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Hebrews 10:1-39

10****  For the law, having a shadow of the future good, not the very image of the things, can never year by year with the same sacrifices, which they are offering, perfect in perpetuity those who come; 2**  else would they not have ceased to be offered because the worshipers, once cleansed, would no longer have had sins on their conscience? 3  but in them there is a remembrance of sins year by year, 4  for it is impossible that blood of goats and bulls should take away sins; 5  for which reason as he comes into the world he says “Sacrifice and offering thou hadst no will for, but a body thou didst fit for me; 6  burnt-offerings and sin-offerings thou didst not approve. 7  Then I said ‘Here I come, in a roll of a book it is written of me, to do thy will, God.’” 8  Saying above “Sacrifices and offerings and burnt-offerings and sin-offerings thou hadst no will for and didst not approve,” which are offered according to the law, 9  he has then said “Here I come to do thy will”; he abolishes the first to make good the second; 10  in which will we have been sanctified by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11  And every priest stands day by day performing his services and repeatedly offering the same sacrifices, which can never remove sins; 12  but this one, having offered one sacrifice for sins, took a seat in perpetuity at God’s right hand, 13  thenceforth waiting till his enemies be made the footstool for his feet, 14  for by one offering he has brought those who were to be sanctified into perfect status in perpetuity. 15  And the Holy Spirit too gives us testimony; for after having said 16  “this is the covenant I will establish for them after those days, says the Lord, putting my laws on their hearts and inscribing them on their mind,” 17*  comes “and will no longer remember their sins and their wickednesses.” 18*  But where there is exoneration from these there is no more offering of anything for sin. 19  So, brothers, having confidence for entrance into the sanctuary by Jesus’s blood, 20*  which entrance he inaugurated for us, a fresh and living passage through the curtain (that is, his flesh), 21*  and having a great priest over God’s house, 22  let us come with a true heart in certitude of faith, our hearts sprinkled from bad conscience and our bodies washed with clean water; 23  let us hold erect the profession of our faith, for he who made the promises is faithful, 24  and let us observe each other to stimulate us to love and good works, 25  not abandoning our assemblies as some have a way of doing, but cheering on; and the more as you see the day coming nearer. 26  For if we sin willfully after having had the recognition of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27  but a frightful waiting for judgment, and the jealousy of a fire that is to consume foes. 28  When one has disregarded Moses’s law he dies without mercy at two or three witnesses; 29  how much worse a penalty do you think he will be deemed to deserve who has trampled on the Son of God and has regarded as unholy the covenant blood by which he was sanctified and has affronted the Spirit of grace? 30  For we know who it was that said “Mine is vengeance; I will requite,” 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 recollect the earlier days in which after you were given the light you held out through a hard grind of suffering, 33  for one thing being made a spectacle of with insults and distresses, and for another thing showing your solidarity with those who were leading such a life— 34*  for you shared the suffering of the imprisoned and accepted cheerfully the pillage of your property, knowing that you have better belongings that stay by you. 35  So do not throw up your confidence, which has great wages payable. 36  For staying power is what it takes, that after doing God’s will you may receive the fulfillment of the promise: 37  “for yet the least moment—he who is coming will come and not be belated. 38  And my righteous man shall have life out of faith; and if he flinches my soul takes no satisfaction in him.” 39  And we are not for flinching that comes to destruction, but for faith that comes to soul-preservation.


10:1 Lit. the future goods
10:1 Susp.
10:1 Var. and the image
10:1 Var. they can never (but not so as to read without comma after law)
10:2 Lit. since would they
10:2 Lit. had any conscience of sins
10:17 Lit. without the word comes
10:18 Lit. offering for sin
10:20 Lit. which he handseled for us
10:21 Lit. and a great priest
10:34 Lit. better belongings and remaining ones