A Rest for the People of God

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,

(A)“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
    on the day of testing in the wilderness,
where your fathers put me to the test
    and saw my works for (B)forty years.
10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation,
and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart;
    they have not known my ways.’
11 (C)As I swore in my wrath,
    ‘They shall not enter my rest.’”

12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from (D)the living God. 13 But (E)exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by (F)the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have come to share in Christ, (G)if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. 15 As it is said,

(H)“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

16 For (I)who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not (J)all those who left Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, (K)whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did he swear that (L)they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that (M)they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem (N)to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because (O)they were not united by faith with those who listened.[a] For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said,

(P)“As I swore in my wrath,
‘They shall not enter my rest,’”

although his works were finished from the foundation of the world.

Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 4:2 Some manuscripts it did not meet with faith in the hearers

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