Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: HEBREWS - Chapter 3

CHAPTER III.

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 house.

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, is God.

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 Moses.

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.

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2: Numbers xii. 7.

7: Psalm xciv. 8.; Hebrews iv. 7.

17: Numbers xiv. 37.