Hebrews 3
GOD'S WORD® Translation

1Brothers and sisters, you are holy partners in a heavenly calling. So look carefully at Jesus, the apostle and chief priest about whom we make our declaration of faith. 2Jesus is faithful to God, who appointed him, in the same way that Moses was faithful when he served in God's house. 3Jesus deserves more praise than Moses in the same way that the builder of a house is praised more than the house. 4After all, every house has a builder, but the builder of everything is God. 5Moses was a faithful servant in God's household. He told [the people] what God would say in the future. 6But Christ is a faithful son in charge of God's household. We are his household if we continue to have courage and to be proud of the confidence we have.

7As the Holy Spirit says, "If you hear God speak today, don't be stubborn.

8Don't be stubborn like those who rebelled and tested me in the desert.

9That is where your ancestors tested me,

10although they had seen what I had done for 40 years. That is why I was angry with those people. So I said, 'Their hearts continue to stray, and they have not learned my ways.'

11So I angrily took a solemn oath that they would never enter my place of rest."

12Be careful, brothers and sisters, that none of you ever develop a wicked, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13Encourage each other every day while you have the opportunity. If you do this, none of you will be deceived by sin and become stubborn. 14After all, we will remain Christ's partners only if we continue to hold on to our original confidence until the end.

15Scripture says, "If you hear God speak today, don't be stubborn. Don't be stubborn like those who rebelled."

16Who heard God and rebelled? All those whom Moses led out of Egypt rebelled. 17With whom was God angry for 40 years? He was angry with those who sinned and died in the desert. 18Who did God swear would never enter his place of rest? He was talking about those who didn't obey him. 19So we see that they couldn't enter his place of rest because they didn't believe.

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