Exhortation to constancy under their crosses. The danger of abusing the graces of the New Testament.
1 And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us:
Ideoque et nos tantam habentes impositam nubem testium, deponentes omne pondus, et circumstans nos peccatum, per patientiam curramus ad propositum nobis certamen :
2 Looking on Jesus, the author and finisher of faith, who having joy set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and now sitteth on the right hand of the throne of God.
aspicientes in auctorem fidei, et consummatorem Jesum, qui proposito sibi gaudio sustinuit crucem, confusione contempta, atque in dextera sedis Dei sedet.
3 For think diligently upon him that endured such opposition from sinners against himself; that you be not wearied, fainting in your minds.
Recogitate enim eum qui talem sustinuit a peccatoribus adversum semetipsum contradictionem : ut ne fatigemini, animis vestris deficientes.
4 For you have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin:
Nondum enim usque ad sanguinem restitistis, adversus peccatum repugnantes :
5 And you have forgotten the consolation, which speaketh to you, as unto children, saying: My son, neglect not the discipline of the Lord; neither be thou wearied whilst thou art rebuked by him.
et obliti estis consolationis, quae vobis tamquam filiis loquitur, dicens : Fili mi, noli negligere disciplinam Domini : neque fatigeris dum ab eo argueris.
6 For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth; and he scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Quem enim diligit Dominus, castigat : flagellat autem omnem filium, quem recipit.
7 Persevere under discipline. God dealeth with you as with his sons; for what son is there, whom the father doth not correct?
In disciplina perseverate. Tamquam filiis vobis offert se Deus : quis enim filius, quem non corripit pater?
8 But if you be without chastisement, whereof all are made partakers, then are you bastards, and not sons.
quod si extra disciplinam estis, cujus participes facti sunt omnes : ergo adulteri, et non filii estis.
9 Moreover we have had fathers of our flesh, for instructors, and we reverenced them: shall we not much more obey the Father of spirits, and live?
Deinde patres quidem carnis nostrae, eruditores habuimus, et reverebamur eos, non multo magis obtemperabimus Patri spirituum, et vivemus?
10 And they indeed for a few days, according to their own pleasure, instructed us: but he, for our profit, that we might receive his sanctification.
Et illi quidem in tempore paucorum dierum, secundum voluntatem suam erudiebant nos : hic autem ad id quod utile est in recipiendo sanctificationem ejus.
11 Now all chastisement for the present indeed seemeth not to bring with it joy, but sorrow: but afterwards it will yield, to them that are exercised by it, the most peaceable fruit of justice.
Omnis autem disciplina in praesenti quidem videtur non esse gaudii, sed moeroris : postea autem fructum pacatissimum exercitatis per eam, reddet justitiae.
12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,
Propter quod remissas manus, et soluta genua erigite,
13 And make straight steps with your feet: that no one, halting, may go out of the way; but rather be healed.
et gressus rectos facite pedibus vestris : ut non claudicans quis erret, magis autem sanetur.
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness: without which no man shall see God.
Pacem sequimini cum omnibus, et sanctimoniam, sine qua nemo videbit Deum :
15 Looking diligently, lest any man be wanting to the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up do hinder, and by it many be defiled.
contemplantes nequis desit gratiae Dei : ne qua radix amaritudinis sursum germinans impediat, et per illam inquinentur multi.
16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau; who for one mess, sold his first birthright.
Ne quis fornicator, aut profanus ut Esau : qui propter unam escam vendidit primitiva sua :
17 For know ye that afterwards, when he desired to inherit the benediction, he was rejected; for he found no place of repentance, although with tears he had sought it.
scitote enim quoniam et postea cupiens haereditare benedictionem, reprobatus est : non enim invenit poenitentiae locum, quamquam cum lacrimis inquisisset eam.
18 For you are not come to a mountain that might be touched, and a burning fire, and a whirlwind, and darkness, and storm,
Non enim accessistis ad tractabilem montem, et accensibilem ignem, et turbinem, et caliginem, et procellam,
19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words, which they that heard excused themselves, that the word might not be spoken to them:
et tubae sonum, et vocem verborum, quam qui audierunt, excusaverunt se, ne eis fieret verbum.
20 For they did not endure that which was said: And if so much as a beast shall touch the mount, it shall be stoned.
Non enim portabant quod dicebatur : Et si bestia tetigerit montem, lapidabitur.
21 And so terrible was that which was seen, Moses said: I am frighted, and tremble.
Et ita terribile erat quod videbatur. Moyses dixit : Exterritus sum, et tremebundus.
22 But you are come to mount Sion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to the company of many thousands of angels,
Sed accessistis ad Sion montem, et civitatem Dei viventis, Jerusalem caelestem, et multorum millium angelorum frequentiam,
23 And to the church of the firstborn, who are written in the heavens, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the just made perfect,
et ecclesiam primitivorum, qui conscripti sunt in caelis, et judicem omnium Deum, et spiritus justorum perfectorum,
24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new testament, and to the sprinkling of blood which speaketh better than that of Abel.
et testamenti novi mediatorem Jesum, et sanguinis aspersionem melius loquentem quam Abel.
25 See that you refuse him not that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spoke upon the earth, much more shall not we, that turn away from him that speaketh to us from heaven.
Videte ne recusetis loquentem. Si enim illi non effugerunt, recusantes eum, qui super terram loquebatur : multo magis nos, qui de caelis loquentem nobis avertimus.
26 Whose voice then moved the earth; but now he promiseth, saying: Yet once more, and I will move not only the earth, but heaven also.
Cujus vox movit terram tunc : nunc autem repromittit, dicens : Adhuc semel, et ego movebo non solum terram, sed et caelum.
27 And in that he saith, Yet once more, he signifieth the translation of the moveable things as made, that those things may remain which are immoveable.
Quod autem, Adhuc semel, dicit : declarat mobilium translationem tamquam factorum, ut maneant ea quae sunt immobilia.
28 Therefore receiving an immoveable kingdom, we have grace; whereby let us serve, pleasing God, with fear and reverence.
Itaque regnum immobile suscipientes, habemus gratiam : per quam serviamus placentes Deo, cum metu et reverentia.
29 For our God is a consuming fire.
Etenim Deus noster ignis consumens est.