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Hebrews 10:27

    Hebrews 10:27 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and a fierceness of fire which shall devour the adversaries.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But only a great fear of being judged, and of the fire of wrath which will be the destruction of the haters of God.

    Webster's Revision

    but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and a fierceness of fire which shall devour the adversaries.

    World English Bible

    but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and a fierceness of fire which will devour the adversaries.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and a fierceness of fire which shall devour the adversaries.

    Definitions for Hebrews 10:27

    Indignation - Wrath; anger.

    Clarke's Commentary on Hebrews 10:27

    A certain fearful looking for of judgment - From this it is evident that God will pardon no man without a sacrifice for sin; for otherwise, as Dr. Macknight argues, it would not follow, from there remaining to apostates no more sacrifice for sin, that there must remain to them a dreadful expectation of judgment.

    And fiery indignation - Και πυρος ζηλος· A zeal, or fervor of fire; something similar to the fire that came down from heaven and destroyed Korah and his company; Numbers 16:35.

    Probably the apostle here refers to the case of the unbelieving Jews in general, as in chap. 6 to the dreadful judgment that was coming upon them, and the burning up their temple and city with fire. These people had, by the preaching of Christ and his apostles, received the knowledge of the truth. It was impossible that they could have witnessed his miracles and heard his doctrine without being convinced that he was the Messiah, and that their own system was at an end; but they rejected this only sacrifice at a time when God abolished their own: to that nation, therefore, there remained no other sacrifice for sin; therefore the dreadful judgment came, the fiery indignation was poured out, and they, as adversaries, were devoured by it.

    Barnes' Notes on Hebrews 10:27

    But a certain fearful looking for of judgment - The word "certain" here does not mean "fixed, sure, inevitable," as our translation would seem to imply. The Greek is the same as "a (τις tis) fearful expectation," etc. So it is rendered by Tyndale. The idea is, that if there was voluntary apostasy after having embraced the Christian religion, there could be nothing but an expectation of the judgment to come. There could be no other hope but that through the gospel, and as this would have been renounced, it would follow that the soul must perish. The "fearful apprehension" or expectation here does not refer so much to what would be in the mind itself, or what would be experienced, as to what must follow. It might be that the person referred to would have no realizing sense of all this, and still his situation be that of one who had nothing to expect but the terrors of the judgment to come.

    And fiery indignation - Fire is often used in the Scriptures as an emblem of fierce punishment. The idea is, that the person referred to could expect nothing but the wrath of God.

    Which shall devour the adversaries - All who become the adversaries or enemies of the Lord. Fire is often said to devour, or consume, and the meaning here is, that those who should thus become the enemies of the Lord must perish.