HEBREWS
 

THE EPISTLE OF THE APOSTLE PAUL TO THE HEBREWS

EXAMPLES OF PATTERNS IN THE SCRIPTURES
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THE KING JAMES VERSION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
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THE REVISED STANDARD VERSION
JOSEPH SMITH TRANSLATION
BY KEITH HEPWORTH   

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    HEBREWS 1

1  GOD, who at sundry times and in diverse manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2  But he hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son,
   Whom he hath appointed the heir of all things,
   By whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of his glory,
   And the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power,
   When he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
4  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance,
   Obtained a more excellent name than they.
5  For unto which of the angels said God at any time,
   Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again,
   He saith, I will be unto him a Father, and he shall be unto me a Son?
6  And again when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith,
   And let all the angels of God worship him, and of the angels he saith,
   Who makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire;
8  But of the Son, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever,
   And a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom.
9  Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God,
   Even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth;
   And the heavens are the works of thine hands; they shall perish,
   But thou remainest; and they shall wax old as a garment,
12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up,
   And they shall be changed;
   But thou art the same,
   And thy years shall not ever fail.
13 And to which of the angels hath he said at any time,
   Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister,
   Unto them who shall be heirs of salvation?

   HEBREWS 2

1  THEREFORE we ought to give the more earnest heed,
   To the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
2  For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression,
   And disobedience received a just recompense of reward from God,
3  How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation,
   Which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord,
   And was confirmed unto us by all them that heard him;
4  God also bearing them his witness, both with signs and wonders,
   And with diverse miracles and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his will?
5  For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.
6  But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him?
   Or the son of man, that thou visitest him? for thou hast made him a little lower than the angels;
   And thou hast crownedst him with glory and honor, and didst set him over all the works of thy hands;
8  Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet; Now in that he put all in subjection under him,
   He left nothing that is not put under him; but now we see, not yet are all things put under him.
9  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, and for the suffering of death,
   Crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things,
   In bringing many sons unto glory,
   To make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one;
   For which cause he is not ashamed to call them the brethren,
12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren,
   In the midst of the church,
   Will I sing my praises unto thee.
13 And again, I will put all my trust in him.
   And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.
14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood,
   He also himself likewise took part of the same;
   That through death he might destroy him,
   That had the power of death,
   That is, the devil;
15 And deliver them who through death,
   Were for all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16 For verily he took not on himself the nature of the angels;
   But he took on him the seed of Abraham; wherefore in all things it behooved him,
   To be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest,
   In things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted by the devil,
   He is able to succor all them that are also tempted.

   HEBREWS 3

1  WHEREFORE, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling,
   Consider Christ Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our profession;
2  Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in God's house.
3  For this man Jesus was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch,
   As he who hath built the house hath more honor than the house.
4  For every house of honor is built by some man,
   But the builder of all things is God.
5  And Moses was faithful in all his house as a servant,
   For a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
6  But Christ was faithful as a son over God's house, whose house are we,
   If we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope, firm unto the end.
7  Wherefore as the Holy Ghost saith: Today if ye hear his voice,
8  Harden not your hearts as ye did in the provocation,
   In the day of temptation in the wilderness;
9  When your fathers tempted me,
   Proved me, and saw my works forty years.
10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said,
   They do always err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
11 So I swear in my wrath, 'They shall not enter into my rest.' Take heed, brethren,
   Lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, leading you to depart from the living God.
13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened,
   Through the deceitfulness of sin; for we are made partakers of Christ,
   If we hold fast to the confidence we had at the beginning;
15 While it is said: Today if ye will hear his voice,
   Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke;
   Were they not all out of Egypt by Moses?
17 With whom was he grieved forty years?
   Was it not with them that had sinned,
   Whose carcasses fell in the wilderness?
18 And to what people did God swear an oath,
   That they should never enter into his rest?
   Was it not to the same people that believed not?
19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

  HEBREWS 4

1  LET us therefore fear, lest, the promise being left us,
   Of entering into his rest, any of you should come short of it.
2  For unto us was the rest preached, as well as unto them;
   But the word preached did not profit them,
   Not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
3  For we that believe do enter into his rest, as he said,
   As I have sworn in my wrath: 'If they shall harden their hearts,
   They shall not enter into my rest; but if not, they shall enter my rest.'
   Although his works were prepared (or finished) from the foundation of the world.
4  For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day upon this wise: And God did rest,
   The seventh day from his works; and in this place again: If they shall harden their hearts,
   They shall not enter into my rest; seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein,
   And they unto whom it was first preached entered not in, because of their unbelief.
7  Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David: Today, after so long a time,
   As said before: Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
8  For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward,
   Have spoken of another day; there remaineth therefore,
   A rest for the people of God.
10 For he that has entered into his rest,
   Hath also ceased from work, as God did from his.
11 Let us labor therefore to also enter into that rest of God,
   Lest any man should fall after seeing the same example of disobedience.
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than a two edged sword,
   Piercing even to the dividing asunder of body and spirit, and of the joints and marrow,
   And is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart; neither is there any creature,
   That is not made manifest in his sight; but all things are uncovered and laid bare unto his eyes,
   Unto whom we have to give our accounting; therefore seeing that we do have a great high priest,
   That passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast the faith we profess;
   For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of infirmities;
   But was in all points tempted like as we are, yet he was without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace,
   That we may obtain mercy and find grace,
   To help us in our time of need.

   HEBREWS 5

1  FOR every high priest chosen from among men,
   Is ordained for men in things pertaining to God,
   That he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins;
2  Who deals gently with compassion on the ignorant, and them,
   That are out of the way; for he also is compassed with infirmities.
3  And by reason hereof he ought, for himself and the people, offer for sins.
4  No man taketh this honor unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
5  So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest for all men;
   But God said unto him, Thou art my Son, today have I begotten thee.
6  As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest forever,
   After the order of Melchisedek.
7  Who when living in the days of his flesh,
   When he had offered up his prayers and supplications,
   With strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death,
   And was heard in that he feared; and though he were the Son of God,
   Yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
9  And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation,
   Unto all them that obey him; called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedek.
11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are all dull of hearing.
12 Although by this time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you,
   Which need be the first principles of the oracles of God;
   For ye are become such as have need of milk,
   And not strong food.
13 For everyone that useth milk,
   Is unskilled in teaching the word of righteousness;
   For he is a child; for strong food belongeth to them that are of full age,
   Even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

   HEBREWS 6

1  THEREFORE not leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection;
   Not laying again the foundation of repentance from doing dead works,
   And of faith toward God of the doctrine of baptisms,
   And of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead,
   And of eternal judgment; we will go on to perfection if God permit.
4  For he hath made it impossible for those who have been once enlightened,
   And have tasted of the heavenly gift and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
   And have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the world to come,
6  If they shall fall away, to be renewed again unto repentance;
   Seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh,
   And put him to an open shame; for the earth which drinketh in the rain,
   That cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meant for them who dwelleth thereon,
   By whom it is dressed, who now receiveth blessing from God, shall be cleansed with fire;
8  But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursings;
   They that bring forth not good fruits, shall be cast into the fire;
   For their end is to be burned.
9  But we are persuaded of better things for you,
   The things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
10 For God is not unrighteous; therefore he will not forget your work and labor of love,
   Which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered unto the saints, and do minister.
11 And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end;
12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through their faith and patience inherit the promises.
13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he swore by himself,
14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
16 For men verily swear by the greater then themselves,
   And an oath is a final confirmation.
17 Wherein God was willing to show,
   More abundantly unto the heirs of promise,
   The immutability of his counsel--confirmed it by an oath;
18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie,
   We might have a strong consolation who have fled for refuge,
   To lay hold upon the hope set before us;
19 Which hope we have as an anchor,
   Both sure and steadfast, of the soul,
   And which entereth into that within the veil;
20 Where Jesus the forerunner has entered in our behalf,
   Having become an high priest forever after the order of Melchisedek.

   HEBREWS 7

1  For this Melchisedek was ordained a priest after the order of the Son of God,
   Which order was without father, without mother, without descent,
   And having neither beginning of days, not end of life.
   And all who are ordained unto this priesthood,
   Are made like unto the Son of God,
   Abiding a priest continually.
2  To whom Abraham gave a tenth part of all;
   First being by interpretation King of righteousness,
   And after that also King of Salem, which is in meaning, King of peace;
4  Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils.
5  And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood,
   Have a commandment to take the same tithes of the people according to the law,
   That is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham;
6  But he whose descent is not from them received tithes of Abraham,
   And gave blessings unto him that had the promises.
7  And without contradiction,
   The lesser is blessed by the greater.
8  And in this case men that die receive tithes;
   But there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed liveth.
9  And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, paid tithes in Abraham.
10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedek met him.
11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood,
   (for under it the people received the law,)
   What further need was there that another priest should rise,
   After the order of Melchisedek, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
12 The Priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe,
   Of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Judah;
   Of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning the priesthood.
15 And it is yet far more evident; for after the likeness of Melchisedek,
   There ariseth another priest, who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment,
   But after the power of an endless eternal life; for he testifieth:
   Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedek.
18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment,
   Going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
19 For the law was administered without an oath and made nothing perfect,
   But was only the bringing of a better hope; by the which we draw nigh unto God,
20 And inasmuch as this high priest was without an oath of covenant,
   By so much was Jesus made the surety of a better testament,
21 (For those priests were made without an oath;
   But this with an oath by him that said,
   The Lord sware and will not relent,
   Thou art a priest forever,
   After the order of Melchisedek.)
23 And they truly were many priests ministering,
   Because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death;
24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him,
   Seeing that he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
26 For such an high priest is fitting for us,
   Who is holy, harmless, undefiled,
   Separate from sinners, and ruler over the heavens;
27 And not as those high priests who offered up sacrifice daily,
   First of all for their own sins, and then for the sins of the people;
   For he knew no sins; except for the sins of the people that he took on himself.
   And this he did only once, when for a sacrifice he offered up himself;
28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity;
   But the word of the oath, which was after the law,
   Maketh the Son consecrated for evermore.

    HEBREWS 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 the Majesty in the heavens;
2  A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
3  For every high priest is ordained to offer up their gifts and their sacrifices;
   Wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
4  Therefore while he was on the earth, he offered for a sacrifice,
   His own life for the sins of the people.
   Now every priest under the law,
   Must needs offer gifts,
   Or sacrifices, according to the law.
5  Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things,
   As Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle;
   For, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount.
6  But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also,
   He is the mediator of a better covenant,
   Which was established upon better promises.
7  For if that first covenant had been faultless,
   Then should no place have been sought for the second.
8  For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord,
   When I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah;
9  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand,
   To lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant,
   And I, therefore, regarded them not, saith the Lord; for this is the covenant,
   That I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord;
   I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts;
   And I will be to them a God, and they shall be my people;
11 And 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 of them to the greatest.
12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness,
   And their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first covenant obsolete.
   Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

   HEBREWS 9

1  THEN verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.
2  For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick,
   And the table, and the showbread; which is called the sanctuary.
3  And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;
4  Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold,
   Wherein was the golden urn that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
5  And above it the cherubim of glory over-shadowing the mercy seat;
   Of which we cannot now speak about particularly.
6  Now when these things were thus ordained,
   The priests went always into the first tabernacle,
   Accomplishing the service of God; but into the second,
   Went the high priest alone once every year, and not without blood,
   Which he offered for himself first, and then for the errors of the people;
8  The Holy Ghost signifying this, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest,
   While as yet the first tabernacle was yet standing; which was a figure for the time then present,
   In which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him,
   That did the service, perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
10 Which consisted only in meats and drinks,
   And diverse washings, and the carnal ordinances,
   which were imposed on them until the time of reformation.
11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come,
   By a greater and more perfect tabernacle, and not made with hands,
   That is to say, not of this building; neither by the blood of goats and calves,
   But by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place,
   Having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13 If the blood of bulls and goats, and the ashes of an heifer,
   Sprinkled on the unclean, sanctifieth to purifying of the flesh;
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit,
   Offered himself without blemish to God, purge your conscience from dead works,
   To serve the living God? and for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament,
   That by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant,
   They which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
17 For a testament is of force after men are dead; otherwise it is of no strength at all,
   While the testator liveth, whereupon neither the first covenant was ratified without blood.
19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law,
   He took the blood of calves and of goats, and with water,
   And scarlet wool, and hyssop,
   And sprinkled both the book, and all the people,
20 Saying, This is the blood of the covenant which God hath enjoined unto you.
21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry.
22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood there is no remission.
23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these;
   But the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands,
   Which are but figures of the true; but into heaven itself,
   Now to appear in the presence of God for us;
25 Nor yet should he offer himself repeatedly as high priest,
   Entering into the holy place every year with the blood of others;
26 For then must he have suffered repeatedly since the foundation of the world;
   But now he hath appeared once for all at the end of the ages,
   To do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment,
28 So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, and he shall appear the second time,
   Without sin unto salvation unto them that look for him.
  

   HEBREWS 10

1  FOR the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the true form of the things,
   Can never, with those sacrifices which they offered year by year,
   Make those who draw near thereunto perfect.
2  Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered?
   Because the worshippers, once purged, should have had no more conscience of sins.
3  But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again of sins every year.
4  For it is not possible that the blood of bulls,
   And of goats should take away sins.
5  Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith,
   Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared for me;
6  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
7  Then said I, 'Lo, I have come to do thy will, O God,'
   (as it is written of me in the book,)
8  When he said above, Sacrifice and offering,
   And burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not,
   Neither hadst pleasure therein; (which are offered by the law;)
9  Then said he, Lo, I have come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first,
   That he may establish the second; and by that will we are sanctified,
   Through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering,
   Oftentimes the same sacrifices,
   Which can never take away any ones sins;
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice,
   For our sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth to reign till his enemies be made his footstool.
14 For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us; for after that he had said before:
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord,
   I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way which he hath consecrated for us through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having such an high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart,
   In full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience,
   And our bodies washed with pure water; let us hold fast to the hope we profess,
   Without wavering; for he that has promised is faithful;
24 And let us consider how to provoke one another unto love and good works;
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together often, as is the manner of some;
   But exhorting one another, and even so much the more as ye see the last days approaching.
26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth,
   There remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful judgment,
   And fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy, under two or three witnesses,
29 But how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall be deserved,
   By him who hath trodden under foot the Son of God,
   And hath counted the blood of the covenant,
   Wherewith he was sanctified,
   An unholy thing,
   And hath outraged the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth to me,
   I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God;
32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which,
   After ye were illuminated, Ye endured a great fight of sufferings,
33 Whilst ye were made a gazing stock both by reproaches and afflictions,
   And sometimes whilst ye became companions of them so treated.
34 For ye had compassion for prisoners in their bonds,
   And took joyfully the spoiling of your goods,
   Knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and enduring substance.
35 Cast not away therefore your confidence which hath great recompense of eternal reward.
36 For ye have need of patience, that, ye may do the will of God, that ye might receive the promise.
37 For yet a little while, he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
38 And the righteous one shall live by faith; but if he shrinks back,
   My soul shall have no pleasure in him.
39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition;
   For we are of them that believe, to the saving of their souls.

   HEBREWS 11

1  NOW faith is the assurance of things hoped for,
   The conviction of things not seen.
2  For by it the elders of old obtained a divine approval.
3  Through faith we understand that the worlds were formed by the word of God,
   So that things which are seen were made of things which do appear.
4  By faith Abel offered a more excellent sacrifice than Cain,
   By which he obtained witness that he was righteous:
   God testifying of his gifts;
   And by faith, though being dead, yet speaketh.
5  By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death,
   And was not found, because God had translated him; but before his translation,
   He had the testimony that he pleased God, and without faith it is impossible to please him;
   For he that cometh to God must believe he is, and that he rewards them that diligently seek him.
7  By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,
   And prepared an ark to the saving of his household;
   By the which he condemned the world,
   And became heir of righteousness, which is by faith.
8  By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out to a place,
   Which he should afterward receive for an inheritance, obeyed,
   And he went out, not knowing whither he was to go.
9  By faith he sojourned in the land of promise,
   As in a strange country,
   Dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob,
   Heirs who went with him and receivers of the same promise;
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child,
   When she was far past the age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore sprang there even of one man, and him as good as dead,
   As many as the stars of the sky in multitude,
   And as the sand which is by the sea shore--innumerable.
13 These all died in their faith, not having received the promises,
   But having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them,
   And having acknowledged that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
15 If they had been mindful of that country from whence they came,
   They might have had opportunity to have returned unto it.
16 But now they desire a better country, an heavenly one;
   Wherefore God is not ashamed to be called God;
   For he hath prepared for them a city;
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried offered up Isaac;
   And he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18 Of whom it was said, Through Isaac shall all thy seed be named;
19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up,
   Even from the dead, 
   From whence he did receive him, figuratively speaking.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph;
   And worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
22 By faith Joseph, when he died,
   Made mention of the children of Israel's departing,
   And gave them commandment concerning the burial of his bones.
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months by his parents,
   Because they saw he was a peculiar child;
   And they were not afraid of the king's commandment.
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years of discretion,
   Refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter any longer;
25 Choosing rather to suffer Egypt's affliction with the people of God,
   Rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin and a high position for a season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than all the treasures of Egypt;
   For he had respect unto the recompense of the reward that was promised.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king;
   For he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
28 Through faith he kept the Passover,
   And the sprinkling of blood,
   Lest the destroying angel should touch them.
29 By faith they passed through the Red sea on dry land;    
   Which the Egyptians, assaying to do the same, were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down for them,
   After they were compassed about seven days.
31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them,
   That believed not, after she had received the spies in peace.
32 And what shall I say more? for the time would fail me to tell of Gideon,
   And of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthah; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets,
33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong,
   Waxed valiant in fight, and turned to flight the armies of the foreigners.
35 Women received their dead again, raised to life;    
   And others were tortured,
   Not accepting a worldly deliverance,
   That they might obtain the first resurrection.
36 And others had trials of cruel mockings and scourgings,
   Yea, and moreover of bonds and imprisonment; and they were stoned,
   They were sawn asunder, they were tempted, and they were slain with the sword;
   They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, and tormented;
38 (Of whom the world was not worthy;) they wandered in deserts and in mountains,
39 And these all, having obtained a good report through their faith,
   Received not what was promised, since God had provided,
   Better things for us, that apart from us,
   They could not be made perfect.

   HEBREWS 12

1  WHEREFORE seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,
   Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
   And let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2  Looking unto 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 set down at the right hand of God's throne.
3  Yea, consider him that endured such opposition from men of sin against himself,
   So that ye be not wearied and faint in your minds; for ye have not yet resisted unto blood,
   Striving against sin; and have ye forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto his son?
   My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him;
6  For whom the Lord loveth he disciplines, and chastises every son whom he receiveth.
7  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons;
   For what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8  But if ye be without chastisement,
   Whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards and not sons.
9  Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence;
   Shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits and live?
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure;
   But he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous,
   But grievous; nevertheless afterward it yieldeth,
   The peaceable fruit of righteousness,
   Unto all them which are exercised thereby.
12 Wherefore lift up the hands which have hung down,
   And strengthen feeble knees; and make straight paths for your feet,
   Lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord;
15 Looking diligently lest any man should fail of the grace of God;
   Lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you,
   And thereby many be defiled; and lest there be any fornicator,
   Or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
17 For ye know how afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected;
   For he found no place of repentance, though he sought for it carefully with much tears.
18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, that burned with fire,
   Nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, and the sound of a trumpet,
   And the voice of words; which voice they that heard entreated,
   That the word should not be spoken to them anymore;
   (For they could not endure the commandment,
   If so much as a beast touch the mountain,
   It shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart;
21 So terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I tremble with fear.)
22 But ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God,
   The heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
23 And to the general assembly and church of the firstborn,
   Which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge,
   And to the spirits of just men made perfect,
24 And Jesus, mediator of the new covenant,
   And to the blood of the sprinkling,
   Speaking better things than of Abel.
25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh;
   For if they escaped not who have refused him,
   That has spake, how much more shall we not escape,
   If we turneth away from him that speaketh from heaven;
26 Whose voice then shook the earth; but now he hath promised,
   Saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also the heavens.
27 And this prase, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken,
   As of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Wherefore we, receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved about,
   Should have grace, whereby we may serve our God,
   Acceptably with reverence and godly fear;
29 For our God is a consuming fire.

   HEBREWS 13

1  LET brotherly love continue.
2  Be not forgetful to entertain strangers;
   For thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
3  Remember them that are in bonds, as if you were bound with them;
   And them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in their body.
4  Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed should be undefiled;
   As for whoremongers and adulterers, God will judge them.
5  Let your conversation be without covetousness;
   And be content with such things as ye have;
   For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear man.
7  Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God;
   Whose faith ye should follow, considering the outcome of their life.
8  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
9  Be not carried about with diverse and strange doctrines.
   For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace,
   Not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
10 For we have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve in the tabernacle.
11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as the sin offering,
   But the bodies of those beasts sacrificed outside the camp, are also burned outside the camp;
   Wherefore Jesus also that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.
13 Let us go forth therefore unto him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace that he endured;
   For here have we no enduring city, but we are looking for the city which is to come;
   By him therefore let us offer a sacrifice of praise unto God continually;
   That is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks unto his name.
16 And forget not to do good and share what you have;
   For with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
17 Obey them that have rule over you, and submit yourselves;
   For they watch for your souls as they must give account unto God,
   That they may do it with joy and not with grief; for that is unprofitable;
18 Pray for us; for we trust we have a good conscience in all things willing to live honestly;
19 And I beseech you rather do this that I may be restored to you the sooner;
20 Now the God of peace, that brought from the dead our Lord Jesus,
   That great shepherd of the sheep,
   Through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will,
   Working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight,
   Through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer my word of exhortation;
   For I have written a letter unto you in a very few words.
23 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty,
   With whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.
24 Salute all that have rule over you,
   And all the saints.
   They of Italy salute you.
25 Grace be with all of you. Amen.