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The Epistle to the Hebrews

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Hebrews 4

        1Therefore, since a promise has been left [fig., remains] to enter into His rest, let us fear lest anyone of you* seems to have come short. 2For we also have had the Gospel [or, Good News] proclaimed [to us], even as they; but the word [which they] heard was of no use to them, it not having been mixed with faith by the ones having heard. 3For we, the ones having believed, enter into that rest, just as He has said, “So in My anger I took an oath: ‘They will not enter into My rest’” [Psalm 95:11]--His works were done from [the] laying of the foundation of [the] world [or, from [the] beginning of the creation of [the] universe]. 4For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh [day] thus, “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works.” [Gen 2:2] 5And in this [place] again, “They will not enter into My rest.” [Psalm 95:11]

            6Therefore, since it remains for some to enter into it, and the ones having first heard the Gospel [or, Good News] did not enter in because of disobedience due to unbelief, 7again He designates a certain day, “Today,” saying in David, after such a long time just as it has been said, “Today if you* hear His voice, stop hardening your* hearts [fig., becoming stubborn].” [Psalm 95:7,8] 8For if Joshua had given them rest, He [i.e., God] would not have spoken concerning another day after these [things]. 9So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10For the one having entered into His rest, also [has] rested himself from his works, even as God [rested] from His own [works]. [see Gen 2:2,3] 11Therefore, let us be eager [or, diligent] to enter into that rest, lest anyone falls in the same example of disobedience due to unbelief.

            12For the word of God [is] living and effective and sharper than every double-edged sword, and [is] penetrating as far as [the] division of both soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and [is] able to discern [the] thoughts and intentions of the heart [i.e., the entire inner self, including the intellect, volition, and emotions, and elsewhere in epistle]. 13And no created thing is able to be hidden before Him, but all [things are] naked and have been exposed to His eyes to whom we [must give] an account.

            14Therefore, having a great High Priest [who] has passed through the heavens--Jesus, the Son of God--let us be holding fast our confession. 15For we do not have a High Priest [who is] unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but [One] having been tried in all [respects] in the same way [we are, yet] without sin. 16Therefore, let us be approaching with confidence [or, a joyful sense of freedom] to the throne of grace, so that we shall receive mercy and find grace for well-timed help. [cp. Eph 3:12; Heb 10:19-22,35]

Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.zeolla.org/christian).
Previously copyrighted 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.

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