In which God, willing more abundantly to show to the heirs of the promise the firmness of his counsel, he intervened by an oath:
By faith he dwelt in the land of promise, as a strange land, having dwelt in tents with Isaac and Jacob, co-heirs of the same promise:
That by two unalterable deeds, in which it is impossible for God to deceive we might have a strong consolation, taking refuge in holding firmly the hope set before:
Jehovah sware and he will not lament, Thou a priest forever according to the manner of Melchizedeck.
And they will say, Seeing we saw that Jehovah was with thee: and we will say, There shall be an oath between us, between us and between thee, and we will make a covenant with thee.
An oath of Jehovah shall be between them both if he put not forth his hand to his friend's goods; and its lord shall take and he shall not recompense.
And he is in one, and who shall turn him back? and his soul desired, and he will do.
The counsel of Jehovah shall stand forever, the purposes of his heart to generation and generation.
They shall satiate from the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt give them to drink the torrent of thy delights.
I Came to my garden, my sister, O spouse: I gathered my myrrh with my spices; I ate my droppings with my honey; I drank my wine with my milk: Eat, O friends; drink ye, and drink to the full, O beloved ones.
Jehovah of armies sware, saying, If not as I purposed thus it was, and as I counseled, this shall stand:
This the counsel being counseled upon all the land: and this the hand stretched out upon all the nations.
Announcing the last part from the beginning, and from of old what was not done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my delight:
For this the water of Noah to me: as I sware to the water of Noah from again passing over the earth; thus I sware from being angry against thee and from rebuking upon thee.
The unjust one shall forsake his way, and the man of vanity his purposes, and turn back to Jehovah, and he will pity him, and to our God, for he will multiply to forgive.
So shall be my word which went forth out of my mouth: it shall not turn back to me empty, but doing what I delighted in, and it shall prosper for what I send it
Thus said Jehovah, If ye shall break my covenant of the day and my covenant of the night, and there was not day and night in their season;
Thus said Jehovah, If not my covenant of the day and of the night, the laws of the heavens and the earth I set not up.
The thief comes not, except that he steal, and sacrifice, and destroy: I came that they might have life, and have above measure.
And if children, also heirs; truly heirs of God, and coheirs of Christ; if indeed we suffer together, that we may be also glorified together.
That ye be not sluggish, but imitators of them inheriting the promises by faith and longsnffering.
For truly men swear by the greater: and the oath for confirmation to them the end of all controversy.
By faith Noah, having an intimation of the divine will of things not yet seen, being circumspect, prepared an ark for the salvation of his house; by which he condemned the world, and by faith became an heir of justice.
Every good donation and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom not one change, or shadow of turning.
Hear, my dearly beloved brethren, Has not God chosen the beggars of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to them loving him?
Praised the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy having begotten us again to a living hope, by the rising up of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Men, likewise, dwelling together according to knowledge, as showing honour to the weaker vessel, pertaining to woman, and as co-heirs of the grace of life; that your prayers be not cut off.