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Hebrews 13 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

13 1 He giveth good lessons not only for manners, 7 but also for doctrine.

Let [a]brotherly love continue.

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have received Angels into their houses unawares.

Remember them that are in bonds, as though ye were bound with them: and them that are in affliction, as [b]if ye were also afflicted in the body.

[c]Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

[d]Let your conversation be without covetousness, and be content with those things that ye have, for [e]he hath said,

I will not fail thee, neither forsake thee:

So that we may boldly say, The Lord is mine helper, neither will I fear what [f]man can do unto me.

[g]Remember them which have the oversight of you, which have declared unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering what hath been the end of their conversation. [h]Jesus Christ yesterday, and today, the same also is forever.

Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines: [i]for it is a good thing that the heart be stablished with grace, and not with [j]meats, which have not profited them that have been [k]occupied therein.

10 [l]We have an [m]altar, whereof they have no authority to eat, which [n]serve in the Tabernacle.

11 For the bodies of those beasts whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high Priest for sin, are burnt without the camp.

12 Therefore even Jesus, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

13 [o]Let us go forth to him therefore out of the camp, bearing his reproach.

14 For here have we no continuing city: but we seek one to come.

15 [p]Let us therefore by him offer the sacrifice of praise always to God, that is, the fruit of the lips, which confess his Name.

16 To do good, and to distribute forget not: for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

17 [q]Obey them that have the oversight of you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give accounts, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

18 [r]Pray for us, for we are assured that we have a good conscience in all things, desiring to live honestly.

19 And I desire you somewhat the more earnestly, that ye so do, that I may be restored to you more quickly.

20 The God of peace that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting Covenant,

21 Make you [s]perfect in all good works, to do his will, [t]working in you that which is pleasant in his sight through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise forever and ever, Amen.

22 I beseech you also, brethren, suffer the words of exhortation: for I have written unto you in few words.

23 Know that our brother Timothy is delivered, with whom (if he come shortly) I will see you.

24 Salute all them that have the oversight of you, and all the Saints. They of Italy salute you.

25 Grace be with you all, Amen.

¶ Written to the Hebrews from Italy, and sent by Timothy.


  1. Hebrews 13:1 He cometh to the second table, the sum whereof is charity, especially toward strangers and such as are afflicted.
  2. Hebrews 13:3 Be so much touched, as if their misery were yours.
  3. Hebrews 13:4 He commendeth chaste matrimony in all sorts of men, and threateneth utter destruction from God, against whoremongers and adulterers.
  4. Hebrews 13:5 Covetousness is condemned, against which is set a contented mind with that which the Lord hath given.
  5. Hebrews 13:5 Even the Lord himself.
  6. Hebrews 13:7 He setteth man against God.
  7. Hebrews 13:8 We have to set before us the examples of valiant Captains, whom we ought diligently to follow.
  8. Hebrews 13:8 He repeateth the sum of the doctrine, to wit, the only ground of all precepts of manners, and that is this: That we ought to quiet and content ourselves in Christ only: for there was yet never any man saved without the knowledge of him, neither is at this day saved, neither shall be saved hereafter.
  9. Hebrews 13:9 He toucheth them which mixed an external worship, and especially the difference of meats, with the Gospel, which doctrine he plainly condemneth as clean repugnant to the benefit of Christ.
  10. Hebrews 13:9 By this one kind which concerneth the difference of clean and unclean meats, we have to understand all the ceremonial worship.
  11. Hebrews 13:9 Which observed the difference of them superstitiously.
  12. Hebrews 13:10 He refuteth their error by an apt and fit comparison. They which in times past served the Tabernacle, did not eat of the sacrifices whose blood was brought for sin into the holy place by the high Priest. Moreover these sacrifices did represent Christ our offering. Therefore they cannot be partakers of him which serve the Tabernacle, that is, such as stand in the service of the Law: but let not us be ashamed to follow him out of Jerusalem, from whence he was cast out and suffered: for in this also Christ, who is the truth, answereth that figure, in that he suffered without the gate.
  13. Hebrews 13:10 By the Altar, he meaneth the offering.
  14. Hebrews 13:10 Whereof they cannot be partakers which stubbornly retain the rites of the Law.
  15. Hebrews 13:13 He goeth on further in this comparison, and showeth that this also signified unto us, that the godly followers of Christ must as it were go out of the world, bearing his cross.
  16. Hebrews 13:15 Now that those corporal sacrifices are taken away, he teacheth us that the true sacrifices of confession remain, which consist partly in giving of thanks, and partly in liberality, with which sacrifices indeed God is now delighted.
  17. Hebrews 13:17 We must obey the warnings and admonitions of our Ministers and Elders, which watch for the salvation of the souls which are committed unto them.
  18. Hebrews 13:18 The last part of this Epistle, wherein he commendeth his ministry to the Hebrews, and wisheth them continuance and increase of graces from the Lord: and excuseth himself in that he hath used but few words to comfort them, having spent the Epistle in disputing: and saluteth certain brethren familiarly and friendly.
  19. Hebrews 13:21 Make you fit or meet.
  20. Hebrews 13:21 Hence cometh that saying of the Fathers, that God crowneth his works in us.
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Hebrews 13 New International Version (NIV)

Concluding Exhortations

13 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 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.

Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 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.”[a]

So we say with confidence,

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

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

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.

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.

Benediction and Final Greetings

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.


  1. Hebrews 13:5 Deut. 31:6
  2. Hebrews 13:6 Psalm 118:6,7
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