Hebrews 12:14
New International Version
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

New Living Translation
Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.

English Standard Version
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

Berean Study Bible
Pursue peace with all men, as well as holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.

Berean Literal Bible
Pursue peace with all, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord,

New American Standard Bible
Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.

King James Bible
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Christian Standard Bible
Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness--without it no one will see the Lord.

Contemporary English Version
Try to live at peace with everyone! Live a clean life. If you don't, you will never see the Lord.

Good News Translation
Try to be at peace with everyone, and try to live a holy life, because no one will see the Lord without it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness--without it no one will see the Lord.

International Standard Version
Pursue peace with everyone, as well as holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.

NET Bible
Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, for without it no one will see the Lord.

New Heart English Bible
Pursue peace with everyone, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Run after peace with every man, and after holiness, without which no one shall see Our Lord.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Try to live peacefully with everyone, and try to live holy lives, because if you don't, you will not see the Lord.

New American Standard 1977
Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Follow peace with everyone and holiness, without which no one shall see the Lord:

King James 2000 Bible
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

American King James Version
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

American Standard Version
Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man shall see the Lord:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Follow peace with all men, and holiness: without which no man shall see God.

Darby Bible Translation
Pursue peace with all, and holiness, without which no one shall see the Lord:

English Revised Version
Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man shall see the Lord:

Webster's Bible Translation
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Weymouth New Testament
but may rather be restored. Persistently strive for peace with all men, and for that growth in holiness apart from which no one will see the Lord.

World English Bible
Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man will see the Lord,

Young's Literal Translation
peace pursue with all, and the separation, apart from which no one shall see the Lord,
Study Bible
A Call to Holiness
13Make straight paths for your feet, so that the lame will not be debilitated, but rather healed. 14Pursue peace with all men, as well as holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. 15Be careful that no one falls short of the grace of God, so that no root of bitterness will spring up to cause trouble and defile many.…
Cross References
Psalm 34:14
Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Romans 6:22
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the fruit you reap leads to holiness, and the outcome is eternal life.

Romans 14:19
So then, let us pursue what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Hebrews 9:28
so also Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await Him.

Hebrews 12:10
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.

Treasury of Scripture

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Follow.

Genesis 13:7-9
And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land…

Psalm 34:14
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Psalm 38:20
They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.

and holiness.

Hebrews 12:10
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.

Psalm 94:15
But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

Isaiah 51:1
Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.

no man.

Genesis 32:30
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

Job 19:26
And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

Job 33:26
He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.







Lexicon
Pursue
διώκετε (diōkete)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1377: To pursue, hence: I persecute. A prolonged form of a primary verb dio; to pursue; by implication, to persecute.

peace
Εἰρήνην (Eirēnēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1515: Probably from a primary verb eiro; peace; by implication, prosperity.

with
μετὰ (meta)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 3326: (a) gen: with, in company with, (b) acc: (1) behind, beyond, after, of place, (2) after, of time, with nouns, neut. of adjectives.

all [men],
πάντων (pantōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

as well as
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

holiness,
ἁγιασμόν (hagiasmon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 38: From hagiazo; properly, purification, i.e. purity; concretely a purifier.

without
χωρὶς (chōris)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 5565: Apart from, separately from; without. Adverb from chora; at a space, i.e. Separately or apart from.

which
οὗ (hou)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

no one
οὐδεὶς (oudeis)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3762: No one, none, nothing.

will see
ὄψεται (opsetai)
Verb - Future Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3708: Properly, to stare at, i.e. to discern clearly; by extension, to attend to; by Hebraism, to experience; passively, to appear.

the
τὸν (ton)
Article - Accusative 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.

Lord.
Κύριον (Kyrion)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.
(14) Follow peace.--More clearly (as our word "follow" is somewhat ambiguous), follow after peace. There is a manifest allusion to Psalm 34:14 (quoted also in 1Peter 3:11). This charge is general (Romans 12:18), and must not be limited to peace with fellow Christians (Romans 14:19). The two admonitions of this verse were admirably suited to a period of persecution. Let all make peace their aim, yet not so as to sacrifice purity. (Comp. James 3:17.)

And holiness.--Better, and the sanctification without which no man shall see the Lord. In Hebrews 9:28 we have the promise that "Christ . . . shall be seen" by them that wait for Him: hence it might be supposed (especially as in the next verse we read of "the grace of God") that "the Lord" is here, as in Hebrews 2:3, a designation of our Saviour. As, however, this Epistle especially brings Him before us as the Sanctifier (Hebrews 2:11; Hebrews 13:12), who leads us into the presence of God (Hebrews 10:19), we must rather look on these words as akin to Matthew 5:8, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Revelation 22:4).

Verse 14. - Follow peace with all (i.e. as required by the context, with all the brethren; cf. Romans 14:19), and holiness (more properly, sanctification), without which no man shall see the Lord. Here the figure is dropped, and two cautions given, peculiarly needed, we may suppose, by the community addressed. The exhortation to "peace with all" reminds of the tone of St. Paul's admonitions both in Romans and in 1 Corinthians, where he so strongly warns against dissensions and party spirit, and enjoins tolerance and mutual allowance with regard to the weaker brethren. The word ἁγιασμὸς ("sanctification") need not be limited (as by Chrysostom) to the idea of chastity; the general thought implied may be (as expressed by Limborch, quoted by Alford), "No, dum pact studeat, nimis slits obsequendi studio quidquam contra sanctimonism Christianam delinquat;" but the special allusion to πορνεία in ver. 16 (as also in Hebrews 13:4) is evidence that chastity was especially in the writer's mind, with definite reference to which the word ἁγιασμὸς is used in 1 Thessalonians 4:3. The frequent and earnest warnings against fornication in St. Paul's Epistles are enough to show how slow even some in the Church were to recognize the strict code of Christian morality, unknown to the heathen world, and by the Jews very imperfectly recognized, in this regard; and the case of 1 Corinthians 5. illustrates how easily such vice might creep into and infect a Christian community without general reprobation. Hence probably the special warning here. 12:12-17 A burden of affliction is apt to make the Christian's hands hang down, and his knees grow feeble, to dispirit him and discourage him; but against this he must strive, that he may better run his spiritual race and course. Faith and patience enable believers to follow peace and holiness, as a man follows his calling constantly, diligently, and with pleasure. Peace with men, of all sects and parties, will be favourable to our pursuit of holiness. But peace and holiness go together; there can be not right peace without holiness. Where persons fail of having the true grace of God, corruption will prevail and break forth; beware lest any unmortified lust in the heart, which seems to be dead, should spring up, to trouble and disturb the whole body. Falling away from Christ is the fruit of preferring the delights of the flesh, to the blessing of God, and the heavenly inheritance, as Esau did. But sinners will not always have such mean thoughts of the Divine blessing and inheritance as they now have. It agrees with the profane man's disposition, to desire the blessing, yet to despise the means whereby the blessing is to be gained. But God will neither sever the means from the blessing, nor join the blessing with the satisfying of man's lusts. God's mercy and blessing were never sought carefully and not obtained.
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