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Concluding Ethical Instructions
1 Brotherly love must continue. 2Do not neglect hospitality, because through this some have received angels as guests without knowing it. 3Remember the prisoners, as though you were fellow-prisoners; remember#*This is an understood repetition of the verb from the previous clause the mistreated, as though you yourselves also are being mistreated#*This is an understood repetition of the participle from the previous clause in the body. 4Marriage must be held in honor by all, and the marriage bed be undefiled, because God will judge sexually immoral people and adulterers. 5Your lifestyle must be free from the love of money, being content with what you have. For he himself has said, “I will never desert you, and I will never abandon you.”#A quotation from Deut 31:6, 8 6So then, we can say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.#Some manuscripts have “and I will not be afraid”
What will man do to me?”#A quotation from Ps 118:6
7Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you; considering the outcome of their way of life#Literally “of whom considering the outcome of the way of life”, imitate their faith. 8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever#Literally “to the ages”. 9Do not be carried away by various and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods by which those who participate have not benefited. 10We have an altar from which those who serve in the tabernacle do not have the right to eat. 11For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sins are burned up outside the camp. 12Therefore Jesus also suffered outside the gate, in order that he might sanctify the people by his own blood. 13So we must go out to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. 14For here we do not have a permanent city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15Therefore through him let us offer up a sacrifice of praise continually#Literally “through all” to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16And do not neglect doing good and generosity, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.
17Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account, so that they can do this with joy and not with groaning, for this would be unprofitable for you.
18Pray for us, for we are convinced that we have a good conscience, and want to conduct ourselves commendably in every way. 19And I especially urge you to do this, so that I may be restored to you more quickly.
Benediction
20Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21equip you with every good thing to do his will, carrying out in us what is pleasing before him through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever#Literally “to the ages”.#Some manuscripts have “forever and ever” (literally, “to the ages of the ages”) Amen.
Conclusion
22Now I urge you, brothers, bear with my word of exhortation, for indeed I have written to you briefly#Literally “through few words”. 23Know that our brother Timothy has been released, with whom I will see you, if he comes quickly enough. 24Greet all your leaders and all the saints. Those from Italy greet you. 25Grace be with all of you.
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