Because of the insufficiency of the sacrifices of the law, Christ our high priest shed his own blood for us, offering up once for all the sacrifice of our redemption. He exhorts them to perseverance.
1 For the law having a shadow of the good things to come, not the very image of the things; by the selfsame sacrifices which they offer continually every year, can never make the comers thereunto perfect:
Umbram enim habens lex futurorum bonorum, non ipsam imaginem rerum : per singulos annos, eisdem ipsis hostiis quas offerunt indesinenter, numquam potest accedentes perfectos facere :
2 For then they would have ceased to be offered: because the worshippers once cleansed should have no conscience of sin any longer:
alioquin cessassent offerri : ideo quod nullam haberent ultra conscientiam peccati, cultores semel mundati :
3 But in them there is made a commemoration of sins every year.
sed in ipsis commemoratio peccatorum per singulos annos fit.
4 For it is impossible that with the blood of oxen and goats sin should be taken away.
Impossibile enim est sanguine taurorum et hircorum auferri peccata.
5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith: Sacrifice and oblation thou wouldest not: but a body thou hast fitted to me:
Ideo ingrediens mundum dicit : Hostiam et oblationem noluisti : corpus autem aptasti mihi :
6 Holocausts for sin did not please thee.
holocautomata pro peccato non tibi placuerunt.
7 Then said I: Behold I come: in the head of the book it is written of me: that I should do thy will, O God.
Tunc dixi : Ecce venio : in capite libri scriptum est de me : Ut faciam, Deus, voluntatem tuam.
8 In saying before, Sacrifices, and oblations, and holocausts for sin thou wouldest not, neither are they pleasing to thee, which are offered according to the law.
Superius dicens : Quia hostias, et oblationes, et holocautomata pro peccato noluisti, nec placita sunt tibi, quae secundum legem offeruntur,
9 Then said I: Behold, I come to do thy will, O God: he taketh away the first, that he may establish that which followeth.
tunc dixi : Ecce venio, ut faciam, Deus, voluntatem tuam : aufert primum, ut sequens statuat.
10 In the which will, we are sanctified by the oblation of the body of Jesus Christ once.
In qua voluntate sanctificati sumus per oblationem corporis Jesu Christi semel.
11 And every priest indeed standeth daily ministering, and often offering the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
Et omnis quidem sacerdos praesto est quotidie ministrans, et easdem saepe offerens hostias, quae numquam possunt auferre peccata :
12 But this man offering one sacrifice for sins, for ever sitteth on the right hand of God,
hic autem unam pro peccatis offerens hostiam, in sempiternum sedet in dextera Dei,
13 From henceforth expecting, until his enemies be made his footstool.
de cetero exspectans donec ponantur inimici ejus scabellum pedum ejus.
14 For by one oblation he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
Una enim oblatione, consummavit in sempiternum sanctificatos.
15 And the Holy Ghost also doth testify this to us. For after that he said:
Contestatur autem nos et Spiritus Sanctus. Postquam enim dixit :
16 And this is the testament which I will make unto them after those days, saith the Lord. I will give my laws in their hearts, and on their minds will I write them:
Hoc autem testamentum, quod testabor ad illos post dies illos, dicit Dominus, dando leges meas in cordibus eorum, et in mentibus eorum superscribam eas :
17 And their sins and iniquities I will remember no more.
et peccatorum, et iniquitatum eorum jam non recordabor amplius.
18 Now where there is a remission of these, there is no more an oblation for sin.
Ubi autem horum remissio : jam non est oblatio pro peccato.
19 Having therefore, brethren, a confidence in the entering into the holies by the blood of Christ;
Habentes itaque, fratres, fiduciam in introitu sanctorum in sanguine Christi,
20 A new and living way which he hath dedicated for us through the veil, that is to say, his flesh,
quam initiavit nobis viam novam, et viventem per velamen, id est, carnem suam,
21 And a high priest over the house of God:
et sacerdotem magnum super domum Dei :
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in fulness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with clean water.
accedamus cum vero corde in plenitudine fidei, aspersi corda a conscientia mala, et abluti corpus aqua munda,
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering (for he is faithful that hath promised),
teneamus spei nostrae confessionem indeclinabilem ( fidelis enim est qui repromisit),
24 And let us consider one another, to provoke unto charity and to good works:
et consideremus invicem in provocationem caritatis, et bonorum operum :
25 Not forsaking our assembly, as some are accustomed; but comforting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching.
non deserentes collectionem nostram, sicut consuetudinis est quibusdam, sed consolantes, et tanto magis quanto videritis appropinquantem diem.
26 For if we sin wilfully after having the knowledge of the truth, there is now left no sacrifice for sins,
Voluntarie enim peccantibus nobis post acceptam notitiam veritatis, jam non relinquitur pro peccatis hostia,
27 But a certain dreadful expectation of judgment, and the rage of a fire which shall consume the adversaries.
terribilis autem quaedam exspectatio judicii, et ignis aemulatio, quae consumptura est adversarios.
28 A man making void the law of Moses, dieth without any mercy under two or three witnesses:
Irritam quis faciens legem Moysi, sine ulla miseratione duobus vel tribus testibus moritur :
29 How much more, do you think he deserveth worse punishments, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath esteemed the blood of the testament unclean, by which he was sanctified, and hath offered an affront to the Spirit of grace?
quanto magis putatis deteriora mereri supplicia qui Filium Dei conculcaverit, et sanguinem testamenti pollutum duxerit, in quo sanctificatus est, et spiritui gratiae contumeliam fecerit?
30 For we know him that hath said: Vengeance belongeth to me, and I will repay. And again: The Lord shall judge his people.
Scimus enim qui dixit : Mihi vindicta, et ego retribuam. Et iterum : Quia judicabit Dominus populum suum.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Horrendum est incidere in manus Dei viventis.
32 But call to mind the former days, wherein, being illuminated, you endured a great fight of afflictions.
Rememoramini autem pristinos dies, in quibus illuminati, magnum certamen sustinuistis passionum :
33 And on the one hand indeed, by reproaches and tribulations, were made a gazingstock; and on the other, became companions of them that were used in such sort.
et in altero quidem opprobriis et tribulationibus spectaculum facti : in altero autem socii taliter conversantium effecti.
34 For you both had compassion on them that were in bands, and took with joy the being stripped of your own goods, knowing that you have a better and a lasting substance.
Nam et vinctis compassi estis, et rapinam bonorum vestrorum cum gaudio suscepistis, cognoscentes vos habere meliorem et manentem substantiam.
35 Do not therefore lose your confidence, which hath a great reward.
Nolite itaque amittere confidentiam vestram, quae magnam habet remunerationem.
36 For patience is necessary for you; that, doing the will of God, you may receive the promise.
Patientia enim vobis necessaria est : ut voluntatem Dei facientes, reportetis promissionem.
37 For yet a little and a very little while, and he that is to come, will come, and will not delay.
Adhuc enim modicum aliquantulum, qui venturus est, veniet, et non tardabit.
38 But my just man liveth by faith; but if he withdraw himself, he shall not please my soul.
Justus autem meus ex fide vivit : quod si subtraxerit se, non placebit animae meae.
39 But we are not the children of withdrawing unto perdition, but of faith to the saving of the soul.
Nos autem non sumus subtractionis filii in perditionem, sed fidei in acquisitionem animae.