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13 and again, “I will put my “trust in him:” and again, “Behold, I and the children “which God hath given me.”
14 Since, then, those children partook of flesh and blood, he himself also, in like manner, partook of the same ; that, through death, he might destroy him that hath the power of death, that is, the devil;
15 and might rescue those, who, through fear of death, have, through all their life, been subject to bondage.
16 For, indeed, he took not on him the form of angels; but he took on him that of the seed of Abraham:
17 from whence we learn, that it behoved him to be made, in all things, like his brethren; that he might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people:
18 for, inasmuch as he himself was tried, and suffered, he is able to succour those that are tried.
WHEREFORE, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider well, Christ, the Apostle and High Priest of our profession; 2 who was faithful to him who made him such, as also
it is said, “Moses was faith- Num 1:
“ful in his house:” 3 for, he is accounted worthy of so much more glory than Moses, as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house itself: 4 for, every house is builded
by some one, but he who built John, is
all things is God. 5 And Moses, indeed, was faithful in all His house, as His servant, to testify of the things which were to be afterwards spoken; 6 but, Christ was such as a son over His own house; whose house we are, if we hold fast the confidence and rejoicing of our hope. 7 Wherefore (as the Holy Spirit saith), “To-day, if ye “will hear his voice, harden “not your hearts, as in the “provocation, in the day of “trial in the wilderness; 8 “when your fathers tried “ and proved me, and saw my “works forty years: 9 “therefore I was grieved “with that generation, and “ said, They always err in “heart, and have not known “my ways; 10 “so I sware in my wrath, “They shall not enter into my “ rest.”
11 Take heed, brethren, lest c. ii. 1.
there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the Living God :
12 but, exhort ye one another every day, while it is called to-day; that none of you may be hardened, through the deceitfulness of sin: 13 for, we become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast our ground in him, from the beginning to the end. 14 When it is said, “To-day, “if ye will hear his voice, “ harden not your hearts, as “ in the provocation;” 15 who then were they, who, when they had heard, did provoke 2 not all that went out from Egypt by Moses: 16 and with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that sinned, “ whose carcasses fell in the “ wilderness?” 17 and to whom did he swear, that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 18 and thus we see, that they could not enter in, because of their unbelief.
ET us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left to us of entering into his rest, any of you should be judged to come short of it: 2 for, to us good tidings have been preached, as well as to those ; but, the word which they heard with their ears pro
fited them not, since they joined not in faith with those who hearkened to it: but we, who have believed, do enter into his rest. 3 And whereas he said, “As “I sware in my wrath, that “they shall not enter into my “rest,” (although his works were finished at the foundation of the world: 4 for he spake thus in a certain place of the seventh day,
“And God rested the seventh Gen. ii. 2.
“ day from all his works:” 5 yet in this place he saith again, “That they shall not “enter into my rest:”) 6 it therefore remaineth, that some entered into it; but, that they to whom it was first preached entered not in, through their unbelief. 7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, “To“ day,” (that is, after so long a time : as he had before said,) “To-day if ye will hear “ his voice, harden not your “ hearts :” 8 but, if Joshua had given them rest, he would not have spoken of another day, after those things: 9 there still remaineth, therefore, a sabbath-rest for the people of God: 10 for, he who entereth into His rest, doth himself also cease from his works, as God ceased from His.
11 Let us, therefore, strive to enter into that rest; that no one may fall, after the same example of unbelief:
12 for, the Word of God is living, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword; piercing even to the separating of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart:
13 neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we are to account.
HAVING, therefore, a great High Priest, who hath entered into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession : 2 for, we have not an high priest that cannot feel for our infirmities; but, one who was tried in all things like us, yet without sin. 3 Let us, therefore, go boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and grace for seasonable help : 4 for, every high priest taken from among men, is ordained, for the sake of men, in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins; 5 who is able to bear gently
with the ignorant and erring, since he himself also is encompassed with infirmity: 6 and, on account of that infirmity, he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to make offerings for sins. 7 And no one assumeth that honour, of himself, but he only who is called to it by God, as Aaron was ; 8 and so, Christ glorified not himself in becoming an high priest; but, He who said to him, “Thou art my Son, to“ day I have begotten thee:” 9 (and as, in another place, he saith, “Thou art a priest “For EveR; according to the “ rule of Melchisedec:”) 10 who, in the days of his flesh, having offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears to him that was able to save him from death; and having been heard and delivered from his fear; 11 learned obedience by the things which he suffered, though he was a Son; 12 and, when he was perfected, he became the author of eternal salvation to all that obey him; 13 (being called by God, an High Priest, according to the rule of Melchisedec:) 14 of whom we have much
c. x. 26, 27.
15 For when, through the time, ye ought to be teachers, ye have again need of some
one to teach you the first prin
ciples of the oracles of God;
and are become in need of
milk, not of solid food :
16 for, every one that useth milk, is unskilled in the doctrine of justification, for he is an infant:
17 but, solid food belongeth to them that are of full growth, even of those who have their perceptions exercised, by practice, to distinguish between good and evil.
HEREFORE, leaving the first principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go forward to perfection; not laying again the foundation, of repentance from dead works, and faith toward God; 2 of the doctrine of baptisms, and laying on of hands; and of a resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do, if God permit: 4 for, it is impossible for those who have been once enlightened, and who have tasted of the heavenly gift, and been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and who have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come;
6 if they shall fall away from the faith, to renew their minds again to repentance; since they crucify the Son of God afresh in themselves, and expose him to open shame. 7 For, the earth that drinketh in the rain which cometh often upon it, and yieldeth herbs useful to those by whom it is tilled, receiveth a blessing from God; 8 but, that which bringeth forth thorns and briers is rejected, and nigh to cursing; whose end is to be burned. 9 But, beloved, we are persuaded of better things in you, and which tend to salvation, though we thus speak: 10 for, God is not unjust, to forget your work; and the love which ye have shewed toward his name, in having ministered, and still ministering, to the Saints. 11 And we desire, that every one of you may manifest the same care for the fulfilling of !your hope, to the end : 12 that ye become not slothful, but imitators of them who, through faith and patience, inherit the promises. 13 For, when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no one greater, he sware by himself;
14 saying, “Surely blessing Gen. xxii. 17.
“I will bless thee, and multi“plying I will multiply thee:”
15 and so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
16 For, men swear by the greater; and an oath for confirmation, is an end of all controversy between them :
17 in which, God, willing to demonstrate more abundantly to the heirs of promise the unchangeableness of his counsel, interposed an oath;
18 that, through two unchangeable things, in which it was impossible that God should speak false, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope that is set before us;
19 which hope we hold (as an anchor of the soul,) secure and steadfast,
20 entering even within the veil, whither the forerunner is entered for us; even Jesus, made an high priest for ever, (according to the rule of Melchisedec).
FoR, this Melchisedec, king of Salem, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him, was a priest of the most high God; to whom even Abraham gave a tenth part of all : 2 being, first, by interpretation, King of Justice, and after
that, also King of Salem, which is, King of Peace; 3 without priestly father, without priestly mother, without priestly descent; having neither beginning of days, nor end of life, being made like the Son of God, he continueth a priest for ever. 4 Now, consider how great this man must have been, to whom the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. 5 And they, indeed, that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of priesthood, have a command, according to the law, to take a tenth from the people; that is, from their own brethren, although they come out of the loins of Abraham ; 6 but, he whose descent was not derived from them, received a tenth from Abraham, and blessed him who had the promises: 7 and, without any controversy, the less is blessed by the greater. 8 And here, indeed, men that die receive tenths; but there, he received them, of whom it is testified, that he liveth : 9 and (as I may say) Levi also, who now receiveth tenths, paid tenths by Abraham ; 10 for he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
11 If, then, perfection had c. viii. s.