Hebrews 13:2
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New International Version
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

New Living Translation
Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!

English Standard Version
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

New American Standard Bible
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.

King James Bible
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it.

International Standard Version
Stop neglecting to show hospitality to strangers, for by showing hospitality some have had angels as their guests without being aware of it.

NET Bible
Do not neglect hospitality, because through it some have entertained angels without knowing it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And do not forget kindness to strangers, for by this, some who, while they were unaware, were worthy to receive Angels.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't forget to show hospitality to believers you don't know. By doing this some believers have shown hospitality to angels without being aware of it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not forget to show hospitality; for thereby some, having entertained angels, were kept.

King James 2000 Bible
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

American King James Version
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

American Standard Version
Forget not to show love unto strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And hospitality do not forget; for by this some, being not aware of it, have entertained angels.

Darby Bible Translation
Be not forgetful of hospitality; for by it some have unawares entertained angels.

English Revised Version
Forget not to shew love unto strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Webster's Bible Translation
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for by this some have entertained angels unawares.

Weymouth New Testament
Do not neglect to show kindness to strangers; for, in this way, some, without knowing it, have had angels as their guests.

World English Bible
Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for in doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it.

Young's Literal Translation
of the hospitality be not forgetful, for through this unawares certain did entertain messengers;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:1-6 The design of Christ in giving himself for us, is, that he may purchase to himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works; and true religion is the strongest bond of friendship. Here are earnest exhortations to several Christian duties, especially contentment. The sin opposed to this grace and duty is covetousness, an over-eager desire for the wealth of this world, with envy of those who have more than ourselves. Having treasures in heaven, we may be content with mean things here. Those who cannot be so, would not be content though God raised their condition. Adam was in paradise, yet not contented; some angels in heaven were not contented; but the apostle Paul, though abased and empty, had learned in every state, in any state, to be content. Christians have reason to be contented with their present lot. This promise contains the sum and substance of all the promises; I will never, no, never leave thee, no, never forsake thee. In the original there are no less than five negatives put together, to confirm the promise: the true believer shall have the gracious presence of God with him, in life, at death, and for ever. Men can do nothing against God, and God can make all that men do against his people, to turn to their good.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - Be not forgetful to entertain strangers (or, of hospitality): for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Allusions to this duty are frequent in the Epistles; its exercise would be of especial importance, in those days of persecution, towards scattered and destitute brethren as well as towards missionaries, though it by no means appears that it was meant to be confined to "them that are of the household of faith." Possibly some of the wavering Hebrew Christians might be becoming less ready to open their doors to the persecuted from fear of "reproach" in Jewish circles. The allusion of the latter part of the verse is evidently to Abraham and Lot (Genesis 18. and 19.). At any time the visits even of our fellow-men may be to us as visits of angels, as being messengers of God's purposes for good when least expected. And especially to be noted are our Lord's own words, "He that receiveth you receiveth me," etc., and "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me" (Matthew 25:40).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers,.... By whom are meant, not unconverted men, who are strangers to God and Christ, and the covenants of promise; nor saints, who are as pilgrims and strangers in this world; but such as are of another country, and are unknown; and even though wicked men, they are not excluded; though such as are obliged to quit their own country for righteousness sake are chiefly designed; all strangers in distress are meant, and hospitality is to be exercised towards them; which lies negatively in doing nothing to distress them, and positively in providing food, raiment, lodging, &c. for them, and in comforting, counselling, and directing them in all matters in which they may stand in need thereof: and that this is a duty, appears from the light of nature, and practices of the Heathens, Acts 28:2, from the express law of God, Deuteronomy 10:19 and many others made in favour of strangers, binding on the Jews; from the sundry exhortations to it in the New Testament, Romans 12:13 and from the exhortation here not to forget it; and from the great regard which Christ will show to such as mind it, and his disregard to others at the last day: the persons who are to exercise it are not only the ministers of the Gospel, who should be given to hospitality; but all the saints, even the meaner sort are not exempted, but should use it according to their ability; though it is chiefly binding on those that are rich. And this should not be forgot, but pursued and followed after; it should be frequently performed; men should be given, and used to it; it should be done without grudging, and in a friendly and loving manner:

for thereby some have entertained angels unawares; as Abraham, Genesis 18:1, he knew them not to be angels at first; they appeared as men, and he treated them as such; but they were angels, yea, one of them was Jehovah himself; and hereby he received many favours, Genesis 18:10, and Lot, Genesis 19:1 who knew not that they were angels he took into his house; but they were, and he was delivered by them from the burning of Sodom; yea, some have unawares, this way, entertained Christ himself, Luke 24:15 and indeed, entertaining of his members is entertaining him, Matthew 25:38. It is an observation of a Jewish writer (r) upon the first of these instances;

"from hence we learn (says he) how great is the strength (or virtue) of the reception of travellers (or hospitality), as the Rabbins of blessed memory say, greater is , "hospitality", than the reception of the face of the Shechinah.''

And this is said to be one of the six things which a man enjoys the fruit of in this world, and for which there remains a reward in the world to come (s).

(r) R. Abraham Seba in Tzeror Hammor, fol. 18, 4. (s) T. Bab. Sabbat, fol. 127. 1.



Hebrews 13:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Love for Brothers
1Let love of the brethren continue. 2Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. 3Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.…
Cross References
Genesis 18:1
The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day.

Genesis 18:2
Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.

Genesis 19:1
The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.

Isaiah 58:7
Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-- when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

Matthew 25:35
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

Romans 12:13
Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

1 Timothy 3:2
Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

1 Peter 4:9
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

3 John 1:5
Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you.
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Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

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Leviticus 19:34 But the stranger that dwells with you shall be to you as one born …

Deuteronomy 10:18,19 He does execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loves …

1 Kings 17:10-16 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of …

2 Kings 4:8 And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great …

Job 31:19,32 If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering…

Isaiah 58:7 Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the …

Matthew 25:35,43 For I was an hungered, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you …

Acts 16:15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she sought us, saying, …

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

Romans 16:23 Gaius my host, and of the whole church, salutes you. Erastus the …

1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, …

1 Timothy 5:10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, …

Titus 1:8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;

1 Peter 4:9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

some.

Genesis 18:2-10 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, see, three men stood by …

Genesis 19:1-3 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate …

Judges 13:15 And Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, I pray you, let us detain …

Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch …

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