10 For the law possesses a shadow of the good things to come but not the reality itself, and is therefore completely unable, by the same sacrifices offered continually, year after year, to perfect those who come to worship. 1 2 For otherwise would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers would have been purified once for all and so have 2 no further consciousness of sin? 3 But in those sacrifices 3 there is a reminder of sins year after year. 4 For the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sins. 4 5 So when he came into the world, he said,
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me.
6 “Whole burnt offerings and sin-offerings you took no delight in.
7 “Then I said, ‘Here I am: 5 I have come – it is written of me in the scroll of the book – to do your will, O God.’” 6
8 When he says above, “Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sin-offerings you did not desire nor did you take delight in them” 7 (which are offered according to the law), 9 then he says, “Here I am: I have come to do your will.” 8 He does away with 9 the first to establish the second. 10 By his will 10 we have been made holy through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest stands day after day 11 serving and offering the same sacrifices again and again – sacrifices that can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest 12 had offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, he sat down at the right hand 13 of God, 13 where he is now waiting 14 until his enemies are made a footstool for his feet. 15 14 For by one offering he has perfected for all time those who are made holy. 15 And the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us, for after saying, 16 16 “This is the covenant that I will establish with them after those days, says the Lord. I will put 17 my laws on their hearts and I will inscribe them on their minds,” 18 17 then he says, 19 “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no longer.” 20 18 Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, 21 since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the fresh and living way that he inaugurated for us 22 through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 23 21 and since we have a great priest 24 over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in the assurance that faith brings, 25 because we have had our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience 26 and our bodies washed in pure water. 23 And let us hold unwaveringly to the hope that we confess, for the one who made the promise is trustworthy. 24 And let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works, 27 25 not abandoning our own meetings, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and even more so because you see the day 28 drawing near. 29
26 For if we deliberately keep on sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, no further sacrifice for sins is left for us, 30 27 but only a certain fearful expectation of judgment and a fury 31 of fire that will consume God’s enemies. 32 28 Someone who rejected the law of Moses was put to death 33 without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 34 29 How much greater punishment do you think that person deserves who has contempt for 35 the Son of God, and profanes 36 the blood of the covenant that made him holy, 37 and insults the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know the one who said, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” 38 and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 39 31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 But remember the former days when you endured a harsh conflict of suffering after you were enlightened. 33 At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and afflictions, and at other times you came to share with others who were treated in that way. 34 For in fact you shared the sufferings of those in prison, 40 and you accepted the confiscation of your belongings with joy, because you knew that you certainly 41 had a better and lasting possession. 35 So do not throw away your confidence, because it 42 has great reward. 36 For you need endurance in order to do God’s will and so receive what is promised. 43 37 For just a little longer 44 and he who is coming will arrive and not delay. 45 38 But my righteous one will live by faith, and if he shrinks back, I 46 take no pleasure in him. 47 39 But we are not among those who shrink back and thus perish, but are among those who have faith and preserve their souls. 48
11 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see. 2 For by it the people of old 1 received God’s commendation. 2 3 By faith we understand that the worlds 3 were set in order at God’s command, 4 so that the visible has its origin in the invisible. 5 4 By faith Abel offered God a greater sacrifice than Cain, and through his faith 6 he was commended as righteous, because God commended him for his offerings. And through his faith 7 he still speaks, though he is dead. 5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he did not see death, and he was not to be found because God took him up. For before his removal he had been commended as having pleased God. 6 Now without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. 7 By faith Noah, when he was warned about things not yet seen, with reverent regard 8 constructed an ark for the deliverance of his family. Through faith he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place he would later receive as an inheritance, and he went out without understanding where he was going. 9 By faith he lived as a foreigner 9 in the promised land as though it were a foreign country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who were fellow heirs 10 of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with firm foundations, 11 whose architect and builder is God. 11 By faith, even though Sarah herself was barren and he was too old, 12 he received the ability to procreate, 13 because he regarded the one who had given the promise to be trustworthy. 12 So in fact children 14 were fathered by one man – and this one as good as dead – like the number of stars in the sky and like the innumerable grains of sand 15 on the seashore. 16 13 These all died in faith without receiving the things promised, 17 but they saw them in the distance and welcomed them and acknowledged that they were strangers and foreigners 18 on the earth. 14 For those who speak in such a way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 In fact, if they had been thinking of the land that they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, 19 they aspire to a better land, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. 17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac. He had received the promises, 20 yet he was ready to offer up 21 his only son. 18 God had told him, “Through Isaac descendants will carry on your name,” 22 19 and he reasoned 23 that God could even raise him from the dead, and in a sense 24 he received him back from there. 20 By faith also Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning the future. 21 By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph and worshiped as he leaned on his staff. 25 22 By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, 26 mentioned the exodus of the sons of Israel 27 and gave instructions about his burial. 28
23 By faith, when Moses was born, his parents hid him 29 for three months, because they saw the child was beautiful and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 24 By faith, when he grew up, Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to be ill-treated with the people of God than to enjoy sin’s fleeting pleasure. 26 He regarded abuse suffered for Christ 30 to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for his eyes were fixed on 31 the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt without fearing the king’s anger, for he persevered as though he could see the one who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, 32 so that the one who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them. 29 By faith they crossed the Red Sea as if on dry ground, but when the Egyptians tried it, they were swallowed up. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho 33 fell after the people marched around them 34 for seven days. 31 By faith Rahab the prostitute escaped the destruction of 35 the disobedient, because she welcomed the spies in peace.
32 And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets. 33 Through faith they conquered kingdoms, administered justice, 36 gained what was promised, 37 shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched raging fire, 38 escaped the edge of the sword, gained strength in weakness, 39 became mighty in battle, put foreign armies to flight, 35 and women received back their dead raised to life. 40 But others were tortured, not accepting release, to obtain resurrection to a better life. 41 36 And others experienced mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, sawed apart, 42 murdered with the sword; they went about in sheepskins and goatskins; they were destitute, afflicted, ill-treated 38 (the world was not worthy of them); they wandered in deserts and mountains and caves and openings in the earth. 39 And these all were commended 43 for their faith, yet they did not receive what was promised. 44 40 For God had provided something better for us, so that they would be made perfect together with us. 45
12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, 1 we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, 2 keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set out for him he endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. 2 3 Think of him who endured such opposition against himself by sinners, so that you may not grow weary in your souls and give up. 4 You have not yet resisted to the point of bloodshed 3 in your struggle against sin. 5 And have you forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as sons?
“My son, do not scorn 4 the Lord’s discipline
or give up when he corrects 5 you.
6 “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves and chastises every son he accepts.” 6
7 Endure your suffering 7 as discipline; 8 God is treating you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? 8 But if you do not experience discipline, 9 something all sons 10 have shared in, then you are illegitimate and are not sons. 9 Besides, we have experienced discipline from 11 our earthly fathers 12 and we respected them; shall we not submit ourselves all the more to the Father of spirits and receive life? 13 10 For they disciplined us for a little while as seemed good to them, but he does so for our benefit, that we may share his holiness. 11 Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. 14 But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness 15 for those trained by it. 12 Therefore, strengthen 16 your listless hands and your weak knees, 17 13 and make straight paths for your feet, 18 so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but be healed.
14 Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, 19 for without it no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God, that no one be like a bitter root springing up 20 and causing trouble, and through him many become defiled. 16 And see to it that no one becomes 21 an immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 22 17 For you know that 23 later when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no opportunity for repentance, although he sought the blessing 24 with tears. 18 For you have not come to something that can be touched, 25 to a burning fire and darkness and gloom and a whirlwind 19 and the blast of a trumpet and a voice uttering words 26 such that those who heard begged to hear no more. 27 20 For they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned.” 28 21 In fact, the scene 29 was so terrifying that Moses said, “I shudder with fear.” 30 22 But you have come to Mount Zion, the city 31 of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the assembly 23 and congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator 32 of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel’s does. 33
25 Take care not to refuse the one who is speaking! For if they did not escape when they refused the one who warned them on earth, how much less shall we, if we reject the one who warns from heaven? 26 Then his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “I will once more shake not only the earth but heaven too.” 34 27 Now this phrase “once more” indicates the removal of what is shaken, that is, of created things, so that what is unshaken may remain. 28 So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe. 29 For our God is indeed a devouring fire. 35