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Of Melchisedec

could swear by no greater, he
sware by himself,
14 Saying, Surely blessing, I
will blessthee: and multiplying,
I will multiply thee.
15 And so, after he had pati-
ently endured, he obtained the
16 For men verily swearby the
greater; and an oath for confir-
mation, is to them an end of all
17.Wherein God, willing more
abundantly to shew untothe heirs

of promise, the immutability of

his counsel, confirmed it by an
18 That by two immutable
things, in which it was impossi-
ble for God to lie, we might have
a strong consolation, who have
fled for refuge to lay hold upon
the hope set before us:
19 Which hope we have as an
anchor of the soul, both sure and
stedfast, and which entereth into
that within the vail,
2O Whither the forerunner is
for us entered, even Jesus, made
an high priest for ever, after the
order of Melchisedec.
Of Melchisedec and Christ.
F R this Melchisedec, king
of Salem, priest of the Most
High God, who met Abraham
returning from the slaughter of
the kings, and blessed him ;
2 To whom also Abraham
gave a tenth part of all; first being,
by interpretation, King of righ-
teousness, and after that also,
King of Salem, which is, King
of peace;
3 Without father, without mo-
ther, without descent, having
neither beginning of days, no
end of life; but, made like unto
the Son of God, abideth a priest

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4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. 5 And verily they 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 they come out of the loins of Abraham : 6 But he, whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises. 7 And, without all contradiction, the less is blessed of the better. 8 And here men that die receive tithes: but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. 9 And, as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, paid tithes in Abraham. 10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him. 11 If, therefore, perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people receive the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron : 12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. 13 For he, 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 our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. 15 And it is yet far more evident; for that after the simili

Christ's sacrifice. tude of Melchisedec, there aris. eth another priest. 16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, #. after the power of an endless ife. 17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchisedec. 18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before, for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. 19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we 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, The Lord sware, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchisedec: 22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testaIment. 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 ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost, that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. 26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; 27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins,


A new covenant.

and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. 28 For the law maketh men high priests, which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for eVermore. CHAP. VIII. The priesthood of Aaron lost in Christ. N OW of the things which we have spoken, this is thesum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; 2 A minister of the sančtuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. 3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore, it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. 4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: 5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God, when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. 6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. 7 For if that first covenant bad been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. 8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, Saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers, in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the landof Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make 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, and 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 ready to vanish

Christ’s sacrifice superior Chap. ix.

away. CHAP. IX. Blood of Christ above all sacrifice. T .N verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a wordly sanctuary. 2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shew-bread; which is called The sančtuary. 3 And after the second vall, the tabernacle, which is called The Holiest of all;

to those of the law.

4. Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the coVenant; 5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercySeat; of which we cannot now Speak particularly. 6 Now, when thesethings were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God: 7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he of. fered for himself, and for the errors of the people: 8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all, was not yet made manifest, whileasthe first tabernacle was yet standing: 9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts, and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience: 10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfećt tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building. 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood, he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained etermal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls, nd of goats, and the ashes of an heifer, sprinkling the unclean,

o The sacrifice of the law Hebrews. inferior to that of Christ's body.

sanctifieth to the purifying of the

flesh; 14 How much more shall the

themselves with better sacrifices

than these. 24 For Christ is not entered

into the holy places made with

blood of Christ, who through the hands, which are the figures of Christ’s perfect sacrifice. Chap. x. An exhortation to faith.

eternal Spirit, offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause, he is the Mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called, might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 16 For where a new testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a 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 testament was dedicated without blood. 19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people, according to the law, he took the blood of calves, and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book and all the people, 20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. 21 Moreover, he sprinkled likewise with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. 22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. 23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these ; but the heavenly things

the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 25 Norvet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 (For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world;) but now once, in the end of the world, hath he appeared to put away sin, by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment; 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time, without sin, unto salvation. CHAP. X. Christ's perfect sacrifice. OR the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices, which they offered year by year continually, make the comers thereunto perfect: 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered beCause that the worshippers, once purged, should have had no more conscience of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. 5 Wherefore, when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldst not,

but a body hast thou prepared 19 Having therefore, brethren, Ine : boldness to enter into the holiest 6 In burnt-offerings and sacri-by the blood of Jesus, fices for sin, thou hast had no 20 By a new and living way, pleasure : which he hath consecrated for 7 Then said I, Lo, I come, (insus, through the vail, that is to the volume of the book it is writ-say, his flesh; ten of me) to do thy will, O God. 21 And having an high priest 8 Above, when he said, Sacri-over the house of God, fice, and offering, and burnt-of- 22 Let us draw near with a ferings, and offering for sin, thoutrue heart, in full assurance of wouldest not, neither hadst plea-faith, having our hearts sprinkled sure therein ; (which are offered from an evil conscience, and our

by the law;)
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to
do thy will, O God. He taketh
away the first, that he may esta-
blish the second.
10 By the which will we are
sančtified, through the offering
of the body of Jesus Christ once
for all.
11 And every priest standeth
daily ministering, and offering
oftentimes the same sacrifices,
which can never take away sins
12 But this man, after he had
offered one sacrifice for sins, fo
ever sat down on the right hand
of God;
13 From henceforth expecting
till his enemies be made his foot-
14 For by one offering he hath
perfected for ever them that are
15 J/Aereof the Holy Ghost
also is a witness to us: for after
that he had said before,
16 This is the covenant that I
will make with them, After those
days, saith the Lord, I will put
my laws into their hearts, and in
their minds will I write them ;
17 And their sins and iniqui-
ties will I remember no more.

; more, as ye see the day ap

bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profes-
sion of our faith without waver-
ing; for he is faithful that pro-
24 And let us consider one
another, to provoke unto love,
and to good works :
25 Not forsaking the assem-
bling of ourselves together, as
the manner of some is; but ex-
horting one another: and so much

26 For if we sin wilfull
that we have received the {.
ledge of the truth, there remain-
eth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful look-
ing for of judgment, and fiery in-
dignation, which shall devour
the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses’
law, died without mercy, under
two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punish-
ment, suppose ye, shall he be
thought worthy, who hath trod-
den under foot the son of God,
and hath counted the blood of
the covenant, wherewith he was
sanctified, an unholy thing, and
hath done despite unto the Spirit


18. Now, where remission of of grace 3

these is, there is no more offering for sin.

so For we know him that hath

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