1Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.2He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house.3Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself.4For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.5“Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future.6But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.
7So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice,8do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness,9where your ancestors tested and tried me, though for forty years they saw what I did.10That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’11So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”12See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.13But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.14We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.15As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”16Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt?17And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness?18And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed?19So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.
1Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.2For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.3Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, “So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world.4For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.”5And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”6Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience,7God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”8For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day.9There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;10for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.11Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.12For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
1Some time later Joseph was told, “Your father is ill.” So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim along with him.2When Jacob was told, “Your son Joseph has come to you,” Israel rallied his strength and sat up on the bed.3Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and there he blessed me4and said to me, ‘I am going to make you fruitful and increase your numbers. I will make you a community of peoples, and I will give this land as an everlasting possession to your descendants after you.’5“Now then, your two sons born to you in Egypt before I came to you here will be reckoned as mine; Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine, just as Reuben and Simeon are mine.6Any children born to you after them will be yours; in the territory they inherit they will be reckoned under the names of their brothers.7As I was returning from Paddan, to my sorrow Rachel died in the land of Canaan while we were still on the way, a little distance from Ephrath. So I buried her there beside the road to Ephrath” (that is, Bethlehem).8When Israel saw the sons of Joseph, he asked, “Who are these?”9“They are the sons God has given me here,” Joseph said to his father. Then Israel said, “Bring them to me so I may bless them.”10Now Israel’s eyes were failing because of old age, and he could hardly see. So Joseph brought his sons close to him, and his father kissed them and embraced them.11Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too.”12Then Joseph removed them from Israel’s knees and bowed down with his face to the ground.13And Joseph took both of them, Ephraim on his right toward Israel’s left hand and Manasseh on his left toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them close to him.14But Israel reached out his right hand and put it on Ephraim’s head, though he was the younger, and crossing his arms, he put his left hand on Manasseh’s head, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.15Then he blessed Joseph and said, “May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day,16the Angel who has delivered me from all harm —may he bless these boys. May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they increase greatly on the earth.”17When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand on Ephraim’s head he was displeased; so he took hold of his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head.18Joseph said to him, “No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.”19But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great. Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a group of nations.”20He blessed them that day and said, “In your name will Israel pronounce this blessing: ‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.’ ” So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.21Then Israel said to Joseph, “I am about to die, but God will be with you and take you back to the land of your fathers.22And to you I give one more ridge of land than to your brothers, the ridge I took from the Amorites with my sword and my bow.”
1LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.2Your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down on me.3Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin.4My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.5My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly.6I am bowed down and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning.7My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body.8I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart.9All my longings lie open before you, Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you.10My heart pounds, my strength fails me; even the light has gone from my eyes.11My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds; my neighbors stay far away.12Those who want to kill me set their traps, those who would harm me talk of my ruin; all day long they scheme and lie.13I am like the deaf, who cannot hear, like the mute, who cannot speak;14I have become like one who does not hear, whose mouth can offer no reply.15LORD, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God.16For I said, “Do not let them gloat or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.”17For I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me.18I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.19Many have become my enemies without cause ; those who hate me without reason are numerous.20Those who repay my good with evil lodge accusations against me, though I seek only to do what is good.21LORD, do not forsake me; do not be far from me, my God.22Come quickly to help me, my Lord and my Savior.