Concluding Exhortations


Hebrews 13

Keep on loving each other as brothers. 2Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it. 3Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

4Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

5Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

6So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

7Remeber your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of like and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

9Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthen by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them. 10 We have an alter from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat. 11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through His Own Blood.13 Let us , then, go to Him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace He bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.

15Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that confess His Name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.’

17Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so the their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.

18Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorable in every way. 19I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon. 20 May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with every good for doing His Will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

23I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been released. If he arrives soon, I will come with him to see you. 24 Greet all your leaders and all God’s people. Those from Italy send your their greetings.

25 Grace be with you all.