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.12
For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.a23
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.' "b3 And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world.
For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: "On the seventh day God rested from all his work."c45
And again in the passage above he says, "They shall never enter my rest."56
Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience,67
God again set a certain day, calling it "Today." This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts."d78
For if Joshua had given them rest,8 God would not have spoken9 later about another day.
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;
for those who enter God's rest also rest from their own work,10 just as God did from his.1111
Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.1212
For the word of God13 is alive14 and active.15 Sharper than any double-edged sword,16 it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.1713
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight.18 Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest19 who has ascended into heaven,e20 Jesus the Son of God,21 let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.2215
For we do not have a high priest23 who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are24--yet he did not sin.2516
Let us then approach26 God's throne of grace with confidence,27 so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.