GENEVA BIBLE 1599
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1 For (1) the (*) Law having the shadow of good things to (a) come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices, which they offer year by year continually, sanctify the comers thereunto.
(1) He preventeth a privy objection. Why then were those sacrifices offered? The Apostle answereth first touching that yearly sacrifice which was the solemnest of all, wherein (saith he) there was made every year a remembrance again of all former sins. Therefore that sacrifice had no power to sanctify; for to what purpose should those sins which are purged be repeated again, and wherefore should new sins come to be repeated every year, if those sacrifices did abolish sin?
(*) Leviticus 16:14 .
(a) Of things which are everlasting, which were promised to the Fathers, and exhibited in Christ.
2 For would they not then have ceased to have been offered, because that the offerers once purged, should have had no more conscience of sins?
3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again of sins every year.
4 For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should (*) take away sins.
(*)Leviticus 16:14 .
5 (2) Wherefore when he (b) cometh into the world, he saith, (*) Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a (c) body hast thou ordained me.
(2) A conclusion following of those things that went before,
and comprehending also the other sacrifices. Seeing that the
sacrifices of the Law could not do it, therefore Christ
speaking of himself as of our high Priest manifested in the
flesh, witnesseth evidently that God resteth not in the
sacrifices, but in the obedience of his Son our High Priest,
in which obedience he offered up himself once to his Father
(b) The Son of God is said to come into the world, when he was made man.
(*) Psalm 40:7 .
(c) It is word for word in the Hebrew text, Thou hast pierced mine ears through, that is, thou hast made me obedient, and willing to hear.
6 In burnt offerings, and sin offerings thou hast had no pleasure.
7 Then I said, Lo, I come (In the beginning of the (*) book it is written of me) that I should do thy will, O God.
(*) Or roll and folding; for in old time they used to fold books like rolls.
8 Above, when he said, Sacrifice and offering, and burnt offerings, and sin offerings thou wouldest not have, neither hadst pleasure therein (which are offered by the Law.)
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God, he taketh away the (d) first, that he may stablish the second.
(d) That is the sacrifices, to establish the second, that is, the will of God.
10 By the which will we are sanctified, even by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once made.
11 (3) And every Priest (e) standeth daily ministering, and oft times offereth one manner of offering, which can never take away sins;
(3) A conclusion, with the other part of the comparison: The
Levitical high Priest repeateth the same sacrifices daily in
his sanctuary; whereupon it followeth that neither those
sacrifices, neither those offerings, neither those high
Priests could take away sins. But Christ, having offered one
sacrifice once for the sins of all men, and having
sanctified his own forever, sitteth at the right hand of the
Father, having all power in his hands.
(e) At the altar.
12 But this man after he had offered one sacrifice for sins, (*) sitteth forever at the right hand of God,
(*) Hebrews 1:13; Psalm 110:1; 1 Corinthians 15:25 .
13 (4) And from henceforth tarrieth, (*) till his enemies be made his footstool.
(4) He preventeth a private objection, to wit, that yet notwithstanding we are subject to sin and death, whereunto the Apostle answereth, that the full efficacy of Christ's virtue hath not yet shewed itself, but shall at length appear when he will at once put to flight all his enemies, with whom as yet we strive.
(*) Hebrews 1:13 .
14 For with one offering hath (*) he consecrated forever them that are sanctified.
(*) That is, sanctified to God and made perfect.
15 (5) For the holy Ghost also beareth us record; for after that he had said before,
(5) Although there do yet remain in us relics of sin, yet the work of our sanctification which is to be perfected, hangeth upon the selfsame sacrifice which never shall be repeated; and that the Apostle proveth by alleging again the testimony of Jeremiah, thus; Sin is taken away by the New Testament, seeing the Lord saith that it shall come to pass, that according to the form of it, he will no more remember our sins; Therefore we need now no purging sacrifice to take away that which is already taken away, but we must rather take pains, that we may now through faith be partakers of that sacrifice.
16 (*) This is the Testament that I will make unto them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my Laws in their heart, and in their minds I will write them;
(*) Jeremiah 31:33; Romans 11:27; Hebrews 8:8 .
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember (f) no more.
(f) Why then, where is the fire of Purgatory, and that Popish distinction of the fault, and the punishment?
18 Now where remission of these things is, there is no more offering for (g) sin.
(g) He said well, for sin; for there remaineth another offering, to wit, of thanksgiving.
19 (6) Seeing therefore, brethren, that by the blood of Jesus we may be bold to enter into the Holy place,
(6) The sum of the former treatise: We are not shut out now of the holy place, as the Fathers were, but we have an entrance into the true holy place (that is, into heaven) seeing that we are purged with the blood, not of beasts, but of Jesus. Neither as in times past, doeth the high Priest shut us out by setting the veil against us, but through the veil, which is his flesh, he hath brought us into heaven itself, being present with us, so that we have now truly an high Priest, which is over the house of God.
20 By the new and living way, which he hath prepared for us, through the veil, that is, his (h) flesh;
(h) So Christ's flesh sheweth us the Godhead as if it were under a veil, for otherwise we were not able to abide the brightness of it.
21 And seeing we have an high Priest, which is over the house of God,
22 (7) Let us draw near with a (i) true heart in assurance of faith, our (k) hearts being pure from an evil conscience,
(7) A most grave exhortation, wherein he sheweth how that
sacrifice of Christ may be applied to us, to wit, by faith,
which also he describeth by the consequence, to wit, by
sanctification of the Spirit, which causeth us surely to
hope in God, and to procure by all means possible one
another's salvation, through the love that is in us one
(i) With no double and counterfeit heart, but with such a heart as is truly and indeed given to God.
(k) That is it which the Lord saith, Be ye holy, for I am holy.
23 And washed in our bodies with (l) pure water, let us keep the profession of our hope, without wavering, (for he is faithful that promised.)
(l) With the grace of the holy Ghost.
24 And let us consider one another, to provoke unto love, and to good works,
25 Not forsaking the fellowship that we have among ourselves, as the manner of some is, but let us exhort one another, (8) and that so much the more, because ye see that the day draweth near.
(8) Having mentioned the last coming of Christ, he stirreth up the godly to the meditation of a holy life, and citeth the faithless fallers from God, to the fearful judgment seat of the Judge, because they wickedly rejected him in whom only salvation consisteth.
26 (*) For if we sin (m) willingly after that we have received and acknowledged that truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
(*) Hebrews 6:4 .
(m) Without any cause or occasion, or shew of occasion; that is, forsake Jesus Christ, as Judas, Saul, Arrius, and Julian the apostate did.
27 But a fearful looking for of judgment, and violent fire, which shall devour the (n) adversaries.
(n) For it is another matter to sin through the frailty of man's nature, and another thing to proclaim war as it were to God as to an enemy.
28 (9) He that despiseth Moses’ Law, dieth without mercy (*) under two, or three witnesses;
(9) If the breach of the law of Moses was punished by death, how much more worthy of death is it to fall away from Christ?
(*) Deuteronomy 19:15; Matthew 18:16; John 8:17; 2 Corinthians 13:1 .
29 Of how much sorer punishment suppose ye shall he be worthy, which treadeth under foot the Son of God, and counteth the blood of the Testament as an unholy thing, wherewith he was sanctified, and doeth despite the Spirit of grace?
30 (10) For we know him that hath said, (*) Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall (o) judge his people.
(10) The reason of all these things is, because God is a revenger of such as despise him; otherwise he should not rightly govern his Church. Now there is nothing more horrible than the wrath of the living God.
(*) Deuteronomy 32:35; Romans 12:19 .
(o) Rule or govern.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 (11) Now call to remembrance the days that are passed, in the which, after ye had received light, ye endured a great fight in afflictions,
(11) As he terrified the fallers away from God so doeth he now comfort them that are constant and stand strongly setting before them the success of their former fights, so stirring them up to a sure hope of a full and ready victory.
33 Partly while ye were made a (p) gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions, and partly while ye became (q) companions of them which were so tossed to and fro.
(p) You were brought forth to be ashamed.
(q) In taking their miseries, to be your miseries.
34 For both ye sorrowed with me for my bonds, and suffered with joy the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves how that ye have in heaven a better, and an enduring (r) substance.
(r) Goods and riches.
35 Cast not away therefore your confidence which hath great recompense of reward.
36 For ye have need of patience, that after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
37 For yet a very (s) little while, and he that shall come, will come, and will not tarry.
(s) He will come within this very little while.
38 (*) (12) Now the just shall live by faith; but if any withdraw himself, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
(*) Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11 .
(12) He commendeth the excellency of a sure faith by the effect, because it is the only way to life, which sentence he setteth forth and amplifieth by setting the contrary against it.
39 But we are not they which withdraw ourselves unto perdition, but follow faith unto the conservation of the soul.
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1 Corinthians 14:8
And also if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to battle?
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