« PreviousContinue »
but likened unto the Son of God, Lord sprung out of Juda: in which continueth a priest for ever. tribe Moses spoke nothing con
4 Now.consider how great this cerning priests. man is, to whom also Abraham the 15 And it is yet far more evipatriarch gave tithes out of the dent: if according to the similitude principal things.
of Melchisedech there ariseth ano5 And indeed they that are of the ther priest, sons of Levi,who receive the priest 16 Who is made not according hood, have a commandment to take to the law of a carnal commandtithes of the people according to the ment, but according to the power law, that is to say, of their brethren: of an indissoluble life : though they themselves also came 17 For he testifieth: Thou art a out of the loins of Abraham. priest for ever, according to the or
6 But he, whose pedigree is not der of Melchisedech. numbered among them, received 18° There is indeed a setting tithes of Abraham, and blessed him aside of the former commandment, that had the promises.
because of the weakness and un7 And without all contradiction, profitableness thereof: that which is less, is blessed by the 19 (For the law brought nothing better.
to perfection) but a bringing in of 8 And here indeed, men that die, a better hope, by which we draw receive tithes : but there he hath nigh to God. witness, that he liveth.
20 And in as much as it is not 9 And (as it may be said) even without an oath, (for the others inLevi who received tithes, paid tithes deed were made priests without an in Abraham :
oath ; 10. For he was yet in the loins 21 But this with an oath, by him of his father, when Melchisedech that said unto him: The Lord hath met him.
sworn, ond he will not repent, thou 11 If then perfection was by the art a priest for ever.) Levitical priesthood (for under it 22 By so much is Jesus made a the people received the law) what surety of a better testament. further need was there that another 23 And the others indeed were priest should rise according to the made many priests, because by reaorder of Melchisedecb, and not be son of death they were not suffered called according to the order of to continue : Aaron?
24 But this, for that he continueth 12 For the priesthood being trans- for ever, hath an everlasting priestlated, it is necessary that a transla- hood, tion also be made of the law. 25 Whereby he is able also to
13 For he, of whom these things save for ever them that come to are spoken, is of another tribe, of God by him: always living to make which no one attended on the altar. intercession for us,
14 For it is evident that our 26 For it was fitting that we
Ver. 23. Many priests. The apostle notes this difference, between the high-priests of the law and our high-priest Jesus Christ, that they being removed by death, made way for their successors; whereas our Lord Jesus is a priest for ever, and hath no successor ; but liveth and concurreth for ever with his ministers, the priests of the new testament, in all their functions. 2dly, That no one priest of the law, nor all of them together, could offer that abso. lute sacrifice of everlasting redemption, which our one high-priest, Jesus Christ, has offered once and for ever.
Ver. 25. Make intercession. Christ, as man, continually maketh intercession for os, og representing his passion to his Father.
should have such a high-priest, 1. 8 For finding, fault with them, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated he saith: Behold the days shall from sinners, and made higher than come, saith the Lord : and I will the heavens :
perfect unto the house of Israel, and 27 Who needeth not daily (as the unto the house of Juda, a new testaother priests) to offer sacrifices first ment : for his own sins, and then for the 9 Not according to the testament, people's: for this he did once in of- which I made to their fathers on the fering himself.
day when I took them by the hand 28 For the law maketh men to lead them out of the land of priests, who have infirmity: but Egypt : because they continued not the word of the oath, which was in my testament : and I regarded since the law, the Son who is per- them not, saith the Lord : fected for evermore.
10 For this is the testament which CHAP. VIII.
I will make to the house of Israel Excellence of the priesthood of after those days saith the Lord : 1 Christ.
will give my laws into their mind, OW
have spoken this is the sum : and I will be their God, and they We have such an high-priest, who shall be any people : is set on the right hand of the 11 And they shall not teach every throne of majesty in the heavens. man his neighbour, and every man
2 A minister of the Holies, and his brother, saying : Know the of the true tabernacle, which the Lord : for all shall know me from Lord hath pitched, and not man. the least to the greatest of them;
3 For every high-priest is ap 12 Because I will be merciful to pointed to offer gifts and sacrifices: their iniquities, and their sins" I will wherefore it is necessarythat he also remember no more. should have something to offer : 13 Now in saying a new, he hath
4. If then he were on earth, he made the former old. And that, would not be a priest: seeing that which decayeth and groweth old, is there would be others to offer gifts near its end. according to the law,
CHAP. IX. 5. Who serve unto the example The sacrifices of the law inferior to and . As that of Christ.
THE former indeed had also was to finish the tabernacle : see (says he) that thou make all things and a worldly sanctuary. according to the pattern which was 2 For there was a tabernacle shewn. thee on the mount. made the first, wherein were the
6 But now he hath obtained a candlesticks, and the table, and the better ministry, by how much also setting forth of loaves, which is callhe is a mediator of a better testa- ed the Holy., ment, which is established on bet 3 And after the second veil, tho ter promises.
tabernacle, which is called the Holy 7 For if that former had been of Holies :: faultless, there should not indeed al 4. Having a golden censer, and place have been sought fora second. the ark of the testament covered
Chap. 8. Ver. 2 The Holies. That is, the sanctuary. '. Ver. 1). They shall not teach, &c. So great shall be the light and grace of the new testa. ment, that it shall not be necessary to inculcate to the faithful the belief and knowledge the true God, for they shall all know him
Ver. 18. A new, supply testament
TO THE HEBREWS. about on every part with gold, in dead works, to serve the living God! which was a golden pot that had
15 And therefore he is the memanna, and the rod of Aaron that diator of the new testament: that had blossomed, and the tables of by means of his death, for the rethe testament,
demption of those transgressions, 5 And over it were the cherubims which were under the former testaof glory overshadowing the propi-ment, they that are called may retiatory of which it is not needful ceive the promise of eternal inheto speak now particularly.
ritance. 6 Now these things being thus 16 For where there is a testaordered, into the first tabernacle the ment; the death of the testator priests indeed always entered, ac- must of necessity come in : complishing the offices of sacrifices. 17 For a testament is of force
? But into the second, the high- after men are dead : otherwise it priest alone, once a year : not with- is as yet of no strength, whilst the out blood, which he offereth for his testator liveth. own, and the people's ignorance : 18 Whereupon neither was the
8 The Holy Ghost signifying this, first indeed 'dedicated without that the way into the Holies was blood. not yet made manifest, whilst the 19 For when every commandformer tabernacle was yet standing. ment of the law had been read by
9 Which is a parable of the time Moses to all the people, he took the present : according to which gifts blood of calves and goats with waand sacrifices are offered, which ter and scarlet wool and hyssop, cannot, as to the conscience, make and sprinkled both the book itselí him perfect that serveth, only in and all the people, meats and in drinks,
20 Saying: This is the blood of 10 And divers washings, and the testament, which God hath enjustices of the flesh, laid on them joined unto you. until the time of correction.
21 The tabernacle also and all 11 But Christ being come an the vessels of the ministry, in like high-priest of the good things to manner, he sprinkled with blood : come, by a greater and more per 22 And almost all things, accordsect tabernacle not made with hand, ing to the law, are cleapsed with that is, not of this creation : blood : and without shedding of
12 Neither by the blood of goats, blood there is no remission. or of calves, but by his own blood, 23 It is necessary therefore that entered once into the Holies, having the patterns of heavenly things obtained eternal redemption. should be cleansed with these: but
13 For if the blood of goats and the heavenly thingsthemselves with of oxen, and the ashes of an heifer better sacrifices than these. being sprinkled, sanctify such as are 24 For Jesus is not entered into defiled, to the cleansing of the flesh: the Holies made with hand, the
14 How much more shall the patterns of the true : but into heablood of Christ, who by the Holy ven itself, that he may appear now Ghostoffered himselfunspotted un- in the presence of God for us. to God,cleanse our conscience from 25 Nor yet that he should offer
Ver. 12. Eternal redemption. By that one sacrifice of his blood, once offered on the cross. Christ our Lord paid and exhibited, once for all, the general price and ransom of all, mankind, which no other priest could do ; and he himself could do but once, because he could die but once.
Ver. 25. Offer himself often. Christ shall never more offer himself in sacrifice, in that Whilant, painful, and bloody manner, nor can there be any occasion for it; since by that ono
nimselt often, as the high-priest en-of me; that I should do thy will, O tereth into the Holies, every year God. with the blood of others :
8 In saying before, Sacrifices, 26 For then he ought to have and oblations, and holocausts for sin suffered often from the beginning thou wouldest not, neither are they of the world: but now once at the pleasing to thee, which are offered end of ages, he hath appeared for according to the law. the destruction of sin, by the sacri 9 Then said 1, Behold I come to fice of himself.
do thy will, O God: he taketh away 27 And as it is appointed unto the first, that he may establish that men once to die, and, after this, the which followeth. judgment:
10 In the which will, we are 28 So also Christ was offered sanctified by the oblation of the once to exhaust the sins of many, body of Jesus Christ once. the second time he shall appear 11 And every priest indeed standwithout sin to them, that expect eth daily ministering, and often ofhim, unto salvation.
fering the same sacrifices, which CHAP. X.
can never take away sins : He exhorts them to perseverance.
12 But this man offering one FOR NOR the law having a shadow sacrifice for sins, for ever sitteth
of the good things to come, not on the right hand of God. the very image of the things : by 13 From henceforth expecting, the self-same sacrifices, which they until his enemies be made his footoffer' continually every year, can stool. never make the comers thereunto 14 For by one oblation he hath perfect :
perfected for ever them that are 2 For then they would have ceas- sanctified. ed to be offered : because the wor 15 And the Holy Ghost also doth shippers once cleansed should have testify this to us.
For after that no conscience of sin any longer : he said :
3 But in them there is made a 16 And this is the testament which commemoration of sins every year. I will make unto them after those
4 For it is impossible that with days, saith the Lord. I will give the blood of oxen and goats sins my laws in their hearts, and on their should be taken away.
minds will I write them : 5 Wherefore when he cometh into 17 And their sins and iniquities / the world he saith : Sacrifice and will remember no more. oblation thou wouldest not : but a 18 Now where there is a remisbody thou hast fitted to me: sion of these, there is no more an
6 Holocausts for sin did not please oblation for sin. thee.
19 Having therefore, brethren, a 7 Then said I : Behold I come : confidence in the entering into the in the head of the book it is written Holies by the blood of Christ : sacrifice upon the cross, he has furnished the full ransom, redemption, and remedy for all the sins of the world. But this hinders not but that he may offer himself daily in the sacred mysteries in an unbloody manner, for the daily application of that one sacrifice of redemp. lion to our souls.
Ver. 2. They would have ceased. If they had been of themselves perfect to all the intento of redemption and reniission, as Christ's death is, there would have been no occasion of so often repeating them; as there is no occasion for Christ's dying any more for our sins,
Ver. 18. There is no more an oblation for sin. Where there is a full remission of sins, as in baptism; there is no more occasion for a sin offering to be made for such sins already remitted ; and as for sins committed afterwards they can only be remitted in virtue of the one ablation of Christ's death
TO THE HEBREWS. 20 A new and living way which you endured a great fight of afflicne hath dedicated for us through tions. tne veil, that is to say, his flesh, 33 And on the one hand indeed,
21 And a high-priest over the by reproaches and tribulations were house of God:
made a gazing stock ; and on the 22 Let us draw near with a true other, became companions of them heart in fulness of faith, having our that were used in such sort. nearts sprinkled from an evil con 34 For you both had compassion science, and our bodies washed with on them that were in bands, and clean water.
took with joy the being stripped of 23 Let us hold fast the confession your own goods, knowing that you of our hope without wavering (for have a better and a lasting subhe is faithful that hath promised) stance.
24 And let us consider one ano 35 Do not therefore lose your ther to provoke unto charity and to confidence, which hath a great regood works':
ward. 25 Not forsaking our assembly, 36 For patience is necessary for as some are accustomed, but com- you : that, doing the will of God, forting one another, and so much you may receive the promise. the more as you see the day ap 37 For yet a little and a very proaching.
little while, and he that is to come, 26 For if we sin wilfully after will come, and will not delay. having the knowledge of the truth, 38 But my just man liveth by there is now Jest no sacrifice for sins, faith : but if he withdraw himself,
27 But a certain dreadful expec- he shall not please my soul. tation of judgment, and the rage of 39 But we are not the children a fire which shall consume the ad- of withdrawing unto perdition, but versaries.
of faith to the saving of the soul. 28 A man making void the law
CHAP. XI. of Moses, dieth without any mercy
What is faith. under two or three witnesses : TOW faith is the substance of 29 How much more,
you think he deserveth worse punish-dence of things that appear not. ments who hath trodden under foot 2 For by this the ancients obtainthe Son of God, and hath esteemed ed a testimony. the blood of the testament unclean, 3 By faith we understand that the by which he was sanctified, and world was framed by the word of hath offered an affront to the Spirit God; that from invisible things of grace ?
visible things might be made. 30 For we know him that hath 4 By faith Abel offered to God a said : Vengeance belongeth to me, sacrifice exceeding that of Cain, by and I will repay. And again: The which he obtained a testimony that Lord'shall judge his people. he was just, God giving testimony
31 It is a fearful thing to fall to his gifts, and by it he being dead into the hands of the living God. yet speaketh.
32 But call to mind the former 5 By faith Henoch was transdays wherein, being illuminated, lated, that he should not see death,
Ver. 26. If we sin wilfully. He speaks of the sin of wilful apostacy from the known truth ; after which, as we cannot be baptized again, we cannot expect to have that abun. dant remission of sins, which Christ purchased by his death, applied to our souls in that ample manner as it is in baptism ; but we have rather all manner of reason to look for a dreadful judgment; the more because apostates from the known truth seldom or never havo
N hinggil be hoped for, the evi
grace to return to it.