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Hebrews 1:1–13:25

God’s Final Word in His Son

1 God, after He aspoke long ago to the fathers in bthe prophets in many portions and cin many ways,

2 1ain these last days bhas spoken to us 2in cHis Son, whom He appointed dheir of all things, ethrough whom also He made the 3fworld.

3 1And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact arepresentation of His nature, and 2bupholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made cpurification of sins, He dsat down at the right hand of the eMajesty on high,

4 having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent aname than they.

5 For to which of the angels did He ever say,

aYou are My Son,

Today I have begotten You”?

And again,

bI will be a Father to Him

And He shall be a Son to Me”?

6 And 1when He again abrings the firstborn into 2bthe world, He says,

cAnd let all the angels of God worship Him.”

7 And of the angels He says,

aWho makes His angels winds,

And His ministers a flame of fire.”

8 But of the Son He says,

aYour throne, O God, is forever and ever,

And the righteous scepter is the scepter of 1His kingdom.

9 “aYou have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;

bTherefore God, Your God, has canointed You

With the oil of gladness above Your companions.”

10 And,

aYou, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth,

And the heavens are the works of Your hands;

11 aThey will perish, but You remain;

bAnd they all will become old like a garment,

12 aAnd like a mantle You will roll them up;

Like a garment they will also be changed.

But You are bthe same,

And Your years will not come to an end.”

13 But to which of the angels has He ever said,

aSit at My right hand,

bUntil I make Your enemies

A footstool for Your feet”?

14 Are they not all aministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will binherit csalvation?

Chapter 2

Give Heed

1 For this reason we must pay much closer attention to 1what we have heard, so that awe do not drift away from it.

2 For if the word aspoken through bangels proved 1unalterable, and cevery transgression and disobedience received a just 2dpenalty,

3 ahow will we escape if we neglect so great a bsalvation? 1After it was at the first cspoken through the Lord, it was dconfirmed to us by those who heard,

4 God also testifying with them, both by asigns and wonders and by bvarious 1miracles and by 2cgifts of the Holy Spirit daccording to His own will.

Earth Subject to Man

5 For He did not subject to angels 1athe world to come, concerning which we are speaking.

6 But one has testified asomewhere, saying,

bWhat is man, that You remember him?

Or the son of man, that You are concerned about him?

7 “aYou have made him 1for a little while lower than the angels;

You have crowned him with glory and honor,

2And have appointed him over the works of Your hands;

8 aYou have put all things in subjection under his feet.”

For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now bwe do not yet see all things subjected to him.

Jesus Briefly Humbled

9 But we do see Him who was amade 1for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, bbecause of the suffering of death ccrowned with glory and honor, so that dby the grace of God He might etaste death ffor everyone.

10 For ait was fitting for Him, bfor whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to cperfect the 1dauthor of their salvation through sufferings.

11 For both He who asanctifies and those who bare 1sanctified are all cfrom one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them dbrethren,

12 saying,

aI will proclaim Your name to My brethren,

In the midst of the congregation I will sing Your praise.”

13 And again,

aI will put My trust in Him.”

And again,

bBehold, I and the children whom God has given Me.”

14 Therefore, since the children share in 1aflesh and blood, bHe Himself likewise also partook of the same, that cthrough death He might render powerless dhim who had the power of death, that is, the devil,

15 and might free those who through afear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.

16 For assuredly He does not 1give help to angels, but He gives help to the 2descendant of Abraham.

17 Therefore, He 1had ato be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might bbecome a merciful and faithful chigh priest in dthings pertaining to God, to emake propitiation for the sins of the people.

18 For since He Himself was atempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.

Chapter 3

Jesus Our High Priest

1 Therefore, aholy brethren, partakers of a bheavenly calling, consider Jesus, cthe Apostle and dHigh Priest of our econfession;

2 1He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as aMoses also was in all His house.

3 aFor He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house.

4 For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.

5 Now aMoses was faithful in all His house as ba servant, cfor a testimony of those things dwhich were to be spoken later;

6 but Christ was faithful as aa Son over His house—bwhose house we are, cif we hold fast our dconfidence and the boast of our ehope firm until the end.

7 Therefore, just as athe Holy Spirit says,

bToday if you hear His voice,

8 aDo not harden your hearts as 1when they provoked Me,

As in the day of trial in the wilderness,

9 aWhere your fathers tried Me by testing Me,

And saw My works for bforty years.

10 “aTherefore I was angry with this generation,

And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart,

And they did not know My ways’;

11 aAs I swore in My wrath,

They shall not enter My rest.’ ”

The Peril of Unbelief

12 aTake care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart 1that falls away from bthe living God.

13 But aencourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the bdeceitfulness of sin.

14 For we have become partakers of Christ, aif we hold fast the beginning of our bassurance firm until the end,

15 while it is said,

aToday if you hear His voice,

Do not harden your hearts, as 1when they provoked Me.”

16 For who aprovoked Him when they had heard? Indeed, bdid not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses?

17 And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, awhose bodies fell in the wilderness?

18 And to whom did He swear athat they would not enter His rest, but to those who were bdisobedient?

19 So we see that they were not able to enter because of aunbelief.

Chapter 4

The Believer’s Rest

1 Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have acome short of it.

2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but athe word 1they heard did not profit them, because 2it was not united by faith in those who heard.

3 For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said,

aAs I swore in My wrath,

They shall not enter My rest,”

although His works were finished bfrom the foundation of the world.

4 For He has said asomewhere concerning the seventh day:bAnd God crested on the seventh day from all His works”;

5 and again in this passage, “aThey shall not enter My rest.”

6 Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of adisobedience,

7 He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying 1through David after so long a time just aas has been said before,

bToday if you hear His voice,

Do not harden your hearts.”

8 For aif 1Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that.

9 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.

10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also arested from his works, as bGod did from His.

11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same aexample of bdisobedience.

12 For athe word of God is bliving and cactive and sharper than any two-edged dsword, and piercing as far as the division of esoul and espirit, of both joints and marrow, and fable to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

13 And athere is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are bopen and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

14 Therefore, since we have a great ahigh priest who has bpassed through the heavens, Jesus cthe Son of God, let us hold fast our dconfession.

15 For we do not have aa high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been btempted in all things as we are, yet cwithout sin.

16 Therefore let us adraw near with bconfidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Chapter 5

The Perfect High Priest

1 For every high priest ataken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in bthings pertaining to God, in order to coffer both gifts and sacrifices dfor sins;

2 1ahe can deal gently with the bignorant and cmisguided, since he himself also is 2dbeset with weakness;

3 and because of it he is obligated to offer sacrifices afor sins, bas for the people, so also for himself.

4 And ano one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even bas Aaron was.

5 So also Christ adid not glorify Himself so as to become a bhigh priest, but He who csaid to Him,

dYou are My Son,

Today I have begotten You”;

6 just as He says also in another passage,

aYou are a priest forever

According to bthe order of Melchizedek.”

7 1In the days of His flesh, 2aHe offered up both prayers and supplications with bloud crying and tears to the One cable to save Him 3from death, and He 4was heard because of His dpiety.

8 Although He was aa Son, He learned bobedience from the things which He suffered.

9 And having been made aperfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,

10 being designated by God as aa high priest according to bthe order of Melchizedek.

11 Concerning 1him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.

12 For though 1by this time you …

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