Translation, Hebrews 13:1-17

February 15, 2011


1 Don’t stop loving each other. 2 Never tire of welcoming people into your home, for some have opened their doors to angels. 3 Be so concerned for those in prison, as if you shared jail cells together, and for those suffering wrong, as if your very body ached.

4 Keep your marriage vows impeccably and your marriage bed immaculate, for the immoral and unfaithful will be judged by God. 5 Don’t get cozy with your cash, be satisfied with the balance in your bank account, Knowing that God said,

“As long as you live
Never, absolutely never,
would I even think about leaving you in a lurch
or forsaking you.”

6 This emboldens us to declare,

“God is my help,
I will not be timid,
what will man do to me?”

7 Remember those leaders who spoke the word of God to you. imitate their faith by considering how they lived their lives. 8 Yesterday and today Jesus is the same, and forever! 9 Don’t be fooled by various obscure teachings — be enriched by grace, not by ritualistic, valueless rules about meats. 10 We have an altar — the cross — from which those looking for salvation in Jewish sacrifices have no part. 11 The high priest brings animal blood to sacrifice in the Holy of Holies (the animal itself is considered unclean and is taken outside the camp where it is completely burned up). 12 Like those sacrifices of the old covenant, Jesus also suffered outside the city in order to bring about holiness for a people by his own blood. 13 Let us go to him outside the camp, bearing the same disgrace he bore. 14 For we are not concerned about the transient city of this life, but are filled with anticipation for the city that awaits us.

15 Let’s never stop praising God through Jesus, confessing his name no matter the cost. This is the type of sacrifice we offer. 16 And speaking of sacrifices, let me remind you to do good and to share life with each other.

17 Express confidence towards those who lead you and have submissive attitudes towards them, since they will give an account for how they watched you. Do this so that their job will be pleasant rather than toilsome, and to avoid bringing harm upon yourselves.

NIV 2011

1 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”

6 So we say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?”

7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so. 10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.

11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.

15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.

The Message

1-4 Stay on good terms with each other, held together by love. Be ready with a meal or a bed when it’s needed. Why, some have extended hospitality to angels without ever knowing it! Regard prisoners as if you were in prison with them. Look on victims of abuse as if what happened to them had happened to you. Honor marriage, and guard the sacredness of sexual intimacy between wife and husband. God draws a firm line against casual and illicit sex.

5-6 Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote,

God is there, ready to help;
I’m fearless no matter what.
Who or what can get to me?

7-8 Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness. There should be a consistency that runs through us all. For Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself.

9 Don’t be lured away from him by the latest speculations about him. The grace of Christ is the only good ground for life. Products named after Christ don’t seem to do much for those who buy them.

10-12 The altar from which God gives us the gift of himself is not for exploitation by insiders who grab and loot. In the old system, the animals are killed and the bodies disposed of outside the camp. The blood is then brought inside to the altar as a sacrifice for sin. It’s the same with Jesus. He was crucified outside the city gates—that is where he poured out the sacrificial blood that was brought to God’s altar to cleanse his people.

13-15 So let’s go outside, where Jesus is, where the action is—not trying to be privileged insiders, but taking our share in the abuse of Jesus. This “insider world” is not our home. We have our eyes peeled for the City about to come. Let’s take our place outside with Jesus, no longer pouring out the sacrificial blood of animals but pouring out sacrificial praises from our lips to God in Jesus’ name.

16 Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship—a different kind of “sacrifice”—that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets.

17 Be responsive to your pastoral leaders. Listen to their counsel. They are alert to the condition of your lives and work under the strict supervision of God. Contribute to the joy of their leadership, not its drudgery. Why would you want to make things harder for them?

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