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

  • BSP
    Verse 3: Considering the things that Jesus went through can help us when we endure trials.
  • Steve morrow
    HEBREWS 12:15 FOLLOW PEACE WITH ALL MEN AND HOLINESS WITHOUT WHICH NO MAN SHALL SEE THE LORD 1 PETER 1:15 BUT AS HE WHICH HATH CALLED YOU IS HOLY SO BE YOU HOLY IN ALL MANNER OF CONVERSATION --12:16--BECAUSE AS IT IS WRITTEN BE YOU HOLY FOR I AM HOLY***MARK 7:9 AND HE SAID UNTO THEM FULL WELL YOU REJECT THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD THAT YOU MAY KEEP YOUR OWN TRADITION***
  • BSP
    Verses 5 and 6 tell us not to belittle discipline or give up when disciplined. We should humble take the discipline and learn from our mistakes.
  • Steve morrow
    HEBREWS 12:2 LOOKING UNTO JESUS THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH WHO FOR THE JOY THAT WAS SET BEFORE HIM --- ENDURED THE CROSS --- DESPISING THE SHAME AND IS SET DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE --- THRONE OF GOD --- HEBREWS 5:9 AND BEING MADE PERFECT --- HE --- BECAME THE AUTHOR OF ETERNAL SALVATION UNTO ALL THEM THAT OBEY HIM
  • Steve morrow
    HEBREWS 12:17 FOR YOU KNOW HOW THAT AFTERWARD WHEN HE WOULD HAVE INHERITED THE BLESSING THE BLESSING HE WAS REJECTED FOR HE FOUND NO PLACE OF REPENTANCE THOUGH HE SOUGHT IT CAREFULLY WITH TEARS
  • Lilian
    Wherefore we recieving Kingdom which cannot be move let us have by grace whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and Godly fear Amen thanks to the blood Jesus

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