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Hebrews 10:31

    Hebrews 10:31 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    We may well go in fear of falling into the hands of the living God.

    Webster's Revision

    It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

    World English Bible

    It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

    Clarke's Commentary on Hebrews 10:31

    It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God - To fall into the hands of God is to fall under his displeasure; and he who lives for ever can punish for ever. How dreadful to have the displeasure of an eternal, almighty Being to rest on the soul for ever! Apostates, and all the persecutors and enemies of God's cause and people, may expect the heaviest judgments of an incensed Deity: and these, not for a time, but through eternity.

    Barnes' Notes on Hebrews 10:31

    It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God - There may be an allusion here to the request of David to "fall into the hands of the Lord and not into the hands of men," when it was submitted to him for the sin of numbering the people, whether he would choose seven years of famine, or flee three months before his enemies, or have three days of pestilence; 2 Samuel 24. He preferred "to fall into the hands of the Lord," and God smote seventy thousand men by the pestilence. The idea here is, that to fall into the hands of the Lord, after having despised his mercy and rejected his salvation, would be terrific; and the fear of this should deter from the commission of the dreadful crime. The phrase "living God" is used in the Scripture in opposition to "idols." God always lives; his power is capable of being always exerted. He is not like the idols of wood or stone which have no life, and which are not to be dreaded, but he always lives. It is the more fearful to fall into his hands because he will live "forever." A man who inflicts punishment will die, and the punishment will come to an end; but God will never cease to exist, and the punshment which he is capable of inflicting today he will be capable of inflicting forever and ever. To fall into his hands, therefore, "for the purpose of punishment" - which is the idea here - is fearful:

    (1) because he has all power, and can inflict just what punishment he pleases;

    (2) because he is strictly just, and will inflict the punishment which ought to be inflicted;

    (3) because he lives forever, and can carry on his purpose of punishment to eternal ages; and

    (4) because the actual inflictions of punishment which have occurred show what is to be dreaded.

    So it was on the old world; on the cities of the plain; on Babylon, Idumea, Capernaum, and Jerusalem; and so it is in the world of wo - the eternal abodes of despair, where the worm never dies. All people must, in one sense, fall into his hands. They must appear before him. They must be brought to his bar when they die. How unspeakably important it is then now to embrace his offers of salvation, that we may not fall into his hands as a righteous, avenging judge, and sink beneath his uplifted arm forever!

    Wesley's Notes on Hebrews 10:31

    10:31 To fall into the hands - Of his avenging justice.