Hebrews 13:5
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New International Version
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

New Living Translation
Don't love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, "I will never fail you. I will never abandon you."

English Standard Version
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Berean Study Bible
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, for God has said: "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you."

Berean Literal Bible
Let your manner of life be without covetousness, being satisfied with the present; for He Himself has said: "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you."

New American Standard Bible
Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,"

King James Bible
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you.

International Standard Version
Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for God has said, "I will never leave you or abandon you."

NET Bible
Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for he has said, "I will never leave you and I will never abandon you."

New Heart English Bible
Be free from the love of money, content with such things as you have, for he has said, "I will never leave you or forsake you."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Let not your mind love money, but let whatever you have suffice for you, for THE LORD JEHOVAH has said, “I shall not forsake you, neither shall I let go of your hand.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't love money. Be happy with what you have because God has said, "I will never abandon you or leave you."

New American Standard 1977
Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let your conversation be without covetousness, and be content with such things as ye have; for he has said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

King James 2000 Bible
Let your conduct be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you.

American King James Version
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you.

American Standard Version
Be ye free from the love of money; content with such things as ye have: for himself hath said, I will in no wise fail thee, neither will I in any wise forsake thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let your manners be without covetousness, contented with such things as you have; for he hath said: I will not leave thee, neither will I forsake thee.

Darby Bible Translation
[Let your] conversation [be] without love of money, satisfied with [your] present circumstances; for he has said, I will not leave thee, neither will I forsake thee.

English Revised Version
Be ye free from the love of money; content with such things as ye have: for himself hath said, I will in no wise fail thee, neither will I in any wise forsake thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let your manner of life be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Weymouth New Testament
Your lives should be untainted by love for money. Be content with what you have; for God Himself has said, "I will never, never let go your hand: I will never never forsake you."

World English Bible
Be free from the love of money, content with such things as you have, for he has said, "I will in no way leave you, neither will I in any way forsake you."

Young's Literal Translation
Without covetousness the behaviour, being content with the things present, for He hath said, 'No, I will not leave, no, nor forsake thee,'
Study Bible
Christ's Unchanging Nature
4Marriage should be honored by all and the marriage bed kept undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers. 5Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, for God has said: “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” 6So we say with confidence: “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”…
Cross References
Genesis 31:5
and said to them, "I see your father's attitude, that it is not friendly toward me as formerly, but the God of my father has been with me.

Deuteronomy 4:31
"For the LORD your God is a compassionate God; He will not fail you nor destroy you nor forget the covenant with your fathers which He swore to them.

Deuteronomy 31:6
"Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you."

Deuteronomy 31:8
"The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed."

Joshua 1:5
"No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.

1 Samuel 10:7
"It shall be when these signs come to you, do for yourself what the occasion requires, for God is with you.

1 Kings 6:13
"I will dwell among the sons of Israel, and will not forsake My people Israel."

1 Kings 8:57
"May the LORD our God be with us, as He was with our fathers; may He not leave us or forsake us,

1 Chronicles 28:20
Then David said to his son Solomon, "Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished.

Psalm 37:25
I have been young and now I am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken Or his descendants begging bread.
Treasury of Scripture

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you.

conversation.

Exodus 20:17 You shall not covet your neighbor's house, you shall not covet your …

Joshua 7:21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two …

Psalm 10:3 For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire, and blesses the covetous, …

Psalm 119:36 Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to covetousness.

Jeremiah 6:13 For from the least of them even to the greatest of them every one …

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you …

Mark 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil …

Luke 8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have …

Luke 12:15-21 And he said to them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness…

Luke 16:13,14 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, …

Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, …

1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written to you not to keep company, if any man that …

1 Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists, …

Ephesians 5:3,5 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not …

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth; fornication, …

1 Timothy 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, …

1 Timothy 6:9,10 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and …

2 Peter 2:3,14 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise …

Jude 1:11 Woe to them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily …

and be.

Exodus 2:21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah …

Matthew 6:25,34 Therefore I say to you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall …

Luke 3:14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall …

Philippians 4:11,12 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatever …

1 Timothy 6:6-8 But godliness with contentment is great gain…

I will.

Genesis 28:15 And, behold, I am with you, and will keep you in all places where …

Deuteronomy 31:6,8 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: …

Joshua 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before you all the days …

1 Samuel 12:22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: …

1 Chronicles 28:20 And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, …

Psalm 37:25,28 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous …

Isaiah 41:10,17 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: …

(5) In these two verses (Hebrews 13:4-5) we have the same connection of thought as in Hebrews 12:16; Colossians 3:5; Ephesians 5:3. "Impurity and covetousness may be said to divide between them nearly the whole domain of human selfishness and vice" (Lightfoot on Colossians 3:5).

Conversation.--Literally, way of thought and life, character, disposition.

For he.--Rather, for He Himself hath said. As in many other places in this Epistle, the word of Scripture is regarded as directly spoken by God; but there is an emphasis here ("He Himself") which well suits the remarkable impressiveness of the words quoted, "I will in no wise let thee go; no, nor will I forsake thee." This promise of divine support and protection does not occur exactly in the same form in the Old Testament, but is clearly taken from Deuteronomy 31:6, "He will not fail thee nor forsake thee." (Comp. also Genesis 28:15; Joshua 1:5; 1Chronicles 28:20.) The appositeness of these words and those which follow (Hebrews 13:6) will be seen if we remember the trials which the Hebrew Christians had already endured (Hebrews 10:32-34). It is very probable that this thought supplies the link of connection between Hebrews 13:5-6, and Hebrews 13:7.

Verse 5. - Let your conversation (i.e. manner of life, or disposition) be without covetousness; be content with such things as ye have: for he (αὔτος, emphatic) hath said, I will never (i.e. in no wise) leave thee, neither will I ever forsake thee. The reference seems to be to Deuteronomy 31:6, Κύριος ὁ Θεός σου... οὔτε μή σε ἀνῇ οὔτε μή σε ἐγκαταλίπῃ, the same assurance being repeated in ver. 8. But similar promises occur elsewhere in the Old Testament (see Genesis 28:15; Joshua 1:5; 1 Chronicles 28:20; Isaiah 41:17; "Est igitur instar adagii divini," Bengel). Let your conversation be without covetousness,.... Which is an immoderate desire, of riches, an over anxious care for worldly things, attended with dissatisfaction, and discontent with their present state: it discovers itself many ways; in preferring the world to religion; in laying up treasure for a man's own self, without being any ways useful to others; in withholding from himself the necessaries of life, and in making no use of his substance for the glory of God, and the interest of religion: this is a very great evil; it is called idolatry, and is said to be the root of all evil; and is very pernicious to true religion: a believer's conversation should be without it; in his family, for whom he should provide things convenient and honest; and in the world, where he should deal uprightly, and not defraud and overreach; and in the church, where he should be liberal, and generously communicate, upon all occasions; and such a conversation is becoming the Gospel, which is a declaration of things freely given to us of God. The reason of the apostle's mentioning this sin of covetousness is, because the Jews were prone to it, and these believing Hebrews might be inclined to it, and be dissatisfied with their present condition, in which they suffered the spoiling of their goods; and besides, unless this was avoided, the above mentioned duties could not be performed aright, as brotherly love, hospitality, remembering and relieving persons in bonds, and adversity.

And be content with such things as ye have; or with present things; with present riches, or with present poverty; with present losses and crosses; with present reproaches and afflictions; and contentment with these things shows itself by thankfulness for every mercy, and by submission to the will and providence of God in every state of life: and there are many things which may move and engage unto it; as the consideration of the state and condition men are in, when they come into the world, and will be when they go out of it; the will of God, and the disposition of his providence according to it, which is unalterable; a sense of: their own unworthiness; a view of interest in God and Christ; and an eye to the recompense of reward; as well as the many promises of God to support and supply his: and among the rest, what follows,

for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee; which is a promise made to Joshua, and belongs to all believers, Joshua 1:5 which may regard things temporal, as that God will not leave his people in the hands of their enemies, nor forsake them in distress, nor withhold any good thing from them needful for them, but will supply them with the necessaries of life, with which they should be content: and this passage is very pertinently cited for this purpose, and could be easily understood in this sense by the Hebrews; for the Jews explain such places as speak of God's not forsaking men, of the sustenance of them, as Psalm 37:25 and observe that the word "forsaking", is never used but with respect to "sustenance" (u); though the words may also relate to things spiritual, as that God will not leave them to themselves, to their own corruptions, which would overpower them; nor to their own strength, which is but weakness; nor to their own wisdom, which is folly; nor to Satan, and his temptations, who is an over match for them; nor to the world, the frowns and flatteries of it, by which they might be drawn aside; nor will he leave them destitute of his presence; for though he sometimes hides his face, and withdraws himself, yet not wholly, nor finally; nor will he forsake the work of his own hands, in them, but will perform it until the day of Christ; he will not leave or forsake them, so as that they shall perish; he will not forsake them in life, nor at death, nor at judgment.

(u) Bereshit Rabba, sect. 69. fol. 61. 4. Vajikra Rabba, sect. 35. fol. 175. 2. Yalkut, par. 2. fol. 103. 2.5. conversation—"manner of life." The love of filthy lust and the love of filthy lucre follow one another as closely akin, both alienating the heart from the Creator to the creature.

such things as ye have—literally, "present things" (Php 4:11).

I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee—A promise tantamount to this was given to Jacob (Ge 28:15), to Israel (De 31:6, 8), to Joshua (Jos 1:5), to Solomon (1Ch 28:20). It is therefore like a divine adage. What was said to them, extends also to us. He will neither withdraw His presence ("never leave thee") nor His help ("nor forsake thee") [Bengel].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.
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