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1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.

3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.

4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.

5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;

6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,

8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.

11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.

17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?

18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?

19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.


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Matthew Henry's Hebrews Chapter 3 Bible commentary...

The superior worth and dignity of Christ above Moses is shown. (1-6) The Hebrews are warned of the sin and danger of unbelief. (7-13) And of necessity of faith in Christ, and of stedfastly following him. (14-19)1-6 Christ is to be considered as the Apostle of our profession, the Messenger sent by God to men, the great Revealer of that faith which we profess to hold, and of that hope which we profess to have. As Christ, the Messiah, anointed for the office both of Apostle and High Priest. As Jesus, our Saviour, our Healer, the great Physician of souls. Consider him thus. Consider what he is in himself, what he is to us, and what he will be to us hereafter and for ever. Close and serious thoughts of Christ bring us to know more of him. The Jews had a high opinion of the faithfulness of Moses, yet his faithfulness was but a type of Christ's. Christ was the Master of this house, of his church, his people, as well as their Maker. Moses was a faithful servant; Christ, as the eternal Son of God, is rightful Owner and Sovereign Ruler of the Church. There must not only be setting out well in the ways of Christ, but stedfastness and perseverance therein to the end. Every meditation on his person and his salvation, will suggest more wisdom, new motives to love, confidence, and obedience.

7-13 Days of temptation are often days of provocation. But to provoke God, when he is letting us see that we entirely depend and live upon him, is a provocation indeed. The hardening of the heart is the spring of all other sins. The sins of others, especially of our relations, should be warnings to us. All sin, especially sin committed by God's professing, privileged people, not only provokes God, but it grieves him. God is loth to destroy any in, or for their sin; he waits long to be gracious to them. But sin, long persisted in, will make God's wrath discover itself in destroying the impenitent; there is no resting under the wrath of God. "Take heed:" all who would get safe to heaven must look about them; if once we allow ourselves to distrust God, we may soon desert him. Let those that think they stand, take heed lest they fall. Since to-morrow is not ours, we must make the best improvement of this day. And there are none, even the strongest of the flock, who do not need help of other Christians. Neither are there any so low and despised, but the care of their standing in the faith, and of their safety, belongs to all. Sin has so many ways and colours, that we need more eyes than ours own. Sin appears fair, but is vile; it appears pleasant, but is destructive; it promises much, but performs nothing. The deceitfulness of sin hardens the soul; one sin allowed makes way for another; and every act of sin confirms the habit. Let every one beware of sin.

14-19 The saints' privilege is, they are made partakers of Christ, that is, of the Spirit, the nature, graces, righteousness, and life of Christ; they are interested in all Christ is, in all he has done, or will do. The same spirit with which Christians set out in the ways of God, they should maintain unto the end. Perseverance in faith is the best evidence of the sincerity of our faith. Hearing the word often is a means of salvation, yet, if not hearkened to, it will expose more to the Divine wrath. The happiness of being partakers of Christ and his complete salvation, and the fear of God's wrath and eternal misery, should stir us up to persevere in the life of obedient faith. Let us beware of trusting to outward privileges or professions, and pray to be numbered with the true believers who enter heaven, when all others fail because of unbelief. As our obedience follows according to the power of our faith, so our sins and want of care are according to the prevailing of unbelief in us.


Recent Comments for Hebrews Chapter 3...


Natalie's Hebrews Chapter 3 comment on 4/09/2014, 6:42am...

GOD is a faithful God and want faithful people that will hold fast to Him and not waiver in their belief or trust in Him.


Grady welch jr's Hebrews Chapter 3 comment about verse 1 on 2/27/2014, 12:43pm...

still trying to sort out the apostle and high priest roles as they apply to Jesus


Joan's Hebrews Chapter 3 comment on 2/25/2014, 8:54am...

I think Hebrews 3 Is helping us today to see what happens when we drift away from scripture The word the truth Believe Trust and have faith hope When we Get inpatient and try to solve our problems On our own without going to the Devine Father first in all things We are dishonoring Our creator Trust and love him His son died on the cross for us He gave his life for our salvation God bless the creator for all things


Mathewos Birru's Hebrews Chapter 3 comment on 1/26/2014, 1:47am...

v7 is very heart touching.HolySpirit speaks all the time,and how bad it is to ignore his direction and voice,He is the Spirit of truth,if we harden our hearts we shall definetly slip into error,and never entre to GOD'S REST.


ALLAN's Hebrews Chapter 3 comment about verse 12 on 10/22/2013, 6:04pm...

6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;


Jane Loise's Hebrews Chapter 3 comment on 10/05/2013, 5:02pm... does help me understand the deeping of God love for us.


Simeon's Hebrews Chapter 3 comment about verse 8 on 8/16/2013, 6:16pm...

Throughout the bibical history we find that the hearts of men continue to be rebellious,so much in the time of Moses, that he was forced to strike the rock and uttered unkind words. This caused him to see the promised land,but could not put his feet on it. Exodus chap.28 also tells us that the rebllious people at the time caused Moses to ask God to send them another leader.The harts of men were hardened during the time of the Judges,the Kings,the Priests,the Prophets,the time of Jesus and the Apostles.It is not different today.With every dispensation the problem stems from the heart of man. Today the message is even much more needed as we can see that this dispensation is coming close to an end.The heart is not the literal (fleshy) heart,but it is the mind;the center of intellegence and reasoning.This is why the Apostle reminded us to have the mind of Christ.
The following Scripture texts will confirm my comments: Job 23;13,Isa.26:3, Luke 10:27, Roms,1:28,&8:7, 1st.Corh.2:16, 2nd Corth. 13:11,&2nd Tim.1:7.
Please study.


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