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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 4

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1What we must fear, therefore, is that, while the promise of entering his rest remains open, any one of you should be found to have missed his opportunity. 2For indeed we have had the good news preached to us, just as they had. But the message they heard did them no good, for it was not combined with faith in those who heard it. 3Because we have faith, it is we who enter that rest of which he has said: ‘As I vowed in my anger, they shall never enter my rest.’ Yet God's work had been finished ever since the world was created. 4Scripture somewhere says of the seventh day: ‘God rested from all his work on the seventh day’—5and in the passage above we read: ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ 6This implies that some are to enter it, and since those who first heard the good news failed to enter through unbelief, 7once more God sets a day. ‘Today’, he says, speaking so many years later in the words already quoted from the Psalms: ‘Today if you hear his voice, do not grow stubborn.’ 8If Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken afterwards of another day. 9Therefore, a sabbath rest still awaits the people of God; 10anyone who enters God's rest, rests from his own work, as God did from his. 11Let us, then, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by following the old example of unbelief.

12The word of God is alive and active. It cuts more keenly than any two-edged sword, piercing so deeply that it divides soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it discriminates among the purposes and thoughts of the heart. 13Nothing in creation can hide from him; everything lies bare and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render account.

14Since therefore we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to the faith we profess. 15Ours is not a high priest unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tested in every way as we are, only without sinning. 16Let us therefore boldly approach the throne of grace, in order that we may receive mercy and find grace to give us timely help.

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