New International Version
Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.
King James Bible
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
Darby Bible Translation
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left of entering into his rest, any one of you might seem to have failed [of it].
World English Bible
Let us fear therefore, lest perhaps anyone of you should seem to have come short of a promise of entering into his rest.
Young's Literal Translation
We may fear, then, lest a promise being left of entering into His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Let us therefore fear - Seeing the Israelites lost the rest of Canaan, through obstinacy and unbelief, let us be afraid lest we come short of the heavenly rest, through the same cause.
Should seem to come short of it - Lest any of us should actually come short of it; i.e. miss it. See the note on the verb δοκειν, to seem, Luke 8:18 (note). What the apostle had said before, relative to the rest, might be considered as an allegory; here he explains and applies that allegory, showing that Canaan was a type of the grand privileges of the Gospel of Christ, and of the glorious eternity to which they lead.
Come short - The verb ὑστερειν is applied here metaphorically; it is an allusion, of which there are many in this epistle, to the races in the Grecian games: he that came short was he who was any distance, no matter how small, behind the winner. Will it avail any of us how near we get to heaven, if the door be shut before we arrive? How dreadful the thought, to have only missed being eternally saved! To run well, and yet to permit the devil, the world, or the flesh, to hinder in the few last steps! Reader, watch and be sober.
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LibraryFebruary 22. "He that Hath Entered into his Rest Hath Ceased from his Own Works Even as God did from His" (Heb. Iv. 10).
"He that hath entered into His rest hath ceased from his own works even as God did from His" (Heb. iv. 10). What a rest it would be to many of us if we could but exchange burdens with Christ, and so utterly and forever transfer to Him all our cares and needs that we would not feel henceforth responsible for our burdens, but know that He has undertaken all the care, and that our faith is simply to carry His burdens, and that He prays, labors, and suffers only for us and our interests. This is what …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
October 22. "Touched with the Feeling of Our Infirmities" (Heb. Iv. 15).
Whiter than Snow
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
2 Corinthians 6:1
As God's co-workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain.
You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.
See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
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