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from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure Water : 23 let us hold fast the profession of our faith, without wavering ; (for he who promised is faithful;) 24 and let us regard each other, to provoke to love and to good works: 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the custom of some is ; but, exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching: 26 for, if we sin wilfully after having received the knowledge of the truth, no further sacrifice for sins remaineth; 27 but, a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and of fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 He who disregarded the law of Moses, died without pity, under two or three witnesses: 29 of how much worse a punishment, think ye, he will be judged worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath accounted unholy the blood of the Covenant with which he hath been sanctified; and hath outraged the Spirit of grace? 30 For, we know who hath said, “Vengeance belongeth to “me, I will recompense, saith “ the Lord :” and again, “The “Lord will judge his people:”
31 it is a fearful thing, to fall Luke, so
into the hands of the living God 32 But, call ye to remembrance your former days, in which, after ye had been enlightened, ye endured a great conflict of sufferings; 33 partly, whilst ye yourselves were publicly exposed to revilings and tribulations; and partly, when ye became companions of them that were so treated: 34 for truly, ye suffered with me in my bonds, and took joyfully the plundering of your
Rom. iv. 18.
BUT, faith is the groundwork of things hoped for; the conviction of things not Seen : 2 by this, indeed, the ancients obtained their renown. 3. By faith, we apprehend that the worlds were framed by the word of God; so that the things which are seen, were not made of things which appeared. 4 By faith, Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained testimony that he was justified; God bearing testimony to his gifts : and by it, though he is dead, he yet speaketh. 5 By faith, Enoch was translated, that he should not see death; and he was not found, because God had translated him : for, before his translation, he received the testimony, that he pleased God: 6 but, without faith it is impossible to please him; for, he who cometh to God, must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that seek him out. 7 By faith Noah, having been warned by God of things not yet seen, being moved with fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his house; by which faith, he condemned the world,
and became an heir of the justification which is by faith. 8 By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed, by going forth to the place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went forth, not knowing whither he was going : 9 by faith, he sojourned in the land of the promise, as in a foreign land; dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, joint-heirs of the same promise; 10 for, he looked for the city that hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 11 By faith also, Sarah herself, though barren, received strength to conceive seed to child-bearing ; and brought forth a child when she was past the age, because she judged him to be faithful who had promised it: 12 wherefore from one, and him already dead for such things, were born so many as the stars of heaven in multitude, and as the innumerable sand which is on the sea shore. 13 All these died in faith, not having received the promises; but, having seen and greeted them afar off; confessing, that they were only strangers and sojourners on the earth: 14 for, they who say such things declare plainly, that they seek a paternal country.
Acts, vii. 5, 6.
Rom. iv. 20.
Philip. iii. 20.
15 And, indeed, if they had been mindful of that from which they had come out, they had opportunity to turn back; 16 but now, they long for a better, that is, an heavenly one ; wherefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God; for he hath prepared a city for them. 17 By faith, Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac ; and he who had received the promises, offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, that “In Isaac thy seed “shall be called :” 18 accounting, that God was able to raise him, even from the dead; from whence also, by a figure, he had received him. 19 By faith, Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, respecting the things that were to come. 20 By faith, Jacob, when he was dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph ; and bowed, towards the top of his own Staff. 21 By faith, Joseph, when he was dying, spake of the departure of the children of Israel; and gave order concerning his own bones. 22 By faith, Moses, when he was born, was hid three months by his parents, because they saw he was a child of extraordinary beauty; and they feared not the command of the king: 23 by faith, Moses, when he
was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 24 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy for a season the pleasures of sin:
25 esteeming the reproach of c. xiii. i*
Christ, greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he looked from them, to the recompense of the reward : 26 by faith, he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he persevered, as seeing him who is invisible: 27 by faith, he performed the passover, and the sprinkling of blood; that he who destroyed the firstborn, should not touch them. 28 By faith, they passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; which the Egyptians attempting to do, were swallowed up. 29 By faith, the walls of Jericho fell down, after they had been encompassed seven days. 30 By faith, the harlot Rahab, having received the spies with peace, perished not with the unbelievers. 31 And, what more shall I say? for the time would fail me in telling of Gideon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephtha; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: 32 who, through faith, subdued kingdoms, gained jus
Rev. vi. Il.
tification, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions; 33 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became valiant in war, routed the camps of aliens. 34 Women, received their dead raised again to life: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 35 and others, had trial of mockings and scourgings, and moreover of chains and impriSonment : 36 they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, they were pierced through, they were slain with thesword; they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 37 (of whom the world was not worthy :) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in caves and caverns of the earth: 38 yet all these, though they obtained renown through faith, received not the promise; 39 God having provided for us something better, that they should not be made perfect, without us.
CHAPTER XII. HEREFORE, let us also,
who are encompassed with so great a cloud of witnesses,
lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily besetteth us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us; 2 looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who, for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame; and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For, consider him who endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, that ye may not be wearied and faint in your souls: 4 ye have not yet resisted to blood, in striving against sin. 5 And have ye forgotten the exhortation which speaketh to you all, as to children, “My “son, contemn not thou the “chastening of the Lord, nor “faint when thou art rebuked “by him; 6 “for, whom the Lord lov“ eth he chasteneth, and “scourgeth every son whom “ he receiveth.” 7 Endure patiently, for instruction : God only dealeth with you as with sons; for, what son is there, whom his father chasteneth not? 8 but, if ye are without chastening, of which all sons are partakers, then yeare bastards, and not sons: 9 and, if we have had fathers of our flesh who chastened us,
Prov. iii. 11. Prov. iv. 26.
Deut. xxix. 18.
and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of our spirits, and live! 10 for they, indeed, chastened ws for a few days according to their own pleasure; but he, for our profit, that we may partake of his holiness. 11 But, no chastening, at the present time, seemeth joyous, but grievous: nevertheless, it afterward yieldeth the peaceable fruit of justification, to them who are exercised by it : 12 wherefore, exert your listless hands, and slackened knees; 13 and make straight paths for your feet, that the lame turn not from the way, but rather may go right. 14 Follow peace with all men; and that holiness, without which no one will see the Lord : 15 watching carefully, lest any one fail of the grace of God; “ lest there be any root of bit“ terness springing up with “gall,” and by it many be defiled : 16 lest there be any fornicator, or profane person ; as Esau, who, for one article of food, sold his birthright: 17 for ye know, that afterward, when he wished to inherit the blessing, he was rejected; for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it earnestly with tears.
18 For, ye are not come to a mount that can be touched, and to a burning fire, nor to blackness, and darkness, and tempest;
19 and to the sound of a trumpet, and to a sound of words, which they that heard entreated, that the word should not be spoken to them any more :
20 (for they endured not that
which was commanded, “And Exod six.
“ if even a beast touch the “ mountain, it shall be stoned:” 21 and so terrible was the appearance, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and tremble:) 22 but, ye are come to a mount Sion and city of the living God, even the heavenly Jerusalem; and to an innumerable company of angels; 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven ; and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of those who are perfectly justified; 24 and to Jesus, the Mediator of the New Covenant; and to a blood of cleansing, which speaketh better things than that of Abel. 25 See that ye refuse not him who speaketh : for, if they
escaped not who refused him c. ii. s.
who declared the oracles of God on earth, much rather shall we not escape, if we turn away from him who declareth them from heaven: