ABU(i) 1 FOR the law having a shadow of the good things to come, not the very image of the things, can never, with the same sacrifices which they offer year by year continually, make those who come to them perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers would have had no more consciousness of sins, having once been cleansed? 3 But in them there is a remembrance of sins year by year. 4 For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. 5 Wherefore, when he comes into the world, he says: Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, But a body didst thou prepare for me; 6 In whole burnt-offerings, and sacrifices for sin, thou hadst no pleasure. 7 Then said I: Lo, I come, In the volume of the book it is written of me, To do thy will, O God. 8 Saying above, Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices for sin thou wouldest not, nor hadst pleasure therein, which are offered by the law, 9 then has he said: Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He takes away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 In which will we have been sanctified, through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest indeed stands daily ministering, and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; 12 but he, having offered one sacrifice for sins, for ever sat down on the right hand of God; 13 from henceforth expecting until his enemies be made his footstool. 14 For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are sanctified. 15 Moreover, the Holy Spirit also is a witness to us; for after he had said, 16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, putting my laws upon their hearts, and on their minds I will write them, [he further says,] 17 and their sins and iniquities I will remember no more. 18 But where there is remission of these, there is no longer offering for sin. 19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness as to the entrance into the holy places by the blood of Jesus, which [entrance] he instituted for us, 20 a new and living way, through the vail, that is to say, his flesh; 21 and having a great priest over the house of God; 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having had our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience; and having had our body washed with pure water, 23 let us hold fast the profession of the hope without wavering, for he is faithful who promised; 24 and let us consider one another, to incite to love and to good works; 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the custom of some, but exhorting, and so much the more as ye see the day approaching. 26 For if we willingly sin, after having received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful looking for of judgment, and a fiery indignation, which will devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy, under two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, suppose ye, will he be thought worthy, who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has accounted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and has done despite to the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said: To me belongs vengeance; I will recompense, saith the Lord; and again: The Lord will judge his people. 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were enlightened, ye endured a great contest of sufferings; 33 partly, whilst ye were made a spectacle both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became partakers with those who were so used. 34 For ye sympathized with those in bonds, and ye took joyfully the plundering of your goods, knowing that ye have for yourselves a better and an enduring substance. 35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that having done the will of God ye may receive the promise. 37 For yet a little while, he that is to come will come, and will not delay. 38 Now, the just shall live by faith; but if he draw back, my soul has no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of those who draw back unto perdition; but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.