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Hebrews 4:1-16

4  So let us be afraid lest when there is left a promise of coming into his rest any one of you should perchance appear to have fallen short— 2***  for we have heard a gospel, as they too had, but the words they heard did them no good, they not meeting the hearers with faith. 3*  For we believers come into rest, as he says “as I swore in my anger ‘They shall not come into my rest’” though it was back at the foundation of the world that the works were done. 4  For he somewhere says like this about the seventh day, “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works,” 5  and in this passage again “They shall not come into my rest”; 6*  so since it remains that some come into it, and those who heard the gospel before did not come in because of disobedience, 7  he again defines a certain day, “today,” saying in David so long afterward, as aforesaid, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” 8  For if Joshua had brought them to rest he would not be speaking about another day afterward. 9  So then there remains a sabbath for God’s people. 10  For he who has come into his rest is resting from his own works just as God did from his. 11  So let us make it our concern to come into that rest, in order that no one may fall by the same pattern of disobedience. 12  For God’s word is living and effective and a surer cutter than any two-edged sword, and penetrative to the dissection of soul and spirit, of joints and marrows, and a judge of a heart’s thoughts and conceptions; 13*  and not a creature escapes his notice, but everything is naked and thrown flat on its back for his eyes of whom we are speaking. 14  So, having a great high priest who has gone past the skies, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold on to our confession. 15  For we do not have a high priest that cannot feel our weaknesses, but one who has met temptations of like nature in all respects without sin. 16  So let us come to the throne of grace with confidence in order that we may obtain mercy and find grace for timely help.

Footnotes

4:2 Lit. the words of the hearing
4:2 Var. did them no good, not commingling with the hearers by faith
4:2 (the hearers) Var. what they heard
4:3 Var. into the rest, as
4:6 Var. because of unbelief
4:13 Lit. there is not a creature inconspicuous before him