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The Whole Revised and Diligently Compared with
the Latin Vulgate by Bishop Richard Challoner
THE EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL TO THE HEBREWS
St. Paul wrote this Epistle to the Christians in Palestine, the most
part of whom being Jews before their conversion, they were called
Hebrews. He exhorts them to be thoroughly converted and confirmed in the
faith of Christ, clearly shewing them the preeminence of Christ's
priesthood above the Levitical, and also the excellence of the new law
above the old. He commends faith by the example of the ancient fathers:
and exhorts them to patience and perseverance and to remain in fraternal
charity. It appears from chap. 13 that this Epistle was written in
Italy, and probably at Rome, about twenty-nine years after our Lord's
Hebrews Chapter 1
God spoke of old by the prophets, but now by his Son, who is
incomparably greater than the angels.
1:1. God, who, at sundry times and in divers manners, spoke in times
past to the fathers by the prophets, last of all,
1:2. In these days, hath spoken to us by his Son, whom he hath appointed
heir of all things, by whom also he made the world.
1:3. Who being the brightness of his glory and the figure of his
substance and upholding all things by the word of his power, making
purgation of sins, sitteth on the right hand of the majesty on high:
The figure... that is, the express image, and most perfect resemblance.
Making purgation... That is, having purged away our sins by his passion.
1:4. Being made so much better than the angels as he hath inherited a
more excellent name than they.
1:5. For to which of the angels hath he said at any time: Thou art my
Son, to-day have I begotten thee? And again: I will be to him a Father,
and he shall be to me a Son?
1:6. And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world,
he saith: And let all the angels of God adore him.
1:7. And to the angels indeed he saith: He that maketh his angels
spirits and his ministers a flame of fire.
1:8. But to the Son: Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre
of justice is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
1:9. Thou hast loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore God, thy God,
hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
1:10. And: Thou in the beginning, O Lord, didst found the earth: and the
works of thy hands are the heavens.
1:11. They shall perish: but thou shalt continue: and they shall all
grow old as a garment.
1:12. And as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shalt be
changed. But thou art the selfsame: and thy years shall not fail.
1:13. But to which of the angels said he at any time: Sit on my right
hand, until I make thy enemies thy footstool?
1:14. Are they not all ministering spirits, sent to minister for them
who shall receive the inheritance of salvation?
Hebrews Chapter 2
The transgression of the precepts of the Son of God is far more
condemnable than of those of the Old Testament given by angels.
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