Hebrews 4:1
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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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Commentary
Clarke'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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us therefore.

Hebrews 4:11 Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

Hebrews 2:1-3 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip...

Hebrews 12:15,25 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you...

Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken to you the word of God: whose faith follow...

Proverbs 14:16 A wise man fears, and departs from evil: but the fool rages, and is confident.

Proverbs 28:14 Happy is the man that fears always: but he that hardens his heart shall fall into mischief.

Jeremiah 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good...

Romans 11:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Be not high minded, but fear:

1 Corinthians 10:12 Why let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

a promise.

Hebrews 4:9 There remains therefore a rest to the people of God.

Numbers 14:34 After the number of the days in which you searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall you bear your iniquities...

1 Samuel 2:30 Why the LORD God of Israel said, I said indeed that your house, and the house of your father, should walk before me for ever...

Romans 3:3,4 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect...

2 Timothy 2:13 If we believe not, yet he stays faithful: he cannot deny himself.

his.

Hebrews 4:3-5 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest...

See on ch.

Hebrews 3:11 So I swore in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

any.

Matthew 7:21-23,26,27 Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven...

Matthew 24:48-51 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delays his coming...

Matthew 25:1-3 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom...

Luke 12:45,46 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delays his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens...

Luke 13:25-30 When once the master of the house is risen up, and has shut to the door, and you begin to stand without, and to knock at the door...

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

1 Corinthians 9:26,27 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beats the air...

Library
February 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).
"Touched with the feeling of our infirmities" (Heb. iv. 15). Some of us know a little what it is to be thrilled with a sense of the sufferings of others, and sometimes, the sins of others, and sins that seem to saturate us as they come in contact with us, and throw over us an awful sense of sin and need. This is, perhaps, intended to give us some faint conception of the sympathy that Jesus felt when He had taken our sins, our sicknesses and our sorrows. Let us not hesitate to lay them on Him! It
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Whiter than Snow
Gerhard Ter Steegen Heb. iv. 14 To heart and soul how sweet Thou art, O great High Priest of God! My heart brought nigh to God's own heart By Thy most precious blood. No more my countless sins shall rise To fill me with dismay-- That precious blood before His eyes Hath put them all away. My soul draws near with trust secure, With boldness glad and free; What matters it that I am poor, For I am rich in Thee. Forgotten every stain and spot, Their memory past and gone, For me, O God, Thou seest
Frances Bevan—Hymns of Ter Steegen, Suso, and Others

Old-Testament Gospel Heb 4:02

John Newton—Olney Hymns

Cross References
Acts 3:19
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.

Galatians 5:4
You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.

Hebrews 12:15
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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