1 Wherefore, christian brethren, you who are called to an heavenly inheritance, consider the apostle and high priest of the faith we profess, even Christ Jesus; 2 who was faithful to him that constituted him such, as Moses likewise was faithful in all his administration of God's house. 3 but as the architect is of much greater dignity than the house he has made; so the glory which Christ received was greater than that of Moses. 4 no house is without a builder; now he that built the whole house of Israel is God. 5 besides Moses throughout his whole administration acted in quality of a servant, representing to the people what he was order'd to say. 6 but Christ govern'd his own house in quality of son and heir, and 'tis we that are his house, provided we stedfastly persevere unto the end in the publick profession of that hope, in virtue of which we glory.
7 Wherefore as the holy spirit saith, "since to-day you hear his voice, 8 harden not your hearts, as at Meriba and Massa in the desart: 9 where your fathers provoked me to give proofs of my power forty years, tho' they saw my works. 10 wherefore I was displeased with that generation, and said, they do alway err in their hearts; and they have not known my ways. 11 so I swear in my wrath, that they should not enter into my rest."
12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you such incredulity as to make you desert the living God. 13 but exhort one another daily while the day lasts, lest any of you be hardned through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 for we were receiv'd into the communion of Christ, upon condition of inviolably maintaining the hope we had at the beginning even unto the end, 15 which is imply'd by, "to-day since ye hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as at Meriba."
16 for some when they had heard his voice, did provoke him: however, not all that were brought out of Egypt by Moses did so. 17 but with whom was he displeased forty years? was it not with those that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the desert? 18 and who were they, who, he sware, should not enter into his rest, but those that did not believe? so we see that they could not enter in, 19 because of their incredulity.