Hebrews 12:23

“To the generall assembly, and Church of the first borne which are written in heauen, and to God the Iudge of all, and to the spirits of iust men made perfect:”

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Other Translations

To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
- King James Version

to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of {the} righteous made perfect,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
- American Standard Version (1901)

To the great meeting and church of the first of those who are named in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of good men made complete,
- Basic English Bible

the universal gathering; and to [the] assembly of the firstborn [who are] registered in heaven; and to God, judge of all; and to [the] spirits of just [men] made perfect;
- Darby Bible

To the general assembly and church of the first-born, who are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
- Webster's Bible

to the great festal gathering and Church of the first-born, whose names are recorded in Heaven, and to a Judge who is God of all, and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect,
- Weymouth Bible

to the general assembly and assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect,
- World English Bible

and to the chirche of the firste men, whiche ben writun in heuenes, and to God, domesman of alle, and to the spirit of iust perfit men,
- Wycliffe Bible

to the company and assembly of the first-born in heaven enrolled, and to God the judge of all, and to spirits of righteous men made perfect,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Hebrews 12:23


12:23 To the general assembly - The word properly signifies a stated convention on some festival occasion. And church - The whole body of true believers, whether on earth or in paradise. Of the first - born - The first - born of Israel were enrolled by Moses; but these are enrolled in heaven, as citizens there. It is observable, that in this beautiful gradation, these first - born are placed nearer to God than the angels. See #Jam 1:18|. And to God the Judge of all - Propitious to you, adverse to your enemies. And to the spirits - The separate souls. Of just men - It seems to mean, of New Testament believers. The number of these, being not yet large, is mentioned distinct from the innumerable company of just men whom their Judge hath acquitted. These are now made perfect in an higher sense than any who are still alive. Accordingly, St. Paul, while yet on earth, denies that he was thus made perfect, #Php 3:12|.


People's Bible Notes for Hebrews 12:23


Heb 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firtborn. The universal church of Christ. The first born son in Israel inherited the birthright (Ge 25:31 1Ch 5:1), but all the saints have the birthright and hence are called the first born. They are enrolled, not on earthly registers, but their names are written in heaven. And to God the Judge of all, who will inflict judgment in behalf of the persecuted church. And to the spirits of just men made perfect. To the fellowship of all the sainted dead now perfected above.

Discussion for Hebrews 12

  • Inyani Jackson
    My view on Hebrew 12:14 is that to follow peace all man is to reconcile whenever there is a dispute between you and others. in the due process, peaceful settlement of difference will humble and create pure heart towards other. it is single dose for two sickness. building peace every-man and pursuing and practicing holiness while on Earth. for us human, this not easy task. but by help of holy Spirit, we can
  • Haniel midala
    why is it that Moses name is not in the book of genesis and which date is the book written and why is that people attributed it to moses
  • Vanessa
    falling from grace is excepting Jesus as your saviour, knowing the word of God , then go out and forget all he did for us sinners, and continue in the worldly pleasures, because you excepted him isn't a free pass to continue in sin, that's like a slap in the face
  • Alex
    Jesus said that everyone has to salted with fire which is baptism of the H.G. A Spritual fire that is gonna CLEANSE US, in the natural gold has to be tried in fire to remove all the impurities ( OUR SIN NATURE ) as OUR God is a CONSUMING FIRE that is gonna consume mans evil nature Who shall abide the day of his coming who shall stand when he appears he shall be as A REFINERS FIRE and FULLERS SOAP.
  • Molly
    Nichole, that is a very good question! We fall from grace when we choose the world and it's ways above GOD and the values He requires us to live by. GOD's will MUST be preeminent! That means His will comes before all else, even those fleshly desires we believe we must fulfill.
  • Lilian
    Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. He was despise by our shame died on the cross so that you and me will have life. Thank you Jesus for the blood you shed for us amen hallelujah

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