Hebrews 6:19
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New International Version
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,

New Living Translation
This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary.

English Standard Version
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,

New American Standard Bible
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil,

King James Bible
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We have this hope as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.

International Standard Version
That hope, firm and secure like an anchor for our souls, reaches behind the curtain

NET Bible
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast, which reaches inside behind the curtain,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Which we have as an anchor that holds fast in our soul, which will not be moved, and has entered inside the veil,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We have this confidence as a sure and strong anchor for our lives. This confidence goes into the [holy] place behind the curtain

Jubilee Bible 2000
which we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters even into that which is within the veil,

King James 2000 Bible
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into that within the veil;

American King James Version
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into that within the veil;

American Standard Version
which we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and stedfast and entering into that which is within the veil;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Which we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm, and which entereth in even within the veil;

Darby Bible Translation
which we have as anchor of the soul, both secure and firm, and entering into that within the veil,

English Revised Version
which we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and stedfast and entering into that which is within the veil;

Webster's Bible Translation
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the vail;

Weymouth New Testament
That hope we have as an anchor of the soul--an anchor that can neither break nor drag. It passes in behind the veil,

World English Bible
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and entering into that which is within the veil;

Young's Literal Translation
which we have, as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and entering into that within the vail,
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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul,.... This world is as a sea; the church in it, and so every believer, is as a ship; the port that is bound unto is heaven; Christ is the pilot, and hope is the anchor: an anchor is cast on a bottom, out of sight; and when the ship is in a calm, or in danger of a rock, or near the shore; but is of no service without a cable: and when cast aright, keeps the ship steady: so hope is cast on Christ; whence he is often called hope itself, because he is the ground and foundation of it, and who is at present unseen to bodily eyes; and the anchor of hope without the cable of faith is of little service; but being cast aright on Christ, keeps the soul steady and immovable: in some things there is a difference between hope and an anchor; an anchor is not of so much use in tempests as in a calm, but hope is; the cable may be cut or broke, and so the anchor be useless, but so it cannot be with faith and hope; when the ship is at anchor, it does not move forward, but it is not so with the soul, when hope is in exercise; the anchor of hope is not cast on anything below, but above; and here it is called the anchor of the soul, to distinguish it from any other, and to show the peculiar benefit of it to the soul. Pythagoras makes use of the same metaphor (x);

"riches (he says) are a weak anchor, glory: is yet weaker; the body likewise; principalities, honours, all these are weak and without strength; what then are strong anchors? prudence, magnanimity, fortitude; these no tempest shakes.''

But these philosophical moral virtues are not to be compared with the Christian's grace of hope, which is

both sure and steadfast; it is in itself a grace firm and stable; it is permanent and can never be lost: and it is still more sure and steadfast, by virtue of what it is fixed upon, the person, blood, and righteousness of Christ; and by the immutability, faithfulness, and power of God it is concerned with; and through the aboundings and discoveries of divine love, grace, and mercy; and from the instances of grace to the vilest of sinners:

and which entereth into that within the vail; the holy of holies, heaven itself; in allusion to the vail which divided between the holy and the holy of holies: the things within the vail, or in heaven, which hope entering into fixes upon, are the person of Christ, who is entered there, and appears in the presence of God for his people; his blood which he has carried along with him, and by which he is entered there; his justifying righteousness, by which the law is fulfilled, the two tables of stone in the ark of the testimony; the sweet incense of his mediation, which is continually offered up by him; the mercy seat, or throne of grace, on which Jehovah sits as the God of grace; and all the glories of heaven; all which hope is concerned with, and receives strength and rigour from: and their being within the vail, is expressive of their hiddenness and invisibility at present, and of their safety and security, as well as of their sacredness; and this shows a difference between the hope of believers and others, whose hope fixes upon things short of these; and likewise the great privilege of a believer, who being made a priest unto God, has liberty and boldness to enter into the holiest of all. The Jews (y) speak of a vail in the world to come, which some are worthy to enter into.

(x) Apud Stobaeum, Serm. I.((y) Zohar in Gen. fol. 73. 3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. Hope is found represented on coins by an anchor.

sure and steadfast—sure in respect to us: steadfast, or "firm" [Alford], in itself. Not such an anchor as will not keep the vessel from tossing, or an anchor unsound or too light [Theophylact].

which entereth into that—that is the place

within the veil—two images beautifully combined: (1) The soul is the ship: the world the sea: the bliss beyond the world, the distant coast; the hope resting on faith, the anchor which prevents the vessel being tossed to and fro; the encouraging consolation through the promise and oath of God, the cable connecting the ship and anchor. (2) The world is the fore-court: heaven, the Holy of Holies; Christ, the High Priest going before us, so as to enable us, after Him, and through Him, to enter within the veil. Estius explains, As the anchor does not stay in the waters, but enters the ground hidden beneath the waters, and fastens itself in it, so hope, our anchor of the soul, is not satisfied with merely coming to the vestibule, that is, is not content with merely earthly and visible goods, but penetrates even to those which are within the veil, namely, to the Holy of Holies, where it lays hold on God Himself, and heavenly goods, and fastens on them. "Hope, entering within heaven, hath made us already to be in the things promised to us, even while we are still below, and have not yet received them; such strength hope has, as to make those that are earthly to become heavenly." "The soul clings, as one in fear of shipwreck to an anchor, and sees not whither the cable of the anchor runs—where it is fastened: but she knows that it is fastened behind the veil which hides the future glory."

veil—Greek, "catapetasma": the second veil which shut in the Holiest Place. The outer veil was called by a distinct Greek term, calumma: "the second (that is, the inner) veil."

Hebrews 6:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
God's Promise is Certain
18so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. 19This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, 20where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
Cross References
Leviticus 16:2
The LORD said to Moses: "Tell your brother Aaron that he is not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place behind the curtain in front of the atonement cover on the ark, or else he will die. For I will appear in the cloud over the atonement cover.

Leviticus 16:15
"He shall then slaughter the goat for the sin offering for the people and take its blood behind the curtain and do with it as he did with the bull's blood: He shall sprinkle it on the atonement cover and in front of it.

Psalm 39:7
"But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.

Psalm 62:5
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.

Zechariah 9:12
Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.

Acts 23:6
Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, "My brothers, I am a Pharisee, descended from Pharisees. I stand on trial because of the hope of the resurrection of the dead."

Romans 4:18
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be."

Romans 5:4
perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Romans 5:5
And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

1 Corinthians 13:13
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Colossians 1:27
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Hebrews 9:3
Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place,

Hebrews 9:7
But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.

Hebrews 10:20
by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,

1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Treasury of Scripture

Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into that within the veil;

as an.

Acts 27:29,40 Then fearing lest we should have fallen on rocks, they cast four …

both.

Psalm 42:5,11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted in me? …

Psalm 43:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted within …

Psalm 62:5,6 My soul, wait you only on God; for my expectation is from him…

Psalm 146:5,6 Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is …

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for …

Isaiah 25:3,4 Therefore shall the strong people glorify you, the city of the terrible …

Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus said the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation …

Jeremiah 17:7,8 Blessed is the man that trusts in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is…

Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the …

Romans 5:5-10 And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad …

Romans 8:28-39 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love …

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always …

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, …

entereth.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may …

Hebrews 9:3,7 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all…

Hebrews 10:20,21 By a new and living way, which he has consecrated for us, through …

Leviticus 16:2,15 And the LORD said to Moses, Speak to Aaron your brother…

Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top …

Ephesians 2:6 And has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly …

Colossians 3:1 If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, …

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