New International Version
We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
King James Bible
That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Darby Bible Translation
that ye be not sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience have been inheritors of the promises.
World English Bible
that you won't be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherited the promises.
Young's Literal Translation
that ye may not become slothful, but followers of those who through faith and patient endurance are inheriting the promises.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
That ye be not slothful - This shows how the full assurance of hope is to be regulated and maintained. They must be diligent; slothfulness will deprive them both of hope and faith. That faith which worketh by love will maintain hope in its full and due exercise.
Followers of them - Μιμηται δε - κληρονομουντων τας επαγγελιας· That ye be mimics or imitators of them who are inheriting the promises. And they inherited these promises by faith in him who is invisible, and who, they knew, could not lie; and they patiently endured, through difficulties and adversities of every kind, and persevered unto death. "The promises made to Abraham and to his seed were,
1. That Abraham should have a numerous seed by faith as well as by natural descent.
2. That God would be a God to him and to his seed in their generations, by being the object of their worship and their protector.
3. That he would give them the possession of Canaan.
4. That he would bless all the nations of the earth in him.
5. That he would thus bless the nations through Christ, Abraham's seed.
6. That through Christ, likewise, he would bless the nations with the Gospel revelation. Four of these promises the believing Gentiles were inheriting at the time the apostle wrote this letter.
1. They were become Abraham's seed by faith.
2. God was become the object of their worship and their protector.
3. They were enjoying the knowledge of God in the Gospel Church, and the gifts of the Spirit. Galatians 3:4.
All these blessings were bestowed upon them through Christ. By observing that the believing Gentiles were actually inheriting the promises; i.e. the four promised blessings above mentioned, the apostle appealed to an undeniable fact, in proof that the believing Gentiles, equally with the believing Jews, were heirs of the promises made to Abraham and his seed." See Dr. Macknight. The promises may be considered as referring to the rest of faith here, and the rest of glory hereafter.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Looking at the scope of the whole passage, it appears to us that the Apostle wished to push the disciples on. There is a tendency in the human mind to stop short of the heavenly mark. As soon as ever we have attained to the first principles of religion, have passed through baptism, and understand the resurrection of the dead, there is a tendency in us to sit still; to say, "I have passed from death unto life; here I may take my stand and rest;" whereas, the Christian life was intended not to be a …
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Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.
Whoever leads the upright along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.
2 Thessalonians 1:4
Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
"If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed." This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God's people.
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