To The Hebrews
God, who spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 spoke to us in these last days in a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom indeed he made the ages; 3 who, being the radiance of his glory and the representation of his reality, and bearing all things by the word of his power, and after making cleansing of sins, sat on the right hand of the greatness in high places, 4 becoming by so much better than the angels, as he has inherited a more excellent name than them. 5 For to which of the angels did he ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you?”; and again, “I will be for a father to him, and he shall be for a son to me?” 6 and again when he brought the firstborn into the inhabited earth, he says, “And let all angels of God worship him.” 7 And with regard to the angels he says, “The one who makes his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire;” 8 but with regard to the Son, “Your throne, O God, is unto the age of the age, and the rod of righteousness is the rod of his kingdom. 9 You loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, your God, anointed you with the oil of gladness above your partners.” 10 And, “You, Lord, founded the earth at the beginnings, and the heavens are the works of your hands; 11 they will perish, but you will remain; and all as a garment will become old, 12 and as a mantle you will roll them up, as a garment they will also be changed; but you are the same and your years will not fail.” 13 But to which of the angels has he said at any time, “Sit at my right until I put your enemies as a footstool of your feet?” 14 Are they not all spirits who are sent forth for the service because of the ones who are about to inherit salvation?
Therefore we should give heed more abundantly to the things we heard, lest we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels was firm, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation; which, having received a beginning when it was spoken through the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard, 4 God bearing witness by both signs and wonders and by various powerful deeds and by distributions of the Holy Spirit according to his will.
5 For he has not subjected to angels the coming habitation, about which we speak. 6 But one solemnly witnessed somewhere, saying, “What is man that you remember him; or a son of man that you observe him? 7 Though you made him a little less than the angels, you crowned him with glory and with honor, 8 you subjected all things underneath his feet.” For in subjecting all things to him, he left nothing unsubjected to him. But now we do not yet see that all things have been subjected to him; 9 but we see the one who was made a little less than angels, Jesus, who has been crowned with glory and honor because of his suffering of death, so that he might by the grace of God taste death on behalf of every man. 10 For it was fitting for him, because of whom are all things and through whom are all things, in order to lead many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings. 11 For both the one sanctifying and the ones being sanctified are all of one; for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12 saying, “I will announce your name to my brothers, in the midst of the church I will hymn you;” and again, “I will have trusted in him;” and again, “Behold, I and the children whom God gave to me.” 14 Since therefore the children have partaken of blood and flesh, he also himself in like manner shared the same things, in order that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, this is the devil, 15 and release these, as many as by fear of death were involved in slavery through all their lives. 16 For of course he does not take hold of angels, but he takes hold of the seed of Abraham. 17 Whence he by all means had to become like his brothers, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in regard to the things of God, in order to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in what way he has suffered being tempted, he is able to help the ones who are tempted.
Whence, holy brothers, sharers of a heavenly calling, consider the apostle and high priest of our confession, Jesus, 2 who was faithful to the one who appointed him, as Moses also was in all his household. 3 For this one has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses by so much as the one who prepared it has more honor than the house. 4 For every house is prepared by someone, but the one who has prepared all things is God. 5 And on one hand Moses was faithful in all his household as a servant for a testimony of the things which would be spoken, 6 on the other hand Christ was as a Son over his household; of whom we are a household, if we hold fast the confidence and the boast of the hope firm until the end. 7 Wherefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the provocation in the day of the temptation in the desert, 9 when your fathers tempted me in proving me and saw my works for forty years; 10 wherefore I was angry with this generation and I said, ‘They always err in their heart; and they did not know my ways,’ 11 as I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall never enter into my rest.’” 12 Watch out, brothers, lest there shall be in anyone of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from a living God, 13 but exhort yourselves each day, while it is being called today, lest anyone of you is hardened by the deceit of sin; 14 for we have become sharers of the Christ, if indeed we hold fast of the assurance firm from the beginning until the end. 15 While it is said, “If you hear his voice today, do not harden your hearts as in the provocation.” 16 For did some who heard provoke? Was it not all those who came out of Egypt through Moses? 17 But with whom was he angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, of whom their corpses fell in the desert? 18 And to whom did he swear they would not enter into his rest except to those who disobeyed? 19 And we see that they were not able to enter because of disbelief.
Let us fear therefore lest anyone of you seems to have come short of the promise that is left to enter into his rest. 2 For indeed we have had the good news preached to us even as those also; but the word did not profit those who heard, not having been mixed with faith in the ones who heard. 3 For we enter into the rest of them who believe, as he has said “As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall never enter into my rest,’” although the works came into being completed from the foundation of the world. 4 For he has said thus somewhere concerning the seventh day, “And God rested in the seventh day from all his works;” 5 and in another place, “They shall never enter into my rest.” 6 Since therefore it remains for some to enter into it, and the ones who formerly had good news preached to them did not enter because of disobedience, 7 he again defines a certain day, “Today,” saying in David after such a time, as he has previously said, “If you hear his voice Today, do not harden your hearts.” 8 For if Joshua gave them rest, he would not have spoken after these things concerning another day. 9 Then a Sabbath rest remains to the people of God. 10 For the one who has entered into his rest also rested himself from his works, as God did from his own. 11 Let us be eager therefore to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall in the same example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and operative and sharper beyond every two-mouthed sword and passing through as far as division of soul and of spirit, of both joints and marrows, and able to judge of the thoughts and intentions of a heart; 13 and there is no creature unmanifest before him, but all things are naked and have been laid open to his eyes, with whom is our account.
14 Having therefore a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold the confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is not able to suffer our weaknesses, but who has been tempted in all respects according to our likeness, apart from sin. 16 Let us therefore approach with confidence to the throne of grace, in order that we may receive mercy and we may find grace for timely help.
For every high priest who is taken out of men is appointed on behalf of men in the things that pertain to God, in order that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices on behalf of sins, 2 being able to feel in due measure for those who do not know and are being led astray, since he is also set round with weakness, 3 and because of it he ought, as he did concerning the people, so also concerning himself, to offer concerning sins. 4 And no one takes the honor to himself, but the one who is called by God, indeed even as Aaron. 5 So also Christ did not glorify himself to become a high priest, but the one who spoke to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you;” 6 as also in another place he says, “You are a priest unto the age according to the order of Melchizedek.” 7 Who, while in the days of his flesh offered both petitions and entreaties with strong crying and tears to the one who was able to save him out of death and was heard for his devoutness, 8 even though he was a Son, he learned obedience from the things which he suffered, 9 and being perfected he became the cause of eternal salvation to all those who obey him, 10 who was designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.
11 Concerning whom we have much to say that is hard to interpret, since you have become dull in hearing. 12 For although you ought to be teachers by this time, you have need of someone to teach you again the rudiments of the beginning of the oracles of God, and you have become those who have need of milk, not of solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes of milk is without experience of the word of righteousness, for he is an infant; 14 but solid food is of mature men, of the ones who because of their conditioning have exercised their faculties for discerning both of good and of bad.
Wherefore leaving the primary word of Christ let us be borne on to maturity, not again laying down a foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 of teachings of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, of resurrection of dead persons, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do, if indeed God permits. 4 For it is impossible for those who have once been enlightened and tasted of the heavenly gift and become sharers of the Holy Spirit and tasted the good word of God and powerful deeds of a coming age, 6 and who have fallen away, to again renew to repentance, as they are again crucifying the Son of God for themselves and putting him to open shame. 7 For the earth that drinks the rain that often comes upon it and bears fodder suitable for those on whose account it is farmed, this receives blessing from God; 8 but if it brings forth thorns and thistles it is disapproved and near a curse, of which the end is for it to be burned. 9 But, if indeed we speak so, we have been persuaded better things concerning you, beloved, that you have salvation. For God is not unjust to be forgetful of your work and of the love which you showed to his name, that you have ministered and are ministering to the saints. 11 But we desire each one of you to show the same eagerness toward the full assurance of the hope unto the end, 12 that you not become dull, but imitators of the ones who through faith and longsuffering inherit the promises. 13 For when God made the promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, swore by himself, saying, “With blessing I will bless you and multiplying I will multiply you;” 15 and so being longsuffering he obtained the promise. 16 For men swear by the greater, and the oath for confirmation is to them an end of all contradiction; 17 wherein God, resolving more abundantly to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of his resolve, interposed by an oath, 18 in order that through two unchangeable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to lay hold of the hope set before us may have a strong consolation; 19 which we have as an anchor of the soul both safe and firm, which enters into the inner side of the veil, 20 where a forerunner entered on our behalf, Jesus, who became a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek unto the age.
For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham when he returned from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 to whom indeed Abraham divided a tenth from all, firstly on one hand is interpreted King of Righteousness, then on the other also King of Salem, which is King of Peace, 3 without father, without mother, without pedigree, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but who was made like to the Son of God, remains a priest in perpetuity. 4 Now behold how great this man was, to whom Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth of the spoils. 5 And on one hand they of the sons of Levi who received the priesthood have a commandment to take tithes from the people according to the law, who are their brothers, though they came forth out of the loins of Abraham; 6 on the other the one who does not count his pedigree from them has received tithes from Abraham, and has blessed the one who has received the promises. 7 And without any contradiction the less is blessed by the better. 8 And here on one hand dying men receive tithes, there on the other it is witnessed that he lives. 9 And so to speak, indeed Levi who receives tithes has been tithed through Abraham; 10 for he was yet in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him. 11 If therefore perfection was through the Levitical priestly office, for under it the people had been furnished with law, why yet indeed was there another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek and not to be named according to the order of Aaron? 12 For if there is a change in the priestly office, of necessity there also occurs a change of law. 13 For he with respect to whom these things are said, has partaken of another tribe, from which no one has devoted himself to the altar; for it is perfectly clear that our Lord has risen out of Juda, as to which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priests. 15 And more abundantly still it is quite clear, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek, 16 who has become one not according to the law of a fleshly commandment but according to the power of an indissoluble life. 17 For it is witnessed that, “You are a priest unto the age according to the order of Melchizedek.” 18 For on one hand there comes about an annulment of the preceding commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness, for the law perfected nothing, on the other a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God. 20 And in proportion as not without oath-taking, (for on one hand they became priests without oath-taking, on the other he with oath-taking through the one who said to him, “The Lord swore and will not change his mind, ‘You are a priests unto the age;’”) 22 by so much more indeed Jesus has become surety of a better covenant. 23 And on one hand the many who have become priests are prevented from continuing by death, 24 on the other he has the intransmissible priestly office because he remains unto the age; 25 wherefore he is indeed able to save entirely those who approach God through him, who is always alive to intercede on their behalf. 26 For such a high priest was indeed suitable to us, holy, harmless, undefiled, having been separated from sinners, and becoming higher than the heavens; who does not have daily necessity, as the high priests, to firstly offer up sacrifices on behalf of their own sins, then the sins of the people; for he did this once for all by offering himself up. 28 For the law appoints men high priests who have weakness, but after the law the word of the oath-taking appoints a Son who has been perfected unto the age.
Now a summary of the things that have been said: We have such a high priest, who sat at the right of the throne of greatness in the heavens, 2 a minister of the holy things and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord erected, not man. 3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices; wherefore it is also necessary for this priest to have something which he may offer. 4 If therefore he were on earth, he would not be a priest, as there are already those who offer the gifts according to the law; who serve as an example and a shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was warned when he was about to complete the tabernacle; for he says, “See, you shall make all things according to the pattern shown to you in the mount;” 6 but now he has obtained a more excellent ministry, he is by so much more indeed mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises. 7 For if that first was faultless, place for a second would not have been sought. 8 For finding fault with them he says, “Behold, days are coming, says the Lord, and I will effect a new covenant over the household of Israel and over the household of Juda, 9 not according to the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day when I took their hand to lead them forth out of the land of Egypt, because they did not continue in my covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord. 10 Because this is the covenant which I will covenant with the household of Israel after those days, says the Lord, I will put my laws into their mind, and I will inscribe them on their hearts, and I will be God to them and they shall be a people to me. 11 And by no means may each man teach his fellow citizen nor each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because all will know me from their little to their great. 12 Because I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and I will by no means remember their sins anymore.” 13 When he says "new", he has made the first old; and the thing being made old and growing aged is near vanishing.
So then the first covenant had both the ordinances of service and the worldly holy place. 2 For a tabernacle was prepared, the first room in which were both the lamp-stand and the table and the setting forth of the loaves, which is called Holy; 3 and after the second veil was a tabernacle which was called the Holy of Holies, 4 which had a golden altar and the ark of the covenant that was covered round on all sides with gold, in which were a golden pot holding the manna and Aaron's rod that budded and the tablets of the covenant, 5 and above it were cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy-seat; concerning which things there is not time now to speak in detail. 6 Now when these things had been thus prepared, on one hand the priests who accomplished the services went into the tabernacle at all times, 7 on the other the high priest went alone into the second once a year, not without blood which he offered on behalf of the ignorances of himself and of the people, 8 the Holy Spirit showing by this that the way into the holies was not yet manifested while the first tabernacle was still standing, 9 which was a parable for the present time, according to which both gifts and sacrifices are being offered that are not able to perfect the one who serves in respect of conscience, 10 that are only foods and drinks and various washing, ordinances of flesh being imposed until a time of amendment.
11 But Christ has appeared a high priest of the good things that have come about, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made by hand, which is not of this creation; 12 it was not through blood of goats and of calves, but through his own blood that he entered once for all into the holies, having found eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and of bulls and the ashes of heifers sprinkling those who have been polluted sanctifies to the cleanness of the flesh, 14 by how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And therefore he is a mediator of a new covenant, his death having occurred for redemption of transgressions under the first covenant so that those who have been called may receive of the promised eternal inheritance. 16 For where there is a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who makes the will; for a will is only firm on the dead, since it has no strength while the one who makes the will is alive. 18 Wherefore neither has the first covenant been dedicated without blood. 19 For when Moses had spoken every commandment according to the law to all the people, he took the blood of the calves and of the goats with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and he sprinkled it on both the scroll and all the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which enjoined God to you.” 21 And he likewise sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessel of the service with the blood. 22 And according to the law almost all things are cleansed by blood, and without blood-shedding there can be no remission. 23 Therefore there was necessity on one hand for the examples of the things in the heavens to be cleansed by these, on the other for the heavenly things themselves to be cleansed by better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter into holies made by hand, figures of true things, but into the heaven itself, to appear now in the presence of God on our behalf; 25 nor in order that he should offer himself often, even as the high priest enters into the holies year by year with blood that belongs to others, 26 since he would have had to suffer often from the foundation of the world; but now he has been manifested once at the completion of the ages for annulment of sin through his sacrifice. 27 And as it is reserved unto men to die once, and after this the judgment, 28 so also Christ, who was offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time without sin for salvation to those who are expecting him.
For the law, having a shadow of the good things that are coming, itself not the image of the matters, can never perfect those who approach by the same sacrifices which they offer continually every year; 2 would they not have ceased being offered, because since once they had been cleansed, those who served would not still have conscience of sins? 3 But in them there is a yearly remembrance of sins; 4 for it is impossible for blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5 Wherefore entering into the world he says, “You did not wish sacrifice and offering, but you prepared a body for me; 6 you were not well pleased with burnt offerings and sacrifices concerning sins. 7 Then I said, ‘Behold I have come- in a heading of a scroll it has been written concerning me- to do your will, O God.’” 8 He said above that, “You did not wish, nor were you well pleased with, sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sacrifices concerning sins, which are offered according to law,” 9 then he said, “Behold I have come to do your will.” He takes away the first in order that he may set up the second; 10 by which we are those who have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And on one hand every priest stands ministering daily and offering often the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; 12 on the other hand this priest, who having offered one sacrifice on behalf of sins in perpetuity, sat at the right hand of God, 13 henceforth waiting until his enemies are put as a footstool of his feet. 14 For by one offering he has perfected in perpetuity those who have been sanctified. 15 And the Holy Spirit indeed witnesses to us; for after having said, 16 “This is the covenant which I will covenant to them after those days, says the Lord, I will give my laws on their hearts, I will also inscribe them on their minds, 17 and by no means will I still remember their sins and their iniquities.” 18 Now where forgiveness of these is, there is no longer offering concerning sins.
19 Having therefore, brothers, confidence for entering of the holies by the blood of Jesus, 20 which he dedicated for us, a fresh and living way through the veil, this is his flesh, 21 and a great high priest over the household of God, 22 let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts having been sprinkled from an evil conscience and our body having been bathed in clean water; 23 let us hold fast the confession of our hope unyieldingly, for the one who has promised is faithful, 24 and let us consider one another to incitement of love and of good works, 25 not forsaking the coming together of ourselves, as is the custom with some, but exhorting, and by so much more as you see the day drawing near. 26 For when we sin willfully after receiving the full knowledge of the truth, a sacrifice no longer remains concerning sins, 27 but some fearful expectation of judgment and of fiery zeal that is about to consume the adversaries. 28 Anyone disregarding the law of Moses dies without compassion on the word of two or three witnesses; 29 by how much more do you think will those be thought worthy of worse punishment who have trampled the Son of God and who have deemed common the blood of the covenant, by which they were sanctified, and who have insulted the Spirit of grace. 30 For we know the one who said, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay;” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God. 32 But remember the former days in which you, after you were enlightened, endured a great struggle of sufferings, 33 on one hand being exposed to both reproaches and to afflictions, on the other having become sharers with those who live like this. 34 For indeed you suffered together in bonds, and you accepted the seizure of your possessions with joy, knowing yourselves to have a better and remaining possession. 35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has a great recompense. 36 For you have need of endurance in order that when you have done the will of God you may obtain the promise. 37 For in a very little while “the one who is coming will come and will not delay; 38 but my just man will live by faith, and if he draws back, my soul is not well pleased in him.” 39 But we are not of withdrawal to destruction, but of faith to preservation of the soul.
Now faith is the reality of things being hoped, the proof of things that are not seen. 2 For by this the elders obtained witness. 3 By faith we understand the ages to have been adjusted by a word of God, so that the things that are seen did not come into being out of the things that are apparent. 4 By faith Abel offered a greater sacrifice to God than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was just, God witnessing over his gifts, and even though he died he still speaks through it. By faith Enoch was removed so as not to see death, and was not found because God removed him. 6 For before his removal he had obtained witness to have been well-pleasing to God; for the one who approaches to God must believe that he is and that he becomes a rewarder to those who seek him out. 7 By faith when Noah had been warned by God concerning the things that were not yet seen, he was devout and prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, through which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness that is by faith. 8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go forth to a place which he was about to receive for an inheritance, and went forth not understanding where he was going. 9 By faith he sojourned in a promised land as a foreigner, dwelling in tents, with Isaac and Jacob the co-heirs of the same promise; 10 for he expected the city that has the foundations, of which God is artificer and maker. 11 By faith Sara herself also received power for conception even beyond time of childbearing age, since she deemed the one who had promised faithful. 12 Wherefore indeed there became from one, even though he was as good as dead, as the stars of the heaven in multitude and innumerable as the sand by the lip of the sea. 13 By way of faith these all died, and did not receive the promises, but saw and greeted them from afar, and confessed that they were strangers and sojourners on the earth. 14 For those who say such things make manifest that they seek a fatherland. 15 And if on one hand they remembered that from which they came out, they might have had opportunity to return; 16 now on the other hand they aspire to a better, that is a heavenly. Wherefore God is not ashamed of them to be called their God; for he prepared a city for them. 17 By faith Abraham offered up Isaac when he was tested, and the one who had undertaken the promises was offering up his only begotten, 18 about whom it was spoken, “Your seed shall be called in Isaac,” 19 reckoning that God was able to raise him even from death; from which he did obtain him figuratively. 20 By faith Isaac also blessed Jacob and Esau concerning coming things. 21 By faith Jacob blessed each of the sons of Joseph as he was dying, and worshipped on the tip of his rod. 22 By faith Joseph remembered while he was dying concerning the exodus of the sons of Israel and gave orders concerning his bones. 23 By faith Moses was hidden for three months by his parents when he was born, because they perceived the child to be fine, and they did not fear the decree of the king. 24 By faith Moses when he became great denied to be called son of Pharaoh's daughter, 25 rather he chose to be ill treated with the people of God than to have enjoyment of sin for a time, 26 deeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking away to the recompense. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the anger of the king; for he endured as one who saw the unseen one. 28 By faith he made the Passover and the effusion of the blood, lest the destroyer should touch their firstborn. 29 By faith they went through the Red Sea as through dry land, by which the Egyptians were swallowed up when they took the trial. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell after being encircled during seven days. 31 By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who disobeyed, because she received the spies with peace. 32 And what more may I say? For the time will fail for me to recount concerning Gideon, Barak, Sampson, Jephthae, both David and Samuel, and prophets, 33 who through faith overcame kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the mouths of swords, were empowered from weakness, armies of foreigners were made to yield, women received their dead by resurrection; but others were beaten to death, not accepting deliverance, in order that they might obtain a better resurrection; 36 and others took trial of mockings and of scourgings, and more of bonds and of prisons; 37 they were stoned, they were tried, they were sawn asunder, they died by murder of sword, they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being in want, being afflicted, being ill treated, 38 of whom the world was not worthy, wandering over deserts and mountains and living in caves and the holes of the earth. 39 And all these who have obtained witness through their faith did not obtain the promise, God having foreseen something better for us, in order that they should not be perfected without us.
So therefore we also, having such a cloud of witnesses lying around us, putting away every encumbrance and the most besetting sin, let us run the race set before us through endurance, 2 looking away to the author and finisher of faith, Jesus, who against the joy set before him endured a cross, despising the shame, and has taken his seat on the throne of God. 3 For consider the one who endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest you grow weary fainting in your souls. 4 You have not yet resisted until blood struggling against sin, 5 and you have forgotten the exhortation, which discourses with you as with sons, “My son, do not make light of the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by him; 6 for whom the Lord loves he disciplines, and scourges every son he receives.” 7 Therefore endure discipline, as God is dealing with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not discipline; 8 but if you are without discipline, of which all have become sharers, then you are bastards and not sons. 9 Furthermore, if we had fathers of our flesh who corrected us and we respected them; shall we not be much more subject to the Father of our spirits and live? 10 For they indeed disciplined us for a few days according to that which seemed good to them, but he for our profit so we may take part in his sanctity. 11 On one hand all discipline for the present indeed does not seem to be of joy but of grief, on the other it gives back peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been exercised through it.
12 Wherefore straighten the hands that have been wearied and the knees that have been paralyzed, 13 and make straight tracks for your feet, lest the lame be turned aside, but rather that they may be cured. 14 Follow peace with all men, and sanctification, without which no one will see the Lord, 15 observing so that no one fails from the grace of God, so that no root of bitterness grows up to disturb, and through this the many be defiled, 16 so that there would not be any fornicator or profane man such as Esau, who against one meal gave up his rights of the firstborn. 17 For you know that indeed he was rejected even though afterwards he wished to receive the blessing, for he did not find place of repentance, though he sought it with tears. 18 For you have not approached to a mountain that was felt and that was ignited with fire, nor to darkness and deep gloom and tempest, nor to a sound of trumpet and to a voice of words, which those who heard entreated not a word be spoken to them; 20 for they did not bear the thing that was charged, “If even a beast touches the mountain it shall be stoned;” 21 and the thing that appeared was so fearful, Moses said, “I am terrified and trembling;” 22 but you have approached to mount Zion and to a city of the living God, to a heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, 23 to an assembly and a church of firstborn who have been enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all men, and to the spirits of just men who have been made perfect, 24 and to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better than that of Abel. 25 See that you do not refuse the one who speaks; for if those who refused the one who warned them on earth did not escape, much more we who turn from the one who warns from heaven; the voice of whom then shook the earth, but now he has promised saying, “I will not only shake the earth once more but also heaven.” 27 Now the phrase "Once more" declares of the things that have been made the removal of the things that are shaken, in order that the things that are not shaken may remain. 28 Wherefore, receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us have grace, through which we may serve God well-pleasingly, with devoutness and awe; 29 for indeed our God is a consuming fire.
Let brotherly love remain. Do not be forgetful of hospitality; for through this some have unconsciously entertained angels. 3 Be mindful of the prisoners as if you have been bound with them, of those who are ill treated as if they also are yourselves in the body. 4 Let marriage be honorable in all and the bed undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. 5 Let your way of life be without love of money, being satisfied with the present things; for he has said, “By no means will I leave you nor by any means will I forsake you;” 6 so as being of good cheer let us say, “The Lord is a helper to me, I will not fear; what will man do to me?” 7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you; looking at the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and unto the ages. 9 Do not be carried away by various and strange teachings; it is good for the heart to be confirmed by grace, not by foods, by which the ones who walked in them were not profited. 10 We have an altar of which those who serve the tabernacle do not have authority to eat. 11 For the blood of what animals is brought concerning sins into the holies through the high priest, the bodies of these are burned outside the camp. 12 Wherefore indeed Jesus, in order that he might sanctify the people through his own blood, suffered outside the gate. 13 So let us go forth to him outside the camp bearing his reproach; 14 for we do not have a continuing city here, but we seek the coming one. 15 Through him therefore let us always offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, this is the fruit of lips that confess to his name. 16 But do not be forgetful of the doing of good and sharing; for God is well pleased with such sacrifices. 17 Obey your leaders and submit to them; for they watch on behalf of your souls as those who will render account; in order that they may do this with joy and not groaning; for this would be profitless to you. 18 Pray concerning us; for we are persuaded that we have a good conscience, wishing to behave well in all respects. 19 And I beseech you to do this more abundantly, in order that I may be restored to you sooner.
20 Now the God of peace, the one who led our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, out of the dead through the blood of an eternal covenant, 21 may he adjust you in every good thing to do his will, and may he do in us that which is well-pleasing before him through Jesus Christ, to whom is the glory unto the ages of the ages: Amen. 22 And I beseech you, brothers, endure the word of exhortation; for indeed I wrote to you through only a few words. 23 Know that our brother Timothy has been released, with whom I will see you, if I come sooner.
24 Greet all of your leaders and all the saints. Those from Italy greet you.
25 Grace be with you all.