Hebrews 3:12
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English Standard Version
Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.

King James Bible
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

American Standard Version
Take heed, brethren, lest haply there shall be in any one of you an evil heart of unbelief, in falling away from the living God:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Take heed, brethren, lest perhaps there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, to depart from the living God.

English Revised Version
Take heed, brethren, lest haply there shall be in any one of you an evil heart of unbelief, in falling away from the living God:

Webster's Bible Translation
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

Weymouth New Testament
see to it, brethren, that there is never in any one of you--as perhaps there may be--a sinful and unbelieving heart, manifesting itself in revolt from the ever-living God.

Hebrews 3:12 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Note how the following exhortation is colored by the O.T. citation: evil heart; the to-day; be hardened; take heed (βλέπετε). See to it. Often in warnings or admonitions: sometimes with ἀπὸ from, with genitive of that against which the warning is given, as Mark 8:15; Mark 12:38; but so only in the Gospels. In construction connect with διὸ Hebrews 3:7; therefore beware.

Lest there be (μήποτε ἔσται)

The indicative with μὴ lest shows that with the fear that the event may occur, there is blended a suspicion that it will occur.

In any of you (ἔν τινι ὑμῶν)

They are appealed to individually.

An evil head of unbelief (καρδία πονηρὰ ἀπιστίας)

The whole phrase N.T.o. Neither do the combinations evil heart or heart of unbelief occur elsewhere. In lxx, among nearly a thousand instances of καρδία heart, καρδία πονηρὰ evil heart appears only five times, and in three of the five in apocryphal books. See Sir. 9:1; Bar. 1:22; 2:8. In lxx proper, Jeremiah 16:12; Jeremiah 18:12. Ἀπιστίας of unbelief, specifies that in which the more general πονηρὰ evil consists. An evil heart is an unbelieving heart.

In departing from the living God (ἐν τῷ ἀποστῆναι ἀπὸ θεοῦ ζῶντος)

The characteristic of unbelief. Faith is personal union with God. Unbelief separates from God. The phrase living God is common to both Testaments. For the bearing of the words upon the question of the Gentile destination of the Epistle, see Introduction.

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Hebrews 2:1-3 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip...

Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you...

Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said to them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

Mark 13:9,23,33 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues you shall be beaten...

Luke 21:8 And he said, Take heed that you be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draws near...

Romans 11:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not you.

1 Corinthians 10:12 Why let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

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Hebrews 3:10 Why I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do always err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.

Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet smell; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake...

Jeremiah 2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns...

Jeremiah 3:17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the LORD...

Jeremiah 7:24 But they listened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward...

Jeremiah 11:8 Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart...

Jeremiah 16:12 And you have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, you walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart...

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Jeremiah 18:12 And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.

Mark 7:21-23 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders...

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Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

Hebrews 12:25 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused him that spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape...

Job 21:14 Therefore they say to God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of your ways.

Job 22:17 Which said to God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them?

Psalm 18:21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

Proverbs 1:32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

Isaiah 59:13 In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt...

Jeremiah 17:5 Thus said the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from the LORD.

Hosea 1:2 The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go...

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1 Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had to you...

Cross References
Matthew 16:16
Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

Colossians 2:8
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

Hebrews 3:1
Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession,

Hebrews 3:19
So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

Hebrews 9:14
how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

Hebrews 10:31
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Hebrews 12:22
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,

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