Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
Concluding Moral Directions
Hebrews 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.
Hebrews 13:2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.
- Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
- In his book on angels Billy Graham tells about a strange incident that took place in a Christian book room in Shanghai, China. In 1942 after the Japanese had won the war with China, one morning about nine o’clock a Japanese truck stopped outside the book room. It was carrying five Marines and was half filled with books. The Christian Chinese shop assistance, who was alone at the time, realized with dismay that they had come to seize the stock. By nature timid, he felt this was more than he could endure. Jumping from the truck the Marines made for the shop door. But before they could enter, a neatly dressed Chinese gentleman entered the shop ahead of them. Though the shop assistant knew practically all the Chinese customers who traded there, this man was a complete stranger. For some unknown reason the soldiers seemed unable to follow him and loitered about looking in at the four large windows, but not entering. For two hours they stood around until after eleven o’clock, but never set foot inside the door. The stranger asked what the men wanted, and the Chinese shop assistance explained that the Japanese were seizing stocks from many of the book shops in the city. Now this store’s turn had come.
The two prayed together, the stranger encouraging him. So the two hours passed. At last the soldiers climbed into their army truck and drove away. The stranger also left without making a single purchase or even inquiring about any of the items in the shop.
Later that day the shop owner, Mr. Christopher Willis, returned. The shop assistant said to him, “Mr. Willis, do you believe in angels?”
“I do,” said Mr. Willis.
“So do I, Mr. Willis.” He was of the strange persuasion that the stranger was one of God’s protecting angels.
Hebrews 13:3 Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.
Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:6 So we may boldly say:
“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?”
Concluding Religious Directions
Hebrews 13:7 Remember those who (lead) rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Hebrews 13:9 Do not be carried (away) about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.
Hebrews 13:10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat.
Hebrews 13:11 For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp.
Hebrews 13:12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might (set apart) sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.
Hebrews 13:13 Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.
Hebrews 13:14 For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.
Hebrews 13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving (Lit. confessing) thanks to His name.
Hebrews 13:16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Hebrews 13:17 Obey those who (lead) rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
Hebrews 13:18 Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably.
Hebrews 13:19 But I especially urge you to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
Benediction, Final Exhortation, Farewell