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

  • Angela a. trehern
    This is such a powerful scripture! It often brings me to a place I need to be...bringing tears to my eyes. Christ on the cross dying in agony , innocent ,choosing with the deepest love possible to give his life for me, a sinner so unworthy and many times weak...I find strength and tremendous encouragement in my Christian walk in these words!!(:
  • Darlene Wells
    God's word is truth and fulfillingh
  • BSP
    We should strive to pursue peace with all men.
  • 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
  • Arthur Gray
    Verse 22 - 24 teaches protocols of engaging heavenly in issues of intercession.
  • Desmond
    Faithful Christians welcome the Lords chastisement because they understand that it is for their own spiritual good.Christians must have the desire to be corrected when they a walking froward to God's word.God is a loving,caring,forgiving, and just God.Faithful Christians need to always be in remembrance of that.

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