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Hebrews 3:7-4:11 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

Listen and Obey, or Harden and Fall Away

Therefore, just as the Ruach ha-Kodesh says,

“Today if you hear His voice,
do not harden your hearts
    as in the rebellion,[a]
    on the day of testing[b] in the wilderness.
There your fathers put Me to the test,
    though they saw My works for forty years.
10 Therefore I was provoked by this generation,
    and I said, ‘They always go astray in their heart,
        and they have not known My ways.’
11 As I swore in my wrath,
    ‘They shall not enter My rest.’”[c]

12 Take care, brothers and sisters, that none of you has an evil heart of unbelief that falls away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another day by day—as long as it is called “Today”—so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partners of Messiah, if we hold our original conviction firm until the end. 15 As it is said,

“Today if you hear His voice,
    do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”[d]

16 Now which ones heard and rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt with Moses? 17 And with whom was He provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest? Was it not to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter in because of lack of trust.

Make Every Effort to Enter God’s Rest

Let us fear then! Though a promise of entering His rest is left open, some of you would seem to have fallen short. For we also have had Good News proclaimed to us, just as they did. But the word they heard did not help them, because they were not unified with those who listened in faith. For we who have trusted are entering into that rest. It is just as God has said,

“So in My wrath I swore,
‘They shall never enter My rest,’”[e]

even though His works were finished since the foundation of the world. For somewhere He has spoken about the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works,” [f] and again in this passage:

“They shall never enter My rest.”[g]

So then it remains for some to enter into it; yet those who formerly had Good News proclaimed to them did not enter because of disobedience. Again, God appoints a certain day—“Today”—saying through David after so long a time, just as it has been said before,

“Today, if you hear His voice,
    do not harden your hearts.”[h]

For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. So there remains a Shabbat rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has entered God’s rest has also ceased from his own work, just as God did from His.

11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall through the same pattern of disobedience.

Tree of Life Version (TLV)

Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.

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