Christ is more excellent than Moses: and therefore we must
adhere to him by faith and obedience.
1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly vocation, consider
the apostle and high priest of our confession, Jesus:
2 Who is faithful to him who appointed him, as was also *Moses in all his
3 For this man was deemed worthy of greater glory than Moses, by so much
as he who hath built the house, hath greater honour than the house.
4 For every house is built by some man: but he that created all things,
5 And Moses indeed was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony
of those things which were to be spoken:
6 But Christ, as the Son in his own house: which house are we, if we hold
fast the confidence, and glory of hope unto the end.
7 Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost saith: *To-day, if you shall hear his voice,
8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation
in the desert,
9 Where your fathers tempted me, proved, and saw my works,
10 Forty years: For which cause I was offended with this generation, and
I said: They always err in heart. And they have not known my ways,
11 As I have sworn in my wrath: If they shall enter into my rest.
12 Take heed, brethren, lest perhaps there be in any of you an evil heart
of unbelief, to depart from the living God:
13 But exhort one another every day, whilst to-day is named: lest any one
of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
14 For we are made partakers of Christ: yet so if we hold the beginning
of his substance firm unto the end.
15 While it is said: To-day, if you shall hear his voice, harden not your
hearts, as in that provocation.
16 For some who heard did provoke: but not all who came out of Egypt by
17 And with whom was he offended forty years? Was it not with those who
sinned, *whose carcasses fell in the desert?
18 And to whom did he swear that they should not enter into his rest: but
to them that believed not.
19 And we see that they could not enter in, because of unbelief.
2: Numbers xii. 7.
7: Psalm xciv. 8.; Hebrews iv. 7.
17: Numbers xiv. 37.