Hebrews (Tyndale – 1526)

The Epistle to the Hebrews ~ 1526 Tyndale [Modern]
1:01 God in time past diversly and many ways, spake unto the fathers by prophets:
1:02 but in these last days he hath spoken unto us by his son, whom he hath made heir of all things: by whom also he made the world.
1:03 Which son being the brightness of his glory, and very image of his substance, bearing up all things with the word of his power, hath in his own person purged our sins, and is sitten on the right hand of the majesty on high,
1:04 and is more excellent than the angels, inasmuch as he hath by inheritance obtained an excellenter name than have they.
1:05 For unto which of the angels said he at any time: Thou art my son, this day begat I thee? And again: I will be his father, and he shall be my son.
1:06 And again when he bringeth in the first begotten son in the world, he saith: And all the angels of god shall worship him.
1:07 And unto the angels he saith: He maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers flames of fire.
1:08 But unto the son he saith: God thy seat shall be for ever, and ever. The scepter of thy kingdom is a right scepter,
1:09 Thou hast loved rightwiseness and hated iniquity: Wherefore hath god, which is thy god, anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
1:10 And thou lord in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth: And the heavens are the works of thy hands.
1:11 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure. They all shall wax old as doth a garment:
1:12 and as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
1:13 Unto which of the angels said he at any time? Sit on my right hand till I make thine enemies thy footstool.
1:14 Are they not all spirits to do service, sent for to minister for their sakes, which shall be heirs of health?
2:01 Wherefore we ought much more to attend unto those things which we have heard, lest we be split.
2:02 For if the word which was spoken by angels was stedfast: and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence to reward:
2:03 how shall we escape if we despise so great health? which at the first began to be preached of the lord himself, and afterward was confirmed to us-ward, by them that heard it,
2:04 god bearing witness thereto, both with signs and wonders also, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the holy ghost, according to his own will.
2:05 He hath not unto the angels put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak:
2:06 but one in a certain place witnessed, saying: What is man, that thou art mindful of him: other the son of man, that thou visitest him?
2:07 After thou hadst for a season made him lower than the angels: thou crownedst him with honour and glory, and hast set him above the works of thy hands.
2:08 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. In that he put all things under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. Nevertheless we yet see not all things subdued unto him:
2:09 but that Jesus which for a season was made less than the angels, we see through the punishment of death crowned with glory and honour: that he by the grace of god, should taste of death for all men.
2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, after that he had brought many sons unto glory, that he should make the lord of their health perfect through afflictions:
2:11 Forasmuch as he which sanctifieth, and they which are sanctified, are all of one. For which cause’s sake, he is not ashamed to call them brethren
2:12 saying: I will declare thy name unto my brethren, and in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
2:13 And again: I will put my trust in him. And again: behold here am I and the children which god hath given me.
2:14 Forasmuch then as the children were partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part with them, for to put down through death him that had lordship over death that is to say the devil.
2:15 And that he might deliver them which through fear of death all their lifetime were in danger of bondage.
2:16 For he in no place taketh on him the angels: but the seed of Abraham taketh he on him.
2:17 Wherefore in all things it became him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be merciful, and a faithful high priest in things concerning god, for to purge the people’s sins.
2:18 For in that he himself suffered, and was tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
3:01 Wherefore holy brethren, partakers of the celestial calling, consider the embassador and high priest of our profession Christ Jesus,
3:02 being faithful to him that sent him, even as was Moses in all his house.
3:03 And this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses: Inasmuch as he which hath prepared the house, hath most honour in the house.
3:04 Every house is prepared of some man. But he that ordained all things is god.
3:05 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house as a minister, to bear witness of those things which should be spoken afterward.
3:06 But Christ as a son hath rule over the house, whose house we are, if we keep stedfast confidence and rejoicing in the faith unto the end.
3:07 Wherefore as the holy ghost saith: today if ye shall hear his voice,
3:08 harden not your hearts, as when ye provoked in time of temptation in the wilderness,
3:09 where your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty year long.
3:10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation and said: They ever err in their hearts: they verily have not known my ways,
3:11 so that I sware in my wrath, that they should not enter into my rest.
3:12 Take heed brethren that there be in none of you an evil heart, in unbelief, that he should depart from the living god:
3:13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called today, lest any of you wax hard hearted, and be deceived with sin.
3:14 We are partakers of Christ, so that we keep sure unto the end the beginning of the substance,
3:15 so long as it is said: today if ye hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as when ye provoked.
3:16 For some, when they heard, provoked: but not all that came out of egypt under moses.
3:17 But with whom was he displeased forty years? was he not displeased with them that sinned: whose bodies were overthrown in the desert?
3:18 To whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest: but unto them that believed not?
3:19 And we see that they could not enter in, because of unbelief.
4:01 Let us fear therefore lest any of us forsaking the promise of entering into his rest, should seem to come behind.
4:02 For unto us was it declared, as well as unto them. But it profited not them that they heard the word, because they which heard it coupled it not with faith.
4:03 we which have believed, do enter into his rest, as contrariwise he said to the other: as I have sworn in my wrath, they shall not enter into my rest. and that spake he verily long after that the works were made, from the foundation of the world laid.
4:04 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day, on this wise: And god did rest the seventh day from all his works.
4:05 And in this place again: They shall not come into my rest.
4:06 Seeing therefore it followeth that some must enter thereinto, and they to whom it was first preached, entered not therein for unbelief’s sake.
4:07 Again he appointeth in David a certain present day after so long a time, saying as it is rehearsed: this day if ye hear his voice, be not hardhearted.
4:08 For if Josue had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
4:09 There remaineth therefore yet a rest unto the people of god.
4:10 For he that is entered into his rest doth cease from his own works, as god did from his.
4:11 Let us study therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall into such an ensample of unbelief:
4:12 for the word of god is quick, and mighty in operation, and sharper than any two edged sword: and entereth through, even unto the dividing a sunder of the soul and the spirit and of the joints, and the marrow: and judgeth the thoughts and the intents of the heart.
4:13 Neither is there any creature invisible in the sight of it: but all things are naked and bare unto the eyes of him, of whom we speak.
4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest which hath entered heaven (I mean Jesus the son of God) let us keep our profession.
4:15 For we have not an high priest, which cannot have compassion on our infirmities: but was in all points tempted, in like manner: but yet without sin.
4:16 Let us therefore go boldly unto the seat of grace, that we may receive mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
5:01 For every high priest that is taken from among men, is ordained for men, in things pertaining to god: to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins:
5:02 which can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the highway, because that he himself also is compassed with infirmity:
5:03 For the which infirmities’ sake, he is bound to offer for sins, as well for his own part, as for the people’s.
5:04 No man taketh honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
5:05 even so likewise Christ honored not himself, that he might be the high priest: but he glorified him that said unto him: thou art my son, this day begat I thee.
5:06 As he also in another place speaketh: Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedech.
5:07 Which in the days of his flesh, did offer up prayers and supplications, with strong crying and tears, unto him that was able to save him from death: and was also heard, because he had God in reverence.
5:08 And though he were god’s son, yet learned he obedience, by those things which he suffered,
5:09 and was made perfect, and the cause of eternal health unto all them that obey him:
5:10 and is called of God the high priest, after the order of Melchisedech.
5:11 Whereof we have many things to say which are hard to be uttered: because ye are dull of hearing.
5:12 For when as concerning the time, ye ought to be teachers, yet have ye need again that we teach you the first principles of the word of god: and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat:
5:13 For every man that is fed with milk is inexpert in the word of rightwiseness: For he is but a babe.
5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are perfect, which through custom have their wits exercised, to judge both good and evil also.
6:01 Wherefore let us leave the doctrine pertaining to the beginning of a Christian man, and let us go unto perfection, and now no more lay the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward god,
6:02 of baptism, of doctrine, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection from death, and of eternal judgment.
6:03 And so will we do, if god permit.
6:04 For it is not possible that they, which were once lighted, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and are become partakers of the holy ghost,
6:05 and have tasted of the good word of god, and of the power of the world to come:
6:06 if they fall, should be renewed again unto repentance: Forasmuch as they have (as concerning themselves) crucified the son of god afresh, making a mock of him.
6:07 For that earth which drinketh in the rain which cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them that dress it, receiveth blessing of god:
6:08 but that ground, which beareth thorns and briers, is reproved, and is nigh unto cursing: whose end is to be burned.
6:09 Nevertheless dear friends, we trust to see better of you, and things which accompany health, though we thus speak.
6:10 For god is not unrighteous that he should forget your work, and labour that proceedeth of love, which love ye shewed in his name, which have ministered unto the saints, and yet minister.
6:11 Yea, and we desire that every one of you shew the same diligence, to the increase of the faith, even unto the end:
6:12 that ye faint not, but counterfeit them, which through faith and patience inherit the promises.
6:13 For when god made promise to Abraham, because he had no greater thing to swear by: he sware by himself,
6:14 saying: Surely I will bless thee, and multiply thee indeed.
6:15 And so after that he had tarried a long time, he enjoyed the promise.
6:16 Men verily swear by him that is greater than themselves, And an oath to confirm the thing, is among them an end of all strife.
6:17 So god willing very abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise, the stableness of his counsel, he added an oath,
6:18 that by two immutable things (in which it was unpossible that god should lie) we might have perfect consolation, which have fled, for to hold fast the hope that is set forth before our faces,
6:19 which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast. Which hope also entereth in, into those things which are within the veil,
6:20 whither the forerunner is for us entered in, I mean Jesus that is made an high priest for ever, after the order of Melchisedech.
7:01 This Melchisedech king of Salem (which being priest of the most high god, met Abraham, as he returned again from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him,
7:02 to whom also Abraham gave tithes of all things) first is by interpretation king of rightwiseness, after that king of Salem, that is to say king of peace,
7:03 without father, without mother, without kin, and hath neither beginning of his time, neither yet end of his life: but is likened unto the son of god, and remaineth a priest for ever.
7:04 Consider what a man this was, unto whom the patriarch Abraham gave tithes of the spoils.
7:05 And verily those children of levi, which receive the office of the priests, have a commandment to take according to the law, tithes of the people, that is to say, of their brethren, yea though they sprung out of the loins of Abraham.
7:06 But he whose kindred is not counted among them, received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
7:07 and no man denieth but that which is less, receiveth blessing of that which is greater.
7:08 And here men that die receive tithes. But there he receiveth tithes of whom it is witnessed, that he liveth.
7:09 And to say the truth, Levi himself which receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
7:10 For he was yet in the loins of his father Abraham, when Melchisedech met him.
7:11 If now therefore perfection came by the priesthood of the levites (for under that priesthood the people received the law) what needed it furthermore that another priest should rise, after the order of Melchisedech, and not after the order of Aaron?
7:12 Now no doubt, if the priesthood be translated, then of necessity must the law be translated also.
7:13 For he of whom these things are spoken, pertaineth unto another tribe, of which, never man served at the altar.
7:14 For it is evident that our lord sprung of the tribe of Juda, of which tribe spake Moses nothing concerning priesthood.
7:15 And it is yet a more evident thing, if after the similitude of Melchisedech there arise another priest,
7:16 which is not made after the law of the carnal commandment: but after the power of the endless life.
7:17 For he testifieth: Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchisedech.
7:18 Then the commandment that went afore, is disannulled, because of his weakness and unprofitableness.
7:19 For the law made nothing perfect: but was an introduction of a better hope, by which hope, we draw nigh unto god.
7:20 And for this cause it is a better hope, that it was not promised without an oath.
7:21 Those priests were made without an oath: but this priest with an oath, by him that said unto him: The lord sware, and will not repent: Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedech:
7:22 And for that cause was Jesus a stablisher of a better testament.
7:23 And among them many were made priests, because they were not suffered to endure by the reason of death.
7:24 But this man, because he endureth ever, hath an everlasting priesthood:
7:25 Wherefore he is able also ever to save them that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth, to make intercession for us.
7:26 Such an high priest it becometh us to have, which is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than heavens.
7:27 Which needeth not daily (as yonder high priests) to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s sins. For that did he at once for all, when he offered up himself:
7:28 For the law maketh men priests, which have infirmity: but the word of the oath that came since the law, maketh the son priest, which is perfect for evermore.
8:01 Of the things which we have spoken, this is the pith: That we have such an high priest that is sitten on the right hand of the seat of majesty in heaven,
8:02 and is a minister of holy things, and of the very tabernacle, which God pight, and not man.
8:03 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices, wherefore it is of necessity, that this man have somewhat also to offer.
8:04 For he were not a priest, if he were on the earth where are priests that according to the law offer gifts,
8:05 which priests serve unto the ensample and shadow of heavenly things: even as the answer of God was given unto Moses when he was about to finish the tabernacle: For take heed (said he) that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
8:06 Now hath he obtained a more excellent office, inasmuch as he is the mediator of a better testament, which was made for better promises.
8:07 For if that first testament had been such a one that no man could have found fault with it: then should no place have been sought for the second.
8:08 For in rebuking them he saith: Behold the days will come (saith the lord) and I will finish upon the house of Israhel, and upon the house of Juda, a new testament,
8:09 not like the testament that I made with their fathers at that time, when I took them by the hands, to lead them out of the land of Egypt, for they continued not in my testament, and I regarded them not saith the lord.
8:10 For this is the testament that I will make for the house of Israhel: After those days (saith the lord) I will put my laws in their minds, and in their hearts, I will write them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
8:11 And they shall not teach, every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying: know the lord: For they shall know me, from the least to the most of them:
8:12 For I will be merciful over their iniquities: and on their sins and on their unrightwiseness, will I not think any more.
8:13 In that he saith a new testament, he hath abrogate the old. Now that which is disannulled and waxed old, is ready to vanish away.
9:01 That first tabernacle verily had justifyings, and servings of god, and worldly holiness.
9:02 For that first tabernacle was made, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shew bread, which is called holy.
9:03 Within the second veil was the tabernacle, which is called holiest of all,
9:04 which had the golden censer, and the ark of the testament overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot with manna, and Aaron’s rod that sprung, and the tables of the testament.
9:05 Over the ark were the cherubims of glory shadowing the seat of grace. Of which things, we will not now speak particularly.
9:06 When these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle which executed the service of god:
9:07 Into the second went in the high priest alone, once every year: but not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the ignorance of the people:
9:08 The holy ghost this signifying, that the way of holy things was not yet opened, while as yet the first tabernacle was standing,
9:09 which was a similitude of this present time, in which gifts and sacrifices are offered, which cannot make them that minister perfect, as pertaining to the conscience,
9:10 with meats only and drinks, and divers washings, and justifyings of the flesh, which were ordained until the time of reformation.
9:11 But Christ being the high priest of good things to come, came by a greater, and a more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands: that is to say, not of this manner building,
9:12 neither by the blood of goats, and calves: but by his own blood, he entered once for all into the holy place, and found eternal redemption.
9:13 For if the blood of oxen, and of Goats, and the ashes of an heifer, when it was sprinkled, purified the unclean, as touching the purifying of the flesh:
9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ (which through the eternal spirit, offered himself without spot to God) purge our consciences from dead works, for to serve the living god?
9:15 And for this cause is he the mediator of the new testament, that as sone (as his death was fulfilled for the redemption of those transgressions that were in the first testament) they which were called, might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
9:16 For wheresoever is a testament, there must also be the death of him that maketh the testament.
9:17 For the testament taketh authority when men are dead: For it is of no value as long as he that made it is alive.
9:18 For which cause also, neither that first testament was ordained without blood.
9:19 For when all the commandments were read of Moses unto all the people, he took the blood of calves, and of Goats, with water and purple wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book and all the people,
9:20 saying this is the blood of the testament, which God hath appointed unto you.
9:21 Moreover, he sprinkled the tabernacle with blood also, and all the ministering vessels.
9:22 And almost all things, according to the law, are cleansed with blood, and without effusion of blood, is no remission.
9:23 It is then need that the similitudes of heavenly things, be purified with such things: but the heavenly things themselves are purified with better sacrifices than are these.
9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places, that are made with hands, which are but similitudes of true things: but is entered into very heaven, for to appear now in the sight of God for us.
9:25 Not to offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with strange blood:
9:26 for then must he have often suffered since the world began: But now in the end of the world, hath he appeared once for all, to put sin to flight, by the offering up of himself.
9:27 And as it is appointed unto men that they shall once die, and then cometh the judgement,
9:28 even so Christ was once offered to take away the sins of many, and unto them that look for him, shall he appear again, without sin unto their health.
10:01 For the law which hath but the shadow of good things to come, and not the things in their own fashion, can never with the sacrifices which they offer year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
10:02 For would not then those sacrifices have ceased to have been offered? because that the offerers once purged, should have had no more consciences of sins.
10:03 Nevertheless in those sacrifices is there mention made of sins every year.
10:04 For it is unpossible that the blood of oxen, and of goats should take away sins.
10:05 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith: Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not have: but a body hast thou ordained me,
10:06 holocausts and sacrifice for sin thou hast not allowed.
10:07 Then I said: Lo I come, In the beginning of the book it is written of me, that I should fulfill thy will, o god.
10:08 Above when he sayeth sacrifice, and offering, and holocausts, and sacrifice for sin, thou wouldest not have, neither hast allowed (which are offered by the law)
10:09 then he said: Lo I am ready to do thy will o god he taketh away the first to stablish the latter
10:10 By the which will we are sanctified, by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
10:11 And every priest is ready daily ministering, and ofttimes offereth one manner of offering, which can never take away sins:
10:12 but this man after he had offered one sacrifice for sins, sat him down for ever on the right hand of god,
10:13 and from henceforth tarrieth till his foes be made his footstool.
10:14 For with one offering hath he made perfect for ever them that are sanctified.
10:15 And the holy ghost also beareth us record of this, even when he told before:
10:16 This is the testament that I will make unto them after those days saith the lord. And I will put my laws in their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,
10:17 and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
10:18 And where remission of these things is, there is no more offering for sin.
10:19 Seeing brethren that by the means of the blood of Jesus, we may be bold to enter into that holy place,
10:20 by the new and living way, which he hath prepared for us, through the veil, that is to say by his flesh.
10:21 And seeing also that we have an high priest which is ruler over the house of god,
10:22 let us draw nigh with a true heart in a full faith sprinkled in our hearts, from an evil conscience, and washed in our bodies with pure water,
10:23 and let us keep the profession of our hope, without wavering (for he is faithful that promised)
10:24 and let us consider one another to provoke unto love, and to good works:
10:25 and let us not forsake the fellowship that we have among ourselves, as the manner of some is: but let us exhort one another, and that so much the more, because ye see that the day draweth nigh.
10:26 For if we sin willingly after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins:
10:27 but a fearful looking for judgement, and violent fire, which shall devour the adversaries.
10:28 He that despiseth Moses’ law, dieth without mercy under two or three witnesses.
10:29 Of how much sorer punishment suppose ye shall he be counted worthy, which treadeth under foot the son of god: and counteth the blood of the testament as an unholy thing, wherewith he was sanctified, and doeth dishonour to the spirit of grace.
10:30 For we know him that hath said, vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense saith the lord And again: the lord shall judge his people.
10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
10:32 Call to remembrance the days that are passed in the which, after ye received light, ye abode a great fight in adversities,
10:33 partly while all men wondered and gazed at you for the shame and tribulation that was done unto you, and partly while ye became companions of them which so passed their time.
10:34 For ye suffered also with my bonds, and took a worth the spoiling of your goods, and that with gladness, remembering in yourselves how that ye had in heaven a better, and an enduring substance.
10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great reward to recompence.
10:36 For ye have need of patience, that after ye have done the will of god, ye might receive the promise.
10:37 For yet a very little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry:
10:38 But the just shall live by faith. And if he withdraw himself, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
10:39 We are not which withdraw ourselves unto damnation, but pertain to faith, for to win our souls.
11:01 Faith is a sure confidence of things which are hoped for, and a certainty of things which are not seen.
11:02 By it the elders were well reported of.
11:03 Through faith we understand that the world was ordained, by the word of god: That by the means of things which appear, things which are invisible might be known.
11:04 By faith Abel offered unto god a more plenteous sacrifice than Cain: by which, he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: by which also he being dead, yet speaketh.
11:05 By faith was Enoch translated that he should not see death: neither was he found: for god had taken him away. Before he was taken away, he obtained record, that he had pleased god:
11:06 but without faith it is unpossible to please him. For he that cometh to god, must believe that god is, and that he is a rewarder of them that seek him.
11:07 By faith Noe honored god, after that he was warned of things which were not seen, and prepared the ark to the saving of his household, through the which ark he condemned the world, and became heir of the rightwiseness which cometh by faith.
11:08 By faith Abraham, when he was called obeyed to go out into a place, which he should afterward receive to inheritance, and he went out, not knowing whether he should go.
11:09 By faith he removed into the land that was promised him, as into a strange country, and dwelt in tabernacles: and so did Isaac, and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.
11:10 For he looked for a city having a foundation, whose builder and maker is god.
11:11 Through faith Sara also received strength to be with child, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful which had promised.
11:12 And therefore sprung there of one (and of one which was as good as dead) so many in multitude, as the stars of the sky, and as the sand of the sea shore which is innumerable.
11:13 And they all died in faith, and received not the promises: but saw them afar off, and believed them, and saluted them: and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
11:14 They that say such things, declare that they seek a country.
11:15 Also if they had been mindful of that country, from whence they came, they had leisure to have returned again.
11:16 But now they desire a better, that is to say a celestial. Wherefore god is not ashamed of them, even to be called their god: for he hath prepared for them a city.
11:17 In faith Abraham offered up Isaac, when he was tempted, and he offered him being his only son, in whom he had received the promises:
11:18 Of whom it was said, In Isaac shall thy seed be called:
11:19 for he considered, that God was able to raise up again from death. Wherefore received he him, as an ensample of the resurrection.
11:20 In faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, as concerning things to come.
11:21 By faith Jacob when he was dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph, and worshipped on the top of his scepter.
11:22 By faith Joseph when he died, remembered the departing of the children of Israhel, and gave commandment of his bones.
11:23 By faith Moses when he was born, was hid three months of his father and mother, because they saw he was a proper child: neither feared they the king’s commandment.
11:24 By faith Moses when he was of a great age, refused to be called the son of Pharao’s daughter,
11:25 and chose rather to suffer adversity with the people of god, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season,
11:26 and esteemed the rebuke of Christ greater riches, than the treasure of Egypt. For he had a respect unto the reward.
11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, and feared not the fierceness of the king. For he endured, even as he had seen him which is invisible.
11:28 Through faith he ordained the easter lamb, and the effusion of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
11:29 By faith they passed through the red sea as by dry land, which when the egyptians had assayed to do, they were drowned.
11:30 By faith the walls of Jerico fell down after they were compassed about, seven days.
11:31 By faith the harlot Raab perished not with them that believed not, after she had received the spies to lodging peaceably.
11:32 And what shall I more say, the time would be too short for me to tell of Gedeon, of Barach, and of Samson, and of Jephthae. Also of David and Samuel, and of the prophets,
11:33 which through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained the promises, stopped the mouths of Lions,
11:34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, of weak were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
11:35 The women received their dead to life again. Other were racked, and would not be delivered, that they might receive a better resurrection.
11:36 Other tasted of mockings, and scourgings, moreover of bonds and prisonment:
11:37 were stoned, were hewn asunder, were tempted, were slain with swords, walked up and down in sheep’s skins, in goat’s skins, in need, tribulation, and vexation,
11:38 which the world was not worthy of: They wandered in wilderness, in mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.
11:39 And these all through faith obtained good report, and received not the promise,
11:40 god providing a better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
12:01 Wherefore let us also (seeing that we are compassed with so great a multitude of witnesses) lay away all that presseth us down, and the sin that hangeth on us, and let us run with patience, unto the battle that is set before us,
12:02 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, which for the joy that was set before him, abode the cross, and despised the shame, and is set down on the right hand of the throne of God.
12:03 Consider therefore how that he endured such speaking against him of sinners, lest ye should be wearied and faint in your minds.
12:04 For ye have not yet resisted unto blood-shedding, striving against sin.
12:05 And ye have forgotten the consolation which speaketh unto you, as unto children: My son despise not the chastening of the lord, neither faint when thou art rebuked of him:
12:06 For whom the lord loveth, him he chasteneth: yea, and he scourgeth every son that he receiveth.
12:07 If ye shall endure chastening, god offereth himself unto you, as unto sons. What son is that whom the father chasteneth not?
12:08 If ye be not under correction (whereof all are partakers) then are ye bastards and not sons.
12:09 Moreover seeing we had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall not we much rather be in subjection unto the father of spiritual gifts and shall live?
12:10 And they verily for a few days, nurtured us after their own pleasure: but he learneth us unto that which is profitable, that we might receive of his holiness.
12:11 No manner learning for the present time seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it bringeth the quiet fruit of rightwiseness unto them which therein are exercised.
12:12 Stretch forth therefore again the hands which were let down, and the weak knees,
12:13 and see that ye have straight steps unto your feet, lest any halting turn out of the way: yea, let it rather be healed.
12:14 Embrace peace with all men, and holiness: without the which, no man shall see the lord.
12:15 And see that no man be destitute of the grace of god, lest any root of bitterness spring up and trouble: and thereby many be defiled.
12:16 That there be no fornicator, or unclean person, as Esau, which for one breakfast sold his right that belonged unto him, in that he was the eldest brother.
12:17 Ye know how that afterward when that he would have inherited the blessing, he was put by. His repentance found no grace, no though he desired that blessing with tears.
12:18 For ye are not come unto the mount that is touched, and unto burning fire, nor yet to mist and darkness and tempest of weather,
12:19 neither unto the sound of a trump and the voice of words: which voice they that heard it, wished away, that the communication should not be spoken to them.
12:20 For they were not able to abide that which was spoken. If a beast had touched the mountain, it must have been stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
12:21 even so terrible was the sight which appeared. Moses said I fear and quake.
12:22 But ye are come unto the mount Sion, and to the city of the living god, the celestial Jerusalem: and to an innumerable sight of angels,
12:23 and unto the congregation of the firstborn sons, which are written in heaven, and to god the judge of all, and to the spirits of Just and perfect men,
12:24 and to Jesus the mediator of the new testament, and to the sprinkling of blood that speaketh better than the blood of Abel.
12:25 See that ye despise not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not which refused him that spake on earth: Much more shall we not escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
12:26 whose voice then shook the earth, and now declareth saying: yet once more will I shake, not the earth only, but also heaven.
12:27 No doubt that same that he saith, yet once more, signifieth the removing away of those things which are shaken, as of things which have ended their course: that the things which are not shaken may remain.
12:28 Wherefore if we receive the kingdom which is not moved, we have grace, whereby we may serve god and please him with reverence and godly fear.
12:29 For our god is consuming fire.
13:01 Let brotherly love continue.
13:02 be not forgetful to be kind to strangers. For thereby have divers received angels into their houses unawares.
13:03 Remember them that are in bonds, even as though ye were bound with them. Be mindful of them which are in adversity, as ye which are yet in your bodies.
13:04 Let wedlock be had in price in all points, and let the chamber be undefiled: for whore keepers, and advoutrers god will judge.
13:05 Let your conversation be without covetousness, and be content with that ye have already. For he verily said: I will not fail thee, neither forsake thee:
13:06 that we may boldly say: The lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man doeth unto me.
13:07 Remember them which have the oversight of you, which have declared unto you the word of god: consider the conversation of their living, and counterfeit their faith.
13:08 Jesus Christ yesterday and today, and the same continueth for ever.
13:09 Be not carried hither and thither with divers and strange learning. For it is a good thing that the heart be stablished with grace, and not with meats, which have not profited them that have had their pastime in them.
13:10 We have an altar whereof they may not eat which serve in the tabernacle.
13:11 For the bodies of those beasts (whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest to purge sin) are burnt without the tents.
13:12 Therefore Jesus, to sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
13:13 Let us go forth therefore out of the tents, and suffer rebuke with him.
13:14 For here have we no continuing city: but we seek a city to come.
13:15 For by him offer we the sacrifice of laud always to god: that is to say the fruit of those lips, which confess his name.
13:16 To do good, and to distribute forget not, for with such sacrifices god is pleased.
13:17 Obey them that have the oversight of you, and submit yourselves to them, for they watch for your souls, even as though they should give accompts for them: that they may do it with joy, and not with grief. For that is an unprofitable thing for you.
13:18 Pray for us. We have confidence because we have a good conscience in all things, and desire to live honestly.
13:19 I desire you therefore somewhat the more abundantly, that ye so do, that I may be restored to you quickly.
13:20 The god of peace that brought again from death our lord Jesus Christ, the great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting testament,
13:21 make you perfect in all works, to do his will, and bring to pass, that whatsoever ye do, may be accepted in his sight, by the means of Jesus Christ. To whom be praise for ever while the world endureth Amen.
13:22 I beseech you brethren, suffer the words of exhortation: For we have written unto you in few words.
13:23 Know the brother Timothe, whom we have sent from us, with whom (if he come shortly) I will see you.
13:24 Salute them that have the oversight of you, and all the saints. They of Italy, salute you.
13:25 Grace be with you all Amen.
END Sent from Italy by Timotheus.