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inferior to that of Christ 12 For I will be merciful to which he offered for himself, their unrighteousness, and their and for the errors of the people: sins and their iniquities will I 8 The Holy Ghost this sigremember no more.

nifying, that the way into the 13 In that he saith, A new holiest of all was not yet made covenant, he hath made the first manifest, while as the first tabold. Now that which decayeth ernacle was yet standing : and waxeth old, is ready to van- 9 Which was a figure for the

time then present, in which

were offered both gifts and sac 1 The description of the riles and bloody sac- rifices, that could not make rifices of the law, 11 far inferior to the him that did the service perdignity and perfection of the blood and sacrifice of Christ.

fect, as pertaining to the conTHEN WHEN verily the first cove- science;

nant had also ordinances 10 Which stood only in rneats of divine service, and a worldly and drinks, and divers washsanctuary

ings, and carnal ordinances, im2. For there was a tabernacle posed on them until the time of made ; the first wherein was reformation. the candlestick, and the table, 11 But Christ being come an and the shew-bread; which is high priest of good things to called the sanctuary.

come, by a greater and more 3 And after the second vail

, perfect tabernacle, not made the tabernacle which is called with hands, that is to say, not the Holiest of all;

of this building; 4 Which had the golden cen- | 12 Neither by the blood of ser, and the ark of the cove-goats and calves, but by his nant overlaid round about with own blood, he entered in once gold, wherein was the golden into the holy place, having obpot that had manna, and Aaron's tained eternal redemption for rod that budded, and the tables us. of the covenant ;

13 For if the blood of bulls 5 And over it the cherubims and of goats, and the ashes of of glory shadowing the mercy- an heifer sprinkling the unseat; of which we cannot now clean, sanctifieth to the purifyspeak particularly

ing of the flesh : 6 Now when these things 14 How much more shall the were thus ordained, the priests blood of Christ, who through went always into the first taber- the eternal Spirit offered himnacle, accomplishing the service self without spot to God, purge

your conscience from dead works 7 But into the second went to serve the living God? the high priest alone once 15 And for this cause he is every year, not without blood, the mediator of the new testa

of God:

The necessity of Christ's death HEBREWS.

to confirm the new covenant. ment, that by means of death, | self, now to appear in the presfor the redemption of the trans- ence of God for us : gressions that were under the 25 Nor yet that he should first testament, they which are offer himself often, as the high called might receive the promise priest entereth into the holy of eternal inheritance.

place every year with blood of 16 For where a testament is, others; there must also of necessity be 26 For then must he often the death of the testator.

bave suffered since the founda17 For a testament is of force tion of the world : but now once after men are dead : otherwise in the end of the world hath he it is of no strength at all while appeared to put away sin by the


10 The

19 An exhort

27 first testament was dedicated to men once to die, but after without blood.

this the judgment: 19 For when Moses had spo

28 So Christ was once offered ken every precept to all the to bear the sins of many; and people according to the law, he unto them that look for him took the blood of calves and of shall he appear the second time goats, with water, and scarlet without sin unto salvation, wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book and all the people, 1 The weakness of the law sacrifices. 20 Saying, This is the blood

sacrifice of Christ's body once offered, 14 of the testament which God for ever hath taken away sins.

ation to hold fast the faith, with patience hath enjoined unto you.

and thanksgiving. 21 he with blood both ,

to , and all the vessels of the min- and not the very image of the istry.

things, can never with those sac22 And almost all things are rifices which they offered year by the law purged with blood; by year continually, make the and without shedding of blood comers thereunto perfect. is no remission.

2 For then would they not 23 It was therefore necessary have ceased to be offered ? bethat the patterns of things in cause that the worshippers once the heavens should be purified purged should have had no more with these; but the heavenly conscience of sins. things themselves with better 3 But in those sacrifices there sacrifices than these.

is a remembrance again made 24 For Christ is not entered of sins every year. into the holy places made with 4 For it is not possible that hands, which are the figures of the blood of bulls and of goats

but into heaven it- I should take away sins.

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Christ's perfect sacrifice

for the remission of sins. 5 Wherefore, when he cometh I will make with them after into the world, he saith, Sacri- those days, saith the Lord; I fice and offering thou wouldest will put my laws into their not, but a body hast thou pre-hearts, and in their minds will pared me:

I write them; 6 In burnt-offerings and sac- 17 And their sins and inirifices for sin thou hast had no quities will I remember no pleasure.

7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in 18 Now where remission of the volume of the book it is these is, there is no more offerwritten of me) to do thy will, ing for sin. O God.

19 Having therefore, brethren, 8 Above, when he said, Sac- boldness to enter into the holirifice and offering and burnt- est by the blood of Jesus, offerings and offering for sin 20 By a new and living way thou wouldest not, neither hadst which he hath consecrated for pleasure therein ; which are of- us, through the vail, that is to fered by the law,

say, his flesh; 9 Then said he, Lo, I come 21 And having an high priest to do thy will, O God. He ta- over the house of God; keth away the first, that he may 22 Let us draw near with a establish the second.

true heart, in full assurance of 10 By the which will we are faith, having our hearts sprinksanctified through the offering led from an evil conscience, and of the body of Jesus Christ our bodies washed with pure once for all.

11 And every priest standeth 23 Let us hold fast the prodaily ministering and offering fession of our faith without waoftentimes the same sacrifices, vering; for he is faithful that which can never take away sins: promised :

12 But this man, after he had 24 And let us consider one offered one sacrifice for sins, for another, to provoke unto love, ever sat down on the right hand and to good works : of God;

25 Not forsaking the assem 13 From henceforth expecting bling of ourselves together, as till his enemies be made his the manner of some is; but exfootstool.

horting one another; and so 14 For by one offering he hath much the more, as ye see the perfected for ever them that are day approaching. sanctified.

26 For if we sin wilfully af15 Whereof the Holy Ghost ter that we have received the also is a witness to us : for after knowledge of the truth, there that he had said before,

remaineth no more sacrifice for 16 This is the covenant that sins,



Danger of relapsing into sin. HEBREWS.

The nature of faith, and 27 But a certain fearful look- | 36 For ye have need of paing for of judgment and fiery | tience, that, after ye have done indignation, which shall devour the will of God, ye might rethe adversaries.

ceive the promise. 28 He that despised Moses' 37 For yet a little while, and law, died without mercy under he that shall come will come, two or three witnesses:

and will not tarry. 29 Of how much sorer punish- 38 Now the just shall live ment, suppose ye, shall he be by faith : but if any man draw thought worthy, who hath trod- back, my soul shall have no den under foot the Son of God, pleasure in him. and hath counted the blood of 39 But we are not of them the covenant, where with he was who draw back unto perdition; sanctified, an unholy thing, and but of them that believe to the hath done despite unto the saving of the soul. Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him that hath

1 What faith is. 6 Without faith we cannot said, Vengeance belongeth unto

please God. 7 The worthy fruits thereof in me, I will recompense, saith the the fathers of old time. Lord. And again, The Lord NOW faith is the substance shall judge his people.

of things hoped for, the 31 It is a fearful thing to fall evidence of things not seen: into the hands of the living 2 For by it the elders obtainGod.

ed a good report. 32 But call to remembrance 3 Through faith we underthe former days, in which, af- stand that the worlds were ter ye were illuminated, ye en- framed by the word of God, iso dured a great fight of afflic- that things which are seen were tions ;

not made of things which do 33 Partly, while ye were appear. made a gazing-stock both by 4 By faith Abel offered unto reproaches and afflictions; and God a more excellent sacrifice partly, while ye became com- than Cain, by which he obtainpanions of them that were so ed witness that he was righteused.

ous, God testifying of his gifts : 34 For ye had compassion of and by it he being dead yet me in my bonds, and took joy- speaketh. fully the spoiling of your goods, 5 By faith Enoch was transknowing in yourselves that ye lated, that he should not see have in heaven a better and an death; and was not found, beenduring substance.

cause God had translated him: 35 Cast not away therefore for before his translation he had your confidence, which hath this testimony, that he pleased great recompense of reward. God


its acceptableness with God, CHAP. XI. illustrated by divers examples.

6 But without faith it is im- | and were persuaded of them, possible to please him : for he and embraced them, and conthat cometh to God must be- fessed that they were strangers lieve that he is, and that he is and pilgrims on the earth. a rewarder of them that dili- 14 For they that say such gently seek him.

things declare plainly that they 7 By faith Noah, being warn- seek a country. ed of God of things not seen 15 And truly, if they had as yet, moved with fear, pre- been mindful of that country pared an ark to the saving of from whence they came out, his house; by the which he they might have had opportucondemned the world, and be- nitý to have returned. came heir of the righteousness 16 But now they desire a betwhich is by faith.

ter country, that is, an heavenly: 8 By faith Abraham, when wherefore God is not ashamed he was called to go out into à | to be called their God: for he place which he should after re- hath prepared for them a city. ceive for an inheritance, obeyed; 17 By faith Abraham, when and he went out not knowing he was tried, offered up Isaac: whither he went.

and he that had received the 9 By faith he sojourned in promises offered up his only the land of promise, as in a begotten son, strange country, dwelling in 18 Of whom it was said, That tabernacles with Isaac and Ja- in Isaac shall thy seed be called: cob, the heirs with him of the 19 Accounting that God was same promise :

able to raise him up, even from 10 For he looked for a city the dead; from whence also he which hath foundations, whose received him in a figure. builder and maker is God. 20 By faith Isaac blessed Ja

11 Through faith also Sarah cob and Esau concerning things herself received strength to con- to come.

of a child when she was past age, was a dying, blessed both the because she judged him faithful sons of Joseph; and worshipped, who had promised.

leaning upon the top of his staff. 12 Therefore sprang there even 22 By faith Joseph, when he of one, and him as good as dead, died, made mention of the deso many as the stars of the sky parting of the children of Israel; in multitude, and as the sand and gave commandment conwhich is by the sea-shore in- cerning his bones. numerable.

23 By faith Moses, when he 13 These all died in faith, not was born, was hid three months having received the promises, of his parents, because they saw but having seen them afar off, he was a proper child; and they


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