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Hebrews 4 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 God's promise of entering his place of rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to get there. 1 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.
2 For this Good News -- that God has prepared a place of rest -- has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn't believe what God told them. 2 For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.
3 For only we who believe can enter his place of rest. As for those who didn't believe, God said, "In my anger I made a vow: 'They will never enter my place of rest,'" even though his place of rest has been ready since he made the world. 3 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, "So I declared on oath in my anger, 'They shall never enter my rest.' " And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world.
4 We know it is ready because the Scriptures mention the seventh day, saying, "On the seventh day God rested from all his work." 4 For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: "And on the seventh day God rested from all his work."
5 But in the other passage God said, "They will never enter my place of rest." 5 And again in the passage above he says, "They shall never enter my rest."
6 So God's rest is there for people to enter. But those who formerly heard the Good News failed to enter because they disobeyed God. 6 It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience.
7 So God set another time for entering his place of rest, and that time is today. God announced this through David a long time later in the words already quoted: "Today you must listen to his voice. Don't harden your hearts against him." 7 Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts."
8 This new place of rest was not the land of Canaan, where Joshua led them. If it had been, God would not have spoken later about another day of rest. 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day.
9 So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;
10 For all who enter into God's rest will find rest from their labors, just as God rested after creating the world. 10 for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.
11 Let us do our best to enter that place of rest. For anyone who disobeys God, as the people of Israel did, will fall. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.
12 For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are. 12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
13 Nothing in all creation can hide from him. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes. This is the God to whom we must explain all that we have done. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
14 That is why we have a great High Priest who has gone to heaven, Jesus the Son of God. Let us cling to him and never stop trusting him. 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.
15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin.
16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.