1For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices, which they offered year by year continually, make the comers thereunto perfect. 2For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 4For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
5 # Ps 40.6-8. Wherefore, when he cometh into the world, he saith,
Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not,
but a body hast thou prepared me:
6in burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
7Then said I, Lo, I come
(in the volume of the book it is written of me)
to do thy will, O God.
8Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 # Exod 29.38. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12#Ps 110.1. but this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 15Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
16 # Jer 31.33. This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, saith the Lord;
I will put my laws into their hearts,
and in their minds will I write them;
17 # Jer 31.34. and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
Let Us Draw Near and Hold Fast
19Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21and having a high priest over the house of God; 22#Lev 8.30; Ezek 36.25; Lev 8.6. let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised; 24and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
26For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27#Isa 26.11. but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28#Deut 17.6; 19.15. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29#Exod 24.8. of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 30#Deut 32.35. For we know him that hath said,
Vengeance belongeth unto me,
I will recompense, saith the Lord.
The Lord shall judge his people.#Deut 32.36.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; 33partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. 34For ye had compassion of me in my bonds,#10.34 of me in my bonds. Some early manuscripts have on them who were in bonds. and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. 35Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. 36For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
37 # Hab 2.3,4. For yet a little while,
and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
38Now the just shall live by faith:
but if any man draw back,
my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
39But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.