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For indeed we have had the glad tidings [Gospel of God] proclaimed to us just as truly as they [the Israelites of old did when the good news of deliverance from bondage came to them]; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith (with [a]the leaning of the entire personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) by those who heard it; [b]neither were they united in faith with the ones [Joshua and Caleb] who heard (did believe).

For we who have believed (adhered to and trusted in and relied on God) do enter that rest, [c]in accordance with His declaration that those [who did not believe] should not enter when He said, As I swore in My wrath, They shall not enter My rest; and this He said although [His] works had been completed and prepared [and waiting for all who would believe] from the foundation of the world.(A)

For in a certain place He has said this about the seventh day: And God rested on the seventh day from all His works.(B)

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Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 4:2 Alexander Souter, Pocket Lexicon.
  2. Hebrews 4:2 Many manuscripts so read.
  3. Hebrews 4:3 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.

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