Hebrews 13:17
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New International Version
Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.

King James Bible
Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

Darby Bible Translation
Obey your leaders, and be submissive; for *they* watch over your souls as those that shall give account; that they may do this with joy, and not groaning, for this [would be] unprofitable for you.

World English Bible
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they watch on behalf of your souls, as those who will give account, that they may do this with joy, and not with groaning, for that would be unprofitable for you.

Young's Literal Translation
Be obedient to those leading you, and be subject, for these do watch for your souls, as about to give account, that with joy they may do this, and not sighing, for this is unprofitable to you.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Obey them that have the rule over you - Obey your leaders, τοις ἡγουμενοις. He is not fit to rule who is not capable of guiding. See on Hebrews 13:7, (note). In the former verse the apostle exhorts them to remember those who had been their leaders, and to imitate their faith; in this he exhorts them to obey the leaders they now had, and to submit to their authority in all matters of doctrine and discipline, on the ground that they watched for their souls, and should have to give an account of their conduct to God. If this conduct were improper, they must give in their report before the great tribunal with grief; but in it must be given: if holy and pure, they would give it in with joy. It is an awful consideration that many pastors, who had loved their flocks as their own souls, shall be obliged to accuse them before God for either having rejected or neglected the great salvation.

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Obey. See on ver.

Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken to you the word of God: whose faith follow...

1 Samuel 8:19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, No; but we will have a king over us;

1 Samuel 15:19,20 Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD, but did fly on the spoil, and did evil in the sight of the LORD...

Proverbs 5:13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to them that instructed me!

Philippians 2:12,29 Why, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence...

1 Thessalonians 5:12,13 And we beseech you, brothers, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you...

2 Thessalonians 3:14 And if any man obey not our word by this letter, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.

1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine.

have the rule over. or, guide. submit.

Genesis 16:9 And the angel of the LORD said to her, Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hands.

1 Corinthians 16:16 That you submit yourselves to such, and to every one that helps with us, and labors.

Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility...

watch.

Ezekiel 3:17-21 Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me...

Ezekiel 33:2,7-9 Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them, When I bring the sword on a land...

Acts 20:24-26,28 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear to myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry...

1 Corinthians 4:1,2 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God...

1 Peter 5:2,3 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre...

give account.

Luke 16:2 And he called him, and said to him, How is it that I hear this of you? give an account of your stewardship...

Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

2 Corinthians 5:10,11 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body...

with joy.

Philippians 1:4 Always in every prayer of my for you all making request with joy,

Philippians 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.

Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my brothers dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

1 Thessalonians 2:19,20 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming...

1 Thessalonians 3:9,10 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy with which we joy for your sakes before our God...

with grief.

Exodus 32:31 And Moses returned to the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.

Jeremiah 13:17 But if you will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and my eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears...

Philippians 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

Library
The Unchangeable Christ
Eversley. 1845. Hebrews xiii. 8. "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." Let me first briefly remind you, as the truth upon which my whole explanation of this text is built, that man is not meant either for solitude or independence. He is meant to live WITH his fellow-men, to live BY them, and to live FOR them. He is healthy and godly, only when he knows all men for his brothers; and himself, in some way or other, as the servant of all, and bound in ties of love and
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

The Doctrine of Arbitrary Scriptural Accommodation Considered.
"But the Righteousness which is of Faith speaketh on this wise,--Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into Heaven?' (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) or, Who shall descend into the deep?' (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth; and in thine heart:' that is, the word of Faith, which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from
John William Burgon—Inspiration and Interpretation

Twenty-Second Day for all who are in Suffering
WHAT TO PRAY.--For all who are in Suffering "Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; them that are evil entreated, as being yourselves in the body."--HEB. xiii. 3. What a world of suffering we live in! How Jesus sacrificed all and identified Himself with it! Let us in our measure do so too. The persecuted Stundists and Armenians and Jews, the famine-stricken millions of India, the hidden slavery of Africa, the poverty and wretchedness of our great cities--and so much more: what suffering
Andrew Murray—The Ministry of Intercession

Calvin -- Enduring Persecution for Christ
John Calvin was born in 1509, at Noyon, France. He has been called the greatest of Protestant commentators and theologians, and the inspirer of the Puritan exodus. He often preached every day for weeks in succession. He possest two of the greatest elements in successful pulpit oratory, self-reliance and authority. It was said of him, as it was afterward said of Webster, that "every word weighed a pound." His style was simple, direct, and convincing. He made men think. His splendid contributions to
Various—The World's Great Sermons, Volume I

Cross References
Isaiah 62:6
I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest,

Ezekiel 3:17
"Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.

Acts 20:28
Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.

1 Corinthians 16:16
to submit to such people and to everyone who joins in the work and labors at it.

1 Thessalonians 5:12
Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you.

Hebrews 13:7
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

Hebrews 13:24
Greet all your leaders and all the Lord's people. Those from Italy send you their greetings.

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