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After those days, saith the Lord:
I will put my laws upon their heart,
And upon their mind I will inscribe them,
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17 And their sins and their iniquities I will remember no more.

18 Now where there is remission of these,

There is no longer any offering for sin.

19 As we have confidence then, brothers, to enter the holy place

through the blood of Jesus,

20 By the fresh and living way which he inaugurated for us through

the veil (that is to say, through his flesh),

21 And as we have a great priest over the household of God,

22 Let us draw near with a true heart in fulness of trust,

Our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience,
And our body washed with pure water:

23 Let us hold fast and unwavering the confession of our hope—

For he is faithful who promised—

24 And let us consider and incite one another to love and good deeds,

25 Not forsaking our way of gathering together—

as is the habit of some— But exhorting one another;

and the more so, as you see the Day drawing nigh.

26 For if we are sinning wilfully after receiving the full knowledge of

27 the truth, there is reserved for us no longer a sacrifice for Bins, but a dreadful prospect of judgment and a fury of fire which is to devour the adversaries.

28 A man who has set aside the law of Moses,

Dies on the evidence of two or three witnesses without mercy;

29 Of how much sorer punishment, think you, shall a man be held


Who has trampled underfoot the Son of God,

And reckoned the blood of the covenant wherewith he was sanctified,

an unclean thing,
And outraged the Spirit of grace 1

30 For we know him who said,

Vengeance is mine, I will repay: and again,

The Lord shall judge his people.

31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 But recall the former days, when you endured a hard struggle with

33 sufferings after you were enlightened, partly as you were exposed to contempt both by reproaches and by distresses, partly as j-ou became com

34 panions of those who had such an experience. For you were touched with compassion for those who were in fetters, and you also accepted with joy the spoiling of your goods, knowing that you have in yourselves better

35 and lasting goods. Throw not away then your confidence, for it brings

36 great recompense of reward. For you have need of endurance, that you

37 may do the will of God and so obtain the promise. For a little while, yet a very little, and

The coming One shall come and shall not delay:

38 Now my upright one shall live by faith;

Yet if he shrink back, my soul takes no delight in him.

39 But we belong, not to those who shrink back and are lost, but to those who have faith and so preserve the soul.

111 Now faith ia to be confident of what we hope for, to be convinced of what we do not see.

2 It was in this that witness was borne to the men of old.

3 By faith we understand that the worlds,' have been fashioned by the

word of God, So that what is visible has not been made out of things that appear.

4 By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Kain,

Through which he had witness borne him that he was upright
(As God bore witness in respect of his gifts);
And thereby he still speaks in death.

5 By faith Enoch was removed, so that he saw not death:

Yea he was not to be found, for God had removed him. For before his removal the witness borne to him was, that he had pleased God well:

6 Now apart from faith it is impossible to please him well,

For he who draws near to God must believe that he exists, and that he proves a rewarder of those who seek after him.

7 By faith Noah, on being divinely instructed concerning what he did

not see as yet,
Constructed reverently an ark to save his household:
Whereby he condemned the world,
And became heir of the uprightness that proceeds from faith.

8 By faith Abraham obeyed his call to go out into a place which he was to

receive as an inheritance,
And he went out knowing not where he was going.

9 By faith he became a sojourner in the promised land, as in a foreign

land, Dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow-heirs with him of the same promise;

10 For he was waiting for that city with foundations, Whose architect and builder is God.

11 By faith also Sarah herself received power to conceive offspring even

when she was past the proper age,
Since she reckoned him faithful who had promised.

12 Therefore even of one (and him as good as dead) there was begotten issue

Like the stars of the sky in multitude,

And like the sand which is by the seashore, innumerable.

13 In faith these all died, without obtaining the promises,

But after seeing and hailing them afar off,

And after confessing that they were "strangers and pilgrims on the earth."

14 For those who speak thus make it evident that they are seeking for a


15 Yea, had they been mindful indeed of that country from which they

went out,
They would have had opportunity to return:

16 But as it is they aspire to a better, that is, a heavenly country;

Therefore God is not ashamed of them, of being called their God,
For he has prepared a city for them.—

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac:

Yea, he who had welcomed the promises was about to offer up his only son,

18 (He to whom it had been said, Thy offspring shall be reckoned through


19 Since he considered God was able to raise up even from the dead:

And from the dead (in a symbol) he did 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 bowed over the top of his staff in worship.

22 By faith Joseph at his death made mention of the exodus of the sons of

And gave charge concerning his bones.

23 By faith Moses after birth was hid for three months by his parents,

Because they saw he was a comely child;
And they feared not the mandate of the king.

24 By faith, when Moses had grown up, he refused to be called the son of a

daughter of Pharaoh,

25 Preferring maltreatment with the people of God to the enjoyment of

sin for a time;

26 Since he reckoned the reproach of Christ greater riches than the

treasures of Egypt—
For he was looking to the recompense of reward.

27 By faith he left Egypt, through no fear of the king's rage:

For he bore up as one who saw Him who is invisible.

28 By faith he observed the passover and the sprinkling of blood,

So that the destroyer might not touch their first-born.

29 By faith they crossed the Red Sea as on dry land,

Which the Egyptians attempted to do and were swallowed up.

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell,

After being surrounded for seven days.

31 By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with the disobedient,

Because she had received the spies in peace.

32 And what more am I to say?
The time will fail me if I narrate

About Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah,
About David and Samuel and the prophets:

33 Who through faith subdued realms, wrought upright deeds, obtained


34 Stopped the jaws of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the

edge of the sword,
Out of weakness became strong, waxed mighty in war, routed armies
of foreigners.

35 Women received their dead by a resurrection;

Others were broken on the wheel, refusing to accept their release,
That they might obtain a better resurrection.

36 Others had experience of many a scoff and scourge,

Aye of fetters and imprisonment:

37 They were stoned,1 sawn asunder, slain with the sword,
They went about in sheepskins, in goatskins,
Destitute, distressed, maltreated

38 (Of whom the world was not worthy),

Wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes of the earth.

39 And though all these had witness borne them through their faith,

Yet they obtained not the promise:

40 Since God had something better in view for us,

That apart from us they should not be made perfect
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12 1 Therefore as we have round us so great a cloud of witnesses,

Let us too put away every encumbrance and the sin that clings so

And let us run patiently the course set before us,

2 Looking to Jesus the leader and perfecter of the faith,

Who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame,
And is seated at the right liand of the throne of God.

3 Yes, consider him who has endured such opposition from men who

were sinners against themselves,1
That you may not grow wearied and faint in your souls.

4 You have not yet resisted to blood in your struggle against sin:

5 And you have forgotten the appeal—one that reasons with you as with

My son, regard not the Lord's chastening lightly,
Nor faint, when reproved by him;

6 For whom the Lord loves, he chastens,

And scourges every son whom he receives.

7 It is for chastening that you endure. God is dealing with you as with

For what son is there whom his father does not chasten f

8 If you are without chastening, in which all come to partake,

Then you arc bastards, and not sons.

9 Furthermore, we used to have the fathers of our flesh to chasten us,

and them we reverenced: Shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and so live 1

10 For while they chastened us after their good pleasure for a few days,

He chastens for our profit, that we may partake of his holiness.

11 For the moment indeed, all chastening seems to be matter not of joy

but of sorrow; Yet afterwards it yields peaceable fruit to those who have been trained by it, fruit of uprightness. 12,13 Therefore lift up the nerveless hands and the paralysed knees, and make even tracks for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated but

14 rather cured. Aim at peace with all men, and at that sanctification

15 without which no one shall see the Lord; watchful lest anyone be falling short of the grace of God—lest any bitter root spring up to vex

16 you, and the many be detilcd by it; lest there be any fornicator or worldly person like Esau, who for a single meal sold his own birth-right,

17 For you know that even when he afterwards desired to inherit the blessing, though he sought for it with tears, he was rejected—for he got no chance of repentance.

18 For you have not drawn near to afire that is felt and flaming, and to

19 blackness and to darkness and to storm and to tlie sound of trumpet and to the sound of words (at which the hearers begged to have not a word more

20 added, for they could not bear the charge: If even a beast touch the

21 mountain, it shall be stoned)—and so dreadful was the appearance that

22 Moses said, "I am frightened and terrified." Nay, you have drawn near to Mount Zion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,

•2'i and to thousands of angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the first-born registered in the heavens, and to the God of all, as judge, and

24 to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus, mediator of a fresh covenant, and to that blood of sprinkling which speaks better than Abel's. 25 See that you refuse not him who speaks:

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For if they did not escape,

When they refused him who divinely instructed them on earth,
Much less shall we,

Who turn away from him who speaks from the heavens.

26 At that time his voice shook the earth:

But now he has promised, saying,

Once again will I make not only the earth but the sky also to quake.

27 Now this word "once again" points to the removal of what is shaken, as of what has been created, so that what is not shaken may be lasting.

28 Therefore, as we receive a realm that is not to be shaken, let us give thanks, and let us thereby render service that is well-pleasing to God,

29 with reverence and awe. For indeed our God is a consuming fire.

13 1 Let brotherly love continue.

2 Forget not to be hospitable,

For thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

3 Remember those in bonds, as bound with them:

Those who are maltreated, as being also in the body yourselves.

4 Let marriage be honoured among all, and let the bed be un


For God will judge fornicators and adulterers. 6 Let your character be free from the love of money, Be content with what you have: For He has said, "Never will I fail thee, never will I forsake thee ";

6 So that we have confidence to say, The Lord is my helper, I will not fear.

What shall man do to me?

7 Remember your chief men, those who spoke God's word to you:

Look back upon the close of their career, and imitate their faith.

8 Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, to-day, and for ever.

9 Be not carried away by doctrines manifold and foreign;

For it is good to have the heart confirmed by grace,
Not by foods, which were of no avail to those who had recourse to

10 We have an altar of which they have no right to eat who serve the taber


11 For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the holy place

by the high priest as an offering for sin, Are burned outside the camp.

12 Therefore, to sanctify the people through his own blood,

Jesus also suffered outside the gate.

13 Then let us go out to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.

14 (For we have-no lasting city here,

We seek for one which is to come.)

15 Through him then let us offer continually to God a sacrifice of praise,

That is, the fruit of lips confessing to his name. 1G And forget not beneficence and contributions;

For God is well pleased with sacrifices like these.

17 Obey your chief men and be submissive to them, for they watch on behalf of your souls as those who are to render an account. Let them watch thus with joy instead of with grief—that would be to your own loss.

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