The Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews (Author Paul)

5:1¤ For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in the things that appertain to God, that he may offer up gifts and sacrifices for sins:

5:2Who can have compassion on them that are ignorant and that err: because he himself also is compassed with infirmity.

5:3And therefore he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.

5:4Neither doth any man take the honour to himself, but he that is called by God, as Aaron was.

5:5So Christ also did not glorify himself, that he might be made a high priest: but he that said unto him: Thou art my Son: this day have I begotten thee.

5:6As he saith also in another place: Thou art a priest for ever, according to the order of Melchisedech.

5:7Who in the days of his flesh, with a strong cry and tears, offering up prayers and supplications to him that was able to save him from death, was heard for his reverence.

5:8And whereas indeed he was the Son of God, he learned obedience by the things which he suffered.

5:9And being consummated, he became, to all that obey him, the cause of eternal salvation:

5:10Called by God a high priest, according to the order of Melchisedech.

5:11Of whom we have much to say and hard to be intelligibly uttered: because you are become weak to hear.

5:12For whereas for the time you ought to be masters, you have need to be taught again what are the first elements of the words of God: and you are become such as have need of milk and not of strong meat.

5:13For every one that is a partaker of milk is unskilful in the word of justice: for he is a little child.

5:14But strong meat is for the perfect: for them who by custom have their senses exercised to the discerning of good and evil.

6:1¤ Wherefore, leaving the word of the beginning of Christ, let us go on to things more perfect: not laying again the foundation of penance from dead works and of faith towards God,

6:2Of the doctrine of baptisms and imposition of hands, and of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

6:3And this will we do, if God permit.

6:4For it is impossible for those who were once illuminated, have tasted also the heavenly gift and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

6:5Have moreover tasted the good word of God and the powers of the world to come,

6:6And are fallen away: to be renewed again to penance, crucifying again to themselves the Son of God and making him a mockery.

6:7For the earth, that drinketh in the rain which cometh often upon it and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is tilled, receiveth blessing from God.

6:8But that which bringeth forth thorns and briers is reprobate and very near unto a curse: whose end is to be burnt.

6:9But, my dearly beloved, we trust better things of you, and nearer to salvation; though we speak thus.

6:10For God is not unjust, that he should forget your work and the love which you have shewn in his name, you who have ministered and do minister to the saints.

6:11And we desire that every one of you shew forth the same carefulness to the accomplishing of hope unto the end:

6:12That you become not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience shall inherit the promises.

6:13For God making promise to Abraham, because he had no one greater by whom he might swear, swore by himself,

6:14Saying: Unless blessing I shall bless thee and multiplying I shall multiply thee.

6:15And so patiently enduring he obtained the promise.

6:16For men swear by one greater than themselves: and an oath for confirmation is the end of all their controversy.

6:17Wherein God, meaning more abundantly to shew to the heirs of the promise the immutability of his counsel, interposed an oath:

6:18That by two immutable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have the strongest comfort, who have fled for refuge to hold fast the hope set before us.

6:19Which we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm, and which entereth in even within the veil:

6:20Where the forerunner Jesus is entered for us, made a high priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedech.

7:1¤ For this Melchisedech was king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him:

7:2To whom also Abraham divided the tithes of all: who first indeed by interpretation is king of justice: and then also king of Salem, that is, king of peace:

7:3Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but likened unto the Son of God, continueth a priest for ever.

7:4Now consider how great this man is, to whom also Abraham the patriarch gave tithes out of the principal things.

7:5And indeed they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is to say, of their brethren: though they themselves also came out of the loins of Abraham.

7:6But he, whose pedigree is not numbered among them, received tithes of Abraham and blessed him that had the promises.

7:7And without all contradiction, that which is less is blessed by the better.

7:8And here indeed, men that die receive tithes: but there, he hath witness that he liveth.

7:9And (as it may be said) even Levi who received tithes paid tithes in Abraham:

7:10For he was yet in the loins of his father when Melchisedech met him.

7:11If then perfection was by the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchisedech: and not be called according to the order of Aaron?

7:12For the priesthood being translated, it is necessary that a translation also be made of the law,

7:13For he of whom these things are spoken is of another tribe, of which no one attended on the altar.

7:14For it is evident that our Lord sprung out of Juda: in which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priests.

7:15And it is yet far more evident: if according to the similitude of Melchisedech there ariseth another priest,

7:16Who is made, not according to the law of a carnal commandment, but according to the power of an indissoluble life.

7:17For he testifieth: Thou art a priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedech.

7:18There is indeed a setting aside of the former commandment, because of the weakness and unprofitableness thereof:

7:19For the law brought nothing to perfection: but a bringing in of a better hope, by which we draw nigh to God.

7:20And inasmuch as it is not without an oath

7:21(For the others indeed were made priests without an oath: But this with an oath, by him that said unto him: The Lord hath sworn and he will not repent: Thou art a priest for ever).

7:22By so much is Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

7:23And the others indeed were made many priests, because by reason of death they were not suffered to continue:

7:24But this, for that he continueth for ever, hath an everlasting priesthood:

7:25Whereby he is able also to save for ever them that come to God by him; always living to make intercession for us.

7:26For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens:

7:27Who needeth not daily (as the other priests) to offer sacrifices, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, in offering himself.

7:28For the law maketh men priests, who have infirmity: but the word of the oath (which was since the law) the Son who is perfected for evermore.

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