Hebrews 7:1–10:39

For this aMelchisedec, king of bSalem, priest of cthe most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; aTo whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of bSalem, which is, King of dpeace; Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto ethe Son of God; abideth a priest fcontinually. Now consider how great this man was, aunto whom even gthe patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. And verily hthey that 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 ithey come out of the loins of Abraham: But he whose ||descent is not counted from them areceived tithes of Abraham, and ablessed jhim that had the promises. And without all kcontradiction the less is blessed of the better. And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom lit is witnessed that mhe liveth. And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. 10 For ihe was yet in the loins of his father, awhen Melchisedec met him. 11 nIf therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people oreceived the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise pafter the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? 12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. 13 For qhe of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. 14 For it is evident that qrour Lord ssprang out of tJuda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. 15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, 16 Who is made, not after the law of tta carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. 17 For uhe testifieth, vThou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. 18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before nfor wthe weakness and unprofitableness thereof. 19 For nxthe law made nothing perfect, ||but the bringing in of ya better zhope did; by the which awe draw nigh unto God. 20 And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest: 21 (For those priests were made ||without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, vThe Lord sware and will not brepent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:) 22 By so much was Jesus made ca surety of da ybetter etestament. 23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: 24 But this man, because he continueth fever, hath ||an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Wherefore he is able also to save them ||gto the uttermost ahthat come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth ito make intercession for them.

26 For such jan high priest became us, who is kholy, lharmless, undefiled, mseparate from sinners, and made nhigher than the heavens; 27 Who needeth not nndaily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, ofirst for his own sins, and othen for the people’s: for pthis he did qonce, when he offered up himself. 28 For the law maketh men high priests rwhich have infirmity; but the word of sthe oath, which was since the law, maketh tthe Son, who is uconsecrated for evermore.

8 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such aan high priest, bwho is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty cin the heavens; dA minister ||of ethe sanctuary, and of fthe true tabernacle, which the Lord gpitched, and not man. hFor every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have isomewhat also to offer. For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that ||there are priests that offer hgifts according to the law: Who serve unto jthe example and kshadow of heavenly things, as Moses lwas admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, mSee, nsaith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. But now hath he obtained a omore excellent pministry, by how much also he is qthe mediator of a rbetter ||scovenant, which was testablished upon rbetter promises.

For uif that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, nhe saith, vBehold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new scovenant 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 wtook them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 10 For xthis is sthe covenant that I will xxmake with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them ||in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, yand their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. 13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is zready to vanish away.

9 Then verily the first covenant had also ||aordinances of bdivine service, and a cworldly dsanctuary. For there was ea tabernacle fmade; gthe first, hwherein was ithe candlestick, and kthe table, and lthe shewbread; ewhich is called ||mthe sanctuary. And nafter the second veil, the tabernacle which is called cthe Holiest of all; Which had the golden ocenser, and pthe ark of qthe covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was rthe golden pot that had manna, and sAaron’s rod that budded, and tthe tables of qthe covenant; And uover it the cherubims of glory shadowing vthe mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. Now when these things were thus fordained, the priests went walways into gthe first tabernacle, accomplishing bthe service of God. But into xthe second went the high priest alone yonce every year, not without blood, zwhich he offered for himself, and for the aerrors of the people: bThe Holy Ghost this signifying, that cthe way into dthe holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was ea figure for the time then fpresent, in which gwere offered both gifts and sacrifices, hthat could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; 10 Which stood only in ijmeats and jdrinks, and kdivers lwashings, and mcarnal ||ordinances, nimposed on them until the time of reformation. 11 But Christ being come oan high priest pof good things to come, by qa greater and more perfect tabernacle, not rmade with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by sthe blood of goats and calves, but by this own blood uhe entered in vonce into wthe holy place, xhaving yobtained eternal zredemption for us. 13 For if athe blood of bulls and of goats, and bthe ashes of an heifer sprinkling cthe unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more dshall the blood of Christ, who ethrough the eternal Spirit foffered himself without ||gspot to God, hpurge your conscience ifrom dead works kto serve lthe living God?

15 And for this cause he is mthe mediator of the nnew otestament, pthat by means of death, ffor qthe redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, rthey which are called smight receive the stpromise of eternal uinheritance. 16 For where a otestament is, there must also of necessity ||be the death of the testator. 17 vFor oa testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. 18 Whereupon neither the first vvtestament was ||wdedicated without blood. 19 For xwhen Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, yhe took the blood of zcalves and of goats, with awater, and ||abscarlet wool, and achyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, 20 Saying, dThis is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. 21 Moreover ehe sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of fthe ministry. 22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and gwithout shedding of blood is no remission. 23 It was therefore necessary that hthe patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For iChrist is not entered into jthe holy places kmade with hands, which are lthe figures of mthe true; but ninto heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God ofor us: 25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, pas the high priest entereth into ithe holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then must he often have suffered qsince the foundation of the world: but now ronce sin the end of the world sshath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And as it is appointed unto men tonce to die, but uafter this the judgment: 28 So vChrist was ronce offered to bear the sins of xmany; and unto them that ylook for him shall he appear the second time zwithout sin unto salvation.

10 For the law having aa shadow bof good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never cwith those sacrifices which they offered year by year dcontinually cmake the comers thereunto eperfect. For then ||would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But fin those sacrifices there is ga remembrance again made of sins h

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