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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Looking vnto Iesus the Authour and finisher of our faith, who for the ioy that was set before him, endured the crosse, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of `our' faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Having our eyes fixed on Jesus, the guide and end of our faith, who went through the pains of the cross, not caring for the shame, because of the joy which was before him, and who has now taken his place at the right hand of God's seat of power.
- Basic English Bible

looking stedfastly on Jesus the leader and completer of faith: who, in view of the joy lying before him, endured [the] cross, having despised [the] shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
- Darby Bible

Looking to 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.
- Webster's Bible

simply fixing our gaze upon Jesus, our Prince Leader in the faith, who will also award us the prize. He, for the sake of the joy which lay before Him, patiently endured the cross, looking with contempt upon its shame, and afterwards seated Himself-- where He still sits--at the right hand of the throne of God.
- Weymouth Bible

looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
- World English Bible

biholdinge in to the makere of feith, and the perfit endere, Jhesu; which whanne ioye was purposid to hym, he suffride the cros, and dispiside confusioun, and sittith on the riythalf of the seet of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

looking to the author and perfecter of faith -- Jesus, who, over-against the joy set before him -- did endure a cross, shame having despised, on the right hand also of the throne of God did sit down;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Hebrews 12:2


12:2 Looking - From all other things. To Jesus - As the wounded Israelites to the brazen serpent. Our crucified Lord was prefigured by the lifting up of this; our guilt, by the stings of the fiery serpents; and our faith, by their looking up to the miraculous remedy. The author and finisher of our faith - Who begins it in us, carries it on, and perfects it. Who for the joy that was set before him - Patiently and willingly endured the cross, with all the pains annexed thereto. And is set down - Where there is fulness of joy.


People's Bible Notes for Hebrews 12:2


Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus. In running, Jesus should be constantly regarded as the example. The author and finisher of [our] faith. Not "our faith", but "the faith" in the Greek. The Gospel, which rests upon faith, is meant rather than the individual faith of the saint. Jesus is its author and perfected it. He is the exemplar of all who live by faith. Hence we should look to him. For the joy that was set before him. The joy of saving men and of sitting at God's right hand. Endured the cross, despising the shame. Not only its pain, but its shame. It was in that age the most ignominious of deaths. And is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. In the place of heavenly honor.

Discussion for Hebrews 12

  • Steve morrow
    1 timothy 4:6 if thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things thou shalt be a good minister of JESUS CHRIST nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine whereunto thou hast attained 2 timothy 1:13 HOLD FAST THE FORM OF SOUND WORDS WHICH THOU HAST HEARD OF ME IN FAITH AND LOVE WHICH IS IN----CHRIST JESUS---- psalm 119:86 all thy commandments are faithful they persecute me wrongfully help thou me ---- PROVERBS 14:5 A FAITHFUL WITNESS WILL NOT LIE BUT A FALSE WITNESS WILL UTTER LIES PROVERBS 12:17 HE THAT SPEAKETH TRUTH SHOWETH FORTH RIGHTEOUSNESS BUT A FALSE WITNESS DECEIT PROVERBS 8:8 ALL THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH ARE IN RIGHTEOUSNESS THERE IS NOTHING FROWARD OR PERVERSE IN THEM ---- TITUS 2:7 IN ALL THINGS SHOWING THYSELF A PATTERN OF GOOD WORKS IN DOCTRINE SHOWING UNCORRUPTNESS GRAVITY SINCERITY
  • Catherine holl
    When we Receive Jesus,at same time we should follow HIS steps !Knowing the devil never gets asleep will always look for ways to bring our faith down, through trials some trials which will make us feel ashamed unwanted, lonely, hated, killed, poor , But my Brothers and sisters at this point of trials its climbing Mountain gain Courage!!!knowing your carried and on the Top of the Mountain keep praise in Heart and mind next will be going down!!!it can never be dark next will be morning
  • Lilian
    Jesus is the author and the finisher of faith Jesus is the light of the world we must believe in him . He is the only way the truth and the life no men cometh to the Father but by me. Thank you Jesus for the blood you shed for us and thanks to your word for they are my life Praise you Jesus and will trust you forever i love you Lord amen
  • A disciple
    In the context of all that the Apostle wrote up to this point it is for us to discipline and control our mind, our heart, our entire purpose and conduct, in the same way that all the Saints and Prophets before us have followed from the beginning having endured and overcome all contradiction and opposition of the ungodly, by holding the Word of God, the Promise of the Saviour, and seeking to know Him and His Personal Supreme Greatness, as all our joy and purpose for being. The rebukes and warnings against slipping away and hardening of the heart, are words of wisdom and love so that we NOT fall away and end up losing those things we have once labored and suffered for but that we endure to the end, and receive the complete salvation in Christ we wait for. Looking unto Jesus means literally, "Looking away to Jesus:" that is away from all the sin and ungodliness which surrounds us, and weighs us down with grief and torment. And with our "looking away to Jesus " learning from Him how to despise the shame, with a view toward the joy which no man can take from us, when we get their! In other words, to have the strong faith, by firmness of understanding, that can set aside as nothing worth to care about, the shame and humiliation heaped on us by the proud and ungodly and their scorn and abuse and persecution because we know that this is not our long home and we are coming to our rest and reward in the Day of Eternity with our Wonderful Saviour Jesus Christ .
  • BSP
    Jesus looked ahead to the joy and that helped him to endure the suffering that he went through.
  • Irene123
    V. 14 - 'peace' has already been noted; "and holiness, without which, no man shall see the Lord." The Lord Jesus is ALL PURE holiness - the angels are constantly around His throne crying - "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY". After we are saved we strive to live a holy life, but we fall short - sometimes not knowing this; this is why we are to ask His forgiveness everyday. His Love covers a multitude of sins.