1. God, having of old time spoken unto the fathers in the prophets by
divers portions and in divers manners,
2 hath at the end of these days spoken unto us in [his] Son, whom he
appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds;
3 who being the effulgence of his glory, and the very image of his
substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had
made purification of sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on
4. having become by so much better than the angels, as he hath inherited a
more excellent name than they.
5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, This
day have I begotten thee? and again, I will be to him a Father, And he
shall be to me a Son?
6 And when he again bringeth in the firstborn into the world he saith,
And let all the angels of God worship him.
7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels winds, And his
ministers a flame a fire:
8 but of the Son [he saith,] Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; And
the sceptre of uprightness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; Therefore God, thy
God, hath anointed thee With the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning didst lay the foundation of the
earth, And the heavens are the works of thy hands:
11 They shall perish; but thou continuest: And they all shall wax old as
doth a garment;
12 And as a mantle shalt thou roll them up, As a garment, and they shall
be changed: But thou art the same, And thy years shall not fail.
13 But of which of the angels hath he said at any time, Sit thou on my
right hand, Till I make thine enemies the footstool of thy feet?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to do service for the
sake of them that shall inherit salvation?
1. Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things that
were heard, lest haply we drift away [from them].
2 For if the word spoken through angels proved stedfast, and every
transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward;
3 how shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation? which having
at the first been spoken through the Lord, was confirmed unto us by them
4 God also bearing witness with them, both by signs and wonders, and by
manifold powers, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to his own
5. For not unto angels did he subject the world to come, whereof we speak.
6 But one hath somewhere testified, saying, What is man, that thou art
mindful of him? Or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; Thou crownedst him with
glory and honor, And didst set him over the works of thy hands:
8 Thou didst put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he
subjected all things unto him, he left nothing that is not subject to him.
But now we see not yet all things subjected to him.
9 But we behold him who hath been made a little lower than the angels,
[even] Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and
honor, that by the grace of God he should taste of death for every [man].
10. For it became him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all
things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the author of their
salvation perfect through sufferings.
11 For both he that sanctifieth and they that are sanctified are all of
one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
12 saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, In the midst of the
congregation will I sing thy praise.
13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold, I and the
children whom God hath given me.
14. Since then the children are sharers in flesh and blood, he also
himself in like manner partook of the same; that through death he might
bring to nought him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15 and might deliver all them who through fear of death were all their
lifetime subject to bondage.
16 For verily not to angels doth he give help, but he giveth help to the
seed of Abraham.
17 Wherefore it behooved him in all things to be made like unto his
brethren, that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in
things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to
succor them that are tempted.
1. Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider the
Apostle and High Priest of our confession, [even] Jesus;
2 who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also was Moses in all
3 For he hath been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by so much as
he that built the house hath more honor than the house.
4 For every house is builded by some one; but he that built all things is
5 And Moses indeed was faithful in all his house as a servant, for a
testimony of those things which were afterward to be spoken;
6 but Christ as a son, over his house; whose house are we, if we hold
fast our boldness and the glorying of our hope firm unto the end.
7. Wherefore, even as the Holy Spirit saith, To-day if ye shall hear his
8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, Like as in the day of
the trial in the wilderness,
9 Where your fathers tried [me] by proving [me,] And saw my works forty
10 Wherefore I was displeased with this generation, And said, They do
always err in their heart: But they did not know my ways;
11 As I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.
12 Take heed, brethren, lest haply there shall be in any one of you an
evil heart of unbelief, in falling away from the living God:
13 but exhort one another day by day, so long as it is called To-day;
lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin:
14 for we are become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning
of our confidence firm unto the end:
15 while it is said, To-day if ye shall hear his voice, Harden not your
hearts, as in the provocation.
16 For who, when they heard, did provoke? nay, did not all they that came
out of Egypt by Moses?
17 And with whom was he displeased forty years? was it not with them that
sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness?
18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to
them that were disobedient?
19 And we see that they were not able to enter in because of unbelief.
1. Let us fear therefore, lest haply, a promise being left of entering
into his rest, any one of you should seem to have come short of it.
2 For indeed we have had good tidings preached unto us, even as also
they: but the word of hearing did not profit them, because it was not
united by faith with them that heard.
3 For we who have believed do enter into that rest; even as he hath said,
As I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest: although the
works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4 For he hath said somewhere of the seventh [day] on this wise, And God
rested on the seventh day from all his works;
5 and in this [place] again, They shall not enter into my rest.
6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some should enter thereinto, and
they to whom the good tidings were before preached failed to enter in
because of disobedience,
7 he again defineth a certain day, To-day, saying in David so long a time
afterward (even as hath been said before), To-day if ye shall hear his
voice, Harden not your hearts.
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, he would not have spoken afterward
of another day.
9 There remaineth therefore a sabbath rest for the people of God.
10 For he that is entered into his rest hath himself also rested from his
works, as God did from his.
11. Let us therefore give diligence to enter into that rest, that no man
fall after the same example of disobedience.
12 For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any
two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of
both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of
13 And there is no creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all
things are naked and laid open before the eyes of him with whom we have to
14 Having then a great high priest, who hath passed through the heavens,
Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
15 For we have not a high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling
of our infirmities; but one that hath been in all points tempted like as
[we are, yet] without sin.
16 Let us therefore draw near with boldness unto the throne of grace,
that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help [us] in time of need.
1. For every high priest, being taken from among men, is appointed for men
in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices
2 who can bear gently with the ignorant and erring, for that he himself
also is compassed with infirmity;
3 and by reason thereof is bound, as for the people, so also for himself,
to offer for sins.
4 And no man taketh the honor unto himself, but when he is called of God,
even as was Aaron.
5 So Christ also glorified not himself to be made a high priest, but he
that spake unto him, Thou art my Son, This day have I begotten thee:
6 as he saith also in another [place,] Thou art a priest for ever After
the order of Melchizedek.
7 Who in the days of his flesh, having offered up prayers and
supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save
him from death, and having been heard for his godly fear,
8 though he was a Son, yet learned obedience by the things which he
9 and having been made perfect, he became unto all them that obey him the
author of eternal salvation;
10. named of God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.
11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard of interpretation, seeing
ye are become dull of hearing.
12 For when by reason of the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need
again that some one teach you the rudiments of the first principles of the
oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of solid
13 For every one that partaketh of milk is without experience of the word
of righteousness; for he is a babe.
14 But solid food is for fullgrown men, [even] those who by reason of use
have their senses exercised to discern good and evil.
1. Wherefore leaving the doctrine of the first principles of Christ, let
us press on unto perfection; not laying again a foundation of repentance
from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2 of the teaching of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of
resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3 And this will we do, if God permit.
4 For as touching those who were once enlightened and tasted of the
heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit,
5 and tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the age to come,
6 and [then] fell away, it is impossible to renew them again unto
repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and
put him to an open shame.
7 For the land which hath drunk the rain that cometh oft upon it, and
bringeth forth herbs meet for them for whose sake it is also tilled,
receiveth blessing from God:
8 but if it beareth thorns and thistles, it is rejected and nigh unto a
curse; whose end is to be burned.
9. But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that
accompany salvation, though we thus speak:
10 for God is not unrighteous to forget your work and the love which ye
showed toward his name, in that ye ministered unto the saints, and still do
11 And we desire that each one of you may show the same diligence unto
the fulness of hope even to the end:
12 that ye be not sluggish, but imitators of them who through faith and
patience inherit the promises.
13 For when God made promise to Abraham, since he could swear by none
greater, he sware by himself,
14 saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will
15 And thus, having patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
16 For men swear by the greater: and in every dispute of theirs the oath
is final for confirmation.
17 Wherein God, being minded to show more abundantly unto the heirs of
the promise the immutability of his counsel, interposed with an oath;
18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to
lie, we may have a strong encouragement, who have fled for refuge to lay
hold of the hope set before us:
19 which we have as an anchor of the soul, [a hope] both sure and
stedfast and entering into that which is within the veil;
20 whither as a forerunner Jesus entered for us, having become a high
priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holy of
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
4 For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away
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
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
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are
15 And the Holy Spirit also beareth witness to us; for after he hath
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
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
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
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
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.
1. Now faith is assurance of [things] hoped for, a conviction of things
2 For therein the elders had witness borne to them.
3 By faith we understand that the worlds have been framed by the word of
God, so that what is seen hath not been made out of things which appear.
4. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain,
through which he had witness borne to him that he was righteous, God
bearing witness in respect of his gifts: and through it he being dead yet
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and he was
not found, because God translated him: for he hath had witness borne to him
that before his translation he had been well-pleasing unto God:
6 And without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing [unto him]; for
he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder
of them that seek after him.
7 By faith Noah, being warned [of God] concerning things not seen as yet,
moved with godly fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; through
which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is
according to faith.
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed to go out unto a place
which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing
whither he went.
9 By faith he became a sojourner in the land of promise, as in a [land]
not his own, dwelling in tents, with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of
the same promise:
10 for he looked for the city which hath the foundations, whose builder
and maker is God.
11 By faith even Sarah herself received power to conceive seed when she
was past age, since she counted him faithful who had promised:
12 wherefore also there sprang of one, and him as good as dead, [so many]
as the stars of heaven in multitude, and as the sand, which is by the
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having
seen them and greeted them from afar, and having confessed that they were
strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14 For they that say such things make it manifest that they are seeking
after a country of their own.
15 And if indeed they had been mindful of that [country] from which they
went out, they would have had opportunity to return.
16 But now they desire a better [country], that is, a heavenly: wherefore
God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God; for he hath prepared
for them a city.
17 By faith Abraham, being tried, offered up Isaac: yea, he that had
gladly received the promises was offering up his only begotten [son];
18 even he to whom it was said, In Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19 accounting that God [is] able to raise up, even from the dead; from
whence he did also in a figure receive him back.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even concerning things to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph;
and worshipped, [leaning] upon the top of his staff.
22 By faith Joseph, when his end was nigh, made mention of the departure
of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months by his parents,
because they saw he was a goodly child; and they were not afraid of the
24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of
25 choosing rather to share ill treatment with the people of God, than to
enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 accounting the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of
Egypt: for he looked unto the recompense of reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he
endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
28 By faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of the blood, that
the destroyer of the firstborn should not touch them.
29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the
Egyptians assaying to do were swallowed up.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they had been compassed
about for seven days.
31 By faith Rahab the harlot perished not with them that were
disobedient, having received the spies with peace.
32. And what shall I more say? for the time will fail me if I tell of
Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah; of David and Samuel and the prophets:
33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained
promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from
weakness were made strong, waxed mighty in war, turned to flight armies of
35 Women received their dead by a resurrection: and others were tortured,
not accepting their deliverance; that they might obtain a better
36 and others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of
bonds and imprisonment:
37 they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, they were tempted, they were
slain with the sword: they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins; being
destitute, afflicted, ill-treated
38 (of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains
and caves, and the holes of the earth.
39 And these all, having had witness borne to them through their faith,
received not the promise,
40 God having provided some better thing concerning us, that apart from
us they should not be made perfect.
1. Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a
cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so
easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before
2 looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of [our] faith, who for the
joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath
sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that hath endured such gainsaying of sinners against
himself, that ye wax not weary, fainting in your souls.
4. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin:
5 and ye have forgotten the exhortation which reasoneth with you as with
sons, My son, regard not lightly the chastening of the Lord, Nor faint when
thou art reproved of him;
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, And scourgeth every son whom he
7 It is for chastening that ye endure; God dealeth with you as with sons;
for what son is there whom [his] father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye are without chastening, whereof all have been made partakers,
then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore, we had the fathers of our flesh to chasten us, and we gave
them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father
of spirits, and live?
10 For they indeed for a few days chastened [us] as seemed good to them;
but he for [our] profit, that [we] may be partakers of his holiness.
11 All chastening seemeth for the present to be not joyous but grievous;
yet afterward it yieldeth peaceable fruit unto them that have been
exercised thereby, [even the fruit] of righteousness.
12 Wherefore lift up the hands that hang down, and the palsied knees;
13 and make straight paths for your feet, that that which is lame be not
turned out of the way, but rather be healed.
14 Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which
no man shall see the Lord:
15 looking carefully lest [there be] any man that falleth short of the
grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble [you], and
thereby the many be defiled;
16 lest [there be] any fornication, or profane person, as Esau, who for
one mess of meat sold his own birthright.
17 For ye know that even when he afterward desired to inherit the
blessing, he was rejected; for he found no place for a change of mind [in
his father,] though he sought is diligently with tears.
18. For ye are not come unto [a mount] that might be touched, and that
burned with fire, and unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
19 and the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which [voice] they
that heard entreated that no word more should be spoken unto them;
20 for they could not endure that which was enjoined, If even a beast
touch the mountain, it shall be stoned;
21 and so fearful was the appearance, [that] Moses said, I exceedingly
fear and quake:
22 but ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God,
the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable hosts of angels,
23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled
in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made
24 and to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of
sprinkling that speaketh better than [that of] Abel.
25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not when
they refused him that warned [them] on earth, much more [shall not] we
[escape] who turn away from him that [warneth] from heaven:
26 whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying,
Yet once more will I make to tremble not the earth only, but also the
27 And this [word], Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those
things that are shaken, as of things that have been made, that those things
which are not shaken may remain.
28 Wherefore, receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have
grace, whereby we may offer service well-pleasing to God with reverence and
29 for our God is a consuming fire.
1. Let love of the brethren continue.
2 Forget not to show love unto strangers: for thereby some have
entertained angels unawares.
3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; them that are
illtreated, as being yourselves also in the body.
4 [Let] marriage [be] had in honor among all, and [let] the bed [be]
undefiled: for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
5 Be ye free from the love of money; content with such things as ye have:
for himself hath said, I will in no wise fail thee, neither will I in any
wise forsake thee.
6 So that with good courage we say, The Lord is my helper; I will not
fear: What shall man do unto me?
7 Remember them that had the rule over you, men that spake unto you the
word of God; and considering the issue of their life, imitate their faith.
8 Jesus Christ [is] the same yesterday and to-day, [yea] and for ever.
9 Be not carried away by divers and strange teachings: for it is good
that the heart be established by grace; not by meats, wherein they that
occupied themselves were not profited.
10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat that serve the
11 For the bodies of those beasts whose blood is brought into the holy
place by the high priest [as an offering] for sin, are burned without the
12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people through his
own blood, suffered without the gate.
13 Let us therefore go forth unto him without the camp, bearing his
14 For we have not here an abiding city, but we seek after [the city]
which is to come.
15 Through him then let us offer up a sacrifice of praise to God
continually, that is, the fruit of lips which make confession to his name.
16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices
God is well pleased.
17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit [to them]: for they
watch in behalf of your souls, as they that shall give account; that they
may do this with joy, and not with grief: for this [were] unprofitable for
18. Pray for us: for we are persuaded that we have a good conscience,
desiring to live honorably in all things.
19 And I exhort [you] the more exceedingly to do this, that I may be
restored to you the sooner.
20 Now the God of peace, who brought again from the dead the great
shepherd of the sheep with the blood of an eternal covenant, [even] our
21 make you perfect in every good thing to do his will, working in us
that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom
[be] the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
22 But I exhort you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation, for I
have written unto you in few words.
23 Know ye that our brother Timothy hath been set at liberty; with whom,
if he come shortly, I will see you.
24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They
of Italy salute you.
25 Grace be with you all. Amen.