23It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.24For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence.25Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.26Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.27Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,28so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
1The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.2Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.3But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins.4It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.5Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me;6with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased.7Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll— I have come to do your will, my God.’ ”8First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law.9Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second.10And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.11Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.12But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,13and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool.14For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.15The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:16“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”17Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”18And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.
1Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: “Let my people go, so that they may worship me.”2If you refuse to let them go and continue to hold them back,3the hand of the LORD will bring a terrible plague on your livestock in the field—on your horses, donkeys and camels and on your cattle, sheep and goats.4But the LORD will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and that of Egypt, so that no animal belonging to the Israelites will die.’ ”5The LORD set a time and said, “Tomorrow the LORD will do this in the land.”6And the next day the LORD did it: All the livestock of the Egyptians died, but not one animal belonging to the Israelites died.7Pharaoh investigated and found that not even one of the animals of the Israelites had died. Yet his heart was unyielding and he would not let the people go.
8Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Take handfuls of soot from a furnace and have Moses toss it into the air in the presence of Pharaoh.9It will become fine dust over the whole land of Egypt, and festering boils will break out on people and animals throughout the land.”10So they took soot from a furnace and stood before Pharaoh. Moses tossed it into the air, and festering boils broke out on people and animals.11The magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils that were on them and on all the Egyptians.12But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said to Moses.
13Then the LORD said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning, confront Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me,14or this time I will send the full force of my plagues against you and against your officials and your people, so you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth.15For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth.16But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.17You still set yourself against my people and will not let them go.18Therefore, at this time tomorrow I will send the worst hailstorm that has ever fallen on Egypt, from the day it was founded till now.19Give an order now to bring your livestock and everything you have in the field to a place of shelter, because the hail will fall on every person and animal that has not been brought in and is still out in the field, and they will die.’ ”20Those officials of Pharaoh who feared the word of the LORD hurried to bring their slaves and their livestock inside.21But those who ignored the word of the LORD left their slaves and livestock in the field.22Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that hail will fall all over Egypt—on people and animals and on everything growing in the fields of Egypt.”23When Moses stretched out his staff toward the sky, the LORD sent thunder and hail, and lightning flashed down to the ground. So the LORD rained hail on the land of Egypt;24hail fell and lightning flashed back and forth. It was the worst storm in all the land of Egypt since it had become a nation.25Throughout Egypt hail struck everything in the fields—both people and animals; it beat down everything growing in the fields and stripped every tree.26The only place it did not hail was the land of Goshen, where the Israelites were.27Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron. “This time I have sinned,” he said to them. “The LORD is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong.28Pray to the LORD, for we have had enough thunder and hail. I will let you go; you don’t have to stay any longer.”29Moses replied, “When I have gone out of the city, I will spread out my hands in prayer to the LORD. The thunder will stop and there will be no more hail, so you may know that the earth is the LORD’s.30But I know that you and your officials still do not fear the LORD God.”31(The flax and barley were destroyed, since the barley had headed and the flax was in bloom.32The wheat and spelt, however, were not destroyed, because they ripen later.)33Then Moses left Pharaoh and went out of the city. He spread out his hands toward the LORD; the thunder and hail stopped, and the rain no longer poured down on the land.34When Pharaoh saw that the rain and hail and thunder had stopped, he sinned again: He and his officials hardened their hearts.35So Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not let the Israelites go, just as the LORD had said through Moses.
1Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these signs of mine among them2that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the LORD.”3So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, so that they may worship me.4If you refuse to let them go, I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow.5They will cover the face of the ground so that it cannot be seen. They will devour what little you have left after the hail, including every tree that is growing in your fields.6They will fill your houses and those of all your officials and all the Egyptians—something neither your parents nor your ancestors have ever seen from the day they settled in this land till now.’ ” Then Moses turned and left Pharaoh.7Pharaoh’s officials said to him, “How long will this man be a snare to us? Let the people go, so that they may worship the LORD their God. Do you not yet realize that Egypt is ruined?”8Then Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. “Go, worship the LORD your God,” he said. “But tell me who will be going.”9Moses answered, “We will go with our young and our old, with our sons and our daughters, and with our flocks and herds, because we are to celebrate a festival to the LORD.”10Pharaoh said, “The LORD be with you—if I let you go, along with your women and children! Clearly you are bent on evil.11No! Have only the men go and worship the LORD, since that’s what you have been asking for.” Then Moses and Aaron were driven out of Pharaoh’s presence.12And the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over Egypt so that locusts swarm over the land and devour everything growing in the fields, everything left by the hail.”13So Moses stretched out his staff over Egypt, and the LORD made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night. By morning the wind had brought the locusts;14they invaded all Egypt and settled down in every area of the country in great numbers. Never before had there been such a plague of locusts, nor will there ever be again.15They covered all the ground until it was black. They devoured all that was left after the hail—everything growing in the fields and the fruit on the trees. Nothing green remained on tree or plant in all the land of Egypt.16Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “I have sinned against the LORD your God and against you.17Now forgive my sin once more and pray to the LORD your God to take this deadly plague away from me.”18Moses then left Pharaoh and prayed to the LORD.19And the LORD changed the wind to a very strong west wind, which caught up the locusts and carried them into the Red Sea. Not a locust was left anywhere in Egypt.20But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go.
21Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness spreads over Egypt—darkness that can be felt.”22So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days.23No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.24Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and said, “Go, worship the LORD. Even your women and children may go with you; only leave your flocks and herds behind.”25But Moses said, “You must allow us to have sacrifices and burnt offerings to present to the LORD our God.26Our livestock too must go with us; not a hoof is to be left behind. We have to use some of them in worshiping the LORD our God, and until we get there we will not know what we are to use to worship the LORD.”27But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to let them go.28Pharaoh said to Moses, “Get out of my sight! Make sure you do not appear before me again! The day you see my face you will die.”29“Just as you say,” Moses replied. “I will never appear before you again.”
1My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,2for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.3Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.4Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.5Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;6in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.7Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.8This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.9Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;10then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.11My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke,12because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.13Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding,14for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.15She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.16Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.17Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.18She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.19By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place;20by his knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.21My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion;22they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.23Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.24When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.25Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,26for the LORD will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.27Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.28Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”— when you already have it with you.29Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.30Do not accuse anyone for no reason— when they have done you no harm.31Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways.32For the LORD detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence.33The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.34He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.35The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame.