1 Therefore, holy brothers [and sisters], who have been called [by God] to share in heaven, think about Jesus, the Apostle and Head Priest, whom we have confessed [as Savior]. 2 He was faithful to God who appointed Him, just as Moses was [also] faithful in [serving] God's household [i.e., the Israelites]. 3 For Jesus has been considered deserving of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house deserves greater honor than the house itself. 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the Builder of everything. 5 Now Moses was a faithful servant among all of [those belonging to] God's household [i.e., the Israelites], as [one who gave] testimony about the things which [were to be] spoken [by him], 6 but Christ [was faithful] as a Son over God's household. And we [Christians] are that household, if we hold on to our confidence [in Christ], and to the boasting [i.e., joy] of our hope [in God], firmly to the end [of our lives].
7 So, even as the Holy Spirit said [Psa. 95:7-11], "Today, if you hear His [i.e., God's] voice, 8 do not have a stubborn heart like you did when you provoked [God] during the time you tested [His patience] in the desert, 9 where your forefathers tried me and tested [my patience] when they saw what I did for forty years. 10 Therefore, I was angry with that generation of people and said, 'They always go astray in their hearts, and they did not understand my ways.' 11 So I vowed in my anger, 'They will not enter a state of rest with me.'"
12 Pay attention, brothers, so that there will not be in any one of you an evil heart of unbelief, [resulting] in falling away from the living God. 13 But [instead], encourage one another each day, as long as it is [still] called "Today," so that none of you becomes stubborn [as a result] of the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become sharers with Christ, if we hold firmly onto the confidence [we had in Him] from the beginning until the end [of our lives]. 15 As it has been said [Psa. 95:7], "Today, if you hear His [i.e., God's] voice, do not have a stubborn heart like you did when you provoked [God]."
16 For who were they who heard [God] and provoked [Him]? Was it not everyone who was led out of Egypt by Moses? 17 And who was God angry with for forty years? Was it not with those people who sinned, whose bodies fell [dead] in the desert? 18 And to whom did God vow that they would not enter a state of rest with Him? [Was it not] those who were disobedient to Him? 19 And [so] we see that they were not able to enter [a state of rest with God] because of [their] unbelief.