Concluding Ethical Instructions

1 Let (A)love of the brethren continue.

1 Let brotherly love continue.

1 Let brotherly love(A) continue.

1 Let brotherly love continue.

1 Let love of your fellow believers continue.

2 Do not neglect to (B)show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have (C)entertained angels without knowing it.

2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

2 Don’t neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it.(B)

2 Stop neglecting to show hospitality to strangers, for by showing hospitality some have had angels as their guests without being aware of it.

2 Do not neglect to extend hospitality to strangers [especially among the family of believers—being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously], for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.(A)

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.

3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

3 Remember the prisoners, as though you were in prison with them, and the mistreated, as though you yourselves were suffering bodily.(a)

3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were in prison with them, as well as those who are mistreated, since they also are only mortal.

3 Remember those who are in prison, as if you were their fellow prisoner, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body [and subject to physical suffering].

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.

4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

4 Marriage must be respected by all, and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge immoral people and adulterers.(C)

4 Let marriage be kept honorable in every way, and the marriage bed undefiled. For God will judge those who commit sexual sins, especially those who commit adultery.

4 Marriage is to be held in honor among all [that is, regarded as something of great value], and the marriage bed undefiled [by immorality or by any sexual sin]; for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.

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,”

5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

5 Your 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.(D)(b)

5 Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for God has said, "I will never leave you or abandon you."

5 Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed—be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!”(B)

6 so that we confidently say,(K)The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.What will man do to me?”

6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

6 Therefore, we may boldly say:The Lord is my helper;I will not be afraid.What can man do to me?(E)(c)

6 Hence we can confidently say, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?"

6 So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently say,The Lord is my Helper [in time of need], I will not be afraid.What will man do to me?”(C)

7 Remember (L)those who led you, who spoke (M)the word of God to you; and considering the (a)result of their conduct, (N)imitate their faith.

7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

7 Remember your leaders who have spoken God’s word to you. As you carefully observe the outcome of their lives, imitate their faith.(F)

7 Remember your leaders, those who have spoken God's word to you. Think about the impact of their lives, and imitate their faith.

7 Remember your leaders [for it was they] who brought you the word of God; and consider the result of their conduct [the outcome of their godly lives], and imitate their faith [their conviction that God exists and is the Creator and Ruler of all things, the Provider of eternal salvation through Christ, and imitate their reliance on God with absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness].

8 (O)Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.(G)

8 Jesus, the Messiah, is the same yesterday and today and forever!

8 Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever.

9 (P)Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to (Q)be strengthened by grace, not by (R)foods, (S)through which those who (b)were so occupied were not benefited.

9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

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.(H)

9 Stop being carried away by all kinds of unusual teachings, for it is good that the heart be strengthened by grace, not by food laws that have never helped those who follow them.

9 Do not be carried away by diverse and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be established and strengthened by grace and not by foods [rules of diet and ritualistic meals], which bring no benefit or spiritual growth to those who observe them.

10 We have an altar (T)from which those (U)who serve the (c)tabernacle have no right to eat.

10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle do not have a right to eat.(I)

10 We have an altar, and those who serve in the tent have no right to eat at it.

10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle (sacred tent) have no right to eat.

11 For (V)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.

11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.

11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the most holy place by the high priest(J) as a sin offering are burned outside the camp.(K)

11 For the bodies of animals, whose blood is taken into the sanctuary by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside the camp.

11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside the camp.(D)

12 Therefore Jesus also, (W)that He might sanctify the people (X)through His own blood, suffered (Y)outside the gate.

12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

12 Therefore Jesus also suffered outside the gate,(L) so that He might sanctify(d) the people by His own blood.

12 That is why Jesus, in order to sanctify the people by his own blood, also suffered outside the city gate.

12 Therefore Jesus also suffered and died outside the [city] gate so that He might sanctify and set apart for God as holy the people [who believe] through [the shedding of] His own blood.

13 So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, (Z)bearing His reproach.

13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

13 Let us then go to Him outside the camp, bearing His disgrace.(M)

13 Therefore go to him outside the camp and endure the insults he endured.

13 So, let us go out to Him outside the (a)camp, bearing His contempt [the disgrace and shame that He had to suffer].(E)

14 For here (AA)we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking (AB)the city which is to come.

14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

14 For we do not have an enduring city here; instead, we seek the one to come.(N)

14 For here we have no permanent city but are looking for the one that is coming.

14 For here we have no lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.

15 (AC)Through Him then, let us continually offer up a (AD)sacrifice of praise to God, that is, (AE)the fruit of lips that (d)give thanks to His name.

15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

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.(O)

15 Therefore, through him let us always bring God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of our lips that confess his name.

15 Through Him, therefore, let us at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.(F)

16 And do not neglect doing good and (AF)sharing, for (AG)with such sacrifices God is pleased.

16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

16 Don’t neglect to do what is good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.(P)

16 Do not neglect to do good and to be generous, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.

16 Do not neglect to do good, to contribute [to the needy of the church as an expression of fellowship], for such sacrifices are always pleasing to God.

17 (AH)Obey your leaders and submit to them, for (AI)they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. (e)Let them do this with joy and not (f)with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.

17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

17 Obey your leaders(e) and submit to them, for they keep watch(Q) 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.

17 Continue to follow and be submissive to your leaders, since they are watching over your souls as those who will have to give a word of explanation. By doing this, you will be letting them carry out their duties joyfully, and not with grief, for that would be harmful for you.

17 Obey your [spiritual] leaders and submit to them [recognizing their authority over you], for they are keeping watch over your souls and continually guarding your spiritual welfare as those who will give an account [of their stewardship of you]. Let them do this with joy and not with grief and groans, for this would be of no benefit to you.

18 (AJ)Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a (AK)good conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things.

18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.

18 Pray for us; for we are convinced that we have a clear conscience, wanting to conduct ourselves honorably in everything.(R)

18 Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.

18 Keep praying for us, for we are convinced that we have a good conscience, seeking to conduct ourselves honorably [that is, with moral courage and personal integrity] in all things.

19 And I urge you all the more to do this, (AL)so that I may be restored to you the sooner.

19 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.

19 And I especially urge you to pray(f) that I may be restored to you very soon.

19 I especially ask you to do this so that I may be brought back to you sooner.

19 And I urge all of you to pray earnestly, so that I may be restored to you soon.

Benediction

20 Now (AM)the God of peace, who (AN)brought up from the dead the (AO)great Shepherd of the sheep (g)through (AP)the blood of the (AQ)eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord,

20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

20 Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus—the great Shepherd of the sheep(S)—with the blood of the everlasting covenant,(T)

20 Now may the God of peace, who by the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the Great Shepherd of the sheep,

20 Now may the God of peace [the source of serenity and spiritual well-being] who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood that sealed and ratified the eternal covenant,(G)

21 (AR)equip you in every good thing to do His will, (AS)working in us that (AT)which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, (AU)to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

21 equip(g) you 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.(h)(U) Amen.

21 equip you with everything good to do his will, accomplishing in us what pleases him through Jesus, the Messiah. To him be glory forever and ever! Amen.

21 equip you with every good thing to carry out His will and strengthen you [making you complete and perfect as you ought to be], accomplishing in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Conclusion

22 But (AV)I urge you, (AW)brethren, (h)bear with (i)this (AX)word of exhortation, for (AY)I have written to you briefly.

22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.

22 Brothers, I urge you to receive this message of exhortation, for I have written to you briefly.

22 I urge you, brothers, to listen patiently to my encouraging message, for I have written you a short letter.

22 I call on you, brothers and sisters, listen [patiently] to this message of exhortation and encouragement, for I have written to you briefly.

23 (j)Take notice that (AZ)our brother Timothy has been released, with whom, if he comes soon, I will see you.

23 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.

23 Be aware that our brother Timothy has been released. If he comes soon enough, he will be with me when I see you.

23 You should know that our brother Timothy has been set free. If he comes soon, he will be with me when I see you.

23 Notice that our brother Timothy has been released [from prison]. If he comes soon, I will see you [along with him].

24 Greet (BA)all of your leaders and all the (k)(BB)saints. Those from (BC)Italy greet you.

24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.

24 Greet all your leaders and all the saints. Those who are from Italy greet you.

24 Greet all your leaders and all the saints. Those who are from Italy greet you.

24 Give our greetings to all of your [spiritual] leaders and to all of the saints (God’s people). Those [Christians] from Italy send you their greetings.

25 (BD)Grace be with you all.

25 Grace be with you all. Amen.

25 Grace be with all of you.(V)

25 May grace be with all of you!

25 Grace be with you all.

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