A (12) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
B (13) But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
C (14-15) For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
C’ (16) For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.
B’ (17) But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
A’ (18-19) And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
A (1-2) Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
B (3-5) For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
C (6) Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
D (7-8) Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. For if Joshua had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
C’ (9) There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
B’ (10) For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
A’ (11) Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
A. Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, – I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, – The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
B. Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines.
C. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
D. For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
E. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
D’. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
C’. a. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
B’. Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves:for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
A’. Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.