Epistle to Philemon

New Testament / Epistle to Philemon

1-3 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellow laborer, and to our beloved Apphia, and Archippu our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

4-7 I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, hearing of your love and faith, which you have toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints, that the communication of your faith may become effective by acknowledging every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. For we have great joy and consolation in your love because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.

8-11 Therefore, though I might be extremely bold in Christ to command you that which is fitting, yet for love's sake I rather appeal to you, being such a one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ. I appeal to you for the sake of my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my bonds, who in time past was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me:

12-14 Whom I am sending again. You therefore receive him, that is, my own heart, whom I would have stayed with me, that in your stead he might have ministered to me in the bonds of the gospel. But without your consent I would do nothing, that your good deed should not be as it were out of necessity, but willingly.

15-16 For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that you should receive him forever, no longer as a servant, but more than a servant, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.

17-20 Therefore, if you count me as a partner, receive him as myself. If he has wronged you, or owes you anything, put that on my account. I Paul have written with my own hand. I will repay it, not to mention that you owe me even your own self besides. Yes, brother, let me have joy of you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord.

21-22 Having confidence in your obedience I wrote to you, knowing that you will also do more than I say. But meanwhile, can you prepare a guest room for me, for I trust that through your prayers I shall be granted to you.

23-24 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow laborers.

25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Hebrews Chapter 1

Hebrews Chapter 1

New Testament / Epistle to the Hebrews / Chapter 1

1-4 God, who at various times and in different ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, being made so much better than the angels, as he has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

5 For to which of the angels did he say at any time, You are my Son, this day have I begotten you? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

6-12 And again, when he brings in the first-begotten into the world, he says, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he says, Who makes his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But to the Son, he says, Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated iniquity; therefore, God, even your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your companions. And, You, Lord, in the beginning had laid the foundation of the world; and the heavens are the works of your hands. They shall perish, but you remain, and they shall all wax old like a garment; And like a cloak, you will fold them up, and they shall be changed. But you are the same, and your years shall not fail.

13-14 But to which of the angels has he said at any time, Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for those who will be heirs of salvation?

Hebrews Chapter 2

Hebrews Chapter 2

New Testament / Epistle to the Hebrews / Chapter 2

1-4 Therefore, we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward, how shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation, which at first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard him, God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

5-9 For he has not put the world to come in subjection to angels, whereof we speak. But one testified in a certain place, saying, What is man, that you are mindful of him? Or the son of man that you visit him? You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor and set him over the works of your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet. He left nothing that is not put under him in that he put all in subjection under him. But now, we do not see all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

10-13 For it was fitting for him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he who sanctifies and they who are being sanctified are all of one, for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying, I will declare your name to my brethren, in the midst of the church I will sing praise to you. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold, here am I and the children who God has given me.

14-18 Inasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he himself likewise also took part of the same, that through death he might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For indeed, he does not give aid to angels, but he does give aid to the seed of Abraham. Therefore in all things, it behooved him to be made like his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself has suffered, being tempted, he is able to aid those who are tempted.

Hebrews Chapter 3

Hebrews Chapter 3

New Testament / Epistle to the Hebrews / Chapter 3

1-6 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to him that appointed him, as Moses was also faithful in all his house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who has built the house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by someone, but he who built all things is God. And Moses was indeed faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken afterward; But Christ as a son over his own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.

7-11 Therefore, as the Holy Ghost says: Today, if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the rebellion, in the day of temptation in the wilderness, when your fathers tested me, tried me, proved me, and witnessed my works forty years. Therefore I was grieved with that generation and said, They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known my ways. So I swore in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.

12-15 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said, Today if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the rebellion.

16-19 For some, when they had heard, did rebel. Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? Was it not with those who had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did he swear that they would not enter into his rest, but to those who did not believe? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

Hebrews Chapter 4

Hebrews Chapter 4

New Testament / Epistle to the Hebrews / Chapter 4

1-5 Let us therefore fear, lest the promise remaining of us entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For the gospel was preached to us, as well as to them, but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. We who have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath if they will enter into my rest; although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he spoke in a certain place of the seventh day in this way, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. And again in this place; They shall not enter into my rest.

6-7 Seeing, therefore, it remains that some must enter therein, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter in because of unbelief, again He designates a certain day, saying to David, Today, after so long a time, as it has been said, Today if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

8-10 For if Joshua had given them rest, he would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains, therefore, a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered into his rest, he also has ceased from his own works as God did from his.

11-13 Let us therefore labor to enter into that rest, lest anyone falls after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is alive, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and opened to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

14-16 Seeing then that we have a great high priest who has passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews Chapter 5

Hebrews Chapter 5

New Testament / Epistle to the Hebrews / Chapter 5

1-4 For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. He must have compassion on the ignorant and on those going astray since he is also subject to weakness. And for this reason, he is required for the people, and also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins. And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, as was Aaron.

5-10 So also Christ did not glorify himself to become High Priest, but he that said to him, You are my Son, today I have begotten you. As he also says in another place, You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek; who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong cries and tears to him that was able to save him from death, was heard because he feared; though he was a Son. Yet, he learned obedience by the things which he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation to all those who obey him, called by God a High Priest after the order of Melchizedek.

11-14 Of whom we have many things to say, but hard to explain, seeing that you are dull of hearing. For though you ought to be teachers at this time, you have need that someone teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not strong meat. For everyone who uses milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But strong meat belongs to those of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Hebrews Chapter 6

Hebrews Chapter 6

New Testament / Epistle to the Hebrews / Chapter 6

1-3 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits.

4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again to repentance, seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

7-8 For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and brings forth herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God, but that which bears thorns and briers is rejected and is near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.

9-12 But, beloved, we are persuaded of better things concerning you and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love, which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end: That you be not slothful, but followers of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

13-18 For when God made a promise to Abraham because he could swear by no greater, he swore by himself, saying, Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Whereby God, willing more abundantly to show to the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold on the hope set before us.

19-20 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become a High Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews Chapter 7

Hebrews Chapter 7

New Testament / Epistle to the Hebrews / Chapter 7

1-3 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom Abraham also gave a tenth part of all, first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that King of Salem, which is, King of peace, without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.

4-10 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. And truly they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham. But he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham, and blessed him with the promises. And beyond all contradiction, the lesser is blessed by, the better. And men who die here receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives. And may I may, even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, for he was yet in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.

11-13 Therefore, if perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchizedek, and not be called after the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. For he of whom these things are spoken pertain to another tribe, which no man officiated at the altar.

14-17 For it is evident that our Lord came out of Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood. And yet it is far more evident if, in the resemblance of Melchizedek, there arises another priest, who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but according to the power of an endless life. For he testifies, You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

18-19 For there is truly an annulling of the former commandment because of the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did, by which we draw near to God.

20-22 And since he was not made priest without an oath (for theose priests were made without an oath, but he with an oath by him that said to him, The Lord has sworn and will not repent, You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek:, by so much more Jesus was made a surety of a better covenant.

23-25 And they truly were many priests because they were prevented by death from continuing. But this man, because he continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore, he is able also to save those to the uttermost who come to God through him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them.

26-28 For such a High Priest, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for his own sins, and then for the people's, for this he did once when he offered up himself. For the law appoints as men high priests who have weaknesses, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been consecrated forevermore.

Hebrews Chapter 8

Hebrews Chapter 8

New Testament / Epistle to the Hebrews / Chapter 8

1-2 Now this is the point of the things which we have spoken. We have such a High Priest, seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and the true tabernacle, which the Lord constructed not man.

3-6 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it was necessary that this man also has something to offer. For if he were on earth, he would not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: who serve the copy and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was instructed by God when he was about to make the tabernacle. For he said, See that you make all things according to the pattern shown to you on the mountain. But he has now obtained a more excellent ministry, by which he is also the mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.

7-12 For if the first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for the second. Finding fault with them, he said, Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in my covenant, and I regarded them not, says the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts, and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people. And none of them will teach his neighbor, nor his brother, saying, Know the Lord; for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities I will remember no more.

13 In that he says, A new covenant, he has made the first obsolete. Now that which is obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

Hebrews Chapter 9

Hebrews Chapter 9

New Testament / Epistle to the Hebrews / Chapter 9

1-5 Then truly, the first covenant also had ordinances of divine service and an earthly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made: the first, in which was the candlestick, the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. And behind the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all, which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid round on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that held manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant; and over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercy seat, of which we cannot now speak in detail.

6-10 Now, when these things were thus ordained, the priests always went into the first tabernacle, performing the service of God. But into the second part the high priest entered alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins of the people; the Holy Ghost signifying this, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing. Which was a symbol for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices were offered that could not make him who performed the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience, concerned only of foods and drinks, and various washings, and carnal ordinances imposed on them until the time of reformation.

11-15 But Christ came as High Priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building. Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood, he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctified to the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason, he is the mediator of the new covenant, through death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant, that those who are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

16-22 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is in force after men are dead; otherwise, it is of no strength at all while the testator lives. Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, saying, This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you. Moreover, he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood, and without the shedding of blood, there is no remission.

23-28 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that he should offer himself often, as the high priest enters into the holy place every year with blood others; for then he would have to suffer from the foundation of the world, but now once at the end of the age he has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed for men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many, and to those who look for him, he shall appear a second time without sin for salvation.

Hebrews Chapter 10

Hebrews Chapter 10

New Testament / Epistle to the Hebrews / Chapter 10

1-4 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices that they offered year by year continually make those who approach perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? Because the worshipers once purified would have had no more consciousness of sins. But in those sacrifices, there is a remembrance again of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats could take away sins.

5-7 Therefore when he came into the world, he said, Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you have prepared for me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin, you had no pleasure. Then I said, Look, I have come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do your will, O God.

8-10 Who formally said, Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings and offerings for sin you did not desire, neither had pleasure in them which are offered according to the law; then he said, Look, I have come to do your will, O God. He takes away the first, that he may establish the second. By which we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all.

11-14 And every priest stands daily ministering and repeatedly offering the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting until his enemies are made his footstool. For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are sanctified.

15-18 And the Holy Ghost is also a witness to us, for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws into their hearts, and into their minds, I will write them, and their sins and iniquities I will remember no more. Now where there is remission of these, there is no more offering for sin.

19-25 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh, and having a high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our faith without wavering, for he is faithful who promised. And let us consider one another to provoke love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more, as you see the day approaching.

26-31 For if we sin wilfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment and fiery indignation, which will devour the adversaries. He who despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, shall he be thought worthy, who has trampled the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and has despised the Spirit of grace? For we know him who has said, Vengeance belongs to me, I will repay, says the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people, and it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32-38 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great fight of afflictions; partly, while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, while you became companions of those who were so treated. For you had compassion of me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that you have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. Therefore, do not cast away your confidence, which has great recompense of reward. For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he who shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith, but if any man draws back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but those who believe in the saving of the soul.

Hebrews Chapter 11

Hebrews Chapter 11

New Testament / Epistle to the Hebrews / Chapter 11

1-2 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it, the elders obtained a good report.

3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things that do appear.

4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and by it he being dead still speaks.

5-6 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he who comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.

7 By faith Noah, being warned by God of things not yet seen, moved with fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

8-10 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out to a place he would after receive as an inheritance, obeyed, and he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he looked for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

11-12 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born many as the stars of the sky in multitude and innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.

13-16 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from where they came out, they might have had an opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly place. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he has prepared for them a city.

17-19 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall your seed be called, concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from where he also symbolically received him.

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph and worshiped, leaning upon the top of his staff.

22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.

24-26 By faith Moses, when he came of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he had respect for the recompense of the reward.

27-28 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Through faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians attempting to do and were drowned.

30-31 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about for seven days. By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.

32-34 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthah, also of David, and Samuel, and of the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

35-38 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection. And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yes, and of bonds and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, and tormented, (of whom the world was not worthy). They wandered in deserts, and in the mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

39-40 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Hebrews Chapter 12

Hebrews Chapter 12

New Testament / Epistle to the Hebrews / Chapter 12

1-2 Therefore seeing we also are encompassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3-6 For consider him who endured such animosity from sinners against himself, lest you become wearied and discouraged in your minds. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to children: My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are rebuked by him; for whom the Lord loves he chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives.

7-11 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, which all are partakers, then you are bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of the flesh who corrected us, and we gave them reverence. Should we not much more be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For a few days, they did indeed chastise us according to their knowledge, but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening at the present moment seems to be joyous, but grievous; nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.

12-13 Therefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way, but let it rather be healed.

14-17 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man will see the Lord, looking carefully lest any man falls short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up troubles you, and thereby many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For you know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.

18-21 For you have not come to the mountain that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor to blackness, and darkness, and tempest, and the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words, which voice they that heard requested that the word should not be spoken to them anymore. (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with an arrow. And so terrifying was the sight, that Moses said, I am exceedingly fearful and trembling.)

22-24 But you have come to Mount Zion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel.

25-27 See that you do not refuse him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from him that speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now he has promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not only the earth but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

28-29 Therefore we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken; let us have grace, whereby we can serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.

Hebrews Chapter 13

Hebrews Chapter 13

New Testament / Epistle to the Hebrews / Chapter 13

1-3 Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for some have entertained angels unaware. Remember those in bonds, as bound with them, and those who suffer adversity, since you are also in the body.

4 Marriage is honorable to all, and the bed undefiled, but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

5-6 Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things as you have, for he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man can do to me.

7-9 Remember those who have the rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. Be not carried about by various and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart is established in grace, not with foods, which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.

10-16 We have an altar from which those who serve in the tabernacle have no right to eat. For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore let us go forth to him, outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. Therefore by him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

17 Submit yourselves and obey those who have the rule over you, for they watch out for your souls, as they that must give an account that they may do it with joy, and not with grief, for that is unprofitable for you.

18-19 Pray for us; for we trust we have a good conscience, and in all things willing to live honorably. But I urge you to do this, that I may be restored to you sooner.

20-21 Now the God of peace who raised up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

22-23 And I also urge you, brethren, embrace the word of exhortation, for I have written a letter to you in few words. You know that our brother Timothy has been set free, with whom, if he comes shortly, I will see you.

24 Greet all the saints and those who have the rule over you. Those from Italy greet you.

25 Grace be with you all. Amen.

James Chapter 1

James Chapter 1

New Testament / Epistle of James / Chapter 1

1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes scattered abroad, greetings.

2-8 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various temptations, knowing this, that the trying of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally, and without reproach, and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he who wavers is like a wave of the sea driven by the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything from the Lord. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.

9-11 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted, but the rich, in that he is made low because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withers the grass, and the flower thereof falls, and the beauty of its appearance perishes. So shall the rich man also fade away in his pursuits.

12-15 Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted by God; for God cannot be tempted by evil, neither does he tempt any man. But every man is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. Then, when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, it brings forth death.

16-18 Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variation, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

19-20 Therefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; For the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

21 Therefore, lay apart all filthiness and overflow of wickedness and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

22-25 But you be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any man is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man beholding his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, and then goes his way, and immediately he forgets what manner of man he was. But whosoever looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues therein, not being a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deeds.

26-27 If any man among you seems to be religious, and does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is in vain. Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this; to visit the widows and orphans in their time of trouble and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

James Chapter 2

James Chapter 2

New Testament / Epistle of James / Chapter 2

1-4 My brethren, do not use the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there comes into your assembly a man with a gold ring, in fine apparel, and there also comes in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you show respect to him who wears fine clothing and say to him, You sit here in a good place; and say to the poor man, You stand there, or sit here at my footstool, are you not showing partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

5-7 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Has not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and drag you before the judgment seats? Do they not blaspheme that worthy name by the which you are called?

8-13 If you fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, You shall love your neighbor as yourself, you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he who said, Do not commit adultery, also said, Do not kill. Now, if you do not commit adultery, yet you kill, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak you, and so do, as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For he who has shown no mercy shall be judged without mercy. Mercy rejoices over judgment.

14-17 What does it profit, my brethren, though a man says he has faith, and has not works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, Depart in peace, you be warmed and filled; but you do not give them those things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead.

18-24 Yea, a man may say, You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God; You do well: the demons also believe and tremble. But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he had offered Isaac his son on the altar? You see how faith was working with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled, which says, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. You see then how a man is justified by works and not by faith only.

25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.

James Chapter 3

James Chapter 3

New Testament / Epistle of James / Chapter 3

1-5 My brethren, do not let many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive the greater judgment. For in many things we offend all. If any man offends not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Behold also the ships; which though they are large and are driven by fierce winds, yet they turn about with a very small rudder, wherever the captain desires. Even so, the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles!

6-12 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature, and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and have been tamed by mankind. But the tongue no man can tame. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it, we bless God, even the Father, and with it, we curse men, who are made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? Or a vine bear figs? No fountain can yield both saltwater and fresh.

13-18 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show out of good conduct his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and strife in your hearts, do not glory, and do not lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be petitioned, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

James Chapter 4

James Chapter 4

New Testament / Epistle of James / Chapter 4

1-5 From where come wars and fighting among you? Do they not come from your lusts that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You kill, and desire to havbe, but cannot obtain. You fight and war, yet you have not, because you ask not. You ask, and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it on your lusts. You adulterers and adulteresses, do you not know that the friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do you think that the scripture says in vain, The Spirit who dwells in us desires jealously?

6 But he gives more grace. Therefore he says, God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.

7-10 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Wail and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

11-12 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of his brother, and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law, and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you who judges another?

13-16 Come now, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and make a profit; whereas you do not know what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. For you ought to say, If the Lord wills, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now you rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.

17 Therefore to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

James Chapter 5

James Chapter 5

New Testament / Epistle of James / Chapter 5

1-6 Come now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver is corroded, and the corrosion of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh like it was fire. You have heaped treasure for the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who have mowed down your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived in pleasure and luxury on the earth; you have filled your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and have killed the just; and he does not resist you.

7-8 Be patient therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waits for the precious fruit of the earth, and has waited patiently for it, until he receives the early and later rain. You also be patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draws near.

9-11 Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the judge stands at the door. Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end intended by the Lord; that the Lord is very compassionate and full of tender mercies.

12 But above all things, my brethren, do not swear, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea, and your nay be nay; lest you fall into condemnation.

13-18 Is anyone among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is anyone merry? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and it did not rain on the earth in the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth its fruit.

19-20 Brethren, if anyone of you wanders from the truth, and someone converts him; let him know that he who converts a sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

1 Peter Chapter 1