God, who at sundry times and in various manners spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets,
Has in these last days spoken to us by [His] son, whom He has appointed 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;
For to which of the angels did He say at any time, "You are My son, this day have I begotten you? [*Psalms 2:7]? And again, "I will be to him a Father, and he will be to Me a son [*2 Samuel 7:14, *1 Chronicles 17:13, *1 Chronicles 22:10]?"
And again, when He brings in the first begotten into the world, He says, "And let all the angels of God worship him."
But to the son [He says], "Your Throne, O God, [is] forever and ever, a scepter of righteousness [is] the scepter of Your kingdom."
And, You, Lord, in the beginning have laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of Your hands.
But to which of the angels did He say at any time, "Sit on My right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool?" [*Psalms 110:1]
Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for those who will be heirs of salvation?
Therefore we must give the more earnest to heed to the things which we have heard, unless at any time we should let [them] slip.
For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward;
How will we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard [Him];
God also bearing [them] witness, both with signs and wonders, and with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?
But one in a certain place testified, saying, "What is man, that You are mindful of him? Or the Son of man, that You visit him?"
You made him a little lower than the angels; You crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands.
You have submitted all things under his feet [*Psalms 8:4 - 6]. For in that He put all in submission under him, He left nothing [that is] not submitted under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
For it became him, for whom [are] all things, and by whom [are] all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
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 who had the power of death, that is, the devil;
And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
For verily he did not take on [him the nature of] angels; but he took on [him] the seed of Abraham.
Therefore in all things it behooved him to be made like [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.
For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to succor those who are tempted.
Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, the Messiah Jesus;
Who was faithful to Him who appointed him, as also Moses [was faithful] in all His house.
For this [man] was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who has built the house has more honor than the house.
For every house is built by some [man]; but He who built all things [is] God.
And Moses verily [was] faithful in all His house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
Therefore as the Holy Spirit says, "Today if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness.
When your fathers tempted Me, proved Me, and saw My works for forty years.
Therefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, 'They do always err in [their] heart; and they have not known My ways.'
So I swore in My wrath, 'They will not enter into My rest.'" [*Psalms 95:7 - 11]
Take heed, brethren, unless there is an evil heart of disbelief in any of you, in departing from the living God.
But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; unless any of you become hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
For we are made partakers of the Messiah, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end;
While it is said, "Today if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as in the provocation."
And to whom did He swear, who should not enter into His rest, but to those who did not believe?
So we see that they could not enter in because of disbelief.
Let us therefore fear, unless, being left a promise of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
For He spoke in a certain place of the seventh [day] on this wise, "And God did rest the seventh day from all His works."
And in this [place] again, "If they will enter into My rest."
Seeing therefore it remains that some must enter therein, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter in because of disbelief.
Again, He limits a certain day, saying in David, "Today, after so long a time;" as it is said, "Today if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts."
For if Jesus had given them rest, then he would not have afterward spoken of another day.
There remains therefore a rest to the people of God.
For he who has entered into His rest, he also has ceased from his own works, as God [did] from His.
Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, unless any man falls after the same example of disbelief.
For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul 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 manifest in His sight, but all things [are] naked and opened to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that has passed into the heavens, Jesus, the son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession.
For we do not have a high priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things [pertaining] to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins.
Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on those who are out of the way; that he himself is also encompassed with infirmity.
And by reason hereof he owes, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.
And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called of God, as [was] Aaron.
As He also says in another [place], "You [are] a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek." [*Psalms 110:4]
Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears to Him who was able to save him from death, and was heard in that which he feared;
Though he were a son, yet he learned obedience by the things which he suffered;
And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation to all those who obey him;
Called of God a high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing you are dull of hearing.
For when the time you are obligated to be teachers, you have need that one teaches you again which [are] the first principles of the oracles of God; and have become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
For everyone who uses milk [is] unskillful in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.
But strong meat belongs to those who are of full age, [even] those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of the Messiah, let us go on to perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from 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.
And we will do this, if God permits.
For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit,
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
If they will fall away, to renew them again to repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame.
For the earth, which drinks in the rain that comes often upon it, and brings forth herbs fit for those by whom it is dressed, receives blessing from God.
But that which bears thorns and briers [is] rejected, and [is] near to cursing; whose end [is] to be burned.
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
For God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
And we desire that every one of you shows the same diligence to the full assurance of hope to the end.
For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no greater, He swore by Himself,
Saying, "Surely blessing, I will bless you, and multiplying, I will multiply you." [*Genesis 22:16 - 17]
And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
For men verily swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation [is] to them an end of all strife.
Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed [it] by an oath.
That by two immutable things, in which [it was] impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, having fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.
Which [hope] we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into that within the veil;
Wherever the forerunner has entered for us, [even] Jesus, made a high priest forever after the order of Melchisedec.
For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like the son of God; abides a priest continually.
Now consider how great this man [was], to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
And verily those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham.
But he, whose descent is not counted from them, received tithes of Abraham and blessed him, who had the promises.
And without all contradiction the less is blessed by the better.
And here men who die receive tithes; but there he [receives them], of whom it is witnessed that he lives.
And as I may so say, Levi also, who receives tithes, paid tithes in Abraham.
For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
If perfection were therefore 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 Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
For he of whom these things are spoken pertains to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
For [it is] evident that our master sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.
And it is yet far more evident, that after the similitude of Melchisedec there arises another priest,
Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
For he testifies, "You [are] a priest forever after the order of Melchisedec."
For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope; by which we draw near to God.
And inasmuch as not without an oath [he was made priest]:
For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him who said to him, "The Lord swore and will not repent, 'You [are] a priest forever after the order of Melchisedec.'"
By so much Jesus was made a surety of a better testament.
And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death.
But this [man], because he continues ever, has an unchangeable priesthood.
Therefore he is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God by him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them.
For such a high priest behooved us, [who is] holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
Who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's, for he did this once, when he offered up himself.
For the law makes men high priests who have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, [makes] the son, who is consecrated for evermore.
Now of the things which we have spoken, [this is] the sum, "We have such a high priest, who is set on the right hand of the Throne of the Majesty in the heavens;"
A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, whom the Lord pitched, and not man.
For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices, therefore [it is] of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
Who serve to the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished by God when he was about to make the tabernacle, for, "'See,' He says, '[That] you make all things according to the pattern showed to you in the mount.'" [*Exodus 25:40]
But now has he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
For finding fault with them, He says, "'Behold, the days come,' says the Lord, 'When I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.
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 did not continue in My covenant, and I did not regard them,' says the Lord.
'For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days,' says 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 will be to Me a people.
And they will not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for all will know Me, from the least to the greatest.
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and I will no longer remember their sins and their iniquities.'" [*Jeremiah 31:31 - 34]
In that He says, "A new [covenant]," He has made the first old. Now that which decays and waxes old [is] ready to vanish away.
Then verily the first [covenant] also had ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.
For a tabernacle was made; the first, wherein [was] the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.
And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;
Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid with gold, wherein [was] the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests always went into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service [of God].
But into the second the high priest [went] alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and [for] the errors of the people.
The Holy Spirit, signifying this, that the way into the holiest of all had not yet been made manifest, while the first tabernacle was still standing.
Which [was] a figure for the season having stood, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him who did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
[Which stood] only in meats and drinks, and various washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed [on them] until the time of reformation.
But the Messiah, becoming a high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, 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].
For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies the purifying of the flesh.
How much more will the blood of the Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot 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 testament, those who are called, might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
For where a testament [is], there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
For a testament [is] of force after men are dead, otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator lives.
Whereupon the first [testament] was neither dedicated without blood.
Saying, "This [is] the blood of the testament which God has enjoined to you."
Moreover he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with blood.
And almost all things by the law are purged with blood; and without shedding of blood [there] is no remission.
[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.
For the Messiah has not entered into the holy places made with hands, [which are] the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.
Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest enter into the holy place every year with blood of others;
For then he must have often suffered since the foundation of the world, but now once in the end of the world he has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
And as it is appointed to men to die once, but after this, the Judgment.
So the Messiah was offered once to bear the sins of many; and to those who look for him he will appear the second time without sin to salvation.
For the law, having a shadow of good things to come, [and] not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers perfect thereby.
For then would they have not ceased to be offered? Because the worshipers, purged once, should have had no more conscience of sins.
But in those [sacrifices there is] a remembrance again [made] of sins every year.
For [it is] not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.
Then I said, "Look, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me), to do Your will, O God." [*Psalms 40:7]
Above when He said, "Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and [offering] for sin, you would not, neither had pleasure [therein]; which are offered by the law;"
Then he said, "Look, I come to do Your will, O God." He takes away the first, that He may establish the second.
By which will, we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus, the Messiah, once [for all].
And every priest stands daily, ministering and offering the same sacrifices often times, which can never take away sins.
But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God;
From now on, until expecting [that] his enemies be made his footstool.
For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are sanctified.
[Therefore] the Holy Spirit is also a witness to us, for after that, He had said before,
"This [is] the covenant that I will make with them after those days," says the Lord, "I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more."
Now where remission of these [is, there is] no more offering for sin.
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest, by the blood of Jesus,
By a new and living way, which he has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
And [having] a high priest over the house of God;
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith without wavering; (for he [is] faithful who promised;)
And let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works.
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another], and so much the more, as you see the day approaching.
For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins,
But a certain fearful looking for Judgment and fiery indignation, which will devour the adversaries.
He who despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses.
[It is] a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great fight of afflictions;
Partly, while you were made a gazing stock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, while you became companions of those who were so used.
For you had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that you have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
Do not therefore cast your confidence away, which has great recompense of reward.
For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise.
For yet a little while, and he who will come will come, and will not delay.
Now the just will live by faith, but if [any man] draws back, my soul will have no pleasure in him.
But we are not of those who draw back to perdition; but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which appear.
By faith, Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts, and by it, he being dead, yet speaks.
By faith, Enoch was transferred that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had transferred him, for before his transference, he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
But without faith [it is] impossible to please [Him], for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and [that] He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
By faith, Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which He condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
By faith, Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing where he went.
By faith, he sojourned in the land of promise, as [in] a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.
For he looked for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker [is] God.
Through faith also, Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
Therefore there sprang even of one, and him as good as dead, [so many] as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded by [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
And truly, if they had been mindful of that [country] from where they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
But now they desire a better [country], that is, a heavenly, therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city.
Of whom it was said, "That in Isaac will your seed be called." [*Genesis 21:12]
Accounting that God [was] able to raise [him] up, even from the dead; from where he also received him in a parable.
By faith, Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
By faith, Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshiped, [leaning] upon the top of his staff.
By faith, Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the Children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
By faith, Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw [he was] a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.
By faith, Moses, when he had come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Esteeming the reproach of the Messiah greater riches than the treasures in Egypt, for he had respect to the recompense of the reward.
By faith, he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king, for he endured, as seeing Him who is invisible.
Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, unless He who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
By faith, they passed through the Red sea as by dry [land], which the Egyptians, assaying to do, were drowned.
By faith, the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were encompassed about seven days.
By faith, the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.
And what more will I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon, and [of] Barak, and [of] Samson, and [of] Jephthae; [of] David also, and Samuel, and [of] the prophets.
Who through faith, subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
Extinguished the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness, were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned the armies of the foreigners to flight.
Women received their dead raised to life again, and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection.
And others had trial of [cruel] mockings and scourgings, indeed, moreover of bonds and imprisonment.
They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword, they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
(Of whom the world was not worthy.) they wandered in deserts, and [in] mountains, and [in] dens and caves of the earth.
And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, did not receive the promise.
God, having provided some better thing for us, that they, without us, should not be made perfect.
Therefore, seeing we are also compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience, the race that is set before us,
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 set down at the right hand of the Throne of God.
For consider him, who endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, unless you become wearied and faint in your minds.
You have not yet resisted as far as blood, striving against sin.
And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to children, My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are rebuked by Him.
For whom the Lord loves, He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.
If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father does not chasten?
But if you are without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then you are bastards, and not sons.
Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh who corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence, will we not much rather be submitted to the Father of spirits, and live?
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.
Now, no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous, nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who are exercised thereby.
Therefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
And make straight paths for your feet, unless that which is lame becomes turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man will see the Lord.
Looking diligently unless any man fail of the grace of God; unless any root of bitterness, springing up, troubles [you], and thereby many become defiled;
Unless there [is] any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who, for one morsel of meat, sold his birthright.
For you know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
For you have not come to the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor to blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which [voice] those who heard intreated, that the word should not be spoken to them any more.
For they could not endure that which was commanded, and if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it will be stoned, or thrust through with a dart.
And so terrible was the sight, [that] Moses said, "I exceedingly fear and quake."
But you have come to Mount Zion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
And to Jesus, the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, who speaks better things than [that of] Abel.
See that you do not refuse him that speaks. For if they did not escape, who refused him that spoke on earth, much more [will] we [not escape], if we turn away from Him that [speaks] from heaven.
Whose voice then shook the earth, but now He has promised, saying, "Yet once more I do not shake the earth only, but also heaven."
And this [word], "Yet once more, signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain."
Therefore we, receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
For our God [is] a consuming fire.
Let brotherly love continue.
Do not be forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawaringly.
Remember those who are in bonds, as bound with them; [and] those who suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
Marriage [is] honorable in all, and the bed undefiled, but whoremongers and adulterers, God will judge.
So that we may boldly say, "The Lord [is] my helper, and I will not fear what man will do to me." [*Psalms 118:6]
Remember those who have the rule over you, who have spoken to you the word of God, whose faith follows, considering the end of [their] conversation.
Jesus, the Messiah, the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For [it is] a good thing that the heart becomes established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited those who have been occupied therein.
We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat, who serve the tabernacle.
For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
Therefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
Let us go forth therefore to him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of [our] lips giving thanks to His name.
But to do good and to communicate, do not forget, for with such sacrifices, God is well pleased.
Obey those who have the rule over you, and submit yourselves, for they watch for your souls, as those who must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief, for that [is] unprofitable for you.
Pray for us, for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.
But I beseech [you] rather to do this, that I may be restored to you sooner.
Now the God of peace, who again brought our master Jesus from the dead, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
Make perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in His sight, through Jesus the Messiah; to whom [is] glory forever and ever. Amen.
And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation, for I have written a letter to you in few words.
Know that [our] brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he comes shortly, I will see you.
Salute all those who have the rule over you, and all the saints. Those of Italy salute you.
Grace [be] with you all. Amen. <<[Written to the Hebrews from Italy, by Timothy.]>>