Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem (A)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 (B)they were not united by faith with those who listened.[a] For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said,

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

although his works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: (D)“And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” And again in this passage he said,

(E)“They shall not enter my rest.”

Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news (F)failed to enter because of disobedience, again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted,

(G)“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.”

For if Joshua had given them rest, God[b] would not have spoken of another day later on. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God's rest has also (H)rested from his works as God did from his.

11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so (I)that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. 12 For (J)the word of God is living and (K)active, (L)sharper than any (M)two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and (N)discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And (O)no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are (P)naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Jesus the Great High Priest

14 Since then we have (Q)a great high priest (R)who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, (S)let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest (T)who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been (U)tempted as we are, (V)yet without sin. 16 (W)Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

For every high priest chosen from among men (X)is appointed to act on behalf of men (Y)in relation to God, (Z)to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. (AA)He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself (AB)is beset with weakness. Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins (AC)just as he does for those of the people. And (AD)no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, (AE)just as Aaron was.

So also Christ (AF)did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him,

(AG)“You are my Son,
    today I have begotten you”;

as he says also in another place,

(AH)“You are a priest forever,
    after the order of Melchizedek.”

In the days of his flesh, (AI)Jesus[c] offered up prayers and supplications, (AJ)with loud cries and tears, to him (AK)who was able to save him from death, and (AL)he was heard because of his reverence. Although (AM)he was a son, (AN)he learned obedience through what he suffered. And (AO)being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, 10 being designated by God a high priest (AP)after the order of Melchizedek.

Warning Against Apostasy

11 About this we have much to say, and it is (AQ)hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again (AR)the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need (AS)milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is (AT)a child. 14 But solid food is for (AU)the mature, for those who have their powers (AV)of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 4:2 Some manuscripts it did not meet with faith in the hearers
  2. Hebrews 4:8 Greek he
  3. Hebrews 5:7 Greek he

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