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

8:1¤ Now of the things which we have spoken, this is the sum: We have such an high priest who is set on the right hand of the throne of majesty in the heavens,

8:2A minister of the holies and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord hath pitched, and not man.

8:3For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is necessary that he also should have some thing to offer.

8:4If then he were on earth, he would not be a priest: seeing that there would be others to offer gifts according to the law.

8:5Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things. As it was answered to Moses, when he was to finish the tabernacle: See (saith he) that thou make all things according to the pattern which was shewn thee on the mount.

8:6But now he hath obtained a better ministry, by how much also he is a mediator of a better testament which is established on better promises.

8:7For if that former had been faultless, there should not indeed a place have been sought for a second.

8:8For, finding fault with them, he saith: Behold the days shall come, saith the Lord: and I will perfect, unto the house of Israel and unto the house of Juda, a new testament:

8:9Not according to the testament which I made to their fathers, on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt: because they continued not in my testament: and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.

8:10For this is the testament which I will make to the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord: I will give my laws into their mind: and in their heart will I write them. And I will be their God: and they shall be my people.

8:11And they shall not teach every man his neighbour and every man his brother, saying: Know the Lord. For all shall know me, from the least to the greatest of them.

8:12Because I will be merciful to their iniquities: and their sins I will remember no more.

8:13Now in saying a new, he hath made the former old. And that which decayeth and groweth old is near its end.

9:1¤ The former indeed had also justifications of divine service and a worldly sanctuary.

9:2For there was a tabernacle made the first, wherein were the candlesticks and the table and the setting forth of loaves, which is called the Holy.

9:3And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies:

9:4Having a golden censer and the ark of the testament covered about on every part with gold, in which was a golden pot that had manna and the rod of Aaron that had blossomed and the tables of the testament.

9:5And over it were the cherubims of glory overshadowing the propitiatory: of which it is not needful to speak now particularly.

9:6Now these things being thus ordered, into the first tabernacle, the priests indeed always entered, accomplishing the offices of sacrifices.

9:7But into the second, the high priest alone, once a year: not without blood, which he offereth for his own and the people's ignorance:

9:8The Holy Ghost signifying this: That the way into the Holies was not yet made manifest, whilst the former tabernacle was yet standing.

9:9Which is a parable of the time present: according to which gifts and sacrifices are offered, which cannot, as to the conscience, make him perfect that serveth, only in meats and in drinks,

9:10And divers washings and justices of the flesh laid on them until the time of correction.

9:11But Christ, being come an high Priest of the good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hand, that is, not of this creation:

9:12Neither by the blood of goats or of calves, but by his own blood, entered once into the Holies, having obtained eternal redemption.

9:13For if the blood of goats and of oxen, and the ashes of an heifer, being sprinkled, sanctify such as are defiled, to the cleansing of the flesh:

9:14How much more shall the blood of Christ, who by the Holy Ghost offered himself unspotted unto God, cleanse our conscience from dead works, to serve the living God?

9:15And therefore he is the mediator of the new testament: that by means of his death for the redemption of those transgressions which were under the former testament, they that are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

9:16For where there is a testament the death of the testator must of necessity come in.

9:17For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is as yet of no strength, whilst the testator liveth.

9:18Whereupon neither was the first indeed dedicated without blood.

9:19For when every commandment of the law had been read by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people.

9:20Saying: This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.

9:21The tabernacle also and all the vessels of the ministry, in like manner, he sprinkled with blood.

9:22And almost all things, according to the law, are cleansed with blood: and without shedding of blood there is no remission.

9:23It is necessary therefore that the patterns of heavenly things should be cleansed with these: but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

9:24For Jesus is not entered into the Holies made with hands, the patterns of the true: but into Heaven itself, that he may appear now in the presence of God for us.

9:25Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the Holies every year with the blood of others:

9:26For then he ought to have suffered often from the beginning of the world. But now once, at the end of ages, he hath appeared for the destruction of sin by the sacrifice of himself.

9:27And as it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment:

9:28So also Christ was offered once to exhaust the sins of many. The second time he shall appear without sin to them that expect him unto salvation.

10:1¤ For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, not the very image of the things, by the selfsame sacrifices which they offer continually every year, can never make the comers thereunto perfect.

10:2For then they would have ceased to be offered: because the worshippers once cleansed should have no conscience of sin any longer.

10:3But in them there is made a commemoration of sins every year:

10:4For it is impossible that with the blood of oxen and goats sin should be taken away.

10:5Wherefore, when he cometh into the world he saith: Sacrifice and oblation thou wouldest not: but a body thou hast fitted to me.

10:6Holocausts for sin did not please thee.

10:7Then said I: Behold I come: in the head of the book it is written of me: that I should do thy will, O God.

10:8In saying before, Sacrifices, and oblations, and holocausts for sin thou wouldest not, neither are they pleasing to thee, which are offered according to the law.

10:9Then said I: Behold, I come to do thy will, O God: He taketh away the first, that he may establish that which followeth.

10:10In the which will, we are sanctified by the oblation of the body of Jesus Christ once.

10:11And every priest indeed standeth daily ministering and often offering the same sacrifices which can never take away sins.

10:12But this man, offering one sacrifice for sins, for ever sitteth on the right hand of God,

10:13From henceforth expecting until his enemies be made his footstool.

10:14For by one oblation he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

10:15And the Holy Ghost also doth testify this to us. For after that he said:

10:16And this is the testament which I will make unto them after those days, saith the Lord. I will give my laws in their hearts and on their minds will I write them:

10:17And their sins and iniquities I will remember no more.

10:18Now, where there is a remission of these, there is no more an oblation for sin.

10:19Having therefore, brethren, a confidence in the entering into the holies by the blood of Christ:

10:20A new and living way which he hath dedicated for us through the veil, that is to say, his flesh:

10:21And a high priest over the house of God:

10:22Let us draw near with a true heart, in fulness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with clean water.

10:23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering (for he is faithful that hath promised):

10:24And let us consider one another, to provoke unto charity and to good works:

10:25Not forsaking our assembly, as some are accustomed: but comforting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching.

10:26For if we sin wilfully after having the knowledge of the truth, there is now left no sacrifice for sins:

10:27But a certain dreadful expectation of judgment, and the rage of a fire which shall consume the adversaries.

10:28A man making void the law of Moses dieth without any mercy under two or three witnesses:

10:29How much more, do you think he deserveth worse punishments, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God and hath esteemed the blood of the testament unclean, by which he was sanctified, and hath offered an affront to the Spirit of grace?

10:30For we know him that hath said: Vengeance belongeth to me, and I will repay. And again: The Lord shall judge his people.

10:31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

10:32But call to mind the former days, wherein, being illuminated, you endured a great fight of afflictions.

10:33And on the one hand indeed, by reproaches and tribulations, were made a gazingstock; and on the other, became companions of them that were used in such sort.

10:34For you both had compassion on them that were in bands and took with joy the being stripped of your own goods, knowing that you have a better and a lasting substance.

10:35Do not therefore lose your confidence which hath a great reward.

10:36For patience is necessary for you: that, doing the will of God, you may receive the promise.

10:37For yet a little and a very little while, and he that is to come will come and will not delay.

10:38But my just man liveth by faith: but if he withdraw himself, he shall not please my soul.

10:39But we are not the children of withdrawing unto perdition, but of faith to the saving of the soul.

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