Hebrews 13:16
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New International Version
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

New Living Translation
And don't forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.

English Standard Version
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

New American Standard Bible
And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

King James Bible
But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't neglect to do what is good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.

International Standard Version
Do not neglect to do good and to be generous, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.

NET Bible
And do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And do not forget charity and sharing with the poor, for with these sacrifices a man pleases God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't forget to do good things for others and to share what you have with them. These are the kinds of sacrifices that please God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not forget to do good and to fellowship; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

King James 2000 Bible
But to do good and to share forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

American King James Version
But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

American Standard Version
But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And do not forget to do good, and to impart; for by such sacrifices God's favour is obtained.

Darby Bible Translation
But of doing good and communicating [of your substance] be not forgetful, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

English Revised Version
But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Webster's Bible Translation
But to do good, and to communicate, forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Weymouth New Testament
And do not forget to be kind and liberal; for with sacrifices of that sort God is greatly pleased.

World English Bible
But don't forget to be doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Young's Literal Translation
and of doing good, and of fellowship, be not forgetful, for with such sacrifices God is well-pleased.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:16-21 We must, according to our power, give to the necessities of the souls and bodies of men: God will accept these offerings with pleasure, and will accept and bless the offerers through Christ. The apostle then states what is their duty to living ministers; to obey and submit to them, so far as is agreeable to the mind and will of God, made known in his word. Christians must not think themselves too wise, too good, or too great, to learn. The people must search the Scriptures, and so far as the ministers teach according to that rule, they ought to receive their instructions as the word of God, which works in those that believe. It is the interest of hearers, that the account their ministers give of them may be with joy, and not with grief. Faithful ministers deliver their own souls, but the ruin of a fruitless and faithless people will be upon their own heads. The more earnestly the people pray for their ministers, the more benefit they may expect from their ministry. A good conscience has respect to all God's commands, and all our duty. Those who have this good conscience, yet need the prayers of others. When ministers come to a people who pray for them, they come with greater satisfaction to themselves, and success to the people. We should seek all our mercies by prayer. God is the God of peace, fully reconciled to believers; who has made a way for peace and reconciliation between himself and sinners, and who loves peace on earth, especially in his churches. He is the Author of spiritual peace in the hearts and consciences of his people. How firm a covenant is that which has its foundation in the blood of the Son of God! The perfecting of the saints in every good work, is the great thing desired by them, and for them; and that they may at length be fitted for the employment and happiness of heaven. There is no good thing wrought in us, but it is the work of God. And no good thing is wrought in us by God, but through Christ, for his sake and by his Spirit.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - But to do good and to communicate forget not (τῆς δὲ εὐποιι'ας καὶ κοινωνίας μὴ ἐπιλανθάνεσθε: where εὐποιι'ας means "doing good to others" (cf. Mark 14:7); while κοινωνίας expresses the sense of Christian fellowship evinced by communicating to others a share of what we have; cf. Romans 15:26; 2 Corinthians 9:13): for With such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But to do good and to communicate forget not,.... Which is to be understood, not of doing good works in general, but of acts of beneficence, or communicating to "the poor", as the Syriac version renders it: the apostle proceeds to take notice of another sort of sacrifice, which continues under the Gospel dispensation; and that is, alms; which should be attended to: alms should be given, or beneficence be exercised to all men in need, even to our enemies, as well as to our friends and relations; and especially to poor saints, and ministers of the Gospel: and this believers should not "forget"; which shows that it is a duty of importance; and that men are too apt to neglect it, and should be stirred up unto it:

for with such sacrifices God is well pleased; not that they are meritorious of the favour of God and of eternal life; for what a man gives in a way of charity is but what God has given him, and cannot be profitable to God, though it is to a fellow creature; nor is there any proportion between what is given, and grace and glory which the saints receive; yet doing good in this way, when it is done in faith, springs from love, and is directed to the glory of God, is well pleasing to him; yea, these sacrifices are preferred by him to legal ones, Hosea 6:6 and the Jews also say, that

"greater is he who does alms than (if he offered) all sacrifices (c).''

(c) T. Bab. Succa, fol. 49. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. But—But the sacrifice of praise with the lips (Heb 13:15) is not enough; there must be also doing good (beneficence) and communicating (that is, imparting a share of your means, Ga 6:6) to the needy.

with such—and not mere ritualistic sacrifices.

Hebrews 13:16 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. 17Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.…
Cross References
Romans 12:13
Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Philippians 4:18
I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.
Treasury of Scripture

But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

to do.

Hebrews 13:1,2 Let brotherly love continue…

Psalm 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and …

Matthew 25:35-40 For I was an hungered, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you …

Luke 6:35,36 But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing …

Acts 9:36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by …

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: …

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially …

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

2 Thessalonians 3:13 But you, brothers, be not weary in well doing.

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

communicate.

Luke 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said to him, Yet lack you one …

Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

2 Corinthians 9:12,13 For the administration of this service not only supplies the want …

Galatians 6:6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate to him that teaches …

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working …

Philippians 4:14 Notwithstanding you have well done, that you did communicate with my affliction.

1 Timothy 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, …

Philemon 1:6 That the communication of your faith may become effectual by the …

with such.

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, …

Psalm 51:19 Then shall you be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with …

Micah 6:7,8 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands …

Philippians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus …

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