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1 Now, since God has left us the promise that we may enter his rest, let us be very careful so none of you will fail to enter. 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 The Good News was preached to us just as it was to them. But the teaching they heard did not help them, because they heard it but 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 have believed are able to enter and have God's rest. As God has said, "I was angry and made a promise, 'They will never enter my rest.'" But God's work was finished from the time 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 In the Scriptures he talked about the seventh day of the week: "And on the seventh day God rested from all his works." 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 And again in the Scripture God said, "They will never enter my rest." 5 And again in the passage above he says, "They shall never enter my rest."
6 It is still true that some people will enter God's rest, but those who first heard the way to be saved did not enter, because they did not obey. 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 planned another day, called "today." He spoke about that day through David a long time later in the same Scripture used before: "Today listen to what he says. 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 We know that Joshuan did not lead the people into that rest, because God spoke later about another day. 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day.
9 This shows that the restn for God's people is still coming. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;
10 Anyone who enters God's rest will rest from his work as God did. 10 for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.
11 Let us try as hard as we can to enter God's rest so that no one will fail by following the example of those who refused to obey. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.
12 God's word is alive and working and is sharper than a double-edged sword. It cuts all the way into us, where the soul and the spirit are joined, to the center of our joints and bones. And it judges the thoughts and feelings in our hearts. 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 the world can be hidden from God. Everything is clear and lies open before him, and to him we must explain the way we have lived. 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 Since we have a great high priest, Jesus the Son of God, who has gone into heaven, let us hold on to the faith we have. 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 For our high priest is able to understand our weaknesses. When he lived on earth, he was tempted in every way that we are, but 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 Let us, then, feel very sure that we can come before God's throne where there is grace. There we can receive mercy and 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.