Final Exhortations
1Let brotherly love13:1 Rm 12:10; 1Pt 1:22 continue.
2Don’t neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it.13:2 Gn 18:3; Mt 25:35
3Remember those in prison, as though you were in prison with them, and the mistreated,13:3 Or tortured as though you yourselves were suffering bodily.13:3 Or mistreated, since you are also in a body
4Marriage is to be honored by all and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers.13:3–4 Mt 25:36; 1Co 6:9
5Keep your life free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for he himself has said, I will never leave you or abandon you.13:5Dt 31:613:5 Dt 31:6,8; Jos 1:5; Php 4:11
6Therefore, we may boldly say,
The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me? 13:6 Ps 118:6 13:6 Ps 27:1; 56:4,11; 118:6; Rm 8:31
7Remember your leaders who have spoken God’s word to you. As you carefully observe the outcome of their lives, imitate their faith.13:7 Heb 6:12; 13:17,24
8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.13:8 Jn 8:58; Heb 1:12
9Don’t be led astray by various kinds of strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be established by grace and not by food regulations, since those who observe them have not benefited.13:9 Eph 4:14; Col 2:16
10We have an altar from which those who worship at the tabernacle do not have a right to eat.13:10 1Co 9:13; 10:18
11For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the most holy place by the high priest13:11 1Co 9:13; 10:18 as a sin offering are burned outside the camp.13:11 Ex 29:14; Lv 16:27
12Therefore, Jesus also suffered outside the gate,13:12 Jn 19:17; Ac 7:58 so that he might sanctify13:12 Or set apart, or consecrate the people by his own blood.
13Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing his disgrace.13:13 Heb 11:26; 1Pt 4:14
14For we do not have an enduring city here; instead, we seek the one to come.13:14 Mc 3:10; Heb 12:22
15Therefore, through him let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.13:15 Lv 7:12; Hs 14:2; Eph 5:20
16Don’t neglect to do what is good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.13:16 Rm 12:13; Php 4:18
17Obey your leaders13:17 Or rulers and submit to them, since they keep watch13:17 Is 62:6; Ezk 3:17; Ac 20:28 over your souls as those who will give an account, so that they can do this with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
18Pray for us, for we are convinced that we have a clear conscience, wanting to conduct ourselves honorably in everything.13:18 Ac 23:1; 1Th 5:25
19And I urge you all the more to pray13:19 Lit to do this that I may be restored to you very soon.
Benediction and Farewell
20Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus — the great Shepherd of the sheep13:20 Jn 10:11; Ac 2:24; Rm 15:33 — through the blood of the everlasting covenant,13:20 Zch 9:11; Heb 7:22; 8:6–10; 9:15; 12:24
21equip13:21 Or perfect you with everything good to do his will, working in us what is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.13:21 Other mss omit and ever13:21 Rm 11:36; Php 2:13; 1Pt 5:10 Amen.
22Brothers and sisters, I urge you to receive this message of exhortation, for I have written to you briefly.
23Be aware that our brother Timothy has been released. If he comes soon enough, he will be with me when I see you.
24Greet all your leaders and all the saints. Those who are from Italy send you greetings.
25Grace be with you all.13:22–25 Ac 16:1; Col 4:18; 1Th 3:2; Heb 13:7,17; 1Pt 5:12