Hebrews 12:16

“Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Lest there bee any fornicatour, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsell of meat sold his birthright.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

that {there be} no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a {single} meal.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

lest `there be' any fornication, or profane person, as Esau, who for one mess of meat sold his own birthright.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And that there may not be any evil liver, or any man without respect for God, like Esau, who let his birthright go for a plate of food.
- Basic English Bible

lest [there be] any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one meal sold his birthright;
- Darby Bible

Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birth-right.
- Webster's Bible

lest there be a fornicator, or an ungodly person like Esau, who, in return for a single meal, parted with the birthright which belonged to him.
- Weymouth Bible

lest there be any sexually immoral person, or profane person, like Esau, who sold his birthright for one meal.
- World English Bible

that no man be letchour, ether vnhooli, as Esau, which for o mete seelde hise firste thingis.
- Wycliffe Bible

lest any one be a fornicator, or a profane person, as Esau, who in exchange for one morsel of food did sell his birthright,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Hebrews 12:16


12:16 Esau was profane for so slighting the blessing which went along with the birth - right.


People's Bible Notes for Hebrews 12:16


Heb 12:16 Lest there [be] any fornicator. Of course such a sinner would not live the life of holiness enjoined. Or profane person. A worldly person who profanes holy privileges by placing on them a worldly estimate. As Esau. See Ge 25:27-30. He illustrates what is meant by a profane person. Who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For a savory meal he bartered away a birthright bestowed by God. So any professing Christian who would sell his heavenly birthright for worldly advantages would be a profane person.

Discussion for Hebrews 12

  • Felicia
    Our walk with the Lord is a race indeed a marathon it a walk of faith looking up to Him the author and the finisher of our faith. He has finished His own and reigning with His father. He is the arbiter we must walk with perceiverance keeping to our lane so as not to be disqualified Setting aside every weight that will hinder us bidding goodbye to besetting sins - pride etc The Lord will help us.
  • Irene123
    V. 2 - If you've ever read, in depth, what Jesus suffered even before his crucifixion, before Pilate, etc, and then read Heb.12:2 - .....and for the joy that was set before him.....; joy not for himself, but for all the souls that would be with Him because of His sacrifice.
  • Sheila Bean
    We are a blended family by God's protection He called us out to Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:" And Hebrews12vs28and29 "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:" Vs: 29 "For our God is a consuming fire."
  • BSP
    We should strive to pursue peace with all men.
  • MR. HUNTER
    I DON'T THINK , I KNOW THAT THIS SCRIPTURE VERSE IS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL VERSES IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE. THIS VERSE HEBREWS 12:14 SAY'S WHAT IT MEANS AND MEANS WHAT IT SAYS NO MAN SHALL SEE THE LORD IN PEACE WITHOUT HOLINESS. PEOPLE HOLINESS IS GOD AND GOD IS HOLINESS. TODAY AND YESTERDAY GOD WAS HOLY AND TOMORROW GOD WILL STILL BE HOLY AND HOLINESS. THEREFORE ? WHY WOULD YOU OR ANYONE ON THIS EARTH WANT TO BE IN ANY OTHER FAITH BELIEVING STATE OTHER THAN BEING HOLY. IN CONCLUSION BUT NOT FINISH THE WHOLE WORLD SHOULD REEXAMINE THEIR RELIGIONS AND SEE RATHER THE CHURCH THEY ATTEND TRULY TEACHES PURE HOLINESS AND NOT SOME MESS THAT LIMITS GOD FROM BEING ALL IN ALL IN THEIR LIFE. THE TIME IS VERY CLOSE TO JESUS CHRIST RETURN WHO IS GOD , AMEN ! SO FOR ALL THE HUMAN RACE THAT ARE NOT HOLINESS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY ASK GOD TODAY " WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED " ANSWER OBEY IN THE BIBLE ACTS 2:38 TO START AND SEE WANT JESUS GOD MAKE YOU HOLINESS. PEACE UNTO YOU AND THE LORD JESUS LOVE YOU ALWAY .
  • SYLVIA HERNANDEZ
    There is only one straight narrow path that God will accept To enter the kingdom of God. Faith, obedience to the word, in sincerity in truth. JOHN 14

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