Hebrews 6:9
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New International Version
Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case--the things that have to do with salvation.

New Living Translation
Dear friends, even though we are talking this way, we really don't believe it applies to you. We are confident that you are meant for better things, things that come with salvation.

English Standard Version
Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation.

Berean Study Bible
Even though we speak like this, beloved, we are convinced of better things in your case--of things that accompany salvation.

Berean Literal Bible
But even if we speak like this, beloved, we are persuaded of better things concerning you, and things accompanying salvation.

New American Standard Bible
But, beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that accompany salvation, though we are speaking in this way.

King James Bible
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Even though we are speaking this way, dear friends, in your case we are confident of the better things connected with salvation.

International Standard Version
Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case, things that point to salvation.

NET Bible
But in your case, dear friends, even though we speak like this, we are convinced of better things relating to salvation.

New Heart English Bible
But, beloved, we are persuaded of better things for you, and things that accompany salvation, even though we speak like this.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But we are persuaded concerning you, my brethren, those things that are excellent and that accompany life, even though we speak in this way.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Dear friends, even though we say these things, we are still convinced that better things are in store for you and that they will save you.

New American Standard 1977
But, beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that accompany salvation, though we are speaking in this way.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But, beloved, we expect better things than these of you, things near unto saving health, though we thus speak.

King James 2000 Bible
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.

American King James Version
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.

American Standard Version
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But, my dearly beloved, we trust better things of you, and nearer to salvation; though we speak thus.

Darby Bible Translation
But we are persuaded concerning you, beloved, better things, and connected with salvation, even if we speak thus.

English Revised Version
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak:

Webster's Bible Translation
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.

Weymouth New Testament
But we, even while we speak in this tone, have a happier conviction concerning you, my dearly-loved friends--a conviction of things which point towards salvation.

World English Bible
But, beloved, we are persuaded of better things for you, and things that accompany salvation, even though we speak like this.

Young's Literal Translation
and we are persuaded, concerning you, beloved, the things that are better, and accompanying salvation, though even thus we speak,
Study Bible
A Call to Maturity
8But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless, and its curse is imminent. In the end it will be burned. 9Even though we speak like this, beloved, we are convinced of better things in your case — of things that accompany salvation. 10God is not unjust. He will not forget your work and the love you have shown for His name as you have ministered to the saints and continue to do so.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 10:14
Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

2 Corinthians 7:1
Therefore, beloved, since we have these promises, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that defiles body and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

2 Corinthians 12:19
Have you been thinking all along that we were making a defense to you? We speak before God in Christ, and all of this, beloved, is to build you up.

1 Peter 2:11
Beloved, I urge you as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from the desires of the flesh, which war against your soul.

2 Peter 3:1
Beloved, this is now my second letter to you. Both of them are reminders to stir you to wholesome thinking

1 John 2:7
Beloved, I am not writing you a new commandment, but an old one, which you have had from the beginning. This commandment is the message you have heard.

Jude 1:3
Beloved, although I made every effort to write you about the salvation we share, I felt it necessary to write and urge you to contend earnestly for the faith entrusted once for all to the saints.
Treasury of Scripture

But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.

beloved.

Hebrews 6:4-6,10 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have …

Hebrews 10:34,39 For you had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling …

Philippians 1:6,7 Being confident of this very thing, that he which has begun a good …

1 Thessalonians 1:3,4 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, …

things.

Hebrews 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the …

Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation …

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose …

Matthew 5:3-12 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…

Mark 16:16 He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes …

Acts 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified …

Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward …

2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented …

Galatians 5:6,22,23 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; …

Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men…

(9) Better things.--Literally, the better things; that is, the alternative spoken of in Hebrews 6:7. He has not written in despair, but for warning only; believing that to them belongs, not the state which is "nigh unto a curse," but that which borders on salvation (Hebrews 5:9).

Verse 9. - But, beloved, we are persuaded, etc. Here, as in Hebrews 4:14, warning is succeeded by words of encouragement and hope. The reason for not only a hope, but even a persuasion, that God will keep them from apostasy, is given in the following verse. But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you,.... The apostle addresses the believing Hebrews, as "beloved"; being beloved by the Lord, not as the descendants of Abraham, but as the elect of God, and so as loved with an everlasting love; and which might be known to themselves, by its being shed abroad in their hearts, and by their being called by grace, and by their love to him, and to his people: and from hence they might conclude they should not fall away, as the apostates before spoken of; since, in consequence of being beloved by God, they were chosen in Christ unto salvation; Christ was given to die for them; they had the Spirit sent down into their hearts; they were justified, pardoned, and adopted; nor could they be separated from the love of God: and the apostle also so calls them, because they were beloved by him, not merely as being his countrymen, but as saints: and this he says to testify his affection to them; to show that what he said was not from hatred of them, or prejudice to them; and that his exhortations, cautions, and reproofs, might be better taken; and particularly that they might credit what he here says, that he was "persuaded better things" of them, than what he had said of others in Hebrews 6:4 even such as are expressed in Hebrews 6:10 he was persuaded they had the true grace of God; whereas the above mentioned persons had only gifts, when in the height of their profession; and the least degree of grace is better than the greatest gifts men can be possessed of: grace makes a man a good man, not gifts; a man may have great gifts and not be a good man; grace is useful to a man's self, gifts are chiefly useful to others; grace makes men fruitful, when gifts leave them barren in the knowledge of Christ; grace is lasting, when gifts fail, and cease and vanish away; grace will abide the fire of persecution, when gifts will not; grace is saving, gifts are not:

and things that accompany salvation; which enter into salvation; are ingredients in it, and parts of it, and with which salvation is connected; such as faith, love, &c. or which mutually touch or follow one another in the chain of salvation; as to be predestinated, justified, called, adopted, sanctified, and, at last, glorified:

though we thus speak; concerning others, as in the preceding verses: the hard things spoken by him of some, were consistent with such persuasions in general; for there might be some among them to whom the aforesaid characters belonged; and saying such things might be a means to make others watchful and careful. 9. beloved—appositely here introduced; LOVE to you prompts me in the strong warnings I have just given, not that I entertain unfavorable thoughts of you; nay, I anticipate better things of you; Greek "the things which are better"; that ye are not thorn-bearing, or nigh unto cursing, and doomed unto burning, but heirs of salvation in accordance with God's faithfulness (Heb 6:10).

we are persuaded—on good grounds; the result of proof. Compare Ro 15:14, "I myself am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye are full of goodness." A confirmation of the Pauline authorship of this Epistle.

things that accompany—Greek, "things that hold by," that is, are close unto "salvation." Things that are linked unto salvation (compare Heb 6:19). In opposition to "nigh unto cursing."

though—Greek, "if even we thus speak." "For it is better to make you afraid with words, that ye may not suffer in fact."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.
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