Hebrews 13:1-17 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Stay on good terms with each other, held together by love. 1 Keep on loving each other as brothers.
2 Be ready with a meal or a bed when it's needed. Why, some have extended hospitality to angels without ever knowing it! 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.
3 Regard prisoners as if you were in prison with them. Look on victims of abuse as if what happened to them had happened to you. 3 Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
4 Honor marriage, and guard the sacredness of sexual intimacy between wife and husband. God draws a firm line against casual and illicit sex. 4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
5 Don't be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, "I'll never let you down, never walk off and leave you," 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
6 we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I'm fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me? 6 So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"
7 Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness. There should be a consistency that runs through us all. 7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
8 For Jesus doesn't change - yesterday, today, tomorrow, he's always totally himself. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
9 Don't be lured away from him by the latest speculations about him. The grace of Christ is the only good ground for life. Products named after Christ don't seem to do much for those who buy them. 9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them.
10 The altar from which God gives us the gift of himself is not for exploitation by insiders who grab and loot. 10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.
11 In the old system, the animals are killed and the bodies disposed of outside the camp. The blood is then brought inside to the altar as a sacrifice for sin. 11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp.
12 It's the same with Jesus. He was crucified outside the city gates - that is where he poured out the sacrificial blood that was brought to God's altar to cleanse his people. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood.
13 So let's go outside, where Jesus is, where the action is - not trying to be privileged insiders, but taking our share in the abuse of Jesus. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore.
14 This "insider world" is not our home. We have our eyes peeled for the City about to come. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
15 Let's take our place outside with Jesus, no longer pouring out the sacrificial blood of animals but pouring out sacrificial praises from our lips to God in Jesus' name. 15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that confess his name.
16 Make sure you don't take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship - a different kind of "sacrifice" - that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
17 Be responsive to your pastoral leaders. Listen to their counsel. They are alert to the condition of your lives and work under the strict supervision of God. Contribute to the joy of their leadership, not its drudgery. Why would you want to make things harder for them? 17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.