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Chapter 3

1Therefore, my fellow-Christians, who have likewise heard the heavenly invitation, observe how faithful Jesus, the commissioner and high priest of our religion, 2has been to the God who appointed him, just as Moses was, in all the house of God. 3For Jesus is entitled to as much more honor than Moses as the builder of a house is than the house he builds. 4For every house has a builder, and the builder of the universe is God. 5Now the faithfulness of Moses in all the house of God was that of a servant, in faithfully repeating what he was told to say; 6but Christ’s faithfulness was that of a son set over the house of God. And we are that house, if we keep up our courage and our triumphant hope to the very end.

7Therefore, as the holy Spirit says, “If you hear his voice today,

8Do not harden your hearts as your forefathers provoked me by doing,

As in that time of trial in the desert,

9Where your forefathers put my doings to the proof for forty years,

Though they saw them all the time.

10That was why I was angry with that generation,

And I said, ‘Their minds are always wandering,

And they have never found my paths.’

11But as I made oath in my anger,

They shall never be admitted to my Rest!”

12See to it, my brothers, that no one of you has a wicked, unbelieving heart, that turns away from the ever-living God, 13but encourage one another every day, as long as we can still speak of Today, so that no one of you may have his heart hardened by the pleasantness of sin. 14For we are true partners with Christ if we really keep the conviction that we had at first unshaken to the very end. 15So while we can still speak of Today, if you hear him speak, do not harden your hearts, as they provoked him by doing. 16For who was it that heard him speak and yet provoked him? Was it not all those who had escaped from Egypt under Moses’ leadership? 17And who was it with whom God was angry forty whole years? Was it not with those who had sinned, who dropped dead in the desert? 18And who was it to whom God made oath that they should not be admitted to his Rest, if it was not to those who had disobeyed him? 19So we see that it was their unbelief that kept them from being admitted to it.

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