Hebrews 4:12

“For the word of God is quicke and powerfull, and sharper then any two edged sword, pearcing euen to the diuiding asunder of soule and spirit, and of the ioynts and marrowe, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

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Other Translations

For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
- King James Version

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For the word of God is living and full of power, and is sharper than any two-edged sword, cutting through and making a division even of the soul and the spirit, the bones and the muscles, and quick to see the thoughts and purposes of the heart.
- Basic English Bible

For the word of God [is] living and operative, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and penetrating to [the] division of soul and spirit, both of joints and marrow, and a discerner of the thoughts and intents of [the] heart.
- Darby Bible

For the word of God is living, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
- Webster's Bible

For God's Message is full of life and power, and is keener than the sharpest two-edged sword. It pierces even to the severance of soul from spirit, and penetrates between the joints and the marrow, and it can discern the secret thoughts and purposes of the heart.
- Weymouth Bible

For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
- World English Bible

and spedi in worching, and more able to perse than any tweyne eggid swerd, and stretchith forth to the departynge of the soule and of the spirit, and of the ioynturis and merewis, and demere of thouytis, and of intentis and hertis.
- Wycliffe Bible

for the reckoning of God is living, and working, and sharp above every two-edged sword, and piercing unto the dividing asunder both of soul and spirit, of joints also and marrow, and a discerner of thoughts and intents of the heart;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Hebrews 4:12


4:12 For the word of God - Preached, #Heb 4:2|, and armed with threatenings, #Heb 4:3|. Is living and powerful - Attended with the power of the living God, and conveying either life or death to the hearers. Sharper than any two - edged sword - Penetrating the heart more than this does the body. Piercing - Quite through, and laying open. The soul and spirit, joints and marrow - The inmost recesses of the mind, which the apostle beautifully and strongly expresses by this heap of figurative words. And is a discerner - Not only of the thoughts, but also of the intentions.


People's Bible Notes for Hebrews 4:12


Heb 4:12 For the word of God. The Israelites came short because they refused to hear the word of the Lord. If we could enter in, we must take heed to the word. It is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword. Cutting keenly and in all directions. Piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit. It not only gives life, but slays, as was the case with the Israelites who fell in the wilderness, and pierces to the soul and spirit. It reaches the very fountains of life. A discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. It lays bare the thoughts and the intentions.

Discussion for Hebrews 4

  • Eliiah
    Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation and every city or House divided against itself shall not stand:
  • Mike M.
    Come onto me and I will give you rest.
    Jesus Christ is our rest. Amen
  • Lilian
    God reminded us even we are busy to our daily life we must spend and dedicate our time to God and meditate God's words everyday then all the desire of thine heart will be added if we put God first into our life. God will take care of everything for his burden is light and thy yoke is easy. Only thru Jesus we can get Freedom abd Favor we just need to Praise him and trust his Will Amen
  • Bro. Davis
    The Sabbath was the 7th day or last day in the week in which God created all things and rested on that day. It started before any Law was given or any commandment was given to Gods people. It was not a Ceremonial or moral Law, but a sanctified day of the Lord from the very beginning of the worlds existence. Taking rest in Jesus or resting in Jesus has nothing to do with the Sabbath day's rest.
  • Felicia
    Yes the Sabbath is part of the 10 com'ds but the problem is that ever since Adam no man has been able to keep God's Law. Jesus is the only perfect man who could keep the Law of God and so when we receive Jesus the law is fulfilled in us. We must take God's promise and believe that Jesus is our rest. We can be in the presence of God at any time anywhere individually or collectively Jesus has made..
  • Jeanie
    The Sabbath is within the 10 Commandments. Its a package deal. Its not a shadowy thing...does not foretell something is coming / going to happen.Not ceremonial. Written by God's own fingers and given through Moses to the children of Israel. Instituted before sin came to this world b4 Jews. The ordinaces /sacrificial system was ceremonial...given by God and written by Moses. Given after sin came.

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