Let brotherly love
continue. Donít forget to show hospitality to strangers, for in doing so,
some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in
bonds, as bound with them; and those who are ill-treated, since you are also
in the body. Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the bed be
undefiled: but God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers.
Be free from the love of money, content with such things as you have, for he
has said, ďI will in no way leave you, neither will I in any way forsake
you.Ē So that with good courage we say,
ďThe Lord is my helper. I will not fear.
What can man do to me?Ē
Remember your leaders, men who spoke to you the word of God, and considering
the results of their conduct, imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same
yesterday, today, and forever. Donít be carried away by various and strange
teachings, for it is good that the heart be established by grace, not by
food, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited.
We have an altar from which those who serve the holy tabernacle have no
right to eat. For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into
the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside
of the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people through
his own blood, suffered outside of the gate. Let us therefore go out to him
outside of the camp, bearing his reproach. For we donít have here an
enduring city, but we seek that which is to come. Through him, then, let us
offer up a sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of
lips which proclaim allegiance to his name. But donít forget to be doing
good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they watch on behalf of your
souls, as those who will give account, that they may do this with joy, and
not with groaning, for that would be unprofitable for you.
Pray for us, for we are persuaded that we have a good conscience, desiring
to live honorably in all things. I strongly urge you to do this, that I may
be restored to you sooner.
Now may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead the great shepherd
of the sheep with the blood of an eternal covenant, our Lord Jesus, make you
complete in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is
well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory
forever and ever. Amen.
But I exhort you, brothers, endure the word of exhortation, for I have
written to you in few words. Know that our brother Timothy has been freed,
with whom, if he comes shortly, I will see you. Greet all of your leaders
and all the saints. The Italians greet you. Grace be with you all. Amen.