Hebrews 10:32
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New International Version
Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering.

New Living Translation
Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering.

English Standard Version
But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings,

New American Standard Bible
But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings,

King James Bible
But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Remember the earlier days when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings.

International Standard Version
But you must continue to remember those earlier days, how after you were enlightened you endured a hard and painful struggle.

NET Bible
But remember the former days when you endured a harsh conflict of suffering after you were enlightened.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Remember therefore the first days in which you received baptism and endured a great contest of suffering with reproach and affliction.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Remember the past, when you first learned the truth. You endured a lot of hardship and pain.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But bring to memory the former days, in which, after ye received the light, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;

King James 2000 Bible
But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great fight with afflictions;

American King James Version
But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great fight of afflictions;

American Standard Version
But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were enlightened, ye endured a great conflict of sufferings;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But call to mind the former days, wherein, being illuminated, you endured a great fight of afflictions.

Darby Bible Translation
But call to mind the earlier days in which, having been enlightened, ye endured much conflict of sufferings;

English Revised Version
But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were enlightened, ye endured a great conflict of sufferings;

Webster's Bible Translation
But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;

Weymouth New Testament
But continually recall to mind the days now past, when on being first enlightened you went through a great conflict and many sufferings.

World English Bible
But remember the former days, in which, after you were enlightened, you endured a great struggle with sufferings;

Young's Literal Translation
And call to your remembrance the former days, in which, having been enlightened, ye did endure much conflict of sufferings,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:32-39 Many and various afflictions united against the early Christians, and they had a great conflict. The Christian spirit is not a selfish spirit; it puts us upon pitying others, visiting them, helping them, and pleading for them. All things here are but shadows. The happiness of the saints in heaven will last for ever; enemies can never take it away as earthly goods. This will make rich amends for all we may lose and suffer here. The greatest part of the saints' happiness, as yet, is in promise. It is a trial of the patience of Christians, to be content to live after their work is done, and to stay for their reward till God's time to give it is come. He will soon come to them at death, to end all their sufferings, and to give them a crown of life. The Christian's present conflict may be sharp, but will be soon over. God never is pleased with the formal profession and outward duties and services of such as do not persevere; but he beholds them with great displeasure. And those who have been kept faithful in great trails for the time past, have reason to hope for the same grace to help them still to live by faith, till they receive the end of their faith and patience, even the salvation of their souls. Living by faith, and dying in faith, our souls are safe for ever.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 32-39. - As at Hebrews 6:9, the tones of solemn warning, founded on a real sense of the possibility of apostasy in some, are now relieved by a better hope. In Hebrews 6:9, et seq., the writer expressed his own confidence in his readers on the ground of their conduct in the past; here he reminds them of their conduct by way of confirming their own steadfastness, and this with judgment as well as delicacy; for, as Theodoret remarks on this passage, "nothing so excites to zeal as the remembrance of one's own right doings." Verse 32. - But call to mind the former days, in which, after ye were enlightened, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; rather, conflict of sufferings. On φωτισθέντες ("enlightened"), cf. Hebrews 6:4, and what was said there as to the meaning of the word. Here certainly the context seems naturally to suggest a definite reference to baptism, as marking the date of the commencement of exposure to persecution. But if so, not, of course, so as to exclude the idea of inward spiritual enlightenment. "Hie primus erat ingressus ad Christianismum; baptismus apud idoneos salutare medium. Existimo haec instituta divina etiam in theoria non tanti aestimari quanti decebat. Apud ipsum baptismum Christi sancta ejus humanitas magnifice illuminata fuit" (Bengel).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But call to remembrance the former days,.... The words may be considered either as a declaration of what they had done, and be read, "but ye do call to remembrance", &c. or as an exhortation to remember the days of their espousals, the times of their first conversion: and the apostle's design in this is, to mitigate the terror the preceding words might strike them with; and to aggravate the disgrace of turning back, when they had behaved so bravely in former times; and to encourage their faith and trust in God:

in which after ye were illuminated, by the Spirit of God, to see their impurity, impotence, and unrighteousness, and their lost and miserable state by nature; and to behold Christ and salvation by him; and to have some light into the doctrines of the Gospel; and some glimmering of the glories of another world. The Syriac and Ethiopic versions render it "baptized"; now such as are converted, and are brought to make a public profession of their faith, and submit to the ordinances of Christ, are, in common, immediately called to suffer reproach and persecution of one kind or another; so Christ, after his baptism, was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil: Satan is spiteful and malicious, and God suffers afflictions to befall his people to try their graces, and to inure them to troubles early, as follows;

ye endured a great fight of afflictions; meaning some violent persecution from their own countrymen, either at the death of Stephen, in which the apostle, being then unconverted; was concerned himself; or rather some other time of trouble, after the apostle was converted, to which he seems to have respect in 1 Thessalonians 2:14, these Hebrews, being enlisted as soldiers under Christ, the Captain of their salvation, were quickly engaged in a warfare, and were called forth to fight a fight of afflictions, and a very great one; and which they endured with patience, courage, and intrepidity.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

32. As previously he has warned them by the awful end of apostates, so here he stirs them up by the remembrance of their own former faith, patience, and self-sacrificing love. So Re 2:3, 4.

call to remembrance—habitually: so the present tense means.

illuminated—"enlightened": come to "the knowledge of the truth" (Heb 10:26) in connection with baptism (see on [2581]Heb 6:4). In spiritual baptism, Christ, who is "the Light," is put on. "On the one hand, we are not to sever the sign and the grace signified where the sacrifice truly answers its designs; on the other, the glass is not to be mistaken for the liquor, nor the sheath for the sword" [Bengel].

fight of—that is, consisting of afflictions.

Hebrews 10:32 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Call to Persevere
31It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 32But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings, 33partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated.…
Cross References
Romans 12:12
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Philippians 1:30
since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

Hebrews 5:12
In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!

Hebrews 6:4
It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit,

Hebrews 6:10
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

Hebrews 12:4
In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

Revelation 2:5
Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.
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Hebrews 12:4 You have not yet resisted to blood, striving against sin.

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2 Timothy 2:3 You therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

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