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Hebrews 13:1-25

13  Let brotherliness persist. 2  Do not forget hospitableness, for by it some men had angels as guests before they knew it. 3  Remember those in prison, as being fellow-prisoners; those in hardship, as being in a body yourselves. 4*  Marriage, highly honored in all respects, and the bed unpolluted; for God will judge libertines and adulterers. 5  Character, unmercenary; getting along with what there is on hand, for he himself has said “I will not neglect you nor abandon you,” 6**  so that we can say stoutly “I have the Lord as helper and will not be frightened; what is a man to do to me?” 7  Be mindful of your leaders who spoke God’s word to you; whose faith imitate, viewing the way they passed out of the life they had led. 8  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever. 9**  Do not be swept along with miscellaneous peculiar doctrines; for it is a good thing that the heart be held firm by grace—not by foods, in which those who concern themselves with them did not get any benefit. 10  We have an altar from which those who perform the service of the tabernacle have no right to eat. 11*  For when the blood of animals is brought into the holy place by the high priest on account of sin, the bodies of these are burned up outside the camp; 12  for which reason so did Jesus, in order to sanctify the people by his own blood, suffer outside the gate; 13  well, then, let us come out to him outside the camp, bearing his ignominy. 14  For we do not have a permanent city here, but are trying for the future one. 15*  Through him let us offer a sacrifice of praise to God all the time; that is, the fruit of lips making acknowledgments to his name. 16  And do not forget beneficence and solidarity; for with such sacrifices God is pleased. 17  Obey your leaders and defer to them, for they are on the alert night and day in behalf of your souls, expecting to have to account for them; in order that they may do that with gladness, not with groans, for this would not pay you. 18  Pray for us; for we are persuaded that we have a good conscience, intending to lead a good life in every respect. 19  And I more especially urge you to do this in order that I may be restored to you the more quickly. 20  And may the God of peace, who by virtue of the blood of an eternal covenant brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Jesus, 21  make you fit in every good quality for doing his will, bringing about in you what shall be pleasing before him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever; amen. 22  But I beg you, brothers, take the word of exhortation in good part—for I have given you a short letter. 23  Know that our brother Timothy has been released; with whom, if he comes pretty soon, I will see you. 24*  Give my greetings to all your leaders and all God’s people. The brothers from Italy send you greetings. 25  Grace be with you all.


13:4 Or highly honored in everybody’s case
13:6 Lit. stouthearted we say
13:6 Var. helper; I will
13:9 Lit. varied and strange doctrines
13:9 Lit. those who walk in them
13:11 Lit. For of what animals the blood
13:15 Var. So through him
13:24 Lit. The ones from Italy