New International Version
See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.
King James Bible
Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
Darby Bible Translation
lest [there be] any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one meal sold his birthright;
World English Bible
lest there be any sexually immoral person, or profane person, like Esau, who sold his birthright for one meal.
Young's Literal Translation
lest any one be a fornicator, or a profane person, as Esau, who in exchange for one morsel of food did sell his birthright,
Hebrews 12:16 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Lest there be any fornicator - Any licentious person who would turn the Gospel of the grace of God into lasciviousness.
Or profane person, as Esau - It is not intimated that Esau was a fornicator; and the disjunctive η, or, separates the profane person from the fornicator. And Esau is here termed profane, because he so far disregarded the spiritual advantages connected with his rights of primogeniture, that he alienated the whole for a single mess of pottage. See the note on Genesis 25:34. The word βεβηλος, which we translate profane, is compounded of βε, which in composition has a negative signification, and βηλος, the threshold of a temple or sacred edifice; and was applied to those who were not initiated into the sacred mysteries, or who were despisers of sacred things, and consequently were to be denied admittance to the temple, and were not permitted to assist at holy rites. Indeed, among the Greeks βεβηλος signified any thing or person which was not consecrated to the gods. Hence, in the opening of their worship, they were accustomed to proclaim,
Procul, O procul, este profani!
"Hence! O hence! ye profane."
Odi profanum vulgus, et arceo.
"I abominate the profane vulgar, and drive them from the temple."
The Latin profanus, from which we have our word, is compounded of procul a fano, "far from the temple," properly an irreligious man.
Sold his birthright - The first-born, in patriarchal times,
1. Had a right to the priesthood, Exodus 22:29.
2. And a double portion of all the father's possessions, Deuteronomy 21:17.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryShaking of Heaven and Earth. December 22.
"Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but heaven" (Hebrews xii. 26- 29). This is one of the royal texts of Scripture. It declares one of those great laws of the kingdom of God which may fulfil itself once and again at many eras and by many methods; which fulfilled itself most gloriously in the first century after Christ; again in the fifth century; again at the time of the Crusades; and again at the great Reformation in the sixteenth century,--and is fulfilling itself again at this very day. …
Charles Kingsley—Daily Thoughts,
March 26. "Jesus, the Author and Finisher of Our Faith" (Heb. xii. 2).
The Voice of the Blood of Christ
The Shameful Sufferer
But Jacob said, "Swear to me first." So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
1 Timothy 1:9
We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
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