4Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest is still open, let us take care that none of you should seem to have failed to reach it. 2For indeed the good news came to us just as to them; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. 3For we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, As in my anger I swore, They shall not enter my rest, though his works were finished at the foundation of the world. 4For in one place it speaks about the seventh day as follows, And God rested on the seventh day from all his works. 5And again in this place it says, They shall not enter my rest. 6Since therefore it remains open for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, 7again he sets a certain daytoday saying through David much later, in the words already quoted, Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts. 8For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not speak later about another day. 9So then, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; 10for those who enter Gods rest also cease from their labors as God did from his.
11Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall through such disobedience as theirs.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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10 February 2011