Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.
 The isles saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came.
 They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.
 So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready for the sodering: and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.
 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.
 Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.
 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.
 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.
 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
 And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:
 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)
 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.
 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.
 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:
 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.
 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:
 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?
 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
 (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)
 For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.
 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.
 And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.