Hebrews 12:14
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New International Version
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

New Living Translation
Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.

English Standard Version
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

New American Standard Bible
Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.

King James Bible
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness--without it no one will see the Lord.

International Standard Version
Pursue peace with everyone, as well as holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.

NET Bible
Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, for without it no one will see the Lord.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Run after peace with every man, and after holiness, without which no one shall see Our Lord.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Try to live peacefully with everyone, and try to live holy lives, because if you don't, you will not see the Lord.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Follow peace with everyone and holiness, without which no one shall see the Lord:

King James 2000 Bible
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

American King James Version
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

American Standard Version
Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man shall see the Lord:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Follow peace with all men, and holiness: without which no man shall see God.

Darby Bible Translation
Pursue peace with all, and holiness, without which no one shall see the Lord:

English Revised Version
Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man shall see the Lord:

Webster's Bible Translation
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Weymouth New Testament
but may rather be restored. Persistently strive for peace with all men, and for that growth in holiness apart from which no one will see the Lord.

World English Bible
Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man will see the Lord,

Young's Literal Translation
peace pursue with all, and the separation, apart from which no one shall see the Lord,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:12-17 A burden of affliction is apt to make the Christian's hands hang down, and his knees grow feeble, to dispirit him and discourage him; but against this he must strive, that he may better run his spiritual race and course. Faith and patience enable believers to follow peace and holiness, as a man follows his calling constantly, diligently, and with pleasure. Peace with men, of all sects and parties, will be favourable to our pursuit of holiness. But peace and holiness go together; there can be not right peace without holiness. Where persons fail of having the true grace of God, corruption will prevail and break forth; beware lest any unmortified lust in the heart, which seems to be dead, should spring up, to trouble and disturb the whole body. Falling away from Christ is the fruit of preferring the delights of the flesh, to the blessing of God, and the heavenly inheritance, as Esau did. But sinners will not always have such mean thoughts of the Divine blessing and inheritance as they now have. It agrees with the profane man's disposition, to desire the blessing, yet to despise the means whereby the blessing is to be gained. But God will neither sever the means from the blessing, nor join the blessing with the satisfying of man's lusts. God's mercy and blessing were never sought carefully and not obtained.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - Follow peace with all (i.e. as required by the context, with all the brethren; cf. Romans 14:19), and holiness (more properly, sanctification), without which no man shall see the Lord. Here the figure is dropped, and two cautions given, peculiarly needed, we may suppose, by the community addressed. The exhortation to "peace with all" reminds of the tone of St. Paul's admonitions both in Romans and in 1 Corinthians, where he so strongly warns against dissensions and party spirit, and enjoins tolerance and mutual allowance with regard to the weaker brethren. The word ἁγιασμὸς ("sanctification") need not be limited (as by Chrysostom) to the idea of chastity; the general thought implied may be (as expressed by Limborch, quoted by Alford), "No, dum pact studeat, nimis slits obsequendi studio quidquam contra sanctimonism Christianam delinquat;" but the special allusion to πορνεία in ver. 16 (as also in Hebrews 13:4) is evidence that chastity was especially in the writer's mind, with definite reference to which the word ἁγιασμὸς is used in 1 Thessalonians 4:3. The frequent and earnest warnings against fornication in St. Paul's Epistles are enough to show how slow even some in the Church were to recognize the strict code of Christian morality, unknown to the heathen world, and by the Jews very imperfectly recognized, in this regard; and the case of 1 Corinthians 5. illustrates how easily such vice might creep into and infect a Christian community without general reprobation. Hence probably the special warning here.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Follow peace with all men,.... That are in a natural and domestic relation to one another, being of the same family; and that are in a civil and political one, being of the same nation, city, or society; and that are in a spiritual one, being members of the same church; or, if not, yet being saints, and though in some things different in judgment; yea, even peace is to be followed with enemies, as much as in us lies: and perhaps by "all men", the Gentiles may be more especially designed, whose peace the Hebrews thought they were not to seek, Deuteronomy 23:6 mistaking the sense of the text, by applying it to the Gentiles in general: to "follow peace", signifies an eager pursuit after it, in the use of proper means; exerting the utmost of a man's power to attain it, in all things possible: many things serve to enforce this upon the saints; this is most agreeable to all the three divine Persons; to God, who is the God of peace; to Christ, the Prince of peace; and to the Spirit, one of whose fruits is peace; and to the characters of the saints, who are sons of peace, and who are called to peace, and who make a profession of the Gospel of peace; and to the privileges they enjoy, being interested in the covenant of peace, partaking of spiritual peace now, and being entitled to eternal peace hereafter: and this agrees with the sayings and counsels of the ancient Jews. It was a saying of Hillell (r), who lived about the times of Christ;

"be thou one of the disciples of Aaron, who loved peace, , "and followed peace".''

This is said of Aaron in the Talmud (s), that

"he loved peace, and followed peace, and made peace between a man and his neighbour, as is said, Malachi 2:6.''

They recommend peace on many accounts, and say, great is peace, and among the rest, because it is one of the names of God (t):

and holiness: this being added to peace, shows that peace is no further to be followed than is consistent with holiness; and holiness here does not design any particular branch of holiness, as chastity of the body and mind, but the whole of holiness, inward and outward; and intends true holiness, in opposition to ceremonial holiness, which the Hebrews were fond of, and pursued after: it means even perfect holiness; for though holiness is not perfect in this life, yet it will be in heaven; and there is a perfection of it in Christ; and it is to be followed after, by going to Christ for more grace, and exercising faith upon him, as our sanctification; and by eager desires that the Spirit of God would sanctify us more and more, and enable us, by his grace and strength, to walk in the way of holiness, till we get safe to heaven:

without which no man shall see the Lord; or "God", as the Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions read; that is, with the beatific vision in heaven: or the Lord Jesus Christ, "our Lord", as the Syriac version reads; even in this life, so as to have communion with him; and hereafter, so as to behold his glory, both intellectually and corporeally: to such a sight holiness is necessary; for God is holy, and Christ is holy, and so is heaven, and so are the angels, and the souls of men in it.

(r) Pirke Abot, c. 1. sect. 12. (s) T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 6. 2. & Gloss. in T. Bab. Yoma, fol. 71. 2.((t) Vajikra Rabba, sect. 9. fol. 153. 1, 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. follow peace with all men—with the brethren especially (Ro 14:19), that so the "lame" among them be not "turned out of the way" (Heb 12:13), and that no one of them "fail of the grace of God" (Heb 12:15).

holiness—a distinct Greek word from God's "holiness" (Heb 12:10). Translate here "sanctification." His is absolute holiness: our part is to put on His holiness, becoming "holy as He is holy," by sanctification. While "following peace with all men," we are not so to seek to please them, as to make God's will and our sanctification a secondary object; this latter must be our first aim. (Ga 1:10).

without which—Greek, "apart from which."

no man shall see the Lord—no man as a son; in heavenly glory (Re 22:3, 4). In the East, none but the greatest favorites are admitted to the honor of seeing the king (compare 2Sa 14:24). The Lord being pure and holy, none but the pure and holy shall see Him (Mt 5:8). Without holiness in them, they could not enjoy Him who is holiness itself (Zec 14:20). The connection of purity with seeing the Lord, appears in 1Jo 3:2, 3; Eph 5:5. Contrast Heb 12:16 (compare 1Th 4:3). In Mt 24:30; Re 1:7, it is said that all shall see the Lord; but, that shall be as a Judge, not as their lasting portion and God, which is meant here. The Greek verb does not denote the mere action of seeing, but the seer's state of mind to which the object is presented: so in Mt 5:8 they shall truly comprehend God [Tittmann]. None but the holy could appreciate the holy God, none else therefore shall abide in His presence. "The bad shall only see Him in His form as Son of man [compare Re 1:13, with Re 1:7; and Mt 24:30; Ac 1:11; 17:31]; still it will be in the glory in which He shall judge, not in the lowliness in which He was judged. His form as God, wherein He is equal to the Father, without doubt the ungodly shall not see; for it is only 'the pure in heart who shall see God'" [Augustine]. "He shall come to judge, who stood before a judge. He shall come in the form in which He was judged, that they may see Him whom they pierced: He who was before hidden shall come manifested in power: He, as Judge, shall condemn the real culprits, who was Himself falsely made a culprit."

Hebrews 12:14 Additional Commentaries
A Call to Holiness
14Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. 15See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;…
Cross References
Psalm 34:14
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Romans 6:22
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.

Romans 14:19
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Hebrews 9:28
so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Hebrews 12:10
They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.
Treasury of Scripture

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:


Genesis 13:7-9 And there was a strife between the herdsmen of Abram's cattle and …

Psalm 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Psalm 38:20 They also that render evil for good are my adversaries; because I …

Psalm 120:6 My soul has long dwelled with him that hates peace.

Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!

Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Proverbs 16:7 When a man's ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be …

Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of strife is as when one lets out water: therefore …

Isaiah 11:6-9 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie …

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Mark 9:50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltiness, with which …

Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men.

Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and …

1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, …

Galatians 5:22,23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

Ephesians 4:1-8 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk …

1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil to any man; but ever follow that …

1 Timothy 6:11 But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, …

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, …

James 3:17,18 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, …

1 Peter 3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

and holiness.

Hebrews 12:10 For they truly for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; …

Psalm 94:15 But judgment shall return to righteousness: and all the upright in …

Isaiah 51:1 Listen to me, you that follow after righteousness, you that seek …

Luke 1:75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you …

2 Corinthians 6:17 Why come out from among them, and be you separate, said the Lord, …

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves …

Philippians 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: …

1 Thessalonians 3:13 To the end he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before …

1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God has not called us to uncleanness, but to holiness.

1 Peter 1:15,16 But as he which has called you is holy, so be you holy in all manner …

1 Peter 3:13 And who is he that will harm you, if you be followers of that which is good?

2 Peter 3:11,18 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner …

3 John 1:11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He …

no man.

Genesis 32:30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God …

Job 19:26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh …

Job 33:26 He shall pray to God, and he will be favorable to him: and he shall …

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now …

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves …

Ephesians 5:5 For this you know, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor covetous …

Galatians 3:21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there …

1 John 3:2,3 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what …

Revelation 21:24-27 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of …

Revelation 22:3,4,11-15 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the …

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