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Hebrews 4 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now, God has offered us the promise that we may receive that rest he spoke about. Let us take care, then, that none of you will be found to have failed to receive that promised rest. 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 we have heard the Good News, just as they did. They heard the message, but it did them no good, because when they heard it, they did not accept it with faith. 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 We who believe, then, do receive that rest which God promised. It is just as he said, "I was angry and made a solemn promise: "They will never enter the land where I would have given them rest!' " He said this even though his work had been finished from the time he created 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 For somewhere in the Scriptures this is said about the seventh day: "God rested on the seventh day 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 This same matter is spoken of again: "They will never enter that land where I would have given them rest." 5 And again in the passage above he says, "They shall never enter my rest."
6 Those who first heard the Good News did not receive that rest, because they did not believe. There are, then, others who are allowed to receive it. 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 This is shown by the fact that God sets another day, which is called "Today." Many years later he spoke of it through David in the scripture already quoted: "If you hear God's voice today, do not be stubborn." 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 If Joshua had given the people the rest that God had promised, God would not have spoken later about another day. 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day.
9 As it is, however, there still remains for God's people a rest like God's resting on the seventh day. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;
10 For those who receive that rest which God promised will rest from their own work, just as God rested from his. 10 for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.
11 Let us, then, do our best to receive that rest, so that no one of us will fail as they did because of their lack of faith. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.
12 The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together. It judges the desires and thoughts of the heart. 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 There is nothing that can be hid from God; everything in all creation is exposed and lies open before his eyes. And it is to him that we must all give an account of ourselves. 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 Let us, then, hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we have a great High Priest who has gone into the very presence of God - Jesus, the Son of God. 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 Our High Priest is not one who cannot feel sympathy for our weaknesses. On the contrary, we have a High Priest who was tempted in every way that we are, but 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 Let us have confidence, then, and approach God's throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just 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.