Hebrews 4:16
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

New Living Translation
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

English Standard Version
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

King James Bible
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.

International Standard Version
So let us keep on coming boldly to the throne of grace, so that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

NET Bible
Therefore let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace whenever we need help.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Let us come therefore publicly to the throne of his grace to receive mercy, and we shall find grace to help in a time of suffering.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So we can go confidently to the throne of God's kindness to receive mercy and find kindness, which will help us at the right time.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of his grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

King James 2000 Bible
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

American King James Version
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

American Standard Version
Let us therefore draw near with boldness unto the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help us in time of need.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let us go therefore with confidence to the throne of grace: that we may obtain mercy, and find grace in seasonable aid.

Darby Bible Translation
Let us approach therefore with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and find grace for seasonable help.

English Revised Version
Let us therefore draw near with boldness unto the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help us in time of need.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Weymouth New Testament
Therefore let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our times of need.

World English Bible
Let us therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace for help in time of need.

Young's Literal Translation
we may come near, then, with freedom, to the throne of the grace, that we may receive kindness, and find grace -- for seasonable help.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:11-16 Observe the end proposed: rest spiritual and eternal; the rest of grace here, and glory hereafter; in Christ on earth, with Christ in heaven. After due and diligent labour, sweet and satisfying rest shall follow; and labour now, will make that rest more pleasant when it comes. Let us labour, and quicken each other to be diligent in duty. The Holy Scriptures are the word of God. When God sets it home by his Spirit, it convinces powerfully, converts powerfully, and comforts powerfully. It makes a soul that has long been proud, to be humble; and a perverse spirit, to be meek and obedient. Sinful habits, that are become as it were natural to the soul, and rooted deeply in it, are separated and cut off by this sword. It will discover to men their thoughts and purposes, the vileness of many, the bad principles they are moved by, the sinful ends they act to. The word will show the sinner all that is in his heart. Let us hold fast the doctrines of Christian faith in our heads, its enlivening principles in our hearts, the open profession of it in our lips, and be subject to it in our lives. Christ executed one part of his priesthood on earth, in dying for us; the other he executes in heaven, pleading the cause, and presenting the offerings of his people. In the sight of Infinite Wisdom, it was needful that the Saviour of men should be one who has the fellow-feeling which no being but a fellow-creature could possibly have; and therefore it was necessary he should actual experience of all the effects of sin that could be separated from its actual guilt. God sent his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, Ro 8:3; but the more holy and pure he was, the more he must have been unwilling in his nature to sin, and must have had deeper impression of its evil; consequently the more must he be concerned to deliver his people from its guilt and power. We should encourage ourselves by the excellence of our High Priest, to come boldly to the throne of grace. Mercy and grace are the things we want; mercy to pardon all our sins, and grace to purify our souls. Besides our daily dependence upon God for present supplies, there are seasons for which we should provide in our prayers; times of temptation, either by adversity or prosperity, and especially our dying time. We are to come with reverence and godly fear, yet not as if dragged to the seat of justice, but as kindly invited to the mercy-seat, where grace reigns. We have boldness to enter into the holiest only by the blood of Jesus; he is our Advocate, and has purchased all our souls want or can desire.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - Let us therefore come boldly (literally, with boldness) unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace,.... Either to Christ, who is before spoken of as an high priest, and who was typified by the mercy seat, to which there seems to be an allusion; and coming to him as a priest upon his throne is very proper: to him saints come for pardon and cleansing, and for a justifying righteousness, for the acceptance of their persons, and the presentation of their services, and for every supply of grace; and to him they may come "boldly", since he stands in the relations of a Father, husband, and brother, and from him they may expect receive mercy, since it is kept for him, and with him, and is only dispensed through him; and in him they may hope to find grace, since all fulness of it dwells in him; and help in every time of need, since their help is laid on him. Or else to God the Father, since Christ, the high priest, is the way of access to God, and it is by him the saints come unto the Father; who is represented as on a "throne", to show his majesty, and to command reverence; and as on a "throne of grace", to encourage distressed souls to come unto him; and to express his sovereignty in the distribution of his grace: and this coming to him is a sacerdotal act, for every believer is a priest; and is not local, but spiritual, and with the heart, and by faith; and chiefly regards the duty of prayer, and a drawing nigh to God in that ordinance with spiritual sacrifices to offer unto him: and this may be done "boldly"; or "with freedom of speech"; speaking out plainly all that is in the heart, using an holy courage and intrepidity of mind, free from servile fear, and a bashful spirit; all which requires an heart sprinkled from an evil conscience, faith, in the person, blood, and righteousness of Christ, a view of God, as a God of peace, grace, and mercy, and a holy confidence of being heard by him; and such a spirit and behaviour at the throne of grace are very consistent with reverence of the divine Majesty, with submission to his will, and with that humility which becomes saints. The Jews often speak of , "a throne of judgment", and , "a throne of mercy" (u); and represent God as sitting upon one or other of these, when he is dispensing justice or mercy (w); and the latter they sometimes call, as here, , "a throne of grace and mercy" (x): and so they make the first man Adam to pray to God after this manner (y);

"let my prayer come before the throne of thy glory, and let my cry come before , "the throne of thy mercy".''

The end of coming hither is,

that we may obtain mercy; the sure mercies of David, the blessings of the everlasting covenant; particularly pardoning mercy, and the fresh application of it, and every other blessing of grace that is needful: and there is reason to expect it, since there is mercy with God; and it is with Christ, as the head of the covenant; and it is ready for those that ask it; and it has been obtained by many, and is everlasting.

And find grace to help in time of need; the Syriac version renders it, "in time of affliction"; which is a time of need, as every time of distress is, whether from the immediate hand of God, or through the persecutions of men, or the temptations of Satan: and help at such times may be expected; since not only God is able to help, but he has promised it; and he has laid help on Christ; and gives it seasonably, and at the best time; and it springs from grace, yea, it is grace that does help; by which may be meant, the discoveries of God's love, and the supplies of grace from Christ: which may be hoped for, seeing God is the God of all grace; and he is seated on a throne of grace; and all fulness of grace dwells in Christ: to find grace often, signifies to find favour with God, to be accepted by him, as well as to receive grace from him.

(u) Targum in Psal. xxix. 10. T. Bab. Avoda Zara, fol. 3. 2. Zohar in Gen. fol. 38. 3. & in Numb. fol. 91. 2. & 93. 2.((w) Megillat Esther, fol. 95. 1.((x) Raziel, fol. 32. 1.((y) lbid. fol. 3. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. come—rather as Greek, "approach," "draw near."

boldly—Greek, "with confidence," or "freedom of speech" (Eph 6:19).

the throne of grace—God's throne is become to us a throne of grace through the mediation of our High Priest at God's right hand (Heb 8:1; 12:2). Pleading our High Priest Jesus' meritorious death, we shall always find God on a throne of grace. Contrast Job's complaint (Job 23:3-8) and Elihu's " If," &c. (Job 33:23-28).

obtain—rather, "receive."

mercy—"Compassion," by its derivation (literally, fellow feeling from community of suffering), corresponds to the character of our High Priest "touched with the feeling of our infirmities" (Heb 4:15).

find grace—corresponding to "throne of grace." Mercy especially refers to the remission and removal of sins; grace, to the saving bestowal of spiritual gifts [Estius]. Compare "Come unto Me … and I will give you rest (the rest received on first believing). Take My yoke on you … and ye shall find rest (the continuing rest and peace found in daily submitting to Christ's easy yoke; the former answers to "receive mercy" here; the latter, to "find grace," Mt 11:28, 29).

in time of need—Greek, "seasonably." Before we are overwhelmed by the temptation; when we most need it, in temptations and persecutions; such as is suitable to the time, persons, and end designed (Ps 104:27). A supply of grace is in store for believers against all exigencies; but they are only supplied with it according as the need arises. Compare "in due time," Ro 5:6. Not, as Alford explains, "help in time," that is, to-day, while it is yet open to us; the accepted time (2Co 6:2).

help—Compare Heb 2:18, "He is able to succor them that are tempted."

Hebrews 4:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus the Great High Priest
15For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Cross References
Ephesians 3:12
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Hebrews 3:6
But Christ is faithful as the Son over God's house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.

Hebrews 7:19
(for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
Treasury of Scripture

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

come.

Hebrews 10:19-23 Having therefore, brothers, boldness to enter into the holiest by …

Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not …

Romans 8:15-17 For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but …

Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

Ephesians 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

the throne.

Hebrews 9:5 And over it the cherubim of glory shadowing the mercy seat; of which …

Exodus 25:17-22 And you shall make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half …

Leviticus 16:2 And the LORD said to Moses, Speak to Aaron your brother…

1 Chronicles 28:11 Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch, and …

obtain.

Isaiah 27:11 When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the …

Isaiah 55:6,7 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near…

Matthew 7:7-11 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, …

2 Corinthians 12:8-10 For this thing I sought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me…

Philippians 4:6,7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication …

1 Peter 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: …

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