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CHAP. is often falling on it from God, and is no more any offering for sin 're- CHAP.
beareth herbage useful to the tillers quired. 8 of it, receiveth praise; but when Having therefore, brethren; a Whatever
the Jews it bringeth forth thorns and briers, high-priest over the family of God,
expected is disapproved and condemned, and let us come near with a true heart, from their at last burned up.
in assured confidence, having hearts high-priest 9 But, beloved, we are persuaded sprinkled from an evil concience, The apos- better things of you, and things and the body washed with clean for in nie me at which belong to salvation, though water : let us hold fast the steady Christ. demn, only we thus speak. For God is not un profession of our hope (for he who to caution just, so as to forget that proof of hath promised is faithful), and let 24 the He
your love, which ye showed for us consider one another, that we brews.
his name's sake in having relieved may provoke each other to love
the saints, and still relieving them. and to good works : not forsaking 25 11 Now we wish every one of you to the Rassembling of ourselves toge
show the same earnestness, accord-ther, as the manner of some is, but
ing to the confidence of your hope encouraging each other, and so
ful, but imitators of them who of retribution approaching.
ceiving the knowledge of the truth, 'The danCHAP. Now under the luw of Moses, there remaineth no more any sacri ger of apos
every priest continueth serving fice for sins, but a fearful expecta- strongly Obedience daily, and offering the same sacri- tion of punishment, and a raging represente sacrifice Sachine best fices frequently, which can never fire, that will devour the adversaries.
take away sins; but Christ, after He who despised the law of Moses, 28
sins, sat down at the right hand of three witnesses ; how much sorer 29
enemies be made his footstool :"ceive who treadeth under foot the 14 for one offering hath made those son of God, and regardeth as vile
who are 'sanctiñed by it perfect for that blood of the covenant by which 15 ever. Now the holy spirit also bear he was sanctified, and insulteth the
eth testimony to us : for after the spirit of favour? For we know 30 Jer. scripture had said before, “ This is who hath declared, “ Vengeance is Deuter.
the covenant which I will make with mine, I will repay, saith the *XXII. 35. 31–34.
them, ' After these days,' saith the Lord.” And again, “ The Lord Psalm Lord, I will put my laws into will judge his people.” It is a fear-li to
their hearts, and on their minds, ful thing to fall into the hands of 17 1 will write them :" it saith also, che living God.
" Their sins and their iniquities But call to mind those days, 32 18 I will remember no more.” Now when ye were first enlightened, in
where 3 remission of these is, there which ye endured a great struggle
CXXXV. 14. are-re
• The sacrifice of perfect obedience to the who comply with the terms of it. will of God, which whoever sincerely wishes 4 As was the case under the law. and strives to offer, may be assured of the 5 Being pure and holy both in body and pardon of all his past sins.
mind. • Who become holy by making the offer- 6 For public worship and instruction. ing of sincere obedience in imitation of 7 The destruction of Jerusalem. Christ.
8 So called, because it was given freely 3 As there is under the gospel to those and gratuitously to Christians.
CHAP. of suffering; as well by a public faith, Noah, having been warned CHAP XI.
XI, exposure both to reproaches and from heaven concerning things not Hebrews distresses, as by sharing with those then seen, with pious reverence Genesis,
who were so afflicted. For ye had prepared an ark, by which he minded of the noble compassion on those who were in condemned the world, and obpart they bonds, and took joyfully the sei- tained the deliverance according had acted.
zure of your goods, knowing that to his faith.
ye have a better and a lasting By faith Abraham obeved the call 8 35 substance. Cast not away there to depart to that place which he was Genesis
fore your confidence which will afterwards to possess, and departed, *i. 31. 36 have a great reward. But ye must not knowing whither he was going.
have patience in performing the By faith he sojourned in the pro-9
will of God before ye gain the promised land, like a stranger there, 87 mise. For yet a little while in- dwelling in tents, with Isaac and
deed, “ He who is coming will Jacob, joint-heirs of the same proii. 3. 4. come, and will not delay.” And mise, and looking for that city 10
38 whoso trusteth to 'faith for deliver-which hath foundations, whose
ance, will save his life: but if he framer and builder is God. By 11 withdraw himself, my soul will faith Sarah also received power to Genesis
, 39 have no pleasure in him.” But we conceive, and bare a child beyond xvii. 17.
are not they who withdraw unto de- her proper age; for she relied on struction, but who faithfully per-him who had made the promise. severe to the deliverance of our Wherefore even of one (Abraham) 12 lives.
and him 100 become as dead, CHAP. Now faith is a confidence in sprang as many as the stars of
things hoped for, a conviction of heaven in multitude, and as sand Nature and things not seen : and for this our by the sea shore which cannot be good ef.
fathers were well spoken of. By numbered. fects of faith.
faith we understand that the ages All these died in faith, not hav- 13 were so ordered by divine power, ing received the promises, but havthat the present state of things ing seen them afar off, and having
arose not from what did then ap- hailed them, and having confessed Genesis, pear. By faith Abel offered unto that they were strangers, and foiv. 4, 5. God a better sacrifice tban Cain ; reigners on the earth. Now they 14
4 through which he was declared to who speak thus, show plainly that
though dead, he is still spoken of. in mind that country whence they
5 By faith Enoch was translated, so I came out, they might have had Genes's, that he did not see death, and was opportunity to return; but now they 16
not found because God translated desire a better country, that is, an
was declared to have pleased God. ashamed to be called their God,
to please him ; for he who cometh city, "unto God must first believe that he
By faith Abraham, when tried, 17 is, and that he is a rewarder of offered up Isaac, and though per
xxii. 7 such as diligently seek him. By suaded of the promises, offered in a
1 His belief of and obedience to the gospel. which the world rejected.
CHAP. sacrifice that 'only son, of whom , more examples, for time would CHAP.
it had been declared, “ A posterity fail me to tell of Gideon, and of
will be derived to thee from Isaac;"Barak, and of Samson, and of Judges 19 reasoning with himself, that God Jephtha; of David also, and of iv. &c
was able even to raise him from the Samuel and the prophets; who ? Sam. dead : and indeed from a like con- through faith subdued kingdoms,
dition he at first received him.wrought deliverance, obtained pro- 33
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob andmises, stopped the mouths of lions, Genesis, Esau, concerning things to come. quenched the rage of fire, escaped 34 xxvii. 27. By faith Jacob, when he was dy- the edge of the sword,' became
21 ing, blest each of the sons of Joseph, strong from weakness, were mighty
and worshipped God, leaning on in battle, put to flight the armies of
at the end of life, made mention of their dead children brought to life xxii. 22. the departure of the children of again ; and some were killed with
Israel, and gave directions concern-clubs, not accepting deliverance
when offered, that they might oh-
by his parents, (for they saw that ery and scourges, bonds also, and
They were stoned, they were 37 24 By faith Moses after he was grown sawn asunder, they were thrust
up, refused to call himself the son through with stakes, they were
rather to suffer hardships with the went about clothed with sheep-
pleasures of sin for a short time; flicted, cruelly treated ; (of whom 38 26 and esteemed such reproach as the world was not worthy ;) wan
Christ endured greater riches than derers in wildernesses, and moun-
looking forward to his reward. earth. And all these thus celebrat- 39
27 By faith he left Egypt, in defiance ed for their trust in God, received Exodus, of the anger of the king: for he not the promises ; God having 40.
remained firm, as if he had seen his long ago intended this advantage
28 invisible deliverer. By faith he for us, that these promises might Crodus, observed the passover, and the not be performed before our days.
sprinkling of blood, that the de- Wherefore, since we
stroyer of the first-born might not rounded with so great a cloud of
29 touch them. By faith the Israel- witnesses, let us lay aside every Exodus, ites passed through the Red Sea, weight, and the sin which easily amples of
as on dry land, which the Egyp- entangleth us, and run with perse- should ex,
tians attempting, were drowned. verance, the race that is laid out cite us to
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell for us, looking forwards into Jesus, their good oshua, down, after a procession round the guide and complete pattern of qualities. them for seven days.
this faith, who for the joy that was 32 And why should I mention any set before him, endured the cross,
are sur- CHAP.
· Abraham's other son Ishmael, is passed follies, they are to be admired for the con. over, as being born of a bond-woman. fidence they had in the existence and good
• Though this person and others here ness of God. mentioned, were guilty of great faults and
CHAP. despising the shame of it, and is holiness, without which no man CHAP, XII.
seated at the right hand of the shall see the Lord; keeping watch, 3 throne of God. Now consider with lest any one fall short of the favour 15
yourselves what a greatopposition of of God; lest any 'root of bitterness sinners he endured, lest ye be wea- as gall, spring up, and by it many 4 ried and faint in your minds. Yebe defiled : lest there be any forni- 16
have not yet in your struggles re-cator or s profane person as Esau, 5 sisted sin unto blood; and have ye who for one meal gave up his birth- Genesis, forgotten that encouraging voice
, right; for ye know that he wished *XV. 33. which talketh with you as with afterwards indeed to obtain the 17 Job, sons, “ My son, despise not the blessing, but was rejected : for
chastening of the Lord, nor faint though he sought it earnestly with
under his reproof: for whom the tears, he found no way of chang6 Lord Joveth” he chastiseth, and ing the purpose of his father. scourgeth every son whom he re
For ye are not come to a moun- 18 ceiveth ?”
tain covered all over with burning Superiority Bear your chastisement with pa- fire, and to blackness and darkness, pel dispenPatience tience : 'God dealeth with you as and tempest, and the blast of a sation to mended.
with sons : for what son is there trumpet, and a noise of words; the law of
whom his father chasteneth not? So which the hearers entreated might 8 then if ye be without chastisement, not be addressed unto them: (for 20
of which all sons have partaken, they could not endure that strict then are ye a spurious race, and command, “If even a beast touch 21 9 not lawful sons. Besides, have our the mountain, it shall be stoned;"
natural fathers chastised us, and and so frightful was the appear- 22
selves to our spiritual father, and come to Mount Sion, and to the
with a view to a short life, and af-venly Jerusalem, and the general
our good, that we might be par-enrolled in heaven, and to God the
present indeed no chastisement ap- 'men made perfect; and to Jesus peareth to be joyous, but grievous; the mediator of the new covenant, 24 nevertheless afterwards it yieldeth and to a 'sprinkling of blood, peaceful fruits of righteousness to which speaketh better things than
ihem who have been exercised by it. that of Abel.
12 Wherefore lift up the hands and zeal, which hang down, and strengthen him who now speaketh to you ; Wicked
Take care that ye refuse not 25 the feeble knees, and make 'straight for if they escaped not who reject- deserve purity. paths for your feet, that the lame ed the earthly 5 messenger, much the severest
13 and timid may not be turned out less shall we escape who reject the punish
of the way, but rather be healed. "heavenly messenger of God, whose 14 Follow after peace with all men, and voice then shook the earth; but he
1. Those of true Christian goodness and such sufferings as Christ endured, and which fortitude.
will procure for us more glorious rewards Apostacy which might extend itself by than what Abel had reason to expect. exampie.
5 Moses. 3 Üne pert of Esau's birthright was, that 6 Christ, called heavenly in distinction the Messiah should descend from him. fiom Moses, on account of ihe superior ex
. To that high degree of holy fortitude cellence of his doctrine. which disposes us voluntarily to submit to
CHAP. hath now declared, “ Once more it is better that the heart should be CHAP.
XILL. I shake not the earth only, but established in the gracious gospel, Hag.
heaven also.” Now these words than in Jewish meats, by which 9
once more,” signify the removal the followers of them have not 27 of those things which are shaken, been profited.
as worn to decay, that the things We have not here a continuing 14
not shaken may continue. Where-city, but are looking for one here-
unshaken kingdom have thankful- let us offer up continually to God
God, with reverence and pious fruit of our lips, which render
reverent our God is a consuming Moreover, forget not kind of- 16
fices, and to distribute to the
Beneficence CHAP. Let brotherly love continue. For-for with such sacrifices God is well and sub
get not hospitality; for by this some pleased. Obey your guides, and superiors Genesis, have entertained angels unawares. yield to them; (for they are watch-recomxviii. 1.
Remember those that are in bondsing for your souls, as having an ac-
be without covetousness, and be Now the God of peace, who 20
content with your condition; for brought up from the dead, that Benediction Joshua, God hath said, " I will never leave shepherd of the sheep, become and conclui. 5.
thee, nor forsake thee;" so that we great by the blood of an everlast
may boldly say, “ The Lord is ing covenant, even our Lord Jesus lvi. 4, 11.
my helper, and I will not fear Christ, make you complete in every 21
can do unto me.” good work, to perform his will!
unto you the word of God; hisown sight, through Jesus Christ;
Now I entreat you, brethren, 22 8 Jesus Christ is the same yes- suffer the word of exhortation. Perpetuity terday, and to-day, and for ever ; | The favour of God be with you all. 25 Christian
be not, therefore, carried aside with Amen. religion. a variety of strange doctrines; for
Various duties enforced.
By voluntarily submitting to death, in venant, which will never be annulled. defence and confirmation of that gospel co
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