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13:1 Let brotherly love continue.

13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

13:10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

13:11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.

13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

13:14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

13:18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.

13:19 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.

13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

13:22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.

13:23 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.

13:24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints.

They of Italy salute you.

13:25 Grace be with you all. Amen.

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Hebrews
Book: Hebrews
Chapter: 13

Exhortations to various duties, and to be content with what
Providence allots. (1-6) To respect the instructions of Faithful
pastors, with cautions against being carried away By strange
doctrines. (7-15) Further exhortations to duties, that relate to
God, to our neighbour, and to those set over us in the Lord.
(16-21) This epistle to be seriously considered. (22-25)

1-6 The design of Christ in giving himself for us, is, that he
may purchase to himself a Peculiar people, zealous of good
Works; and true religion is the strongest Bond of friendship.
Here are Earnest exhortations to several Christian duties,
especially Contentment. The Sin opposed to this Grace and duty
is Covetousness, an over-eager desire for the wealth of this
world, with envy of those who have more than ourselves. Having
treasures in Heaven, we may be content with mean things here.
Those who cannot be So, would not be content though God raised
their condition. Adam was in Paradise, yet not contented; some
angels in Heaven were not contented; but the Apostle Paul,
though abased and empty, had learned in every state, in any
state, to be content. Christians have reason to be contented
with their present Lot. This promise contains the sum and
substance of all the promises; "I will never, No, never leave
thee, No, never forsake thee." In the original there are No less
than five negatives Put together, to confirm the promise: the
true believer shall have the gracious presence of God with him,
in Life, at Death, and for ever. Men can do nothing against God,
and God can make all that men do against his people, to turn to
their good.

7-15 The instructions and examples of ministers, who honourably
and comfortably closed their Testimony, should be particularly
remembered By survivors. And though their ministers were some
dead, others dying, yet the great Head and High Priest of the
Church, the Bishop of their souls, ever lives, and is ever the
same. Christ is the same in the Old Testament Day, as in the
Gospel Day, and will be So to his people for ever, equally
merciful, powerful, and all-sufficient. Still he fills the
hungry, encourages the trembling, and welcomes repenting
sinners: still he rejects the proud and self-righteous, abhors
mere profession, and teaches all whom he saves, to Love
Righteousness, and to hate iniquity. Believers should seek to
have their hearts established in simple dependence On free
Grace, By the Holy Spirit, which would comfort their hearts, and
render them proof against delusion. Christ is both our Altar and
our Sacrifice; he sanctifies the Gift. The Lord's Supper is the
Feast of the Gospel Passover. Having showed that keeping to the
Levitical Law would, according to its own rules, keep men from
the Christian Altar, the Apostle adds, Let us go forth therefore
unto him without the Camp; go forth from the ceremonial Law,
from Sin, from the world, and from ourselves. Living By Faith in
Christ, set apart to God through his Blood, let us willingly
separate from this evil world. Sin, sinners, nor Death, will not
suffer us to continue long here; therefore let us go forth now
By Faith and seek in Christ the Rest and peace which this world
cannot afford us. Let us bring our sacrifices to this Altar, and
to this our High Priest, and offer them up By him. The Sacrifice
of praise to God, we should offer always. In this are Worship
and Prayer, as Well as thanksgiving.

16-21 We must, according to our power, give to the necessities
of the souls and bodies of men: God will accept these offerings
with pleasure, and will accept and Bless the offerers through
Christ. The Apostle then states what is their duty to living
ministers; to obey and submit to them, So far as is agreeable to
the mind and will of God, made known in his Word. Christians
must not think themselves too Wise, too good, or too great, to
learn. The people must search the Scriptures, and So far as the
ministers teach according to that rule, they ought to receive
their instructions as the Word of God, which Works in those that
believe. It is the interest of hearers, that the account their
ministers give of them may be with joy, and not with grief.
Faithful ministers deliver their own souls, but the ruin of a
fruitless and faithless people will be upon their own heads. The
more earnestly the people pray for their ministers, the more
benefit they may expect from their ministry. A good Conscience
has respect to all God's commands, and all our duty. Those who
have this good Conscience, yet need the prayers of others. When
ministers come to a people who pray for them, they come with
greater satisfaction to themselves, and success to the people.
We should seek all our mercies By Prayer. God is the God of
peace, fully reconciled to believers; who has made a way for
peace and reconciliation between himself and sinners, and who
loves peace On Earth, especially in his churches. He is the
Author of spiritual peace in the hearts and consciences of his
people. How firm a Covenant is that which has its foundation in
the Blood of the Son of God! The perfecting of the saints in
every good work, is the great thing desired By them, and for
them; and that they may at length be fitted for the employment
and happiness of Heaven. There is No good thing wrought in us,
but it is the work of God. And No good thing is wrought in us By
God, but through Christ, for his sake and By his Spirit.

22-25 So bad are men, and even believers, through the
remainders of their corruption, that when the most important,
comfortable doctrine is delivered to them for their own good,
and that with the most convincing evidence, there is need of
Earnest entreaty and exhortation that they would Bear it, and
not fall out with it, neglect it, or reject it. It is good to
have the Law of holy Love and kindness written in the hearts of
Christians, one towards another. Religion teaches men true
civility and good breeding. It is not ill-tempered or
uncourteous. Let the favour of God be toward you, and his Grace
continually working in you, and with you, bringing forth the
fruits of Holiness, as the First-fruits of Glory.

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