The Holy Bible: The New Word – A Letter to the Hebrews 1-7

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    1[1-14] God spoke to our ancestors in the past many different times and in many different ways by the great preachers, and has in these last days spoken to us by God’s Child, who has been chosen to be heir of everything, and by whom also the world was made; Who being the perfect reflection of God’s glory, and the exact picture of who God is, and keeping everything going by the power of God’s Word, when the Christ Yeshua had forgiven our sins, the Christ sat down in honor beside the Glorious God in the Highest Heaven; And being made so much better than the angels, the Christ has a much better name than they by inheritance. To which of the angels has God ever said, “You’re My Child, today I have born you?” Or, “I’ll be like a Parent to this One, and this One will be to me as a Child?” And again, when the Firstborn was brought into the world, God said, “And let all the angels of God worship the Firstborn.” And God said about the angels, “Who makes the angels fly like the wind, and the ministers burn like a flame of fire.” But God said to the Child, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever: You’ll rule with a reign of goodness. You’ve loved goodness, and hated sin; so God, even Your God, has anointed You with the oil of happiness more than any of Your people. And You, Christ, have made the earth’s matter at creation; and the heavens are Your creation: They’ll be destroyed; but You’ll live forever; and they’ll grow old as a piece of clothing; And like an old coat you’ll fold them up, and they’ll be changed for a new one: but you’ll stay the same, and live forever.” And to which of the angels has God ever said, “Sit beside Me, until I make Your enemies Your footstool?” So the angels are just ministering spirits, sent to help those who will be saved.

    2[1-4] So we ought to pay more attention to the things we’ve heard that are our proof, in case we should ever let them slip away from us. If God’s Word given by angels is true, and every sin and disobedience gets a fair punishment; How can we escape, if we neglect to be saved in such a great way? And God told us of this even at the first, which was confirmed to us by those who heard it; And God, who wanted to, also gave us proof, both with wonderful signs and amazing things, and with many different miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit.  

    [5-11] And God hasn’t put the world to come, in which we speak, in the power of the angels. But in a certain place someone told us truthfully, saying, What is a human being, that You’d think of them? or the child of a person, that You’d come to them? You made them a little lower than the angels; You crowned them with victory and honor, and set them over all of Your creation: You’ve put everything in their control. Because God put everything in their control, God didn’t leave anything out. But for now we don’t yet see everything in their conrol. But now we see Yeshua, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death,  crowned with victory and honor; that the Christ, by the grace of God, would taste death for everyone. And God, for whom everything is, and by whom everything is, chose to bring many children to victory, and to make Yeshua, through suffering, the perfect leader of those who are saved.

     [12-18] Both the One who sets apart and those who are set apart are all of One, who isn’t ashamed to call them My people, saying, I’ll declare Your name to My People, in the middle of the church I’ll sing praise to You. And again, I’ll put my trust in the Christ. And again, I and the children which God has given Me. So then as the children are one who has shared in the body and blood, Christ, taking part of the same through death, overcame the one who had the power of death, that is, the devil; And delivered those, who through fear of death, were enslaved their whole lives. The truth is, Christ didn’t take on the nature of angels; but Christ took on the humanity of Abraham. In everything Christ was required to become like humanity, in order to be a compassionate and faithful leading priest in things concerning God, to bring others back to God for their sins. Since Yeshua the Christ has suffered being tempted, the Christ is also able to help those who are tempted.

    3[1-11] So, holy Christians, who have taken part in this heavenly calling, consider the Savior and Leading priest of our confession, Christ Yeshua; Who was faithful to and chosen by Yahweh God, as also Moses was faithful in all that house, and who was thought more worthy of being well known than Moses, just as the one who has built the house has more honor than the house. Every house is built by someone; but the One who built everything is God. And the truth is, Moses was faithful in all his house, as a worker, who could speak about what would be spoken later; But Christ, as a Child over God’s own home; and whose house we belong to, if we hold on tightly to the trust and the joy of our hope to the end. So as the Holy Spirit said, “To day if you’ll hear God’s voice, don’t harden your hearts, as when God was provoked in the time of temptation in the countryside: When your ancestors tempted Me, proved Me, and saw what I had done for forty years; so that I was grieved with that people, saying, ‘They always err in their hearts; and they haven’t known My ways.’ So I swore in my rage, ‘They won’t come into my rest.’

     [12-19] So be careful, Christians, in case any of you have an evil heart of unbelief, and leave your faith in the living God. But encourage one another daily, while it’s still today; in case any of you become doubtful, listening to the lies of sin. We have been made to take part in Christ, if we hold tightly to the beginning of our trust to the end; So like it’s said, Today, if you’ll hear God’s voice, don’t be hard-hearted, as when God was provoked. As some, when they had heard, provoked: even though not all of them that came out of Egypt by Moses did. But who was God angry with for those forty years? Wasn’t it with those who had sinned, whose bodies died in the countryside? And to whom did God swear that they wouldn’t come into God’s rest, but to those who didn’t believe? So we see that they couldn’t come in because of their unbelief.

    4[1-7] So be careful, in case any of you would seem to come short of the promise of going into God’s rest that was given to us. The New Word was preached to us, too, just as to them: but the Word preached didn’t do them any good because they had no faith in it. But we who believe will come into rest, just as God said, “As I’ve sworn in My rage, if they’ll come into My rest:” although the work was finished from the beginning of time. God spoke in a certain place of the Day of Worship in this way, “And God rested on the seventh day from all the work”, and in another place again, “If they’ll come into my rest.” So seeing that some must yet come into it, and that those to whom it was first preached didn’t come in, it was because of their unbelief: Again, God limits it to a certain day, saying in David, Today, after so long a time; as it’s said, Today, if you’ll hear God’s voice, don’t be hard-hearted.

     [8-16] If Yeshua had given them rest, then wouldn’t another day, been spoken of later? [9] So there is still a rest for the people of God. Whoever has gone into their rest, has also stopped doing their own work, just like God did. So let’s work till the day of our rest, in case anyone falls in that same kind of unbelief. The Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged blade, piercing deep enough to divide the soul and spirit in two, separating even bones and marrow, and understanding even the very thoughts and intents of the heart. There’s no creature that isn’t plainly seen in God’s sight: everything is bare and plain to the eyes of the One to whom we answer. Seeing then that we have such a great leading priest, who has gone on into heaven, Yeshua, the Child of God, let’s hold on to what we have said. We don’t have a leading priest which can’t understand how we feel in our weaknesses; but was tempted just like we are, yet without ever sinning. So let’s come without fear to the throne of grace, so that we can find mercy and grace to help us in our time of need.

    5[1-4] Every leading priest is chosen from the people and set apart to act for them in the things of God, so that they can offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: Who can understand and care about those without knowledge and those who are out of the way because they themselves also have weaknesses. And for this reason, they ought to make an offering for their own sins, as well as for the people. And no one takes this honor on themself, but whoever is called of God, as was Aaron.

     [5-10] So also Yeshua wasn’t made a leading priest by the Christ’s ownself; but by the One who said, You’re my Child, today I have born you. As God said also in another place, You’re a priest forever after the order of Melchisedec. Who, when in the body, Christ Yeshua had offered up prayers and requests with strong crying and many tears to the One who was able to save the Christ from death, and was heard because of the Christ’s acceptance of God’s will; The Christ was the Child of God, yet still learned to accept what God wanted by the things which the Christ suffered; And being completed, became the way of being saved forever to all those who accept the Christ; who was called of God to be the leading priest after the order of Melchisedec.

    [11-14] We have many things to say about the Christ, but they are hard to say clearly, since you don’t listen well. By this time you ought to be teachers, but you still need someone to teach you again the first things that we believe in God’s word; and are like those who need milk, and not solid food. Those who still need milk have not practiced the teachings on being good much because they’re like a new born. But solid food is for those who have grown, those who have practiced being good and learned to tell what is good from what is evil.

    6[1-7] So moving past the first principles of the Word of Christ, let’s go on to completion; not going back to things like changing your life from doing things which lead to death, and of your faith in God, of the Word of God about baptisms, of the laying on of hands, of the coming to life again from the dead, and of never ending judgment. And we will do this, if God allows us. It’s hopeless for those who once understood, and have experienced the heavenly gift, and shared in the Holy Spirit, and have experienced the good things of the Word of God, and the powers of the realm to come, if they leave the faith, to renew them again to a changed life; seeing that they have put the Christ of God to death anew in themselves, making a public disgrace of Yeshua. The garden which makes use of the rain that often falls on it, and grows plants that are good for the one who takes care of it, gets blessed by God: But the one that grows thorns and briers is useless, and is near being rejected; and will be burned in the end.

     [9] But, dear loved one, we believe better things of you, the things that come with being saved, even though we speak of this. God isn’t so unfair as to forget what you’ve done and your work of love, which you’ve done in the name of God, in that you’ve ministered to the Christians, and still minister. And we want for every one of you to give the same attention to the full promise of hope to the end: so that you won’t give up, but do just like those who through faith and patience get the promises. When God made the promise to Abraham, who could swear by nothing greater, so swore by God’s Own Self, saying, “Surely with blessing I’ll bless you, and with many descendants I’ll multiply you. And so, after patiently suffering through, Abraham got what was promised. The truth is, people swear by something greater than themselves: and to them, a promise is proof enough and puts an end to all doubt. In this, God, wanting to better show to the heirs of the promise the absolute truth of the Word of God, strengthened it with a promise: That by these two undeniable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong comfort, who have run away for a place of safety to take hold of the hope we have been given: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and safe, and which comes into the presence of God in the Most Holy Place; Where Yeshua, who came before us, and was made a leading priest forever just like Melchisedec.

    7[1-10] This Melchisedec, Ruler of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the defeat of the rulers, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth of everything; first the name Melchizadeck means Ruler of goodness, and then also Ruler of Salem, means, Ruler of peace; Without any parents, without descendant, having no beginning of days, nor end of life; but was like the Child of God; a priest that lives continually. Now consider how great this person was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth part of all he had taken. The truth is, those who are of the children of Levi, who have the office of the priesthood, are told to take a tenth of everything by the Word of God, that is, from their own people, though they are all descendants of Abraham: But the one who didn’t come from Levi got a tenth part from Abraham, and blessed the one who had the promises. And without a doubt the greater one blessed the lesser one. And in our case the tenth part is given to people who die; but in that case the one who still lives gets it. So I might say that the descendants of Levi, who get a tenth part, also paid a tenth part through Abraham’s gift, because they were still in the body of their ancestors, when Melchisedec came.

     [11-28] So if we could be made perfect by the acts of the Levitical priesthood, under which we got the Word of God, why would there need to be another priest who would come in the likeness of Melchisedec, and not be called after the usual order of Aaron? But because the priesthood was changed, a change also needed to come to the Word of God. And the One of whom this is spoken belongs to another family, of which no one has ever served as priest. It’s clear that our Christ came from the family of Judah; of which Moses said nothing about having a priesthood. And it’s still even more clear because after the likeness of Melchisedec another priest came, who came not by the law of the earthly Word, but by the power of a life without end. God said, “You’re a priest forever in the likeness of Melchisedec.” The truth is, the first Word was incomplete because we are weak and it was useless for us. The Word of God couldn’t make any of us right, but the coming of a better hope did; by which we come near to God. And the Christ was not made our priest without a promise, like those who are made priests without a promise; but it was with a promise by the One who said, “God promised and won’t go back on it, You’re a priest forever in the likeness of Melchisedec”:  So Yeshua came as proof of a better Word by this promise. The truth is, there were many priests, because they weren’t able to keep serving because of death: But Yeshua, who lives ever, has a never ending priesthood. So Yeshua is able to completely and finally save those that come to God by the One who lives forever and speaks up for them. A leading priest that became for us One who is holy, innocent, without fault, never having sinned, and is in the highest heavens; Who doesn’t need to offer sacrifices daily, as those priests did, first for their own sins, and then for the people’s, because Yeshua did this once and for all, who offered up the Christ’s own self. The first Word gave us priests who sinned; but the Word of the promise, which came later, gave us the Child of God, who is set apart as our Priest forever.

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