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Hebrews 12:26-28 The Passion Translation (TPT)

26 The earth was rocked at the sound of his voice from the mountain, but now he has promised,

“Once and for all I will not only shake the systems of the world,[a]
    but also the unseen powers in the heavenly realm!”[b]

27 Now this phrase “once and for all” clearly indicates the final removal of things that are shaking, that is, the old order,[c] so only what is unshakeable will remain. 28 Since we are receiving our rights[d] to an unshakeable kingdom[e] we should be extremely thankful and offer God the purest worship that delights his heart[f] as we lay down our lives in absolute surrender, filled with awe.[g]


  1. Hebrews 12:26 Or “earth.” Although earthquakes are prophesied to come (Matt. 24:7; Mark 13:8; Luke 21:11; Rev. 8:5; 11:13, 19; 16:18) the prophet is most likely using a metaphoric term for the world’s systems (finance, military, governments, religious, etc.). The message of the gospel has shaken the world’s foundations as it includes an unshakeable kingdom rising on the earth. Kings of the earth have placed their crowns down before the cross of a Man who was crucified as a common criminal. The power of the gospel is still shaking the world.
  2. Hebrews 12:26 It is not God’s power or throne being shaken, but invisible forces of darkness in the heavenly realm. See Hag. 2:6; Eph. 6:12.
  3. Hebrews 12:27 Or “things that have been made.”
  4. Hebrews 12:28 The Greek word paralambano is often used in classical Greek literature for heirs who have the “rights of succession” (to a throne). (See Aristotle, Pol. 3.14.12; Herodotus, 2.120.)
  5. Hebrews 12:28 See Dan. 7:18.
  6. Hebrews 12:28 Or “offer pleasing service to God.”
  7. Hebrews 12:28 The Aramaic can be translated “We have received grace to serve and we please God in awe and tender devotion” (submission).
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