Hebrews 10:39
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New International Version
But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

New Living Translation
But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved.

English Standard Version
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.

New American Standard Bible
But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.

King James Bible
But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life.

International Standard Version
Now, we do not belong to those who turn back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

NET Bible
But we are not among those who shrink back and thus perish, but are among those who have faith and preserve their souls.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But we are not of despondency which leads to destruction, but of the faith that imparts to us our soul.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We don't belong with those who turn back and are destroyed. Instead, we belong with those who have faith and are saved.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But we are not of those who draw back unto perdition, but faithful unto the saving of the soul.

King James 2000 Bible
But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

American King James Version
But we are not of them who draw back to perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

American Standard Version
But we are not of them that shrink back unto perdition; but of them that have faith unto the saving of the soul.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But we are not the children of withdrawing unto perdition, but of faith to the saving of the soul.

Darby Bible Translation
But *we* are not drawers back to perdition, but of faith to saving [the] soul.

English Revised Version
But we are not of them that shrink back unto perdition; but of them that have faith unto the saving of the soul.

Webster's Bible Translation
But we are not of them who draw back to perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

Weymouth New Testament
But we are not people who shrink back and perish, but are among those who believe and gain possession of their souls.

World English Bible
But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the saving of the soul.

Young's Literal Translation
and we are not of those drawing back to destruction, but of those believing to a preserving of soul.
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

Verse 39. - But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe unto the saving of the soul; literally, not of the drawing back unto... but of faith unto, etc. Thus, once more before proceeding to the subject now before him, the writer is careful to disclaim any real expectation of defection in his readers, and with delicacy he includes himself with them by his use of the nominative plural.





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition,.... There is a drawing back which is not unto perdition; persons may be attended with much unbelief, may be very cold and indifferent to Gospel ordinances, may fall into great sins, and may greatly backslide, and yet be recovered, as David, Peter, and others: and there is a drawing back to perdition; when Christ is rejected as the alone Saviour; when he is not held to as the head; when false doctrines and damnable heresies are given into; and when men draw back, and never return, nor are they, nor can they be returned, and their apostasy is total, and final: but true believers do not, and cannot draw back in this sense; because they are held fast in the arms, and with the cords of everlasting love, are chosen of God unto salvation, are given unto Christ, and secured in him; they are redeemed and purchased by him; they are united to him, and built upon him; they are interested in his prayers and preparations, and are his jewels, and his portion; they are regenerated, sanctified, inhabited, and sealed by the Spirit of God, and have the promises and power of God, on their side.

But of them that believe to the saving of the soul; or "of faith, to the salvation of the soul"; not of faith of miracles, nor of an historical faith; but of that faith, which is the faith of God's elect, is the gift of God, and the operation of his Spirit; by which a soul sees Christ, goes to him, lays holds on him, commits all to him, and expects all from him: this stands opposed to drawing back; for by faith a man lives, walks, and stands; and with this is connected the salvation of the soul, as opposed to perdition; not as though it is a cause of salvation, but as a means of God's appointing to receive the blessings of salvation, and which is entirely consistent with the grace of God; and since salvation and faith are inseparably connected together, so that he that has the one shall have the other, it follows, that true believers can never perish. The nature and excellency of this grace is largely treated of in the following chapter.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

39. A Pauline elegant turning-off from denunciatory warnings to charitable hopes of his readers (Ro 8:12).

saving of the soul—literally, "acquisition (or obtaining) of the soul." The kindred Greek verb is applied to Christ's acquiring the Church as the purchase of His blood (Ac 20:28). If we acquire or obtain our soul's salvation, it is through Him who has obtained it for us by His bloodshedding. "The unbelieving man loses his soul: for not being God's, neither is he his own [compare Mt 16:26, with Lu 9:25]: faith saves the soul by linking it to God" [Delitzsch in Alford].

Hebrews 10:39 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Call to Persevere
38BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; AND IF HE SHRINKS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM. 39But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.
Cross References
Hebrews 10:38
And, "But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back."

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
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But we are not of them who draw back to perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

we are.

Hebrews 6:6-9 If they shall fall away, to renew them again to repentance; seeing …

1 Samuel 15:11 It repents me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned …

Psalm 44:18 Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from your way;

Proverbs 1:32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity …

Proverbs 14:14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a …

Luke 11:26 Then goes he, and takes to him seven other spirits more wicked than …

1 John 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not to death, he shall …

Jude 1:12,13 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, …

unto.

Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge …

John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in your name: those …

2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, …

1 Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and …

2 Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are …

Revelation 17:8,11 The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the …

but.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Mark 16:16 He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes …

John 3:15,16 That whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life…

John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that hears my word, and believes on …

John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which sees …

John 20:31 But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, …

Acts 16:30,31 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved…

Romans 10:9,10 That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall …

1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by …

2 Thessalonians 2:12-14 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had …

1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready …

1 John 5:5 Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus …

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