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For we have heard the good news of deliverance just as they did, yet they didn’t join their faith with the Word.[a] Instead, what they heard didn’t affect them deeply, for they doubted. For those of us who believe, faith activates the promise and we experience the realm of confident rest! For he has said,[b]

“I was grieved[c] with them and made a solemn oath,
    ‘They will never enter into the calming rest of my Spirit.’ ”

God’s works have all been completed from the foundation of the world,[d] for it says in the Scriptures,[e]

And on the seventh day God rested from all his works.

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Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 4:2 Or “because they did not join in with those who heard the message with faith” (Joshua and Caleb).
  2. Hebrews 4:3 See Ps. 95:11; Heb. 3:11.
  3. Hebrews 4:3 The Greek word orge is used for any emotion of extreme passion, usually anger.
  4. Hebrews 4:3 Or “God’s works have been completed, even though the world has fallen.” The Greek word katabole means “to fall down,” “to throw down.” It is most often used for “laying down a foundation,” but it can imply the fall of humanity through sin. Even though the world has fallen, God’s works have already been accomplished, unhindered by the sin of man. God’s finished works supersede the brokenness of our planet.
  5. Hebrews 4:4 See Gen. 2:2.

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