Sacrifices Pleasing to God
1Let #Rom. 12:10; 1 Thess. 4:9; 1 Pet. 1:22; 2 Pet. 1:7; [1 Pet. 2:17; 3:8; 1 John 3:10; 4:7, 20, 21]brotherly love continue. 2#See Matt. 25:35; 1 Pet. 4:9 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby #Gen. 18:3; 19:2some have entertained angels unawares. 3#ch. 10:34; Matt. 25:36Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. 4#1 Cor. 7:38; [1 Tim. 4:3] Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge #See 1 Cor. 6:9the sexually immoral and adulterous. 5Keep your life #1 Tim. 3:3 free from love of money, and #1 Tim. 6:7, 8; [Phil. 4:11]; See Matt. 6:25 be content with what you have, for he has said, #Cited from Josh. 1:5; [Ps. 37:25; 2 Cor. 4:9]“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6So we can confidently say,
# Cited from Ps. 118:6; [Ps. 27:1] “The Lord is my helper;
# Ps. 56:4, 11 I will not fear;
what can man do to me?”
7Remember #ver. 17, 24 your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and #[ch. 6:12]imitate their faith. 8Jesus Christ is #ch. 1:12; John 8:58; Rev. 1:4, 8; [2 Cor. 1:19]the same yesterday and today and forever. 9Do not be #Jude 12; See Eph. 4:14 led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, #See Col. 2:16not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. 10We have an altar #[1 Cor. 9:13; 10:18]from which those who serve the tent#13:10 Or tabernacle have no right to eat. 11For #See Ex. 29:14 the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned #ver. 13outside the camp. 12So Jesus also #ch. 9:12 suffered #Matt. 21:39; 27:32; John 19:17, 20; [Acts 7:58] outside the gate in order to sanctify the people #[Rev. 14:20]through his own blood. 13Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear #ch. 11:26; 1 Pet. 4:14the reproach he endured. 14For #[ch. 11:10, 16; 12:28; Mic. 2:10]; See Eph. 2:19here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15#Eph. 5:20 Through him then let us continually offer up #Lev. 7:12; Ps. 107:22; 116:17 a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, #Isa. 57:19; Hos. 14:2; [Ps. 119:108]the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16Do not neglect to do good and #See Rom. 12:13 to share what you have, for such #Mic. 6:7, 8; Phil. 4:18sacrifices are pleasing to God.
17Obey #ver. 7, 24 your leaders and submit to them, #See Ezek. 3:17 for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to #Jer. 13:20; Ezek. 34:10 give an account. #[Acts 20:24, 31]Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
18 # 1 Thess. 5:25; 2 Thess. 3:1 Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. 19I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order #[Philem. 22]that I may be restored to you the sooner.
20Now #See Rom. 15:33 may the God of peace #See Acts 2:24 who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, #Isa. 63:11; See John 10:11 the great shepherd of the sheep, by #ch. 10:29; Zech. 9:11; [Isa. 54:10]the blood of the eternal covenant, 21#2 Thess. 2:17; 1 Pet. 5:10 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, #ch. 10:36; [Phil. 2:13] working in us#13:21 Some manuscripts you that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, #See Rom. 11:36to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
22I appeal to you, brothers,#13:22 Or brothers and sisters bear with my word of exhortation, for #[1 Pet. 5:12]I have written to you briefly. 23You should know that #See 1 Thess. 3:2our brother Timothy has been released, with whom I shall see you if he comes soon. 24Greet all #ver. 7, 17your leaders and all the saints. Those who come from Italy send you greetings. 25#See Col. 4:18Grace be with all of you.
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