Final Exhortations1Let brotherly love a continue. 2 Don’t neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it. b 3 Remember the prisoners, as though you were in prison with them, and the mistreated, as though you yourselves were suffering bodily. ▼
▼Or mistreated, since you are also in a body4 Marriage must be respected by all, and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge immoral people and adulterers. d 5Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you. e , f 6 Therefore, we may boldly say:The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me? g , h
7 Remember your leaders who have spoken God’s word to you. As you carefully observe the outcome of their lives, imitate their faith. i 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. j 9 Don’t be led astray by various kinds of strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be established by grace and not by foods, since those involved in them have not benefited. k 10We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle do not have a right to eat. l 11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the most holy place by the high priest m as a sin offering are burned outside the camp. n 12 Therefore Jesus also suffered outside the gate o so that He might ▼
▼saint(s)/sanctification/sanctify/sanctified: The work of the Holy Spirit that separates believers in Jesus from the world; at the time of saving faith in Jesus, the believer is made a saint; therefore, all believers are saints. The believer participates with the Spirit in a process of transformation that continues until glorification. The goal of sanctification is progressive conformity to the image of Jesus Christ.sanctify ▼
▼Or set apart, or consecratethe people by His own blood. 13Let us then go to Him outside the camp, bearing His disgrace. r 14 For we do not have an enduring city here; instead, we seek the one to come. s 15 Therefore, through Him let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of our lips that confess His name. t 16 Don’t neglect to do what is good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices. u 17 Obey your leaders ▼
▼Or rulersand submit to them, for they keep watch w over your souls as those who will give an account, so that they can do this with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you. 18 Pray for us; for we are convinced that we have a clear conscience, wanting to conduct ourselves honorably in everything. x 19 And I especially urge you to pray ▼
▼Lit to do thisthat I may be restored to you very soon.
Benediction and Farewell20 Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus – the great Shepherd of the sheep z – with the blood of the everlasting covenant aa 21equip ▼
▼Or perfectyou with all that is good to do His will, working in us what is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ. Glory belongs to Him forever and ever. ▼
▼Other mss omit and ever, ad ▼
▼Amen: The transliteration of a Hebrew word signifying that something is certain, valid, truthful, or faithful; it is often used at the end of biblical songs, hymns, and prayers.Amen. 22 ▼
▼brother(s): The Greek word adelphoi can be used as a reference to males only or to groups that include males and females. It is the context of each usage that determines the proper meaning.Brothers, I urge you to receive this message of exhortation, for I have written to you briefly. 23Be aware that our brother Timothy has been released. If he comes soon enough, he will be with me when I see you. 24 Greet all your leaders and all the ▼
▼saint(s)/sanctification/sanctify/sanctified: The work of the Holy Spirit that separates believers in Jesus from the world; at the time of saving faith in Jesus, the believer is made a saint; therefore, all believers are saints. The believer participates with the Spirit in a process of transformation that continues until glorification. The goal of sanctification is progressive conformity to the image of Jesus Christ.saints. Those who are from Italy greet you. 25 Grace be with all of you. ah
Copyright information for HCSB