Hebrews 13:18-25

February 26, 2011

Mine:

18 Continue praying for us; we are confident that we have kept our conscience clean and acted nobly. 19 Pray fervently, so that I may be at your side even sooner. 20-21 And now, may you be strengthened by God himself, the very same one who raised our Lord Jesus, the Great Shepherd of the sheep, out of death’s clutches since Jesus’ blood enacted an eternal covenant. Yes, may you be strengthened by Him in every good work so that you may always do His will, as God continues helping you to please Him through the aid of Jesus, to whom is the glory forever and ever.

22 I challenge you, brothers and sisters, put up with this word of exhortation, for I have written you only a short letter. 23 I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been released, and as soon as he comes we hope to visit you together. 24 Greet all your leaders and the whole church. Those here in Italy send you their greetings. 25 May grace be with you all, amen (This was written to the Hebrews from Italy through Timothy).

NIV:

18 Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. 19 I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon.

20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

22 Brothers and sisters, I urge you to bear with my word of exhortation, for in fact I have written to you quite briefly.

23 I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been released. If he arrives soon, I will come with him to see you.

24 Greet all your leaders and all the Lord’s people. Those from Italy send you their greetings.

25 Grace be with you all.

The Message:

18-21 Pray for us. We have no doubts about what we’re doing or why, but it’s hard going and we need your prayers. All we care about is living well before God. Pray that we may be together soon.

May God, who puts all things together,
makes all things whole,
Who made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of Jesus,
the sacrifice of blood that sealed the eternal covenant,
Who led Jesus, our Great Shepherd,
up and alive from the dead,
Now put you together, provide you
with everything you need to please him,
Make us into what gives him most pleasure,
by means of the sacrifice of Jesus, the Messiah.
All glory to Jesus forever and always!
Oh, yes, yes, yes.

22-23 Friends, please take what I’ve written most seriously. I’ve kept this as brief as possible; I haven’t piled on a lot of extras. You’ll be glad to know that Timothy has been let out of prison. If he leaves soon, I’ll come with him and get to see you myself.

24 Say hello to your pastoral leaders and all the congregations. Everyone here in Italy wants to be remembered to you.

25 Grace be with you, every one.

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2 Responses to “Hebrews 13:18-25”

  1. Interesting that you are the only one of those cited to bring out the present imperative of Προσεύχεσθε.I like it, looks like Dr. Black is preaching the same sermon to you. I checked out the ISV’s rendering which lacked aspectual force, you should ask him about that.

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