Hebrews 3:9
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New International Version
where your ancestors tested and tried me, though for forty years they saw what I did.

New Living Translation
There your ancestors tested and tried my patience, even though they saw my miracles for forty years.

English Standard Version
where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years.

Berean Study Bible
where your fathers tried Me by testing Me, and for forty years saw My works.

Berean Literal Bible
where forty years your fathers tried Me by testing and saw My works.

New American Standard Bible
WHERE YOUR FATHERS TRIED Me BY TESTING Me, AND SAW MY WORKS FOR FORTY YEARS.

King James Bible
When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, and saw My works

International Standard Version
There your ancestors tested me, even though they had seen my actions

NET Bible
"There your fathers tested me and tried me, and they saw my works for forty years.

New Heart English Bible
where your fathers tested me and challenged me, and saw my works for forty years.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When your fathers tempted me and they proved and saw my works 40 years.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That is where your ancestors tested me,

New American Standard 1977
WHERE YOUR FATHERS TRIED Me BY TESTING Me,
            AND SAW MY WORKS FOR FORTY YEARS.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Where your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

King James 2000 Bible
When your fathers tested me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

American King James Version
When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

American Standard Version
Where your fathers tried me by proving me, And saw my works forty years.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Where your fathers tempted me, proved and saw my works,

Darby Bible Translation
where your fathers tempted [me], by proving [me], and saw my works forty years.

English Revised Version
Wherewith your fathers tempted me by proving me, And saw my works forty years.

Webster's Bible Translation
When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

Weymouth New Testament
where your forefathers so sorely tried My patience and saw all that I did during forty years.

World English Bible
where your fathers tested me by proving me, and saw my works for forty years.

Young's Literal Translation
in which tempt Me did your fathers, they did prove Me, and saw My works forty years;
Study Bible
Do Not Harden Your Hearts
8do not harden your hearts, as you did in the rebellion, in the time of testing in the wilderness, 9where your fathers tried Me by testing Me, and for forty years saw My works. 10Therefore I was angry with that generation, and I said, ‘Their hearts always go astray, and they have not known My ways.’…
Cross References
Psalm 95:9
"When your fathers tested Me, They tried Me, though they had seen My work.

Acts 7:36
He led them out and performed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, at the Red Sea, and for forty years in the wilderness.
Treasury of Scripture

When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

and.

Exodus 19:4 You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on …

Exodus 20:22 And the LORD said to Moses, Thus you shall say to the children of …

Deuteronomy 4:3,9 Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor: for all …

Deuteronomy 11:7 But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the LORD which he did.

Deuteronomy 29:2 And Moses called to all Israel, and said to them, You have seen all …

Joshua 23:3 And you have seen all that the LORD your God has done to all these …

Joshua 24:7 And when they cried to the LORD, he put darkness between you and …

Luke 7:22 Then Jesus answering said to them, Go your way, and tell John what …

forty.

Numbers 14:33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and …

Deuteronomy 8:2,4 And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God led you …

Joshua 5:6 For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, …

Amos 2:10 Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years …

Acts 7:36 He brought them out, after that he had showed wonders and signs in …

Acts 13:8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood …

(9) According to our best MSS. this verse will run thus: Where (or, wherewith) your fathers tempted by trial, and saw My works forty years. The meaning of the Hebrew (with which the LXX. very nearly agrees) is: "Where your fathers tempted Me, proved Me; also saw My work." The change of reading is more interesting than important, as the sense is not materially different. Both here and in the original passage it seems probable that the "work," or "works," should be understood of the divine judgments which the disobedient people "saw" and bore during forty years. In the Psalm (and apparently in Hebrews 3:17 of this chapter) the mention of the forty years connects itself with the words which follow; but here with the provocations of the people and their punishment. It is held by many that in this period of forty years is contained a reference to the time that intervened between our Saviour's earthly ministry and the destruction of Jerusalem; and a Jewish tradition is quoted which assigns to "the days of Messiah" a duration of forty years.

When your fathers tempted me,.... This the apostle cites and repeats, to expose the glorying of the Jews in their ancestors; to dissuade them from following their sinful practices; to deter them from the same by observing both their sin and punishment; and to heighten their regards to the voice and Gospel of Christ:

proved me; this is either an explication of the former phrase; or it may design the experience this people had of the power and goodness of God, notwithstanding their tempting and provoking the Lord by a distrust of them; which is an aggravation of their sin and ingratitude, and shows the forbearance of God, and that wicked men may partake of outward favours:

and saw my works forty years; that is, God's works of providence, in furnishing them with the necessaries of life, in guiding, protecting, and supporting them for the space of forty years, in the wilderness; and his miracles, and the punishment of their enemies; yet they saw and perceived not, but all this time sinned against the Lord, see Deuteronomy 29:2 the space of time, forty years, is in the psalm placed to the beginning of the next verse, and is joined with God's grief and indignation at the people, as it is also by the apostle, in Hebrews 3:17 but the people's sin, and God's grief at it, being of equal duration, it matters not to which it is placed, and therefore to both; perhaps, one reason of its being repeated, and so much notice taken of it is, because there was just this number of years from Christ's sufferings, to the destruction of Jerusalem; which the apostle might have in view. 9. When—rather, "Where," namely, in the wilderness.

your fathers—The authority of the ancients is not conclusive [Bengel].

tempted me, proved me—The oldest manuscripts read, "tempted (Me) in the way of testing," that is, putting (Me) to the proof whether I was able and willing to relieve them, not believing that I am so.

saw my works forty years—They saw, without being led thereby to repentance, My works of power partly in affording miraculous help, partly in executing vengeance, forty years. The "forty years" joined in the Hebrew and Septuagint, and below, Heb 3:17, with "I was grieved," is here joined with "they saw." Both are true; for, during the same forty years that they were tempting God by unbelief, notwithstanding their seeing God's miraculous works, God was being grieved. The lesson intended to be hinted to the Hebrew Christians is, their "to-day" is to last only between the first preaching of the Gospel and Jerusalem's impending overthrow, namely, FORTY YEARS; exactly the number of years of Israel's sojourn in the wilderness, until the full measure of their guilt having been filled up all the rebels were overthrown.3:7-13 Days of temptation are often days of provocation. But to provoke God, when he is letting us see that we entirely depend and live upon him, is a provocation indeed. The hardening of the heart is the spring of all other sins. The sins of others, especially of our relations, should be warnings to us. All sin, especially sin committed by God's professing, privileged people, not only provokes God, but it grieves him. God is loth to destroy any in, or for their sin; he waits long to be gracious to them. But sin, long persisted in, will make God's wrath discover itself in destroying the impenitent; there is no resting under the wrath of God. Take heed: all who would get safe to heaven must look about them; if once we allow ourselves to distrust God, we may soon desert him. Let those that think they stand, take heed lest they fall. Since to-morrow is not ours, we must make the best improvement of this day. And there are none, even the strongest of the flock, who do not need help of other Christians. Neither are there any so low and despised, but the care of their standing in the faith, and of their safety, belongs to all. Sin has so many ways and colours, that we need more eyes than ours own. Sin appears fair, but is vile; it appears pleasant, but is destructive; it promises much, but performs nothing. The deceitfulness of sin hardens the soul; one sin allowed makes way for another; and every act of sin confirms the habit. Let every one beware of sin.
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