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Christ's perfect sacrifice

for the remission of sins. the true; but into heaven itself, into the world, he saith, Sacrinow to appear in the presence fice and offering thou wouldest of God for us:

not, but a body hast thou

pre25 Nor yet that he should pared me:' offer himself often, as the high 6 In burnt-offerings and sapriest entereth into the holy crifices for sin thou hast had no place every year with blood of pleasure: others;

7 Then said I, Lo, I come 26 For then must he often in the volume of the book it is have suffered since the founda- written of me) to do thy will, tion of the world: but now once, O God. in the end of the world, hath he 8 Above, when he said, Saappeared, to put away sin by the crifice and offering and burntsacrifice of himself.

offerings and offering for sin 27 And as it is appointed thou wouldest not, neither hadst unto men once to die, but after pleasure therein; which are ofthis the judgement;

fered by the law; 28 So Christ was once offered 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to bear the sins of many; and to do thy will, O God. He unto them that look for him taketh away the first, that he shall he appear the second time, may establish the second. without sin, unto salvation. io By the which will we are CHAP. X.

sanctified, through the offering Of Christ's perfect sacrifice. of the body of Jesus Christ once VOR the law, having a shadow, for all

. things to come and 11 And every priest standeth not the very image of the things, daily ministering, and offering can never with those sacrifices oftentimes the same sacrifices, which they offered year by year which can never take away continually make the comers sins: thereunto perfect.

12 But this man, after he had 2 For then would they not offered one sacrifice for sins, for have ceased to be offered?be- ever sat down on the right hand cause that the worshippers once of God; purged should have had no more 13 From henceforth expectconscience of sins.

ing till his enemies be made his 3 But in those sacrifices there footstool. is a remembrance again made of 14 For by one offering he sins every year.

hath perfected for ever them 4 For it is not possible that that are sanctified. the blood of bulls and of goats 15 Whereof the Holy Ghost should take away sins.

also is a witness to us: for after 5 Wherefore, when he cometh that he had said before,

Fof good

Echortation to a stedfast HEBREWS,

faith and perseverance, 16 This is the covenant that 27 But a certain fearful lookI will make with them after ing for of judgement, and fiery those days, saith the Lord; I indignation which shall derour will put my laws into their the adversaries. hearts, and in their minds will 28 He that despised Moses' I write them;

law died without mercy under 17 And their sins and iniqui- two or three witnesses : ties will I remember no more. 29 Of how much sorer punish

18 Now where remission of ment, suppose ye, shall he be these is, there is no more offer thought worthy, who hath troding for sin,

den under foot the Son of God, 19 Having therefore, bre- and hath counted the blood thren, boldness to enter into the of the covenant, wherewith he holiest by the blood of Jesus, was sanctified, an unholy thing,

20 By a new and living way and hath done despite unto the which he hath consecrated for Spirit of grace? us, through the veil, that is to 30 For we know him that say, his flesh;

hath said, Vengeance belongeth 21 And having an high priest unto me, I will recompense, over the house of God;

saith the Lord.

And again, 22 Let us draw near with a The Lord shall judge his people. true heart, in full assurance of 31 It is a fearful thing to fall faith, having our hearts sprink- into the hands of the living led from an evil conscience, and God. our bodies washed with pure

e 32 But call to remembrance water.

the former days, in which, after 23 Let us hold fast the pro- ye were illuminated, ye endured fession of our faith without a great fight of afflictions; wavering; (for he is faithful 33 Partly, whilst ye were that promised :)

made a gazing stock, both by 24 And let us consider one reproaches and afflictions: and another, to provoke unto love partly, whilst ye became comand to good works:

panions of them that were so 25 Not forsaking the assem- used. bling of ourselves together, as 34 For ye had compassion of the manner of some is; but me in my bonds, and took joyexhorting one another, and so fully the spoiling of your goods, much the more as ye see the knowing in yourselves that ye day approaching

have in heaven a better and an 26 For if we sin wilfully after enduring substance. that we have received the know

35. Cast not away therefore ledge of the truth, there remain- your confidence, which hath eth no more sacrifice for sins,

great recompence of reward.

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The nature of faith, and

its acceptableness with God. 36 For ye have need of pa- | impossible to please him: for tience; that, after ye have done he that cometh to God must the will of God, ye might re- believe that he is, and that ceive the promise.

he is a rewarder of them that 37 For yet a little while, and diligently seek him. he that shall come will come, 7 By faith Noah, being warnand will not tarry.

ed of God of things not seen as 38 Now the just shall live by yet, moved with fear, prepared faith: but if any man draw back, an ark to the saving of his my soul shall have no pleasure house; by the which he conin him.

demned the world, and became 39 But we are not of them heir of the righteousness which who draw back unto perdition, is by faith. but of them that believe to the 8 By faith Abraham, when he saving of the soul.

was called to go out into a place CHAP. XI.

which he should after receive for Of faith, and its fruits. an inheritance, obeyed; and he

W faith is the substance went out, not knowing whither

of things hoped for, the he went. evidence of things not seen. 9 By faith he sojourned in

2 For by it the elders obtain the land of promise, as in a ed a good report.

strange country, dwelling in ta3 Through faith we under- bernacles with Isaac and Jacob, stand that the worlds were the heirs with him of the same framed by the word of God, promise: so that things which are seen 10 For he looked for a city were not made of things which which hath foundations, whose

builder and maker is God, 4 By faith Abel offered unto 11 Through faith also Sara God a more excellent sacrifice herself received strength to conthan Cain, by which he obtained ceive seed, and was delivered of witness that he was righteous, a child when she was past age, God testifying of his gifts: and because she judged him faithful by it he, being dead, yet who had promised. speaketh.

12 Therefore sprang there 5 By faith Enoch was trans- even of one, and him as good lated that he should not see as dead, so many as the stars of death; and was not found, be- the sky in multitude, and as the cause God had translated him: sand which is by the sea shore for before his translation he had innumerable. this testimony, that he pleased 13 These all died in faith, not

having received the promises, 6 But without faith it is 1 but having seen them afar off,

do appear:




The fruits of faith

in the illustrious examples and were persuaded of them, and 23 By faith Moses, when he embraced them, and confessed was born, was hid three months that they were strangers and of his parents, because they saw pilgrims on the earth.

he was a proper child; and they 14 For they that say such were not afraid of the king's things, declare plainly that they commandment. seek a country

24 By faith Moses, when he 15 And truly if they had been was come to years, refused to mindful of that country from be called the son of Pharaoh's whence they came out, they daughter; might have had opportunity to 25 Choosing rather to suffer have returned:

affliction with the people of 16 But now they desire a God, than to enjoy the pleabetter country, that is, an hea- sures of sin for a season; venly: wherefore God is not 26 Esteeming the reproach ashamed to be called their God; of Christ greater riches than the for he hath prepared for them treasures in Egypt: for he had à city.

respect unto the recompence of 17 By faith Abraham, when the reward. he was tried, offered


27 By faith he forsook Egypt, and he that had received the not fearing the wrath of the promises, offered up his only- king: for he endured, as seeing begotten son,

him who is invisible. 18 of whom it was said, 28 Through faith he kept That in Isaac shall thy seed be the passover, and the sprinkling called:

of blood, lest he that destroyed 19 Accounting that God was the first-born should touch them. able to raise him up, even from 29 By faith they passed the dead; from whence also he through the Red Sea as by received him in a figure. dry land: which the Egyptians

20 By_faith Isaac blessed Ja- assaying to do, were drowned. cob and Esau concerning things 30 By faith the walls of to come,

Jericho fell down, after they 21 By faith Jacob, when he were compassed about seven was a dying, blessed both the days. sons of Joseph; and worshipped, 31 By faith the harlot Rahab leaning upon the top of his perished not with them that staff.

believed not, when she had re22 By faith Joseph, when he ceived the spies with peace. died, made mention of the de- 32 And what shall I more say? parting of the children of Israel; for the time would fail me to tell and gave commandment con- of Gedeon, and of Barak, and cerning his bones.

of Sampson, and of Jephthae;


of the patriarchs and prophets.

Of constancy in the fuith. of David also, and Samuel, and | nesses, let us lay aside every of the prophets;

weight, and the sin which doth. 33 Who through faith subdued so easily beset us, and let us run kingdoms, wrought righteous- with patience. the race that is ness, obtained promises, stopped set before us, the mouths of lions,

2 Looking unto Jesus the 34 Quenched the violence of author and finisher of our faith; fire, escaped the edge of the who, for the joy that was set sword, out of weakness were before him, endured the cross, made strong, waxed valiant in despising the shame, and is set fight, turned to flight the armies down at the right hand of the of the aliens.

throne of God. 35 Women received their dead 3 For consider him that enraised to life again: and others dured such contradiction of sinwere tortured, not accepting ners against himself, lest ye be deliverance; that they might wearied and faint in your minds. obtain a better resurrection: 4 Ye have not yet resisted

36 And others had trial of unto blood, striving against sin. cruel mockings and scourgings, 5 And ye have forgotten yea moreover, of bonds and im- the exhortation, which speakprisonment:

eth unto you as unto children, 37 They were stoned, they My son, despise not thou the were sawn asunder, were tempt-chastening of the Lord, nor ed, were slain with the sword: faint when thou art rebuked of they wandered about in sheep- him: skins and goat-skins; being des- 6 For whom the Lord loveth titute, afflicted, tormented; he chasteneth, and scourgeth

38 (Of whom the world was every son whom he receiveth not worthy:) they wandered in 7 If ye endure chastening, deserts, and in mountains, and God dealeth with you as with in dens and caves of the earth. sons; for what son is he whom

39 And these all, having ob- the father chasteneth not? tained a good report through 8 But if

8 But if ye be without chasfaith, received not the promise: tisement, whereof all are par

40 God having provided some takers, then are ye bastards, and better thing for us, that they not sons. without us should not be made 9 Furthermore, we have had perfect.

fathers of our flesh, which corCHAP. XII.

rected us; and we gave them Exhortation to faith and patience. reverence: shall we not much

the also are compassed about Father of spirits, and live? with so great a cloud of wit- 10 For they verily for a few

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