The Changeless Christ1 Let a love of the brethren continue. 2 Do not neglect to b show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have c entertained angels without knowing it. 3 d Remember e the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body. 4 f Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; g for fornicators and adulterers God will judge. 5 Make sure that your character is h free from the love of money i being content with what you have; for He Himself has said j “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” 6 so that we confidently say, k “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.
What will man do to me?”
7 Remember l those who led you, who spoke m the word of God to you; and considering the ▼
▼ Or end of their liferesult of their conduct o imitate their faith. 8 p Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 9 q Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to r be strengthened by grace, not by s foods t through which those who ▼
▼ Lit walkedwere so occupied were not benefited. 10 We have an altar v from which those w who serve the ▼
▼ Or sacred tenttabernacle have no right to eat. 11 For y the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside the camp. 12 Therefore Jesus also z that He might sanctify the people aa through His own blood, suffered ab outside the gate. 13 So, let us go out to Him outside the camp ac bearing His reproach. 14 For here ad we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking ae the city which is to come.
God-pleasing Sacrifices15 af Through Him then, let us continually offer up a ag sacrifice of praise to God, that is, ah the fruit of lips that ▼
▼ Lit confessgive thanks to His name. 16 And do not neglect doing good and aj sharing, for ak with such sacrifices God is pleased. 17 al Obey your leaders and submit to them, for am they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. ▼
▼ Lit in order that they may do thisLet them do this with joy and not ▼
▼ Lit groaningwith grief, for this would be unprofitable for you. 18 ap Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a aq good conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things. 19 And I urge you all the more to do this ar so that I may be restored to you the sooner.
Benediction20 Now as the God of peace, who at brought up from the dead the au great Shepherd of the sheep ▼
▼ Lit inthrough aw the blood of the ax eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, 21 ay equip you in every good thing to do His will az working in us that ba which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ bb to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. 22 But bc I urge you, bd brethren, ▼
▼ Or listen tobear with ▼
▼ Lit thethis bg word of exhortation, for bh I have written to you briefly. 23 ▼
▼ Lit KnowTake notice that bj our brother Timothy has been released, with whom, if he comes soon, I will see you. 24 Greet bk all of your leaders and all the ▼
▼ Or holy ones, bm saints. Those from bn Italy greet you. 25 bo Grace be with you all.
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