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Hebrews 13:1-19 (Lexham English Bible)

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Concluding Ethical Instructions

1 Brotherly love must continue. 2 Do not neglect hospitality, because through this some have received angels as guests without knowing [it]. 3 Remember the prisoners, as [though you were] fellow-prisoners; [remember]a the mistreated, as [though] [you] yourselves also are being [mistreated]b in the body. 4 Marriage [must be] held in honor by all, and the marriage bed [be] undefiled, because God will judge sexually immoral people and adulterers. 5 Your lifestyle [must be] free from the love of money, being content with what you have. For he himself has said, "I will never desert you, and I will never abandon you."c 6 So then, we can say with confidence, "The Lord [is] my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?" 7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you; {considering the outcome of their way of life}d, imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ [is] the same yesterday and today and {forever}e. 9 Do not be carried away by various and strange teachings, for [it is] good [for] the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods by which those who participate have not benefited. 10 We have an altar from which those who serve in the tabernacle do not have the right to eat. 11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sins are burned up outside the camp. 12 Therefore Jesus also suffered outside the gate, in order that he might sanctify the people by his own blood. 13 So we must go out to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. 14 For here we do not have a permanent city, but we seek the [city] that is to come. 15 Therefore through him let us offer up a sacrifice of praise {continually}f to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16 And do not neglect doing good and generosity, for God is pleased with such sacrifices. 17 Obey your leaders and submit [to them], for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account, so that they can do this with joy and not [with] groaning, for this [would be] unprofitable for you. 18 Pray for us, for we are convinced that we have a good conscience, [and] want to conduct ourselves commendably in every [way]. 19 And I especially urge [you] to do this, so that I may be restored to you more quickly.
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