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

  • 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
  • Lucinda Hardman
    Jesus says in John 8:47 that His own people were not able to understand Him because they had sin in their lives. Please be prayerful about telling people to know or believe Christ has nothing to do with sin because they must acknowledge they are a sinner ask for forgiveness and follow his godly example that what proves that we know Him out character. That why the Scribes hated Him Him read these scriptures. If this thing to know Jesus wasn't about us sinning why did He come. He came to turn us to Him yes but by exposing the truth that we're sinful with His blood was for the remission of sins. It can only be cancelled if people receive Him by acknowledging first they are sinners. That what all the disciples went to preach. He saved Mary Magdalene but said 'Go and sin no more.' That's why so many people are confused. We must love help and yes people should see Jesus in the right light. Believe He is tell them but why do we leave out, 'Go and sin no more.' It's His word and to know Him is for Him to help them with their struggles. Cause if sis isn't and issue then the world must be getting better cause there's a lot of killing, sexual sin, lying and etc, etc but God said we would not inherit the kingdom if we continue on this path. ,2nd Timothy chapter 3. So yes change our minds to know Christ but go and sin no more. Be blessed!
  • Faith
    My friend told me that judgement day will never come, but she's wrong. As I know Faith is stronger than fear. You just have to laugh at fear. Laughter and happiness is stronger than anything.
  • I AM
    To my elect: the commandment to repent is now come. The wicked will now certainly do wickedly as nothing will be restrained from them the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. Repent and be filled with my Spirit. See that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: have fervent charity among yourselves and have peace in Christ Jesus.

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