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For the Law hauing a shadow of good things to come, and not the very Image of the things, can neuer with those sacrifices which they offered yeere by yeere continually, make the commers thereunto perfect:
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For then would they not haue ceased to be offered, because that the worshippers once purged, should haue had no more conscience of sinnes?
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But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance againe made of sinnes euery yeere.
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For it is not possible that the blood of Bulles and of Goats, should take away sinnes.
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Wherefore when hee commeth into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared mee:
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In burnt offerings, and sacrifices for sinne thou hast had no pleasure:
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Then said I, Loe, I come.
(In the volume of the booke it is written of me) to doe thy will, O God.
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Aboue when hee said, Sacrifice, and offering, and burnt offerings, and offering for sinne thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein, which are offered by the Law:
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Then said he, Loe, I come to doe thy will (O God:) He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
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By the which will wee are sanctified, through the offering of the body of Iesus Christ once for all.
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And euery Priest standeth dayly ministring and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices which can neuer take away sinnes.
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But this man after he had offered one sacrifice for sinnes for euer, sate downe on the right hand of God,
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From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstoole.
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For by one offering hee hath perfected for euer them that are sanctified.
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Whereof the holy Ghost also is a witnesse to vs: for after that he had said before,
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This is the Couenant that I wil make with them after those dayes, saith the Lord: I will put my Lawes into their hearts, and in their mindes will I write them:
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And their sinnes and iniquities will I remember no more.
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Now, where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sinne.
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Hauing therefore, brethren, boldnesse to enter into the Holiest by the blood of Iesus,
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By a new and liuing way which hee hath consecrated for vs, through the vaile, that is to say, His flesh:
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And hauing an high Priest ouer the house of God:
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Let vs drawe neere with a true heart in full assurance of faith, hauing our hearts sprinkled from an euill conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
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Let vs hold fast the profession of our faith without wauering (for he is faithfull that promised)
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And let vs consider one another to prouoke vnto loue, and to good workes:
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Not forsaking the assembling of our selues together, as the manner of some is: but exhorting one another, and so much the more, as ye see the day approching.
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For if we sinne wilfully after that we haue receiued the knowledge of the trueth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sinnes,
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But a certaine fearefull looking for of iudgement, and fiery indignation, which shall deuoure the aduersaries.
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Hee that despised Moses Lawe, died without mercy, vnder two or three witnesses.
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Of how much sorer punishment suppose ye, shall hee be thought worthy, who hath troden vnder foote ye Sonne of God, and hath counted the blood of the couenant wherwith he was sanctified, an vnholy thing, and hath done despite vnto the spirit of grace?
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For we know him that hath said, Uengeance belongeth vnto me, I wil recompence, saith the Lord: and again, The Lord shall iudge his people.
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It is a fearefull thing to fall into the hands of the liuing God.
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But call to remembrance the former dayes, in which after yee were illuminated, ye indured a great fight of afflictions:
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Partly whilest ye were made a gazing stocke both by reproches & afflictions, and partly whilest ye became companions of them that were so vsed.
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For yee had compassion of me in my bonds, and tooke ioyfully the spoyling of your goods, knowing in your selues that yee haue in heauen a better and an induring substance.
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Cast not away therfore your confidence which hath great recompense of reward.
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For ye haue need of patience, that shall after ye haue done the will of God ye might receiue the promise.
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For yet a litle while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tary.
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Now the iust shall liue by faith: but if any man drawe backe, my soule shall haue no pleasure in him.
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But wee are not of them who draw backe vnto perdition: but of them that beleeue, to the sauing of the soule.