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Hebrews 10:38-39 New Living Translation (NLT)

38 And my righteous ones will live by faith.[a]
    But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.”[b]

39 But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved.


  1. 10:38 Or my righteous ones will live by their faithfulness; Greek reads my righteous one will live by faith.
  2. 10:37-38 Hab 2:3-4.
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Hebrews 10:38-39 Amplified Bible (AMP)

But My righteous one [the one justified by faith] shall live by faith [respecting man’s relationship to God and trusting Him];
And if he draws back [shrinking in fear], My soul has no delight in him.

39 But [a]our way is not that of those who shrink back to destruction, but [we are] of those who believe [relying on God through faith in Jesus Christ, the Messiah] and by this confident faith preserve the soul.


  1. Hebrews 10:39 Emphatic in Greek.
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Hebrews 10:38-39 The Message (MSG)

32-39 Remember those early days after you first saw the light? Those were the hard times! Kicked around in public, targets of every kind of abuse—some days it was you, other days your friends. If some friends went to prison, you stuck by them. If some enemies broke in and seized your goods, you let them go with a smile, knowing they couldn’t touch your real treasure. Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back. So don’t throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It’s still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion.

It won’t be long now, he’s on the way;
    he’ll show up most any minute.
But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust;
    if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy.

But we’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.

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Hebrews 10:38-39 The Passion Translation (TPT)

38 And he also says,[a]

“My righteous ones will live from my faith.[b]
    But if fear holds them back,[c]
    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![d]


  1. Hebrews 10:38 Supplied for clarity of the English narrative.
  2. Hebrews 10:38 As translated from the Aramaic, and the Septuagint of Hab. 2:4.
  3. Hebrews 10:38 The Greek word hupostello (aroist subjunctive middle, used absolutely), does not mean “to draw back” but “to cower in fear.”
  4. Hebrews 10:39 Or “faith to the preservation of the soul.” The Aramaic can be translated “faith that fulfills our soul.”
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Hebrews 10:38-39 New King James Version (NKJV)

38 Now the[a] just shall live by faith;
But if anyone draws back,
My soul has no pleasure in him.”

39 But we are not of those who draw back to [b]perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.


  1. Hebrews 10:38 NU My just one
  2. Hebrews 10:39 destruction
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