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danger of apostacy. uttered, seeing ye are dull of ance; seeing they crucify to hearing

themselves the Son of God 12 For when for the time afresh, and put him to an open ye ought to be teachers, ye shame. have need that one teach you 7 For the earth which drinkagain which be the first prin- eth in the rain that cometh oft ciples of the oracles of God; upon it, and bringeth forth herbs and are become such as have meet for them by whom it is need of milk, and not of strong dressed, receiveth blessing from meat.

God: 13 For every one that useth 8 But that which beareth milk is unskilful in the word of thorns and briers is rejected, righteousness : for he is a babe. and is nigh unto cursing; whose

14 But strong meat belongeth end is to be burned. to them that are of full

age, even

9 But, beloved, we are perthose who, by reason of use, suaded better things of you, and have their senses exercised to things that accompany salvation, discern both good and evil. though we thus speak. CHAP. VI.

10 For God is not unrightThe danger of apostacy.

eous, to forget your work and , the of


have principles of the doctrine shewed toward his namė, in of Christ, let us go on unto that ye have ministered to the perfection; not laying again the saints, and do minister. foundation of repentance from 11 And we desire that every dead works, and of faith toward one of you do shew the same God,

diligence to the full assurance 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, of hope unto the end: and of laying on of hands, and 12. That ye be not slothful, of resurrection of the dead, and but followers of them who of eternal judgement.

through faith and patience in3 And this will we do, if God herit the promises. permit.

13 For when God made pro4 For it is impossible for those mise to Abraham, because he who were once enlightened, and could swear by no greater, he have tasted of the heavenly gift, sware by himself, and were made partakers of the 14 Saying, Surely blessing I Holy Ghost,

will bless thee, and multiplying 5 And have tasted the good I will multiply thee. word of God, and the powers of 15 And so, after he had the world to come,

patiently endured, he obtained 6 If they shall fall away, to the promise. renew them again unto repent- 16 For men verily swear by


Christ a priest after the

order of Melchisedec. the greater: and an oath for the patriarch Abraham gave the confirmation is to them an end tenth of the spoils. of all strife.

5 And verily they that are of 17 Wherein God, willing more the sons of Levi, who receive abundantly to shew unto the the office of the priesthood, heirs of promise the immuta- have a commandment to take bility of his counsel, confirmed tithes of the people according it by an oath;

to the law, that is, of their bre18 That by two immutable thren, though they come out of things, in which it was impos- the loins of Abraham: sible for God to lie, we might 6 But he, whose descent is have a strong consolation, who not counted from them, received have fled for refuge to lay hold tithes of Abraham, and blessed upon the hope set before us:

him that had the promises. 19 Which hope we have as 7 And without all contraan anchor of the soul, both sure diction the less is blessed of the and stedfast, and which entereth better. into that within the veil;

8 And here men that die 20 Whither the forerunner is receive tithes; but there he for us entered, even Jesus, made receiveth them, of whom it is an high priest for ever after the witnessed that he liveth. order of Melchisedec.

9 And as I may so say, Levi CHAP. VII.

also, who receiveth tithes, payed Melchisedee and Christ.

tithes in Abraham.

Fof Salem, priest of the most of his father

, when Melchisedes

of high God, who met Abraham met him. returning from the slaughter of 11 If therefore perfection were the kings, and blessed him; by the Levitical priesthood, (for

2 To whom also Abraham under it the people received the gave a tènth part of all: first law,) what further need was there being, by interpretation, King that another priest should rise of righteousness, and after that after the order of Melchisedec, also King of Salem, which is, and not be called after the order King of peace;

of Aaron? 3 Without father, without 12 For the priesthood being mother, without descent, having changed, there is made of necesneither beginning of days, nor sity a change also of the law. end of life, but, made like unto 13 For he of whom these the Son of God, abideth a priest things are spoken, pertaineth to continually

another tribe, of which no man 4 Now consider how great gave attendance at the altar. this man was, unto whom even 14 For it is evident that our

Christ's priesthood proved HEBREWS, to be superior to Aaron's. Lord sprang out of Juda; of to save them to the uttermost which tribe Moses spake nothing that come unto God by him, concerning priesthood.

seeing he ever liveth to make 15 And it is yet far more intercession for them. evident: for that after the simili- 26 For such an high priest tude of Melchisedec there ariseth became us, who is holy, harmanother priest,

less, undefiled, separate from 16 Who is made, not after the sinners, and made higher than law of a carnal commandment, the heavens; but after the power of an endless 27 Who needeth not daily, life.

as those high priests, to offer up 17 For he testifieth, Thou urt sacrifice, first for his own sins, a priest for ever after the order and then for the people's: for of Melchisedec.

this he did once, when he offer18 For there is verily a dis- ed up himself. annulling of the commandment 28 For the law maketh men going before, for the weakness high priests which have infirand unprofitableness thereof: mity; but the word of the oath,

19 For the law made nothing which was since the law, maketh perfect; but the bringing in of the Son, who is consecrated for a better hope did; by the which evermore. we draw nigh unto God.

CHAP. VIII. 20 And in as much as not The eternity of Christ's priesthood. without an oath he was made


OW of the priest,

we have 21 (For those priests were sum: We have such an high made without an oath; but this priest, who is set on the right with an oath, by him that said hand of the throne of the Maunto him, The Lord sware and jesty in the heavens; will not repent, Thou art a 2 A minister of the sanctu. priest for ever after the order of ary, and of the true tabernacle, Melchisedec;)

which the Lord pitched, and 22 By so much was Jesus not man. made a surety of a better testa- 3 For every high priest is ment.

ordained to offer gifts and sacri23 And they truly were many fices: wherefore it is of necessity priests, because they were not that this man have somewhat suffered to continue by reason also to offer. of death:

4 For if he were on earth, he 24 But this mąn, because he should not be a priest, seeing continueth ever, hath an un- that there are priests that offer changeable priesthood.

gifts according to the law; 25 Wherefore he is able also 5 Who serve unto the example


A new covenant.

Of the sacrifices of the law. and shadow of heavenly things | know me, from the least to the as Moses was admonished of greatest. God when he was about to make 12 For I will be merciful to the tabernacle: for, See (saith their unrighteousness, and their he) that thou make all things sins and their iniquities will I according to the pattern shewed remember no more. to thee in the mount.

13 In that he saith, A new 6 But now hath be obtained covenant, he hath made the first a more excellent ministry, by old. Now that which decayeth how much also he is the medi- and waxeth old, is ready to ator of a better covenant, which vanish away. was established upon better pro

CHAP. IX. mises.

Blood of Christ above all sacrifice. 7 For if that first covenant HEN verily the first covehad been faultless, then should nant had also ordinances no place have been sought for of divine service, and a worldly the second.

sanctuary: 8 For finding fault with them, 2 For there was a tabernacle he saith, Behold, the days come, made; the first, wherein was the saith the Lord, when I will candlestick, and the table, and make a new covenant with the the shew-bread; which is called house of Israel and with the The Sanctuary: house of Judah;

3 And after the second vail, 9 Not according to the cove- the tabernacle, which is called nant that I made with their fa- The Holiest of all; thers, in the day when I took 4 Which had the golden centhem by the hand to lead them ser, and the ark of the covenant out of the land of Egypt: be- overlaid round about with gold, cause they continued not in my wherein was the golden pot that covenant, and I regarded them had manna, and Aaron's rod that not, saith the Lord.

budded, and the tables of the 10 For this is the covenant covenant; that I will make with the house 5 And over it the cherubims of Israel after those days, saith of glory shadowing the mercythe Lord; I will put my laws seat: of which we cannot now into their mind, and write them speak particularly. in their hearts; and I will be to 6 Now when these things them a God, and they shall be were thus ordained, the priests to me a people:

went always into the first taber11 And they shall not teach nacle, accomplishing the service every man his neighbour, and of God: every man his brother, saying, 7 But into the second went Know the Lord: for all shall the high priest alone once every


The necessity of Christ's death

to confirm the new covenant. year, not without blood, which , that by means of death, for the he offered for himself, and for redemption of the transgressions the errors of the people: that were under the first testa

8 The Holy Ghost this sig- ment, they which are called nifying, That the way into the might receive the promise of holiest of all was not yet made eternal inheritance. manifest, while as the first taber- 16 For where a testament is, nacle was yet standing:

there must also of necessity be 9 Which was a figure for the death of the testator. the tiine then present, in which 17 For a testament is of force were offered both gifts and after men are dead: otherwise it sacrifices, that could not make is of no strength at all while the him that did the service perfect testator liveth. as pertaining to the conscience; 18 Whereupon neither the

io Which stood only in meats first testament was dedicated and drinks, and divers washings, without blood. and carnal ordinances, imposed 19. For when Moses had on them until the time of re- spoken every precept to all the formation.

people according to the law, he 11 But Christ being come an took the blood of calves and of high priest of good things to goats, with water, and scarlet come, by a greater and more wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled perfect tabernacle, not made with both the book and all the people, hands, that is to say, not of this 20 Saying, This is the blood building;

of the testament which God 12 Neither by the blood of hath enjoined unto you. goats and calves, but by his own 21 Moreover, he sprinkled blood, he entered in once into likewise with blood both the the holy place, having obtained tabernacle and all the vessels of eternal redemption for us. the ministry

13 For if the blood of bulls 22 And almost all things are and of goats, and the ashes of by the law purged with blood; an heifer sprinkling the unclean, and without shedding of blood sanctifieth to the purifying of is no remission. the flesh;

23 It was therefore necessary 14 How much more shail the that the patterns of things in the blood of Christ, who through heavens should be purified with. the eternal Spirit offered himself these; but the heavenly things without spot to God, purge your themselves with better sacrifices conscience from dead works to than these. serve the living God?

24 For Christ is not entered 15 And for this cause he is the into the holy places made with Mediator of the new testament, hands, which are the figures of

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