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Hebrews 12:10

    Hebrews 12:10 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For they truly for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed good to them; but he for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For they truly gave us punishment for a short time, as it seemed good to them; but he does it for our profit, so that we may become holy as he is.

    Webster's Revision

    For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed good to them; but he for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness.

    World English Bible

    For they indeed, for a few days, punished us as seemed good to them; but he for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For they verily for a few days chastened us as seemed good to them; but he for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness.

    Definitions for Hebrews 12:10

    Verily - Truly; surely.

    Clarke's Commentary on Hebrews 12:10

    For - a few days - The chastisement of our earthly parents lasted only a short time; that of our heavenly Father will also be but a short time, if we submit: and as our parents ceased to correct when we learned obedience; so will our heavenly Father when the end for which he sent the chastisement is accomplished. God delights not in the rod; judgment is his strange work.

    Barnes' Notes on Hebrews 12:10

    For they verily for a few days - That is, with reference to a few days (πρὸς pros}}; or it was a chastisement that had reference mainly to this short life. The apostle seems to bring in this circumstance to contrast the dealings of earthly parents with those of God. One of the circumstances is, that the corrections of earthly parents had a much less important object than those of God. They related to this life - a life so brief that it may be said to continue but a "few days." Yet, in order to secure the benefit to be derived for so short a period from fatherly correction, we submitted without complaining. Much more cheerfully ought we to submit to that discipline from the hand of our heavenly Father which is designed to extend its benefits through eternity. This seems to me to afford a better sense than that adopted by Prof. Stuart and others, that it means "during our childhood or minority;" or than that proposed by Doddridge, that it refers both to our earthly parents and to our heavenly Father.

    After their own pleasure - Margin, "as seemed good, or meet to them." Meaning that it was sometimes done arbitrarily, or from caprice, or under the influence of passion. This is an additional reason why we should submit to God. We submitted to our earthly parents, though their correction was sometimes passionate, and was designed to gratify their own pleasure rather than to promote our good. There is much of this kind of punishment in families; but there is none of it under the administration of God.

    But he for our profit - Never from passion, from caprice, from the love of power or superiority, but always for our good. The exact benefit which he designs to produce we may not be able always to understand, but we may be assured that no other cause influences him than a desire to promote our real welfare, and as he can never be mistaken in regard to the proper means to secure that, we may be assured that our trials are always adapted to that end.

    That we might be partakers of his holiness - Become so holy that it may be said that we are partakers of the very holiness of God; compare 2 Peter 1:4. This is the elevated object at which God aims by our trials. It is not that he delights to produce pain; not that he envies us and would rob us of our little comforts; not that he needs what we prize to increase his own enjoyment, and therefore rudely takes it away; and not that he acts from caprice - now conferring a blessing and then withdrawing it without any reason: it is, that he may make us more pure and holy, and thus promote our own best interest. To be holy as God is holy; to be so holy that it may be said that we "are partakers of his holiness," is a richer blessing than health, and property, and friends, without it; and when by the exchange of the one we acquire the other, we have secured infinitely more than we have lost. To obtain the greater good we should be willing to part with the less; to secure the everlasting friendship and favour of God we should be willing, if necessary, to surrender the last farthing of our property; the last friend that is left us; the last feeble and fluttering pulsation of life in our veins.

    Wesley's Notes on Hebrews 12:10

    12:10 For they verily for a few days - How few are even all our day on earth! Chastened us as they thought good - Though frequently they erred therein, by too much either of indulgence or severity. But he always, unquestionably, for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness - That is, of himself and his glorious image.

    Verses Related to Hebrews 12:10

    2 Timothy 1:7 - For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
    Proverbs 15:10 - Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
    Proverbs 1:7 - The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.