Hebrews 12:10
New International Version
They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.

New Living Translation
For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness.

English Standard Version
For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.

Berean Study Bible
Our fathers disciplined us for a short time as they thought best, but God disciplines us for our good, so that we may share in His holiness.

Berean Literal Bible
For truly they were disciplining us for a few days, according to that seeming good to them; but He for our benefitting, in order to share His holiness.

King James Bible
For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

New King James Version
For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.

New American Standard Bible
For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.

NASB 1995
For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.

NASB 1977
For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness.

Amplified Bible
For our earthly fathers disciplined us for only a short time as seemed best to them; but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.

Christian Standard Bible
For they disciplined us for a short time based on what seemed good to them, but he does it for our benefit, so that we can share his holiness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For they disciplined us for a short time based on what seemed good to them, but He does it for our benefit, so that we can share His holiness.

American Standard Version
For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed good to them; but he for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For they, for that short time, disciplined us as they pleased, but God, for our benefit, that we may share in his holiness.

Contemporary English Version
Our human fathers correct us for a short time, and they do it as they think best. But God corrects us for our own good, because he wants us to be holy, as he is.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they indeed for a few days, according to their own pleasure, instructed us: but he, for our profit, that we might receive his sanctification.

English Revised Version
For they verily for a few days chastened us as seemed good to them; but he for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness.

Good News Translation
Our human fathers punished us for a short time, as it seemed right to them; but God does it for our own good, so that we may share his holiness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
For a short time our fathers disciplined us as they thought best. Yet, God disciplines us for our own good so that we can become holy like him.

International Standard Version
For a short time they disciplined us as they thought best, but God does it for our good, so that we may share in his holiness.

Literal Standard Version
For they, indeed, for a few days, according to what seemed good to them, were disciplining, but He for profit, to be partakers of His separation;

NET Bible
For they disciplined us for a little while as seemed good to them, but he does so for our benefit, that we may share his holiness.

New Heart English Bible
For they indeed, for a few days, disciplined us as seemed good to them; but he for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness.

Weymouth New Testament
It is true that they disciplined us for a few years according as they thought fit; but He does it for our certain good, in order that we may become sharers in His own holy character.

World English Bible
For they indeed, for a few days, punished us as seemed good to them; but he for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness.

Young's Literal Translation
for they, indeed, for a few days, according to what seemed good to them, were chastening, but He for profit, to be partakers of His separation;

Additional Translations ...
Context
God Disciplines His Sons
9Furthermore, we have all had earthly fathers who disciplined us, and we respected them. Should we not much more submit to the Father of our spirits and live? 10 Our fathers disciplined us for a short time as they thought best, but God disciplines us for our good, so that we may share in His holiness. 11No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields a harvest of righteousness and peace to those who have been trained by it.…

Cross References
Psalm 119:75
I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are righteous, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.

Lamentations 3:33
For He does not willingly afflict or grieve the sons of men.

Hebrews 12:14
Pursue peace with everyone, as well as holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.

2 Peter 1:4
Through these He has given us His precious and magnificent promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, now that you have escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.


Treasury of Scripture

For they truly for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

after their own pleasure.

Hebrews 12:5,6
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: …

partakers.

Leviticus 11:44,45
For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth…

Leviticus 19:2
Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.

Psalm 17:15
As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.









(10) After their own pleasure.--Rather, as seemed good unto them. The contrast is continued here between human liability to mistake and the perfect knowledge of our heavenly Father, who seeks our profit, and cannot err in the means which He employs. There is a general resemblance between this verse and the last, the "few days" corresponding to the "fathers of our flesh;" and the last clause here, "that we may be partakers of His holiness," to the words which close Hebrews 12:9, "and live." To the "few days" no contrast is directly expressed in the second member of the verse; none was needed, because the last words so clearly imply the permanence of the result.

Verse 10. - For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. The afortiori argument is thus continued. The discipline of our earthly fathers was "for a few days," i.e. during our childhood only, since which we have been left to ourselves; and even then not necessarily for our greatest advantage; it was only as seemed good to them (κατὰ τὸ δοκοῦν αὐτοῖς); it might be injudicious, or even capricious. But our heavenly Father's discipline we may trust to be always good for us, and with a definite final purpose. Though there is here no distinctly expressed antithesis to the "few days" of ordinary parental chastisement, yet one is implied in the last clause; for if God's purpose in chastening us is to make us partakers of his own holiness, we may conclude that the discipline will be continued till the end be attained; and thus also a further reason is implied why Christians should not "faint" under even lifelong trials.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
[Our fathers] disciplined [us]
ἐπαίδευον (epaideuon)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 3811: From pais; to train up a child, i.e. Educate, or, discipline.

for
πρὸς (pros)
Preposition
Strong's 4314: To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

a short
ὀλίγας (oligas)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's 3641: Puny; especially neuter somewhat.

time
ἡμέρας (hēmeras)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's 2250: A day, the period from sunrise to sunset.

as
κατὰ (kata)
Preposition
Strong's 2596: A primary particle; down, in varied relations (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined).

they
αὐτοῖς (autois)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

thought best,
δοκοῦν (dokoun)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 1380: A prolonged form of a primary verb, doko dok'-o of the same meaning; to think; by implication, to seem.

but
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

[God disciplines us]
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

for
ἐπὶ (epi)
Preposition
Strong's 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.

[our]
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

good,
συμφέρον (sympheron)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 4851: From sun and phero; to bear together, i.e. to collect, or to conduce; especially advantage.

so that
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

we may share
μεταλαβεῖν (metalabein)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's 3335: From meta and lambano; to participate; genitive case, to accept.

in His
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

holiness.
ἁγιότητος (hagiotētos)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 41: Holiness, sanctity, as an abstract quality. From hagios; sanctity.


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