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The King James Bible


Book 58    Hebrews
001:001 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time
        past unto the fathers by the prophets,
001:002 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he
        hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the
        worlds;
001:003 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image
        of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his
        power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the
        right hand of the Majesty on high:
001:004 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by
        inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
001:005 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my
        Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to
        him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
001:006 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the
        world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
001:007 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and
        his ministers a flame of fire.
001:008 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and
        ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy
        kingdom.
001:009 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore
        God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness
        above thy fellows.
001:010 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of
        the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:
001:011 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax
        old as doth a garment;
001:012 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be
        changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
001:013 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my
        right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
001:014 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister
        for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
002:001 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things
        which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
002:002 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every
        transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of
        reward;
002:003 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which
        at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed
        unto us by them that heard him;
002:004 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders,
        and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost,
        according to his own will?
002:005 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to
        come, whereof we speak.
002:006 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man,
        that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou
        visitest him?
002:007 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst
        him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of
        thy hands:
002:008 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in
        that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that
        is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put
        under him.
002:009 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels
        for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour;
        that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
002:010 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are
        all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the
        captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
002:011 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are
        all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them
        brethren,
002:012 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst
        of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
002:013 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and
        the children which God hath given me.
002:014 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and
        blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that
        through death he might destroy him that had the power of
        death, that is, the devil;
002:015 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their
        lifetime subject to bondage.
002:016 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he
        took on him the seed of Abraham.
002:017 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto
        his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high
        priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for
        the sins of the people.
002:018 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able
        to succour them that are tempted.
003:001 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling,
        consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ
        Jesus;
003:002 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was
        faithful in all his house.
003:003 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses,
        inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour
        than the house.
003:004 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all
        things is God.
003:005 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant,
        for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
003:006 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if
        we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm
        unto the end.
003:007 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his
        voice,
003:008 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of
        temptation in the wilderness:
003:009 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works
        forty years.
003:010 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They
        do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
003:011 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)
003:012 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart
        of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
003:013 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest
        any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
003:014 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning
        of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
003:015 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not
        your hearts, as in the provocation.
003:016 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all
        that came out of Egypt by Moses.
003:017 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them
        that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
003:018 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest,
        but to them that believed not?
003:019 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
004:001 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of
        entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short
        of it.
004:002 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but
        the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with
        faith in them that heard it.
004:003 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As
        I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest:
        although the works were finished from the foundation of the
        world.
004:004 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.
004:005 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
004:006 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein,
        and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because
        of unbelief:
004:007 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day,
        after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear
        his voice, harden not your hearts.
004:008 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward
        have spoken of another day.
004:009 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
004:010 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from
        his own works, as God did from his.
004:011 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man
        fall after the same example of unbelief.
004:012 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than
        any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of
        soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a
        discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
004:013 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his
        sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of
        him with whom we have to do.
004:014 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed
        into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our
        profession.
004:015 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with
        the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted
        like as we are, yet without sin.
004:016 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we
        may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
005:001 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men
        in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and
        sacrifices for sins:
005:002 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are
        out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with
        infirmity.
005:003 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for
        himself, to offer for sins.
005:004 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is
        called of God, as was Aaron.
005:005 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high
        priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day
        have I begotten thee.
005:006 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever
        after the order of Melchisedec.
005:007 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers
        and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that
        was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he
        feared;
005:008 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things
        which he suffered;
005:009 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal
        salvation unto all them that obey him;
005:010 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
005:011 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered,
        seeing ye are dull of hearing.
005:012 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need
        that one teach you again which be the first principles of the
        oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and
        not of strong meat.
005:013 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of
        righteousness: for he is a babe.
005:014 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even
        those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to
        discern both good and evil.
006:001 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ,
        let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation
        of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
006:002 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of
        resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
006:003 And this will we do, if God permit.
006:004 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and
        have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of
        the Holy Ghost,
006:005 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the
        world to come,
006:006 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance;
        seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and
        put him to an open shame.
006:007 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon
        it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is
        dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
006:008 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is
        nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
006:009 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and
        things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
006:010 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of
        love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have
        ministered to the saints, and do minister.
006:011 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence
        to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
006:012 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through
        faith and patience inherit the promises.
006:013 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear
        by no greater, he sware by himself,
006:014 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I
        will multiply thee.
006:015 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the
        promise.
006:016 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for
        confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
006:017 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of
        promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an
        oath:
006:018 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for
        God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled
        for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
006:019 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and
        stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
006:020 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an
        high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
007:001 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high
        God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the
        kings, and blessed him;
007:002 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by
        interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King
        of Salem, which is, King of peace;
007:003 Without father, without mother, without descent, having
        neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto
        the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
007:004 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the
        patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
007:005 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:
007:006 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes
        of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
007:007 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the
        better.
007:008 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth
        them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
007:009 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed
        tithes in Abraham.
007:010 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec
        met him.
007:011 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for
        under it the people received 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?
007:012 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a
        change also of the law.
007:013 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another
        tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
007:014 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which
        tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
007:015 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude
        of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
007:016 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but
        after the power of an endless life.
007:017 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order
        of Melchisedec.
007:018 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going
        before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
007:019 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a
        better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
007:020 And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:
007:021 (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:)
007:022 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
007:023 And they truly were many priests, because they were not
        suffered to continue by reason of death:
007:024 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable
        priesthood.
007:025 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.
007:026 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless,
        undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the
        heavens;
007:027 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up
        sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's:
        for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
007:028 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.
008:001 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We
        have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the
        throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
008:002 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which
        the Lord pitched, and not man.
008:003 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and
        sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have
        somewhat also to offer.
008:004 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing
        that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:
008:005 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.
008:006 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.
008:007 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no
        place have been sought for the second.
008:008 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:
008:009 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 land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant,
        and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
008:010 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:
008:011 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.
008:012 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their
        sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
008:013 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old.
        Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish
        away.
009:001 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine
        service, and a worldly sanctuary.
009:002 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the
        candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called
        the sanctuary.
009:003 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the
        Holiest of all;
009:004 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;
009:005 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of
        which we cannot now speak particularly.
009:006 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went
        always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of
        God.
009:007 But into the second went the high priest alone once every
        year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for
        the errors of the people:
009:008 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest
        of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first
        tabernacle was yet standing:
009:009 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;
009:010 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and
        carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of
        reformation.
009:011 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come,
        by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands,
        that is to say, not of this building;
009:012 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood
        he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained
        eternal redemption for us.
009:013 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an
        heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of
        the flesh:
009:014 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the
        eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your
        conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
009:015 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.
009:016 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the
        death of the testator.
009:017 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it
        is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
009:018 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without
        blood.
009:019 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,
009:020 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath
        enjoined unto you.
009:021 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all
        the vessels of the ministry.
009:022 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and
        without shedding of blood is no remission.
009:023 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the
        heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things
        themselves with better sacrifices than these.
009:024 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with
        hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven
        itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
009:025 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest
        entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
009:026 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.
009:027 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this
        the judgment:
009:028 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto
        them that look for him shall he appear the second time without
        sin unto salvation.
010:001 For 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.
010:002 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because
        that the worshippers once purged should have had no more
        conscience of sins.
010:003 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of
        sins every year.
010:004 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats
        should take away sins.
010:005 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice
        and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared
        me:
010:006 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no
        pleasure.
010:007 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is
        written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
010:008 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings
        and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure
        therein; which are offered by the law;
010:009 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away
        the first, that he may establish the second.
010:010 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of
        the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
010:011 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering
        oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away
        sins:
010:012 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for
        ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
010:013 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his
        footstool.
010:014 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are
        sanctified.
010:015 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that
        he had said before,
010:016 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;
010:017 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
010:018 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for
        sin.
010:019 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest
        by the blood of Jesus,
010:020 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us,
        through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
010:021 And having an high priest over the house of God;
010:022 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
        having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our
        bodies washed with pure water.
010:023 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering;
        (for he is faithful that promised;)
010:024 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to
        good works:
010:025 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the
        manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the
        more, as ye see the day approaching.
010:026 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the
        knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for
        sins,
010:027 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery
        indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
010:028 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or
        three witnesses:
010:029 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought
        worthy, who hath trodden 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 of grace?
010:030 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.
010:031 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living
        God.
010:032 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye
        were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
010:033 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches
        and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of
        them that were so used.
010:034 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the
        spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in
        heaven a better and an enduring substance.
010:035 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great
        recompence of reward.
010:036 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the
        will of God, ye might receive the promise.
010:037 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and
        will not tarry.
010:038 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my
        soul shall have no pleasure in him.
010:039 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of
        them that believe to the saving of the soul.
011:001 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence
        of things not seen.
011:002 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
011:003 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the
        word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of
        things which do appear.
011:004 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than
        Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God
        testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
011:005 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death;
        and was not found, because God had translated him: for before
        his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
011:006 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that
        cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a
        rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
011:007 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet,
        moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house;
        by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the
        righteousness which is by faith.
011:008 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place
        which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and
        he went out, not knowing whither he went.
011:009 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange
        country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the
        heirs with him of the same promise:
011:010 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder
        and maker is God.
011:011 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive
        seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age,
        because she judged him faithful who had promised.
011:012 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead,
        so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand
        which is by the sea shore innumerable.
011:013 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but
        having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and
        embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and
        pilgrims on the earth.
011:014 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a
        country.
011:015 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from
        whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have
        returned.
011:016 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly:
        wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he
        hath prepared for them a city.
011:017 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he
        that had received the promises offered up his only begotten
        son,
011:018 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
011:019 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the
        dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
011:020 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to
        come.
011:021 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of
        Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
011:022 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing
        of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his
        bones.
011:023 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his
        parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were
        not afraid of the king's commandment.
011:024 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be
        called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
011:025 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God,
        than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
011:026 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the
        treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of
        the reward.
011:027 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king:
        for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
011:028 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of
        blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
011:029 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which
        the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
011:030 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were
        compassed about seven days.
011:031 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed
        not, when she had received the spies with peace.
011:032 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell
        of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of
        David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
011:033 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness,
        obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.
011:034 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword,
        out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight,
        turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
011:035 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others
        were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might
        obtain a better resurrection:
011:036 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea,
        moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
011:037 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were
        slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and
        goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
011:038 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts,
        and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
011:039 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith,
        received not the promise:
011:040 God having provided some better thing for us, that they
        without us should not be made perfect.
012:001 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a
        cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin
        which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience
        the race that is set before us,
012:002 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who
        for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
        despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the
        throne of God.
012:003 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners
        against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
012:004 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
012:005 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you
        as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of
        the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
012:006 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every
        son whom he receiveth.
012:007 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons;
        for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
012:008 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers,
        then are ye bastards, and not sons.
012:009 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected
        us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in
        subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
012:010 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own
        pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of
        his holiness.
012:011 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but
        grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable
        fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
012:012 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble
        knees;
012:013 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame
        be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
012:014 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man
        shall see the Lord:
012:015 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest
        any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby
        many be defiled;
012:016 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who
        for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
012:017 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited
        the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of
        repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
012:018 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and
        that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and
        tempest,
012:019 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which
        voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be
        spoken to them any more:
012:020 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so
        much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or
        thrust through with a dart:
012:021 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly
        fear and quake:)
012:022 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the
        living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable
        company of angels,
012:023 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are
        written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the
        spirits of just men made perfect,
012:024 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the
        blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things that that of
        Abel.
012:025 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped
        not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not
        we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
012:026 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised,
        saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also
        heaven.
012:027 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those
        things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those
        things which cannot be shaken may remain.
012:028 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us
        have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence
        and godly fear:
012:029 For our God is a consuming fire.
013:001 Let brotherly love continue.
013:002 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have
        entertained angels unawares.
013:003 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them
        which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
013:004 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but
        whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
013:005 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content
        with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never
        leave thee, nor forsake thee.
013:006 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will
        not fear what man shall do unto me.
013:007 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken
        unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the
        end of their conversation.
013:008 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
013:009 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it
        is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not
        with meats, which have not profited them that have been
        occupied therein.
013:010 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which
        serve the tabernacle.
013:011 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into
        the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without
        the camp.
013:012 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with
        his own blood, suffered without the gate.
013:013 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing
        his reproach.
013:014 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
013:015 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God
        continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to
        his name.
013:016 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such
        sacrifices God is well pleased.
013:017 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves:
        for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account,
        that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is
        unprofitable for you.
013:018 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all
        things willing to live honestly.
013:019 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be
        restored to you the sooner.
013:020 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our
        Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the
        blood of the everlasting covenant,
013:021 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in
        you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus
        Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
013:022 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation:
        for I have written a letter unto you in few words.
013:023 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom,
        if he come shortly, I will see you.
013:024 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the
        saints. They of Italy salute you.
013:025 Grace be with you all. Amen.