Hebrews 13:15
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New International Version
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.

New Living Translation
Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.

English Standard Version
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

New American Standard Bible
Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.

King James Bible
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, through Him let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of our lips that confess His name.

International Standard Version
Therefore, through him let us always bring God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of our lips that confess his name.

NET Bible
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, acknowledging his name.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And through him let us offer sacrifices of praise always to God, which is the fruit of the lips giving thanks to his name.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Through Jesus we should always bring God a sacrifice of praise, that is, words that acknowledge him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips confessing his name.

King James 2000 Bible
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

American King James Version
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

American Standard Version
Through him then let us offer up a sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of lips which make confession to his name.

Douay-Rheims Bible
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise always to God, that is to say, the fruit of lips confessing to his name.

Darby Bible Translation
By him therefore let us offer [the] sacrifice of praise continually to God, that is, [the] fruit of [the] lips confessing his name.

English Revised Version
Through him then let us offer up a sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of lips which make confession to his name.

Webster's Bible Translation
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his name.

Weymouth New Testament
Through Him, then, let us continually lay on the altar a sacrifice of praise to God, namely, the utterance of lips that give thanks to His Name.

World English Bible
Through him, then, let us offer up a sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of lips which proclaim allegiance to his name.

Young's Literal Translation
through him, then, we may offer up a sacrifice of praise always to God, that is, the fruit of lips, giving thanks to His name;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:7-15 The instructions and examples of ministers, who honourably and comfortably closed their testimony, should be particularly remembered by survivors. And though their ministers were some dead, others dying, yet the great Head and High Priest of the church, the Bishop of their souls, ever lives, and is ever the same. Christ is the same in the Old Testament day. as in the gospel day, and will be so to his people for ever, equally merciful, powerful, and all-sufficient. Still he fills the hungry, encourages the trembling, and welcomes repenting sinners: still he rejects the proud and self-righteous, abhors mere profession, and teaches all whom he saves, to love righteousness, and to hate iniquity. Believers should seek to have their hearts established in simple dependence on free grace, by the Holy Spirit, which would comfort their hearts, and render them proof against delusion. Christ is both our Altar and our Sacrifice; he sanctifies the gift. The Lord's supper is the feast of the gospel passover. Having showed that keeping to the Levitical law would, according to its own rules, keep men from the Christian altar, the apostle adds, Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp; go forth from the ceremonial law, from sin, from the world, and from ourselves. Living by faith in Christ, set apart to God through his blood, let us willingly separate from this evil world. Sin, sinners, nor death, will not suffer us to continue long here; therefore let us go forth now by faith and seek in Christ the rest and peace which this world cannot afford us. Let us bring our sacrifices to this altar, and to this our High Priest, and offer them up by him. The sacrifice of praise to God, we should offer always. In this are worship and prayer, as well as thanksgiving.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - Through him therefore let us offer the sacrifice (or, a sacrifice) of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of lips confessing to his Name. Θυσία αἰνέσεως is the designation in the ritual of the Law of the voluntary peace offering, offered by individuals on occasions calling for special thanksgiving (Leviticus 7:12). In the psalms it is used to express generally praise and thanksgiving (see Psalm 1:14, 23; 116:17. Θῦσον τῷ Θεῷ θυσίαν αἰνέσεως καὶ ἀπόδος τῷ ὑψίστῳ τὰς εὐχάς σου, etc.). In virtue of their participation in the true and complete Sin Offering, Christians may fulfill this part of the ancient symbolism, not occasionally, but "continually;" bringing to God, not fruits of the earth, but the "fruit of the lips" (an expression found in Hosea 14:2, where the LXX. has καρπὸν χειλέων ἡμῶν), i.e. continual praise, springing from thankful hearts. In the Eucharist especially (hence so called) such sacrifice is continually offered, over the one atoning Sacrifice which is pleaded and partaken cf. But not in communions only, but ever in their daily lives, such "sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving" is due. But, as the next verse reminds the readers, the "knit of the lips" is not enough; there is a further sacrifice of our own, whereby we must show that we are true partakers of Christ, and truly thankful.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise,.... For temporal and spiritual mercies; particularly for sanctification, or expiation of sin, by the blood of Christ; and for heaven, the continuing city, that is to come: this sacrifice is not a proper, nor a propitiatory one, but spiritual and evangelical; it is enjoined by God, is well pleasing to him, and glorifies him; and is our reasonable service, that believe in Christ; for being made priests by him to God, and having faith in him, such are capable of offering it aright; to do which, they are under the greatest obligations: and it is to be offered up by Christ, who is the same yesterday, today, and for ever; and who has suffered without the gate, that he might sanctify the people by his blood; it is to be done in imitation of him, and by his assistance; and for him, and blessings in him; and on him, as the altar, which sanctifies the gift; and through him, as the high priest and Mediator; for, as there is no coming to God but by Christ, and all our mercies come to us through him, and our thanksgivings are only acceptable to God on his account, it must be right to offer them up by him: and that,

to God continually: as the Creator and Preserver of us, in our beings; as the Father of mercies; as the Father of Christ; and as our covenant God and Father in him; since he is always bestowing mercies on us, of one kind or another; and, therefore, should be continually praised, even in times of adversity, affliction, and temptation; in the midst of reproach and persecution; even when unsettled in mind, body, and estate; since there is a continuing city to come; nor can a believer be in any state of life but he has something to be thankful for:

that is, the fruit of our lips; the sacrifice of praise is so called, in allusion to the offering of the firstfruits under the law; and to distinguish it from legal sacrifices; and to show in what way and manner we are to praise God, namely, with our lips: in Hosea 14:2 which is thought to be referred to here, it is, "the calves of our lips"; sacrifices of praise being instead of calves: and the apostle interprets it in great agreement with the Jewish writers; the Chaldee paraphrase explains it by , "the words of their lips": and so Jarchi, , "the words of our lips"; and Kimchi, , "the confession of our lips": and it may be observed, that there is a great nearness in "calves", and "fruit"; though perhaps rather the phrase is borrowed from Isaiah 57:19 where it is expressly had; the Septuagint indeed have it in Hosea 14:2 & the apostle adds, for further explanation,

giving thanks to his name; to the name of God; to the glory of his name; to the honour of his divine perfections; for mercies of every kind: the word signifies "a speaking together"; and may design not only the conjunction of the heart and tongue together in praise, but a social giving thanks to God by the saints, as a body together: the phrase , "the sacrifice of praise", is used by the Septuagint in 2 Chronicles 29:31. The apostle having shown that legal sacrifices were all superseded and abolished by the sacrifice of Christ, which is the design of this epistle, points out what sacrifice believers should offer up to God, under the Gospel dispensation; and the Jews themselves say, that

"in future time (i.e. in the days of the Messiah) all sacrifices shall cease, but , "the sacrifice of praise" shall not cease (b).''

(b) Vajikra Rabba, sect. 9. fol. 153. 1. & sect 27. fol. 168. 4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. As the "altar" was mentioned in Heb 13:10, so the "sacrifices" here (compare 1Pe 2:5, namely, praise and doing good, Heb 13:16). Compare Ps 119:108; Ro 12:1.

By him—as the Mediator of our prayers and praises (Joh 14:13, 14); not by Jewish observances (Ps 50:14, 23; 69:30, 31; 107:22; 116:17). It was an old saying of the rabbis, "At a future time all sacrifices shall cease, but praises shall not cease."

of praise—for salvation.

continually—not merely at fixed seasons, as those on which the legal sacrifices were offered, but throughout all our lives.

fruit of our lips—(Isa 57:19; Ho 14:2).

giving thanks—Greek, "confessing." Bengel remarks that the Hebrew, "todah," is beautifully emphatic. It literally means "acknowledgment" or "confession." In praising a creature, we may easily exceed the truth; but in praising God we have only to go on confessing what He really is to us. Hence it is impossible to exceed the truth, and here is genuine praise.

Hebrews 13:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Sacrifices and Prayer
15Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. 16And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.…
Cross References
Leviticus 7:12
"'If they offer it as an expression of thankfulness, then along with this thank offering they are to offer thick loaves made without yeast and with olive oil mixed in, thin loaves made without yeast and brushed with oil, and thick loaves of the finest flour well-kneaded and with oil mixed in.

Psalm 50:14
"Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High,

Psalm 119:108
Accept, LORD, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws.

Isaiah 57:19
creating praise on their lips. Peace, peace, to those far and near," says the LORD. "And I will heal them."

Jeremiah 33:11
the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the LORD, saying, "Give thanks to the LORD Almighty, for the LORD is good; his love endures forever." For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before,' says the LORD.

Jeremiah 33:18
nor will the Levitical priests ever fail to have a man to stand before me continually to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings and to present sacrifices.'"

Hosea 14:2
Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to him: "Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.

Romans 12:1
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship.

Hebrews 12:28
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,

1 Peter 2:5
you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Treasury of Scripture

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

him.

Hebrews 7:25 Why he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come to God …

John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and …

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man …

Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord …

1 Peter 2:5 You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy …

the sacrifice.

Leviticus 7:12 If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice …

2 Chronicles 7:6 And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments …

2 Chronicles 29:31 Then Hezekiah answered and said, Now you have consecrated yourselves …

2 Chronicles 33:16 And he repaired the altar of the LORD, and sacrificed thereon peace …

Ezra 3:11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks to …

Nehemiah 12:40,43 So stood the two companies of them that gave thanks in the house …

Psalm 50:14,23 Offer to God thanksgiving; and pay your vows to the most High…

Psalm 69:30,31 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with …

Psalm 107:21,22 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful …

Psalm 116:17-19 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call …

Psalm 118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I …

Psalm 136:1 O give thanks to the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever.

Psalm 145:1 I will extol you, my God, O king; and I will bless your name for ever and ever.

Isaiah 12:1,2 And in that day you shall say, O LORD, I will praise you: though …

Ephesians 5:19,20 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing …

Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks to the Father, which has made us meet to be partakers …

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching …

1 Peter 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man …

Revelation 4:8-11 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they …

Revelation 5:9-14 And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, …

Revelation 7:9-12 After this I beheld, and, see, a great multitude, which no man could …

Revelation 19:1-6 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, …

the fruit.

Genesis 4:3,4 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the …

Hosea 14:2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say to him, Take away …

Romans 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh…

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you …

giving thanks to. Gr. confessing to.

Psalm 18:49 Therefore will I give thanks to you, O LORD, among the heathen, and …

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord …

Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank you, O Father, …

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