Sacrifices Pleasing to God1Let a brotherly love continue. 2 b Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby c some have entertained angels unawares. 3 d Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. 4 e Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge f the sexually immoral and adulterous. 5Keep your life g free from love of money, and h be content with what you have, for he has said, i “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6So we can confidently say, j “The Lord is my helper;
k I will not fear;
what can man do to me?”
7Remember l your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and m imitate their faith. 8Jesus Christ is n the same yesterday and today and forever. 9Do not be o led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, p not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. 10We have an altar q from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat. 11For r the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned s outside the camp. 12So Jesus also t suffered u outside the gate in order to sanctify the people v through his own blood. 13Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear w the reproach he endured. 14For x here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15 y Through him then let us continually offer up z a sacrifice of praise to God, that is aa the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16Do not neglect to do good and ab to share what you have, for such ac sacrifices are pleasing to God. 17Obey ad your leaders and submit to them, ae for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to af give an account. ag Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. 18 ah Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. 19I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order ai that I may be restored to you the sooner.
Benediction20Now aj may the God of peace ak who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus al the great shepherd of the sheep, by am the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 an equip you with everything good that you may do his will ao working in us ▼
▼Some manuscripts youthat which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ aq to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Final Greetings22I appeal to you, brothers ▼
▼Or brothers and sistersbear with my word of exhortation, for as I have written to you briefly. 23You should know that at our brother Timothy has been released, with whom I shall see you if he comes soon. 24Greet all au your leaders and all the saints. Those who come from Italy send you greetings. 25 av Grace be with all of you.
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