Hebrews 13:4

“Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Mariage is honorable in all, and the bed vndefiled: but whoremongers, and adulterers God will iudge.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Marriage {is to be held} in honor among all, and the {marriage} bed {is to be} undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

`Let' marriage `be' had in honor among all, and `let' the bed `be' undefiled: for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let married life be honoured among all of you and not made unclean; for men untrue in married life will be judged by God.
- Basic English Bible

[Let] marriage [be held] every way in honour, and the bed [be] undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers will God judge.
- Darby Bible

Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but lewd persons and adulterers God will judge.
- Webster's Bible

Let marriage be held in honour among all, and let the marriage bed be unpolluted; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
- Weymouth Bible

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the bed be undefiled: but God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers.
- World English Bible

`Wedding is in alle thingis onourable, and bed vnwemmed; for God schal deme fornicatouris and auouteris.
- Wycliffe Bible

honourable [is] the marriage in all, and the bed undefiled, and whoremongers and adulterers God shall judge.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Hebrews 13:4


13:4 Marriage is honourable in, or for all sorts of men, clergy as well as laity: though the Romanists teach otherwise. And the bed undefiled - Consistent with the highest purity; though many spiritual writers, so called, say it is only licensed whoredom. But whoremongers and adulterers God will judge - Though they frequently escape the sentence of men.


People's Bible Notes for Hebrews 13:4


Heb 13:4 Marriage [is] honourable in all. Let it be held in honor, but licentiousness God will judge, even though men may tolerate it.

Discussion for Hebrews 13

  • Steve morrow
    ( a disciple ) heb 13:5 let your conversation be without covetousness and be content with such things as you have for HE hath said I will never leave thee nor forsake thee 1 tim 6:6 but godliness with contentment is great gain
  • Brianna
    Vs. 16 God teaches us true generosity with the right motive. Holidays seem to be the season of giving, but outside of them how inclined are we to do good for others? Jehovah God teaches us to be generous all year round and for good motives. We bring him joy when we do so.
  • Irene123
    V. 10 - At this time, after Jesus' new covenant was now in force, the unbelieving Jews were still (ineffectually) observing the O.T. rituals (which blood could never take away sins, those rituals just rolled them ahead for one year). These Jews had no right, in their unsaved state, to partake of the new covenant altar. There were MANY Jews, i.e. apostles, disciples, that believed, but most not.
  • Felicia
    This is a chap of exhortation encouraging us not to stop entertaining strangers, to remember those that are in bonds, encouraging marriage, not to be covetous, not to follow strange doctrines but to be established in the grace, to be submissive to our rulers etc. And he crowns all that with verses 20-21 my best. That the God of peace make us perfect... To Him be glory for ever and ever. Amen!
  • Charlotte
    chapter 13 is just saying that we need to follow the laws and do what the one over us say. Because this is not our home., We're passing through on the journey to the place prepared for by Jesus. Telling us to Love one other at all times. Let our living be the Bible for others to see. Believe in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and God our Father. To Love Unconditionally the way God Loves Us.
  • BSP
    Verse 7 encourages us to remember those taking the lead over us. We want to especially keep them in our prayers.

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