1 Well then, as the promise of entrance into his Rest is still left to us, let us be afraid of anyone being judged to have missed it. 2 For we have had the good news as well as they; only, the message they heard was of no use to them, because it did not meet with faith in the hearers. 3 For we do enter the Rest by our faith: according to his word, As I swore in my anger, they shall never enter my Rest ??although his works were all over by the foundation of the world. 4 For he says this somewhere about the seventh day: And God rested from all his works on the seventh day.
5 And again in this passage, they shall never enter my Rest. 6 Since then it is reserved for some to enter it, and since those who formerly got the good news failed to enter owing to their disobedience, 7 he again fixes a day; To-day ??as he says in 'David' after so long an interval, and as has been already quoted ??To-day, when you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
8 Thus if Joshua had given them Rest, God would not speak later about another day. 9 There is a sabbath-Rest, then, reserved still for the People of God 10 (for once a man enters his rest, he rests from work just as God did). 11 Let us be eager then to enter that Rest, in case anyone falls into the same sort of disobedience.
12 For the Logos of God is a living thing, active and more cutting than any sword with double edge, penetrating to the very division of soul and spirit, joints and marrow ??scrutinizing the very thoughts and conceptions of the heart. 13 And no created thing is hidden from him; all things lie open and exposed before the eyes of him with whom we have to reckon.
14 As we have a great high priest, then, who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession; 15 for ours is no high priest who is incapable of sympathizing with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every respect like ourselves, yet without sinning. 16 So let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in the hour of need.