The Superiority of Jesus to Moses
1 Therefore, holy brothers, sharers in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, 2who was faithful to the one who appointed him, as Moses also was in his household.#Some manuscripts have “in all his household” 3For this one is considered worthy of greater glory than Moses, inasmuch as the one who builds it has greater honor than the house. 4For every house is built by someone, but the one who built all things is God. 5And Moses was faithful in all his house as a servant, for a testimony to the things that would be spoken, 6but Christ was faithful#*The words “was faithful” are not in the Greek text, but are an understood repetition from the previous verse and v. 2 as a son over his house, whose house we are, if#Some manuscripts have “if indeed” we hold fast to our confidence and the hope we can be proud of.
A Serious Warning Against Unbelief
7Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says,
“Today, if you hear his voice,
8do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
in the day of testing in the wilderness,
9where your fathers tested me by trial
and saw my works 10for forty years.
Therefore I was angry with this generation,
and I said, ‘They always go astray in their heart,
and they do not know my ways.’
11As I swore in my anger,
‘They will never enter#Literally “if they will enter” into my rest.’ ”#A quotation from Ps 95:7b-11
12Watch out, brothers, lest there be in some of you an evil, unbelieving heart, with the result that you fall away#*Here “with the result that” is supplied as a component of the infinitive (“fall away”) which is understood as result from the living God. 13But encourage one another day by day#Literally “by each day”, as long as it is called “today,” so that none of you become hardened#Literally “not anyone of you be hardened” by the deception of sin. 14For we have become partners of Christ, if indeed we hold fast the beginning of our commitment steadfast until the end, 15while it is said#Literally “in the saying”,
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”#A quotation from Ps 95:7b-8
16For who, when they#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“heard”) which is understood as temporal heard it, were disobedient? Surely it was not all who went out from Egypt through Moses? 17And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose dead bodies fell in the wilderness? 18And to whom did he swear they would not enter into his rest, except those who were disobedient? 19And so we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.
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