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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Hebrews 12:9


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    King James Bible - Hebrew 12:9

    Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

    World English Bible

    Furthermore, we had the fathers of our flesh to chasten us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live?

    Douay-Rheims - Hebrew 12:9

    Moreover we have had fathers of our flesh, for instructors, and we reverenced them: shall we not much more obey the Father of spirits, and live?

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh who corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live?

    Greek Textus Receptus


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    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (9) -
    Joh 3:6 Ac 2:30 Ro 1:3; 9:3,5

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 12:9

    Adems, tuvimos por castigadores a los padres de nuestra carne, y los reverencibamos: ¿por qu no obedeceremos mucho mejor al Padre de los espíritus, y viviremos?

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Hebrew 12:9

    Verse 9. We have had fathers of our
    flesh] The fathers of our flesh, i.e. our natural parents, were correctors; and we reverenced them, notwithstanding their corrections often arose from whim or caprice: but shall we not rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits; to him from whom we have received both body and soul; who is our Creator, Preserver, and Supporter; to whom both we and our parents owe our life and our blessings; and who corrects us only for our profit; that we may live and be partakers of his holiness? The apostle in asking, Shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live? alludes to the punishment of the stubborn and rebellious son, Deuteronomy xxi. 18-21: "If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, who will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them; then shall his father and mother lay hold on him and bring him to the elders of the city, and they shall say, This our son is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice: and all the men of the city shall stone him with stones that he DIE." Had he been subject to his earthly parents, he would have lived; because not subject, he dies. If we be subject to our heavenly Father, we shall LIVE, and be partakers of his holiness; if not, we shall DIE, and be treated as bastards and not sons. This is the sum of the apostle's meaning; and the fact and the law to which he alludes.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 9. Furthermore, we have had fathers of our
    flesh , etc..] Earthly parents; who are so called, because they are the immediate causes and instruments of the generation of their children, and of their fleshly bodies and worldly beings; and to distinguish them from the Father of spirits: and this shows, that they have not the spirit or soul from them, only the flesh or body, and which is frail and corrupt; and therefore goes by this name. Which corrected us ; early, and at proper seasons, in love, and for instruction, and to prevent ruin, and death: and we gave them reverence ; by submitting to their correction, and hearkening to it; by taking shame to themselves, and acknowledging the offence committed; by retaining the same affection for them; and, by a carefulness not to offend for the future. Shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live? that is, to God, who is so called; not because he is the Creator of angels, who are spirits; but because he is the Creator of the souls of men; the soul is the more noble and excellent part of man: it bears a resemblance to God; it is, the life of man, and is immortal; it is exceeding precious, and the redemption of it; this was at first immediately created by God; and he still continues to create souls, which he preserves in their being, and has the power of saving and destroying them. Besides, God may be so called, because he is the author and donor of all spiritual gifts, and particularly of regenerating grace; it is he who renews a right spirit in them, and puts a new spirit into them: now such ought to be in subjection to him; not only as creatures to a Creator, and as subjects to their prince: but as children to a father, and particularly to him, as and when correcting; they should bow to his sovereignty, resign to his will, be humble under his mighty hand, be still and quiet, and bear all patiently; the advantage arising from such a subjection is life: and live; or that ye may live; or and ye shall live: more comfortably, and more to the glory of God, in communion and fellowship with him here, and in heaven to all eternity.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-11 - The persevering obedience of
    faith in Christ, was the race set befor 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 ar most prone, or to which we are most exposed, from habit, age, or circumstances. This is a most important exhortation; for while a man' darling sin, be it what it will, remains unsubdued, it will hinder his from running the Christian race, as it takes from him every motive for running, and gives power to every discouragement. When weary and fain 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 carna desires. Let us then frequently consider him. What are our littl 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 gro weary, and to faint under trials and afflictions; this is from the imperfection of grace and the remains of corruption. Christians shoul not faint under their trials. Though their enemies and persecutors ma be instruments to inflict sufferings, yet they are Divin chastisements; their heavenly Father has his hand in all, and his wis 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, an 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 le others alone in their sins, but he will correct sin in his ow children. In this he acts as becomes a father. Our earthly parent sometimes may chasten us, to gratify their passion, rather than to reform our manners. But the Father of our souls never willingly grieve nor afflicts his children. It is always for our profit. Our whole lif 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' 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.


    Greek Textus Receptus


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    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    9. Furthermore ( eita). Everywhere else in N.T. this particle marks a succession of
    time or incident. See Mark iv. 17; viii. 25; Luke viii. 12; 1 Corinthians xv. 5, 7. Here it introduces a new phase of the subject under discussion.

    Fathers of our flesh (touv men thv sarkov hmwn paterav). Up to this point the suffering of Christians has been explained by God's fatherly relation to them. Now the emphatic point is that their fathers, with whom God is compared, were only earthly, human parents. The phrase paterav thv sarkov N.T.o , but kindred expressions are found Rom. iv. 1, ix. 3; Gal. iv. 29; Heb. ii. 14.

    Which corrected (paideutav). Lit. "we have had fathers of our flesh as chasteners." Only here and Rom. ii. 20. In LXX, Sir. xxxvii. 19; Hosea v. 2; 4 Macc. v. 34; ix. 6.

    Shall we not much rather be in subjection (ou polu mallon upotaghsomeqa). The comparison is between the respect paid to a fallible, human parent, which may grow out of the natural relation, or may be due to fear, and the complete subjection to the divine Father.

    To the Father of spirits (tw patri twn pneumatwn). Contrasted with fathers of the flesh. Their relation to us is limited; his is universal. They are related to us on the fleshly side; he is the creator of our essential life. Our relation to him is on the side of our eternal being. Comp. John iv. 23, 24; Zech. xii. 1; Isa. lvii. 16. The phrase N.T.o . Comp. LXX, Numbers xvi. 22; xxvii. 16; Apoc. xxii. 6. Clement of Rome styles God the benefactor (euergethv) of spirits, the creator and overseer (ktisthv, ejpiskopov) of every spirit, and the Lord (despothv) of spirits. Ad Corinth. 59, 64. And live (kai zhsomen). Have true life; not limited to the future life. Comp. John v. 26; vi. 57; 1 John v. 11; Apoc. xi. 11; Acts xvi. 28; Rom. vi. 11; xiv. 8; 1 John iv. 9, and see on living God, Heb. iii. 12.



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