Hebrews 12:29
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New International Version
for our "God is a consuming fire."

New Living Translation
For our God is a devouring fire.

English Standard Version
for our God is a consuming fire.

New American Standard Bible
for our God is a consuming fire.

King James Bible
For our God is a consuming fire.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for our God is a consuming fire.

International Standard Version
For "our God is an all-consuming fire."

NET Bible
For our God is indeed a devouring fire.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For our God is a consuming fire.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After all, our God is a destructive fire.

Jubilee Bible 2000
for our God is a consuming fire.

King James 2000 Bible
For our God is a consuming fire.

American King James Version
For our God is a consuming fire.

American Standard Version
for our God is a consuming fire.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For our God is a consuming fire.

Darby Bible Translation
For also our God [is] a consuming fire.

English Revised Version
for our God is a consuming fire.

Webster's Bible Translation
For our God is a consuming fire.

Weymouth New Testament
For our God is also a consuming fire.

World English Bible
for our God is a consuming fire.

Young's Literal Translation
for also our God is a consuming fire.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:18-29 Mount Sinai, on which the Jewish church state was formed, was a mount such as might be touched, though forbidden to be so, a place that could be felt; so the Mosaic dispensation was much in outward and earthly things. The gospel state is kind and condescending, suited to our weak frame. Under the gospel all may come with boldness to God's presence. But the most holy must despair, if judged by the holy law given from Sinai, without a Saviour. The gospel church is called Mount Zion; there believers have clearer views of heaven, and more heavenly tempers of soul. All the children of God are heirs, and every one has the privileges of the first-born. Let a soul be supposed to join that glorious assembly and church above, that is yet unacquainted with God, still carnally-minded, loving this present world and state of things, looking back to it with a lingering eye, full of pride and guile, filled with lusts; such a soul would seem to have mistaken its way, place, state, and company. It would be uneasy to itself and all about it. Christ is the Mediator of this new covenant, between God and man, to bring them together in this covenant; to keep them together; to plead with God for us, and to plead with us for God; and at length to bring God and his people together in heaven. This covenant is made firm by the blood of Christ sprinkled upon our consciences, as the blood of the sacrifice was sprinkled upon the altar and the victim. This blood of Christ speaks in behalf of sinners; it pleads not for vengeance, but for mercy. See then that you refuse not his gracious call and offered salvation. See that you do not refuse Him who speaketh from heaven, with infinite tenderness and love; for how can those escape, who turn from God in unbelief or apostacy, while he so graciously beseeches them to be reconciled, and to receive his everlasting favour! God's dealing with men under the gospel, in a way of grace, assures us, that he will deal with the despisers of the gospel, in a way of judgment. We cannot worship God acceptably, unless we worship him with reverence and godly fear. Only the grace of God enables us to worship God aright. God is the same just and righteous God under the gospel as under the law. The inheritance of believers is secured to them; and all things pertaining to salvation are freely given in answer to prayer. Let us seek for grace, that we may serve God with reverence and godly fear.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For our God is a consuming fire. Either God personally considered, God in the person of Christ; so the Shechinah, with the Jews, is called a consuming fire (n). Christ is truly God, and he is our God and Lord; and though he is full of grace and mercy, yet he will appear in great wrath to his enemies, who will not have him to reign over them: or rather God essentially considered; whose God he is, and in what sense, and how he comes to be so; see Gill on Hebrews 8:10, what is here said of him, that he is a consuming fire, may be understood of his jealousy in matters of worship, Deuteronomy 4:23, and so carries in it a reason why he is to be served acceptably, with reverence and godly fear. God, and he only, is to be worshipped; and he is to be worshipped in a way suitable to himself; and he has the sole right of fixing the manner of worship, both as to the external and internal parts of it: under the legal dispensation, he was worshipped in a way he then pitched upon, and suitable to it; and under the Gospel dispensation he is to be worshipped in an evangelical way; and he is to have all the glory in every part of worship; and the ordinances of Gospel worship are immovable; nor are they to be altered, or others put in their room, without recurring his displeasure. Moreover, this phrase may be expressive of the preservation of his people, and of the destruction of their enemies, Deuteronomy 9:1. We commonly say, that God out of Christ is a consuming fire; meaning, that God, as an absolute God, is full of wrath and vengeance; and it is a truth, but not the truth of this text; for here it is our God, our covenant God, our God in Christ; not that he is so to the saints, or to them that are in Christ: he is indeed as a wall of fire in his providences, to protect and defend them, and as fire in his word to enlighten and warm them, to guide and direct them, but not a consuming fire to them; this he is to their enemies, who are as thorns, and briers, and stubble before him: and so the Jews interpret Deuteronomy 4:24 of a fire consuming fire (o); and observe, that Moses says, thy God, and not our God (p); but the apostle here uses the latter phrase.

(n) Tzeror Hammor, fol. 21. 4. (o) Zohar in Gen. fol. 35. 3. & 51. 1. & in Exod. fol. 91. 1. & in Lev. fol. 11. 1.((p) Lexic. Cabalist, p. 111.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

29. Greek, "For even": "for also"; introducing an additional solemn incentive to diligence. Quoted from De 4:24.

our God—in whom we hope, is also to be feared. He is love (1Jo 4:8, 16); yet there is another side of His character; God has wrath against sin (Heb 10:27, 31).

Hebrews 12:29 Additional Commentaries
Context
Our Kingdom Cannot Be Shaken
28Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; 29for our God is a consuming fire.
Cross References
Exodus 15:7
"In the greatness of your majesty you threw down those who opposed you. You unleashed your burning anger; it consumed them like stubble.

Exodus 24:17
To the Israelites the glory of the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.

Deuteronomy 4:24
For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

Deuteronomy 9:3
But be assured today that the LORD your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the LORD has promised you.

2 Samuel 22:9
Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.

Psalm 97:3
Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side.

Isaiah 33:14
The sinners in Zion are terrified; trembling grips the godless: "Who of us can dwell with the consuming fire? Who of us can dwell with everlasting burning?"

Jeremiah 25:37
The peaceful meadows will be laid waste because of the fierce anger of the LORD.

Ezekiel 38:19
In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel.

2 Corinthians 5:11
Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience.

2 Thessalonians 1:7
and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.

Hebrews 10:27
but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

Hebrews 10:31
It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

2 Peter 3:7
By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
Treasury of Scripture

For our God is a consuming fire.

Hebrews 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, …

Exodus 24:17 And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on …

Numbers 11:1 And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD …

Numbers 16:35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred …

Deuteronomy 4:24 For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

Deuteronomy 9:3 Understand therefore this day, that the LORD your God is he which …

Psalm 50:3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour …

Psalm 97:3 A fire goes before him, and burns up his enemies round about.

Isaiah 66:15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots …

Daniel 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days …

2 Thessalonians 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that …

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