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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Hebrews 4:1-16

4  Therefore, since a promise is left of entering into his rest,+ let us fear that sometime someone of YOU may seem to have fallen short of it.+  For we have had the good news declared to us also,+ even as they also had;+ but the word which was heard did not benefit them,+ because they were not united by faith+ with those who did hear.*+  For we who have exercised faith do enter into the rest, just as he has said: “So I swore+ in my anger, ‘They shall not enter+ into my rest,’”+ although his* works were finished+ from the founding* of the world.+  For in one place he has said of the seventh day as follows: “And God* rested on the seventh day from all his works,”+  and again in this place: “They shall not enter into my rest.”+  Since, therefore, it remains for some to enter into it, and those to whom the good news+ was first declared did not enter in because of disobedience,+  he again marks off a certain day by saying after so long a time in David’s [psalm] “Today”; just as it has been said above: “Today if YOU people listen to his own voice,+ do not harden YOUR hearts.”+  For if Joshua*+ had led them into a place of rest,+ [God]* would not afterward have spoken+ of another day.  So there remains a sabbath resting for the people of God.+ 10  For the man that has entered into [God’s]* rest+ has also himself rested from his own works,+ just as God did from his own. 11  Let us therefore do our utmost to enter into that rest, for fear anyone should fall in the same pattern of disobedience.+ 12  For the word+ of God is alive+ and exerts power*+ and is sharper than any two-edged sword+ and pierces even to the dividing of soul+ and spirit,+ and of joints and [their] marrow, and [is] able to discern* thoughts and intentions* of [the] heart.+ 13  And there is not a creation that is not manifest to his sight,+ but all things are naked and openly exposed to the eyes of him with whom we have an accounting.+ 14  Seeing, therefore, that we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens,+ Jesus the Son of God,+ let us hold onto [our] confessing of [him].+ 15  For we have as high priest,* not one who cannot sympathize+ with our weaknesses, but one who has been tested in all respects like ourselves, but without sin.+ 16  Let us, therefore, approach+ with freeness of speech+ to the throne of undeserved kindness, that we may obtain mercy and find undeserved kindness for help at the right time.+


“Because it [the word] was not united by faith with those who heard,” א.
Lit., “the,” אAB; Syp, “God’s”; J17, “Jehovah’s.”
Lit., “throwing down [of seed].” Gr., ka·ta·bo·les′.
“God,” אABVgSyp; J17, “he.”
“Jehoshua,” J17,18,22; P46אABVg, “Jesus”; Syp, “Jeshu-bar-Nun (Jesus son of Nun).” See Jos 1:1 ftn, “Joshua.”
Lit., “he.”
Lit., “his.”
“Exerts power.” Lit., “energetic.” Gr., e·ner·ges′.
“Able to discern.” Lit., “judger.” Gr., kri·ti·kos′.
“Intentions.” Lit., “mental inclinations.”
“High priest.” Gr., ar·khi·e·re′a; Lat., pon·ti′fi·cem, “pontifex”; J17,22(Heb.), ko·hen′ ga·dhohl′.