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Hebrews 10:32

    Hebrews 10:32 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great fight of afflictions;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were enlightened, ye endured a great conflict of sufferings;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But give thought to the days after you had seen the light, when you went through a great war of troubles;

    Webster's Revision

    But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were enlightened, ye endured a great conflict of sufferings;

    World English Bible

    But remember the former days, in which, after you were enlightened, you endured a great struggle with sufferings;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were enlightened, ye endured a great conflict of sufferings;

    Clarke's Commentary on Hebrews 10:32

    But call to remembrance - It appears from this, and indeed from some parts of the Gospel history, that the first believers in Judea were greatly persecuted; our Lord's crucifixion, Stephen's martyrdom, the persecution that arose after the death of Stephen, Acts 8:1, Herod's persecution, Acts 12:1, in which James was killed, and the various persecutions of St. Paul, sufficiently show that this disposition was predominant among that bad people.

    A great fight of afflictions - Πολλην αθλησιν παθηματων· A great combat or contention of sufferings. Here we have an allusion to the combats at the Grecian games, or to exhibitions of gladiators at the public spectacles; and an intimation how honorable it was to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints, and to overcome through the blood of the Lamb, and their own testimony.

    Barnes' Notes on Hebrews 10:32

    But call to remembrance the former days - It would seem from this, that at the time when the apostle wrote this Epistle they were suffering some severe trials, in which they were in great danger of apostatizing from their religion. It is also manifest that they had on some former occasion endured a similar trial, and had been enabled to bear it with a Christian spirit, and with resignation. The object of the apostle now is to remind them that they were sustained under those trials, and he would encourage them now to similar patience by the recollection of the grace then conferred on them. What was the nature of their former trials, or of what they were then experiencing, is not certainly known. It would seem probable, however, that the reference in both instances is to some form of persecution by their own countrymen. The meaning is, "that when we have been enabled to pass through trials once, we are to make the remembrance of the grace then bestowed on us a means of supporting and encouraging us in future trials."

    After ye were illuminated - After you became Christians, or were enlightened to see the truth. This phrase, referring here undoubtedly to the fact that they were Christians, may serve to explain the disputed phrase in Hebrews 6:4; see notes on that passage.

    A great fight of afflictions - The language here seems to be taken from the Grecian games. The word "fight" means properly contention, combat, such as occurred in the public games. Here the idea is, that in the trials referred to, they had a great struggle; that is, a struggle to maintain their faith without wavering, or against those who would have led them to apostatize from their religion. Some of the circumstances attending this conflict are alluded to in the following verses.

    Wesley's Notes on Hebrews 10:32

    10:32 Enlightened - With the knowledge of God and of his truth.