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could swear by no greater, he gave a tenth part of all; first sware by himself,

being, by interpretation, King 14 Saying, Surely, blessing, 1 of righteousness, and after that will bless thee ; and multiply. also, King of Salem, which is, ing, I will multiply thee. King of peace;

15 And so, after he had pa- 3 Without father, without motiently endured, he obtained ther, without descent, having the promise.

neither beginning of days, nor 16 For men verily swear by end of life; but, made like unthe greater ; and an oath for to the Son of God, abideth a confirmation, is to them an end priest continually, of all strife.

4 Now consider how great this 17 Wherein God, willing more man was, unto whom even the abundantly to shew unto the patriarch Abraham gave the heirs of promise the immuta- tenth of the spoils. bility of his counsel, confirm. 5 And verily they that are of ed it by an oath :

the sons of Levi, who receive 18 That by two immutable the office of the priesthood, things, in which it was impossi- have a commandment to take ble for God to lie, we might tithes of the people, according have a strong consolation, who to the law, that is, of their brehave fled for refuge to lay thren, though they come out of hold upon the hope set before the loins of Abraham :

6 But he, whose descent is 19 Which hope we have as an not counted from them, receiv. anchor of the soul, both sure ed tithes of Abraham, and and stedfast, and which entéreth blessed him that had the prointo that within the vail,

mises. 20 Whither the forerunner is 7 And, without all contradicfor us entered, even Jesus, made tion, the less is blessed of the an high priest for ever, after the better. order of Melchisedec.

8 And here men that die re.

ceive tithes : but there he reCHAP. VII.

ceiveth them, of whom it is wit.

nessed that he liveth. MELCHISEDEC AND CHRIST.

9 And, as I may so say, Levi FOR this Melchisedec king also, who receiveth tithes, paid of Salem, priest of the most tithes in Abraham. high God, who met Abraham 10 For he was yet in the loins returning from the slaughter of of his father, when Melchisedec the kings, and blessed him ;

met him. 2 To whom also Abraham 11 If, therefore, perfection

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were by the Levitical priest- 20 And inasmuch as not with. hood, (for under it the people out

oath he was made received the law,) what further priest : need was there that another 21 (For those priests were priest should rise after the made without an oath ; but this order of Melchisedec, and not with an oath, by him that said be called after the order of unto him, The Lord sware, and Aaron ?

will not repent, Thou art a 12 For the priesthood being priest for ever, after the order changed, there is made of ne- of Melchisedec:) cessity a change also of the 22 By so much was Jesus law.

made a surety of a better testa13 For he, of whom these ment. things are spoken, pertaineth 23 And they truly were many to another tribe, of which no priests, because they were not man gave attendance at the suffered to continue by reason altar.

of death : 14 For it is evident, that our 24 But this man, because he Lord sprang out of Juda: of continueth ever, hath an unwhich tribe Moses spake noth-changeable priesthood. ing concerning priesthood. 25 Wherefore he is able also

15 And it is yet far more evi- to save them to the uttermost, dent; for that after the simili- that come unto God by him, tude of Melchisedec there aris- seeing he ever liveth to make eth another priest,

intercession for them. 16 Who is made, not after the 26 For such an high priest belaw of a carnal commandment, came us, who is holy, harmless, but after the power of an end- undefiled, separate from sinners, less life.

and made higher than the hea17 For he testifieth, Thou art vens ; a priest for ever, after the order 27 Who needeth not daily, as of Melchisedec.

those high priests, to offer up 18 For there is verily a disan- sacrifice, first for his own sins, nulling of the commandment and then for the people's : for going before, for the weak this he did once, when he offerness and unprofitableness there- ed up himself. of.

28 For the law maketh men high 19 For the law made nothing priests, which have infirmity; perfect, but the bringing in of but the word of the oath, which a better hope did; by the was since the law, maketh the which we draw

we draw nighunto Son, who is consecrated for God.


not man.


he saith, Behold, the days come,

saith the Lord,, when I will A NEW COVENANT.

make a new covenant with the NOW of the things which house of Israel, and with the we have spoken, this is the house of Judah: sum : We have such an high 9 Not according to the covepriest, who is set on the right nant that I made with their fa. hand of the throne of the Mathers, in the day when I took jesty in the heavens ;

them by the hand to lead them 2 A minister of the sanctuary, out of the land of Egypt; be. and of the true tabernacle, cause they continued not in my which the Lord pitched, and covenant, and I regarded them

not, saith the Lord. 3 For every high priest is or- 10 For this is the covenant that dained to offer gifts and sacri- I will make with the house of fices : wherefore, it is of neces- Israel after those days, saith the city that this man have some Lord, I will put my laws into what also to offer.

their mind, and write them in 4 For if he were on earth, he their hearts: and I will be to should not be a priest, seeing them a God, and they shall be that there are priests that offer to me a people : gifts according to the law : 11 And they shall not teach

5 Who serve unto the exam- every man his neighbour, and ple and shadow of heavenly every man his brother, saying, things, as Moses was admonish- || Know the Lord : for all shall ed of God, when he was about know me, from the least to the to make the tabernacle : for, greatest. See, saith he, that thou make 12 For I will be merciful to all things according to the pat-their unrighteousness, and their tern shewed to thee in the sins and their iniquities will I mount.

remember no more.. 6 But now hath he obtained a 13 In that he saith, A new comore excellent ministry, by venant, he hath made the first how much also he is the media-old. Now, that which decayeth tor of a better covenant, which and waxeth old, is ready to was established upon better pro- vanish away. mises. 7 For if that first covenant had

CHAP. IX. been faultless, then should no

THE SACRIFICES OF THE place have been sought for the second.

L AW. 8 For finding fault with them, THEN verily the first covenant


had also ordinances of divine | 10 Which stood only in meats service,and a worldly sanctuary. and drinks, and diverse wash

2 For there was a tabernacle ings, and carnal ordinances, made ;' the first wherein was imposed on them until the time the candlestick, and the table, of reformation. and the shew-bread; which is 11 But Christ being come an called The Sanctuary.

high priest of good things to 3 And after the second vail, come, by a greater and more the tabernacle, which is called, perfect tabernacle, not made The Holiest of all;

with hands, that is to say, not 4 Which had the golden cen- of this building; ser, and the ark of the covenant 12 Neither by the blood of overlaid round about with gold, goats, and calves, but by his wherein was the golden pot that own blood, he entered in once had manna, and Aaron's rod into the holy place, having obthat budded, and the tables of tained eternal redemption for the covenant ;

5 And over it the cherubims 13 For if the blood of bulls, of glory shadowing the mercy- and of goats, and the ashes of seat; of which we cannot now an heifer, sprinkling the unspeak particularly.

clean, sanctifieth to the purify6 Now, when these things ing of the flesh; were thus ordained, the priests 14 How much more shall the went always into the first taber- blood of Christ, who through nacle, accomplishing the service the eternal Spirit, offered him

self without spot to God, purge 7 But into the second went the your conscience from dead high priest alone once every works, to

the living year, not without blood, which God? he offered for himself, and for 15 And for this cause, he is the errors of the people :

the mediator of the new testa. 8 The Holy Ghost this signi- ment, that by means of death, fying, that the way into the for the redemption of the transholiest of all, was not yet made gressions that were under the manifest, while as the first ta- first testament, they which are bernacle was yet standing : called might receive the pro

9 Which was a figure for the mise of eternal inheritance. time then present, in which 16 For where a testament is, were offered both gifts and sa- there must also of necessity be crifices, that could not make the death of the testator. him that did the service perfect, 17 For a testament is of force as pertaining to the conscience; after men are dead : otherwise

of God.



it is of no strength at all while have suffered since the foundathe testator liveth.

tion of the world ;) but now 18 Whereupon, neither the once in the end of the world first testament was dedicated hath he appeared to put away without blood.

sin, by the sacrifice of himself. 19 For when Moses had spok- 27 And as it is appointed unen every precept to all the peo- to men once to die, but after ple according to the law, he this the judgment; took the blood of calves, and of 28 So Christ was once offered goats, with water, and scarlet to bear the sins of many; and wool, and hyssop, and sprink- unto them that look for him led both the book and all the shall he appear the second time, people,

without sin unto salvation. 20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God

CHAP. X. hath enjoined unto you.

CHRIST'S PERFECT SACRI21 Moreover, he sprinkled likewise with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels FOR the law having a shaof the ministry.

dow of good things to come, 22 And almost all things are and not the very image of the by the law purged with blood, things, can never with those and without shedding of blood sacrifices, which they offered is no remission.

year by year continually, make 23 It was therefore necessary the comers thereunto perfect : that the patterns of things in 2 For then would they not the heavens should be purified have ceased to be offered ? bewith these ; but the heavenly cause that the worshippers, once things themselves with better purged, should have had no sacrifices than these.

more conscience of sins. 24 For Christ is not entered 3 But in those sacrifices there into the holy places made with is a remembrance again made hands, which are the figures of of sins every year. the true ; but into heaven it. 4 For it is not possible that self, now to appear in the pre- the blood of bulls and of goats sence of God for us :

should take away sins. 25 Nor yet that he should of. 5 Wherefore, when he cometh fer himself often, as the high into the world, he saith, Sacri. priest entereth into the holy fice and offering thou wouldest place every year with blood of not, but a body hast thou preothers;

pared me: 26 (For then must he often 6 In burnt-offerings and sacri

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