Hebrews 6:12
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New International Version
We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

New Living Translation
Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God's promises because of their faith and endurance.

English Standard Version
so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

New American Standard Bible
so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

King James Bible
That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that you won't become lazy but will be imitators of those who inherit the promises through faith and perseverance.

International Standard Version
Then, instead of being lazy, you will imitate those who are inheriting the promises through faith and patience.

NET Bible
so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and perseverance inherit the promises.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And that you should not lose heart, but that you would be imitators of those who by faith and patience have become heirs of The Promise.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then, instead of being lazy, you will imitate those who are receiving the promises through faith and patience.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that ye not become slothful, but imitators of those who by faith and patience inherit the promises.

King James 2000 Bible
That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

American King James Version
That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

American Standard Version
that ye be not sluggish, but imitators of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That you become not slothful, but followers of them, who through faith and patience shall inherit the promises.

Darby Bible Translation
that ye be not sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience have been inheritors of the promises.

English Revised Version
that ye be not sluggish, but imitators of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Webster's Bible Translation
That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Weymouth New Testament
so that you may not become half-hearted, but be imitators of those who through faith and patient endurance are now heirs to the promises.

World English Bible
that you won't be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherited the promises.

Young's Literal Translation
that ye may not become slothful, but followers of those who through faith and patient endurance are inheriting the promises.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:11-20 The hope here meant, is a sure looking for good things promised, through those promises, with love, desire, and valuing of them. Hope has its degrees, as faith also. The promise of blessedness God has made to believers, is from God's eternal purpose, settled between the eternal Father, Son, and Spirit. These promises of God may safely be depended upon; for here we have two things which cannot change, the counsel and the oath of God, in which it is not possible for God to lie; it would be contrary to his nature as well as to his will. And as He cannot lie; the destruction of the unbeliever, and the salvation of the believer, are alike certain. Here observe, those to whom God has given full security of happiness, have a title to the promises by inheritance. The consolations of God are strong enough to support his people under their heaviest trials. Here is a refuge for all sinners who flee to the mercy of God, through the redemption of Christ, according to the covenant of grace, laying aside all other confidences. We are in this world as a ship at sea, tossed up and down, and in danger of being cast away. We need an anchor to keep us sure and steady. Gospel hope is our anchor in the storms of this world. It is sure and stedfast, or it could not keep us so. The free grace of God, the merits and mediation of Christ, and the powerful influences of his Spirit, are the grounds of this hope, and so it is a stedfast hope. Christ is the object and ground of the believer's hope. Let us therefore set our affections on things above, and wait patiently for his appearance, when we shall certainly appear with him in glory.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - That ye become not slothful (νωθροὶ, the same word as was used in Hebrews 5:11, νωθροὶ ταῖς ἀκοαῖς. There, with regard to intelligence, they were accused of having already become so; here, n here a hopeful view is taken of their prospects, the writer delicately avoids implying that they were so yet in regard to their desire of making progress), but followers (i.e. following the example - surely a better English word than imitators) of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. The present participle κληρονομούντων does not confine the sense of the expression to those who are now so inheriting. Abraham being presently adduced as an example, it refits to all who at any time so inherit, equivalent to, "the inheritors of." The drift is - Faith and patience are ever required in order that the Divine promises, however assured, may be inherited: these qualifications (in opposition to your being νωθροὶ) are what you want for securing your own inheritance.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

That ye be not slothful,.... With respect to hearing the word, and attendance on every ordinance; with respect to the use of means for the increase of knowledge, faith, and hope; and with respect to ministering to the saints; but on the contrary, should take every opportunity of improvement and doing good:

but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises; or things promised; not the land of Canaan, nor the coming of the Messiah; but either grace and salvation by Christ; or eternal Life, which is expressed by a promise, to show that it is not by any works, or merits of men; that it is wholly of grace, and shall certainly be enjoyed: and it is expressed in the plural number, "promises", because it is the grand promise, which is inclusive of all others; and because it has been given out at various times, and in different manners: and the possession of it being signified by "inheriting", it shows that this is their Father's gift and legacy, which they have as children; and which comes to them through the death of Christ, and of which the Spirit is the seal; and comes not by works of righteousness done by them: and the means through which saints that are gone before are come to the enjoyment of this happiness, are "faith and patience"; not that "faith" is the cause of, or what gives right to the inheritance, but it designs a course and walk of believing, at the end of which, saints come to glory; and faith is connected with salvation, and salvation with that; and through faith believers are preserved unto it: and "patience" is joined with faith, as a fruit and evidence of it; and supposes troubles which are patiently endured before men come to the possession of the inheritance: now the apostle exhorts these Hebrews to be followers and imitators of such, in diligence, faith, and patience, when they need not doubt of inheriting the same promised blessedness they do.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. be not—Greek, "become not." In Heb 5:11, he said, "Ye have become dull (Greek, 'slothful') of hearing"; here he warns them not to become "slothful absolutely," namely, also in mind and deed. He will not become slothful who keeps always the end in view; hope is the means of ensuring this.

followers—Greek, "imitators"; so in Eph 5:1, Greek; 1Co 11:1.

patience—Greek, "long-suffering endurance." There is the long-suffering patience, or endurance of love, 1Co 13:4, and that of faith, Heb 6:15.

them who … inherit the promises—Greek, "who are inheriting," &c.; to whom the promises are their inheritance. Not that they have actually entered on the perfect inheritance, which Heb 11:13, 39, 40 explicitly denies; though doubtless the dead in Christ have, in the disembodied soul, a foretaste of it; but "them (enumerated in Heb 11:2-40) who in every age have been, are, or shall be, inheritors of the promises"; of whom Abraham is an illustrious example (Heb 6:13).

Hebrews 6:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Call to Maturity
11And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, 12so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Cross References
Proverbs 2:20
Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.

Proverbs 28:10
Whoever leads the upright along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.

2 Thessalonians 1:4
Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.

Hebrews 1:14
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

Hebrews 13:7
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

James 1:3
because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

Revelation 13:10
"If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed." This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God's people.
Treasury of Scripture

That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

ye.

Hebrews 5:11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing …

Proverbs 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall …

Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing: but the soul of …

Proverbs 15:19 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way …

Proverbs 18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

Proverbs 24:30-34 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man …

Matthew 25:26 His lord answered and said to him, You wicked and slothful servant, …

Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

2 Peter 1:10 Why the rather, brothers, give diligence to make your calling and …

but.

Hebrews 12:1 Why seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, …

Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken to you …

Songs 1:8 If you know not, O you fairest among women, go your way forth by …

Jeremiah 6:16 Thus said the LORD, Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the …

Romans 4:12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only…

James 5:10,11 Take, my brothers, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the …

1 Peter 3:5,6 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted …

faith.

Hebrews 6:15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will …

Hebrews 11:8-16 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which …

Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good …

Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and …

Romans 8:25,26 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it…

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

Revelation 13:10 He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he that kills …

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments …

inherit.

Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for …

Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will …

Hebrews 11:9,17,33 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, …

Matthew 22:32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? …

Luke 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the …

Luke 20:37,38 Now that the dead are raised, even Moses showed at the bush, when …

1 John 2:25 And this is the promise that he has promised us, even eternal life.

Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, Write, Blessed are …

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