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Hebrews 3 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So, my dear Christian friends, companions in following this call to the heights, take a good hard look at Jesus. He's the centerpiece of everything we believe, 1 Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.
2 faithful in everything God gave him to do. Moses was also faithful, 2 He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God's house.
3 but Jesus gets far more honor. A builder is more valuable than a building any day. 3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself.
4 Every house has a builder, but the Builder behind them all is God. 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.
5 Moses did a good job in God's house, but it was all servant work, getting things ready for what was to come. 5 Moses was faithful as a servant in all God's house, testifying to what would be said in the future.
6 Christ as Son is in charge of the house. 6 But Christ is faithful as a son over God's house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.
7 That's why the Holy Spirit says, Today, please listen; 7 So, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you hear his voice,
8 don't turn a deaf ear as in "the bitter uprising," that time of wilderness testing! 8 do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert,
9 Even though they watched me at work for forty years, your ancestors refused to let me do it my way; over and over they tried my patience. 9 where your fathers tested and tried me and for forty years saw what I did.
10 And I was provoked, oh, so provoked! I said, "They'll never keep their minds on God; they refuse to walk down my road." 10 That is why I was angry with that generation, and I said, 'Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.'
11 Exasperated, I vowed, "They'll never get where they're going, never be able to sit down and rest." 11 So I declared on oath in my anger, 'They shall never enter my rest.' "
12 So watch your step, friends. Make sure there's no evil unbelief lying around that will trip you up and throw you off course, diverting you from the living God. 12 See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.
13 For as long as it's still God's Today, keep each other on your toes so sin doesn't slow down your reflexes. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.
14 If we can only keep our grip on the sure thing we started out with, we're in this with Christ for the long haul. 14 We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.
15 These words keep ringing in our ears: Today, please listen; don't turn a deaf ear as in the bitter uprising. 15 As has just been said: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion."
16 For who were the people who turned a deaf ear? Weren't they the very ones Moses led out of Egypt? 16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt?
17 And who was God provoked with for forty years? Wasn't it those who turned a deaf ear and ended up corpses in the wilderness? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the desert?
18 And when he swore that they'd never get where they were going, wasn't he talking to the ones who turned a deaf ear? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed ?
19 They never got there because they never listened, never believed. 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.