Hebrews 6:10
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New International Version
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

New Living Translation
For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.

English Standard Version
For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.

New American Standard Bible
For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.

King James Bible
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you showed for His name when you served the saints--and you continue to serve them.

International Standard Version
For God is not so unjust as to forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have ministered to the saints and continue to minister to them.

NET Bible
For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love you have demonstrated for his name, in having served and continuing to serve the saints.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For God is not evil, that he would disregard your works and your love which you have shown in his name, which you have ministered to the Saints and you do minister.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God is fair. He won't forget what you've done or the love you've shown for him. You helped his holy people, and you continue to help them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For God is not unjust to forget your work and labour of charity which ye have showed in his name, having helped the saints and helping them.

King James 2000 Bible
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which you have showed toward his name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

American King James Version
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which you have showed toward his name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

American Standard Version
for God is not unrighteous to forget your work and the love which ye showed toward his name, in that ye ministered unto the saints, and still do minister.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For God is not unjust, that he should forget your work, and the love which you have shewn in his name, you who have ministered, and do minister to the saints.

Darby Bible Translation
For God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work, and the love which ye have shewn to his name, having ministered to the saints, and [still] ministering.

English Revised Version
for God is not unrighteous to forget your work and the love which ye shewed toward his name, in that ye ministered unto the saints, and still do minister.

Webster's Bible Translation
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shown towards his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

Weymouth New Testament
For God is not unjust so that He is unmindful of your labour and of the love which you have manifested towards Himself in having rendered services to His people and in still rendering them.

World English Bible
For God is not unrighteous, so as to forget your work and the labor of love which you showed toward his name, in that you served the saints, and still do serve them.

Young's Literal Translation
for God is not unrighteous to forget your work, and the labour of the love, that ye shewed to His name, having ministered to the saints and ministering;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:9,10 There are things that are never separated from salvation; things that show the person to be in a state of salvation, and which will end in eternal salvation. And the things that accompany salvation, are better things than ever any dissembler or apostate enjoyed. The works of love, done for the glory of Christ, or done to his saints for Christ's sake, from time to time, as God gives occasion, are evident marks of a man's salvation; and more sure tokens of saving grace given, than the enlightenings and tastings spoken of before. No love is to be reckoned as love, but working love; and no works are right works, which flow not from love to Christ.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and the love (τοῦ κόπου in the Textus Receptus is ill supported, having, perhaps, been interpolated kern 1 Thessalonians 1:3) which ye showed towards his Name, in that ye ministered to the saints, and do minister. It appears that the Hebrew Christians had formerly (some especial occasion being probably referred to) been active in their charity towards fellow-Christians in distress, and that such charity had not ceased. On this is grounded the persuasion that they will be kept steadfast in the faith. Those who had so shown their faith by their works would surely not be allowed to lose it. The very idea of the Divine justice implies that the use of grace, thus evidenced, will be rewarded by continuance of grace. Cf. Philippians 1:6, "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perfect it (ἐπιτελέσει) until the day of Jesus Christ; "where also there is reference to deeds of charity, shown in the case of the Philippians by their sympathy with the apostle in his bonds, which charity he prays may "abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all discernment." No difficulty need be felt in this reference to God's justice, as though it involved the doctrine of human merit, de congruo or de condigno, claiming reward as of debt. The simple and obvious view, that God, in virtue of his justice, will be most gracious to those who have used his grace, by no means contravenes the doctrine of all grace being the free gift of his bounty (cf. 1 John 1:9; Romans 2:6, etc.). Observe, too, as bearing on the idea of this passage, how the will to do the will of God is said by our Lord to be followed by knowledge of the doctrine (John 7:17), and how works of charity are the very tests of the final judgment (Matthew 25:31, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For God is not unrighteous,.... He is just and true, righteous in all his ways and works; there is no unrighteousness nor unfaithfulness in him; and this the apostle makes a reason of his strong persuasion of better things concerning the believing Hebrews; because he was well satisfied of the good work upon them, and he was assured that God was not unrighteous and unfaithful:

to forget your work: which is not to be understood of any good work done by them, for these are generally expressed in the plural number; and besides, these, if at all, are designed in the next clause; moreover, external good works, or such as appear to men to be so, are performed by hypocrites; nor can they be said to be better things, at least, not such as men are saved by: men may fall from these; and supposing them intended, the merit of works cannot be established, as is attempted from hence by the Papists; for the apostle could only consider them as fruits, not as causes of salvation; they are imperfect, and cannot justify, and therefore cannot save; they do not go before to procure salvation, but follow after, and, at most, but accompany; and though God does remember and not forget them, this is owing to his grace, and not to their merit; God's righteousness in remembering them regards not a debt of justice, but a point of faithfulness: but this is to be understood of the work of God upon them, called in Scripture a good work, and the work of faith; and is elsewhere joined, as here, with the labour of love; see 1 Thessalonians 1:3 and this might be called their work, not because wrought by them, but because it was wrought in them; and the grace that came along with it was exercised by them: now from hence the apostle might be persuaded of better things of them, even such as accompany salvation; since this work is a fruit of everlasting and unchangeable love, and is itself immortal, and the beginning of eternal life; and particularly faith is the effect of electing grace; shall never fail; is the means of the saints' preservation; and is connected with everlasting salvation: it follows,

and labour of love, which ye have showed toward his name; the word "labour" is omitted in the Alexandrian copy, Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Ethiopic versions: this may be understood either of love to God, the name of God being put for himself; who is to be loved for his own sake, on account of the perfections of his nature, as well as for the works of his hands; and which is to be showed for the sake of glorifying him: and this love is laborious; it sets a man to work for God; nor are any works to be regarded but what spring from love to God, and to his name; and from hence the apostle might entertain a good hope of these persons, since their love to God was an effect of God's love to them, is a part of the work of grace, and cannot be lost; all things work together for good to such as love God; and these have a crown of life promised unto them: or else it may be understood of love to the saints, as follows,

in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister; in seeking both their temporal and spiritual good; and though all men in general are to be loved, yet especially the saints, who are set apart by God, whose sins are expiated by Christ, and who are sanctified by the Spirit; and love to them being laborious, and appearing in many instances, and this shown for the Lord's sake, for his name's sake, might lead the apostle more strongly to conclude better things of them, even things of a saving nature; since charity or love to the saints is better than gifts, and is the evidence of grace, of passing from death to life, and of being the disciples of Christ; see 1 Corinthians 13:1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. not unrighteous—not unfaithful to His own gracious promise. Not that we have any inherent right to claim reward; for (1) a servant has no merit, as he only does that which is his bounden duty; (2) our best performances bear no proportion to what we leave undone; (3) all strength comes from God; but God has promised of His own grace to reward the good works of His people (already accepted through faith in Christ); it is His promise, not our merits, which would make it unrighteous were He not to reward His people's works. God will be no man's debtor.

your work—your whole Christian life of active obedience.

labour of love—The oldest manuscripts omit "labor of," which probably crept in from 1Th 1:3. As "love" occurs here, so "hope," Heb 6:11, "faith," Heb 6:12; as in 1Co 13:13: the Pauline triad. By their love he sharpens their hope and faith.

ye have showed—(Compare Heb 10:32-34).

toward his name—Your acts of love to the saints were done for His name's sake. The distressed condition of the Palestinian Christians appears from the collection for them. Though receiving bounty from other churches, and therefore not able to minister much by pecuniary help, yet those somewhat better off could minister to the greatest sufferers in their Church in various other ways (compare 2Ti 1:18). Paul, as elsewhere, gives them the utmost credit for their graces, while delicately hinting the need of perseverance, a lack of which had probably somewhat begun to show itself.

Hebrews 6:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Call to Maturity
9But, beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that accompany salvation, though we are speaking in this way. 10For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints. 11And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end,…
Cross References
Exodus 1:20
So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous.

Proverbs 19:17
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.

Ecclesiastes 11:1
Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return.

Jeremiah 31:16
This is what the LORD says: "Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded," declares the LORD. "They will return from the land of the enemy.

Matthew 10:42
And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward."

Matthew 25:40
"The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'

Acts 10:4
Cornelius stared at him in fear. "What is it, Lord?" he asked. The angel answered, "Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.

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

Romans 15:25
Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem in the service of the Lord's people there.

1 Thessalonians 1:3
We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians 1:6
God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you

Hebrews 10:32
Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering.
Treasury of Scripture

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which you have showed toward his name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

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Proverbs 14:31 He that oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker: but he that honors …

Matthew 10:42 And whoever shall give to drink to one of these little ones a cup …

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

John 13:20 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that receives whomsoever I send receives …

God.

Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: …

Romans 3:4,5 God forbid: yes, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is …

2 Thessalonians 1:6,7 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation …

2 Timothy 4:8 From now on there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which …

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our …

to forget.

Nehemiah 5:19 Think on me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done …

Nehemiah 13:22,31 And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, …

Psalm 20:3 Remember all your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifice; Selah.

Jeremiah 2:2,3 Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus said the LORD; …

Jeremiah 18:20 Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have dig a pit for my …

Acts 10:4,31 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? …

work.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs …

Galatians 5:6,13 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; …

1 Thessalonians 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, …

1 John 3:17,18 But whoever has this world's good, and sees his brother have need, …

which.

Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices …

Proverbs 14:31 He that oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker: but he that honors …

Matthew 10:42 And whoever shall give to drink to one of these little ones a cup …

Matthew 25:35-40 For I was an hungered, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you …

Mark 9:41 For whoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because …

Acts 2:44,45 And all that believed were together, and had all things common…

Acts 4:34,35 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were …

Acts 9:36-39 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by …

Acts 11:29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined …

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

Romans 15:25-27 But now I go to Jerusalem to minister to the saints…

1 Corinthians 16:1-3 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order …

2 Corinthians 8:1-9 Moreover, brothers, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed …

2 Corinthians 9:1 For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous …

2 Corinthians 9:11-15 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causes …

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially …

Philippians 4:16-18 For even in Thessalonica you sent once and again to my necessity…

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord …

1 Timothy 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, …

2 Timothy 1:17,18 But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me…

Philemon 1:5-7 Hearing of your love and faith, which you have toward the Lord Jesus, …

James 2:15-17 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food…

1 John 3:14-17 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the …

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