|New International Version (©2011)|
Brothers and sisters, I urge you to bear with my word of exhortation, for in fact I have written to you quite briefly.
New Living Translation (©2007)
I urge you, dear brothers and sisters, to pay attention to what I have written in this brief exhortation.
English Standard Version (©2001)
I appeal to you, brothers, bear with my word of exhortation, for I have written to you briefly.
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
But I urge you, brethren, bear with this word of exhortation, for I have written to you briefly.
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
Brothers, I urge you to receive this message of exhortation, for I have written to you briefly.
International Standard Version (©2012)
I urge you, brothers, to listen patiently to my encouraging message, for I have written you a short letter.
NET Bible (©2006)
Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, bear with my message of exhortation, for in fact I have written to you briefly.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
I beseech of you, my brethren, to be patient in your spirit with the word of exhortation, because I have written to you with brevity.
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
I urge you, brothers and sisters, to listen patiently to my encouraging words. I have written you a short letter.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
And I beseech you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.
American King James Version
And I beseech you, brothers, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter to you in few words.
American Standard Version
But I exhort you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation, for I have written unto you in few words.
And I beseech you, brethren, that you suffer this word of consolation. For I have written to you in a few words.
Darby Bible Translation
But I beseech you, brethren, bear the word of exhortation, for it is but in few words that I have written to you.
English Revised Version
But I exhort you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation: for I have written unto you in few words.
Webster's Bible Translation
And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter to you in few words.
Weymouth New Testament
Bear with me, brethren, when I thus exhort you; for, in fact, it is but a short letter that I have written to you.
World English Bible
But I exhort you, brothers, endure the word of exhortation, for I have written to you in few words.
Young's Literal Translation
And I entreat you, brethren, suffer the word of the exhortation, for also through few words I have written to you.
|Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary|
13:22-25 So bad are men, and even believers, through the remainders of their corruption, that when the most important, comfortable doctrine is delivered to them for their own good, and that with the most convincing evidence, there is need of earnest entreaty and exhortation that they would bear it, and not fall out with it, neglect it, or reject it. It is good to have the law of holy love and kindness written in the hearts of Christians, one towards another. Religion teaches men true civility and good breeding. It is not ill-tempered or uncourteous. Let the favour of God be toward you, and his grace continually working in you, and with you, bringing forth the fruits of holiness, as the first-fruits of glory.
Verse 22. - But I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words. This and the following verse are in the manner of a postscript, such as is usual with St. Paul. Some little apprehension is implied (cf. ver. 18) of the admonitions not being taken well by all. Though the Epistle is not short as compared with others, yet it has been compressed with as "few words" as the subject would allow (cf. ver. 11). If, however, this concluding portion of the Epistle was written or dictated by St. Paul himself, as suggested under ver. 19, the "few words" may possibly refer to it only.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
And I beseech you, brethren,.... The apostle closes his epistle to the Hebrews in a very tender and affectionate manner, calling them "brethren", as he often does; and speaking to them, not in an authoritative way, nor by way of advice, but by entreaty: the reason may be, because he was the apostle of the Gentiles, and because the Jews were not so well pleased with him, on account of his preaching down the ceremonies of the law; though such language is used by him in other epistles; he became all things to all, that he might gain some. The subject matter of his entreaty is, that they would
suffer the word of exhortation; either from one another, as to prayer, to attendance on the word and ordinances, to a regard to their lives and conversations, and to a close adherence to the Gospel, and the profession of it; or from their ministers, their guides, and governors, whose business it was to exhort them to the several duties of religion; or rather from himself; and it designs either the particular exhortation in Hebrews 12:5 or the continued exhortation to various duties in this chapter; or any, and everyone throughout the epistle: and this shows that the children of God are sometimes heavy and sluggish, and need stirring up; and that there are some things often in exhortations and reproofs which are not so agreeable to the flesh, and yet ought to be taken kindly, and patiently endured: the word may be rendered "consolation", or "solace", as it is by the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions; and may refer to the whole of this epistle, which is of a consolatory nature: this may suggest that these Hebrews were under afflictions, and needed comfort; and yet through unbelief might be tempted to refuse the comfort administered to them; which is too often the case with God's people:
for I have written a letter unto you in few words; or, "I have sent, or, wrote to you in brief"; meaning either the exhortatory part of the epistle, which lay in few words, and chiefly in this chapter; or the whole of the epistle, which was but short in comparison of the length he might have carried it, and as the subject matter of it might seem to require; it treating on the great doctrines of the Gospel, and mysteries of grace; things of the greatest moment and importance, and which might have been largely insisted on; but he had contracted things, and had wrote much in a little; and this he makes a reason why they should suffer or bear with the exhortation given, since it was not pressed with a multitude of words, wearing out their patience.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
22. suffer the word—The Hebrews not being the section of the Church assigned to Paul (but the Gentiles), he uses gentle entreaty, rather than authoritative command.
few words—compared with what might be said on so important a subject. Few, in an Epistle which is more of a treatise than an Epistle (compare 1Pe 5:12). On the seeming inconsistency with Ga 6:11, compare Note, see on Ga 6:11.
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Benediction and Final Greetings
20Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 22And I beseech you, brothers, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter to you in few words. …
After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, "Brothers, if you have a word of exhortation for the people, please speak."
that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.
Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called "Today," so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.
not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon.
1 Peter 5:12
With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.