Hebrews 12:16
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New International Version
See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.

New Living Translation
Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal.

English Standard Version
that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal.

Berean Study Bible
See to it that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal.

Berean Literal Bible
lest there be any fornicator or profane person, as Esau, who for one meal sold his birthright.

New American Standard Bible
that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.

King James Bible
Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And make sure that there isn't any immoral or irreverent person like Esau, who sold his birthright in exchange for one meal.

International Standard Version
No one should be immoral or godless like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal.

NET Bible
And see to it that no one becomes an immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.

New Heart English Bible
lest there be any sexually immoral person, or profane person, like Esau, who sold his own birthright for one meal.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Or lest a man be found among you as a fornicator, or debauched, like Esau, who for one meal sold his birthright.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Make sure that no one commits sexual sin or is as concerned about earthly things as Esau was. He sold his rights as the firstborn son for a single meal.

New American Standard 1977
that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.

Jubilee Bible 2000
lest there be any fornicator or profane person as Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.

King James 2000 Bible
Lest there be any immoral, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.

American King James Version
Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

American Standard Version
lest there be any fornication, or profane person, as Esau, who for one mess of meat sold his own birthright.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau; who for one mess, sold his first birthright.

Darby Bible Translation
lest [there be] any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one meal sold his birthright;

English Revised Version
lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one mess of meat sold his own birthright.

Webster's Bible Translation
Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birth-right.

Weymouth New Testament
lest there be a fornicator, or an ungodly person like Esau, who, in return for a single meal, parted with the birthright which belonged to him.

World English Bible
lest there be any sexually immoral person, or profane person, like Esau, who sold his birthright for one meal.

Young's Literal Translation
lest any one be a fornicator, or a profane person, as Esau, who in exchange for one morsel of food did sell his birthright,
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
A Call to Holiness
15Be careful that no one falls short of the grace of God, so that no root of bitterness will spring up to cause trouble and defile many. 16See to it that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. 17For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected. He could find no ground for repentance, though he sought the blessing with tears.…
Cross References
Genesis 25:33
And Jacob said, "First swear to me"; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.

1 Timothy 1:9
We realize that law is not enacted for the righteous, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and profane, for killers of father or mother, for murderers,

Hebrews 13:4
Marriage should be honored by all and the marriage bed kept undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers.
Treasury of Scripture

Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

any fornicator.

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but fornicators …

Mark 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, …

Acts 15:20,29 But that we write to them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, …

1 Corinthians 5:1-6,9-11 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and …

1 Corinthians 6:15-20 Know you not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I …

1 Corinthians 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and …

2 Corinthians 12:21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and …

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, …

Ephesians 5:3,5 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not …

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth; fornication, …

1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should …

Revelation 2:20-23 Notwithstanding I have a few things against you, because you suffer …

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, …

Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, …

as Esau.

Genesis 25:31-34 And Jacob said, Sell me this day your birthright…

Genesis 27:36 And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he has supplanted …

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