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Hebrews 3 Expanded Bible (EXB)

Jesus Is Greater than Moses

·So all of you [L Therefore] holy brothers and sisters, who ·were called by God [are partners/partakers in a heavenly calling], ·think about [consider; focus on] Jesus, who ·was sent to us [or is our apostle; C a commissioned messenger] and is the high priest ·of our faith [or whom we acknowledge/confess; L of our confession]. Jesus was faithful to God who appointed him just as Moses was faithful in God’s ·family [household; house]. Jesus ·has [deserves; is worthy of] more honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. [L For] Every house is built by someone, but the builder of everything is God himself. Moses was faithful in ·God’s family [L all of God’s house; Num. 12:7] as a servant, and he ·told [testified to] what God would say in the future. But Christ is faithful as a Son over God’s house. And we are God’s house if we ·confidently maintain our hope [or maintain our courage and confident hope].

We Must Continue to Follow God

So it is as the Holy Spirit says:

“Today ·listen to what he says [L if you hear his voice…].
  Do not ·be stubborn [L harden your hearts] as in the past
    ·when you turned against God [L as in the rebellion; Ex. 17:1–7],
when you tested God in the desert.
  There your ancestors tried me and tested me
    and saw the things I did for forty years.
10 I was angry with ·them [L that generation].
    I said, ‘·They are not loyal to me [L Their hearts are always wandering]
    and have not ·understood my ways [or discerned/obeyed my will].’
11 I was angry and ·made a promise [L swore an oath],
    ‘They will never enter my rest [Ps. 95:7–11; C referring to the generation of Israel that disobeyed God and so were not allowed to enter the Promised Land (Num. 14:23)].’”

12 So brothers and sisters, ·be careful [see to it] that none of you has an evil, unbelieving heart that will ·turn you away from [desert; forsake] the living God. 13 But encourage each other every day while it is “today” [C meaning the time of opportunity to be saved; v. 7]. ·Help [Encourage] each other so none of you will become hardened ·because sin has tricked you [by sin’s deception]. 14 [L For] We all ·share in [or have become partners with] Christ if [indeed; in fact] we ·keep [hold firm] till the end the sure ·faith [conviction; confidence] we had in the beginning. 15 This is what the Scripture says:

“Today ·listen to what he says [L if you hear his voice…].
    Do not ·be stubborn [L harden your hearts] as in the past
    ·when you turned against God [L as in the rebellion; Ps. 95:7–8; C referring to Ex. 17:1–7].”

16 Who heard God’s voice and ·was against [rebelled against; provoked] him? ·It was [L Was it not…?] all those people Moses led out of Egypt. 17 And with whom was God angry for forty years? ·He was angry [L Was it not…?] with those who sinned, ·who died [L whose corpses/bodies fell] in the desert [Num. 14:29, 32]. 18 And to whom ·was God talking when he promised [L did he swear] that they would never enter his rest [v. 11]? He was talking to those who did not ·obey [or believe] him. 19 So we see they were not allowed to enter [C the Promised Land and God’s promised rest] because ·they did not believe [of unbelief/faithlessness].

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