Hebrews 12:10
New International Version
They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.

New Living Translation
For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God's discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness.

English Standard Version
For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.

Berean Study Bible
Our fathers disciplined us for a short time as they thought best, but God disciplines us for our good, so that we may share in His holiness.

Berean Literal Bible
For truly they were disciplining us for a few days, according to that seeming good to them; but He for our benefitting, in order to share His holiness.

New American Standard Bible
For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.

King James Bible
For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

Christian Standard Bible
For they disciplined us for a short time based on what seemed good to them, but he does it for our benefit, so that we can share his holiness.

Contemporary English Version
Our human fathers correct us for a short time, and they do it as they think best. But God corrects us for our own good, because he wants us to be holy, as he is.

Good News Translation
Our human fathers punished us for a short time, as it seemed right to them; but God does it for our own good, so that we may share his holiness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For they disciplined us for a short time based on what seemed good to them, but He does it for our benefit, so that we can share His holiness.

International Standard Version
For a short time they disciplined us as they thought best, but God does it for our good, so that we may share in his holiness.

NET Bible
For they disciplined us for a little while as seemed good to them, but he does so for our benefit, that we may share his holiness.

New Heart English Bible
For they indeed, for a few days, disciplined us as seemed good to them; but he for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For they, for that short time, disciplined us as they pleased, but God, for our benefit, that we may share in his holiness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
For a short time our fathers disciplined us as they thought best. Yet, God disciplines us for our own good so that we can become holy like him.

New American Standard 1977
For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For they verily for a few days chastened us as it seemed good unto them, but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

King James 2000 Bible
For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

American King James Version
For they truly for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

American Standard Version
For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed good to them; but he for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they indeed for a few days, according to their own pleasure, instructed us: but he, for our profit, that we might receive his sanctification.

Darby Bible Translation
For they indeed chastened for a few days, as seemed good to them; but he for profit, in order to the partaking of his holiness.

English Revised Version
For they verily for a few days chastened us as seemed good to them; but he for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness.

Webster's Bible Translation
For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

Weymouth New Testament
It is true that they disciplined us for a few years according as they thought fit; but He does it for our certain good, in order that we may become sharers in His own holy character.

World English Bible
For they indeed, for a few days, punished us as seemed good to them; but he for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness.

Young's Literal Translation
for they, indeed, for a few days, according to what seemed good to them, were chastening, but He for profit, to be partakers of His separation;
Study Bible
God Disciplines His Sons
9Furthermore, we have all had earthly fathers who disciplined us, and we respected them. Should we not much more submit to the Father of our spirits and live? 10Our fathers disciplined us for a short time as they thought best, but God disciplines us for our good, so that we may share in His holiness. 11No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields a peaceful harvest of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.…
Cross References
Psalm 119:75
I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are righteous, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.

Lamentations 3:33
For He does not willingly afflict or grieve the sons of men.

Hebrews 12:14
Pursue peace with all men, as well as holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.

2 Peter 1:4
Through these He has given us His precious and magnificent promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, now that you have escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

Treasury of Scripture

For they truly for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

after their own pleasure. or, as seemed good, or meet, to them. but he. See on.

Hebrews 12:5,6 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to …

partakers.

Leviticus 11:44,45 For I am the LORD your God: you shall therefore sanctify yourselves, …

Leviticus 19:2 Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say …

Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will behold your face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, …

Ezekiel 36:25-27 Then will I sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean: …

Ephesians 4:24 And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness …

Ephesians 5:26,27 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word…

Colossians 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and …

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, …

1 Peter 1:15,16 But as he which has called you is holy, so be you holy in all manner …

1 Peter 2:5,9 You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy …

2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises: that …







Lexicon
[Our fathers] disciplined [us]
ἐπαίδευον (epaideuon)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 3811: From pais; to train up a child, i.e. Educate, or, discipline.

for
πρὸς (pros)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4314: To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

a short
ὀλίγας (oligas)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 3641: Puny; especially neuter somewhat.

time
ἡμέρας (hēmeras)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 2250: A day, the period from sunrise to sunset.

as
κατὰ (kata)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 2596: A primary particle; down, in varied relations (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined).

they
αὐτοῖς (autois)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

thought best,
δοκοῦν (dokoun)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 1380: A prolonged form of a primary verb, doko dok'-o of the same meaning; to think; by implication, to seem.

but
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

[God disciplines us]
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

for
ἐπὶ (epi)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.

[our]
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

good,
συμφέρον (sympheron)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4851: From sun and phero; to bear together, i.e. to collect, or to conduce; especially advantage.

so that
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

we may share
μεταλαβεῖν (metalabein)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 3335: From meta and lambano; to participate; genitive case, to accept.

in His
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

holiness.
ἁγιότητος (hagiotētos)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 41: Holiness, sanctity, as an abstract quality. From hagios; sanctity.
(10) After their own pleasure.--Rather, as seemed good unto them. The contrast is continued here between human liability to mistake and the perfect knowledge of our heavenly Father, who seeks our profit, and cannot err in the means which He employs. There is a general resemblance between this verse and the last, the "few days" corresponding to the "fathers of our flesh;" and the last clause here, "that we may be partakers of His holiness," to the words which close Hebrews 12:9, "and live." To the "few days" no contrast is directly expressed in the second member of the verse; none was needed, because the last words so clearly imply the permanence of the result.

Verse 10. - For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. The afortiori argument is thus continued. The discipline of our earthly fathers was "for a few days," i.e. during our childhood only, since which we have been left to ourselves; and even then not necessarily for our greatest advantage; it was only as seemed good to them (κατὰ τὸ δοκοῦν αὐτοῖς); it might be injudicious, or even capricious. But our heavenly Father's discipline we may trust to be always good for us, and with a definite final purpose. Though there is here no distinctly expressed antithesis to the "few days" of ordinary parental chastisement, yet one is implied in the last clause; for if God's purpose in chastening us is to make us partakers of his own holiness, we may conclude that the discipline will be continued till the end be attained; and thus also a further reason is implied why Christians should not "faint" under even lifelong trials. 12:1-11 The persevering obedience of faith in Christ, was the race set before the Hebrews, wherein they must either win the crown of glory, or have everlasting misery for their portion; and it is set before us. By the sin that does so easily beset us, understand that sin to which we are most prone, or to which we are most exposed, from habit, age, or circumstances. This is a most important exhortation; for while a man's darling sin, be it what it will, remains unsubdued, it will hinder him from running the Christian race, as it takes from him every motive for running, and gives power to every discouragement. When weary and faint in their minds, let them recollect that the holy Jesus suffered, to save them from eternal misery. By stedfastly looking to Jesus, their thoughts would strengthen holy affections, and keep under their carnal desires. Let us then frequently consider him. What are our little trials to his agonies, or even to our deserts? What are they to the sufferings of many others? There is a proneness in believers to grow weary, and to faint under trials and afflictions; this is from the imperfection of grace and the remains of corruption. Christians should not faint under their trials. Though their enemies and persecutors may be instruments to inflict sufferings, yet they are Divine chastisements; their heavenly Father has his hand in all, and his wise end to answer by all. They must not make light of afflictions, and be without feeling under them, for they are the hand and rod of God, and are his rebukes for sin. They must not despond and sink under trials, nor fret and repine, but bear up with faith and patience. God may let others alone in their sins, but he will correct sin in his own children. In this he acts as becomes a father. Our earthly parents sometimes may chasten us, to gratify their passion, rather than to reform our manners. But the Father of our souls never willingly grieves nor afflicts his children. It is always for our profit. Our whole life here is a state of childhood, and imperfect as to spiritual things; therefore we must submit to the discipline of such a state. When we come to a perfect state, we shall be fully reconciled to all God's chastisement of us now. God's correction is not condemnation; the chastening may be borne with patience, and greatly promote holiness. Let us then learn to consider the afflictions brought on us by the malice of men, as corrections sent by our wise and gracious Father, for our spiritual good.
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