Hebrews 6:13

The Certainty of God’s Promise

13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself,

Hebrews 6:13 in Other Translations

KJV
13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
ESV
13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,
NLT
13 For example, there was God’s promise to Abraham. Since there was no one greater to swear by, God took an oath in his own name, saying:
MSG
13 When God made his promise to Abraham, he backed it to the hilt, putting his own reputation on the line.
CSB
13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since He had no one greater to swear by, He swore by Himself:

Hebrews 6:13 In-Context

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.”
15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Genesis 22:16; Luke 1:73
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