14Therefore since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens-Jesus the Son of God-let us hold fast to the confession.15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin.16Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.
1For every high priest taken from men is appointed in service to God for the people, to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins.2He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness.3Because of this, he must make a sin offering for himself as well as for the people.4No one takes this honor on himself; instead, a person is called by God, just as Aaron was.5In the same way, the Messiah did not exalt Himself to become a high priest, but the One who said to Him, You are My Son; today I have become Your Father, 6also said in another passage, You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. 7During His earthly life, He offered prayers and appeals, with loud cries and tears, to the One who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence.8Though a Son, He learned obedience through what He suffered.9After He was perfected, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,10and He was declared by God a high priest "in the order of Melchizedek."
11We have a great deal to say about this, and it's difficult to explain, since you have become slow to understand.12For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of God's revelation. You need milk, not solid food.13Now everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced with the message about righteousness, because he is an infant.14But solid food is for the mature-for those whose senses have been trained to distinguish between good and evil.
1Therefore, leaving the elementary message about the Messiah, let us go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, faith in God,2teaching about ritual washings, laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.3And we will do this if God permits. 4For it is impossible to renew to repentance those who were once enlightened, who tasted the heavenly gift, became companions with the Holy Spirit,5tasted God's good word and the powers of the coming age,6and who have fallen away, because, to their own harm, they are recrucifying the Son of God and holding Him up to contempt.7For ground that has drunk the rain that has often fallen on it, and that produces vegetation useful to those it is cultivated for, receives a blessing from God.8But if it produces thorns and thistles, it is worthless and about to be cursed, and will be burned at the end. 9Even though we are speaking this way, dear friends, in your case we are confident of the better things connected with salvation.10For God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you showed for His name when you served the saints-and you continue to serve them.11Now we want each of you to demonstrate the same diligence for the final realization of your hope,12so that you won't become lazy, but imitators of those who inherit the promises through faith and perseverance.
1Then Jacob called his sons and said, "Gather around, and I will tell you what will happen to you in the days to come. 2Come together and listen, sons of Jacob; listen to your father Israel: 3Reuben, you are my firstborn, my strength and the firstfruits of my virility, excelling in prominence, excelling in power. 4Turbulent as water, you will no longer excel, because you got into your father's bed and you defiled it-he got into my bed. 5Simeon and Levi are brothers; their knives are vicious weapons. 6May I never enter their council; may I never join their assembly. For in their anger they kill men, and on a whim they hamstring oxen. 7Their anger is cursed, for it is strong, and their fury, for it is cruel! I will disperse them throughout Jacob and scatter them throughout Israel. 8Judah, your brothers will praise you. Your hand will be on the necks of your enemies; your father's sons will bow down to you. 9Judah is a young lion- my son, you return from the kill- he crouches; he lies down like a lion and like a lioness-who wants to rouse him? 10The scepter will not depart from Judah, or the staff from between his feet, until He whose right it is comes and the obedience of the peoples belongs to Him. 11He ties his donkey to a vine, and the colt of his donkey to the choice vine. He washes his clothes in wine, and his robes in the blood of grapes. 12His eyes are darker than wine, and his teeth are whiter than milk. 13Zebulun will live by the seashore and will be a harbor for ships, and his territory will be next to Sidon. 14Issachar is a strong donkey lying down between the saddlebags. 15He saw that his resting place was good and that the land was pleasant, so he leaned his shoulder to bear a load and became a forced laborer. 16Dan will judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel. 17He will be a snake by the road, a viper beside the path, that bites the horses' heels so that its rider falls backwards. 18I wait for Your salvation, Lord. 19Gad will be attacked by [marauding] bands, but he will attack their heels. 20Asher's food will be rich, and he will produce royal delicacies. 21Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns. 22Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine beside a spring; its branches climb over the wall. 23The archers attacked him, shot at him, and were hostile toward him. 24Yet his bow remained steady, and his strong arms were made agile by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, by the name of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, 25by the God of your father who helps you, and by the Almighty who blesses you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings of the deep that lies below, and blessings of the breasts and the womb. 26The blessings of your father excel the blessings of my ancestors and the bounty of the eternal hills. May they rest on the head of Joseph, on the crown of the prince of his brothers. 27Benjamin is a wolf; he tears [his prey]. In the morning he devours the prey, and in the evening he divides the plunder." 28These are the tribes of Israel, 12 in all, and this was what their father said to them. He blessed them, and he blessed each one with a suitable blessing.
29Then he commanded them: "I am about to be gathered to my people. Bury me with my fathers in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite.30The cave is in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre, in the land of Canaan. This is the field Abraham purchased from Ephron the Hittite as a burial site.31Abraham and his wife Sarah are buried there, Isaac and his wife Rebekah are buried there, and I buried Leah there.32The field and the cave in it [were purchased] from the Hittites."33When Jacob had finished instructing his sons, he drew his feet into the bed and died. He was gathered to his people.
1Then Joseph, leaning over his father's face, wept and kissed him.2He commanded his servants who were physicians to embalm his father. So they embalmed Israel.3They took 40 days to complete this, for embalming takes that long, and the Egyptians mourned for him 70 days. 4When the days of mourning were over, Joseph said to Pharaoh's household, "If I have found favor with you, please tell Pharaoh that5my father made me take an oath, saying, 'I am about to die. You must bury me there in the tomb that I hewed out for myself in the land of Canaan.' Now let me go and bury my father. Then I will return." 6So Pharaoh said, "Go and bury your father in keeping with your oath." 7Then Joseph went to bury his father, and all Pharaoh's servants, the elders of his household, and all the elders of the land of Egypt went with him,8along with all Joseph's household, his brothers, and his father's household. Only their children, their sheep, and their cattle were left in the land of Goshen.9Horses and chariots went up with him; it was a very impressive procession.10When they reached the threshing floor of Atad, which is across the Jordan, they lamented and wept loudly, and Joseph mourned seven days for his father.11When the Canaanite inhabitants of the land saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, "This is a solemn mourning on the part of the Egyptians." Therefore the place is named Abel-mizraim. It is across the Jordan. 12So Jacob's sons did for him what he had commanded them.13They carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave at Machpelah in the field near Mamre, which Abraham had purchased as a burial site from Ephron the Hittite.14After Joseph buried his father, he returned to Egypt with his brothers and all who had gone with him to bury his father.
15When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said to one another, "If Joseph is holding a grudge against us, he will certainly repay us for all the wrong we caused him." 16So they sent this message to Joseph, "Before he died your father gave a command:17'Say this to Joseph: Please forgive your brothers' transgression and their sin-the wrong they caused you.' Therefore, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father." Joseph wept when their message came to him.18Then his brothers also came to him, bowed down before him, and said, "We are your slaves!" 19But Joseph said to them, "Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God?20You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result-the survival of many people.21Therefore don't be afraid. I will take care of you and your little ones." And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
22Joseph and his father's household remained in Egypt. Joseph lived 110 years.23He saw Ephraim's sons to the third generation; the sons of Manasseh's son Machir were recognized by Joseph. 24Joseph said to his brothers, "I am about to die, but God will certainly come to your aid and bring you up from this land to the land He promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob."25So Joseph made the Israelites take an oath: "When God comes to your aid, you are to carry my bones up from here." 26Joseph died at the age of 110. They embalmed him and placed him in a coffin in Egypt.
1I said, "I will guard my ways so that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle as long as the wicked are in my presence." 2I was speechless and quiet; I kept silent, even from [speaking] good, and my pain intensified. 3My heart grew hot within me; as I mused, a fire burned. I spoke with my tongue: 4"Lord, reveal to me the end of my life and the number of my days. Let me know how transitory I am. 5You, indeed, have made my days short in length, and my life span as nothing in Your sight. Yes, every mortal man is only a vapor. Selah 6Certainly, man walks about like a mere shadow. Indeed, they frantically rush around in vain, gathering possessions without knowing who will get them. 7"Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You. 8Deliver me from all my transgressions; do not make me the taunt of fools. 9I am speechless; I do not open my mouth because of what You have done. 10Remove Your torment from me; I fade away because of the force of Your hand. 11You discipline a man with punishment for sin, consuming like a moth what is precious to him; every man is a mere vapor. Selah 12"Hear my prayer, Lord, and listen to my cry for help; do not be silent at my tears. For I am a foreigner residing with You, a sojourner like all my fathers. 13Turn Your angry gaze from me so that I may be cheered up before I die and am gone."