedek remains a priest for ever.

4 Now think how great this priest-king must have been to whom Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth part of the best of the spoil.

5 And those of the descendants of Levi who receive the priesthood are authorized by the Law to take tithes from the people, that is, from their brethren, though these have sprung from Abraham.

6 But, in this instance, one who does not trace his origin from them takes tithes from Abraham, and pronounces a blessing on him to whom the promises belong.

7 And beyond all dispute it is always the inferior who is blessed by the superior.

8 Moreover here frail mortal men receive tithes: there one receives them about whom there is evidence that he is alive.

9 And Levi too -- if I may so speak -- pays tithes through Abraham:

10 for Levi was yet in the loins of his forefather when Melchizedek met Abraham.

11 Now if the crowning blessing was attainable by means of the Levitical priesthood -- for as resting on this foundation the people received the Law, to which they are still subject -- what further need was there for a Priest of a different kind to be raised up belonging to the order of Melchizedek instead of being said to belong to the order of Aaron?

12 For when the priesthood changes, a change of Law also of necessity takes place.

13 He, however, to whom that prophecy refers is associated with a different tribe, not one member of which has anything to do with the altar.

14 For it is undeniable that our Lord sprang from Judah, a tribe of which Moses said nothing in connection with priests.

15 And this is still more abundantly clear when we read that it is as belonging to the order of Melchizedek that a priest of a different kind is to arise,

16 and hold His office not in obedience to any temporary Law, but by virtue of an indestructible Life.

17 For the words are in evidence, "Thou art a priest for ever, belonging to the order of Melchizedek."

18 On the one hand we have here the abrogation of an earlier code because it was weak and ineffective --

19 for the Law brought no perfect blessing -- but on the other hand we have the bringing in of a new and better hope by means of which we draw near to God.

20 And since it was not without an oath being taken --

21 for these men hold office without any oath having been taken, but He holds it attested by an oath from Him who said to Him, "The Lord has sworn and will not recall His words, Thou art a Priest for ever" --

22 so much the more also is the Covenant of which Jesus has become the guarantor, a better covenant.

23 And they have been appointed priests many in number, because death prevents their continuance in office:

24 but He, because He continues for ever, has a priesthood which does not pass to any successor.

25 Hence too He is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, seeing that He ever lives to plead for them.

26 Moreover we needed just such a High Priest as this -- holy, guileless, undefiled, far removed from sinful men and exalted above the heavens;

27 who, unlike other High Priests, is not under the necessity of offering up sacrifices day after day, first for His own sins, and afterwards for those of the people; for this latter thing He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

28 For the Law constitutes men High Priests -- men with all their infirmity -- but the utterance of the oath, which came later than the Law, constitutes High Priest a Son who has been made for ever perfect.

Hebrews 8

1 Now in connexion with what we have been saying the chief point is that we have a High Priest who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of God's Majesty in the heavens,

2 and ministers in the Holy place and in the true tabernacle which not man, but the Lord pitched.

3 Every High Priest, however, is appointed to offer both bloodless gifts and sacrifices. Therefore this High Priest also must have some offering to present.

4 If then He were still on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since here there are already those who present the offerings in obedience to the Law,

5 and serve a copy and type of the heavenly things, just as Moses was divinely instructed when about to build the tabernacle. For God said, "See that you make everything in imitation of the pattern shown you on the mountain."

6 But, as a matter of fact, the ministry which Christ has obtained is all the nobler a ministry, in that He is at the same time the negotiator of a sublimer covenant, based upon sublimer promises.

7 For if that first Covenant had been free from imperfection, there would have been no attempt to introduce another.

8 For, being dissatisfied with His people, God says, "`There are days coming,� says the Lord, `When I will establish with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah a new Covenant --

9 a Covenant unlike the one which I made with their forefathers on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out from the land of Egypt; for they would not remain faithful to that.� `So I turned from them,� says the Lord.

10 `But this is the Covenant that I will covenant with the house of Israel after those days,� says the Lord: I will put My laws into their minds and will write them upon their hearts. And I will indeed be their God and they shall be My People.

11 And there shall be no need for them to teach each one his fellow citizen and each one his brother, saying, Know the Lord. For all will know Me from the least of them to the greatest;

12 Because I will be merciful to their wrongdoings, and their sins I will remember no longer.�"

13 By using the words, "a new Covenant," He has made the first one obsolete; but whatever is decaying and showing signs of old age is not far from disappearing altogether.

Hebrews 9

1 Now even the first Covenant had regulations for divine worship, and had also its sanctuary -- a sanctuary belonging to this world.

2 For a sacred tent was constructed -- the outer one, in which were the lamp and the table and the presented loaves; and this is called the Holy place.

3 And behind the second veil was a sacred tent called the Holy of holies.

4 This had a censer of gold, and the ark of the Covenant lined with gold and completely covered with gold, and in it were a gold vase which held the manna, and Aaron's rod which budded and the tables of the Covenant.

5 And above the ark were the Cherubim denoting God's glorious presence and overshadowing the Mercy-seat. But I cannot now speak about all these in detail.

6 These arrangements having long been completed, the priests, when conducting the divine services, continually enter the outer tent.

7 But into the second, the High Priest goes only on one day of the year, and goes alone, taking with him blood, which he offers on his own behalf and on account of the sins which the people have ignorantly committed.

8 And the lesson which the Holy Spirit teaches is this -- that the way into the true Holy place is not yet open so long as the outer tent still remains in existence.

9 And this is a figure -- for the time now present -- answering to which both gifts and sacrifices are offered, unable though they are to give complete freedom from sin to him who ministers.

10 For their efficacy depends only on meats and drinks and various washings, ceremonies pertaining to the body and imposed until a time of reformation.

11 But Christ appeared as a High Priest of the blessings that are soon to come by means of the greater and more perfect Tent of worship, a tent which has not been built with hands -- that is to say does not belong to this material creation --

12 and once for all entered the Holy place, taking with Him not the blood of goats and calves, but His own blood, and thus procuring eternal redemption for us.

13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have contracted defilement make them holy so as to bring about ceremonial purity,

14 how much more certainly shall the blood of Christ, who strengthened by the eternal Spirit offered Himself to God, free from blemish, purify your consciences from lifeless works for you to serve the ever-living God?

15 And because of this He is the negotiator of a new Covenant, in order that, since a life has been given in atonement for the offences committed under the first Covenant, those who have been called may receive the eternal inheritance which has been promised to them.

16 For where there is a legal `will,� there must also be a death brought forward in evidence -- the death of him who made it.

17 And a will is only of force in the case of a deceased person, being never of any avail so long as he who made it lives.

18 Accordingly we find that the first Covenant was not inaugurated without blood.

19 For when Moses had proclaimed to all the people every commandment contained in the Law, he took the blood of the calves and of the goats and with them water, scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,

20 saying, "This is the blood which confirms the Covenant that God has made binding upon you."

21 And in the same way he also sprinkled blood upon the Tent of worship and upon all the vessels used in the ministry.

22 Indeed we may almost say that in obedience to the Law everything is sprinkled with blood, and that apart from the outpouring of blood there is no remission of sins.

23 It was needful therefore that the copies of the things in Heaven should be cleansed in this way, but that the heavenly things themselves should be cleansed with more costly sacrifices.

24 For not into a Holy place built by men's hands -- a mere copy of the reality -- did Christ enter, but He entered Heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.

25 Nor did He enter for the purpose of many times offering Himself in sacrifice, just as the High Priest enters the Holy place, year after year, taking with him blood not his own.

26 In that case Christ would have needed to suffer many times, from the creation of the world onwards; but as a matter of fact He has appeared once for all, at the Close of the Ages, in order to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

27 And since it is reserved for all mankind once to die, and afterwards to be judged;

28 so the Christ also, having been once offered in sacrifice in order that He might bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, separated from sin, to those who are eagerly expecting Him, to make their salvation complete.

Hebrews 10

1 For, since the Law exhibits only an outline of the blessings to come and not a perfect representation of the things themselves, the priests can never, by repeating the same sacrifices which they continually offer year after year, give complete freedom from sin to those who draw near.

2 For then would not the sacrifices have ceased to be offered, because the consciences of the worshippers -- who in that case would now have been cleansed once for all -- would no longer be burdened with sins?

3 But in those sacrifices sins are recalled to memory year after year.

4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

5 That is why, when He comes into the world, He says, "Sacrifice and offering Thou has not desired, but a body Thou hast prepared for Me.

6 In whole burnt-offerings and in sin-offerings Thou hast taken no pleasure.

7 Then I said, `I have come -- in the roll of the book it is written concerning Me -- to do Thy will, O God.�"

8 After saying the words I have just quoted, "Sacrifices and offerings or whole burnt-offerings and sin-offerings Thou hast not desired or taken pleasure in" -- all such being offered in obedience to the Law --

9 He then adds, "I have come to do Thy will." He does away with the first in order to establish the second.

10 It is through that divine will that we have been set free from sin, through the offering of Jesus Christ as our sacrifice once for all.

11 And while every priest stands ministering, day after day, and constantly offering the same sacrifices -- though such can never rid us of our sins --

12 this Priest, on the contrary, after offering for sins a single sacrifice of perpetual efficacy, took His seat at God's right hand,

13 waiting from that time onward until His enemies be put as a footstool under His feet.

14 For by a single offering He has for ever completed the blessing for those whom He is setting free from sin.

15 And the Holy Spirit also gives us His testimony; for when He had said,

16 "`This is the Covenant that I will make with them after those days,� says the Lord: `I will put My laws upon their hearts and will write them on their minds;�"

17 He adds, "And their sins and offences I will remember no longer."

18 But where these have been forgiven no further offering for sin is required.

19 Since then, brethren, we have free access to the Holy place through the blood of Jesus,

20 by the new and ever-living way which He opened up for us through the rending of the veil -- that is to say, of His earthly nature --

21 and since we have a great Priest who has authority over the house of God,

22 let us draw near with sincerity and unfaltering faith, having had our hearts sprinkled, once for all, from consciences oppressed with sin, and our bodies bathed in pure water.

23 Let us hold firmly to an unflinching avowal of our hope, for He is faithful who gave us the promises.

24 And let us bestow thought on one another with a view to arousing one another to brotherly love and right conduct;

25 not neglecting -- as some habitually do -- to meet together, but encouraging one another, and doing this all the more since you can see the day of Christ approaching.

26 For if we wilfully persist in sin after having received the full knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains in reserve any other sacrifice for sins.

27 There remains nothing but a certain awful expectation of judgement, and the fury of a fire which before long will devour the enemies of the truth.

28 Any one who bids defiance to the Law of Moses is put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.

29 How much severer punishment, think you, will he be held to deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, has not regarded as holy that Covenant-blood with which he was set free from sin, and has insulted the Spirit from whom comes grace?

30 For we know who it is that has said, "Vengeance belongs to Me: I will pay back;" and again, "The Lord will be His people's judge."

31 It is an awful thing to fall into the hands of the ever-living God.

32 But continually recall to mind the days now past, when on being first enlightened you went through a great conflict and many sufferings.

33 This was partly through allowing yourselves to be made a public spectacle amid reproaches and persecutions, and partly through coming forward to share the sufferings of those who were thus treated.

34 For you not only showed sympathy with those who were imprisoned, but you even submitted with joy when your property was taken from you, being well aware that you have in your own selves a more valuable possession and one which will remain.

35 Therefore do not cast from you your confident hope, for it will receive a vast reward.

36 For you stand in need of patient endurance, so that, as the result of having done the will of God, you may receive the promised blessing.

37 For there is still but a short time and then "The coming One will come and will not delay.

38 But it is by faith that My righteous servant shall live; and if he shrinks back, My soul takes no pleasure in him."

39 But we are not people who shrink back and perish, but are among those who believe and gain possession of their souls.

Williams NT

Hebrews 7

1 ¶For this man Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham as he was coming back from the defeat of the kings, and put his blessing on him,

2 to whom Abraham contributed a tenth of all his spoils, who first of all, in accordance with the meaning of his name, is king of righteousness, and then king of Salem, which means king of peace;

3 with no father, no mother, no ancestry; no beginning to his days, no end to his life, but, like the Son of God, as priest continues on and on with no successor.

4 ¶Now see how great this man must have been that even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of his spoils.

5 And those of the descendants of Levi who accept the priesthood are authorized by the law to collect a tenth from the people; that is, from their own brothers, though they have sprung from Abraham.

6 But in this case, the man whose ancestry is not traced from them collected a tenth from Abraham, and put his blessing on the man who had the promises from God.

7 Now beyond any contradiction, it is always the inferior that is blessed by the superior.

8 In the one case, mortal men collect the tenth, in the other, one who, as the witness states, lives on.

9 And I might almost say, Levi too, who now collects the tenth, through Abraham paid the tenth,

10 for he was a vital part of his forefather though yet unborn, when Melchizedek met him.

11 ¶Now if perfection had been reached through the Levitical priesthood -- for on it as a basis even the law was enacted for the people -- what further need would there have been of appointing a different priest, with the rank of Melchizedek, instead of designating one with the rank of Aaron?

12 For when a change in the priesthood takes place, a change in its law necessarily takes place.

13 For He of whom this is said became a member of a different tribe no member of which ever officiated at the altar.

14 For it is very clear that our Lord sprang from Judah, a tribe about which Moses said nothing as to priests.

15 And it is still more overwhelmingly clear, since a different priest in the likeness of Melchizedek is appointed,

16 who is appointed not on the basis of a physical qualification but on the basis of a power flowing from a life that cannot end.

17 For the Scripture bears witness: "You are a priest forever, with the rank of Melchizedek."

18 ¶Indeed, the rescinding of a previous regulation takes place, because it was weak and ineffective --

19 for the law had never made anything perfect -- and so a better hope is brought to us, through which we have approach to God.

20 ¶And by so much as He was not appointed without God's taking an oath --

21 for the Levitical priests were appointed without His taking an oath, but He with His oath, when He said to Him: "The Lord took oath and will not change, You are a priest forever" --

22 ¶so much the more Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.

23 And the Levitical priests, on the one hand, have become numerous, because they have been prevented by death from continuing in office,

24 but He, on the other hand, because He Himself lives on forever, enjoys the only priesthood that has no successors in office.

25 Therefore, because He Himself lives always to intercede for them always, He is able to save completely any and all who come to God through Him.

26 ¶For we needed such a High Priest, holy, innocent, unstained, far removed from sinful men, and elevated far above the very heavens,

27 who does not need, as did the Levitical priests, to offer sacrifices, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; this latter is just what He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

28 For the law appoints imperfect men as high priests, but the assertion about the taking of an oath, which was spoken after the time of the law, appoints a Son who is perfectly qualified to be High Priest forever.

Hebrews 8

1 ¶Now the main point in what I am saying is this: We have such a High Priest as this, one who has taken His seat at the right hand of God's majestic throne in heaven

2 as officiating Priest in that sanctuary, which is also the true tent of worship, which the Lord and not man set up.

3 ¶For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; so this High Priest too must have some sacrifice to offer,

4 However, if He were still on earth, He would not be a priest at all, because there are those who officiate in accordance with the law in offering the gifts;

5 and yet they officiate in a sanctuary that is a mere copy and shadow of the heavenly one, as Moses, when he was about to make the tent of worship, was warned, for, said He, "See to it that you make it all just like the pattern shown you on the mountain."

6 But, as the case with Him now stands, He has entered upon a priestly service as much superior to theirs as the covenant of which He is the Mediator is superior to theirs, superior because it has been enacted upon superior promises.

7 ¶For if the first covenant had been faultless, there could have been no room for a second one.

8 For, because He was dissatisfied with His people, He said: "'See; the time is coming,' says the Lord, 'When I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah,

9 Unlike the one that I made with their forefathers the day I took them by the hand to lead them out from the land of Egypt, for they did not abide by their covenant with me, so I did not care for them,' says the Lord.

10 'For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel in those days,' says the Lord; 'I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they will be my people. And nevermore will each one need to teach his fellow-citizen,

11 And each one teach his brother, saying, "Know the Lord," For all will know me, from the lowest to the highest.

12 For I will be merciful to their deeds of wrong, and never, never any more will I recall their sins,'"

13 In speaking of a new covenant He makes the first one obsolete; and whatever is obsolete and antiquated is on the verge of vanishing.

Hebrews 9

1 ¶So indeed the first covenant had its regulations for worship and its earthly sanctuary.

2 For the first or outer part of the tent, which is called the holy place, was equipped with the lamp and table and the presentation bread.

3 But behind the second curtain is the tent that is called the holy of holies,

4 with its golden incense-altar and the chest for the covenant, completely covered with gold, and in it a golden jar which held the manna, Aaron's staff that budded, and the tablets on which the covenant was written;

5 and above the chest were the winged creatures, the symbols of God's glorious presence, overshadowing the mercy seat, of which I cannot now speak in detail.

6 ¶With these arrangements completed in this way, the priests in conducting their official services regularly go into the outer part of the tent of worship;

7 but into the second or inner part nobody but the high priest may go, and he only once a year, and never without blood which he offers for himself and for the sins committed in ignorance by the people.

8 By this the Holy Spirit was showing that there was as yet no access to the real sanctuary while the outer tent was still in existence,

9 for it is merely a symbol of the present time in connection with which gifts and sacrifices are repeatedly offered though they cannot make the conscience of the worshiper perfect,

10 since they deal only with food and drink and various washings, that is, with mere material regulations which are in force only until the time of setting things straight.

11 ¶But when Christ came as the High Priest of good things that have already taken place, He went by way of that greater and more perfect tent of worship, not made by human hands, that is, not belonging to this material creation,

12 and not with blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He once for all went into the real sanctuary and secured our eternal redemption.

13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and a heifer's ashes sprinkling those who are ceremonially unclean purifies them with physical cleansing,

14 how much more surely will the blood of Christ, who with an eternal Spirit gave Himself a spotless offering to God, purify your consciences from works that mean mere death, to serve the ever living God?

15 ¶And this is why He is the Mediator of a new covenant, in order that, after He had suffered death for securing redemption from the offenses committed under the first covenant, those who had been invited to share it might obtain the eternal inheritance promised them.

16 For when a will is made, it is necessary that the death of him who makes it be proved.

17 For a will is valid only after a man is dead, since it has no force whatever while the one who made it is alive.

18 So not even the first covenant was ratified without the use of blood.

19 For after every regulation in the law had been spoken by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, crimson wool, and a bunch of hyssop, and sprinkled the book containing the law and all the people,

20 saying, "This is the blood that ratifies the covenant which God commanded me to make with you."

21 In the same way he sprinkled with blood the tent and all the utensils of the priestly service.

22 In fact, under the law, almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood no forgiveness is granted.

23 ¶So, on the one hand, the copies of the original things in heaven had to be purified with such sacrifices; but on the other hand, the original things themselves in heaven with better sacrifices than these.

24 For it was not a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, that Christ entered, but it was into heaven itself that He went, in order now to appear for us in the very presence of God.

25 And He does not enter to offer Himself over and over again, as the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not his own;

26 for, if that had been the case, He would have had to suffer over and over again, ever since the creation of the world. But, as it is, once at the close of the ages He has appeared, to put away sin by His sacrifice.

27 Indeed, just as men must die but once and after that be judged,

28 so Christ was offered once for all to take away the sins of many, but again He will appear, without having anything to do with sin, to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him to bring them final salvation.

Hebrews 10

1 ¶For since the law cast only a shadow of the blessings to come and did not possess the reality itself of those blessings, the priests with the same sacrifices that are perpetually offered year after year cannot make perfect those who come to worship.

2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased offering them, because those who offered them, having once been purified, would have had no further consciousness of sins?

3 On the other hand, through these sacrifices there is given a real reminder of their sins,

4 for the blood of bulls and goats is unable to take away sins.

5 So, when Christ was coming into the world, He said:

6 "Sacrifice and offering you did not wish, but a body you have prepared for me; in burnt-offerings and sin-offerings you never took delight.

7 Then I said, 'See, I have come, just as the Scripture writes about me in the book, O God, to do your will.'"

8 ¶Although at first He said, "You never wished or took delight in sacrifices and offerings, burnt-offerings and sin-offerings" -- all of which are repeatedly offered in accordance with the law --

9 He afterward said, "See, I have come to do your will." He is taking away the first to let the second take its place.

10 It is by this will of God that we are consecrated through the offering of Jesus' body once for all.

11 Every other priest stands officiating day after day and over and over again offering the same sacrifices, although they are unable to take away our sins.

12 But this One offered up once for all and for all time one sacrifice for sins, and once for all took His seat at God's right hand,

13 from that time waiting till His enemies should be made the footstool of His feet.

14 For by that one sacrifice He has made perfect for all time those who are consecrated to Him.

15 Now the Holy Spirit, too, gives us the testimony, for after saying:

16 "'This is the covenant that I will make with them: In those last days,' says the Lord, 'I will put my laws into their hearts, and write them on their minds,'"

17 He continues to say: ¶"I will never, never any more recall their sins and deeds of wrong."

18 For when these are forgiven, there is no more need of an offering for sin.

19 ¶Since then, my brothers, we have free access to the real sanctuary through the blood of Jesus,

20 the new and living way which He opened for us, through the curtain, that is, His physical nature,

21 and since in Him we have a Great Priest over the house of God,

22 let us continue to draw near to God with sincere hearts and perfect faith; with our hearts cleansed from the sense of sin, and our bodies bathed in clean water;

23 let us, without ever wavering, keep on holding to the hope that we profess, for He is to be trusted who has made the promise,

24 Let us continue so to consider one another as to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.

25 Let us stop neglecting our meeting together, as some do, but let us continue to encourage one another, and all the more because you see that the great day is drawing near.

26 ¶For if we go willfully sinning after we have received full knowledge of the truth, there is no sacrifice left to be offered for our sins,

27 but only a terrifying prospect of judgment and that fiery indignation which is going to devour God's enemies.

28 Anyone who breaks the law of Moses pays the death penalty without any show of pity, on the evidence of two or three witnesses only.

29 How much severer punishment do you suppose that one deserves who tramples the Son of God underfoot, and counts as a common thing the blood of the covenant by which he was consecrated, and has insulted the Spirit that grants God's unmerited favor?

30 For we know who it was that said, "Vengeance belongs to me, I will pay back!" and again, "The Lord will be His people's judge."

31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the ever living God!

32 ¶But you must continue to remember those earlier days when first you received the light and then endured so great a struggle with persecution,

33 partly by being exposed as a public spectacle to insults and violent sufferings, and partly by showing yourselves ready to share with those who were living in this condition.

34 For you showed sympathy with those who were in prison and cheerfully submitted to the violent seizure of your property, for you knew that you had in yourselves and in heaven one that was lasting.

35 So you must never give up your confident courage, for it holds a rich reward for you.

36 Indeed, to carry out the will of God and to receive the blessing He has promised, you need endurance, for:

37 "In just a very little while, the Coming One will come and not delay;

38 Meantime, my righteous servant will live by faith. But if a man draws back, my soul has no delight in him."

39 But we are not of a disposition to draw back so as to perish, but we have faith that leads to the saving of the soul.

World English Bible

Hebrews 7

1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most High, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,

2 to whom also Abraham divided a tenth part of all (being first, by interpretation, king of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is king of peace;

3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God), remains a priest continually.

4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth out of the best spoils.

5 They indeed of the sons of Levi who receive the priest's office have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brothers, though these have come out of the body of Abraham,

6 but he whose genealogy is not counted from them has taken tithes of Abraham, and has blessed him who has the promises.

7 But without any dispute the less is blessed by the better.

8 Here people who die receive tithes, but there one receives tithes of whom it is testified that he lives.

9 So to say, through Abraham even Levi, who receives tithes, has paid tithes,

10 for he was yet in the body of his father when Melchizedek met him.

11 Now if there was perfection through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people have received the law), what further need was there for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, and not be called after the order of Aaron?

12 For the priesthood being changed, there is of necessity a change made also in the law.

13 For he of whom these things are said belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar.

14 For it is evident that our Lord has sprung out of Judah, about which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.

15 This is yet more abundantly evident, if after the likeness of Melchizedek there arises another priest,

16 who has been made, not after the law of a fleshly commandment, but after the power of an endless life:

17 for it is testified, �You are a priest forever, According to the order of Melchizedek.�

18 For there is an annulling of a foregoing commandment because of its weakness and uselessness

19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a bringing in thereupon of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

20 Inasmuch as he was not made priest without the taking of an oath

21 (for they indeed have been made priests without an oath), but he with an oath by him that says of him, �The Lord swore and will not change his mind, �You are a priest forever, According to the order of Melchizedek��.

22 By so much has Jesus become the collateral of a better covenant.

23 Many, indeed, have been made priests, because they are hindered from continuing by death.

24 But he, because he lives forever, has his priesthood unchangeable.

25 Therefore he is also able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them.

26 For such a high priest was fitting for us: holy, guiltless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

27 who doesn't need, like those high priests, to daily offer up sacrifices, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. For this he did once for all, when he offered up himself.

28 For the law appoints men as high priests who have weakness, but the word of the oath which came after the law appoints a Son forever who has been perfected.

Hebrews 8

1 Now in the things which we are saying, the main point is this. We have such a high priest, who sat down 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, not man.

3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this high priest also have something to offer.

4 For if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, seeing there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law;

5 who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, even as Moses was warned by God when he was about to make the tabernacle, for he said, �See, you shall make everything according to the pattern that was shown to you on the mountain.�

6 But now he has obtained a more excellent ministry, by so much as he is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.

7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.

8 For finding fault with them, he said, �Behold, the days come,� says the Lord, �That 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 that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; For they didn't continue in my covenant, And I disregarded them,� says the Lord.

10 �For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel. After those days,� says the Lord; �I will put my laws into their mind, I will also write them on their heart. I will be to them a God, And they will be to me a people.

11 They will not teach every man his fellow citizen, Every man his brother, saying, �Know the Lord,� For all will know me, From the least of them to the greatest of them.

12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness. I will remember their sins and lawless deeds no more.�

13 In that he says, �A new covenant,� he has made the first old. But that which is becoming old and grows aged is near to vanishing away.

Hebrews 9

1 Now indeed even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service, and an earthly sanctuary.

2 For there was a tabernacle prepared. In the first part were the lampstand, the table, and the show bread; which is called the Holy Place.

3 After the second veil was the tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies,

4 having a golden altar of incense, and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which was a golden pot holding the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;

5 and above it cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat, of which things we can't now speak in detail.

6 Now these things having been thus prepared, the priests go in continually into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the services,

7 but into the second the high priest alone, once in the year, not without blood, which he offers for himself, and for the errors of the people.

8 The Holy Spirit is indicating this, that the way into the Holy Place wasn't yet revealed while the first tabernacle was still standing;

9 which is a symbol of the present age, where gifts and sacrifices are offered that are incapable, concerning the conscience, of making the worshipper perfect;

10 being only (with meats and drinks and various washings) fleshly ordinances, imposed until a time of reformation.

11 But Christ having come as a high priest of the coming good things, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation,

12 nor yet through the blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood, entered in once for all into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption.

13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify to the cleanness of the flesh:

14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

15 For this reason he is the mediator of a new covenant, since a death has occurred for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant, that those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

16 For where a last will and testament is, there must of necessity be the death of him who made it.

17 For a will is in force where there has been death, for it is never in force while he who made it lives.

18 Therefore even the first covenant has not been dedicated without blood.

19 For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,

20 saying, �This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.�

21 Moreover he sprinkled the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry in like manner with the blood.

22 According to the law, nearly everything is cleansed with blood, and apart from shedding of blood there is no remission.

23 It was necessary therefore that the copies of the things in the heavens should be cleansed with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

24 For Christ hasn't entered into holy places made with hands, which are representations 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 enters into the holy place year by year with blood not his own,

26 or else he must have suffered often since the foundation of the world. But now once at the end of the ages, he has been revealed to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

27 Inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once, and after this, judgment,

28 so Christ also, having been once offered to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, without sin, to those who are eagerly waiting for him for salvation.

Hebrews 10

1 For the law, having a shadow of the good to come, not the very image of the things, can never with the same sacrifices year by year, which they offer continually, make perfect those who draw near.

2 Or else wouldn't they have ceased to be offered, because the worshippers, having been once cleansed, would have had no more consciousness of sins?

3 But in those sacrifices there is yearly reminder of sins.

4 For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.

5 Therefore when he comes into the world, he says, �Sacrifice and offering you didn't desire, But a body did you prepare for me;

6 In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you had no pleasure.

7 Then I said, �Behold, I have come (In the scroll of the book it is written of me) To do your will, God.��

8 Previously saying, �Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you didn't desire, neither had pleasure in them� (those which are offered according to the law),

9 then he has said, �Behold, I have come to do your will.� He takes away the first, that he may establish the second,

10 by which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 Every priest indeed stands day by day ministering and often offering the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins,

12 but he, when he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

13 from that time waiting until his enemies are made the footstool of his feet.

14 For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying,

16 �This is the covenant that I will make with them: �After those days,� says the Lord, �I will put my laws on their heart, I will also write them on their mind;�� then he says,

17 �I will remember their sins and their iniquities no more.�

18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

19 Having therefore, brothers, boldness to enter into the holy place by the blood of Jesus,

20 by the way which he dedicated for us, a new and living way, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

21 and having a great priest over the house of God,

22 let's draw near with a true heart in fullness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and having our body washed with pure water,

23 let us hold fast the confession of our hope unyieldingly. For he who promised is faithful.

24 Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good works,

25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as you see the Day approaching.

26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more a sacrifice for sins,

27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and a fierceness of fire which will devour the adversaries.

28 A man who disregards Moses' law dies without compassion on the word of two or three witnesses.

29 How much worse punishment, do you think, will he be judged worthy of, who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant with which he was sanctified an unholy thing, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

30 For we know him who said, �Vengeance belongs to me,� says the Lord, �I will repay.� Again, �The Lord will judge his people.�

31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 But remember the former days, in which, after you were enlightened, you endured a great struggle with sufferings;

33 partly, being exposed to both reproaches and oppressions; and partly, becoming partakers with those who were treated so.

34 For you both had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your possessions, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and an enduring one in the heavens.

35 Therefore don't throw away your boldness, which has a great reward.

36 For you need endurance so that, having done the will of God, you may receive the promise.

37 �In a very little while, He who comes will come, and will not wait.

38 But the righteous will live by faith. If he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.�

39 But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the saving of the soul.

Young's Literal Translation

Hebrews 7

1 ¶For this Melchisedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most High, who did meet Abraham turning back from the smiting of the kings, and did bless him,

2 to whom also a tenth of all did Abraham divide, (first, indeed, being interpreted, "King of righteousness," and then also, King of Salem, which is, King of Peace,)

3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, and being made like to the Son of God, doth remain a priest continually.

4 And see how great this one is, to whom also a tenth Abraham the patriarch did give out of the best of the spoils,

5 and those, indeed, out of the sons of Levi receiving the priesthood, a command have to take tithes from the people according to the law, that is, their brethren, even though they came forth out of the loins of Abraham;

6 and he who was not reckoned by genealogy of them, received tithes from Abraham, and him having the promises he hath blessed,

7 and apart from all controversy, the less by the better is blessed --

8 and here, indeed, men who die do receive tithes, and there he, who is testified to that he was living,

9 and so to speak, through Abraham even Levi who is receiving tithes, hath paid tithes,

10 for he was yet in the loins of the father when Melchisedek met him.

11 ¶If indeed, then, perfection were through the Levitical priesthood -- for the people under it had received law -- what further need, according to the order of Melchisedek, for another priest to arise, and not to be called according to the order of Aaron?

12 for the priesthood being changed, of necessity also, of the law a change doth come,

13 for he of whom these things are said in another tribe hath had part, of whom no one gave attendance at the altar,

14 for it is evident that out of Judah hath arisen our Lord, in regard to which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

15 And it is yet more abundantly most evident, if according to the similitude of Melchisedek there doth arise another priest,

16 who came not according to the law of a fleshly command, but according to the power of an endless life,

17 for He doth testify -- "Thou art a priest -- to the age, according to the order of Melchisedek;"

18 for a disannulling indeed doth come of the command going before because of its weakness, and unprofitableness,

19 (for nothing did the law perfect) and the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw nigh to God.

20 And inasmuch as it is not apart from oath, (for those indeed apart from oath are become priests,

21 and he with an oath through Him who is saying unto him, "The Lord sware, and will not repent, Thou art a priest -- to the age, according to the order of Melchisedek;")

22 by so much of a better covenant hath Jesus become surety,

23 and those indeed are many who have become priests, because by death they are hindered from remaining;

24 and he, because of his remaining -- to the age, hath the priesthood not transient,

25 whence also he is able to save to the very end, those coming through him unto God -- ever living to make intercession for them.

26 For such a chief priest did become us -- kind, harmless, undefiled, separate from the sinners, and become higher than the heavens,

27 who hath no necessity daily, as the chief priests, first for his own sins to offer up sacrifice, then for those of the people; for this he did once, having offered up himself;

28 for the law doth appoint men chief priests, having infirmity, but the word of the oath that is after the law appointeth the Son -- to the age having been perfected.

Hebrews 8

1 ¶And the sum concerning the things spoken of is: we have such a chief priest, who did sit down at the right hand of the throne of the greatness in the heavens,

2 of the holy places a servant, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord did set up, and not man,

3 for every chief priest to offer both gifts and sacrifices is appointed, whence it is necessary for this one to have also something that he may offer;

4 for if, indeed, he were upon earth, he would not be a priest -- (there being the priests who are offering according to the law, the gifts,

5 who unto an example and shadow do serve of the heavenly things, as Moses hath been divinely warned, being about to construct the tabernacle, for "See (saith He) thou mayest make all things according to the pattern that was shewn to thee in the mount;") --

6 ¶and now he hath obtained a more excellent service, how much also of a better covenant is he mediator, which on better promises hath been sanctioned,

7 for if that first were faultless, a place would not have been sought for a second.

8 For finding fault, He saith to them, "Lo, days come, saith the Lord, and I will complete with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah, a new covenant,

9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers, in the day of My taking them by their hand, to bring them out of the land of Egypt -- because they did not remain in My covenant, and I did not regard them, saith the Lord, --

10 because this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel, after those days, saith the Lord, giving My laws into their mind, and upon their hearts I will write them, and I will be to them for a God, and they shall be to Me for a people;

11 and they shall not teach each his neighbour, and each his brother, saying, Know thou the Lord, because they shall all know Me from the small one of them unto the great one of them,

12 because I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawlessnesses I will remember no more;" --

13 in the saying "new," He hath made the first old, and what doth become obsolete and is old is nigh disappearing.

Hebrews 9

1 ¶It had, indeed, then (even the first tabernacle) ordinances of service, also a worldly sanctuary,

2 for a tabernacle was prepared, the first, in which was both the lamp-stand, and the table, and the bread of the presence -- which is called "Holy;"

3 and after the second vail a tabernacle that is called "Holy of holies,"

4 having a golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid all round about with gold, in which is the golden pot having the manna, and the rod of Aaron that budded, and the tables of the covenant,

5 and over it cherubim of the glory, overshadowing the mercy-seat, concerning which we are not now to speak particularly.

6 And these things having been thus prepared, into the first tabernacle, indeed, at all times the priests do go in, performing the services,

7 and into the second, once in the year, only the chief priest, not apart from blood, which he doth offer for himself and the errors of the people,

8 ¶the Holy Spirit this evidencing that not yet hath been manifested the way of the holy places, the first tabernacle having yet a standing;

9 which is a simile in regard to the present time, in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered, which are not able, in regard to conscience, to make perfect him who is serving,

10 only in victuals, and drinks, and different baptisms, and fleshly ordinances -- till the time of reformation imposed upon them.

11 And Christ being come, chief priest of the coming good things, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands -- that is, not of this creation --

12 neither through blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood, did enter in once into the holy places, age-during redemption having obtained;

13 for if the blood of bulls, and goats, and ashes of an heifer, sprinkling those defiled, doth sanctify to the purifying of the flesh,

14 how much more shall the blood of the Christ (who through the age-during Spirit did offer himself unblemished to God) purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

15 ¶And because of this, of a new covenant he is mediator, that, death having come, for redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, those called may receive the promise of the age-during inheritance,

16 for where a covenant is, the death of the covenant-victim to come in is necessary,

17 for a covenant over dead victims is stedfast, since it is no force at all when the covenant-victim liveth,

18 whence not even the first apart from blood hath been initiated,

19 for every command having been spoken, according to law, by Moses, to all the people, having taken the blood of the calves and goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, he both the book itself and all the people did sprinkle,

20 saying, "This is the blood of the covenant that God enjoined unto you,"

21 and both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the service with blood in like manner he did sprinkle,

22 and with blood almost all things are purified according to the law, and apart from blood-shedding forgiveness doth not come.

23 ¶It is necessary, therefore, the pattern indeed of the things in the heavens to be purified with these, and the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these;

24 for not into holy places made with hands did the Christ enter -- figures of the true -- but into the heaven itself, now to be manifested in the presence of God for us;

25 nor that he may many times offer himself, even as the chief priest doth enter into the holy places every year with blood of others;

26 since it had behoved him many times to suffer from the foundation of the world, but now once, at the full end of the ages, for putting away of sin through his sacrifice, he hath been manifested;

27 and as it is laid up to men once to die, and after this -- judgment,

28 so also the Christ, once having been offered to bear the sins of many, a second time, apart from a sin-offering, shall appear, to those waiting for him -- to salvation!


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