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The Christian's rest.


The power of God's word, 19 So we see that they could 9 There remaineth therefore not enter in because of unbelief.

a rest to the people of God.

10 For he that is entered inCHAP. IV. | The rest of Christians is altained by faith. 12

to his rest, he also hath ceased The power of God's word. 14 By our High from his own works, as God Priest Jesus the Son of God, subject to infirmi, did from his.) ties, but not sin, 16 we must and may go boldly to the throne of grace.

11 Let us labour therefore to LET us therefore fear lest a enter into that, rest, lest any

of entering into his rest, any of ple of unbelief. you should seem to come short 12 For the word of God is of it.

quick, and powerful, and sharp2 For unto us was the gospel er than any two-edged sword, preached, as well as unto them: piercing even to the dividing but the word preached did not asunder of soul and spirit, and profit them, not being mixed of the joints and marrow, and with faith in them that heard it. is a discerner of the thoughts

3 For we which have believed and intents of the heart. do enter into rest, as he said, 13 Neither is there any creaAs I have sworn in my wrath, ture that is not manifest in his if they shall enter into my rest: sight: but all things are naked although the works were finish and opened unto the eyes of ed from the foundation of the him with whom we have to do. world.

14 Seeing then that we have 4 For he spake in a certain a great High Priest, that is place of the seventh day on this passed into the heavens, Jesus wise, And God did rest the the Son of God, let us hold fas seventh day from all his works. our profession.

5 And in this place again, If 15 For we have not an high they shall enter into my rest. priest which cannot be touch

6 Seeing therefore it remain- ed with the feeling of our ineth that some must enter there- firmities : but was in all points in, and they to whom it was tempted like as

tempted like as we are, yet first preached entered not in be- without sin. cause of unbelief:

16 Let us therefore come 7 (Again, he limiteth a cer- boldly unto the throne of

grace, tain day, saying in David, To- that we may obtain mercy, and day, after so long a time; as it find grace to help in time of is said, To-day if ye will hear need. his voice, harden not your hearts. 8 For if Jesus had given them

1 The authority and honour of our Saviour's

priesthood. 11 Negligence in the knowledge rest, then would he not after- thereof is reproved. ward have spoken of another FOR every high priesttas day.

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of Christ's priesthood.


The guilt of apostacy. ordained for men in things per-, uttered, seeing ye are dull of taining to God, that he may hearing. offer both gifts and sacrifices 12 for sins:

ought to be teachers, ye have 2 Who can have compassion need that one teach you again on the ignorant, and on them which be the first principles of that are out of the way; for the oracles of God; and are bethat he himself also is compass- come such as have need of milk, ed with infirmity.

and not of strong meat. 3 And by reason hereof he 13 For every one that useth ought, as for the people, so also milk, is unskilful in the word of for himself, to offer for sins. righteousness : for he is a babe.

4 And no man taketh this 14 But strong meat belongeth honour unto himself, but he to them that are of full age, that is called of God, as was even those who by reason of use Aaron :

have their senses exercised to 5 So also Christ glorified not discern both good and evil. himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto 1 He exhorteth not to fall back from the faith, him, Thou art my Son, to-day

11 but to be steadfast, 12 diligent, and patient

to wait upon God, 13 because God is most have I begotten thee.

sure in his promise. 6. As he saith also in another THEREFORE leaving the place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchis- of Christ, let us go on unto peredec.

fection; not laying again the 7 Who in the days of his foundation of repentance from flesh, when he had offered up dead works, and of faith toward prayers and supplications with God, strong crying and tears unto 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, him that was able to save him and of laying on of hands, and from death, and was heard in of resurrection of the dead, and that he feared ;

of eternal judgment. 8 Though he were a Son, yet 3 And this will we do, if learned he obedience by the God permit. things which he suffered; 4 For it is impossible for those

9 And being made perfect, he who were once enlightened, and became the author of eternal have tasted of the heavenly gift, salvation unto all them that and were made partakers of the obey him;

Holy Ghost, 10 Called of God an high 5 And have tasted the good priest after the order of Mel word of God, and the powers of chisedec.

the world to come, 11 Of whom we have many 6 If they shall fall away, to things to say, and hard to be renew them again unto repent

The danger of apostacy.

Christ a priest ance; seeing they crucify to confirmation is to them an end themselves the Son of God of all strife. afresh, and put him to an open 17 Wherein God, willing more shame.

abundantly to shew unto the 7 For the earth which drink- heirs of promise the immutabileth in the rain that cometh oft ity of his counsel, confirmed it upon it, and bringeth forth by an oath : herbs meet for them by whom 18 That by two immutable it is dressed, receiveth blessing things, in which it was imposfrom God:

sible for God to lie, we might 8 But that which beareth have a strong consolation, who thorns and briers is rejected, have fled for refuge to lay hold and is nigh unto cursing; whose upon the hope set before us : end is to be burned.

19 Which hope we have as an 9 But, beloved, we are per- anchor of the soul, both sure suaded better things of you, and and steadfast, and which enterthings that accompany salva- eth into that within the vail ; tion, though we thus speak. 20 Whither the forerunner is

10 For God is not unrighteous for us entered, even Jesus, made to forget your work and labour an high priest for ever after the of love, which ye have shewed order of Melchisedec. toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints,

1 Christ Jesus is a priest after the order of and do minister.

Melchisedec, 11 and so, far more excellent 11 And we desire that every

than the priests of Aaron's order. one

of you do shew the same For this Melchisedec, king of hope unto the end :

high God, who met Abraham 12 That ye be not slothful, returning from the slaughter of but followers of them who the kings, and blessed him ; through faith and patience in- 2 To whom also Abraham herit the promises.

gave a tenth part of all; first 13 For when God made prom- being by interpretation King ise to Abraham, because he of righteousness, and after that could swear by no greater, he also King of Salem, which is, sware by himself,

King of peace; 14 Saying, Surely blessing I 3 Without father, without will bless thee, and multiplying mother, without descent, having I will multiply thee.

neither beginning of days, nor 15 And so, after he had pa- end of life; but made like unto tiently endured, he obtained the the Son of God; abideth a

priest continually. 16 For men verily swear by 4 Now consider how great this the greater: and an oath for I man was, unto whom even the




of an higher order

than that of Aaron. patriarch Abraham gave the Lord sprang out of Juda; of tenth of the spoils.

which tribe Moses spake noth5 And verily they that are of ing concerning priesthood. the sons of Levi, who receive 15 And it is yet far more evithe office of the priesthood, have dent: for that after the similia commandment to take tithes tude of Melchisedec there ariof the people according to the seth another priest, law, that is, of their brethren, 16 Who is made, not after though they come out of the the law of a carnal commandloins of Abraham:

ment, but after the power of an 6 But he whose descent is endless life. not counted from them received 17 For he testifieth, Thou art tithes of Abraham, and blessed a priest for ever after the order him that had the promises.

of Melchisedec. 7 And without all contradic- | 18 For there is verily a distion the less is blessed of the annulling of the commandment better.

going before, for the weakness 8 And here men that die re- and unprofitableness thereof. ceive tithes; but there he re- 19 For the law made nothing ceiveth them, of whom it is wit- perfect, but the bringing in of a nessed that he liveth.

better hope did; by the which 9 And as I may so say, Levi we draw nigh unto God. also, who receiveth tithes, pay- 20 And inasmuch as not withed tithes in Abraham.

out an oath he was made priest : 10 For he was yet in the loins 21 (For those priests were of his father, when Melchisedec made without an oath ; but this met him.

with an oath, by him that said 11 If therefore perfection were unto him, The Lord sware, and by the Levitical priesthood, (for will not repent, Thou art a under it the people received the priest for ever after the order of law,) what further need was Melchisedec :) there that another priest should 22 By so much was Jesus rise after the order of Melchise- made a surety of a better testadec, and not be called after the ment. order of Aaron?

23 And they truly were many 12 For the priesthood being priests, because they were not changed, there is made of ne- suffered to continue by reason cessity a change also of the of death : law

24 But this man, because he 13 For he of whom these continueth ever, hath an unthings are spoken pertaineth to changeable priesthood. another tribe, of which no man 25 Wherefore he is able also gave attendance at the altar. to save them to the uttermost 14 For it is evident that our that come unto God by him,


Christ the mediator of a

HEBREWS. better covenant than Moses'. seeing he ever liveth to make ished of God when he was intercession for them.

about to make the tabernacle : 26 For such an high priest for, See (saith he) that thou became us, who is holy, harm- make all things according to less, undefiled, separate from the pattern shewed to thee in sinners, and made higher than the mount. . the heavens ;

6 But now hath he obtained 27 Who needeth not daily, a more excellent ministry, by as those high priests, to offer how much also he is the mediup sacrifice, first for his own ator of a better covenant, which sins, and then for the people's: was established upon better for this he did once, when he promises. offered up himself.

7 For if that first covenant 28 For the law maketh men had been faultless, then should high priests which have infirm- no place have been sought for ity; but the word of the oath, the second. which was since the law, maketh 8 For finding fault with them, the Son, who is consecrated for he saith, Behold, the days come, evermore.

saith the Lord, when I will make

a new covenant with the house 1 By the elernal priesthond of Christ the Leviti: of Israel and with the house of cal priesthood of Aaron is abolished." And

Judah: the temporal covenant with the fathers, by the eternal covenant of the gospel.

9 Not according to the coveNOW TOW of the things which nant that I made with their

we have spoken this is the fathers, in the day when I took sum: We have such an high them by the hand to lead them priest, who is set on the right out of the land of Egypt; behand of the throne of the Ma- cause they continued not in my jesty in the heavens;

covenant, and I regarded them 2 A minister of the sanctuary, not, saith the Lord. and of the true tabernacle, which 10 For this is the covenant the Lord pitched, and not man. that I will make with the house

3 For every high priest is of Israel, after those days, saith ordained to offer gifts and sac- the Lord; I will put my laws rifices: wherefore it is of ne- into their mind, and write them cessity that this man have some in their hearts: and I will be to what also to offer.

them a God, and they shall be 4 For if he were on earth, to me a people : he should not be a priest, see- 11 And they shall not teach ing that there are priests that every man his neighbour, and offer gifts according to the law: every man his brother, saying,

5 Who serve unto the exam- | Know the Lord: for all shall ple and shadow of heavenly know me, from the least to the things, as Moses was admon- greatest.

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