objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read
layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses
for verse-by-verse study or meditation. To focus each
verse we have also added in italic a simple comment of what is
Hebrews 13: Concluding
Benediction and Final Greetings
(as we sum up
our encouragements on how live, start with love for one another)
on loving one another as brothers and sisters.
even to those you don't know) Do
not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some
people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
being persecuted for their faith) Continue
to remember those in prison as if you were together with them
in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were
(keep your marriages
pure and holy) Marriage
should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for
God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
of money, be content with what you have, remembering God is with
you and there for you) Keep
your lives free from the love of money and be content with what
you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.” [Deut
(so let God
be your helper and be secure) So
we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be
afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” [Psa
leaders examples of faith) Remember
your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome
of their way of life and imitate their faith.
that Jesus [head of the body] never changes) Jesus
Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
(so don't get
led astray by false legalistic teaching) Do
not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good
for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial
foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so.
(just as part
of the old ceremonial meant a sacrificed lamb taken outside the
have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle
have no right to eat. The high priest carries the blood of animals
into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are
burned outside the camp. And so Jesus also suffered outside the
city gate to make the people holy through his own blood.
that that typified Jesus been taken out of Jerusalem in disgrace
and not be afraid to share his disgrace as believers) Let
us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he
habitations won't last but we have an eternal city that awaits
us that will) For
here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the
city that is to come.
therefore, let's continue to be thankful) Through
Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice
of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.
(and live sacrificial
lives seeking to bless others) And
do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such
sacrifices God is pleased.
leaders and thus bless them) Have
confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because
they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do
this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that
would be of no benefit to you.
(pray for us
to help us live honourably) Pray
for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire
to live honorably in every way.
for me to be restored to you soon) I
particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you
Benediction and Final Greetings
(now may the
Lord who is shepherd and redeemer give us everything we need to
serve him and glorify him) Now
may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant
brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd
of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will,
and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ,
to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
(hold on to
my exhortations) Brothers
and sisters, I urge you to bear with my word of exhortation, for
in fact I have written to you quite briefly.
been released and I hope to come with him soon to you) I
want you to know that our brother Timothy has been released. If
he arrives soon, I will come with him to see you.
(greet all the
saints as it comes from all of us in Italy) Greet
all your leaders and all the Lord's people. Those from Italy send
you their greetings.
(May God's grace
be with you all) Grace
be with you all.
The Flow of Writing: Having exhorted his readers to
remain people of faith and persevere when life gets tough, he
winds up his letter with a real mixture of further miscellaneous
directions and encouragements. The following is an abbreviated
summing up of this chapter's directions that apply as much to
us today as it did to the church then::
love one another
show hospitality even
to those you don't know
remember those being
persecuted for their faith
keep your marriages pure
avoid love of money,
be content with what you have
let God be your helper
follow your leaders examples
remember that Jesus never
don't get led astray
by wrong teaching
share in Jesus' disgrace
keep looking for our
let's continue to be
live sacrificial lives
seeking to bless others
trust your leaders and
thus bless them.