Hebrews 6:12

12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

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Hebrews 6:12 in Other Translations

KJV
12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
ESV
12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
NLT
12 Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.
MSG
12 Don't drag your feet. Be like those who stay the course with committed faith and then get everything promised to them.
CSB
12 so that you won't become lazy, but imitators of those who inherit the promises through faith and perseverance.

Hebrews 6:12 Meaning and Commentary

Hebrews 6:12

That ye be not slothful
With respect to hearing the word, and attendance on every ordinance; with respect to the use of means for the increase of knowledge, faith, and hope; and with respect to ministering to the saints; but on the contrary, should take every opportunity of improvement and doing good:

but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the
promises;
or things promised; not the land of Canaan, nor the coming of the Messiah; but either grace and salvation by Christ; or eternal Life, which is expressed by a promise, to show that it is not by any works, or merits of men; that it is wholly of grace, and shall certainly be enjoyed: and it is expressed in the plural number, "promises", because it is the grand promise, which is inclusive of all others; and because it has been given out at various times, and in different manners: and the possession of it being signified by "inheriting", it shows that this is their Father's gift and legacy, which they have as children; and which comes to them through the death of Christ, and of which the Spirit is the seal; and comes not by works of righteousness done by them: and the means through which saints that are gone before are come to the enjoyment of this happiness, are "faith and patience"; not that "faith" is the cause of, or what gives right to the inheritance, but it designs a course and walk of believing, at the end of which, saints come to glory; and faith is connected with salvation, and salvation with that; and through faith believers are preserved unto it: and "patience" is joined with faith, as a fruit and evidence of it; and supposes troubles which are patiently endured before men come to the possession of the inheritance: now the apostle exhorts these Hebrews to be followers and imitators of such, in diligence, faith, and patience, when they need not doubt of inheriting the same promised blessedness they do.

Hebrews 6:12 In-Context

10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized.
12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself,
14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.”

Cross References 3

  • 1. Hebrews 13:7
  • 2. 2 Thessalonians 1:4; James 1:3; Revelation 13:10; Revelation 14:12
  • 3. Hebrews 10:36
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