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Hebrews 4 :: New International Version (NIV)

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A Sabbath-Rest for the People of God

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 4:1 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 4:2 - 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.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 4:3 - 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.’ ”[fn] And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 4:4 - For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 4:5 - And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 4:6 - 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,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 4:7 - 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.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 4:8 - For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 4:9 - There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 4:10 - for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,[fn] just as God did from his.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 4:11 - Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 4:12 - For the word of God is alive 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 4:13 - 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.

Jesus the Great High Priest

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 4:14 - Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[fn] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 4:15 - For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 4:16 - Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
NIV Footnotes
Some manuscripts because those who heard did not combine it with faith
Psalm 95:11; also in verse 5
Gen. 2:2
Psalm 95:7,8
Or labor
Greek has gone through the heavens

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