Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Book of Hebrews (First chapter)

I was reminded again how much I have come to love this book, both for its beauty and for its promise.

And, since we are currently in Advent, it seems appropriate.

I'm using the KJV because it is a beautiful translation: One theory is that the scholars who translated it tested their translation by reading it out loud to one another. It does sound like they may have.

So, without further adieu:


Hebrews 1

1God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
4Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
5For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
6And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
7And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
8But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
9Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
10And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:
11They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
12And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
13But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
14Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
King James Version (KJV)

(copied from:; I was sorely tempted to go on into the 2nd chapter, but if I did that, I'd probably go on to the third, and then . . . . So, I'll stop at chapter one & recommend the rest; there are several versions up on biblegateway, too, so if the KJV isn't to your taste, there are more modern translations. I'm getting quite attached to the New Living Translation, myself.

Oooh, they have a nifty Embed passage ap, too. I'll have to check on that, later).

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