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35 So don’t lose your bold, courageous faith, for you are destined for a great reward![a]

36 You need the strength of endurance to reveal the poetry[b] of God’s will and then you receive the promise in full. 37 For soon and very soon,

“The One who is appearing will come without delay!”[c]

38 And he also says,[d]

“My righteous ones will live from my faith.[e]
    But if fear holds them back,[f]
    my soul is not content with them!”

39 But we are certainly not those who are held back by fear and perish; we are among those who have faith and experience true life![g]

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Footnotes

  1. 10:35 As translated from the Aramaic. The Greek is “your faith yields a great reward.”
  2. 10:36 Or “to do God’s will.” The Greek word for “do” is taken from the Greek word poeima (poem or poetry).
  3. 10:37 That is, time is not relevant in the realm of the Spirit. See Isa. 26:20; Hab. 2:3–4.
  4. 10:38 Supplied for clarity of the English narrative.
  5. 10:38 As translated from the Aramaic, and the Septuagint of Hab. 2:4.
  6. 10:38 The Greek word hupostello (aroist subjunctive middle, used absolutely), does not mean “to draw back” but “to cower in fear.”
  7. 10:39 Or “faith to the preservation of the soul.” The Aramaic can be translated “faith that fulfills our soul.”

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