The book of Hebrews
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Much of the book can be thought of as presenting the structure and foundational
operation procedures of the kingdom of heaven. Such as the supremacy of Christ
Jesus, who was tempted by all, our High Priest and that we abide in His rest.
Further subjects are addresses such as; Using of the spiritual gifts,
the Melchizedek priesthood, the old and New Covenant, faith, running the race
and the epistle finishes with general doctrine instructions.
1In the past, God, has spoken in many ways to the fathers through the prophets. 2But now in these last days has spoken to us through His Son, who has made the worlds and is heir of all things. 3God's Son, the perfect image and brightness of God's own glory, upholding all things by the power of the Word. When the Son had, Himself, cleansed us from our sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Father on high. 4The Son, having become much superior than the angels, for by inheritance, He has obtained a more excellent name than they. 5For God has never said to an angel; You are My Son, that I have begotten, Psalm 2:7. Nor has He said; I will be to Him a Father and He shall be to Me a Son, 2nd Samuel 7:14.
6But when His Son came into the world, He commanded all the angels to worship His Firstborn. 7For the angels are made to be ministering spirits, 8But to His Son He says; Your throne is forever and ever and righteousness is the mark of Your kingdom. 9For You love righteousness and hate lawlessness, therefore, Your God has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than anyone else, Psalm 45:7-8.
10For in the beginning, the foundations of the earth and the heavens were laid by the Son and they are the works of His hands. 11Someday these physical things shall grow old and perish, but He shall remain, 12They shall be changed, but He shall remain the same, the years shall not fail Him. 13Neither, has the Father ever said, to an angel; sit at My right hand, while I make your enemies a stool for your feet, Psalm 110:1. 14Rather, the angels are ministering spirits sent for our salvation.
1Therefore, we must earnestly be attentive to Christ and the truth of His Word, that we have heard, least we drift away. 2For if the word given by the angels stood firm and every sin was rightly judged. 3How could we ever escape our just reward, (hell) ? If we neglect even a greater Word of salvation, that was spoken by the Lord Himself and confirmed by witnesses. 4For God also bore witness of this with signs and wonders of various miracles, gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will.
5For the world to come, will not be controlled by angels. 6But as David wrote; What is man that you are mindful of him and care for him? 7You have made him a little lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honor and You have set him over the works of Your hands. 8You have put all things into his subjection under his feet, Psalm 8:4-6. He has not held a thing back, but has put all under man. However, we have not yet fully seen all things. 9But we see Jesus, crowned with glory and honor, who identified Himself with man, being made a little lower than the angels, that He might suffer death for all men.
10For God saw it fitting that He send Jesus, whom had made all things. That He would bring many men unto glory, having perfected the author of man's salvation through sufferings. 11Both, Jesus who sanctifies and men who are being sanctified, are one. And for this reason, He is not ashamed to call them brethren. 12Even saying; I will declare your name to My brethren and sing praises of you, Psalm 22:22.
13He has also said; The Son has put His trust in the Father and He is with the children that God has given Him. 14Just as the children live in the physical realm, He also shared in the same. That through death He might destroy the devil who has the power of death. 15By this He also freed those that were bound and in bondage, their entire lifetime by the fear of death. 16Christ did not come to give aid to the angels, but rather to the believers of His Word. 17Therefore it is evident, that in all things Christ had to be made flesh, as we are. That He might become a merciful and faithful High Priest for the payment of our sins. 18For as He has suffered, being tempted as we are, He is also able to aid those who are tempted.
1Therefore brothers, you who are set apart for God and partakers of the heavenly calling, consider our Apostle and Chief Priest, whom we confess, Christ Jesus. 2See how faithful He was to God, just as Moses also was faithful in his house. 3For Christ has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, for the creator of the house is to be honored more than the house itself. 4For every house has been built by someone, but God has built all things. 5Indeed Moses was a faithful servant and gave testimony of things to come. 6But Moses was also under Christ, the Son of God, just as we are if we hold fast to the confidence and rejoice in our hope to the end.
7Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, today, if you will hear My voice, 8and not harden your hearts, as your fathers did in the wilderness. 9Testing Me and thus they wandered in the wilderness for forty years. 10With that generation, I was angry, for in their hearts they always went astray, since they did not know My ways. 11So I swore in My wrath, that they would not enter into My rest, Psalm 95:7-11.
12Therefore, beware brothers least there be in you an evil heart of unbelief, causing you to depart from the living God. 13Rather exhort one another daily, while we are able, so that none of us become hardened due to the deceitfulness of sin. 14For we have become partakers of Christ, if we confidently hold steadfastly in our belief to the end. 15Therefore brothers, while the time is at hand; Today, if you will hear His voice. Do not harden your hearts as they did in the rebellion.
16For all whom came out of Egypt listened to His voice, yet they stilled rebelled and provoked Him. 17For this reason God was angry with them who had sinned, for forty years while their corpses fell in the wilderness. 18And they whom would not obey, He swore that they would not enter into His rest. 19Hence we see that they were not able to enter into His rest because of unbelief of His Word, Numbers chapter 14.
1While today is yet at hand and we have the promise of entering into His rest, let us therefore fear lest any of us fall short of the promise. 2For the gospel was preached to all of us, but some, who heard the Word did not mix it with faith and it was of no profit to them. 3Though His works have been finished since the foundations of the world, only those who believe enter into His rest, as is told in the scripture; I have sworn in My wrath, (that those who do not believe), shall not enter into My rest, Psalm 95:11.
4For just as God rested on the seventh day from all His works, He has also spoken of this certain place. 5Neither in this place they shall not enter My rest. 6Therefore, since some must enter in and the one's who were first preached to, (the Jews) did not enter in because of disobedience. 7Again He has designated a certain day, calling it today, as David has said; Today if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, Psalm 95:7-8.
8For if Jesus had given them true rest, then God would not have later spoken of another day. 9Therefore there does remain a rest for the people of God. 10As we enter into His rest, we also will cease from our works, as God has also ceased from His.
11Therefore, let us strive diligently to enter into that rest, lest anyone fails due to unbelief and disobedience, as they did in the wilderness. 12For the Word of God is living and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, able to divide soul and spirit, joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13Nothing is hidden from His sight, all things are known to Him and we will give an account of all things.
14Knowing that we have such a great High Priest, Jesus Christ, whom has passed through the heavens, let us hold fast to our confession. 15Jesus our High Priest, was in all ways tempted as we are and can sympathize with our every weaknesses, yet He was without sin. 16Therefore let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we can obtain mercy and grace in our time of need.
1Every priest is chosen among men and appointed by men, for service unto God, that he may offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2Since he was taken from mankind and is subject to weakness, he can also have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray. 3Because of his weaknesses, he is also required along with the people, to give offerings for his sins. 4Thus no man shall appropriate for himself, but rather he who is called by God, such as Aaron was.
5Even Christ did not exalt Himself as High Priest, but was rather appointed and exalted by God. Whom God also said; You are My Son, today I have begotten you, Psalm 2:7. 6A priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek, Genesis 14:18.
7Christ, when He was on earth even offered up powerful prayers, with cries and tears to God, who was able to save Him from death and His fears were heard because of His respect for God. 8Even though He was a Son, He learned obedience through the things that He suffered. 9And being perfected, He became the author of our eternal salvation for all that obey Him. 10Called by God as a High Priest, according to the order of Melchizedek. 11There is much to say concerning this, but it is hard to explain since you have become dull of hearing.
12By now you should be teaching others, yet you still require someone to teach you again the foundational truths of God. You have come to need milk rather than solid food! 13For he who continues on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, as a baby. 14For solid food belongs to those who are mature in Christ and have exercised their senses to discern both good and evil.
1Moving past the elementary principles of Christ, let us go onto perfection. For the foundation has already been laid, therefore, let us not discuss again, repentance of vain works and of faith towards God. 2The doctrine of baptisms, laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead and of eternal judgment. 3These truths are evident, but let us now proceed to advance teaching, if the Lord permits.
4For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, having tasted of the heavenly gift and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit. 5Having experienced the Word of God in their lives, along with signs and wonders of the powers of the ages to come. 6If they fall away from the faith, after having had experienced all of this, it is impossible to bring them back to repentance, since they are again crucifying the Son of God and exposed Him to public shame.
7For just as the earth absorbs rain and brings forth useful herbs and this is a blessing from God. 8However the same earth can also bear thorns and briars that shall be rejected and are likely of being cursed and whose end is to be burned.
9Though we speak in this manner, we are confident of much better things that accompany your salvation. 10For God will remember your labor of love that you have ministered to others in His namesake. 11It is our desire that each one of you have this same diligence, giving you full assurance of your hope until the end. 12That you do not become sluggish, but that you through faith and patience may inherit the promise.
13For when God gave Abraham a promise, He swore by Himself, for there was no one greater to swear by. 14Promising that He would greatly bless and prosper Abraham. 15After patiently enduring, he obtained the promise. 16For men do swear by the greater, but they figure they must confirm it with an oath to end all disputes. 17Thus God determined to show with greater assurance to the heirs of His promise the unchangeableness of His promise and plan, confirmed by an oath. 18That through these two unchangeable things, (His promise and His oath) and knowing that it is impossible for God to lie. Those who have run to the Lord, now have a great assurance of the hope laid before them.
19This hope that we hold onto, provides an anchor to our soul, both sure and steadfast and enters into His very presence behind the veil. 20Where Jesus has entered in before us, becoming High Priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.
1For this Melchizedek, King of Salem and priest of the Most High God, met and blessed Abraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings, Genesis 14:1-12. 2Abraham then gave a tenth of all his goods to Melchizedek the king of Salem, Genesis 14:19-20. The name Melchizedek is first translated: King of righteousness and Salem is translated: Peace, thus He is also called: The King of peace. 3This priest, was without father, mother and has no genealogy. Nether having a beginning or an end of days. But, is likened to the Son of God and remains a priest continually.
4Consider how great this man was, for even, our father Abraham, gave a tenth of his spoils. 5Now concerning the sons of the tribe of Levi, who have received and enter the priesthood, there is a commandment, that they receive tithes from their brethren, even though they came from the line of Abraham. 6But, this priest's genealogy is not of their Levitical ancestry, but still He received tithe from Abraham and He blessed him, who had the promise of God. 7For we know that the lesser is blessed by the greater. 8Mortal men who die, do receive tithes, however, He received them to whom it is testified that He lives eternally. 9Even Levi, who had received tithes, it can be said of them that they pay tithes through Abraham's line. 10For Abraham met this priest even before the tribe of Levi was established.
11Therefore, if perfection came through the priesthood of the tribe of Levi, (keeping in mind that under it the law was given). If mortal men such as the rank of Aaron had fulfilled all, there would have been no need for another High Priest such as Melchizedek. 12Thus the priesthood was changed out of necessity and so was there also a change of the law. 13These things of Melchizedek, whom we speak of, is of another tribe, of which no man has served under. 14For we know the Christ came out from the tribe of Judah, which has nothing to do with the priesthood. 15Yet it is evident, speaking of Melchizedek, that another priest has arisen. 16That is not according to the law or to earthly commandments, but of the power of eternal life. 17For God testifies, that He is a Priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek, Psalm 110:4. 18For you might say, there has been an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness. 19For the law made nothing perfect. And has been superceded by a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
20Our High Priest was made priest through an oath, 21(whereby within mankind, they become priests without an oath). For the LORD has sworn and will not relent, saying, that He is a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek, Psalm 110:4.
22By this, Jesus is a much better covenant. 23In the old system, there were many priests, for death kept them from holding a perpetual office. 24But because He continues forever, He has an unchangeable priesthood. 25Therefore He is able to save those who come to God through Him, since He always makes intercession for them. 26Such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, without evil, undefiled, separated from sinners and is exalted higher the heavens. 27He does not need, as the Levitical priests did, to offer up daily sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people's sins, for He did this once and for all when He offered up Himself. 28The law appoints mortal men, with all their weakness as high priests, But the Word of the oath, that came after the law, gave us the Son of God, who has been perfected forever.
1The main point of what I am saying is that we have a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of God up in heaven. 2A minister in the holy places and of the true Tabernacle, that was made not of men but of the Lord. 3Since every mortal priest is required to offer gifts and sacrifices. Therefore, it is necessary that Christ also offer up something. 4For if Christ was still here on the earth, He would not be a priest since mortal priests offer up gifts according to the law. 5They merely serve as a type and shadow of the heavenly things. Just as Moses was instructed as he was making the tabernacle. 6But Christ has obtained a more excellent ministry, insomuch as He is our Mediator of a better covenant based on better promises.
7If the first covenant had been faultless, then a second would not have been needed. 8The Lord, therefore, gave Israel a new covenant, for He found fault with the old one. 9The new covenant is not according to the old covenant that was made when the Lord took His people by the hand and lead them out of Egypt. For the people did not remain in His covenant and He regarded them not. 10Because of this the Lord has written that He will make a new covenant with Israel; I shall put My laws into their mind and shall write it on their hearts. And I shall be their God and they shall be My people. 11No one shall have a need to be taught by his neighbor, saying know the LORD, for all people shall know Me, from the least to the greatest. 12I will be merciful to their unrighteousness and their sins and lawless deeds I shall remember no more, Jeremiah 31:31-34.
13With the establishment of the new covenant, the old one has been made obsolete and is ready to vanish away.
1Even the first covenant had an order of divine service, for a tabernacle, an earthly sanctuary, was prepared for this first covenant. 2for Inside the Tabernacle were two parts, the first part contained the lampstand, the table of incense and the table of showbread, together they made up the sanctuary. 3The second part, behind the veil, called the Holy of Holies, 4Associated with it was the golden altar of incense and behind the veil was the Ark of the Covenant overlaid with gold. Inside the Ark, is the golden pot of manna, Aaron's rod that budded and the tablets of the covenant. 5Above all of this were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat, of these things we cannot now speak in detail.
6When all these thing had been prepared, the priests would enter into the first part of the tabernacle, performing their services. 7But, only the high priest and him alone, entered once a year into the Holy of Holies, with blood as an offering for his sins and for the people's sins, that they had committed in ignorance. 8By this the Holy Spirit shows us that the way into the Holy of Holies, (open access to God) was not yet open to all, while the first tabernacle was still standing. 9The first tabernacle was symbolic, in which both gifts and sacrifices were offered, yet they were incapable of bringing the people to perfection. 10For the first tabernacle dealt with external things and outward actions such as food and drinks, ceremonial cleansing and mortal laws, all of these were imposed until Christ's coming.
11But Christ came as High Priest, as a greater and more perfect Tabernacle, not made with human hands or even of this creation. 12Not with the blood of bulls and goats, but with His own blood He then entered into the Holy of Holies once and for all, obtaining eternal redemption. 13For if the blood of bulls and goats, (in the old system), could sanctify the unclean flesh. 14How much more shall the blood of Christ through His eternal Spirit cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve a living God. 15Therefore, through His death, He is the Mediator of a new covenant, for the restoration of the transgressions made under the first covenant, that all of us who are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
16Much like a will taking affect, in order for there to be a covenant, the death of the one who made it must be offered. 17For a covenant takes effect only at death and it has no power while the one who made it is living. 18Even the first covenant was set into being with blood. 19For after Moses spoke the precepts of the law to the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, sprinkling the book and the people. 20Saying; This is the blood of the covenant that God has commanded of us 21and he sprinkled the Tabernacle and all the ministry items. 22According to the law nearly all things are purified with blood and without blood there is no remission of sins.
23Therefore it was necessary, that the earthly tabernacle, as a shadow of heavenly things, be purified with blood such as this. But, the heavenly things are made pure with far greater things than these. 24Christ did not enter the earthly tabernacle made by hands, for it was only a mere copy of the true Tabernacle, but Christ rather entered into heaven itself now to appear in the very presence of God for our sakes. 25Unlike the earthly tabernacle where frequent offerings were made, year after year, 26If this were so, Christ would have had to suffer often, ever since the world was formed. But, He has appeared but once to put away sin, through the sacrifice of Himself. 27For men are appointed once to die and after that comes the judgment, 28So Christ was offered but once to bear the sins of many and to those who eagerly wait for Him, He will appear a second time unto salvation.
1The law brought a shadow and foresight of the good things to come but not the actual things themselves. Even with the sacrifices that were offered year after year and a shadow alone can never make one perfect. 2For if the foreshadow was able to make one perfect, offerings then would have ceased to be given. For the worshipers having once been made pure, would have held no more consciousness of sin. 3But in these sacrifices there is a remembrance of sins, year after year. 4For is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.
5So when Christ came into the world, He said; Sacrifices You did not desire, therefore, a body You have prepared for Me. 6For You take no pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices. For as it is written of Me; I have come to do the will of God, Psalm 40:5-8.
8For God took no pleasure in the sacrifices offered under the requirement of the law. 9But the Son came to do the Father's will, taking away the former, so that the latter could be established. 10And by this we have been sanctified through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once and for all.
11Dally priests stood ministering, making repeated offerings, that could never take away sins. 12But, Christ, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins, then sat down at the right hand of God. 13Since that time, He is waiting for His enemies to be put under His feet. 14Through the one offering He has perfected forever those who are becoming sanctified. 15For the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us, in the words He has said before; 16After those days, the LORD has given us a new covenant. He has written His laws in our hearts and minds 17and their lawless deeds I will remember no more, Jeremiah 31:33-34. 18Now where there is forgiveness and absolution of these, there is no longer any need to make an offering for sin.
19Therefore, brothers, we can now enter into the Holy place with boldness through the blood of Jesus. 20This is the new and living way He has made for us, through the veil, which is His flesh. 21Since we now have a High priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near with a true heart and full assurance of the faith, having our hearts cleansed from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. 23May we therefore, hold steadfast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for God, who promised is faithful. 24Let us also care for and watch over one another in order for us to stir up love and good works. 25Not forsaking the assembly of ourselves together, as some do, but exhorting one another, even more as you see the day approaching.
26For if we keep on sinning willfully after we have received the knowledge of the word of truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins, 27Leaving only certain judgment and wrath that will devour the opposers. 28Those who rejected the law of Moses, died without mercy, on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29How much worse, do you suppose, shall the just punishment be for those who have trampled the Son of God underfoot? Considering the blood of the covenant that has sanctified them a common thing and thus abusing His grace. 30For we know that vengeance is the Lord's and He will repay, as He will also judge His people. 31For it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God!
32But recall that in the past, having now been enlightened, you endured a great struggle with sufferings. 33You having been reproved by the world, partly for your beliefs and partly because of the companions you gather with, who were also treated the same. 34For you had compassion on me, when I was in chains and you were even joyful when your own goods were taken away and plundered, knowing that you have a much better and enduring treasure up in heaven. 35Therefore do not throw away your hope and confidence, which has great reward. 36For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done God's will, you may receive the promise. 37For in a little while, Christ will come, He shall not delay. 38And the just shall live by faith, but if he withdraws in fear, My soul takes no pleasure in him. 39But we are not they who withdraw to perdition but rather are those who believe to the saving of the soul.
1Now faith is a tangible substance, the assurance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. 2For through faith elders have obtained a good testimony. 3We know that by faith the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that the things that we see were not made of things that were visible.
4By faith, Abel offered a more excellent sacrifice than his brother Cain and through this, he gained witnesses that he was righteous. God testified of the gifts that He gave and by faith, he being dead still speaks, Genesis 4:3-10.
5By faith, Enoch was taken up by God and he did not see death and his testimony was that he pleased God, Genesis 5:21-24.
6For without faith it is impossible to be well pleased. For he who comes to God, must believe that He rewards them who diligently seeks Him.
7By faith, Noah having been warned of things to come, built an ark for the saving of his household, by which the unbelieving world was condemned thus Noah became an heir of righteousness, Genesis 6:13-22.
8By faith, Abraham not knowing where he was going, went to the place that he would receive by inheritance. 9By faith, Abraham stayed in that land, as in a foreign country, in tents with his sons, who are also heirs with him of the same promise. 10For he waited with patient expectation for the city, whose builder is God, Genesis 12:1-8.
11By faith, Sarah received strength to conceive and she gave birth to Isaac when she was past the age of childbearing, because she believed God, whom had promised to be faithful. 12Therefore, by one man, Abraham, although he was physically as good as dead, innumerable multitudes were born, Genesis 21:1-7.
13All of these died in faith, not having received the promise, but being assured of it, for they had seen it afar off and embraced it, confessing that they were only pilgrims here on the earth. 14For they whom acknowledge such things, declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15For if they had been mindful of the country they had come out of, they would have had the opportunity to return to it. 16But they desire better, a heavenly country prepared for them by God. For this reason God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a heavenly city for them.
17By faith Abraham whom had received the promise, offered up his only son Isaac, when he was tested. 18For it was said to Abraham, within Isaac is the fulfillment of the promise. 19For Abraham concluded that God was able to raise him up from the dead and in a manor of speaking that did happen, Genesis 22:1-12.
20By faith, Isaac blessed his two sons, concerning things to come, Genesis chapter 27.
21By faith, Jacob when he was dying, blessed the twelve sons of Joseph, bowing down in prayer, over his staff, Genesis chapter 49.
23By faith, Moses was hidden for three months by his parents after he was born. Because they saw him as a favored child and they were not afraid of the king's command to kill all the male born children, Exodus chapter 1.
24By faith, Moses when he became of age, refused to be called, the son of Pharaoh's daughter. 25Choosing to suffer along with the Hebrew people, rather than enjoying Pharaoh's passing pleasures of sin, Exodus 2:10-15. 26For Moses considered the persecution bore for Christ to be of greater value, that of the treasures in Egypt, for he looked to the reward. 27By faith Moses turned his back on Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king, for seeing the One whom is indivisible he endured. 28By faith, in Egypt, Moses kept the Passover, least the destroyer should touch the firstborn children of Israel.
29By faith, the Israelites passed through the Red Sea and the Egyptians also attempting to pass through, downed, Exodus chapter 14.
30By faith, the walls of Jericho fell, after being encircled for seven days, Joshua chapter 6.
31By faith, Rahab the harlot did not perish with her own countrymen, for she received the spies with peace, Joshua chapter 6.
32And I could go on, there are many to tell about. Such as Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and all the prophets. 33Who through faith, have subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, promises have been obtained, even the mouths of lions have been stopped. 34Violence has been quenched, the edge of the sword has been escaped and out of weakness they have been made strong able to win great battles. 35Even the dead have been raised. While others have been tortured, becoming martyrs rather than denouncing their faith, looking forward to a better resurrection. 36Still others have had mock trials with scourging and chains. 37Being stoned and even sawn in two, slain by the sword. They wandered about in rags, as destitute people, 38of whom the world is not worthy of. 39All these have obtained a testimony by faith and did not receive the promise. 40But God has provided something better for us and that they might also be made perfect along with us.
1Therefore, since we have such a great number of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and sin that so easily ensnares us and run the race that is set before us with endurance. 2Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despite the shame that was heaped upon Him, For He is now seated at the right hand of God.
3Consider Jesus, who endured such hostilities from sinners, least you grow weary and discouraged in your souls. 4For you have not poured out your own blood, resisting sin. 5Have you forgotten the words of the Lord, when He said; My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are corrected by Him. 6For the Lord corrects and disciplines those He loves and receives, Proverbs 3:11-12.
7So then, if you endure discipline, God is dealing with you as a son, for what father does not correct and discipline his own son. 8But if you are without discipline or correction, as all of God's children share in, then you are illegitimate and not a true son. 9When we are corrected by our human fathers, we give them respect, shall we not also give greater respect in all subjection to God the Father and live? 10Our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few days, as best they knew how to, but He disciplines us for our own profit, that we may be partakers of His own holiness. 11Now discipline is not joyful when it is being given, but is rather painful, however afterwards it brings forth the peaceable fruit of righteousness, to those who accept it.
12Therefore, do not succumb, but strengthen your hands and feeble knees. 13Make your path straight, pursuing the truth of God's Word, so that the lame may not be turned away and left behind, but rather that they be healed. 14Strive to live in peace with all people and pursue holiness, for without one pursuing holiness, others will not see the witness of the Lord in you. 15Be careful, that no one falls away from the grace of God! Lest a root of bitterness springs up in you, causing troubles for you and allowing many others to be defiled. 16May none of you be fornicators or became profane, such as Esau was, who for one morsel of food sold his own birthright, Genesis 25:27-34. 17For afterwards when Esau wanted the blessing of his inheritance, he was rejected, even though he sought it with tears, for there was no room for repentance, Genesis 27:30-40.
18For, you have not entered into a physical situation such as when the Israelites came to the mountain burning with fire, (Mount Sinai, Exodus 19:20). 19That when the people heard the sound of the trumpet and the voice, so that they begged that the Words would not be spoken to them anymore, (asking Moses to intercede for them with God, Exodus 20:18). 20For the people were unable to endure the strict commands that, even if a wild beast should touch any part of the mountain, it must be killed. 21In fact, the sight of the burning mountain was so terrifying, that even Moses himself was scared and trembled.
22But you have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem with an unnumbered company of angels. 23To the assembly of the church of the Firstborn, (Jesus Christ), being citizens in heaven, with God the judge of all, thereby making perfect the spirits of the just men. 24To Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant. Whose blood speaks of mercy rather than Abel's whose blood spoke of vengeance.
25So do not refuse Him who speaks to you, for if the Israelites did not escape as Moses spoke God's Word to them, even more shall we not escape, if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven. 26Whose voice, from Mount Sinai, shook the earth, but now He has promised, saying; once more, I shall shake not only the earth but also the heavens as well, Haggai 2:6. 27This tells us that, the things that will be shaken and destroyed are things that have been made, so that the things that cannot be shaken may remain.
28Therefore since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace so as to serve God with reverence and walking in all wisdom and knowledge. 29For our God is a consuming fire.
1May you continue in your brotherly love for one another, never let it fail. 2Remember to entertain strangers, for by doing so some have unknowingly entertained angels. 3Remember them who are in chains for Christ, as if you were one of them, for we are all in the body of Christ. 4Honor marriage and keep the marriage bed undefiled, for fornicators and adulterers, God will surely judge. 5Keep your character from greed and the desires of the world, be content with such things as you have. For He has promised us that He will never leave us nor forsake us, Genesis 28:15, Deuteronomy 31:6. 6Now we can boldly say that the LORD is my helper, I shall not fear, for what can men do to me? Psalm 118:6.
7Remember the rulers over you who have spoken the Word of God, whose faith is consistent, consider the example of their life. 8For Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. 9Do not, therefore, be swayed and follow after strange doctrine, but establish your heart by grace not through various ceremonies and diets, for it has not even benefited those who do follow them. 10For those who still abide by the old laws of ceremony, have no right to eat from Christ's living altar. 11For the bodies of the animals that were sacrificed, were taken and burnt outside of the camp. 12Therefore, Jesus also suffered outside of the gates, that He might sanctify the people with His blood. 13So let us also go forth to Him outside the camp, also bearing shame and reproach with Him. 14For this world is not eternal, but we seek the one to come. 15Therefore through the ability He gives us, let us continually offer up praise to our God, giving thanks to His name. 16But do not forget to do good works and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices. 17Obey and submit to your leaders, for they watch out for your souls and they shall give an account for their actions. Therefore, do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
18Pray for us, for we are confident that our conscience is clean, in all things, for we desire to live honorably. 19I urge you to do this, so that I may come to you all the quicker.
20Now may the God of peace, who raised Jesus from the dead and formed an everlasting covenant. 21Make you complete in every good work so as to do His will, working in you through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever.
22Brothers, listen and take to heart the letter, I have
written you, for it is a short one.
23I wish you to know that Timothy has been set free and I may
see you shortly, if he should come to me.
24Greet all who rule over you and all the saints. Those from
Italy greet you,
25grace be with you all,