1 For the law having but a faint shadow of good things to come, and not the full image of the things, can never, even by the great annual sacrifices which they offer statedly, make the comers thereunto perfect. 2 For then they would have ceased to be offered, because the sacrificers, being once purified, would no longer retain any consciousness of sins. 3 Whereas in these very sacrifices there is a recalling of sins to mind every year. 4 For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
5 Wherefore upon his coming into the world He saith, "Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6 in whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hadst no pleasure: 7 then said I, Lo I come, as in the volume of the book it is written of me, to do thy will, O God."
8 Having said before, "Thou didst not desire, nor hadst pleasure in, sacrifice and offering, and whole burnt-offerings, and sacrifices for sin," (which are offered by the law) then He adds, 9 "Lo I come to do thy will, O God." (He taketh away the first, that He may establish the second.) 10 By which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And indeed every priest under the law standeth daily ministring, and frequently offering the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 but He having offered one sacrifice for sins, is for ever sat down at the right hand of God; 13 waiting for the future, till his enemies be put under his feet. 14 For by one offering He hath perfected for ever those that are sanctified. 15 And of this the holy Ghost also beareth witness with us:
16 for after He had said, "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 on their minds will I inscribe them;
17 He adds, and their sins and their iniquities I will remember no more."
18 Now where there is such a remission of these, there needs no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, free admission into the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 the new and living way which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, 21 his flesh, and having a great high-priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with sincerity, in the full assurance of faith, having our hearts cleansed from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us inflexibly retain the profession of our hope, 24 (for He is faithful who hath promised) and let us observe each other to the incitement of love and good works: 25 not forsaking our assemblies, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more as ye see the day approaching.
26 For if we sin wilfully after having received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins; 27 but a dreadful expectation of judgement, and a fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 If any one that violateth the law of Moses, dieth without mercy under two or three witnesses, 29 of how much greater punishment, think ye, shall he be counted worthy, who hath trampled under foot the Son of God, and accounted the blood of the covenant, by which he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and abused the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know who hath said, "To me belongeth vengeance, I will recompense, saith the Lord:" and again, "The Lord will judge his people." 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which after being enlightened, ye sustained a great conflict of sufferings; 33 partly, being made a public spectacle by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, as ye became associates of those who were so treated: 34 for ye sympathized with me in my bonds, and ye took joyfully the plundering of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. 35 Cast not away therefore your couragious profession, which hath a great recompence 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, and He, that is coming, will come, and will not delay: 38 and the just shall live by faith, but if any draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
39 But we are not of those who withdraw to perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.