The Holy Bible: The New Word – A Letter to the Hebrews 8-13

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    8[1-6] Now what we are saying is this: We have a leading priest like this, who sits in a place of honor beside the throne of the Great God in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true place of worship, which God made, and not any person. Every leading priest is set apart to offer gifts and sacrifices: so it was needed that this One have something more to offer. If Yeshua were still on earth, the Christ wouldn’t be a priest, seeing that there are already priests that offer gifts for that Word of God: Who serve as the example and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was warned of God when he was about to make the place of worship, God said, “See to it that you make everything just as it was shown to you on the Mountian.” But now the Christ has the more perfect ministry, who speaks up for us in the better agreement, which was settled for us by better promises.

     [7-13] If that first agreement had been found faultless, then there would be no need for the second. But finding fault with those who followed it, God said, The time is coming, God said, when I’ll make a new agreement with the family of Israel and with the family of Judah: Not like the one that I made with their ancestors in the time when I took care of them to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they didn’t keep their part of My promised agreement, and I didn’t accept them, God said. But this is the New Word that I’ll give to the families of Israel later, God said; I’ll put My Word in their thoughts, and mark them in their spirits: and I’ll be to them a God, and they’ll be to Me a people:  And no one will teach their neighbor, or anyone teach a family member, saying, ‘Know God’ because everyone will know Me, from the youngest to the oldest.  I’ll be forgiving of their ungodliness, I won’t ever remember their sins and uncontrolled acts again. So when God said, A New Word, the first became the old one. Now what is replaced becomes old and is about to end.

    9[1-10] The truth is, the first agreement had rules of divine service, and also an earthly sanctuary. There was a place of worship made; in which the first part had the candle stick, and the table, and the bread; which was the sanctuary. And in the second part, the place of worship which is called the most Holy Place; which had the golden censer, and the golden box of the first agreement, which held the golden pot that had the bread from heaven, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the carved stones of the first agreement; and on the lid of the golden box the angels of praise that overshadowed the mercy seat; of which we can’t fully speak of now. Now when this was set apart this way, the priests always went into the first part of the place of worship, to do the service of God. But only the leading priests went into the second part once a year, and not without blood, which was offered for both themselves, and for the sins of the people: The Holy Spirit shows us that the way into the Most Holy Place wasn’t yet opened up, while the first Place of Worship was still standing: Which was just an example for that time, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that couldn’t make those who did the service right, as concerning the conscience; Which was only for the rules about foods and drinks, and different washings, and earthly rules, imposed on them until the time of the New Word.

     [11-15] But the Christ became our leading priest in the good things that were to come, with a greater and more complete Place of Worship, not made with human hands, that is, not of this nature; Neither by the blood of animals, but by the Christ’s own blood, who came into the Most Holy Place once and for all, saving us for all time. If the blood of animals, and the ashes of a cow could be sprinkled for the sinner to bless and cleanse the body: How much more will the blood of Yeshua, who through the Holy Spirit offered the Chist’s own self to God, who had never sinned, clear your conscience from the things you’ve done that lead to death to serve the living God? And for this cause the Christ, who died in our place, can speak up for us in the agreement of the New Word, to save us from the sins that were done under the first agreement, so that those who are called might get the promise of a never ending inheritance.

     [16-]Where this kind of agreement is made, there must out of necessity be the death of the one making the will, because a will only comes into effect after the person has died. Otherwise, it has no value at all while that person still lives. So not even the first agreement came into effect without blood. So when Moses had spoken every word of God to all the people, he took the blood of animals, along with water, and scarlet-dyed wool, and hyssop branches, and sprinkled both the Word of God, and all the people, saying, “This is the blood of the agreement which God has made with you.” Besides this, he sprinkled both the place of worship, and all the bowls of the ministry with blood, because God’s Word says almost everything is cleansed with blood; and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. So it was necessary that the examples of things which are in the heavens would be cleansed like this; but the heavenly things themselves are cleansed with better sacrifices than these. Christ didn’t go into the holy places made with human hands, which are only examples of the true ones; but the Christ went into heaven itself, and now stands in the presence of God in our place: Who doesn’t offer the Christ’s own self often, like the leading priest who comes into the holy place each year with blood of animals; because then the Christ would have suffered many times since the beginning of the world: but now once in the end of this time Yeshua has appeared to do away with the consequences of sin by the Christ’s own sacrifice. And just like others must die once, but later face the judgment, the Christ was once offered for the sins of many; and will appear the second time for those who look for the Christ, not for their sin, but to save them.

    10[1-10] The Word of God, being a shadow of the good things to come, and not the actual picture of the things, can never with the sacrifices which they continually offered year by year make those who came complete, or they wouldn’t have stopped being offered and the worshippers, once forgiven, would have had no more guilty conscience from their sins. But in those sacrifices they remember their sins again every year. It isn’t possible for the blood of animals to take away sins. So when the Christ came into the world, who said, You didn’t want sacrifice and offering, but you’ve prepared Me a body: You took no pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin. Then I said, See, I have come (in part of the book the Word says of Me,) to do what You want, God. So before when the Christ said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin You didn’t want, nor took pleasure in it; which are offered by the Word of God; Then the Christ said, See, I come to do what You want, God. The Christ took away the first, so that the second could be set up. By whose will we’re set apart through the offering of the body of Yeshua the Christ once and for all.

     [11-18] And all the priests stand daily ministering and offering the same sacrifices many times, which can never take away sins: But this person, who had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, afterwards sat down in the place of honor beside God; From then on waiting for God to take control of the Christ’s enemies. And by this one offering the Christ has forever completed the work for those who are being set apart. Of which the Holy Spirit is also a witness to us because after what the Christ had said before, This is the promised agreement that I’ll make with them after those days, God said, I’ll put my laws into their hearts, and I”ll write them in their minds; And their sins and uncontrolled actions I’ll remember no more. Now where these have been taken away, there’s no longer any need to make offering for sin.

    [19-25] So, Christians, we can have courage to come into the holiest place by the blood of Yeshua, by a new and living way, which the Christ has offered for us, through the curtain, that is, the Christ’s body; And we have a leading priest over the house of God; so let’s come near with a true heart that fully trusts our faith, having our hearts cleansed from a guilty conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. So let’s hold on to the faith we have claimed to have without doubting; (for the One who promised is faithful;) And let’s think about how we can encourage one another to love and to do good things: Not forgetting to come and worship together, as some do; but encouraging one another: and even more, as you see the day getting nearer.

     [26-31] And if we willfully keep on sinning after we’ve understood the knowledge of the truth, there is no more covering for sins, but a fearful waiting for judgment and the fiery rage, which will devour the enemies. Whoever disobeyed Moses’ law died without mercy with two or three witnesses against them, so how much worse will the punishment be, do you think, for those who’ll be thought worthy, who have rejected the Christ of God, and has counted the blood of the promised agreement, that the Christ has given for us, an unholy thing, and has done this in spite of the Spirit of grace? We know the One who has said, Punishment is for Me to do and I’ll repay, God said. And again, God will judge the people. It’s very fearful to fall into the judgement of the living God.

     [32-39] But remember in the past, when, after you accepted the truth, you suffered through great troubles; Partly, while you were publically accused in great troubles; and partly, while you became friends of those who were treated like this too. And you even cared for me in my imprisonment, and gracefully took the taking of your things, knowing in yourselves that you have better and more lasting things in heaven. So don’t give up your trust, which will be greatly repaid. You need to have patience, so that, after you’ve done what God wants you to do, you might get the promise. In just a little while, the One who is coming will come, and it won’t be long. Now the good will live by faith: but if anyone turns away, My soul will have no pleasure in them.  But we aren’t of those who turn away to be punished; but we are of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

    11[1-16] Now faith is the spirit of what we hope for, what we know is true, but we don’t yet see. By it the elders were well spoken of. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen weren’t really made of things which appear. By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, by which it is said that he was good, and God tells us of his gifts: and by it he still speaks even though he is dead. By faith Enoch was changed, not seeing death; and wasn’t ever found, because God had changed him. And before he was changed, it was said of him, that he pleased God. But without faith it’s impossible to please God because whoever comes to God must believe that God exists, and that God rewards those who look for God carefully. By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen yet, acted with fear, built a large boat to save his family; by which the world was found guilty, and became heir of the goodness which is by faith. By faith Abraham, who was called to go to a place he would later get for an inheritance, obeyed; and went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith they sojourned in the land of promise, in a foreign country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who were also heirs of the same promise: because they wanted a place with a foundation, whose builder and maker is God. Also, through faith, Sara was made strong enough to have a baby, and was given a child when she was too old to have one, because she decided that the One who had promised was faithful. So from that one couple, who were as good as dead, were born as many descendants as the stars of the sky in number, and as the sand by the sea shore innumerable. These all died in faith, not having gotten the promises, but having seen them in the future, and were convinced of them, and accepted them, admitting that they were strangers and aliens on the earth. And those who say such things clearly say that they’re looking for a place of their own. And the truth is, if they had cared for the country they came out of, they could have gone back.  But they wanted a better country, that is, a heavenly one: so God isn’t ashamed to be called their God, who has prepared for them a place to call home.

     [17-31] By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac: the one who had gotten the promises offered up the only child born to him, of whom it was said, in Isaac will your descendants be called: figuring that God was even able to bring him to life, even from the dead; from which he also got him back in a sense. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau about the things which would happen in the future. By faith Jacob, who was dying, blessed both the children of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning on the top of his walking cane. By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the leaving of the children of Israel; and gave word about his bones. By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months by his parents, because they saw that he was a good child; and they weren’t afraid of the ruler’s word. By faith Moses, when he came to years, refused to be called the child of Pharaoh’s daughter; choosing instead to suffer with the people of God, rather than enjoy the amusement of sin for a time; Prizing the dishonor of Christ more valuable than the wealth in Egypt because he saw the profit of his future reward. By faith they left Egypt, not fearing the ruler’s punishment, and suffered through, as if seeing the invisible God. Through faith they kept the Passover, sprinkling the blood, so the angel who killed the firstborn wouldn’t touch them. By faith they walked through the Red sea on dry land: in which, when the Egyptians tried to do this, were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were surrounded for seven days. By faith Rahab, a sexually immoral person, wasn’t destroyed along with those who didn’t believe, because she had taken in the spies with peace.

     [32-40] And what more can I say? Time would fail me to tell of Gideon, and Barak, and Samson, and Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of all the great preachers: Who through faith took over countries, worked for goodness, got promises, closed the mouths of lions, put out the heat of fire, escaped the edge of the blade, were made strong out of their weakness, became fearless in fighting, made the armies of alien peoples turn and run. Women got their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not taking the chance to escape; in order to obtain a better life in the spiritual realm: And others had tests of cruel mockings and beatings, yes, and were even locked up and imprisoned: They were stoned to death, sawed in half, tempted to give up on their faith and escape, stabbed with the blade: they wandered around wearing animal skins for clothing; being needy, troubled, and suffering; the world not being worthy to have them: they wandered around in deserts, and in the mountains, hiding in dens and the caves of the earth. And through faith all of them, though having lived good lives, didn’t get the promise because God, having provided something better for us, wanted them to be completed along with us.

    12[1-10] So seeing that we also are surrounded by so many witnesses, let’s get rid of everything that weighs us down, and all the sin which so easily overcomes us, and let’s run the race that we’ve been called to with patience, looking to Yeshua, the beginning and end of our faith; As the Christ, for the joy to come, suffered through the cross, despising its shame, and is now at the place of honor beside the throne of God. So consider the One who suffered through such opposition from sinners, in case you get so tired that you want to give up in your minds. In your fight against sin, you haven’t yet fought to the point of loosing your life blood. And you’ve forgotten the encouragement which speaks to you as to children, My child, don’t hate the discipline of God, nor give up when you’re under God’s controll: because God loves whom God disciplines, and punishes every child accepted by God. So don’t get discouraged when you’re disciplined, because God is dealing with you as with children; what child doesn’t a parent discipline? But if you’re not disciplined, in which all are one who have taken part, then you’re bastards, and not legal children. Besides, our physical parents corrected us, and we respected them: so shouldn’t we instead allow ourselves to be even more under the control of God, the source of our spirits, and live? The truth is, our parents, for a short time, punished us as they thought was best for us; but God punishes us for our good, so that we might be one who has shared in God’s goodness.

     [11-24] Now no discipline seems good at the time, but very hard to deal with: but later it brings peace and goodness to those who are trained this way. So lift up your hands which are hanging down, and strengthen your weak knees; Run straight in the path, so your feet won’t be broken; but well. Try to have peace with everyone, and be good, which without goodness no one will see God: Carefully watching so no one fails to receive the grace of God; or in case any root of bitterness springs up to trouble you, and ruins many others by that example; Or in case there be any sexually immoral, or disrespectful person, such as Esau, who for one meal sold his birthright, because you know how that later, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected because he didn’t change his way of thinking, though he begged for the blessing with many tears. And you aren’t coming to the physical mountain that can be touched, that burned with fire, nor to black skies, darkness, and eruptions, along with the sound of a trumpet, and the voice speaking with words with which those who heard begged that they wouldn’t be spoken to any more because they couldn’t handle what was told them, And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it must be stoned, or killed with an arrow: And the sight was so terrible that Moses said, I am shaking with fear: But you’re come to Mount Zion, and the heavenly Jerusalem, where God lives, and to a countless number of angels, to the gathering together of the church of the Firstborn, whose names are written in heaven, and to God, the Judge of All, and to the spirits of good people who are spiritually completed, and to Yeshua, the One who speaks up for us in the new promised agreement, whose sprinkled blood speaks of better things than the blood of Abel.

     [25] So see that you don’t refuse the One who speaks, because if the ones who refused the One who spoke on earth didn’t escape, how will we ever escape if we turn away from the One who speaks from heaven: Whose voice shook the earth then: but now God has promised, saying, Yet once more, I won’t shake the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifies what can be shaken will be removed, that is the physical world, so that only what can’t be shaken will be left. Since we are going to a spiritual place which can’t be moved, let’s be graceful, so that we can serve God acceptably with respect and godly fear: because our God is like an uncontrollable fire.

    13[1-6] Keep loving eachother like a family. Don’t forget to take care of strangers because in this way some have unknowingly taken care of angels. Remember those who are imprisoned, as if you were a prisoner with them; and those who suffer hard times, as you yourselves also suffer in the body. Marriage is to be respected in all ways, and the marriage bed kept pure and holy: but God will judge those who practice sexual sin and are sexually unfaithful. Let your lifestyle be without selfishness; and be happy with what you have because God has said, I’ll never leave you, nor turn away from you. So that we can say without fear, “God is my helper, so I won’t fear what anyone will do to me.”

    [7-17] Remember the leaders who have spoken the Word of God to you: whose faith you should follow, considering what kind of lifestyle they have. Yeshua, the Christ, is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So don’t let all different kinds of strange teachings change your mind. It’s good for the heart to depend on grace; not on eating certain foods, which haven’t helped those who have been controlled by them. We have an altar, from which those who serve in the place of worship have no right to eat. Just as the bodies of the beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the leading priest for sin, are burned outside the camp, so Yeshua also, in order to set apart the people with the Christ’s own blood, suffered outside the gate. So let’s go to the Christ outside the camp, being dishonored as the Christ was. Here we have no everlasting city, but we look for the one to come. So by the Christ, let’s offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to the name of Yahweh God. But don’t forget to do good and to share because God is very pleased with such sacrifices. Obey your leaders, and accept what they say because they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account.  Do this so that they can lead you with joy, and not with grief, because that isn’t good for you.

    [18-25] Pray for us because we believe we have a good conscience, and are willing to live honestly in everything. But I beg you instead to pray that I can come back to you sooner. Now the God of peace, that brought our Christ Yeshua back again from the dead, that great Keeper of the animals, through the blood of the never ending promised agreement, make you complete in every good work to do what God wants, working in you what is pleasing in the sight of God, through Yeshua, the Christ; who will be made known forever and ever. So be it! And I beg you, Christians, accept this word of encouragement because I’ve written this letter to you in just a few words. I want you to know that our Christian brother Timothy has been freed and if he comes shortly, I’ll see you with him then. Say hello to all those who lead you, and all of the Christians. All those of Italy say hello to you. May grace be with you all. So be it!

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